Angelenos love food… and so do we!
So to help keep you on the pulse of the culinary scene every week here’s a weekly roundup of the best food related news bites (get it?) into one easy-to-digest rundown.
This week includes updates on a Hello Kitty Cafe pop-up coming to Glendale, a new addition to the Dunkin’ Donuts menu, some Fourth of July food specials, late-night donuts and LOTS more.
Your food news CliffsNotes start after the jump.
Attention Hello Kitty enthusiasts! The Hello Kitty Cafe is returning to the Glendale Galleria this July 16 for a one-day pop-up featuring HK themed baked goods, macarons, accessories, and more.
Craving Some Late-Night Donuts…
Apparently all over Los Angeles County from the Valley to Glendora and even Chatsworth (yes central L.A. is in there too) we highlight some of the best in our latest post on late night donuts.
California Now Has Over 700 Operating Breweries
Surprised? Yeah that sounds like an insane amount of hops brewing about but hey what can we say… Californians like their beer.
Salt & Straw’s July Berry Series
The berry-themed series is now being served at all three shops, including the new locale in Studio City (Arts District location to come in early August). July flavors include Birthday Cakes & Blackberries; Strawberry with Cilantro Lime Cheesecake; Honey Vinegar with Raspberry Fig Cobbler; Meyer Lemon Buttermilk with Blueberries; and PNW Wild-Foraged Berry Sherbet. Flavors will be available by the scoop and pint until July 28.
New Flavor Friday! We're debuting our July flavors today because, well, we're just so dang excited and can't possibly wait any longer! It's summer and we wait all year long to get our hands on the best berries around. This month we are featuring the yummiest pro-berry flavors we could possibly dream up. Come see us for a scoop of pure summertime deliciousness! Portland * @portlandcreamery's Goat Cheese Marionberry Habanero *@ancientheritagedairy Fresh Cheese & Strawberries * Roasted Berries & Toasted White Chocolate * Gin Spiced Blackberries & Chocolate Chips (feat. @aviationgin) * PNW Wild-Foraged Berry Sherbet Los Angeles * Birthday Cakes & Blackberries * Strawberry Cilantro Lime Cheesecake * Honey Vinegar with Raspberry Fig Cobbler * Meyer Lemon Buttermilk with Blueberries * Wild-Foraged Berry Sherbet We hope you love it! #icecream #saltandstraw #summer #berries #pdxeats #laeats
Hanjip Now Serves Weekend AYCE Brunch
Chef Chris Oh, just launched a AYCE (all you can eat) weekend brunch at Hanjip, available every Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The new brunch features premium meats, including Oh’s signature USDA prime beef Bulgogi and Kurobuta pork, a daily assortment of seasonal banchan, and rice. Choose from to options ranging from $19-$25 a head.
$7 Ramen at Nest at WP24
This summer the Wolfgang Puck culinary team over at Nest WP24 offers three opportunities to get $7 customizable ramen bowls. Kicking off on June 30 the restaurant will feature a Hokkaido Style Miso Ramen served with sesame, scallion, bean sprouts, and sweet corn. For a supplemental cost you can add seasonal additions such as chili marinated bamboo shoots, market vegetables, and Santa Barbara Spot Prawns.
Dunkin’ Donuts Adds Cold Brew Coffee to Menu
Cold Brew coffee is now on the menu at Dunkin’ Donuts, the ultra-smooth, full-bodied Cold Brew coffee will be brewed daily in small batches and customizable based on guest preference.
Sqirl x Mariscos x Vice
Tonight Sqirl, Mariscos Jalisco and Vice are hosting a late night foodie get together where the proceeds will go towards the Hollenbeck Youth Center in East L.A. For $20 you’ll get delicious eats from Marisco Jalisco’s truck, which will be parked outside Sqirl starting at 11:15 p.m. Get more information here.
Japanese Supper Club: Soba Noodle Night.
On Friday, July 8 home-cooking instructor and author, Sonoko Sakai, will lead a workshop with hands-on participation in the kitchen of the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden. Afterwards, guests will dine on their creation and a number of other items like Inari Sushi, Tofu Custard with Ginger Syrup and sake, Japanese beer or tea. Reservations are required, the class and meal cost $65 per person.
Family Style at Simbal
Chef Shawn Pham just introduced a new family-style menu at Simbal. Diners will now have the option to order larger platters of featured dishes which includes a Crispy Smoked Pork Belly with spicy bean sprouts and Chinese chives ($32). There is also a family-style tasting menu called “Taste of Simbal” where parties get a choice of three plates, plus jasmine rice and dessert, for $40.
Crab Cake LA
The 4th Annual Crab Cake event hosted by Maryland natives Ben Feldman, Michael & Bryan Voltaggio, and Duff Goldman will be held on Sunday, July 31 at Maple Block Meat Co. in Culver City. Guests in attendance will enjoy live Jazz and a traditional meal of Steamed Maryland Blue Crabs, Peel ‘n Eat Shrimp, Hush Puppies, Corn on the Cob, Boiled Potatoes, and Smith Island Cake. Of course being at Maple Block this year they’ll also be serving wood-smoked meats including BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches courtesy of Chef Adam Cole. Tickets start at $150 and VIP starts at $250.
Oh Man! Ramen Pop-Up
Luke Reyes and Phillip Frankland Lee will be taking part in a FEASTLY pop-up in Downtown Los Angeles tonight Tuesday, June 28 from 7:30 – 10:30 p.m. The dinner will be a preview of the upcoming Oh Man! Ramen concept they will open later this summer in Encino. This meal will be served family style except for the entree ramen which will be served individually. The dinner is $65 a person and you can find the entire menu and tickets here.
Celebrate the Fourth with Knuckle & Claw DIY Kits!
Knuckle & Claw’s lobster roll will be offered as DIY Kits for one day only at all K&C’s via Postmates and UberEats.
Secret Wraps & Ice Cream Floats at Holy Cow BBQ for July 4th
What was once on the secret menu at Holy Cow is now availble to all! Dig into a bbq brisket or tri-tip wraps each featuring a giant 14” Chipotle tortilla, aged-white Cheddar, cowboy rice, fire-grilled veggies and there Q-sauce for $9.95. Since it’s summer grab a float too you can make it a hard root beer or PG with an orange cream soda.
The 4th at The Abbey
The Abbey Food & Bar will be celebrating Independence Day all weekend long with great Bucket specials! There will be $40 buckets of Chandon splits (comes with 4 splits) and $20 buckets of Miller Lite (comes with five cans).
Did you know Oyster Thursday at the Oyster House in Studio City happens on the last Thursday of the Month? Will now you do and they give out two free Hama oyster shooters on the house from 3-8 p.m. no purchase required…just come on by and redeem the shucked good stuff.
Must hit up place of the week goes to..
After hearing OC Weekly editor Gustavo Arellano talk about a tortilla made with hibiscus infused jicama root he encountered during Tacolandia I was instantly intrigued. By way of Lynwood Balam Mexican Kitchen is a fast casual spot reimagining tacos from Coconut Shrimp tacos to Chicken Tika the flavors seems more global than Mexican. Often this would be questionable but as you can see in their Yelp reviews they are 5 stars across the board (take that for what it’s worth).
Finally, just a quick snapshot of the best thing we’ve eaten in the past week…
On a recent trip to Redondo Beach I stopped off at Locale 90 a true Neapolitan Pizzaria and tasted Rosies meatballs a secret family recipe I wish I had access too because it was one of the best meatballs I’ve had in a long time.