You know that inconspicuously inviting tent you probably saw at a farmers market in Long Beach? That's the Pop-Up Coffee Shop, also called Wide Eyes Open Palms, an independently owned, environmentally sustainable local business that truly adds to Long Beach's reputation as a great place to eat, drink coffee and support the eco-friendly use of fresh ingredients.
The cost of 100% grassfed ground beef—the beef served at the Bixby Knolls gastropub The Factory—has gone up 50% over the past two months. The lack of rain in California has drastically diminished grazing land, causing the restaurant’s rancher, Jay Shipman of J&J Grassfed Beef, a California operated small family business, to make dramatic changes to his business model in order to sustain probability.
Be it your basic nature and obsession with their Pumpkin Spice Latte or you having to hide your secret obsession with their shakes-as-coffee Frappuccinos, fear not having to venture to Pine for your fix. The green mermaid is expanding its operations downtown by opening a new location at Broadway and Magnolia (right across the street from competition Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf in the courthouse).
Sip LBC week isn't just about the drinks themselves but also about the art of crafting cocktails. Enter Cutthroat Cocktail tomorrow evening, the libation-centered competition which mimics the famed Kitchen version on television and aims to put some of Long Beach’s best beverage connoisseurs to the test. For the foodies obsessed with all-things-grub on TV, Chef Rahm Fama, host of Food Network’s Meat & Potatoes, will serve as emcee.
It’s time, Long Beach, to show your love and appreciation for the men and women who work tirelessly behind our favorite spot—the bar—in order to quench our thirst with delicious, inventive and downright glorious liquid concoctions. It is the inaugural SIP LBC Week and we have your guide to some of the best drinks in town.