First Taste: Exclusives at The Oinkster in Hollywood, Open Today

Pork Adobo Burger with garlic aioli & Onion Rings

The long-awaited Hollywood location of Andre Guerrero’s The Oinkster has finally opened. On the east side of Vine, sitting north of Melrose Avenue, the new 3,000-square foot space seats more than 100 people in its open design concept by Design, Bitches and includes two-tops all the way to communal seating – as well as an open air, dog-friendly patio with heat lamps.

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Judging a Happy Hour Beyond Its Cover: Hollywood’s Lexington Social House

Mette's Fried Chicken Tenders

There’s something about being a Hollywood resident that lends itself to glossing over most of the food and drink choices in my neighborhood. Believe you me, I love my area and all the conveniences it affords – but it’s because they all outweigh the inconveniences.

The Lexington | Earl grey-infused Woodford Reserve Bourbon, honey, lemon juice, orange bitters

There are inconveniences like the annoyances of walking past the Thursday through Saturday night crowd, as well as the douche spots themselves that I’d avoid any day of the week. Hemingway’s is an example of a place that I’d go and see Alex Straus make cocktails earlier in the evening but avoid at all costs at peak times. But now, I can add Lexington Social House to that secret non-peak-time list.

I was invited to take a peak at their Social Hour, their thematically dubbed happy hour. And it’s not shabby in the least. With the launch of their new menu, it’s a great opportunity to try new items during LSH Lite, which goes on at the bar Tuesday through Friday from 5:30 until 8 PM and all day Sunday. Their specialty cocktails as well as their entire menu is half-off during this time! Since I love sitting at the bar, anyway, I’ll gladly take my supper club to the stools.

Chipotle Pork Belly Biscuits

A sure menu bet is Mette Williams’ fried chicken tenders, an unordinarily juicy-crispy preparation. Looking for that hearty bite that doesn’t hold back? The Chipotle pork belly biscuits with aged Gouda and fried egg will be sure to satisfy you and then some.

As for the cocktails, designed by Kyle Ackley, I must applaud this Hollywood-and-Vine institution for putting the brakes on the vodka in their drink menu – just beware that there are pop rocks in one of them. My favorite cocktail, however, was the Spanish Harlem, made with tanteo cocoa infused tequila, maraschino liqueur, agave nectar and chocolate-chili bitters. It was a clean, strong yet flavorful drink and I ended up having another.

Lexington Social House is an unlikely place to find a Spago and CUT alum like Mette Williams, but alas – there she is, surprising everyone with her well-executed, comfort-driven menu. Social Hour is just the time to try it all out and wash it down at half-off. And that beats amateur hour any day. 

All food and cocktails were hosted.

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1/2-Off Happy Hour:

Tue – Fri: 5:30 – 8 PM
Sunday: All night

Lexington Social House‎
1718 Vine Street
Hollywood, CA 90027
323.461.1700

Giveaway: Tickets To A Fiery Fiesta With Drink Eat Travel

Wednesday, October 27 at LAFD Museum

What better way to support community than attend an event which benefits the Los Angeles Fire Department? Fortunately, the lovely folks over at DrinkEatTravel.com will be holding a fun event this Wednesday at the LA Fire Department Museum – and it so happens that it’s nearby the station which services my jurisdiction. Chipotle tacos will be served as will brews from Firestone Walker. Proceeds from your $12 admission benefit the Fallen Firefighters Foundation and the Los Angeles Fire Department Museum.

The evening will also include a raffle with prizes from Luxor Hotel and Casino, Renaissance Hollywood Hotel, Hugo’s Restaurant, Improv Hollywood and more. Guests will also enjoy an after-dinner cup o’ joe from Don Francisco, a chocolate tasting from The Chocolate Traveler, snacks from Popchips. DJ JJAquino will be spinning the tunes.

See if you’d like to try your hand at scoring a couple of tickets to this benefit and so you can enjoy free chipotle and beer on Wednesday? Go ahead and leave a comment below and RT this if you have Twitter (leave your Twitter handle in the URL box, e.g. “http://twitter.com/estarla”):

RT: @estarla I want to win 2 tickets to @DrinkEatTravel’s Fiery Fiesta http://estar.la/e/8v

Contest is closed tomorrow at 5 PM, which is when I will select the winner and tweet as well as email him/her! Be sure to check your email.

Not so confident in your luck? You can buy tickets, too, and get $2 off with code SPICY. Either way – I’ll see you there!

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

7 – 11 PM
Food served at 7:30 PM

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Use code SPICY for $2 off

Los Angeles Fire Department Museum
1355 N. Cahuenga Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028

@drinkeattravel

Face to Face Wine Tasting at K&L Wines

Wine Cellar, Maipú | Credit to Travel Aficionado on Flickr

While there’s been an influx of Argentinan wines in our market, lately, sometimes it’s hard to know just what’s what. Factor in the price point and that only makes things more confusing. Fortunately, Face to Face wine importers make it their goal to dispel the myths. They’ll be doing a tasting on Thursday, October 14, 2010 at 5:30 – 7 PM at K&L on Vine Street – my new neighborhood spot. It will run you a mere $5.

If you visit Argentina, it doesn’t take long to experience the thoughtfulness and care put into the winemaking. Our goal as importers is to echo this tradition through unmatched quality and value in the wines we bring back. We make sure that every wine is hand-picked with this in mind. The idea that good wine has to be fussy has never translated for the Argentine people, and for us as well.

– Lloyd A. Kasman and Jolly Sood of Face to Face Wine

See you there!

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

5:30 – 7 PM

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K & L Wine Merchants
1400 Vine Street
Hollywood, California 90028
323.464.9463