This week we inform on a new Taiwanese brunch in Chinatown, giant drinks for two and $1 oysters at a popular Santa Monica hot spot. Also, you’ll find out about a free Avocado Party in Glendale, and more foodie events you won’t want to miss.
Tops on the events rundown: The Long Beach Crawfish Festival, the LUCKYRICE Asian inspired food fest and the 55th Watermelon Festival, all happening this week.
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Where to Get Giant Sharable Cocktails
Beelman’s pub located in Downtown Los Angles is offering a cocktail program designed for two and served in a golden pineapple and a 16oz coconut for $24. Perfect for a date night or folks looking add a little tropical magic to their summer. Choose from five cocktails, see below for details.
1. Daquiri #3
Plantation 5 year Barbados Rum, Luxardo Maraschino, Lime, Grapefruit, Demerara served in a golden pineapple.
2. My Oh Mai Tai
Appleton 12 yr Rum, Plantation Overproof Rum, Velvet Falernum, Orgeat, Lime, Orange Bitters served in a golden pineapple
Beefeater Gin, Pineapple, Lemon, Orgeat, Peychaud’s Bitters served in a golden pineapple
4. Accidental Guru
Jameson, Peach, Ginger, Lime, Hefeweizen served in a golden pineapple
5. Lava Flow
Frozen Pina Colada and Strawberry Frose (Strawberries, Aperol, Lemon, Demerara, Plantation 5 year Rum, Plantation Overproof Rum) served in a 16oz coconut.
Brunch Taiwanese Style
A Taiwanese brunch can be found at Far East Plaza in the heart of Chinatown courtesy of Asian street food eatery Lao Tao. Available all day on the weekends the menu is designed as a build-your-own meal where diners can choose from a selection of a la carte dishes that include Dan Bin a type of egg and scallion pancake, reminiscent of an omelet but filled with pork floss, beef skank and a vegetarian option stuffed with avocado and pine nuts.
Of course my Taiwanese brunch would not be complete without a Chinese Donut, and at Lao Tao you have the option to go savory or sweet. If you get the donut be sure to order the Barley Porridge to go along with it (essential for dipping the donut).
And if you’re somehow still hungry then tack on a Pork Belly Rice Dumpling, a delicious gelatinous steamed rice dumpling stuffed with peanuts, dried shrimp and shitake mushrooms.
It’s Oyster Hour Everyday at Herringbone Santa Monica
Starting July 31, Herringbone Santa Monica’s Oyster Hour will be available Monday through Sunday, yup that’s everyday! From 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. guests can take advantage of $1 East & West Coast Oysters, $12 Tuna Poke, $11 Crab Cakes, $10 Mussels Tikka and more.
Food Events for this Week in L.A.
Tuesday July 25th, 2017
dineL.A. returns for summer with 15-days of celebrating Los Angeles restaurant culture from July 14 to 28. Angelenos and visitors alike will have the opportunity to enjoy prix-fixe menus from more than 300 of the city’s best eateries for special prices. Checkout our post The Best dineL.A. Menus for Summer 2017 (according to We Like L.A.) use it as a guide to your dineL.A. adventures.
Wednesday July 26th, 2017
E.P. & L.P. presents ‘Melrose Rooftop Cinema’ in West Hollywood featuring sweeping city views, modern Asian cuisine and an outdoor movie experience every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evening through August 30. The series continues this week with Top Gun. General Admission tickets cost $15 and VIP seating is $25. There is a dining option before the movie at the Aussie-Fijian restaurant, it’s called the ‘Express Menu’ featuring three courses for an additional $34 featuring Executive Chef Louis Tikaram’s new dishes inspired by his recent travels to Fiji, Vietnam, and Australia.
Thursday July 27th, 2017
There’s a Guac Stop popping up courtesy of Wholly Guacamole that will set up shop for five days at The Americana from Thursday July 27 through Monday July 31. Prepare to eat your weight in guac for FREE! There will be a avocado ice cream creations to help you cool down and a guac bar where you can custom create your own unique flavors or try a special “Los Angeles inspired” smashed guac called Guac-Kale-Mole. Guests can also take a break from avocados to make flower crowns and enjoy music.
Chef Kevin Callaghan will host a local-inspired pop up dinner with a Southern twist this Thursday at Wanderlust Hollywood. The pop up will feature a cocktail hour with wines from Bonterra Vineyards, a family-style dinner featuring pickled Carolina shrimp, crab cakes with summer succotash, watermelon salad, pork tenderloin with apples and more. Tickets cost $80 per person.
Friday July 28th, 2017
Long Beach Crawfish Festival returns to Rainbow Lagoon Park from July 28 to 30, with dancing to live music, the Second Line Parade, dance lessons, karaoke, fresh crawfish, Cajun food, chicory coffee, beignets and adult beverages. Check for discount tickets via Goldstar.
Feast on L.A.’s best Asian and Asian-influenced cuisine when LUCKYRICE Los Angeles Feast rolls into town. Hosted at the Cathedral of Saint Vibiana in DTLA the food festival will showcase the most popular foods from Asia’s eating capitals as interpreted by local chefs and mixologists. This year Celebrity Chef Jet Tila will also be in attendance serving his Northern Thai Pork Chili Dip with Lucky Purple Sticky Rice.
Greenbar Distillery is hosting cocktail classes in Downtown LA this Friday with tequila and gin cocktails. During these classes, each table will be laden with homemade syrups, fresh juices, herbs, fruits, liqueurs, and bitters so you can create cocktail magic. Each session will run about two hours. Tickets are $40 per person and guests make/drink three cocktails all together.
Saturday July 29th, 2017
Check out the 55th Annual California Watermelon Festival at the Hansen Dam Soccer Fields in Lake View Terrace on July 29-30. The annual community event features watermelon-themed activities like watermelon skiing, free watermelon, cooking demos, carnival rides, games, contests, live entertainment and more. Tickets for the event are currently available online for $12 (adults) and $7 (children).
For one day only, Mr. Holmes Bakehouse will offer a “Cruffin Cone” in collaboration with San Francisco-scoop shop, Smitten Ice Cream. Get Smitten’s freshly churned Classic Vanilla, Fresh Picked Strawberry, or Brown Sugar, served inside a “Cruffin Cone,” a croissant baked like a muffin turned into a cone. Grab yours at the Larchmont location of Mr. Holmes Bakehouse. We suggest you go early because the shop will have limited quantities of the Cruffin cone.
Sunday July 30th, 2017
Angeleno magazine’s Live & Dine LA event returns to the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica featuring culinary demos from award-winning chefs, refreshing artisanal cocktails and delicious wines. Restaurants include The Bazaar by José Andrés, Baltaire, The Butcher’s Daughter, Del Frisco’s Grille, The District by Hannah An, Eataly, Mama Lion, Manuela, The Polo Lounge, Salazar, Sawyer and dozens more. Libations from Accomplice Bar, Birds & Bees, Calyx Gin, Cosa Salvaje Tequila, Lillet, San Antonio Winery and others will be on hand. Tickets cost $95 a person, the delicious afternoon will benefit the Los Angeles Mission.
Los Feliz Big Bar is pulling out all the stops debuting a different GOT cocktail every weekend inspired by past episode.