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Recipe hack: How to make Vaca’s frozen gin and tonic at home

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • July 29, 2020

I am crazy about the Vaca tonic at Vaca, a Spanish tapas spot in Costa Mesa. This frozen gin and tonic is one of the most refreshing cocktails in Southern California. And since the beginning of the pandemic, they’ve been selling that drink to-go

served straight from the frozen drink machine inside the restaurant. So I have been obsessing about this drink. I almost bought a frozen drink machine like Vaca’s but decided my pantry was too small for that. AdChoices ADVERTISING Ads by Teads Then I

Recipe hack: How to make Vaca’s frozen gin and tonic at home

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • July 23, 2020

It’s no secret that I love the Vaca tonic at Vaca in Costa Mesa. This frozen gin and tonic is one of the most refreshing cocktails in Orange County. And since the beginning of the pandemic, they’ve been selling that drink to-go, which is brilliant

the frozen drink machine inside the restaurant. While stuck at home more than usual for the past few months, I obsessed about this drink. I almost bought a frozen drink machine like Vaca’s but decided my pantry was too small for that. I then realized I

L.A. special occasion takeout and delivery recommendations

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • April 15, 2020

artful geometries) that gives the meal a grander sense of occasion. occasional specials. Pickup only. 12244 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, (310) 826-4737, shunji-ns.com Vaca Paella Valenciana is always a festive dish. Aromatic with saffron and shot through

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Best thing I ate: Paella Valencia and Vaca tonics at home

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • April 22, 2020

The Vaca tonic cocktail at Vaca in Costa Mesa is by now one of the most iconic drinks in Orange County. It’s a frozen gin and tonic served from one of those ’80s-era frozen daiquiri machines. An adult slushie made with Brooklyn gin, lime juice and

pouches keep well in the freezer for days. The texture of the frozen lime juice and gin is very different than the original Vaca tonic straight from the machine. The ice crystals are flatter and sharper but the flavor is still somehow just as incredible

The 75 best restaurants in Orange County in 2019 (15-1)

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • May 3, 2019

Cindy Yamanaka, Orange County Register/SCNG) 9. Broadway (2018 ranking: 16) This is the best restaurant in Laguna Beach. This is the original joint venture from the same team that operates Vaca: chef Amar Santana and frontman Ahmed Labbate. If you’ve

, brickpizzeria.com The carne pizza at Brick in San Clemente includes housemade sausage, porchetta and two types of salame (Photo by Brad A. Johnson, Orange County Register/SCNG) 6. Vaca (2018 ranking: 2) One the one hand, Amar Santana and Ahmed Labbate’s Vaca is the

Vine    A Restaurant    The Ranch Restaurant    Irenia    Water Grill    Broadway    Mastro's Steakhouse    Brick    Vaca    Arc    Taco María    Marché Moderne    Bourbon Steak    Hana re    Solita   

Critic’s Notebook: Where to find great cocktails to-go

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • June 11, 2020

, Orange County Register/SCNG) Vaca tonic from Vaca One of the greatest cocktails ever conceived: Brooklyn Gin and Fever Tree Tonic, frozen, garnished with basil blossoms. $10 each. 695 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-463-6060, vacarestaurant.com. Frozen

Vaca tonic from the temporary takeout menu at Vaca in Costa Mesa (Photo by Brad A. Johnson, Orange County Register/SCNG) Margaritas from Water Grill Textbook classic (and very strong) silver margaritas, sold by the quart. Unfortunately these are no

Critic’s Notebook: Takeout vs. dining out, what’s working and what’s not

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • June 17, 2020

., Costa Mesa, 714-538-8444, tacomaria.com Vaca Large paella, salad, vegetables, dessert. 695 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-463-6060, vacarestaurant.com

Critic’s Notebook: My 5 favorite restaurants right now

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • October 31, 2019

“Hey Brad, where should I eat this week?”  I hear some version of that question every day, so one might think I’d have a canned answer queued up and ready to go. More often than not, I’ve replied “Hana re.” Or else Taco Maria or Vaca. Looking back

Best thing I drank: Critic Brad A. Johnson’s top 5 drinks of 2018

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • December 20, 2018

Diablo cocktail at Anepalco on Chapman in Orange. (Photo by Brad A. Johnson, Orange County Register/SCNG) 1. Vaca Tonic at Vaca. Brooklyn Gin and Fever Tree Tonic, frozen, garnished with basil blossoms ($13). 695 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-463

-6060, vacarestaurant.com Frozen Vaca Tonic at Vaca in Costa Mesa (Photo by Brad A. Johnson, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Amar Santana’s Vaca Shows the Top Chef Contender at His Finest

Edwin Goei • OC Weekly • February 10, 2016

One of the first things I saw at Vaca, Amar Santana’s new Spanish restaurant across from South Coast Plaza, was the ham leg propped up on a proper jamonera, an L-shaped board with two metal stirrups specifically designed for displaying Spanish hams

. That the ham was essentially lit by a spotlight as the star of the embutido bar should tell you how much Vaca is selling it for. As of this writing, an ounce of the jamón Ibérico cinco jotas will set you back $36. Why so much? Because not only has this