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$1 Drinks for National Repeal Day & other Tasty Tuesday News Bites

December 5, 2017 by Christina Minh

Happy Repeal Day Angelenos! Today marks the 84th anniversary of the squelching of the the 18th amendment. So how do we celebrate in Los Angeles? With $1 drinks across the city (well, at least a bunch of bars owned by the 1933 Group).

In other food news, a new Hello Kitty Mini Cafe will open in Victoria Gardens giving away lots of super cute freebies and Pie Hole expands into Long Beach giving away pies and coffee as well.

The weekend will bring some delicious events your way like The Extreme Beer Fest Los Angeles, Primal Kitchen’s grand opening party and The NoMad Holiday Spectacular happening at The Walker Inn.

As always, enjoy the rundown of all the tasty news bites below, along with the best food events happening this week.

Bon Appétit!

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Repeal Day Drink Specials (December 5)

The 1933 Group has made National Repeal Day drink specials an annual tradition, and this year is no different. $1 drinks (in a various forms at select times) will be available at each of nine Los Angeles establishments, including Thirsty Crow, Sassafras, La Cuevita and Highland Park Bowl drink up from 5 to 8 p.m. One drink at a time, while supplies last. Check out their Instagram post linking all the bars and their specials.

Oh, and here are a few other specials to keep in mind:

Brack Shop Tavern: Enjoy burlesque dancers, jazz music, and $5 Old Fashioned deals from 6 p.m. until midnight. Food specials include $6 deviled eggs, $10 shrimp cocktails, and $8 stuffed mushrooms.

Filifera: The rooftop bar and lounge located at the Hollywood Proper Residences, will be serving $5 Old Fashioned cocktails as well as $1 21st Amendment Lagers. Deals run 5 p.m. through 10 p.m.

Baran’s 2239: The South Bay bar will serve $5 Honest Abe Ciders from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Prank: DTLA bar is serving $7 Old Fashioned and $7 Manhattan from 2 p.m. to noon.

Brief History About The Seventh Street Produce Market on KCRW’s Good Food

The Seventh Street Produce Market just celebrated it’s centennial in early November. Writer Jean Trinh recently made an appearance on Good Food to discuss the evolution of the historical market, the generations of vendors and how the market is becoming a favorite for regular grocery shoppers. Give it a listen here.

The Pie Hole Opens in Long Beach with Free Swag, Pie & Coffee

The Pie Hole will open a new Belmont Shore location in Long Beach this Saturday December 9 giving away merchandise, gift cards, free mini pies and coffee to the first 60 people in line. Doors open at 8 a.m. If you miss the 60 mark, you can order up some new pie flavors from the December menu, additions include: peppermint chocolate chip, pear cranberry double crust and a festive egg nog custard pie with gingersnap crust.

New Hello Kitty Cafe Debuts This Week

The Hello Kitty Mini Cafe will expanded into Victoria Gardens in Rancho Cucamonga this Friday December 8 providing guests with new seasonal treats, beverages and super adorable stocking stuffers. The grand opening will take place from Friday, December 8 through Sunday, December 10 with a complementary drink of choice and a small gift from the Hello Kitty Cafe for the first 50 customers each day. Hello Kitty Mini Cafe is located at the Victoria Garden Chaffey Town Square, 12505 N. Mainstreet, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739.

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But Wait There’s More Hello Kitty!

Looking for something cute for the wine lover in your life? A new addition to the Sanrio universe of products are Hello Kitty wines. Produced by Torti “L’Eleganza del Vino” Wines, the lineup includes an award-winning Pinot Noir (recipient of the prestigious Vinitaly 5 Star Wines award in 2017), a “Sweet Pink” blend, Sparkling Rosé, Pinot Nero Vinified in White, as well as a special edition Sparkling Rosé with limited edition packaging. Prices range from $24 up to $479 depending on the type of package. The limited edition Hello Kitty wines are available in several specialty wine stores and grocery stores in California and can be purchased online at hellokitty.swvino.com.

Food Events for this Week in L.A.

Tuesday December 5th, 2017

In anticipation of The NoMad opening in DTLA in January 2018, bar director Leo Robitschek, bar manager Dave Purcell and team will takeover the Walker Inn in Koreatown for The NoMad Holiday Spectacular. The holiday pop-up will offer a festive cocktail menu, featuring “Naughty” and “Nice” selections, candy cane piña colada or pumpkin-spiced Mai Tai anyone? Available every Sunday, Monday and Tuesday night through Tuesday December 19, the NoMad Holiday Spectacular experience will also include a few seasonal surprises to be revealed in the coming weeks.

Down some tacos, drink some locally brewed beers and test your trivia skills this Tuesday during Tacos & Trivia night at Angel City Brewery in DTLA.

Wednesday December 6th, 2017

Rustic Canyon will host a special dinner event with Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski of Michelin-starred San Francisco eatery State Bird Provisions to celebrate the launch of their cookbook. For one night only, Brioza and Krasinski will prepare a menu of 12 to 15 dishes served family-style like Spicy yuba noodles with kimchi, crab & tomalley butter, “Ice cream” sandwiches and “World peace” peanut milk with muscovado. Tickets cost $125 a person and includes a signed copy of STATE BIRD PROVISIONS: A Cookbook.

Miracle on Santa Fe continues at Westbound now through December 31. The seasonal series will transform the craft cocktail bar into an over-the-top holiday extravaganza, complete with falling snow, specialty cocktails and a visit from Santa.

Every first and third Wednesday of the month, BEAR CITY brings free comedy and free pizza to Que Sera in Long Beach. FREE

Thursday December 7th, 2017

Celebrate the holidays during Plactica y Pruebas: The History of Chocolate at LA Plaza De Culturas y Artes. Trace the history chocolate while enjoying authentic Aztec hot chocolate and champurrado.

Friday December 8th, 2017

Bottlefish celebrates their one year anniversary by offering $2 oysters and a complimentary half-bottle of champagne when diners order the grand raw bar platter from December 8-15. Bottlefish is also gifting half-bottles of brut with orders of their anniversary specialty dish of ROE caviar served with house-made chips, crème fraiche, chopped eggs and minced red onion.

Take a Downtown Los Angeles foodie walking tour and savor what the bustling neighborhood has to offer. The tour is three hours long, participants will stop at six popular spots to eat and the tour guide will take folks through the history of DTLA. Happening Friday through Monday.

Saturday December 9th, 2017

The Extreme Beer Fest Los Angeles is coming to DTLA’s California Market Center this Saturday with creative beers both local and international.

Chef-driven culinary concept Primal Kitchen is celebrating its grand opening this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at its first California location in Culver City. The event is open to the public and will include tastings of Primal Kitchen’s menu items, local vendor giveaways, raffle prizes and more. The first 50 attendees at the event will receive free gift bags.

Experience the food and culture of East Hollywood’s ethnic neighborhoods through a four hour foodie tour this Saturday.

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Free Ice Cream this Weekend in DTLA & other Tasty Tuesday News Bites

November 28, 2017 by Christina Minh

It’s officially Christmas season in Los Angeles. This week, dive right into the holiday cheer with the L.A. Chefs Cookie Swap, a free holiday party at Greenbar Distillery and “Miracle on Santa Fe”a month long Christmas extravaganza happening at Westbound in DTLA.

Some establishments have already gotten in the spirit of giving as well. Catch freebies from famous black ice cream purveyors Little Damage this Thursday and at Mrs. Fields locations on December 4 for National Cookie Day.

The weekend will bring some delicious events your way like Taste of Tamales, a tea festival in Pasadena, and a Downtown Los Angeles foodie walking tour.

As always, enjoy the rundown of all the tasty news bites below, along with the best food events happening this week.

Bon Appétit!

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Free Mrs. Fields Cookie on National Cookie Day!

December 4 is National Cookie Day and the queen of cookies Mrs. Fields will officially celebrate her 40th anniversary on that same day by gifting the first 400 fans at every location of Mrs. Fields nationwide a free cookie.

@little.damage T SHIRTS are $10 for CYBER MONDAY! So you can be cute, but psycho, but cute, too! 🖤

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GMC x Little Damage Ultimate Black Edition Ice Cream Giveaway

GMC is rolling out a new car and on Thursday they’ll launch an “Ultimate Black Edition” of ice cream with Little Damage located in Downtown Los Angeles. The ice cream is a mixture of cardamom, cinnamon and nutmeg topped off with hints of chocolate. Guests can also opt for silver sprinkles and a GMC branded chocolate wafer. Little Damage will be giving away the free cones (while supplies last) on Thursday November 30 from 5 p.m. to midnight. After that the limited edition ice cream will be available for purchase ($7) during the duration of the Los Angeles Auto Show from December 1 through 10.

Ocean Prime Beverly Hills Next Holiday Luxe Lunch

On Monday, December 4 Ocean Prime located in Beverly Hills will launch a decadent three course lunch menu exclusively for the holidays. For $45 diners can choose from oysters to lobster bisque to start and continue onto an entree of their choice. Main courses include filet mignon, king crab legs or a shellfish Cobb Salad. Lastly, the holidays wouldn’t be complete without a little indulgence, dessert choices include hand spun sorbet, ice cream and a five layer carrot cake with cream cheese icing and pineapple syrup. The menu will be available until Friday, December 22.

Food Events for this Week in L.A.

Tuesday November 28th, 2017

Down some tacos, drink some locally brewed beers and test your trivia skills this Tuesday during Tacos & Trivia night at Angel City Brewery in DTLA.

Wednesday November 29th, 2017

Miracle on Santa Fe returns to Westbound this year from November 29 through December 31. The seasonal series will transform the craft cocktail bar into an over-the-top holiday extravaganza, complete with falling snow, specialty cocktails and a visit from Santa.

Horse Thief BBQ, located at Grand Central Market, will screen Dirty Dancing on their patio this Wednesday. The screening is free.

Thursday November 30th, 2017

Experience the food and culture of East Hollywood’s ethnic neighborhoods through a four hour foodie tour this Thursday.

Friday December 1st, 2017

There’s a free holiday party at Greenbar Distillery to celebrate the good things that happened this year and at the same time forget all the bad stuff with a craft cocktail and some joyful entertainment.

Take a Downtown Los Angeles foodie walking tour and savor what the bustling neighborhood has to offer. The tour is three hours long, participants will stop at six popular spots to eat and the tour guide will take folks through the history of DTLA.

Saturday December 2nd, 2017

Taste of Tamales annual Los Angeles Food Festival happening December 2-3 will have you eating some of the best tamales in town. More than 50,000 people are expected to attend the event and there will be live music, carnival rides and other fun activities. The event is free to attend.

The Devan Shah Tea Festival (formerly known as the Los Angeles International Tea Festival) returns to the Pasadena Convention Center on December 2-3 for one of the nation’s largest tea celebrations. Enjoy top quality tea and in-depth discussions and presentations on teas from every origin. There will even be a course to become a certified Tea Sommelier. Festival tickets are $15 each. Prices vary for the supplemental courses and classes. Check for discounted tickets via Goldstar before making your purchase.

There’s an “Early Bird Gets the Worm” event at Love & Salt this Saturday. The first 15 guests that arrive at the Manhattan Beach restaurant for Saturday brunch will receive chef Michael Fiorelli’s towering breakfast sandwich free. There’s also an option to order a $5 tequila sunrise with this deal. The breakfast sandwich is a new addition to the menu and features a housemade chicken sausage patty, cheesy-scrambled eggs and herb pesto, between a toasted Larder Baking Co. brioche bun. If you’re not one of the first 15, the breakfast sandwich can still be yours for $12.

Feastown at Eastown, a new, bimonthly popup night marketplace featuring food vendors and live music, returns in December with a holiday theme night. There is no cover to attend. Part of the proceeds from food purchases will go to help locals in need.

Sunday December 3rd, 2017

The Second Annual LA Chefs Cookie Swap returns this Sunday. Chef David LeFevre of Manhattan Beach Post will be baking Christmas cookies with some of his friends at Broken Spanish, Friends & Family, Rose Cafe, Rossoblu, Spago, and The Bellwether. They’ll create a special collaborative cookie plate to be sold at $20 at all seven restaurants and 100% of the proceeds will to to benefit the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.

There’s a CHSC cookbook sale at the Hollywood Farmers Market this Sunday. Proceeds from the gently used books will help grow the Los Angeles Public Library’s culinary collection.

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11 Last Minute Ideas for Where to Eat Out on Thanksgiving in L.A. & other Tasty Tuesday News Bites

November 21, 2017 by Christina Minh

Thanksgiving is this week and if you’re like me you have done zero in the planning department. Luckily there is still time to make reservations at some of the best establishments across Los Angeles. If you’re still looking (and I know many of you are) for a place to wine and dine take a peek below at my top last minute Thanksgiving ideas.

On that note, here’s hoping everyone has a happy (and delicious) holiday, whether you’re planning to prepare all the fixings at home or taking one of the recommendations below.

As always, enjoy the rundown of all the tasty news bites below, along with the best food events happening this week.

Bon Appétit!

Last Minute Thanksgiving Ideas

1. The Mar Vista (Mar Vista)

Eclectic neighborhood restaurant The Mar Vista will offer a three-course menu featuring Thanksgiving dishes with a twist. Highlights include wild rice pistachio turkey roulade, turkey leg confit and a cranberry raspberry crumble. The meal will be offered over two dinner seatings; at 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. –> More information

2. Gracias Madre x Guelaguetza Thanksgiving Benefit (West Hollywood)

Plant based Mexican restaurant Gracias Madre combine forces with Oaxacan power house Guelaguetza for a Thanksgiving fundraiser benefiting Por Oaxaca, who’s mission is to aid indigenous communities in Oaxaca affected by the 8.2 earthquake in Mexico on September 7, 2017. Head over to Gracias Madre on Thanksgiving from 1-5pm and donate a suggested $25 to the cause and dine on seasonal eats like Butternut Squash Tamales, Pumpkin Cheesecake and Cranberry Margaritas. –> More information

3. Clifton’s Republic (Downtown Los Angeles)

Spend Thanksgiving at a legendary venue. From 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Executive Chef Andrew Pastore will host a buffet with “all you care to enjoy” options for $55 per person. Highlights include classic trimmings like mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, roasted vegetables and mac n’ cheese. There’s also a special value menu for $12 featuring your choice of turkey or chicken pot pie with a slice of pumpkin pie and a soft drink. Those not interested in Thanksgiving fare can head to the Pizza Station! Cocktail Ambassador Beau du Bois will be serving a cider sparkling punch cocktail called Turkey Day Punch made of apple cider, Prosecco, Brandy, orange, cranberry, cinnamon and apricot. –> More information

4. The Raymond 1886 (Pasadena)

One of Pasadena’s oldest establishments opens it’s historical cottage up for a traditional family-style feast this Thanksgiving. Highlights include Oven Roasted Turkey, Garlic & Black Pepper Encrusted Prime Rib, Candied Weiser Farms Yams with Toasted Homemade Marshmallows, Italian Sausage & Grilled Apple Stuffing, Green Bean Casserole and more. Save room for dessert, they’ll be serving a decadent Caramalized Apple with Almond Bread Pudding and Pumpkin Mousse. The meal cost $76.00 per person and is available from noon to 7 p.m. –> More information 

5. Craft LA (Century City)

Chef de cuisine Denis Crutchfield will host a seasonally-driven family-style feast. Guests will start with succulent pork belly with butternut squash, an endive and pear salad and octopus with celery root before selecting an individual entree. Options for entrees include roasted organic turkey, diver scallops and a wagyu sirloin. in addition an assortment of sides will be presented to go with entrees. Pastry chef Shannon Swindle will help end the night on a sweet note with a pumpkin & cranberry “bombe” and a quince brown betty to share with the table. Thanksgiving dinner is served between 1-8 p.m. and cost $140 per person.  –> More information

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6. Spring (Downtown Los Angeles)

Michelin Starred Chef Tony Esnault will offer a special three- course meal this Thanksgiving. On the menu diners will find, Roasted Mary’s Free-Range Turkey with Gravy, a Slowly Cooked Prime Rib with herb crust and chimichurri, Pan Seared Branzino with capers and Meunièr and a Farmer’s Market Root Vegetable Gratin. Each entrée will be accompanied with traditional Thanksgiving sides. There will also be an Old-Fashioned Pecan Pie with bourbon caramel sauce and Pumpkin Pie served with spiced Tahitian vanilla chantilly for dessert. The meal cost $65 per person and is available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. –> More information

7. Crossroads Kitchen (Beverly Grove)

Innovative plant based eatery Crossroads will serve a four course prix fixe menu on Thanksgiving from noon to 5 p.m. Guests will start with a Butternut Squash Bisque and Autumn salad and move onto a Holiday Spices Chickpea Cake served with seasonal trimmings such as mash potatoes, stuffing, brussle sprouts and sweet potato biscuits. –> More information 

8. Wolf (Melrose)

Chef Marcel Vigneron will host a Thanksgiving prix fixe featuring a five-course tasting. On the menu guests will find brined and spatchcocked turkey, ora king salmon and roasted roots of carrot, turnip and sunchoke. The meal cost $75 per person and will be available from 4-9 p.m. –> More information

No holiday gathering is complete without classic signature sides. Book with us before November 24th and receive special perks – link in bio.

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9. Nick & Stef’s Steakhouse (Downtown Los Angeles)

Enjoy a traditional turkey dinner with all the delicous trimmings during Nick & Stef’s Thanksgiving dinner. The meal includes Diestel Farms Turkey, chestnut stuffing, potato purée, candied butternut squash, pickled cranberry compote and turkey gravy for $49. Guests can pair their meal with a spiced hot toddy made with Bulleit bourbon and end with a Pumpkin Crème Brûlée or Chocolate Spiced Cremeux. Dinner is served from 3-9 p.m.–> More information

10. by CHLOE. (Silver Lake)

The fast-casual, plant-based eatery by CHLOE. will be open on Thanksgiving Day. This year they’ll bring back their famous, vegan, Thanksgiving burger. Deemed as The Gobble Gobble the burger comes with a lemon-caper seitan, sautéed kale, rosemary gravy, harvest stuffing, and fresh cranberry sauce, served on a potato bun for $11.95. End your meal on a sweet note with a Pumpkin Cupcake topped with toasted marshmallow and a Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate. The specials are available all month. –> More information

11. Upstairs 2 (Sawtelle)

If pairing the perfect wine with your Thanksgiving meal is a top priority, head to Upstairs 2 this Thanksgiving. They’ll be serving a three course turkey dinner with family sides from 2-7 p.m. Menu highlights include a grilled elk chop with whole grain mustard sauce, pan roasted wild salmon with coriander yogurt sauce and a traditional roast turkey with giblet gravy and cranberry sauce. The meal cost $55 for Adults and children 12 and under will be served their own turkey dinner for $25. Wine pairing with each course cost an additional $25. –> More information

Food Events for this Week in L.A.

Tuesday November 21st, 2017

Mr. C Beverly Hills closes out their popular Poolside Cinema series this Tuesday with a screening of The Breakfast Club.

Down some tacos, drink some locally brewed beers and test your trivia skills this Tuesday during Tacos & Trivia night at Angel City Brewery in DTLA.

Wednesday November 22nd, 2017

Horse Thief BBQ, located at Grand Central Market, will screen Christmas Vacation on their patio this Wednesday.

Thursday November 23rd, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! (see list above for ideas on where to eat)

Friday November 24th, 2017

Take a break during Black Friday shopping at Bourbon Steak located in The Americana at Brand. They’ll be offering guests an American Angus Petit 8oz at 50% off which comes out to just $24.

Saturday November 25th, 2017

Celebrate Small Business Saturday with Wine, Walk & Shop at CRAFTED in Long Beach this Saturday. This unique marketplace featuring 75+ businesses will host unlimited tastings from dozens of local wineries and craft breweries courtesy of Off the Vine.

Sunday November 26th, 2017

Smorgasburg launches their Holiday Market this Sunday transforming from a foodie hang out to a magical holiday shopping experience. Expect food and shopping vendors to offer holiday treats and gifts. The holiday market will occur every Sunday from December 3-17, the official launch on November 26 will feature flash sales and specials from 10 to 11 a.m. so go early.

Drunken Devil presents Deviled Eggs a Christmas-inspired burlesque brunch at at Brack Shop Tavern in Downtown Los Angeles. Enjoy bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys as a theatrical experience unfolds before you with interactive characters and more. The brunch menu will feature modern takes on midcentury recipes. There are two tiers of tickets: $50 includes admission, brunch and performances while the $65 VIP option, which is sold in groups of six, provides reserved seating, personal table service, and Christmas gifts provided by the Drunken Devil.

Sushi Roku Pasadena celebrates IDG’s 20th Anniversary with 50% off all dinner items from November 26-30. Fall menu items include Avocado “Hanabi” a truffle and soy-seasoned avocado over toasted crispy rice, Bamboo Rice Risotto, Toro Carpaccio, Blue Crab Cocktail and a Nova Scotia Lobster Tail in yuzu citrus butter.

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$1 Oysters, a Ramen Anniversary & other Tasty Tuesday News Bites

November 14, 2017 by Christina Minh

Oyster season is in full swing and we’ve got the low down on where to grab these salt-water bivalves for just $1 all week. Not an oyster fan? Japanese ramen and skewer spot Robata JINYA is celebrating their 7th anniversary with an epic seven-course meal featuring all their greatest hits.

This upcoming weekend an eclectic selection of things to do including a new vegan music festival called Circle V, Downtown Burbank’s Winter Wine Walk & Street Fair and a BBQ & Beer Festival in the Arts District. Oh, and if you need more after-work ideas, we’ve got a link to our latest listicle on the most eclectic happy hours happening this fall in L.A.

As always, enjoy the rundown of all the tasty news bites below, along with the best food events happening this week.

Bon Appétit!

Five Spots for $1 Oysters to Checkout This Week

It’s the perfect season to slurp down oysters. Here are our top picks featuring $1 oysters this week.

  • Springside at Spring located in Downtown Los Angeles are offering $1 oysters paired with a mignonette and lemon during happy hour every Tuesday through Friday from 5-7 p.m.
  • CHAYA Downtown is shucking $1 oysters for the entire month of November during happy hour every Monday through Saturday from 4-7 p.m. in the bar and patio area.
  • CHAYA Venice serves $1 oysters during happy hour in the bar area every Monday through Friday from 5-7 p.m. for the entire month of November.
  • Church & State in the Arts District of Downtown serves a daily selection of $1 oysters during happy hour every Monday through Friday from 5:30-7 p.m.
  • Red O located in Santa Monica is offering $1 oysters for the entire month of November during happy hour every Monday through Sunday from 3-7 p.m. in the bar area.

New Happy Hour Options for the Fall

Have you read our latest happy hour round up? We highlight 10 Eclectic L.A. Happy Hours You Need to Try This Fall . Check it out if you’re tired of the same – old same – old.

When it comes to the shrimp toast, double dipping is totally acceptable.

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Robata JINYA Celebrates 7th Anniversary with Seven Course Menu

Robata JINYA will celebrate its 7th anniversary by offering a seven-course prix fixe menu from November 15 to 19. The special menu features signature favorites from the past several years including Shrimp Toast, Wagyu Stone Grill and a Baked Crab Hand Roll. The special prix fixe cost $48 per person and is offered from 5 p.m. to close.

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Kids Eat Free at Tocaya Organica this Saturday

Modern Organic Mexican restaurant Tocaya Organica located in Playa Vista will host a kids eat free day this Saturday, November 18 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Simply purchase an adult entree and receive a kids meal free of charge. In addition, families can enjoy complimentary coloring activities, games, face painting and more.

Food Events for this Week in L.A.

Tuesday November 14th, 2017

Learn about the many vibrant regional cuisines of Mexico through in-depth lectures, cooking demonstrations, tastings, and hands-on participation during Flavors of Mexico. Taking place at the Skirball Cultural Center, the monthly series continues with Jimmy Shaw of Lotería! Grill. Tickets cost $125 a person.

Mr. C Beverly Hills extends their popular Poolside Cinema series into fall every Tuesday evening, from October 10 through November 21. Visit the gorgeous yacht-inspired pool deck where you’ll ensconce yourself in a lounge chair for a film and elevated bites under the stars. The series continues with a screening of The Karate Kid.

Wednesday November 15th, 2017

Everson Royce Bar located in DTLA offers a Wine Wednesday special every week where $25 gets you a flight of three wines and an ever changing array of entrees created by chef Matt Molina.

Thursday November 16th, 2017

The Vegan Taqueria will debut what they call an “insane burger” this Thursday at Cosmic Brewery starting at 6 p.m. until they sell out.

Friday November 17th, 2017

Head to Grand Central Market for Fridays with dublab. Stroll the many food stalls and order up something tasty to nosh on while a killer soundtrack of DJ-spun tunes to play from 7 to 10 p.m. This is a free event (but not the food obviously!)

Saturday November 18th, 2017

Spaceland & Mercy for Animals present Circle V, a vegan music festival celebrating animal rights, at the Regent Theater in Downtown L.A. The festival will feature live music from artists like Moby and Reggie Watts along side speaker panels and a vegan vendor village. Ticket options range from $35–$150.

Downtown Burbank is hosting the 2nd Annual Winter Wine Walk & Street Fair. Walk through over 30 local shops and stores for wine and beer tastings, as well as small treats. The evening also includes local shopping, live musical performances and a magical snowfall moment. Participation in the Wine Walk is $45 while the street fair is free.

The BBQ & Beer Festival takes over Pearl’s BBQ in the Arts District for a day of music, barbecue and beer. Enjoy a plate of brisket, ribs, and chicken with ice-cold beers. Some vendors include Pearl’s BBQ, Taste of Pace Daddy’s Fried Chicken and Mad Miller BBQ. General admission tickets cost $17 and VIP tickets are $45 which includes your first drink free, samples of spirits and snacks, a Pearl’s BBQ tote bag, and a VIP area.

Feastown at Eastown, a new, bimonthly popup night marketplace featuring food vendors and live music, debuted in Hollywood October and now returns for two Saturdays in November with a Thanksgiving-theme. There is no cover to attend. Part of the proceeds from food purchases will go to help locals in need.

Sunday November 19th, 2017

Belcampo in Santa Monica hosts a weekly Sunday Supper dinner series offering a 3-course meal incorporating Belcampo’s sustainable and high-quality meats for just $35 per person.

Monday November 20th, 2017

Edendale Branch Library will host a Q&A with Guerrilla Tacos founder and chef Wes Avila, along with Richard Parks III. The event coincides with the release of Avila’s new recipe book (co-written with Parks) simply titled, Guerrilla Tacos. They’ll discuss the inspiration behind Avila’s taco creations and favorite techniques. A book signing follows the Q&A. Admission to the event is free however registration via Eventbrite is highly recommended.

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10 Eclectic L.A. Happy Hours You Need to Try This Fall

November 13, 2017 by Christina Minh

Truth: There’s no shortage of happy hours in Los Angeles. The real question is, which discounted eats and delicious deals stand apart from by-the-numbers wings, fries and domestic beer?

Discerning chefs transition their menus with the seasons. They choose fresh and they choose smart. The result is a happy hour that’s tailored to our tastebuds like a perfectly fitted suit, not to mention easy on the wallet.

Looking for unique seafood dishes? How about drool-worthy meatball sandwiches, crab mac ‘n cheese or glazed Brussel sprouts? Expansive international beer selections? This fall, the city of angels offers that and a whole lot more.

Your happy hour game is about to change for the better, starting below (list numbered only for reference, arranged in no particular order).

1. Gratitude (Beverly Hills)

Healthy options that taste like guilty pleasures is what you’ll find at Gratitude. Happy hour is Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. During that time frame you’ll find a selection of specialty cocktails made with fresh juices and even activated charcoal. Pair your libation with small bites such as vegan nachos, a Mediterranean tapas plate, Bollywood Fries or Korean collard spring rolls. –> More information 

2. Broken Spanish (Downtown Los Angeles)

Chef Ray Garcia’s La Hora Especial is offered Monday through Friday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the bar and corral of his elevated latin restaurant. Down $8 Mezcal cocktails and bold inventive small plates such as rabbit albondigas, lentil nopal tostadas and chili-lime chicken necks for $6 to $8. –> More information

3. Momed (Atwater Village)

Start happy hour early at Momed in Atwater Village every Monday through Friday from 2:30 to 6 p.m. and Sunday 3-5 p.m. Eight mighty food selections make up the happy hour menu including a fig and arugula Turkish flat bread, grass fed burger with halloumi cheese and a selection of delicious mezzes like avocado hummus, eggplant ikra and pickled vegetables. Personal favorites include the mezze trio served with warm doughy bread and lightly charred Brussel sprouts dressed with pomegranate molasses. The cocktail list features $4 mediterranean beers, wine and specialty cocktails like the Med.Mule, a mediterranean take on a classic drink made of fig vodka, ginger beer and lime. –> More information 

4. Bone Kettle (Pasadena)

Southeast Asian-inspired Bone Kettle hosts happy hour Monday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. with two dollars off craft brews and house wines, alongside a selection of bold bites. Options include tartare seasoned with lemongrass and garlic, Mapo Tofu Fries (a twist on Poutin), and Sambal Chicken Wings. The tartare goes for $9, and is a must-try. –> More information

5. Tsubaki (Echo Park)

Happy hour at Tsubkai is available Tuesday through Friday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The menu offers a $10 Japanese “Dodger Dog” made of chicken sausage topped with yuzu slaw, shishito relish and onion rings. Other notables include a Tonkatsu Sando (a fried pork cutlet sandwich) and fried anchovies with yuzu kosho tartar sauce. –> More information

6. Kettle Black (Silver Lake)

This rustic Italian restaurant offers a happy hour daily from 5 to 7 p.m. Specials include a saucy $7 meatball sandwich and a $15 charcuterie plate. Looking for a more complete dinner? The Pizza & Pop Deal combines a margherita pizza with your choice of a Peroni or  glass of red/white wine for $15.  –> More Information

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7. The Wallace (Culver City)

The Wallace’s “Happy AF” menu is offered daily at the bar from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sip on wacky named cocktails like the “Dad Bod” made of bourbon, honey and lemon and choose from a food menu made up of guilty pleasures like the tacos de caja payaso inspired by Jack in the Box and bucket o’ chicken a nod to KFC. It might be fast food prices during this happy hour, but they don’t skimp on quality, using local and sustainable ingredients in all their dishes. –> More information

8. Tallula’s (Santa Monica)

Talulla’s happy hour runs Monday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m in the bar, lounge and patio.  This coastal style Mexican cantina offers specials on organic chicken tacos, grass fed ground beef tacos, yellowtail ceviche and more. Vegetarians can pick from spicy pickled vegetables, veggie tacos and nachos “sencillo” topped with cotija & fontina cheese, spicy giardiniera, buttermilk crema, and salsa. You’ll’ also find select cocktails, latin beers and wines are all specially priced. –> More information

9. Bourbon Steak House (Glendale)

This Michael Mina establishment hosts a Come On, Get Happy! menu Monday through Saturday from 4:30 to 7 p.m., and on Sundays from noon to 2:30 p.m. Available in the spacious lounge area, all “snacks” are half priced, burgers are $14 and specialty cocktails are $7. Don’t expect the snack menu to be limited to small bites, you’ll find elevated options like a crab mac n cheese, duck fat fries, lamb lollipops and Thai beef skewers. –> More information

Fried oyster sliders and $2 oysters daily for #FirstCall! See you at 4! #bottlefishbrentwood

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10. Bottlefish (Brentwood)

Brentwood’s sustainable seafood restaurant Bottlefish recently launched a “First Call” menu. Available Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m., the menu offers a of selection bites from the raw bar including $2 oysters, smoked salmon deviled eggs and sea bass ceviche tostada. Break the seafood dishes up with kimchi chicken wings and cheeseburger sliders. Everything on the happy hour menu is priced just under $10. Craft cocktails are $8 across the board, including the Jalisco 75, a tequila-based libation made with fresh-pressed lime juice, agave and cava –> More information 

Bonus Item: Friends & Family Ice Cream O’Clock ( East Hollywood)

“Ice Cream O’clock” is Friends & Family’s version of happy hour. Stop by Monday through Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. for $3 scoops of rotating flavors created by Pastry Chef, Roxana Jullapat. Seasonal concoctions include Compartes Chocolate, Pumpkin and Mint Chip, all available on house-made waffle cones and topped with fixings such as pecan sticky sauce and granola. –> More information

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Cole’s 109th Anniversary, Turkey Flavored Ice Cream & other Tasty Tuesday News Bites

November 7, 2017 by Christina Minh

A change in weather means a transition in menus across Los Angeles. Cravings shift towards comfort foods, savory things and seasonal delights, and there’s plenty to choose from. Get a taste of “Uni Thursdays” at The Mar Vista, order up a big bowl of Pappardelle Lamb Ragu at Ray’s & Stark, and if your’e truly taken by the Thanksgiving spirit, try the Salted Caramel Turkey ice cream at Salt & Straw.

This week there’s also a number of drinking events happening around town. DTLA’s Baldoria will host a rye tasting night, there’s trivia night at Eagle Rock Brewery and unlimited pours of sangria over the weekend at numerous brunch spots.

On Friday French Dip purveyors Cole’s celebrate their 109th year in business with a special gala. For one night only, Chefs Neal Fraser of Redbird and Christian Page of Cassell’s Hamburgers will collaborate on an unforgettable menu you won’t want to miss.

As always, enjoy the rundown of all the tasty news bites below, along with the best food events happening this week.

Bon Appétit!

Linguine, clams, scallops…..and UNI! It's uni Thursday at the Mar Vista! #uni

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The Mar Vista Launches Weekly Specials & Saturday Brunch

The Mar Vista just launched three big specials. “Uni Thursdays” will present rotating dishes using Santa Barbara sea urchin like uni deviled eggs and uni pasta. “Spiny Lobster Fridays” will serve the local lobster in a variety of ways like a Lobster Dynamite and ravioli. Lastly, Mar Vista now offers “Brunch Saturdays” complete with live art, music, mimosas, and solid eats like their bacon & egg hot pot. The specials will all run till the end of the year.

Where To Score Bottomless Sangria During Brunch

Looking for bottomless options outside of mimosas? LA Weekly recently put out a list of Top 5 Bottomless Sangria Brunches in L.A. The list includes Vintage Enoteca, Tortilla Republic, all three Kronfli Brother restaurants and more.

Those #fall colors tho!😍 #RaysAndStarkBar #LoupDeMer

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Ray’s & Stark Bar New Fall Dishes

Ray’s & Stark Bar just released new fall dishes by Executive Chef Fernando Darin. Highlights include comforting Pappardelle Lamb Ragu, Roasted Eggplant Vadouvan Risotto, Roasted Quail and Loup de Mer, a Mediterranean sea-bass.

All hail the King. King Salmon, that is.

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Sunday Night Seafood Dinner at Lost at Sea

Lost at Sea located in the city of Pasadena just launched a Sunday Prix Fixe Dinner focused on seafood. The menu will feature classic and seasonal dishes for $35 a person from 5:30 p.m. to close every Sunday.

Salt & Straw’s New “Thanksgiving Dinner of Ice Cream” Series

Love Thanksgiving? Head to Salt & Straw for ice cream flavors like Salted Caramel Thanksgiving Turkey, Sweet Potato Casserole with Maple Pecans, Spiced Goat Cheese & Pumpkin Pie and Buttered Mashed Potatoes & Gravy. For every pint of Thanksgiving-inspired flavors purchased, the creamery will donate a pint to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.

Food Events for this Week in L.A.

Tuesday November 7th, 2017

MUNCHIES will celebrate the launch of their new cookbook, MUNCHIES: Late-Night Meals from the World’s Best Chefs this Tuesday at The Ace Hotel. Guests will nosh on eats from Sqirl, Guisados, Guerilla Tacos, Amis, and My Two Cents. Tickets cost $55 and includes a copy of the cookbook.

Watch Doctor Who with your fellow Whovians this Tuesday night at Fox & Hounds. They’ll be showing the Eleventh Doctor episode “The God Complex” on every TV and two big projectors inside and outside. Drink special password is “TARDIS” and gets you $4 draft beer and $1 off wine and well drinks.

There’s a Rye Heritage Seminar & Tasting happening at Baldoria this Tuesday. In honor of Rye Heritage Month guest will sip from St. George Dry Rye Gin, Few Spirits, Pikesville, Rittenhouse Rye, WhistlePig Rye, and Widow Jane.

Mr. C Beverly Hills extends their popular Poolside Cinema series into fall every Tuesday evening, from October 10 through November 21. Visit the gorgeous yacht-inspired pool deck where you’ll ensconce yourself in a lounge chair for a film and elevated bites under the stars. The series continues with a screening of First Wives Club.

Wednesday November 8th, 2017

Every second and fourth Wednesday of the month is trivia night at Eagle Rock Brewery. Bonus! It’s hosted by a real life rocket scientist.

Thursday November 9th, 2017

VegFest heads to USC this Thursday, the vegetarian and vegan festival will include free food from a number of food trucks, carnival games, a bounce house, sustainability booths, and henna/glitter tattoos and more. Admission is free to this event

Friday November 10th, 2017

Cole’s 109th anniversary gala dinner prepared by chefs Neal Fraser of Redbird and Christian Page of Cassell’s Hamburgers. Tickets include French dips, roasts of lamb and salmon plus two cocktails from Cole’s and The Varnish. Entertainment includes live jazz music and the “World’s Largest Old Fashioned” featuring Penny Pound Ice. The cost is $70 per person.

Saturday November 11th, 2017

The Tropicália Music & Taco Festival happening at The Queen Mary is a one-day festival offering multiple music stages and unlimited taco samplings. Tickets start at $85 for general admission and go up to $150 for VIP.

Sunday November 12th, 2017

The L.A. Tofurky Trot returns to Griffith Park this Sunday with a family-friendly 5K run/walk followed by a delicious vegan food festival. Vendors include Ripple Foods, Taqueria La Venganza, Charlie’s Brownies, Pies by Domoníc and many more. All runners will also receive a swag-filled Tofurky tote bag.

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An Artist Collective Has Created Illuminated Gold Trees in La Tuna Canyon

November 3, 2017 by Christina Minh

Remember the anonymous artist group behind the Griffith Park Tea House back in 2015 and Petal Drop LA in 2016? They’re back with another site specific installation, this time located in the areas recently burned by the La Tuna wildfires.

The installation, titled Lost And Found LA, will adorn the canyon’s charred trees with a natural gold material, illuminating the damage and embracing the flaws left by the fires, which burned through over 7,000 acres through the Verdugo Mountains this past September.

The project was inspired by the Japanese practice of kintsugi, the art form of repairing broken pottery by filling cracks with lacquer and gold. It’s a philosophical message of treating the repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to forget. Lost And Found LA is intended as a visual comment on the fragility of nature and the need for more care of our surrounding landscapes.

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In addition to the illuminating trees, guests are welcome to sit on gold detailed furniture to reflect on this message.

UPDATE: The exact location to view Lost and Found LA has been announced. The installation can be found at the north end of Del Arroyo Drive, off of La Tuna Canyon Road. Visitors are instructed to park in the lot at the end of Del Arroyo, on the left, then look for the trail up the canyon to the right of the road. It’s described as a short hike. Additional notes and a rough map can be found here.

As a reminder no tickets are required to view the installation, and there will be no lines or waiting (although if it goes viral, it may induce higher than usual foot traffic on the trails).

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Lost And Found LA will be on view November 4–12, 2017 only during daylight hours. It is best seen in full sunlight from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Organizers strongly encourage visitors to stay on the trail and keep sound to a minimum out of respect for surrounding neighbors.

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Free Krispy Kreme on Halloween & other Tasty Tuesday News Bites

October 31, 2017 by Christina Minh

This week Los Angeles is on a roll with freebies across the city!

Start on Halloween, when Krispy Kreme is offering free donuts to all costumed guests.  Also of note, now till Saturday the Café Bustelo mobile truck rolls into town giving away coffee drinks at multiple locations throughout L.A.

The weekend will bring a holiday cocktail event at OUE Skyspace, the Pizza & Beer Fest, Lagunitas Beer Circus, Yoga + Brew at Brewyard Beer Co. as well as the grand opening of Eataly L.A.

As always, enjoy the rundown of all the tasty news bites below, along with the best food events happening this week.

Bon Appétit!

Free Krispy Kreme on Halloween!

Wear your Halloween costume and head to a participating Krispy Kreme location to score a free doughnut of your choice on October 31. Donuts redeemable while supplies last, one doughnut per customer and no purchase is necessary. The promotion excludes grocery and convenience stores.

Café Bustelo Mobile Truck Brings FREE Latin Coffee to L.A.

Café Bustelo is bringing free coffee and espresso-style drinks to L.A. now through November 4. Simply stop by one of the various mobile truck locations to grab an iced or hot coffee, cortadito, cafecito or café con leche free of charge. Check out the entire schedule of locations here.

Take Your Kids to SpireWorks on Halloween for a Free Meal

SpireWorks will celebrate Halloween by giving away a free kids bowl of their tasty doner creation to all kids 12 and under who come in costume and accompanied by an adult.

 

Did someone say fry-day?! #TGIF #UmamiBurger

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Dodger Fans Get Free Fries at Umami Burger

In celebration of the Dodgers making it to the World Series, Umami Burger will give away thin fries with a purchase of any burger to anyone wearing Dodger gear on game days. Valid at the following locations: Arts District, Broadway, Hollywood, Los Feliz, Pasadena, Santa Monica, The Grove, and Thousand Oaks. Excludes LAX, Studio City and Burbank.

Turducken is BACK!

Dog Haus, is launching their infamous holiday mashup, the Turducken this Wednesday November 1. Created by Dog Haus’ Würstmacher Adam Gertler, the seasonal creation will feature a sausage made of turkey, duck and chicken paired with fresh herbs, sweet potato and cranberry, topped with sweet potato fries, gravy, cranberry slaw and crispy onions, all served on grilled King’s Hawaiian rolls. Grab yours from November 1 to December 31!

Food Events for this Week in L.A.

Tuesday October 31st, 2017

Mr. C Beverly Hills is extending their popular Poolside Cinema series into fall. Every Tuesday evening, from October 10 to November 21, you can visit the gorgeous yacht-inspired pool deck at the Italian-inspired hotel, where you’ll ensconce yourself in a lounge chair for a film and casual-yet-elevated food under the stars. The series continues with the 1984 spooky comedy, Ghostbusters.

Wednesday November 1st, 2017

Everson Royce Bar located in DTLA offers a Wine Wednesday special every week where $25 gets you a flight of three wines and an ever changing array of entrees created by chef Matt Molina.

Give back on Thanksgiving by volunteering for Union Station’s Dinner in the Park. Hundreds of volunteers will gather to serve meals to those in need of a warm tasty holiday plate. Registration will open this Wednesday at 9 a.m.

Thursday November 2nd, 2017

Culinary Fight Club L.A. Edition comes to Mi Cielo Rooftop Lounge in Downey for the ultimate seafood showdown. Marvel at the many ways seafood can be cooked when chefs are given 45 seconds to sprint to their pantries and 60 minutes to cook up the most “S.E.A. worthy” final plate to be voted by the public. Early bird tickets are selling for $30 right now. Tickets include one hour of beer and nosh, plus one Taster’s Choice ballot.

First Thursdays at Mixed Company bar welcomes Vermouth by David Rosoff a night of exploration of modern vermouth. Sommelier David Rosoff will take guests on a journey of tasting red and white vermouth. Tickets cost $25 and includes vermouth samples, tastings of four cocktails by Black Cat bar manager Benjamin Schwartz, plus a bevy of Pinxtos & Banderillas by Mixed Company chef Trevor Rocco.

Friday November 3rd, 2017

Eataly L.A. is finally opening its doors this Friday at 6 p.m. in the newly revamped Westfield Century City. The 60,000-plus square feet marketplace will house thousands of Italian products, a cooking school and multiple dining spots serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Saturday November 4th, 2017

Enjoy a circus-style beer and circus when the Lagunitas Beer Circus takes over the Pomona Fairplex.  Get your hands on newly released beers, enjoy live music, sexy burlesque dancers, stunning aerialists and more during this unique event. Tickets cost $40 per person. Check for $20 tickets on Goldstar while supplies last.

The Pizza & Beer Festival comes to L.A. Center Studios in Downtown L.A. this Saturday with access to unlimited pizza tastings from some of the top restaurant vendors and trucks. On top of that, wash it down with unlimited craft beer tastings from local and regional breweries. There will also be music for dancing, boutique art vendors to browse, games to play, and hand-rolled cigars to smoke.

OUE Skyspace LA is hosting a “Holiday Spirits” event where guests will learn how to create holiday cocktails, listen to holiday tunes and enjoy a ride on the amazing Skyslide! Tickets are $35, or $60 for two people. Your ticket will also get you take-home recipe cards, admission to all four levels of OUE Skyspace LA, complimentary food and drinks, and more.

Feastown at Eastown, a new, bimonthly popup night marketplace featuring food vendors and live music, debuted in Hollywood October and now returns for two Saturdays in November with a Thanksgiving-theme. There is no cover to attend. Part of the proceeds from food purchases will go to help locals in need.

Greenbar Distillery is hosting a cocktail class focused on making tasty libations with fresh produce in their Downtown LA space. Tickets are $40 per person.

Sunday November 5th, 2017

Take an hour-long yoga class at Brewyard Beer Co. O n the first Sunday of each month the Glendale Brewery hosts Yoga+Brew led by Yoga with Joel from noon to 1 p.m. All levels are welcome, class cost $10 and your first pint is free.

Belcampo in Santa Monica hosts a weekly Sunday Supper dinner series offering a 3-course meal incorporating Belcampo’s sustainable and high-quality meats for just $35 per person.

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Dodgers World Series Food Deals and other Tasty Tuesday News Bites

October 24, 2017 by Christina Minh

It’s time for Dodger baseball! This week the Dodgers begin their World Series showdown versus the Astros and the entire city is celebrating through drink and food specials that include $2 beers, $1 shots of whiskey and more. We’ve got a few choice options on where to watch the big games and get a few tasty deals to boot.

Elsewhere, Halloween weekend is on the horizon, which means eating loads of pumpkin spiced goodies as well as spooky treats such as Ghost Poop, Mummy Cakes and real blood pudding (yum!).

The weekend will bring plenty of Halloween themed parties for Angelenos to enjoy including a Disney Villains party at Idle Hour, a deadly 1920’s Hollywood soiree hosted by Chicas Tacos & Boomtown Brewery as well as a party at the historic Clifton’s.

As always, enjoy the rundown of all the tasty news bites below, along with the best food events happening this week.

Bon Appétit!

Where To Eat During The World Series

Dodger Stadium and the Downtown Los Angeles Skyline

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The Dodgers are back in the World Series for the first time since 1988. Now some of the city’s bars are gearing up to help all Dodger fans celebrate. Check out our top picks of bars and resturants offering specials.

The Mixing Room at JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE will be serving a special Kershaw’s Curveball tequila sour featuring a white baseball with blue stitching foam art.

Baldoria will offer an all-night happy hour on World Series game days. For every Dodger home run the bar will serve $1 shots of whiskey. If the Dodgers win the World Series, anyone at the bar during game day will receive a free glass of champagne.

Brack Shop Tavern in DTLA will give out free appetizers (one per table) for guests wearing Dodger gear on World Series game days.

Dog Haus biergarten locations located in USC, Alhambra and Old Pasadena Green Street will offer it’s Happy Hour deals from game start to finish.

Public School on Tap gastropub has added in a large projector in the dining room of its Downtown Los Angeles location for special screenings of the game. Additionally, “Recess” (aka Happy Hour) is held everyday from 3 to 7 p.m., with specially priced drinks and bites.

The Standing Room is showing the World Series and they’re doing an off-menu chili cheese hot dog plus one draft beer for $10.

Laurel Tavern in Hermosa Beach will be airing the game on its TVs and large wall projector, the second largest screen in the South Bay!.

Lost at Sea in Old Town Pasadena will offer $2 beers on World Series game days to guests who post an Instagram photo wearing a Dodger hat.

DTLA’s Prank Bar will offer a Turner-Taylor Triple Header the bars rendition of the Dodger Dog for $15. The drink special is My Blue Heaven made with blanco tequila, butterfly pea flowers, agave, fresh lime and a touch of Himalayan sea salt for $7.

Last Chance for Halloween Treats

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American Tea Room’s signature Green Tea Terere gets a spooky makeover. The Scary Terere is infused with activated charcoal creating a pitch black drink and topped with a gummy eyeball for an extra dose of creepy delicious. Available at their Beverly Hills and DTLA location.

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Halloween-themed Mini Cakes, Ghost Cakewiches, and Mummy Cupcakes are available at Cake Monkey located in Beverly Grove.

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Eat some Ghost “Poop” at FrankieLucy Bakeshop located in Silver Lake. The $1 treat is made of meringue spookily dressed to look like ghosts.

Creepy Crawly Critters Ice Cream at Salt & Straw (Multiple Locations) Their “Spooktacular” series includes scary ice cream concoctions featuring swarms of dark chocolate covered crickets, coconut toffee-brittle mealworms and real blood pudding.

Where to Get Pumpkin Drinks and Desserts in Los Angeles

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ROKU in West Hollywood is offering a Smashing Pumpkins cocktail, featuring Japanese whiskey, black rum, coffee, L’Orgeat, Angostura bitters, pumpkin foam, and a whole miniature eggplant pumpkin for garnish. Also new to ROKU’s menu is a Pumpkin Mousse Cake layered with white chocolate mousse, pumpkin mousse, caramelized apples, candied pecans, and house-made cinnamon ice cream.

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BOA Steakhouse located in West Hollywood and Santa Monica are offering a seasonal Cake in a Box dessert that includes an airy spiced pumpkin cake, chestnut cream, and beurre noisette icing.

FrankieLucy Bakeshop located in Silver Lake is serving a seasonal Salted Caramel Kabocha Pumpkin Latte.

Food Events for this Week in L.A.

Tuesday October 24th,2017

Learn about the many vibrant regional cuisines of Mexico through in-depth lectures, cooking demonstrations, tastings, and hands-on participation during Flavors of Mexico. Taking place at the Skirball Cultural Center, the monthly series kicks off  with Gilberto Cetina of Holbox, formerly chef at Chichen Itza sharing his recipe for Yucatán fish.

Mr. C Beverly Hills is extending their popular Poolside Cinema series into fall. Every Tuesday evening, from October 10 to November 21, you can visit the gorgeous yacht-inspired pool deck at the Italian-inspired hotel, where you’ll ensconce yourself in a lounge chair for a film and casual-yet-elevated food under the stars. The series continues with My Girl.

Wednesday October 25th, 2017

Horse Thief BBQ, located at Grand Central Market, will screen Beetlejuice on their patio this Wednesday.

Thursday October 26th, 2017

Highland Park Bowl will host a Rocky Horror Drag Show featuring queens from their monthly drag night. Admission is free and costumes are encouraged.

Friday October 27th, 2017

Way back on October 27, 1917, Grand Central Market opened its doors to Angelenos. Still in operation and more vital than ever, the Market now celebrates 100 years in business on Friday with a daylong celebration. The 100th Birthday Bash will feature vendors serving items and specials inspired by the food hall’s history. Hear live music inspired by different times in the Market’s history, along with a vintage photo booth, costume contest for prizes of commemorative lapel pins, a book signing of The Grand Central Market Cookbook, and more.

Over Halloween weekend, Executive Chef Erica Abell of Boneyard Bistro, will be offering bone-chilling menu exclusives in addition to spooktacular decorations throughout the restaurant. Dine on dishes such as Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Unholy Burger and Black Widow.

Head over to Torrance for one of the most well-known Oktoberfest celebrations in the L.A. area! Alpine Village Oktoberfest runs September 8 through October 28 every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy traditional Bavarian food, beer, dancing, and more.

Saturday October 28th, 2017

Idle Hour in North Hollywood will host a Disney Villain Costume Party. Dressed as a Disney villain character!

Halloween weekend at Clifton’s Republic in Downtown Los Angeles welcome ghost, goblins and gauls to The Neverlands, an immersive haunted forest experience. Featuring live and dead entertainment, rare concoctions of alchemy and mayhem, including fiery cocktails and devilishly delicious food items by Executive Chef Andrew Pastore such as Crimson Toast with Blood Fest Berries, Pumpkin Ravioli, Eye Cupcakes, Green Hell Jell-O and more.

Grab your pooch and head to Angel City Brewery in DTLA this Saturday for the brewery’s Howl-O-Ween event. The dog-friendly afternoon will feature a dog costume contest, adoptions, dog treats and much more.

Chicas Tacos and Boomtown Brewery for a deadly 1920’s Hollywood soiree. The night will feature Cocktails from the Crypt, Bewitching Burlesque, DJs of the Damned, an immersive crime solving game and more. Tickets cost $25 per person and includes one free Boomtown Beer or mixed cocktail, one Chicas Taco and chips and salsa. Proceeds from ticket sales will go directly to Skid Row Housing Trust.

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An All-You-Can-Eat BBQ Special, the Burbank Beer Festival and other Tasty Tuesday News Bites

October 17, 2017 by Christina Minh

This week it’s all about festivals. Beer fans can check out the Burbank Beer Fest this Saturday, while BBQ lovers can head to Maple Block for AYCE smoked meats and fixings during Blocktoberfest.

If you’re hanging out in NELA, hit up the Eastside Food Festival this Sunday for tastings galore. Also, Oktoberfest parties are still going strong throughout the month. Prost!

Other notable happenings around town include: Flavors of Mexico at The Skirball, The Pancakes & Booze Art Show, a Chefs Counter at Manuela and much more.

As always, enjoy the rundown of all the tasty news bites below, along with the best food events happening this week.

Bon Appétit!

Bone Kettle Launches a New Happy Hour

Bone Kettle located in Pasadena just launched a new two-hour weekday happy hour. Stop by between 4 – 6 p.m. for oysters, sambal chicken wings, tartare bites, mapo tofu fries, $2 off on craft beers, wines and more.

FLAVORS OF MEXICO at Skirball Cultural Center

FLAVORS OF MEXICO at Skirball Cultural Center

Flavors of Mexico at Skirball Cultural Center

Learn about the many vibrant regional cuisines of Mexico through in-depth lectures, cooking demonstrations, tastings, and hands-on participation. The Skirball Cultural Center will host three special evenings featuring well known chefs and the dishes that made them famous. Tickets cost $125 per person. See the full schedule below.

  • October 24: Gilberto Cetina (Holbox), formerly chef at Chichen Itza, shares his recipe for Yucatán fish.
  • November 14: Jimmy Shaw (Lotería! Grill) prepares specialties of Mexico City.
  • December 12: Bricia Lopez (Guelaguetza) makes Oaxacan mole.

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Chocolate Spa Treatments by Valerie Confections

The Ritz-Carlton Spa located in Los Angeles is collaborating with renowned L.A. based chocolatier, Valerie Gordon, for “Wrapped in Chocolate by Valerie Confections.” Pampered guests will enjoy the natural nutrients of Valerie’s chocolates integrated into massages, facials, scrubs, and pedicures. All guests begin with a cup of Valerie’s hot chocolate blend and are gifted with the treatment’s corresponding chocolate to enjoy at the spa or to take home. Featured chocolates include Peppermint Bark, Champagne Truffles, Nature is Slow bar, and Scotch & Stout Truffles. Treatments are available now through December 31, 2017.

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There’s a Blade Runner Cocktail in L.A.

Film-inspired bar, Double Take located in Westwood just introduced a “Blade Runner 2049” drink special called the Replicant Test. Served in a replica glasses from the movie, the base is whiskey a nod to Harrison Ford’s character, Rick Deckard, an avid whiskey drinker. The whiskey is Maker’s Mark referring to J.F. Sebastian, known as the “Toymaker” and a smoking cinnamon stick made to look like a cigar will garnish the drink since there always seemed to be someone smoking on screen in the movie.

Food Events for this Week in L.A.

Tuesday October 17th,2017

Mr. C Beverly Hills is extending their popular Poolside Cinema series into fall. Every Tuesday evening, from October 10 to November 21, you can visit the gorgeous yacht-inspired pool deck at the Italian-inspired hotel, where you’ll ensconce yourself in a lounge chair for a film and casual-yet-elevated food under the stars. The series kicks off withThe Princess Bride.

Wednesday October 18th, 2017

Manuela located inside the Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles arts complex is hosting a Chef’s Counter with Chef Wes Whitsell this Wednesday. Guests will enjoy a delicious multi-course tasting menu. Tickets cost $75 per person with an additional $50 to include wine pairing.

Whisper Restaurant & Lounge at The Grove recently launched “Hollywood Jazz Nights” happening every Wednesday until October 18. The restaurant will screen a classic Hollywood film each week with a troupe of talented jazz musicians accompanying the films score. Screenings begin at 7 p.m. with happy hour before showtime from 4 – 7 p.m. This week’s movie is Doctor Strangelove. 

Horse Thief BBQ, located at Grand Central Market, will screen Hocus Pocus on their patio this Wednesday. FREE

Thursday October 19th, 2017

Dessert and wine for dinner? Pitchoun! is hosting a Bakery Dessert & Wine night this Thursday featuring fall dessert and wine pairings from 5 to 8 p.m. Guests can select from three seasonal desserts and enjoy a paired French wine for $15.

Friday October 20th, 2017

The Pancakes & Booze Art Show returns to Lot 613 in DTLA for an underground art show served up with a stack of pancakes! Highlights include local artisans, live music, DJs, live art, body painting, and more.

Head over to Torrance for one of the most well-known Oktoberfest celebrations in the L.A. area! Alpine Village Oktoberfest runs September 8 through October 28 every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy traditional Bavarian food, beer, dancing, and more.

It’s Oktoberfest at the Pomona Fairplex! Oom-pah music, the Chicken Dance, authentic German brats and brews flown directly from Germany will be on hand to help you party in true Bavarian style. Happening Friday and Saturday.

Saturday October 21st, 2017

The Third Annual Burbank Beer Festival & Street Fair returns to the streets of Downtown Burbank for one of the largest celebrations of craft beer in L.A. Entry to the street fair and main stage entertainment is free and open to all ages.Tickets for the two craft beer tasting sessions cost $40-$45 and includes a 3- ounce tasting glass and craft beer samples from 45+ different breweries.

Oktoberfest DTLA returns to Pershing Square on October 21-22 for two days beer tastings, traditional bratwursts and pretzels to fusion eats, live music and plenty of dancing. Admission is free and guests interested in the tastings can purchase packages that range from $15-65.

Westfield Topanga will host UNCORKED this Saturday. Enjoy a day of champagne, wine and food tastings benefiting The Foundation for Los Virgenes Schools. In addition on Sunday, they’ll host UNCASKED , a craft beer and food tasting event. Tickets cost $30 per person for admission to one event and $50 per person to attend both events.

Sunday October 22nd, 2017

Maple Block will throw another Blocktoberfest an all-you-can-eat barbecue affair happening this Sunday. $55 gets you into the the block party for unlimited smoked meats, sausages, hot dogs, brisket chili, delicous sides, a beer garden, ice cream, fun activities, live music and more.

The Eastside Food Festival returns to Mack Sennett Studios with some of the best eastside eats in L.A. This year, the fest will include unlimited tastings from over 35 local food and beverage vendors, cooking demonstrations, discussion panels, live music, live podcast and more. Ticket cost $65 for general admission and $95 for VIP.

Roxana Jullapat of Friends & Family will host Bakers Will Bake this Sunday at The Hollywood’s Farmers Market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Now in its fifth year, Jullapat’s annual bake sale fundraiser will benefit The Farm to Face Environmental Program at Thomas Starr King Middle School, specifically Ms. Jones’ gardening and environmental studies program.

Throughout the month of October, Westbound will host double-feature screenings of cult classic Halloween flicks on their back patio every Sunday night as well as on Friday the 13th and Halloween. Screenings begin at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. This Saturday they’ll host screenings of Young Frankenstein and Killer Klowns from Outer Space.

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National Pasta Month, the DTLA Oyster Festival, and other Tasty Tuesday News Bites

October 10, 2017 by Christina Minh

Need an excuse to gorge on some of Los Angeles’ tastiest carbs? It’s National Pasta Month and we have a checklist of our favorites you simply have to try before October is over. Bruce Kalman’s Union is among the best in the city. This month he teams up with the American Red Cross to raise money for hurricane disaster relief efforts. That’s definitely something to raise a glass to.

Speaking of raising a glass, San Antonio Winery turns 100 this Saturday! Celebrate a century of vino with food, music and flowing wine from San Antonio’s prolific portfolio.

Other notable happenings around town include: the Downtown LA Oyster Fest, LA’s Best Vegan Taco Competition, Movie Nights at Westbound, Brunch at the Races and much more.

As always, enjoy the rundown of all the tasty news bites below, along with the best food events happening this week.

Bon Appétit!

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National Pasta Month is here!

October is National Pasta Month, celebrate and do some good by heading to Union in Pasadena. Chef Bruce Kalman will be raising money for the American Red Cross – Disaster Relief Efforts in Puerto Rico, Texas and Florida through #pastaforthepeople. Each week Union will highlight a signature pasta dish off the menu and proceeds from each dish ordered will go to support the American Red Cross efforts. See the scheduled pasta below. Buon Appetito!

Oct 8-14 – Spaghetti alla Chitarra – San Marzano tomato, garlic, Fresno chile, Grana Padano

Oct 15-21 – Squid Ink Lumache – Maine Lobster, fennel, Meyer lemon, truffle butter

Oct 22-31 – Tagliatelle – Pork ragu, Grana Padano, gremolata

Want more pasta suggestions to eat throughout the month? Below are some of my personal favorites.

The Ponte: Pasta al Pomodoro

Marvin: Rigatoni Bolognese

Bone Kettle: Steamed Oxtail Dumplings (dumplings are considered ravioli)

We're all about sharing & Family Style Dining. . Who are you gonna bring when you visit? Tag Below! ⏬ . #emcseafood

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EMC Seafood: Uni Pasta

Alimento: Tortellini in Brodo

Gratitude Beverly Hills Launches Brunch

Now you can start your shopping day in Beverly Hills with a healthy brunch thanks to Gratitude Beverly Hills who just launched their new brunch program. Happening every Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. guests can dine on organic, plant-based fare like Chilaquiles, Cast-Iron Chickpea Quiche, and Buckwheat Flax Pancakes, in addition to a variety of fresh juices and cocktails. View the full menu here.

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A Spooky Late Night Happy Hour in DTLA

There’s a new late night happy hour at Westbound from Tuesday through Thursday and on Sundays. Dubbed as “Ghostbound” for the month of October, guests can sip on devilish potions for just $10 during their late night “Witching Hour” from 11 p.m. to close. Cocktails include: Ichabod Plane made with mezcal and cappelletti, Double Bubble Boilermaker Trouble made with pumpkin ale with a shot of applejack and They’re Here made with Appleton rum, falernum, Amaro Montenegro, and clover bitters.

Food Events for this Week in L.A.

Tuesday October 10th,2017

Mr. C Beverly Hills is extending their popular Poolside Cinema series into fall. Every Tuesday evening, from October 10 to November 21, you can visit the gorgeous yacht-inspired pool deck at the Italian-inspired hotel, where you’ll ensconce yourself in a lounge chair for a film and casual-yet-elevated food under the stars. The series kicks off with Jurassic Park.

Wednesday October 11th, 2017

Westbound will host “Harvest Night” every Wednesday in their Downtown Los Angeles bar. Autum activities include: Pumpkin Painting by the fire pit, Pumpkin Bocce Ball, Bobbing for Apples while sipping on their new cocktail list.

Whisper Restaurant & Lounge at The Grove recently launched “Hollywood Jazz Nights” happening every Wednesday until October 18. The restaurant will screen a classic Hollywood film each week with a troupe of talented jazz musicians accompanying the films score. Screenings begin at 7 p.m. with happy hour before showtime from 4 – 7 p.m. This week’s movie is The Quite Man. 

Thursday October 12th, 2017

The LA Fashion District BID will hosts their third annual Urban Dinner Party celebrating the Fashion District neighborhood and its evolving community. Taking place at City Market South, guests will dine on a 120-foot communal table and treated to an Italian, four-course dinner al fresco style by award-winning chef Steve Samson of Rossoblu. Tickets cost $120 and includes complimentary wine, parking, access to bocce ball court, automatic entry to raffle, and live entertainment. Proceeds from the event will benefit the LA Fashion District public arts program.

Friday October 13th, 2017

Throughout the month of October, Westbound will host double-feature screenings of cult classic Halloween flicks on their back patio every Sunday night as well as on Friday the 13th and Halloween. Screenings begin at 6 and 8 p.m. This Friday they’ll host a double screening of the 1980’s classic Friday the 13th.

Saturday October 14th, 2017

San Antonio Winery in DTLA celebrates 100 Years in Los Angeles this Saturday with a party. Highlights include a grape stomp, live music, a wine and beer garden and a stellar line up of food trucks including The Grilled Cheese Truck, Trejo’s Tacos, Vaka Burger, CoolHaus, Homeboy Industries, Gelateria Uli and more. In addition, there will be an Oktoberfest area with beer and picnic tables. Tickets are $55-80 and include food and drinks: two food tickets and four drink vouchers.

Downtown LA Oyster Fest returns to Grand Central Market on October 14-15 for a delicious celebration of LA’s favorite oceanic appetizer. This special culinary event gathers oyster farmers from across the country to share their treats. Try dishes like fried oyster “Po Boy” pizza with semolina crusted oysters; baked oysters with brown butter, garlic and parmesan; fried curry oysters on cucumber yogurt with flying fish roe and more. Festival attendees will also have the opportunity to purchase oysters directly from participating farms and join oyster related workshops. Admission to the event is free.

Visit the Los Angeles Central Library in DTLA for the lecture “Pocho Gastronomy is the Future of Mexican Cuisine in America” with acclaimed food journalist  Bill Esparza. He’ll share stories about Mexican cuisine in Los Angeles, with a focus on Boyle Heights, Huntington Park and Pacoima, and the city’s four styles of Mexican cookery: regional fondas, street food, pocho cuisine and Alta California cuisine, discussing their recipes and giving tips on where to shop and eat. The event begins at 10:30 a.m. and is free and open to the public. Registration is available via Eventbrite and highly recommend.

LA’s Best Vegan Taco Competition comes to Cafe Gratitude in Larchmont Village for its second annual festive event. The competition boasts eight chefs, two winners, live music, and a whole lot of tacos, with participating eateries including Gracias Madre, Om Sabor and Sun Cafe. In addition to the competition itself, beer, kombucha, and coldbrew will be offered with entry. General admission tickets are $30, and include tacos and beverages.

Sunday October 15th, 2017

Top Hollywood bars will come together for a two legged Hollywood Crawl of Fame. Two teams of crawlers, a Northside Crawl and a Southside Crawl will journey by foot to five bars and then end at a big party. Tickets cost $50 and includes a surprise, signature drink at each of the five stops. Participating bars include: MiniBar, Lost Property, Black Rabbit Rose, Three Clubs, Sassafras, Mama Shelter and more.

Throughout the month of October, Westbound will host double-feature screenings of cult classic Halloween flicks on their back patio every Sunday night as well as on Friday the 13th and Halloween. Screenings begin at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. This Saturday they’ll host screenings of The Addams Family and Beetlejuice.

LA Weekly’s Brunch at the Races returns for another year of endless signature bites from over 30 of L.A.’s most popular brunch spots. Taking place at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, expect 30+ restaurants including: Barbara Jean , Du-par’s, Goldies, Little Dom’s, Pez Cantina and more. Other highlights include live music, cocktail samples and access to the first horse racing of the season. Tickets are currently available online and range from $40 (general admission) to $60 (VIP). However, prices will increase, so claim your tickets fast!

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L.A.’s First Filipino Food Festival, a 20-inch Slice of Pizza and other Tasty Tuesday News Bites

October 3, 2017 by Christina Minh

Los Angeles is nothing if not a cultural melting pot, and the city’s food events mirror the diversity of the people who live here. This week a Dumplings & Beer Fest takes over the San Gabriel Valley, a massive Paella Festival goes down in DTLA and a Los Angeles first: The Filipino Food Festival! With so many options to satisfy your hunger this week, which one will you choose?

Other notable happening around town include a 20-inch slice of pizza at Mickey’s Deli, a weekend brunch crawl, cricket ice cream, a vegan chili cook off at Tony’s Darts Away and much more.

As always, enjoy the rundown of all the tasty news bites below, along with the best food events happening this week.

Bon Appétit!

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Get a 20 Inch Pizza Slice!

Love pizza? You’ll want to get your hands on this massive 20 inch slice at Mickey’s Deli over in Hermosa Beach. The obscenely large slice is four times the size of Mickey’s regular slice and is available all of October a.k.a. National Pizza Month. For $9.99 that 20 inch slice can be yours and additional toppings cost $1.50 each.

Salt & Straw Launches Spooktacular Series

Salt & Straw has begun scooping flavors from its “Spooktacular” series. Get into the Halloween spirit by checking out their bone-chilling concoctions made with mysterious yet delicious ingredients like homemade candy, blood pudding, chocolate covered crickets, and swirls of ghosts. All flavors will be available by the scoop and pint at the Larchmont Village, West Hollywood, Abbot Kinney, Studio City, and Arts District shops all month.

Flower Child Santa Monica Welcomes a New Autumn Menu

Healthy fast causal eatery Flower Child in Santa Monica just launched a new seasonally-inspired menu. Items include Yuzu Brussels Sprouts, Roasted Butternut Squash, Wild Mushroom Pho, a Heirloom Bean “Burrito” Bowl and more.

Indulge, live royale! October's three new treats: Chai Royale, Matcha Royale and Thai Royale 🍨

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A Trio of American Tea Room Drinks Get a Decadent Makeover

American Tea Room just upgraded a trio of their signature drinks. The newly revamped drinks are decadent, Instagramable and most importantly delicious. Iced Chai Latte, Iced Matcha Latte and Thai Iced Tea are given a “Royale” makeover topped with whipped cream and garnished with sweet goodies like vanilla wafers, Matcha Kit Kat bars, Pocky sticks and a chocolate filled Hello Panda cookie.

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$8 Monday Pizza in Silverlake

WOOD in Silverlake will now be open on Mondays, to celebrate they’ll be offering their Classic Margherita Pizza for $8 every Monday in October.

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Pink Sundae for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Lawry’s will offer a special Pink C.C. Brown’s Sundae, with 100% of net proceeds benefitting the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Available through the month of October, the sundae features “pink” strawberry ice cream topped with whipped cream, nuts and hot fudge from C.C. Brown’s Ice Cream Parlor — all prepared table-side.

Food Events for this Week in L.A.

Wednesday October 4th, 2017

Whisper Restaurant & Lounge at The Grove recently launched “Hollywood Jazz Nights” happening every Wednesday until October 18. The restaurant will screen a classic Hollywood film each week with a troupe of talented jazz musicians accompanying the films score. Screenings begin at 7 p.m. with happy hour before showtime from 4 – 7 p.m. This week’s movie is Doctor Zhivago. 

Thursday October 5th, 2017

The city of San Gabriel is putting their own spin on Oktoberfest by throwing a Dumplings & Beer Festival in the Historic Mission District this Thursday featuring a wide variety of dumpling vendors, craft beer tastings, live entertainment, a “Best Dumpling” competition as well as a Dumpling Eating Contest. Admission into the festival is free, however if you’re trying to sip on some suds, beer tasting wristbands can be purchased for $25 (+ fees) in advance online via Eventbrite here. Wristbands for unlimited beer pours will also be sold for $30 at the festival if not sold out online.

Friday October 6th, 2017

The L.A. Greek Festival returns Oct. 6 through 8 for a big fat block party featuring delicious Greek food, live music, dancing and more. Now in it’s 19th year, the event is a popular one drawing over 15,000 each year. The large food and drink menu includes good eats like Spanakopita, Domas, Briami, lamb roasted on a spit, Gyros, Feta Fries and more. This year the honorary chairs and co hosts will be Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson.

There’s a tapas dinner party hosted by maestro jamonero cortador (master ham carver) Pedro Liébana party happening in Larchmont Village. Get transported to Spain and get a taste of Jamón Ibérico, made from black-hooved pigs that graze and feed on acorns. The pig’s leg is cured for up to 4 years and is difficult to find in the United States. The authentic Spanish experience will feature a gourmet tapas buffet (all products imported directly from Spain) and an intimate flamenco show. Tickets cost $50 per person and includes corkage.

Saturday October 7th, 2017

50 Paella chefs from California, Baja and Spain will be at’ Pershing Square for the 3rd Annual Paella Wine and Beer Festival. Featuring unlimited paella tastings, the largest paella ever cooked in California with dozens of local wineries and breweries offering unlimited tastings. Tickets cost $30 to $90.

Los Angeles’ first Filipino food festival EAT. PLAY. MOVE. will feature 20 food vendors and trucks serving up Filipino eats, from traditional to trendy, during the fest at Eagle Rock Plaza. Admission is free, so come savor ube, adobo, pandan, and turon from the likes of Ninong’s, Hopia Like It, Grill City, Johnny Pacific LA, Eat Bolo and many more.

The Brunch Crawl kicks off its inaugural event in DTLA this Saturday with four resturants and four convenient start times perfect for early birds and hangovers.  Tickets cost $15 ticket and gets you a customized Brunch Crawl cup, $2 to $6 drink and brunch specials at participating restaurants Pez Cantina, Le Petit Paris, Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken and Màs Malo. Crawlers are advised to bring cash so stop at the ATM!

Sunday October 8th, 2017

The 5th Annual Vegan Chili Cook Off at Tony’s Darts Away will take place this Sunday with delicious chili tastings, judging and more. The judging panel includes celebrated Chef Tal Ronnen, VegNews editor Ryan Ritchie and Chef Caroline Concha. Hosted by Chef Crispy of Tony’s Darts Away, plant-based chili by Mohawk Bend, Kitchen Mouse, Sixth St Tavern, PlantCraft and Artisanal Brewers Collective. Admission to the event cost $10, with a portion of proceeds benefitting Beagle Freedom Project. A ticket includes five 3oz tastes of chili plus a ballot to a vote for the People’s Choice winner.

The Brunch Crawl continues on the westside this Sunday with four resturants and four convenient start times perfect for early birds and hangovers. Tickets cost $15 ticket and gets you a customized Brunch Crawl cup, $2 to $6 drink and brunch specials at participating restaurants Ashland Hill, Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern, O+O Sicilian Kitchen & Bar, Plan Check Santa Monica and Cabo Cantina 3rd St Promenade. Crawlers are advised to bring cash so stop at the ATM!

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