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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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We All Scream for (Unique) Ice Cream

By Maria del Cisne Vital   We all know that summer time is best time for a deliciously sweet serving (or two) of ice cream. The perfect chocolate/vanilla swirl atop a waffle cone is a classic image that we can all appreciate. But sometimes classic is boring, and a spontaneous and daring option is as enticing as ever. SoCal is home to several ice cream shops that serve up wild flavors— Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, chicken and waffles, and avocado are just a few to mention. Forget vanilla, and celebrate Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day the right way at one of these shops:   The Coolhaus Shop  Coolhaus started out as two friends making ice cream sandwiches for fun, and ended up turning into a booming L.A. business. Its storefront in Culver City scoops up classic flavors, but also has some unique ones ready for you to try out. Their Fried Chicken and Waffles flavor features Brown Butter Maple ice cream with maple candied chicken skins and caramelized waffles. If meat and ice cream is too daring for you, settle for their Whiskey Lucky Charms flavor which is infused with Lucky Charms cereal and Jameson whiskey. Among the wacky flavors, there’s…

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Summer Solstice Smoothies

By Maria del Cisne Vital   The most refreshing— and the healthiest— thing to drink on a hot summer’s day is hands-down a smoothie. Of course, National Smoothie Day lands on June 21st, the official first day of summer. The dynamic duo of summertime and a smoothie only gets better when it’s incorporated into SoCal. The best places for smoothies to quench your summer thirst are listed below. Order up!   LIV Juice Bar and Smoothies This small San Diego smoothie joint is inconspicuous, but on the inside its friendly staff and colorful chalkboard menu tells you that this isn’t like any other place. With a bunch of fruit-filled options, the menu makes your mouth water. The LIV signature smoothie includes orange, strawberry, melon, apple, pineapple, mango, kale and spinach. One sip of that and you’ll feel cleansed for the day. They also serve up juices, acai and pitaya bowls, and sandwiches if you need some carbs to fill you up. (619) 688-3997 1251 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103   Kreation Juice A branch of Kreation Kafe, this juicery’s mission is to create beverages that are designed to invigorate the body and mind. All Kreation juices are made from Farmer’s…

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National Hamburger Month

By Nicole Merino   Hamburger month in May has got us thinking, where did the first hamburger come from? There are many stories that talk about the tales of where the first burger was introduced. Some stories even go as far as the time of Genghis Khan discovering the idea of ground beef that eventually led to the hamburger we all know and love. So with that being said, how does one properly celebrate such an event? So in honor of National Hamburger Month in May, here are some wacky burgers with toppings that aren’t your usual mustard and ketchup. These restaurants are changing the game for the burger world and have caught the attention of many with their interesting twist. These aren’t your typical cheeseburgers from the grill, these are for burger lovers to explore all the possibilities for this American classic.   Crazee Burger 3993 30th St. San Diego, CA 92104 crazeeburger.com (619) 282-6044 The Crazee Burger joint located in San Diego is a place to hit for National Burger Month because these burger options are unlike any other. For all the Nutella lovers, their Muddy Pig burger comes with Nutella spread, crispy bacon and caramelized plantains. Now…

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Memorial Day BBQ Recipes & Wine Pairings

Shrimp Kebabs with Flatbreads and Spicy Yogurt Sauce by Sutter Home Serves: 4 Ingredients: 1 1/2 pounds large shrimp 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided 1 teaspoon dried crumbled oregano 1 garlic clove, finely grated or minced Salt and pepper 1 cup plain Greek yogurt 1 tablespoon harissa 1 tablespoon lemon juice 4 flatbreads 4 cups arugula Directions: Soak 4 wooden skewers in cold water for 30 minutes. Preheat a grill or broiler and oil the grates of the grill. Toss the shrimp in a large bowl with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, oregano, garlic and season with salt and pepper. Skewer the shrimp, dividing evenly on the skewers and set aside. In a medium bowl, combine the yogurt, 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, harissa, lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste. Grill the shrimp 2 minutes per side. Grill the flatbreads 1-2 minutes per side. To serve, place a flatbread on each plate. Top with the arugula and a shrimp skewer. Serve with the yogurt sauce. Add harissa to taste (optional). Pair with chilled sweet wines such as Sutter Home White Zinfandel, Moscato and Pink Moscato.   Shrimp and Scallop Aguachile by Chicano Eats/Sutter Home Serves:…

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Top Ten Places for Afternoon Tea

By Benicia Lie   Craving that authentic English afternoon tea that everyone always speaks of after their trip in London? Well, there is no need to purchase that plane ticket to hop on a flight to Europe when we have various, exquisite tea shops in Southern California to satisfy your craving here.   First on the list is The Rose Tree Cottage, which is located in Pasadena, and features a cozy, ambient British afternoon tea experience that will entice your taste buds in a way never experienced. It is not just the dainty antiques tastefully decorated around the seating area or the delectable finger sandwiches and their special home-brewed tea that makes customers loyal fans, but it is the effort that the owners have poured their heart onto their establishment. The owners, Edmond and Mary Fry, painstakingly transformed a normal home into a serene tea shop that guests can enjoy an unforgettable experience. Their menu showcases their very own loose leaf English Village tea, a savory selection of scones, tasty Yorkshire pudding, and delicious desserts. It is these and the owners that keeps guests loyal fans of the establishment.   Next on the list is The Rose Garden Tea Room…

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Santa Barbara’s Indie Coffee Shops

  It’s no surprise that the uniqueness of Santa Barbara translates into its indie coffee shops. Stay away from the big box java stops and enjoy the brews by the locals.   The French Press -1101 State St., SB, 93101, 805.963.2721 Right in downtown, and with their own in-house roasted coffees, pastries and cookies, it’s more than a worthwhile break from the hustle and bustle of the streets. Whether you sit indoors or outdoors on the back patio, you will enjoy the generous portions. There’s also a private parking lot when you want to make it your direct destination. There is another location at 528 Anacapa St.   Vices & Spices From Around the World – 3558 State St., SB, 93105, 805.687.7196 Candy and tea and coffee? Oh My! This eclectic stop is part knick-knacks, part boutique, and lots of coffee and teas. Around since 1975, this is a spot to sit for a while – maybe even play a game of chess – and enjoy the quiet life for a bit. There’s a selection of gifts, greeting cards and teas to take with you as you go.   Coffee Cat – 1201 Anacapa St., SB, 93101, 805.962.7164 Right across from…

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