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Small Bites: Get your punch bowls ready, it's a competition at Malo; Comme Ca and Pizzeria Ortica celebrate Repeal Day

November 25, 2009 |  8:30 am


A call for punch recipes: RumDood.com and Malo Cantina announce their first live punch competition, sponsored by Kraken rum. Punches must be original recipes containing the classic five elements: sugar, spices (or bitters), citrus, water and a high-proof spirit (it need not be rum). Punch recipe entries must be submitted by Monday to contests@rumdood.com or rhachel@sbcglobal.net. The top six submitted punch recipes will be selected by Rhachel Shaw of Malo and Matt Robold of RumDood.com to participate in the live punch party/contest at Malo on Dec. 10. (Contestants or a representative must be able to attend the live competition.) Malo will provide punch bowls, ice and any ingredients needed other than homemade ingredients and rare liqueurs. Contestants will compete for prizes for “Most Popular Punch,” voted on by all attendees, as well as “Judges’ Favorite,” voted on by a panel of judges. The winner of the “Most Popular Punch” will receive $150. The winner of the “Judges’ Favorite Punch” takes home $500. The contest will be open to the public. Stay tuned for ticket information. Malo, 4326 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 664-1011, www.malorestaurant.com.

76-cent cocktails! Comme Ça and Pizzeria Ortica are celebrating the 76th anniversary of Repeal Day, with cocktails priced at 76 cents (one per guest). Note: Your first round will cost you $11 a drink, but the second one’s 76 cents. You will need to know the password to take advantage of the offer: “Roosevelt.” In addition to the classic old-fashioned, sidecar and French 75, there will be: the Mary Pickford (light rum, unsweetened pineapple juice, grenadine, maraschino cherry),  the Colony Cocktail (gin, grapefruit juice, maraschino liqueur), the  Bacardi Cocktail (light rum, lime juice, grenadine) and the Barbary Coast (Scotch, gin, crème de cacao, heavy cream). Comme Ça will be offering its Repeal Day promotion from Dec. 4 to Dec. 6; Pizzeria Ortica’s promotion will begin Dec. 4 and continue through Dec. 11, to celebrate its new liquor license. Comme Ça, 8479 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood; (323) 782-1104; www.commecarestaurant.com. Pizzeria Ortica, 600 Anton Blvd., Costa Mesa; (714) 445-4900; www.pizzeriaortica.com.

-- Betty Hallock

Photo: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times