My Restaurant Crush: Where Kaley Cuoco Goes for ‘Killer’ Margaritas

06/16/2014 at 04:29 PM ET

Kaley Cuoco; margarita
Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic; Courtesy Gracias Madre

What Los Angeles restaurant does Kaley Cuoco Sweeting hit when a Mexican food craving strikes?

“Gracias Madre. I am obsessed,” the recently married actress told PEOPLE at Rebecca Taylor’s launch of the Little White Dress Collection benefitting Baby Buggy in L.A. “My sister turned me onto it and I love it. I love that it’s very healthy, and I still feel like I’m eating so much Mexican food but it’s not as bad as the real thing.”

The vegan hotspot (from the founders of L.A.’s Cafe Gratitude, where Beyoncé and Anna Paquin have both been spotted) is certainly a far cry from The Cheesecake Factory, where Cuoco’s character on The Big Bang Theory works as a waitress. Think dishes like cauliflower tacos and butternut squash quesadillas, with cashew cheese and cashew crema subbing for toppings like nacho cheese and sour cream.

“And their margaritas are killer,” Cuoco says of the West Hollywood restaurant.

Beverage director Jason Eisner exclusively shared his recipe for Gracias Madre’s most popular margarita, an orange version made with reposado tequila and rimmed with housemade orange salt.

Thanks to organic agave nectar and fresh lime juice instead of sweet-and-sour mix, you can feel almost healthy about this happy hour drink. Cheers to Cuoco for sharing her crush — we just hope new husband Ryan Sweeting doesn’t get too jealous.

The Purista
Makes 1

1 lime wedge
Sweet orange salt, for rimming (recipe below)
2 oz. organic reposado tequila
1 oz. freshly pressed lime juice
½ oz. organic agave nectar
3 dashes orange bitters
Lime peel, for garnish

1. Use the lime wedge to moisten the rim of a double rocks glass, then dip the rim into sweet orange salt to coat.

2. Combine tequila, lime juice, agave nectar, and orange bitters in a cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into the glass. Add 3-4 ice cubes and a lime peel.

Sweet Orange Salt
1 pinch sea salt
1 pinch sugar
Orange zest, to taste
1 lime wedge

In a small bowl, combine sea salt and sugar. Rub orange zest into the sea salt-sugar mixture.

—Marissa Conrad, with reporting by Gabrielle Olya

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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ratscallion on

oh man that photo of her, she doesn’t even name a red nose to do a clown routine! eeeek!

Tara on

she is so unfortunate looking

Charli on

I like her hair in the pic.

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