The latest chapter in Beachwood Sparks’ career could be called “Back to the Future.”
The Los Angeles-based band had everything going for it in the late ’90s — local headlining gigs; opening slots for big-name artists like Beck; and a brand-spanking-new, self-produced debut album, ready to turn the rock world on its head.
But shortly before it was set to be released, two key members left the band. Instead of releasing their record as planned, Beachwood Sparks was picked up by Seattle label, Sub Pop, and put out a completely retooled debut in 2000.
Since then, the band has released a string of albums and EPs under the Beachwood Sparks moniker — and has also amassed a sizable body of work in their various side-projects. Having taken a break from touring, the band has finally released its true debut — Desert Skies — the one that captured the band in its original form (it’s out now).
CityEats caught up with bassist Brent Rademaker at home in L.A. and talked about his band’s new/old album, smoothies and IKEA Swedish meatballs. Keep reading…
On the first day of Christmas, your true love – or a friendly bar professional – can serve you one of these holiday-themed cocktails. And on the second day. And the third.
Hazelnut Old Fashion at Bibiana in Washington, DC.
Michael King, beverage director at Bibiana in Washington, DC, developed more than two dozen cocktails to roll out during the 25 days leading up to December 25. The bar will debut a new libation each night to enjoy with chef Nicholas Stefanelli’s seasonal bar snacks, such as fried mussels with pickled chili peppers and pork skins with Parmigiano and black truffle.
Get started now on King’s Hazelnut Old Fashioned – the bourbon needs time to infuse. It goes perfectly with dessert, especially of the dark chocolate variety.
If you prefer a more immediate warm-up, consider the floral Caffe Corretto with your sugar cookies. The espresso will help you stay up while you wait for Santa, and the grappa will make it easy to shut your eyes afterward.
As we pay greater attention to where our food comes from, our health and the health of what we’re consuming, even the most carnivorous eaters are taking a break from meat – at least occasionally. Of course, it can be challenging to follow Meatless Monday, the international campaign to eat vegetarian on Mondays. So we’ve turned to chefs for a little inspiration. Today, Swift’s Attic in Austin, TX serves up Mushroom Chow Fun.
Holiday Tea Cookie Collection Photo Credit: One Girl Cookies
With over 3,000 restaurants in NYC and only three meals a day, how do you choose your food wisely? We’ve foraged through the five boroughs tasting everything we can get our mouths on, and these are The Ten favorites (for right now).
‘Tis the season for cookies! Most of these varieties are available for this month only, so indulge while you can. Bring them along to holiday parties, enjoy them at home alone, or gift them to friends and family across the country — several of these local bakeries ship nationwide.
One Girl Cookies Holiday gift tins are in season at One Girl Cookies. The tea cookie collection (pictured) includes Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Thumbprint cookies, Cardamom Cassis Bar cookies, and Prosecco-glazed Lemon Drop cookies. Their famous whoopie pies are featured in another holiday tin — you’ll get an assortment of pumpkin, chocolate and red velvet, all filled with cream cheese frosting. Keep reading…
Sometimes life calls for a cocktail — and here at CityEats, we’re especially fond of celebrating Thirsty Thursdays. While you can’t go wrong with a simple vodka and soda, there are times when you want to really shake things up. We turn to area restaurants and bars for inspiration. This week, mix up a Hot CoConut from Pounds & Ounces in New York.
½ oz Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur
1 ½ oz Stoli Chocolate Coconut
¾ cup steamed milk mixed with about semi-sweet chocolate