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Eva's occupies the same simple cottage that the dearly missed Drew's Caribbean Kitchen rented for many years. The best remnant from the Drew's days is an open kitchen that continues to flambé and sauté a cruise-ship tour of Caribbean cuisine, with stops for moist Bahamian conch fritters, a sweet St. Martin-style salad and enough varieties of rum to give Captain Morgan cirrhosis.
Start with a glass of Eva's Knockout Punch, an exotic, sweet-tart blend of fruit juices, cinnamon, clove, ginger and a whole lot of rum, then work your way through a mouthwatering menu of enticing dishes straight from the Caribbean. This is Eva... More »
When a cocktail recipe calls for a bizarre flavor of bitters, an esoteric kind of Portuguese brandy or a brand of tequila unavailable outside Mexico, there is only one thing to do: head to Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa and ask for Forrest... More »
Ask former Ritz-Carlton chef and Break of Dawn owner Dee Nguyen what he considers the best meal he's ever had, and he'll tell you it was a bowl of rice he ate with sea salt in 1984. It was the first bite of food given to the then-10-year-old... More »
The cozy, island-inspired Eva's Caribbean Kitchen down in South Laguna, makes magic with every dish--but the jerk chicken is the stuff of dreams. Served with sweet mango chutney, the grilled bird is moist, juicy and coated in dark, wild jerk seasoning. The flavor starts with a deep sweetness before unfolding into a garlicky, peppery fire that'll open up your pores and tear ducts. Pair the dish with one of Eva's famous Brown Suga cocktails. More »
What with all the spicy and jerk-encrusted deliciousness coming out of Eva's Caribbean Kitchen, it's only natural she would create a rum-based cocktail to complement her fine, fine dishes. And what a cocktail it is. Served in a martini glass, the Brown Suga (pronounced "shugga") is just as sweet as it sounds. Made with 12-year-old rum, sweet and sour and a squeeze of lime, the final touch is a rim of--you guessed it--brown sugar. Liquid heaven. More »