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Formosa Cafe Interior (2) Formosa Cafe Interior (5) Sitting on Santa Monica Blvd, on the corner of Formosa Avenue, is the Formosa Cafe. Located in a former Red Car Trolley, the Formosa has been a Hollywood hangout and a Los Angeles icon for 75 years. My grandparents went there in the 1940s and 1950s and my parents hung out there in the 1960s. Formosa Then when the movie Swingers came out in 1996, suddenly it was the place to be for myself and my post-college friends. The long space with low lighting, red leather booths and celebrities photos hanging on every possible space on the wall was just like when my grandparents and parents would go there.
Sangrita, which means “little blood”, is a non-alcoholic complement to a shot of straight tequila blanco.  Traditionally, a sangrita is made with tomato juice and spices which are meant to enhance the tequila.  But, Sangrita is more than that, as proven during the LA Regional finals of the Tequila Ocho Viva Sangrita! Competition, hosted by the Bon Vivants. Winners from the regional contests, which took place in San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, and Boston, will be sent to compete in the finals at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans in July.  The National winner will win a trip to Mexico, to the highlands of Jalisco, to visit the home of Tequila Ocho.