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Drinking the Bottom Shelf: Malibu Red

Drinks Will Gordon 10 comments

A kindly publicist sent us a new bottle of booze last week, about which I offer the following mixed review. Let's lead with the bad news that Malibu Red is a pretty lackluster name for a tequila, rum, and coconut liqueur hybrid. There's a good bit of red on the label, but the liquid itself is clear. Malibu Black—which is basically just a higher-proof version of the original Malibu coconut rum—has the good sense to be black, but I can't think of any reason why the Red isn't named Blue or Kai or any other little word. More

Drinking the Bottom Shelf: Admiral Nelson Coconut Rum

Drinks Will Gordon 17 comments

When was the last time anyone invented a new category of spirit? There's that very nice St. Germain elderflower liqueur that's in everything these days, but for the most part, the new stuff I see on the shelves is just reflavored versions of the old stuff. Vodka was the first, but it seems that now they've come for our rum. In the case of Malibu, they've now come for our rum thrice: First we had the original coconut Malibu, then we had all sorts of cranberry-cherry perversions of that, and now we've got imitators of these adulterations. More

A Burger (P)review of Dish in Malibu, California

A Hamburger Today Damon Gambuto 8 comments

[Photographs: Damon Gambuto] Dish 3939 Cross Creek Rd., Malibu, CA, 90265 (map) Cooking Method: Grilled Short Order: A backyard barbecue burger gets a professional touch. Want Fries with That? No fries to be had. Prices: Sirloin burger, $6.50 Notes:... More

Paradise Lost at Paradise Cove Beach Cafe in Malibu, California

A Hamburger Today Damon Gambuto 20 comments

Bob Morris' Paradise Cove Beach Cafe 28128 Pacific Coast Highway Malibu, CA 90265 (map); 310-457-2503; paradisecovemalibu.com Cooking Method: Grilled Short Order: If only the burger were as delightful as this oceanfront location Want Fries with That? I'd pass on... More

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