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Southern California Must Eat & Drink: We curate a list of the best food, restaurants, chefs, farmers markets, and where to find them in Southern California. If you are a foodie, this section will keep you in the loop on the best of the best in food news, restaurants reviews, upcoming food events and so much more. The latest news on spirits, bubbles and brews, lounges, cocktails, beers, wines, wineries, juices, smoothies, coffees, teas, and more will also be featured here. We highlight everything from old staples to new additions in the juice, alcohol, and coffee fields. We talk with mixologists about new inventions and twists on old staples.

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Head-Turning 20-Inch Pizza Slices Return to Mickey’s Deli in Hermosa Beach for National Pizza Month Featured

Mickey’s Italian Deli & Pizzeria, one of the most popular Italian restaurants in the Hermosa Beach area of Los Angeles, has officially announced that it will be bringing back one of its favorite deals this October in celebration of National Pizza Month.  From October 1 to October 30, Mickey’s will bring back its signature 20-inch pizza slices for just $17.75, which puts the “larger than a regular pizza” slices in the same general price range as most traditional pizzas. These eye-popping 20-inch slices of authentic Italian pizza promise to pack delicious taste in each bite, catch the attention of passersby, and fill even the most hungry, watering mouths. The classic slice is made with Mickey’s popular handmade pizza dough and topped with the deli’s homemade tomato sauce and fine mozzarella. Various other toppings are available for just $1.99 “Our pizza is truly authentic, and we are excited to bring back this deal everyone has come to love during National Pizza Month so they can enjoy a signature 20-inch pizza slice,” remarked Paul Mance, Mickey’s son and owner of Mickey’s Italian Deli & Pizzeria. “This was very popular last year, and we are grateful for everyone who turned out to get…

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San Diego’s Not So Spooky SpiritsFeatured

Spooky season is just around the corner, so what better way to celebrate than with some spirits? And for those scared of ghosts and ghouls, there’s no need to fret because there’s nothing scary about these spirits. San Diego’s nickname “Capital of Craft” extends far past beer and cocktail programs to an array of liquors, including whiskey, gin, vodka, rum, agave spirits and more, brewed right here in San Diego. Whether curious travelers prefer a traditional tipple — dark or clear — or fancy an experimental liquor brewed with pomegranate or pumpkin, there’s a place to punch up everyone’s drinking agenda. Dancing with the Devil’s Share American Whiskey From the head brewer at one of San Diego’s famous breweries, Ballast Point Brewing, comes Cutwater Spirits with an award-winning portfolio of spirits that include whiskey, vodka, gin, rum, tequila and liqueurs that are incorporated into canned cocktails available nationwide. Visitors can get their drink on at Ballast Point’s 50,000-square-foot distillery, tasting room and restaurant combo in San Diego’s Miramar neighborhood. Whiskey lovers should be sure to try the distillery’s Devil’s Share American Whiskey, rich in woody caramel and vanilla notes backed by hints of cinnamon, cardamom and licorice.  A Cauldron of California Coastal Gin…

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Westside Food, Wine & Spirits FestivalFeatured

Sunday October 23rd the Westside Food, Wine & Spirits Festival benefiting the Westside Food Bank returns to the Automobile Driving Museum in El Segundo. Festivities will take place both inside the museum providing you an opportunity for photos with many of the classic autos along with more activities and attractions outside. There will be a tasty fun blend of food, alcoholic & non-alcoholic drinks, and more. This 7th edition of the festival will showcase a variety of Southern California’s best culinary talent, finest wines, and spirit makers. A variety of 25+ Restaurants, Caterers, Wine, Craft Spirits and Breweries, and Non-alcoholic drink exhibitors will be serving delectable samples. Gates open early for VIP entry at 1pm, 2pm for GA entry until 5pm. Your ticket also includes live music outside and DJ inside the ballroom, Complimentary Photo Booth & Caricature Drawings. Strolling Magic by Paul – the Psychic magician who reached the Semi-Finals of America’s Got Talent, Silent Auction, and Sponsors showcasing their products. Tickets: westsidefestivals.ticketsauce.com Use promo code “solcal” for discounted tickets! Follow our instagram and facebook pages for announcements on this years participating exhibitors and more @wfwinefestival

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The Power Of The Playlist – How Restaurants Aim To Satisfy All The SensesFeatured

When Carlos Alzaola dips in and out of the various indoor and outdoor zones of the Cloverfield in Santa Monica and surveys the scene, a sixth sense tells the assistant general manager what sounds the crowd needs to subliminally enhance their dining experience.  Restaurants still struggle post-pandemic and are constantly coming up with strategies to bring in new and returning customers. Because dining out is a multi-sensory experience, a huge amount of time, money and consideration is put into restaurant playlists. Many say that it makes the difference between one mimosa and a bottomless brunch. In addition to his regular managerial duties, Alzaola spends almost an hour daily on compiling the lists made up of different artists and styles, relative to the vibe of the day or night.   “Depending on if people are enjoying the moment, it tells me if I should switch over to another list or not,” the former Patina chef, who spent years absorbing the sounds of the Walt Disney Hall and Hollywood Bowl, tells L.A. Weekly. “It really depends on the flow of the day. On Fridays, I love to play acid jazz, Herbie Hancock and John Scofield. People come in at the end of the…

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Family Comes First at These SoCal WineriesFeatured

By Maria del Cisne Vital Whether you prefer crisp Pinot Grigio, dry Chianti, or summer Rosé, California is the destination for any and every type of wine. The iconic Napa and Sonoma Valleys of NorCal are the titans of tannins. Meanwhile, SoCal can take pride in Temecula, Malibu and more growing wineries and vineyards. One feat that is hard to beat is the inviting and warm energy provided at SoCal’s family-owned wineries. With intimate settings and exclusive wines, check out these spots to feel right at home with a glass in hand. Carhartt Vineyard For three generations, the Carhartt family has grown with Rancho Santa Ynez and transformed it into what it is today— 22 acres of land meant for farming grapes and creating craft wines. Their “ground to glass” approach is what allows this Santa Barbara spot to distribute high quality and sustainable products. Stop by the Carhartt Cabin, a tasting room that has 20 different wines to try throughout the year (they only close on Christmas Day). The Carhartt family insists on keeping their business and customers close, so their wines are only distributed online or in their tasting room. 2939 Grand Ave., Los Olivos, 805-693-5100, carharttvineyard.com. Wilson…

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Best Places to Drink With a View in L.A. This SummerFeatured

With warmer weather on the horizon, we are sharing some of the best places to drink outdoors in and around L.A. this summer. Each spot offers a variety of refreshing summertime cocktails and mocktails, paired perfectly with unparalleled views of the city or water and prime outdoor patio seating for soaking in the sunshine. CASTAWAY | Burbank, CA ABOUT: Castaway has curated a whole new dining experience where everyone feels like a star, and every seat is magic. From the meat dry-aging room, floor-to-ceiling wine cellar and charcuterie station, to the breath-taking views of the valley and Los Angeles Skyline, Castaway is ready to serve Angelenos. SUMMER DRINK HIGHLIGHTS: Gin Membership – Monkey 47, Prosecco, Fever Tree Tonic with Juniper Berries, Dehydrated Citrus, Mint, Sage, Rosemary Paid Vacation ­– Ketel One, Passion Fruit, Purple Basil, Tarragon, Szechuan Flower THE GREEN ROOM | Burbank, CA ABOUT: Hidden within Castaway and inspired by the glamour of the entertainment industry’s talent suites, The Green Room has once again emerged onto Los Angeles’ cocktail scene, boasting an immersive hospitality experience and stunning, panoramic views of the city. SUMMER DRINK HIGHLIGHTS: Summer Nights – Grey Goose La Poire, Prickly Pear, Lemon, Champagne, Topped with Cotton Candy ODYSSEY | Granada Hills, CA ABOUT: Nestled…

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