Food Drink Report

More L.A. spots to spend New Year’s Eve

Didn’t like our first list of places to go for New Year’s Eve? How about another one? Here’s a few more spots for you to welcome 2012 across Los Angeles. Read More

Events & Festivals

‘International Fiery Foods Challenge’ at the 7th Annual Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show

More details are out for the 7th Annual Los Angeles Travel and Adventure Show this January 14 – 15 at the Long Beach Convention Center for the “International Fiery Foods Challenge.” Offering a variety of tasty dishes to sample from around the world, interactive cooking demonstrations on the Culinary Stage, a cooking class, and learn helpful tips for foodies from your favorite travel personalities. Read More

Spend NYE at the Surly Goat in WeHo, Bru Haus’ ‘New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball’ and ‘New Year’s Day Jammy Jam Brunch’

The Surly Goat, a craft beer centered bar in West Hollywood is hosting a New Year’s Eve party with special pours of hard to get beers like: Firestone 15, Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA, Lost Abbey Red Poppy and more. Happy hour starts from 6 PM to 8 PM with (selected) $4 drinks. Entrance is free before 8 PM and $20 at the door after, which includes two selected taps and/or well cocktails. Music provided by resident DJs Hey Mesa & Bad Knews. No RSVP required. 7929 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90046.

German style restaurant and bar, Bru Haus on Wilshire in L.A. is having a “New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball” on Saturday, December 31 from 8 PM to 2 PM. The event features all-you-can drink well drinks and selected beers plus appetizers and dessert (chocolate covered strawberries). Champagne to be provided moments before 2012. $80 pre-sale and $100 at the door. Next morning (if you can get up), the “New Year’s Day Jammy Jam Brunch” will feature items like: brioche French toast and German potato pancakes. Guests dressed in their pajamas (onesies and lingerie) will receive a free shot. 11831 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025. 310-473-2337.

M.B. Post to start brunch service, sports and brunch at Rush Street

Kick off the New Year with M.B. Post in Manhattan Beach as they kick off their brunch menu on Monday, January 2 from 10 AM to 1:30 PM. Serving up small plates such as pecan sticky buns; truffle honey laced organic fried chicken; ricotta-stuffed French toast, and the M.B. Post Benedict – an organic egg, La Quercia Prosciutto, rocket greens, bacon cheddar buttermilk biscuit and hollandaise. Regularly scheduled brunch will begin January 7th, opened Saturdays and Sundays from 10 AM to 1:30 PM. 1142 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266. 310-545-5405.

Join Rush Street in Culver City for their Super Sports Sunday on January 1st to enjoy all New Year’s Day games at once while you load your empty belly with the Red Zone Brunch offering build-your-own omelets, breakfast burritos and tater tots, as well as a bottomless bloody Mary bar and bottomless mimosas. As an added treat, you can enjoy brunch Monday, January 2 from 10 AM to 3:30 PM for the “Overtime/Bonus Brunch.” 9546 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232. 310-837-9546.


El Carmen, tequila & mescal bar wants you to celebrate your ‘last year on earth’

El Carmen on 3rd in Los Angeles is celebrating New Year’s Eve with a “Last Year on Earth Party”, a tribute to the end of the Mayan calendar. The Saturday event will have no cover and comes with a Champagne toast at midnight plus music by Indie 103.1’s DJ José Galván. El Carmen currently houses more than 400 tequilas and mescals. For reservations call 323-852-1552. 8138 West 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90048.

Get healthy with Shore Hotel’s ‘New Year’s Resolution’ package

Shore Hotel in Santa Monica has a New Year’s Resolution package from January 1 – 31, 2012. They have partnered with Pressed Juicery, ASICS America, and Tikkun Spa to create a healthy package to start 2012. Rates start at $435 based on single occupancy. Read More

Short Order: Frisée Lardon Raft

Not for deserted-island escape use. Grass-fed beef, frisée, artisan slab bacon pieces, fried egg, and lemon vinaigrette make up the open faced burger. You wouldn’t get very far off with a Frisée Lardon Raft, but you probably wouldn’t want to leave if you had a Short Order on the island. Float away at the Farmers Market at Third and Fairfax in Los Angeles. Read More

‘New Year’s Eve Under The Stars’ at Eric Greenspan’s The Roof on Wilshire

The Roof on Wilshire in the Hotel Wilshire is having a New Years Eve Under The Stars celebration with a buffet from Chef Eric Greenspan, which will include Bone in Rib Eye, Whole Roasted Leg of Lamb, Truffled Risotto, Lobster Tail, Shrimp Cocktail, Oysters on the Half Shell, Poached Salmon, plus tray passed hors d’oevres, chocolate fondue, and other assorted desserts. Complimentary Bubbly, plus Wilshire Mules, a New Year’s Eve specialty cocktail are included as well for $100 per guest.

Wake up with the Day After Recovery New Year’s Day Brunch, featuring Chef Greenspan’s famous Pancake Lasagna, Stuffed French Toast as well as other breakfast choices and bottomless Mimosas for $30 per guest.

Book a New Year’s room package for 2 which includes access to the party and brunch the following day with rates starting at $550. 6317 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048.

Photography provided by The Roof on Wilshire


Air travel health tips

It’s almost time to get on your planes, and the last thing you want is to be sick for the holidays. You might think the recirculated air is a risk to your health, but it’s actually the very dry cabin air and fatigue that cause most upper respiratory infections. Not to mention germs and bacteria all over the plane. Here are some tips from the LA County Department of Public Health. Feel free to ignore all the tips on your flight back to legitimately call in sick after the holidays. Read More

Royal/T, Japanese style maid cafe with a New Year’s fiesta recovery brunch

Part maid café, retail store and Japanese pop art-inspired exhibition space, Royal/T in Culver City is having a Mexican-inspired “Recovery Brunch” fiesta from 10 AM – 5 PM on January 1, 2012. Dishes start at $10 with housemade Soju Margaritas at $6. DJ Kitkaboom will be providing the jams from 11 AM – 4 PM. 8910 Washington Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232. 310-559-6300. See the full menu for the day. Read More

Planet Dailies and mixology lounge opening February 2012 at The Grove

Planet Hollywood’s Planet Dailies and mixology lounge are slated to open in February 2012 at the Farmers Market in The Grove. The “high-tech” coffee shop will feature classic inspired diner fare with a modern twist from Chef David Springett.

Adjoining Planet Dailies will be Mixology101 the latest addition to the hand crafted cocktail scene. The cocktail and appetizer lounge with signature cocktails by European barman Salvatore “The Maestro” Calabrese and head bartender Joseph Brooke.

Photo: Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas

Food Drink Report

Countdown at these L.A. spots on New Year’s Eve

You could celebrate at a house party again, or you could celebrate at one of these places around L.A. Here is a round up of places to go for New Year’s Eve. Read More

Lakers cupcakes at Magnolia Bakery

Magnolia Bakery will be offering Lakers cupcakes starting on the late season-opener December 25, 2011. Their classic cupcakes in chocolate of vanilla topped with buttercream will have a twist with the Lakers logo for $3 and will only be available on home-game days, but pre-orders are encouraged. 8389 West 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90048. 323-951-0636.

2 days for a free glass of wine at Vertical Wine Bistro, Beer Belly Christmas beers

For two nights, December 26, 2011 and January 2, 2012 starting at 4 PM, bring in a receipt from a local Pasadena retailer or ticket stub from the Rose Bowl game to Vertical Wine Bistro for a complimentary glass of Prosecco. Chef Laurent Quenioux has created three French-inspired American dishes to pair with Prosecco. 70 N. Raymond Ave., Upstairs. Pasadena, CA. 91103. 626-795-3999.

Celebrate Beer Belly in L.A.’s Koreatown’s inaugural Hoppy Holidaze event from December 26 – December 30, 2011 (closed on December 24 and 25). What’s Hoppy Holidaze about? “Badass beers.” Check out the list. 532 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90020. 213-387-2337. Read More

Winter cocktails at Drago Centro with $8 specials

To celebrate Drago Centro in downtown L.A.’s winter cocktail debut, created by head bartender Jaymee Mandeville, they are offering ten different cocktails for $3 off their regular price. The $8 price will only be valid Wednesday, December 28, and remain one the menu for the rest of the season. 525 South Flower St., Suite 120, Los Angeles, CA 90071. 213-228-8998. Read More

Zimzala Restaurant’s ‘grab it and go with it’ morning specials and seasonal menu

Zim a Go-Go is Zimzala‘s, at the Shorebreak Hotel in Huntington Beach, new fast breakfast service that is aiming to end your long line waits at coffee shops and time constraints of sit-downs. From 6 AM – 11 AM, choose from breakfast burritos, cereals, espressos, lattes and more in a speedy manner.

They also have new seasonal items for the holidays inspired by comfort food. Read More