INGREDIENTS:
— 1 can (13.5 oz.) Thai coconut milk
— 2 cups mango puree (can be store bought or made at home with ripe mango blended with a tablespoon of water)
— 2 oz. fresh lime juice
— 4 oz. agave syrup
— 2 cups water
— 1 tbsp. dried coconut
— 1 Fresno chile
— 10 oz. tequila or mescal, if desired
— dash of salt
— Tajin seasoning and mango slices for garnish

DIRECTIONS:
Blend ingredients together with ice until achieving a frosty puree consistency. If using, add tequila or mescal; omit for a nonalcoholic cocktail. Serve in Tajin-rimmed glass and garnish with mango slices dipped in tajin. Makes four to five servings.

Salazar, in the Los Angeles neighborhood known as Frogtown, occupies the grounds of what was once an auto body shop, and it has what is arguably the best patio in the city. The great feeling of hospitality and fun extends to this cocktail, which can be enjoyed with alcohol or without. “This creamy slushy is perfect for those hot summer afternoons while dining outside, like we do at Salazar,” says Beverage Director Adan Maldonado. “It pairs great with chile and citrus, such as fruit dressed with chile and lime juice, ceviche or a spicy Thai papaya salad.”

Courtesy of Salazar

With a beachside locale and a laidback, surf-town vibe, Ventura County Coast is awash with inspiration for your next meeting and event. The region is home to four communities— Camarillo, Oxnard, Ventura, and Port Hueneme—and is ideal for groups from 10 to 1,000.  

 

Ever since I visited the Pasolivo olive ranch in Paso Robles a few years ago, their tree-to-table olive oils have been my evoo of choice to sprinkle on the fresh greens I grow in my backyard garden. So, I was thrilled to hear from the Pasolivo team that their flavored olive oils can add an antioxidant-packed addition to easy make-at-home cocktails. Here’s their recipe for a simple gin-based drink. 

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After many delays and budget overruns, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures has finally opened. It’s a blockbuster, with enough dazzle, beauty and innovation to, arguably, justify its $484 million cost. And, in good news for meeting planners, the event space here is gorgeous!