Pan Pacific Cooler

Imbibing California’s History: Pan Pacific Cooler

Here’s a question: What do California Adventure (the theme park), Xanadu (the movie), and Fish Heads (the song) all have in common? Here’s the answer: The Pan Pacific Auditorium! There it is. Ain’t it beautiful? Even if you aren’t familiar with this particular building, I’m sure you’re familiar with Streamline Moderne design in general. It […]

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Connor and the Congroni

Imbibing California’s History: The Congroni

I would like to start the third installment of Imbibing California’s History with a quote from one of the greatest movies ever made… Hammond: Condors. Condors are on the verge of extinction… Malcolm: [shaking his head] No… Hammond: If I was to create a flock of condors on this island, you wouldn’t have anything to […]

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Griffith's Gift Cocktail

Imbibing California’s History: Griffith’s Gift

What was that? You want more history with a side of booze? You got it. In this episode, I will discuss one of the biggest, greatest, most fantastical parks in the world as well as challenge your palate with a groovy herbal liqueur made by some Carthusian monks. The History… Back during the pretty horrible […]

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Salton Dog Cocktail

Imbibing California’s History: The Salton Dog

For the inaugural “Imbibing California’s History” post, I have chosen a subject that is certainly no stranger to San Magnifico… the largest body of water in California… the Salton Sea! The History… You can learn about the history of the Salton Sea from either me or Ransom Riggs. The video below was created by Mr. […]

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Napa Valley Bitters

Help Napa Valley Bitters Transform Cocktails

I love bitters. Let me say that again… I love bitters. Not sure what I’m talking about? Here’s Wikipedia’s definition of what bitters are: A bitters is an alcoholic beverage flavored with herbal essences and has a bitter or bittersweet flavor. Numerous brands of bitters were formerly marketed as patent medicines, but are now considered […]

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Hollywood Boulevard

Trip Report Five: Malibu Creek State Park, Candy, Hollywood, and El Capitan

Back in February, I planned a surprise weekend for my wife for her birthday. It was nice, but it didn’t go exactly as planned so I deemed it a failure! A few weeks later, I decided to try again. I started planning a followup surprise weekend, but something happened and I had to cancel it. […]

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