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The Public House, La Jolla Celebrates 4 Years!

January 17, 2015 Leave a comment

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Are you a beer lover? A burger lover?

Well The Public House, La Jolla, more than meets those expectations!

This hidden gem is located in Downtown La Jolla, in San Diego, in a remodeled historic house from 1904, making it quite charming.

With a rotating 35+ beers on tap, and an ever growing bottle list of around 400 beers, this spot is a craft beer lover’s dream!  Can’t afford a trip to Belgium?  You can take a tour of it through the pages of Belgian beers they have available!  From a world scale, to a local scale, The Public House has you covered!   They are even sister to local brewery, Acoustic Ales Brewing Experiment!

But the fun doesn’t stop there.

Their burgers will leave you wanting more, and at the same time, not wanting more:  Burgers are stacked with toppings atop a half pound patty, that will leave your stomachs so full.  And there is a variety of delicious styles to try, that you couldn’t possibly try all in one sitting.  From spicy to simple, from top grade Angus Beef to exotic meats you’ve never even thought of trying in a burger before!  Example?  Aside from Bison, Lamb, and New Zealand Kobe being on the regular menu, they will surprise you with special burgers such as Elk, Venison, Rabbit, Alligator, Camel, Kangaroo, and more!!!   Definitely for those with an adventurous palate!!  Tuesdays are a great time to try their burgers too, with a 2 for 1 Happy Hour on select burgers.  Or, try one of their many appetizers at half off on Wednesday through Friday from 3-6pm!

At the end of this month, The Public House will be celebrating it’s 4 year anniversary, from January 29th-February 1st.   They will be tapping some pretty cool stuff including Goose Island’s “Bourbon County Stout” & “Bourbon County Barley Wine”.

We will keep you updated, for more to come!!

So stop in for the fun: where great people, great food, and great BEER exist!!!

The Public House, La Jolla.
“Locally World Famous Burgers & Ales”

This Bar & Grill is located in the heart of Historic La Jolla Village at 830 Kline Street, La Jolla, Ca 92037, between Fay & Eads Ave.   430267_385355221476574_1746041378_n1920607_769946976350728_2104018533_n1536456_749868471691912_384156470_n

McDonald’s Fillet-o-Fish: What’s in it?

September 24, 2009 Leave a comment
McDonald's fillet-o-fish

McDonald's fillet-o-fish

McDonald’s is known to not be the most healthy choice of place to eat, correct?  And there’s always rumors about where their meat comes from, or the quality of it.  Today’s focus is on the Fillet-o-Fish, or Fish Fillet, as people usually call it.  One Fish Fillet will be about 380 calories, with 640 mg of sodium.  As of right now we can say McDonald’s does use real fish in their fillet-o-fish.

Hoki fish

Hoki fish

But do you know where the fish they use for the fish fillets come from?  According to Wikipedia “The Filet-O-Fish contains a battered fish patty made mostly from Alaskan pollock and/or hoki.”  Recently, McDonald’s purchased a large order of a type of hoki blackfish that isfound off of New Zealand, in pitch black waters half a mile below the surface.  The fish is ugly, and wouldn’t look appetizing, and aside from that may be unsustainable; meaning it’s being over-fished and could become endangered.  So if this means a shortage of hoki, does that mean a shortage of the filet-o-fish, or will they find other, probably more gross, substitutes for their battered fish patties?  Either way, I’ll pass.

The Lake Arrowhead Village Deli & Pizza – Lake Arrowhead, CA

September 7, 2009 Leave a comment
The Deli

The Deli

Up on the mountain, as you’re cruising up Highway 18 towards Big Bear, if you turn off onto Highway 173, you’ll come across the town of Lake Arrowhead.  And, as you follow this road, it will take you straight into the Lake Arrowhead Village, where stores and restaurants over look the lake.  Amongst one of these restaurants is The Lake Arrowhead Village Deli & Pizza & Fun Center.  That’s a mouthful to say, so the locals just call it “The Deli”. 

Owned by Dave and Lisa Doyle, their friendly, hospitable, upbeat attitudes keep people coming back.  The place is very sports-themed.  The main room, where you order, has sports equipment, posters, jerseys (from professional athletes), etc., all over the walls.  There are also enough TVs to catch your games too.  To the left of the main room, is more seating, accommodating to larger parties.  It actually is a nice room for pizza parties after a game.  Fittingly so, there are pictures and plaques all over this room of different teams.  The majority of pictures are of sports teams of the local high school: Rim of the World High.  Next to this room is a nice little arcade, where you can even win prizes! (They are more so along the 12 and under age range  of prizes, so don’t get too excited).  On the far right side of the restaurant is the patio- the best place to sit and eat in the whole restaurant (when it’s not too windy that is).  Here, you have a great view of the lake and the rest of The Village.

Now let’s get to the reason why you came here in the first place – the food.  The Deli has a good selection of items on their menu.  First of course is the pizza; the pizza you get here is some of the best pizza I have had.  They have pretty much every topping you can think of, including sardines.  They have a couple special pizzas, one being a pizza with everything on it if you’re daring enough to order it, and the other being Dave’s Special, which includes an alfredo sauce instead of tomato, and chicken on top.  What I personally think makes the pizza even more incredible is the ranch dressing.  Their homemade ranch dressing is hands down the best ranch I have ever had. 

View from The Deli

View from The Deli

Then there is their sandwiches which are their second major items. You can of course just order a sandwich any way you want  with the items they have available to choose from, or you can order what they have put together on the menu.  These sandwiches are pretty big, and pretty good.  With a selection of meats, cheeses, and veggies, and with the quality and thickness of the sandwich, Subway does not compare.  There are a variety of sides they have for you to choose from to go along with your sandwich: potato salad, macaroni salad, a small side salad, chips, fruit, etc. 

A third major item of theirs, are their salads.  The individual salads here are big enough to feed two or three people.  Usually if one person is ordering a salad for themselves, this is their meal.  They have a selection of salads including a Greek salad, a Ceasar salad, an Antipasto salad, and a regular tossed green salad, to name a few.  Besides all of these options, they also have your traditional pizza place appetizers, including hot wings, fries, etc.  There is also a good selection of beer (draft and bottled), wine, sodas, and other beverages here too. 

So next time you’re heading up the mountain, whether it’s to hit the slopes in the winter, or hit the lake in the summer, make sure to stop by and check this place out.

The Edison – Downtown Los Angeles, CA

September 7, 2009 Leave a comment
The Edison

The Edison

Out of the chaos of bars and clubs in downtown LA, with an entrance hidden in an alley, at 108 W. 2nd Street, you come across The Edison.  From the outside you half expect to step into some run down club but as soon as you get inside you realize it’s the furthest thing from it. 

There is much interesting history behind The Edison that adds to the design and atmosphere of the bar.  The Edison was LA’s first private power plant and retains many of its architectural andmechanical artifacts.  That means you’ll find artifacts such as power plant generators blended in with the brassy colored decor.  This bar has many rooms, some of which you may not even get to see.

First there is “The Generator Lounge” available for a private party (one of the rooms you’ll be lucky to see), then you’ll find the Music Room that is a little more secluded from the main bar, as it has its own little bar and even has a little balcony you can climb up to and chill.  The Ember Parlour is not so hidden from the main bar, in fact you might feel like you’re part of the line to get a drink, just sitting there.  The Tesla Lounge is for a private dinner party, as it is obvious with the long dining table and huge comfortable couch.  The Game Room, accommodating to parties of up to 20, is equipped with a pool table.

The Main Bar

The Main Bar

Now moving on to the not so private rooms that you’d be more interested in… The Main Bar is a huge rectangular shape with plenty of comfortably cushioned bar stoolsall around it, if you can manage to snag one.  The bartender’s attire reflects that of a bar during Hollywood’s Golden Age.  With a nice variety of liqueurs, and a selection of beers andwine, although you can find something you’ll like, it can get a bit pricey.  For a vodka-Redbull, it cost $11. 

Continuing on to the most fun room for all you not spending god knows how much money on a private room…The Lab.  Here is where you’ll find your dance floor and stage.  There is another bar over here too so you don’t have to walk all the way back to the Main Bar; convenient.  Against the walls are couches deep enough for two people to fall asleep on, it’s like sitting on a bed.  So much so that when I sat all the way back, my feet practically touched the endof the couch.  You’ll find other couches, booths, and table scattered throughout the room too. 

The Washbin

The Wash Bin

Even the restroom area is interesting.  Before you even enter either men’s or women’s restroom, in the middle of the two entrances there is a circular wash bin.  The floors are marble tiled and the walls are mirrored, and lined with artwork.  The inside of the restrooms, although a little dim on lighting, are nicely decorated as well.

The most unique thing, besides the generator/power plant decor, that I foundabout this place, was the Absinthe Fairy.  Walking around with a cart is a woman dressed up like a fairy in green and glitter, wings and all.  Within the ironclad cart are interesting looking vials.  Most of them were circular vials, where you could choose a small shot equivalent vial of absinthe, or a larger-than-a-softball vial of absinthe.  There are also these tree branch looking holders with vase-like vials of absinthe in them.  The Absinthe Fairy and her cart was the last thing I expected to see at this bar.

To get in you have to be somewhat dressed up.  For girls that means a dress or skirt outfit (no jean skirts). You may be able to get away with a nice blouse and jeans ordeal too; but you’re going to feel under-dressed and dumb.  Guys, you have to wear dress shoes; no sneakers, converse, all black Vans, etc.  If you’re going to wear jeans guys they better be nice ones up to par with Rockin Republics.  No t-shirts either gentleman – dress shirts, button ups, maybe polos. 

The Generator Lounge

The Generator Lounge

The age range here, because of the history of the place, is mainly from “barely legal to drink” to “Oh, you could be my dad”. You’ll find occasional grandpas there too trying to pull Hugh Hefners.  Most of the time the different groups seem to cluster with their own age range though. 

 So if you’re looking for a more upscale or different kind of  place to go to one night, or want to impress a date, I highly recommend The Edison.  You have to visit it at least once and experience the atmosphere.

The White House – Anaheim, CA

September 1, 2009 Leave a comment
The White House - Anaheim, CA

The White House - Anaheim, CA

The White House in Anaheim, Ca, is one of the more elegant looking restaurants in Orange County.  Although named “The White House”, the appearance of the building does not look like The White House itself, but it is a white house.  Every room is named after a certain president though, and decorated in its own unique way.  Everything is pretty much decorated in shades of white and gold, so you definitely get the atmosphere of something more sophisticated.  Saying so, you wouldn’t show up to this place dressed in jeans and a shirt.  It makes for a nice date, a dinner party of any occasion, or even a good place for a prom group to have their dinner at. 

John F. Kennedy room

John F. Kennedy room

How would a place such as this be accomdating to two totally different groups: say a prom group and a wedding party?  Well the price range of their food is anywhere from $10-$45 per entree’.  So if you don’t have the money to spend on a $45 entree’, but you still want to take someone out on a nice date, you can still get away with it here.  The White House is an Italian and seafood restaurant, which also caters.  Every entree’ is decorated, or the food is arranged, in a very appeasing way.  Sometimes it looks too pretty to want to eat. 

The staff is well dressed in “waitor” tuxes, and service is prompt.  Every inch of this property calls for photo opportunities, inside and out (as they have a lovely yard you walk up to the entrance).  This hidden little gem in Orange County is celebrating its 100th year anniversary (built in 1909), and in doing so are offering lots of promotions.  So if you have never been here before, this would be the year to do so.  You won’t be disappointed with the atmosphere, the ambiance, and the food.

Bar Louie – Anaheim, CA

September 1, 2009 Leave a comment

Bar Louie Tavern & Grill is probably one of the most accommodating restaurants I have been to.  It is located at the Anaheim Garden Walk (which is just outside of Disneyland) in Orange County next to Club Ultra Heat.  It may be ideal for pre-gaming before heading into the club. 

Bar Louie - Anaheim, Ca

Bar Louie - Anaheim, Ca

The restaurant is set up, that once you walk inside there is a bar right in front of you, in the middle of the room, set up in an oval shape, like that you would see at Yardhouse, just a little smaller.  There is seating all around the bar.  To the right are a bunch of comfortable, and some more private booths. To the left are tables more like that you would see in a bar area.  Walk outside to the patio, that is almost just as big as the inside of the restaurant, and you’ll notice two sections.  The first section on the right is a whole bunch tables for dining.  To the left of the patio you will notice some couches and low-lying tables.  This is more of an area to take your drinks, chat, have a smoke, relax, whatever.

The pricing of the food was not bad at all.  For the wide selection they had, the average price of an entree’ was $10-$15.    It’s typical food you would find at say Yardhouse, from Bangkok stir fry, to smokehouse ribs, to pizza.  The food was tasty too; the cheap pricing does not reflect quality or quantity of the food at all.  What’s really amazing though, is not only is this place open until 2 a.m., it serves the full menu until 2 a.m.! 

So what if you’re not 21?  No problem, you can still be there, hang out with your friends that are of drinking age, and don’t have to worry about being stuck with nothing to do on a Saturday night because they’re all there.  The only rule is that you cannot be sitting at the bar itself.  But go outside, chill on the patio couches, or sit at a table and dine until 2 in the morning! 

Inside Bar Louie

Inside Bar Louie

They have a good, wide selection of wines and beers, and plenty of cocktails/hard alcohol to choose from as well.  Careful on the shots though, some of them can get a little pricey.  The rest is averagely priced. 

My particular visit, was for the celebration of my birthday.  From the beginning it was a pleasant experience.  Not only did I like the setup of the restaurant, but the manager and staff was very accommodating.  Booking a reservation on a Saturday night was not a problem at all, as at most restaurants it would be.  Especially for a party of 40.  Right away they asked if we wanted to be sat outside or inside.  We went for the outside option as they offered us not only the cool and spacious couch section, but part of the outside table/dining section.  On top of that our section was blocked off by ropes, and we had our own personal servers.  Whenever someone outside of our party would try and sit in our section the manager would politely ask them to move.  We were very well taken care of, and I can’t say our glasses sat empty on a table for long. Food did not take long to come out either after it was ordered.  All surprising for a group our size. 

Overall it was a great experience, and I reccomend Bar Louie’s to anyone, especially those who are looking for a place to go at the end of the night, or anyone that has a large group to take into account for.