Cocktails

The Scum and Villainy Cantina

Several months ago, an event popped up in my Facebook feed, advertising a Star Wars themed pop up bar in Hollywood called the Scum and Villainy Cantina. I immediately went online and bought tickets and then promptly forgot about it until a few weeks ago when reservations for the bar opened up. Matt and I decided to go to SVC during his spring break, so we chose a Wednesday evening at 6:00. Each ticket came with two drink tokens, a souvenir glass and a souvenir coin, along with access to the bar for two hours (which was plenty of time).

We arrived to the “secret” (not so much anymore) location about a half an hour before our reservation, and found a parking spot on Cahuenga immediately. If you have ever tried to park in Hollywood, you know how next to impossible that is. We were the second group in line, so we could have gotten there later and been fine, but I always prefer to be early. About fifteen minutes before our entrance time, we were checked in and given our two drink tokens. We were let into the bar right at 6:00.

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Inside was dark and foggy (and terrible for taking pictures). There wasn’t a ton of decoration, per se, it was really more like we had actually walked into a bar in space. The music was eclectic and nerdy–I mean, they played the Flash Gordon theme song by Queen so I had no complaints about that. In general, I thought they captured the atmosphere of a space cantina pretty well. We grabbed two seats at the bar and cashed in our first tokens. Tokens were only good for specialty cocktails or  beer, but they did also have a full bar. First I tried the Big Bang. All of the cocktails came with a glowstick in them.

With my second token I tried the Dark Side of the Moon. Both of the cocktails were fine. Neither was so amazing that I would order them again, but they were both tasty and seemed to have a decent amount of alcohol.

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The best part about being at SVC was the people watching. A lot of people (most, really) came in costume and everyone was willing to pose for pictures, which was fun for us since we didn’t dress up. We saw some really cool outfits.

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Matt totally photo bombed my Stormtrooper selfie.

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About a half an hour before our time was over, the big guy came out. It was fun to see the Stormtroopers (who were guests at the bar) immediately flock to his side and flank him as he walked around the bar.

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Matt and I had a really fun time hanging out at the Scum and Villainy Cantina. We didn’t try any of the food since it all seemed pretty generic (we hit up In N Out on the way home, which is really the only way to do it), but we enjoyed the drinks. The prices for the other drinks at the bar seemed pretty on par with most of Hollywood, and while tickets for the bar were a little steep (I think we paid $50 per ticket), I found the whole experience to be worth what we paid.

As far as I know, there are no more reservations available for SVC, but they do have some walk up spots available. I would check their website and/or social media channels for the latest updates on accommodating walk ups. If you are a Star Wars fan in the So Cal area, I would 100% recommend checking out the experience. It was definitely a fun and nerdtastic experience!

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DCA Food and Wine Festival Highlights Part Two

So the 2017 Food and Wine Festival is quickly coming to an end (sob!) and I am so sad to see it go! I have tried lots of yummy food and drinks at the festival this year, and I kind of wish we had access to all this yumminess all year long. But alas, these goodies will be leaving us shortly (April 16th) and then it will be time to countdown until next year’s festival. I made a lot of progress on my food and drink checklist in the past two weeks so of course I have to share all the goodness with all of you. If you missed part one of the highlight reel, you might want to check that out first. Get ready to get hungry!

Okay, so this is the real highlight for me: the French Onion Mac and Cheese from the Onion Lair. OMG. Probably one of the best mac and cheese dishes I have ever tasted. So flavorful and cheesy and amazing. Also from the Onion Lair is the Chocolate and Raspberry Feuillete Tart. It was a tasty pastry, but it wasn’t anything super fantastic. It kind of tasted like a fancy Pop Tart.

On my one trip to the festival sans Squirt, I took full advantage of being childless for the day and imbibed in all the wine. On the left is the Mimosa Flight from Uncork CA. I liked all of the different flavors, but my favorite was the apricot. It was a surprising choice, but it was yummy. I wish they had included a berry flavored mimosa to balance out the flavors, but the ones they included were all good. On the right is the Sangria Flight, and again, they were all tasty. I loved the peach, but the white sangria was also super good.

These are two items that were on the menu last year, and were definitely highlights of the festival. The Maple Bacon Whoopie Pie was just as delicious this year as it was last year, and I’m glad I got it again. The Smoked Bacon Mac and Cheese was good, but it wasn’t as good as the French Onion Mac. It needed salt and maybe some variation in the cheese flavors in order to make it awesome.

I didn’t actually eat this Garlic Rosemary Ice Cream, but my Disney bestie Brianna did. I did sample a bite, and it was not my thing, but Brianna really liked it. I want my ice cream to be sweet, not savory, so this is not an item I would order on my own. Glad I tried it though, because it was definitely interesting!

At the Paradise Garden Grill, we ordered the Pretzel with Beer Mustard and the Beer Braised Pork Tacos. The pretzel tasted like a pretty average pretzel, and while I liked the mustard, I prefer my pretzels with cheese. If it had come with beer cheese, it would have been bomb!

The tacos were amazing. The pork was really tender and the apple slaw on top was the perfect complement. I had been craving good tacos for a couple days when I had these and they really hit the spot.

I have a couple more items on my list that I really want to try before the festival is over, but if I don’t get the chance, I am overall really pleased with everything I sampled this year. There wasn’t anything I ate or drank that I just straight up didn’t like. There were definitely some items I loved more than others (woot woot mac and cheese), but everything was good and I would eat most of the items again if I could.

Have you been to the Food and Wine Festival this year? What was your favorite food or drink item?

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Recipe: Fun and Festive Holiday Cocktail

Well, folks, it’s Monday, which means we are all in need of a little cocktail, am I right? Today I have a super simple and delicious holiday cocktail recipe for you. This would be great for a party, and you could even make a big batch in a punch bowl if you wanted to serve it as an alcoholic punch. Here’s the ingredients you will need: vodka, cranberry raspberry spritzer (this particular one is from Trader Joe’s, but I have seen similar drinks at most supermarkets), and an orange. How pretty is that orange? I sent Matt to the market and told him I needed a photogenic orange (exact words) and he delivered this beauty!




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For the drink, mix two shots of vodka and two shots of the cranberry raspberry spritzer. Then squeeze the juice from half of the orange into your drink and mix together. I don’t recommend shaking since the juice is carbonated, just give it a good stir. If you are not a huge vodka fan, you can always add more of the juices to mask the flavor. Adjust to your taste! You could also add ice if you so desire, but since I always keep my vodka in the freezer and the juice was refrigerated, I didn’t need it.

This cocktail is super yummy and super easy to make, plus it came out to be the perfect color for a holiday drink! I would definitely serve this at a party, it would make a great Christmas cocktail!

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All the decor in these pictures can be found at Target. The gold polka dot glasses and the mini Christmas trees were in the dollar bins, and the light up “Cheers” sign was in the party section (and it was only $12, total score in my opinion!).

Happy holidays friends! What are you going to be drinking tonight?


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Halloween Food List Check In 

It’s hard to believe, but the month of October is almost halfway over! Seriously, where has the time gone?!?! A few weeks ago I devised a checklist of all of the Halloween Time sweets and treats I wanted to try this fall at the Disneyland Resort. I have been making pretty good headway, but I do still have a few items to squeeze in before the end of the month. Guess I am going to have to make some special trips to the park (aw shucks!). Today I want to focus on the goodies I have been able to try so far and give you some of my thoughts!




First is the maple creme brulee from Jolly Holiday at Disneyland. This is one of my favorite things I have eaten at Disneyland ever. I am a big fan of anything maple flavored, and you can’t really go wrong with creme brulee. I would eat this all the time if it became a regular fixture at the park.

The caramel apple smoothie from Schmoozies at California Adventure was also super tasty. Even though this is a fall flavor, given that it is a frozen smoothie, it is great for a So Cal “fall” day (aka when it’s still 80 degrees in October).

This sweet treat wasn’t on my original list, but I couldn’t pass up a poison apple cake pop. It was yummy, but I really wanted it for the cuteness factor.

This is the pumpkin twist, which is available at Maurice’s Treats at Disneyland or at Cozy Cone at DCA. This one was just okay. I liked that it had a good dash of cinnamon to complement the pumpkin, but it would have been better if it were served heated.

You can’t go wrong with just about anything at Carthay Circle, and that certainly goes for the poison appletini. I actually had one of these last year so it was kind of cheating putting it on my list again, but I will drink one of these bad boys every Halloween if I can. It’s super tasty, and you get to keep the awesome poison apple ice cube!

This is the spider parfait from Pizza Port at Disneyland. It’s got a layer of chocolate, then a layer of orange, then a layer of chocolate. The orange is a little fake tasting, but the chocolate is really yummy. I don’t know that I love the combo, but it’s an okay dessert.

The supernova pizza special from Pizza Port turned out to be a pleasant surprise. I had no idea what was on the seasonal pizza until I saw it, and honestly even then I wasn’t totally sure what it was all about. This pizza has a garlicky sauce, Canadian bacon, a ranch type drizzle, and fried pickles. Yeah, you read that right, fried pickles. Fried pickles are one of my all-time favorite foods. You put them on pizza, and I am a happy camper. I wasn’t expecting this to be as good as it was, and I would definitely eat this again.





I am hoping it starts to get a little cooler during the next two weeks so that I am actually in the mood to try all the soups on the list. Have you eaten anything tasty at Disneyland or Disney World this fall season? What would you most like to try?


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A Girl’s Day in Solvang

On the way home from our family trip to San Francisco, my most amazing husband ever was kind enough to drop me off in Solvang so I could join my group of girlfriends for a one night wine tasting trip. Solvang is a small town a little ways north of Santa Barbara that features lots of Danish influence, cute little shops, and lots and lots of wine. I, sadly, missed out on most of the actual wine tasting during the trip, but I did manage to arrive in time for happy hour at our hotel and did plenty of catching up. We had a perfectly lovely (and much needed) girls night away from home and it was so awesome we decided to make it an annual event. Here are some of the more appropriate highlights of our stay…




We spent the night at Hotel Corque (pronounced “cork”), which was very chic and boutiquey. We got a chance to enjoy happy hour at their restaurant, Root 246, which had great appetizers and tasty wine (obvs). I would have liked to have had another day so we could have enjoyed the pool during the day. We went for a dip right before the pool closing time and it looked like it would have been a very relaxing place to spend the day.

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The rooms at Hotel Corque were really nice (sorry I didn’t get a pic, one of my very lovely friends was in a bit of a hurry to get us down to happy hour before it ended…) and it is definitely somewhere I would stay again. It was also centrally located, meaning it was walkable, which is obviously important on a trip with a lot of drinking involved.

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Also, there is this old-fashioned stockade in front of the hotel, which clearly makes for some fun drunken pictures. For our dinner, we walked down to the Landsby hotel and ate at Mad and Vin. They had the best fries I have ever eaten in my entire life. Seriously, I would go there just for the fries. This is another hotel I would consider staying at in the future. Very cute, and West Elmy.

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As you can maybe imagine, after a full day of nothing but wine, we were a little worse for the wear when we woke up the next morning. So we walked down to Paula’s Pancake House, which is one of the most popular breakfast spots in Solvang. None of us actually had pancakes, because sweet is not usually the way to go with a hangover, but the hash browns were bomb and we all managed to eat enough to prep us for the ride home.

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I, of course, had to snap this picture of the Little Mermaid statue since it is one of my faves (the author, Hans Christian Andersen was Danish). I would like to point out that we obviously had an amazing girls trip given my utter lack of pictures from the trip. We had a great time exploring Solvang, and drinking lots (and lots) of wine.




Where is your favorite place for a girls’ trip? Where should we head next? Let me know!

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Recipe: The Perfect Summer Michelada

Summer is officially in full swing and I have been loving this mild, but still sunny and warm weather we have been having here in So Cal. I don’t know about you, but for me, there is nothing better in the summer than a tasty cocktail (who I am I kidding, I feel this way about all seasons). One of my summer favorites is the michelada. The michelada is a traditional Mexican drink, and there are tons of variations as to how to craft one. Lots of recipes call for a bit of tomato juice, but I have never liked vegetables getting in the way of my alcohol, so the hubs and I (mostly him) came up with this perfect recipe. It is super tasty and very refreshing!




For this recipe, you will need the following ingredients (it seems like a lot, but most of them are probably already in your cupboards): tequila, beer, lime juice, Tabasco, Worcestershire or soy sauce, margarita salt, chili powder, lime, and jalapenos (optional).

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The first step is to make the salt for the rim of your glass. Mix the margarita salt and some chili powder in a bowl that is flat enough for you to be able to dip the rim of your glass in it.

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From there, mixing the drink is easy. Just follow these steps:

  1. First, salt the rim of your cup, then add 1 oz of lime juice.
  2. Add one shot of tequila (you can always do more/less depending on how boozy you want it).
  3. Add 2-4 dashes of the Worcestershire or soy sauce.
  4. Add a dash of Tabasco to taste (I only like one, but Matt puts in a few).
  5. Mix those ingredients together, then add your beer.
  6. Add ice and garnish with a lime and/or jalapenos.

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To me, the michelada is a perfect summer cocktail. It is a definite step up from a beer, and it has just a hint of spice and citrus to make it super summery. Have you made micheladas before? What goes into your recipe?

Cheers!


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Take a Look at The Fifth Rooftop Bar and Lounge in Anaheim

On Wednesday night, I was invited to attend the grand opening press event for the newest in Anaheim entertainment, the Fifth Rooftop Bar and Lounge, which is atop the Grand Legacy Hotel (where Matt and I will be staying next month for my birthday trip to Disneyland). The Fifth is the only rooftop bar in Anaheim, which is crazy because it is definitely an awesome place to have a rooftop bar, as you have amazing views of the Disney parks. That is the main selling point of the Fifth, the incredible views, but they also have some tasty beverages and small bites.

Here is their menu of specialty cocktails…

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…and their champagne cocktails. Any bar that has a separate menu for champagne cocktails is okay by me!

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My Disney bestie Brianna accompanied me to the event and she sampled the That Old Rye. I am not a whisky/bourbon girl so it didn’t sound appealing to me, but Brianna liked it (though apparently it was a little sweet for her liking). I had the Champina, which tasted like a pina coloda with champagne in it. And yes, it was as delicious as it sounds. The only problem is I could have easily had ten of them before realizing I was all of the sudden drunk. I didn’t actually do that…this time.

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While we enjoyed our cocktails, we took in the amazing view of both Disneyland and California Adventure. There is a glass wall up around the edge of the bar so the views are pretty unobstructed.

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The Fifth also offers some small bites to snack on. We tried the tater tots, and they were pretty yummy.

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The main event of the evening was the Disneyland Forever fireworks viewing. The Fifth has an amazing view of the show. Honestly, I don’t even think you get a view like this if you are at one of the hotels on Disney property.

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The only downside to watching the fireworks from the bar is that you don’t get the music (though they did have a DJ playing it at the event, I’m not sure if that is a nightly occurrence). But you get to enjoy a cocktail while you watch, so that definitely makes up for the lack of music (in my mind).

In general, I was very impressed with the ambiance of the bar, and the cocktails and food that we tried. The main downside for me was that there were quite a few kids in the lounge area. I understand the clientele for a hotel in the Disneyland area is going to be families, but for me, if I am going to be hanging out at a place that brands itself as a bar, I’m expecting to be able to enjoy some adult conversation. The Fifth has some large lawn type games set up, which would totally be fun to play as an adult with friends, but with kids around, they were the ones playing them, and rather loudly. The service was also a little bit on the slow side, though I think that is to be expected at any new bar or restaurant. Everyone on staff was very friendly and helpful when you were talking to them and ordering.

Since we already have plans to stay at the Grand Legacy in July, we will definitely be making a trip up to the Fifth again. I’m hoping they will have tightened up on service at that point, but really we will be going there for the drinks and the fireworks. At this time, it looks as if the Fifth is only going to be open to hotel guests staying at the Grand Legacy, though that could definitely change as the bar becomes more popular. I will be sure to include my thoughts on my second trip to the bar in July!

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