Instead of the usual Starbucks or Coffee Bean caffeine fix, how about buying coffee that makes a difference in the world? Head to Silverback Coffee of Rwanda, which brings the magic of East Africa to L.A. The Boyle Heights cafe is run by Rwandan genocide survivor Jack Karuletwa, a wonderful guy who works tirelessly to help African coffee farmers and silverback gorillas. A portion of the cafe's profits assists local organizations and schools, providing help to families in need. In addition to an array of great coffees, Silverback has delightfully delicious items on the menu such as the chicken pesto panini. Coming soon: new dishes such as Nutella Belgian waffles, strawberry oatmeal with brown sugar and the lemonade butterfly, combining house-made lemonade with a touch of butterfly pea flower and lemongrass. —Susan Hornik2301 E. Seventh St., #B224, Boyle Heights; (323) 685-5927, silverbackcoffee.com.Best Bagels: Belle's BagelsNew Yorkers always say the best bagels are back East. … [Read more...] about Afternoon Tea, Bagels and More of Eastern L.A.’s Best Food and Drink
It’s early summer, and I’m meeting a friend for lunch at her newest favorite cafe. I’m running late — if the crammed parking lot outside is any indication, this café is also everyone else’s favorite new place, as well, and I’ve had to stash my car blocks away — so I arrive at our table just in time to hear her order a boba tea. “One for me, too,” I announce, thinking I’ve just asked for that ubiquitous summer drink: an iced tea.I have not. My first quick suck on the giant plastic drinking straw has filled my mouth with a pile of what feels like gluey smelt eggs.Oh, this stuff, I think, trying to unstick sugar pearls from an old crown at the back of my jaw. I’ve heard about boba, popular in other cities for some time and now — and as happens in Phoenix, finally — lately a big deal here. “Mmmm,” my friend enthuses, through a mouth full of chewy little marbles. “So good!”Maybe. … [Read more...] about Boba Is Not His Cup of Tea: ‘The Stuff Is Just Gross’
Colorado's beer taps and liquor-store shelves are pretty crowded, with what seems like a new out-of-state brewery vying to get into the hands and mouths of savvy drinkers just about every day. In the past few months alone, two of the nation's largest craft breweries — Bell's and Founders — announced plans to enter the market here, while half a dozen or so smaller breweries, such as Silver Moon and Roadhouse, have already ramped up distribution.But New Yorkers are used to crowds, which is why Brooklyn Brewery, the country's eleventh-largest independent brewery, will begin selling its well-known beers in Colorado starting November 1."We're not nervous," says Dave Duffy, Brooklyn Brewery’s vice president of sales and marketing. "We have an awesome distributor and terrific retail partners; we have a big sales team that will be very competitive; and we make really, really good beer. We have everything we need to be successful." Brooklyn Brewery, 21st Amendment and … [Read more...] about Brooklyn Brewery Teams With Funkwerks to Take On Colorado
From the outside, Maggie Smith’s suburb-surrounded pub looks like a promising lunch spot for the DTC crowd, or a nice place for a quick date-night dinner before a show. With its clean and inviting emerald-toned atmosphere inside and a beautiful outdoor fire [it, to boot, the eatery has the look of a classic and inviting Irish restaurant. After all, it’s owned by the same group that created the beloved Irish Snug downtown and the popular DTC hangout Slattery’s, in the Landmark shopping center. But if it’s your turn to choose a lunch or dinner venue for your office or group outing and you want to keep your credibility with friends or co-workers, Maggie Smith’s is ill-advised. EXPAND Maggie Smith's welcomes the DTC crowd. Maureen Witten For starters, the place is more of a sports bar that sells Guinness and Irish whiskey than it is an Irish pub, which is fine if you’re not in it for the food, because you’ll appreciate it as a comfortable … [Read more...] about Exploring Arapahoe Road: Feeling Lucky at Maggie Smith’s?
Two new food and beverage concepts recently opened at Generator, a European chain of upscale hostels that made its U.S. debut in Mid-Beach last month. Spearheading the food and beverage operations is Gui Jaroschy, a Broken Shaker veteran who took his talents to Generator to launch two concepts: Driftway poolside bar and lobby bar and restaurant Jim and Neesie.Right in step with the hostel’s chill ambiance, Jim and Neesie is welcoming and laid-back with a refined sensibility. Dim lighting, brick walls, dangling lanterns made out of textured wine bottles, and homey accents like family portraits and indoor plants lend the place a cozy feel. “We wanted to channel a cool European couple that likes to host dinner parties in their living room,” Jaroschy says.The drink list features an interesting concept: tableside cocktails. The libations are prepared, pre-stirred, bottled, and refrigerated at 28 degrees Fahrenheit. The bartender pours the drinks at your table, presenting … [Read more...] about Generator Miami Debuts Two Food and Beverage Concepts by Gui Jaroschy