Stories about Vaca

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, 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

, 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

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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, 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

Review: At Konbi in Echo Park, Japanese sandwiches with a cult following

Patricia Escárcega • Los Angeles Times • January 24, 2019

Vaca tends to customers at Konbi’s 10-seat counter. (Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times) Suffused in Southern California sunlight (Konbi is open only during the day), blond wood and the youthful energy of its clientele, Konbi is far removed from the

Sabores Mexican Grill Shutters; Bella Cuba Moves In

Edwin Goei • OC Weekly • October 31, 2011

place posted anywhere. As far as how Bella Cuba will do, or more importantly, what it will serve (I'm hoping for some good vaca frita), only time will, once again, tell. Follow @OCWeeklyFood on Twitter and Facebook!

Roots Gourmet for the Home Team

Edwin Goei • OC Weekly • February 17, 2011

, pickle, pork and mustard pressed down between halves of a French roll. A plate of vaca frita, a close cousin to the classic Cuban ropa vieja, can make those expensive braised short ribs served elsewhere cower in shame. After cooking, the hunks of skirt