Fall and Full Bar Descend Upon Pitfire Pizza on Fairfax

Apple & Pork Festival, Sprouts ‘n Bacon Pizza, Rumpkin Pie Cocktail, Linguica Ragout (clockwise)

The place known for its consistently great, tasty and reasonable Neopolitan crust with the sides and pasta to match has stepped it up in the booze department – at least at their location on Fairfax. Formerly confined to wine and beer, Pitfire Pizza now has a full liquor license with a fall cocktail menu to debut with the return of a few fall food favorites.

The great thing about their new cocktail menu is that they’ve streamlined it to just a trio of pretty phenomenal seasonals but also Moscow Mules made with Tito’s on tap, a few classics like the Old Fashioned and Negroni, and another trio of customizable sours with your choice of spirit. And they all go for a wallet-happy $8 per cocktail.

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Pumpkin-palooza at Blue Palms Brewhouse: Saturday, October 29, 2011

Mmm. Pumpkin Beer. | Photo courtesy of NorthwestBeerguide on Flickr

LA Beer Week(s) may be over, but Halloween’s not – and neither is your thirst for beer, I hear. When is it, ever? Why not combine the two by making a stop at my favorite neighborhood pub, Blue Palms Brewhouse, tomorrow starting 2 PM?

You’ll get to quench your thirst and craving for pumpkin with these special brews:

  • Dogfish Head Punkin’
  • Midnight Sun TREAT
  • The Bruery Barrel Aged Autumn Maple (bottle)
  • The Bruery Autumn Maple
  • 2010 Beer Valley Jackalope Imperial Pumpkin Porter
  • Sam Adams Double Pumpkin
  • Bootleggers Pumpkin Ale
  • New Belgium Kick (Sour Pumpkin Cranberry Ale)
  • Kern River Brewing Pumpkin AleShipyard Smashed Pumpkin

And the food menu will be embellished with these autumn goodies:

  • Pumpkin Salad: Spiced Pumpkin, Lentils, & Goat Cheese
  • Pumpkin Quesadilla: Pumpkin, Feta, & cilantro

Who needs to turn into a pumpkin at the end of the night when you can drink them at the duration, instead? See you at Pumpkin-palooza!

Oh, right: Happy Halloween, too!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Pumpkin-palooza: 2 PM

Kitchen: Closes 12 AM

Bar: Closes 2 AM

Blue Palms Brewhouse
6124 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
323.464.0808

November Sweets at Nobu

Looking for a November nightcap?

I know what you’re thinking – November puts you in the mood for pumpkin pie & spice, and a sushi restaurant normally isn’t the place you’d go to get that. But for this month, only – Nobu West Hollywood is serving up a specially-made dessert that comes with a shot. Yes, the Japanese have pumpkins too! Peep below for the absolutely delicious dessert I tried last week:

Kabocha (Japanese pumpkin) creme, vanilla caramel, caramelized Kabocha seeds, topped with coconut/caramel ice cream

The shot:

Finlandia grapefruit vodka, spicy pumpkin puree, condensed milk and garnished with nutmeg.

The coconut/caramel ice cream was so delicious with the Kabocha creme and the crispy carmelized seeds gave it good crunch. But the best part is actually the shot (have a little sip with each bite you take), which finishes off the dessert in a whole other way. Yes, it’s made with grapefruit vodka so there’s a nice, refreshing base while giving you that autumn, savory creaminess you’ve come to expect from pumpkin pie.

Oh, I’m sorry – did you want bites to eat before dessert? Nobu is notorious for some seriously delicious tapas – hot and cold. It’s pretty easy to pop in and sit down in the lounge area so you don’t have to mess with the stress of a reservation. I myself like to play it by ear. 😉

Hot tapas:

Wagyu and foie gras gyozas (3 pc) $10
Scallop with jalapeño salsa (2 pc) $8
Miso black cod with butter lettuce (2 pc) $8
Uni tempura $10
Rock shrimp tempura with creamy spicy or butter ponzu sauce $7
“Fish ‘n Chips” Nobu style $8
Lamb anticucho $9
Squid pasta with light garlic sauce $9
Miso marinated grilled Black Tiger shrimp $9
Foie gras and crispy soba (2 pc) $9
Ginger panko encrusted scallops $10

Cold tapas:

Spicy taro chips with yellowfin tuna or scallop $10
Nobu style sashimi tacos with yellowfin tuna, lobster or crab (2 pc) $9
Yellowtail sashim with jalapeño $9
Whitefish sashimi with dried miso $9
Oysters with Nobu sauces (Ponzu, Nobu, Maui) $10
Lobster ceviche butter lettuce (2 pc) $12
Nobu new style sashimi – salmon, whitefish or scallop $8
Tiradito – whitefish, scallop or octopus $8
Kanpachi agua de chili $12

One thing’s for certain – I have my eye on the foie gras wagyu gyozas! I think I may just have to stop in – dessert’s just not enough.

Dessert available through November – $14

Hot and cold tapas available in lounge all day

Nobu
903 N. La Cienega Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
310.657.5711