Ruth’s Chris Steak House, famous for its unmatched dining experience and steaks served on 500-degree sizzling plates, announced the relocation of its beloved Woodland Hills restaurant to 5919 Canoga Avenue, which is now open for business.
The new Woodland Hills Ruth’s Chris restaurant brings an exquisite dining experience to the Los Angeles area with its 10,139 square-foot location that features one main dining room, one casual dining room, a luxurious bar and bar dining area, a patio with ample seating, as well as a board room and two private dining rooms that can be reserved for any special occasion. The space is thoughtfully designed to provide a comfortably elegant, warm, and welcoming dining experience for every guest. As part of the pre-opening celebration for the relocated restaurant, Ruth’s Chris hosted a special VIP dinner with community leaders, business owners and Ruth’s Chris executives where 100% of the proceeds from the evening were donated to Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.
Credit: Ruth’s Chris
“We’ve had the pleasure of serving the Los Angeles community for more than ten years, and are fortunate to continue offering our one-of-a-kind experience to guests in the area with the relocation of our Woodland Hills restaurant,” said Brad Wood, General Manager of Ruth’s Chris Steak House Woodland Hills. “We look forward to welcoming new guests, as well as those who are already familiar with and passionate about our brand.”
Brad joined Ruth’s Chris Steak House in 2001, at the San Francisco location. He was quickly recognized as a valuable Team Member, joined the Woodland Hills team as part of the opening management team and was then promoted to General Manager in 2004. He worked outside of Ruth’s Chris for a short period, but quickly realized he wanted to call the organization “home,” taking a position as General Manager of the Beverly Hills location.
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Executive Chef Mike Marquez also joined the Ruth’s Chris Steak House team 13 years ago in Pasadena, CA as a broil cook. Since then, the team quickly recognized Mike’s talent, along with the value he brought to the organization, and he was promoted to Sous Chef. After years of dedication to the Ruth’s Chris brand, he became Executive Chef of the Beverly Hills location and was later transferred to the Woodland Hills, CA location where he has been the Executive Chef for the last 8 years.
The new location also opens with two new seasonal two new seasonal menu offerings – the Filet & Cabernet Pairing available for at the bar for $38, which includes a 6 oz. Filet topped with three large shrimp alongside a refreshing glass of DAOU Cabernet Sauvignon and a Fireside Old-Fashioned Cocktail handcrafted with Elijah Craig small batch bourbon, Demerara syrup, Amaro Averna, Angostura and chocolate bitters for $17. Ruth’s Chris Woodland Hills unbeatable Happy Hour includes mouthwatering food and full-size appetizers, hand-crafted cocktails and wine starting at only $9 from 4:00p.m. – 6:00p.m. every Sunday through Friday. Reservations are not accepted for the bar, nor required. Seating is on a first come, first served basis.
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Ruth’s Chris is known for featuring the finest steaks, the best service, and an unmatched level of hospitality that has persevered since the first restaurant opened in New Orleans in 1965. The company’s perfected broiling method and seasoning techniques ensure each cut of USDA Prime beef arrives cooked to perfection and sizzling on a 500-degree plate. Representing the highest-quality beef, these cuts are well marbled and hand-selected for thickness and tenderness. Ruth’s Chris guests can also enjoy fresh seafood, scratch-made side dishes and desserts, craft cocktails and choice wines.
For more information, hours of operation or to make a reservation, please visit https://ruthschris.com/woodland-hills/ or call (818) 227-9505.
About Ruth’s Chris Steak HouseRuth’s Chris Steak House was founded by Ruth Fertel 58 years ago in New Orleans, Louisiana. Ruth had a recipe for everything – from how to prepare her signature sizzling steaks to how to treat her guests. This timeless formula is a testament to how one neighborhood eatery has become the largest collection of upscale steak houses in the world, with more than 150 restaurant locations around the globe. Ruth’s Chris remains true to its heritage, helping guests make their best memories on 500-degree sizzling plates.
There’s a song and phrase rooted in Hawaii that makes a yearly return: “Mele Kalikimaka!”
If you didn’t know, “Mele Kalikimaka” means “Merry Christmas,” and there’s a good reason some visitors will be saying and/or singing the song this holiday season. In what shocked many earlier this year, Maui is still recovering after the devastating fires that resulted in the loss of over 100 lives, and the majority of structures in historic Lahaina. However, it’s what can’t be seen that remains and gives hope to those who lost so much: memories, a strong collective spirit, and aloha.
As we approach the holidays, the best way travelers can show continued support for Maui after the Lahaina wildfires is to travel mindfully, respectfully, and responsibly. And there’s one hotel who will help with that mission: Wailea Beach Resort in Maui.
The resort’s “Return to Maui: Travel with Heart” package donates $100 of each stay to supporting Hawaii Community Foundation’s Maui Strong Fund. Hawaii Community Foundation is one of the most trusted and credible sources for updates on the latest in Maui’s recovery efforts, plus the island’s overall wellness, as it transforms lives and improves the island’s communities.
During the holidays, children can greet Kris Kringle as he arrives to the shores of Maui via canoe for the island holiday experience. Additional holiday programming and activities include some of the classics and new experiences, like an Elf Parade with milk and cookies, Elf on the Shelf scavenger hunts, wood ornament making classes, pineapple carving, sugar cookie, donut and gingerbread decorating, holiday Hula, wreath and floral lei-making workshops, holiday ukulele, a mermaid meet-and-greet, story time with Mrs. Claus, festive movie matinees and movie nights, and so much more. Adults can also get into the holiday spirit(s) with festive culinary and mixology workshops.
On top of the festive fun, visitors can enjoy some of the resort’s everyday amenities and features, like the recently unveiled “Olakino Wellness Pool Experience.” The experience features an unparalleled adults-only wellness sanctuary with personalized service from Po’e Mālamas (translated as ‘one who takes care’) and elevated wellness and culinary offerings – all included in a private poolside setting.
The resort also recently introduced a new way to luxuriate in island-style outdoor living with its new “Sundeck Garden Oasis” room category, a group of private garden oasis’ that feature expansive lanais appointed with outdoor bathtubs, lush amenities and firepit lounge areas for rest during Maui’s cool nights and further honoring the island’s famous outdoor living.
As part of the Sundeck Garden Collection, the resort is introducing the rebalancing Bath Butler Program. Each bathing ritual and treatment is designed to cater to individual needs, providing a rejuvenating and revitalizing experience like no other. Bath rituals include Air/Enliven Bath Ritual (a powerful body cleanser to reduce toxins with uplifting lemon and juniper), Fire/Replenish Bathing Ritual (a citrus soak that will relieve muscle tension, ease joint pain and detoxify the body), Water/Release Bathing Ritual (an algae-based soak to alleviate sore muscles and soothe stressed joints) and Earth/Embrace Bathing Ritual (a lavender fusion milk bath that will leave one feeling refreshed and renewed).
Additional experiences include foot conditioning treatment, reflexology, sound therapy session, frangipani hair and scalp treatment, Reiki session and in room massage.
Finally, the resort recently opened its new Makani lobby bar, inviting guests to “breeze” by in the Grand Lanai Lobby for thirst quenching libations including a selection of craft cocktails, wines, locally brewed beer, and lite bar snacks. This holiday season, guests can expect festive mixology classes and drinks at the bar. Even more, there will be new room renovations starting in March 2024!
The “Return to Maui: Travel with Heart” package includes a $100 resort credit and daily breakfast buffet for two, while also donating $100 of each stay to supporting Hawaii Community Foundation’s Maui Strong Fund. This turns that holiday visit into a chance to not only live in island luxury and comfort, but to also give back, learn from, and support the local small businesses and people who breathe life into the island of Maui.
About Wailea Beach Resort
At the ocean’s edge nestled between two of Maui’s golden sand crescent beaches, Wailea Beach Resort is the epitome of scenic luxury spanning 22 acres with three spectacular pool experiences including private floating cabanas and the longest water slide in Maui. Distinctive dining options showcasing locally sourced ingredients range from the signature Humble Market Kitchin by Roy Yamaguchi and private candlelit oceanfront experiences to a poolside food truck.
Te Au Moana, meaning “The Ocean Tide” Luau, transports guests on a cultural journey through Hawaii’s history with song, dance, and traditional culinary fare. Immersive activities such as Outrigger canoeing, kayak turtle tours, ukulele lessons and nightly fireside s’mores and Mo’olelo (Hawaiian storytelling). For highly sophisticated accommodations, look no further than the Sundeck Collection which features luxurious indoor-outdoor living with an expansive 150 square foot private lanai for convenient access to the beach walk, lawn and pools.
Southern California always has something going on throughout the year, but if you’re looking for a focus on the holiday season, look no further. Here’s everything taking place this December and early January to help you celebrate the holiday season. From music to bowling, some of these are too good to miss!
But First, Be Responsible & Take in Holiday Lights with Alto
In the spirit of making memories without compromising safety, consider Alto as your luxurious designated driver for the night. This New Year’s Eve, enjoy a night of celebration without the worry of driving under the influence to or from your destination with background-checked drivers. Every Alto vehicle is B.Y.O.B so you don’t have to worry about ditching the red solo cup before hopping in your ride.
In addition, the elevated rideshare service is celebrating the season with the coziest holiday light tour you can book! See the best lights in your city from the back of your Alto on a 90 minute tour curated by the Alto team. From Sunday 12/10 – Thursday 12/21, between a 6pm and 8pm slot each night, take in the decorations in Brentwood, Pacific Palisades, and Venice Canals. Riders will be picked up at Brentwood Country Mart, and can purchase a ride on shop-alto.com at least 24 hours in advance
There are even some special surprises in store, where riders may receive 2-4 Alto tumblers for a holiday cheers and BYOB for the ride, and can expect a Holiday playlist for the ride!
Alto offers a fleet of modern, stylish, and spacious vehicles, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable ride every time. Sit back, relax, and let their drivers take care of everything while you indulge in a comfortable, luxurious and stress-free journey.
Experience Santa Monica Proper Hotel’s Reimagined Afternoon Tea
A beloved culinary tradition around the world, Santa Monica Proper Hotel is reimagining afternoon tea through a seasonal California lens and sensibility. Located at Palma Lounge (Santa Monica Proper, 700 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401), an all-day enclave for craft cocktails and eclectic bites.
The intimate, inspiring Kelly Wearstler-designed first-floor lounge is wrapped with windows and original art, with thoughtfully designed enclaves throughout. Proper Tea serves fresh takes on the classics with local and organic farm-fresh ingredients to linger over.
Palma’s Afternoon Tea Reimagined features and amuse bouche and several courses, served with a glass of Veuve Clicquot or N/A cocktail, and tea selection, priced at $95 per guests. Officially launched December 15, 2023, this offer is available Friday-Sunday, 2 -4 p.m.
Highlights of the new menu include:
- Beetroot Tartlet with Herbs de Provence Goat Cheese and Pistachio Powder
- Persian Cucumber Tea Sandwiches with Herbed Cream Cheese and Pink Peppercorn Aioli on Brioche
- Drake’s Farm Aged Goat Cheese & Chive Scone with Devonshire Cream, Lemon Curd & Seasonal Farmer’s Market Jam
- Valrhona Chocolate Profiterole
For reservations, please visit https://www.properhotel.com/santa-monica/ or https://www.opentable.com/r/palma-santa-monica.
Experience the Best of Chef Nate McCoy on Christmas Eve & Party for the New Year at The Viv Hotel
Top of the V Invites Guests to Celebrate Christmas Eve with a Three-Course Spanish-Inspired Holiday Dinner
Bring family and friends to celebrate Christmas Eve Dinner at The Viv Hotel’s rooftop restaurant and bar, Top of the V
, on Sunday, December 24. Guests can indulge in an exclusive three-course pre-fixe menu at $95 per person, expertly curated by Southern California’s very own Chef Nate McCoy!
Featured menu items include Spanish-inspired dishes such as Lamb Shank Croquetas, Black Trumpet Bomba Rice, Jamon Wrapped Monkfish and Burnt Basque Cheesecake, among other mouth-watering selections. Wine pairing options are available for an additional cost.
Sunday, December 24, 2023
Time, upon reservation availability.
Top of the V
1601 South Anaheim Boulevard, Anaheim, CA 92805
The Viv Hotel’s Spanish-Inspired Rooftop Restaurant, Top of the V, to host New Year’s Eve Celebration
If you’d rather have an outing for a different occasion, you can ring in 2024 at The Viv Hotel’s rooftop restaurant and bar, Top of the V, on Sunday, December 31, from 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. Voted as Readers’ Choice “Best Rooftop in Orange County” by Riviera Magazine, Top of the V’s New Year’s Eve celebration will feature the iconic SoCal sunset views and twinkling city lights as the midnight countdown begins.
- Passed hors d’oeuvres including:
- Jamon Serrano Croquetas
- Charred Octopus
- Food stations offering Spanish-inspired dishes expertly crafted by Chef Nate McCoy, including:
- Patatas Bravas
- Saffron Bomba Rice
- Spanish-style charcuterie spread
- Moet & Chandon toast at midnight
- Open bar (limited selections)
- Complimentary valet parking
- Live DJ music by @DJRhino562
Sunday, December 31, 2023 – January 1, 2024
9 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Top of the V
1601 South Anaheim Boulevard, Anaheim, CA 92805
About Chef Nate McCoy
Chef Nate McCoy is one of Anaheim’s leading chefs with over 13 years of experience in the restaurant business. He is the newly appointed Executive Chef at Top of the V, an upscale rooftop restaurant at The Viv Hotel. Chef Nate has been deeply involved with Top of the V for the past three years and was excited to be promoted to Executive Chef as he continues to serve authentic Spanish cuisine.
Chef Nate credits his passion for modernist cuisine to Chefs Steven Rojas and Edgar Beas. He attributes his ability to excel within the field to other renowned chefs he has worked with, such as Top Chef winners Michael Voltaggio of Ink and Mei Lin, owner of Daybird, as well as Michelin-star Chefs Tony Esnault, owner of Knife Pleat, and Jacob Kear, owner of LURRA in Kyoto, Japan.
Celebrate Big with Westfield Century City & Westfield Topanga
Westfield Century City and Westfield Topanga are no strangers to celebration! In fact, this December they are kicking off exciting festivities happening this season – from snowfall and photos with Santa, to ugly sweaters! Check out the list below for upcoming winter magic at Westfield Century City and Westfield Topanga:
Ornament Making (Westfield Topanga) – Tis the season to Eat, Drink, and Be Merry at Topanga Social! Get your creative juices flowing and make beautiful ornaments to decorate your home or give as gifts.
Weekend Brunch With Santa at Pinstripes (Westfield Topanga; Ends 12/17) – Indulge in the magic of the season at Pinstripes Santa Brunch, available on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am – 3pm. Elevate your brunch experience with a delicious buffet of brunch favorites, capture unforgettable memories with photos of Santa and loved ones, and enjoy a surprise gift at every table!
Live Performances and Snowfall (11/24-12/24) (Westfield Century City) – You don’t need to trek to Big Bear to see snow this year – Westfield Century City has you covered with magical moments of snowfall right here in LA! Plus, enjoy a variety of live performances in the heart of the Holiday Village.
Photos With Santa (Westfield Topanga) – Don’t be shy – break out your ugliest sweater for a pic with Saint Nick! Every Thursday from 11/30–12/21, Westfield Topanga invites you to put on your most heinous sweater and pay a visit to Santa Claus. If you’re looking for nostalgia, it doesn’t get better than this!
Grinch Pop-Up (Now – 12/26) (Westfield Century City) – Get an immersive Grinch experience full of festive activities – write letters to The Grinch and his beloved furry companion Max, indulge in ‘Grinchy’ treats such as green cotton candy and matcha, and partake in must-have merch giveaways, engaging themed activities, and more!
Feast At Topanga Social
Topanga Social has just launched its special lunch program: “Lunch Crunch” weekdays from 11 – 4, guests will be able to order special lunch combos from LA’s finest eateries for only $15.00!
From Mondays to Fridays 11 p.m. – 4 p.m, Topanga Social visitors will be able order lunch combos from some of LA’s finest culinary destinations including Mini Kabob (a Chicken Thigh Plate, plus a drink), DTown Pizzeria (1946 Cheese Pizza, plus a drink), Katsu Sando (Classic Chicken Katsu Plate, and a drink), and so much more, all for $15.00. See the full list of offerings below:
Amboy: Classic Double, fries, and a drink.
Burrata House: Burrata Caprese Panini, Arugula Side Salad, plus a drink.
DTown Pizzeria: 1946 Cheese Pizza, plus a drink.
Dumpling Monster: Pan-fried Chicken Dumplings, Scallion Pancake, plus a drink.
Fat Sal’s: Turkey Club, Seasoned Fries, plus a drink.
Jay Bird’s: Jay Bird’s Chicken Sandwich, fries, and a drink.
Katsu Sando: Classic Chicken Katsu Plate, and a drink.
ManEatingPlant: Fried Shroom Bao, plus a drink.
Mini Kabob: Chicken Thigh Plate, plus a drink.
Shrimp Daddy: Shrimp Plate, plus a drink.
Tail O’ the Pup: 1976 Pup, fries, and a drink.
Temaki by Seaweed Handroll: Spicy Tuna Hand Roll and Salmon Hand Roll, plus a drink.
Be Part of the Magic of Living Pictures!
Pageant of the Masters Announces Open Casting Call for Volunteers of All Ages, January 5 – 7, 2024
Sign up as a Volunteer and Be Entered into Drawing for Two Tickets to Disneyland®
Volunteers get measured and photographed at the Pageant of the Masters Open Casting Call
LAGUNA BEACH, CA – Can you stand still for 90 seconds? Do you enjoy art, theater and music? Perfect – you could be a volunteer for the 2024 Pageant of the Masters!
The Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach, California, is hosting an Open Casting Call from January 5 to 7, 2024, in search of volunteers for next summer’s show, À La Mode: The Art of Fashion. Adding to the excitement of this year’s casting call, everyone that signs up to volunteer during the event will be entered into a special drawing for two tickets to Disneyland® Park. To learn more, visit www.foapom.com/volunteer.
Volunteers of all ages and sizes are needed to be cast members and strike a pose in the world’s most famous presentation of tableaux vivants. No prior theater experience necessary; individuals ages 5 and up are welcome. The only requirement is the ability to stand still and have fun. In addition to onstage roles, volunteers are needed for many crucial roles backstage including wardrobe, makeup, headdress, as well as cast area coordinators and refreshment servers.
The Open Casting Call will be held backstage at the Pageant of the Masters on the Festival of Arts grounds at 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA during the following dates and times:
- Friday, January 5 from 7 – 9pm
- Saturday, January 6 from 7 – 9pm
- Sunday, January 7 from 2 – 5pm
It takes over 500 volunteers, both onstage and behind-the-scenes, to put on the Pageant production each summer. “Volunteers are the heart and soul of our show,” said Sharbie Higuchi, Festival of Arts Marketing/PR Director. “Their dedication and passion are the driving forces behind the magic we create, turning each production into a masterpiece. Without our volunteers, the Pageant would not be possible.”
During the Casting Call, individuals can expect to have their measurements taken as well as their photo, while enjoying refreshments and light bites. Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet the Pageant’s creative and technical staff, as well as get a sneak peek at the artwork that will be re-created in this summer’s show.
Higuchi added, “Volunteer at the Pageant and be part of something extraordinary. Not only is it a great way to spend your summer with family and friends, but also, by volunteering for the Pageant, students can earn credit towards community service requirements.”
The 2024 Pageant of the Masters production À La Mode: The Art of Fashion will run nightly July 6 through August 30, 2024. Tickets start at $45 per person. To stay up to date on all things Pageant of the Masters and Festival of Arts, follow the Festival on social media at @FestivalPageant and visit www.foapom.com.
It’s hard to believe that the holidays are once again upon us, and soon everyone will be scrambling to sort out the the right gifts for various people in their lives. Keeping with our tradition of providing a one-stop spot for all your gift buying needs, we’ll be providing you with a rundown of some of the hottest products of the year, along with the biggest sales and deals you can catch ahead of the holidays.
As a bonus, we’ll be publishing a holiday themed event roundup, that way you can find what to do all in one place. Stay tuned for updates up until the countdown to the new year for new additions to the roundup!
Food, Drinks, Health & Wellness
Find Balance With Remedy Organics
If you’re shopping for someone who could use some extra wellness support this holiday season (or yourself!), Remedy Organics
is the perfect gift to maintain a sense of balance through the holidays and after!
It’s no secret that the holidays can be a time of overindulgence, leaving us feeling sluggish and bloated. Luckily, Remedy Organics offers a lineup of nourishing, plant-based elixirs that are not only a treat for your taste buds, but also a remedy to reset your gut health after those festive feasts.
Crafted with finest certified organic superfoods, ayurvedics, botanical herbs, and prebiotics, Remedy Organics is a gift packed with a variety of unique functional benefits. Whether you’re looking for stocking stuffers, wellness-themed gift baskets, or a way to support your loved ones in search of a healthier holiday season, Remedy Organics has delicious solutions for everyone. Holiday favorites include:
- Remedy Reset Program ($139.99) – created by a holistic nutritionist, this program is designed to cleanse your system in a gentle and delicious way! With gut-healing wellness shakes, immunity shots, and an exclusive Remedy mindfulness journal, this is the perfect present for self-care lovers and those that prioritize clean, natural, and sustainable food choices.
- Breakfast Essentials ($69.99) – for the one looking to dip their toes into the world of functional beverages, try this variety pack that includes the 10 best-selling elixirs. Soulfully crafted by a holistic nutritionist, this pack is perfect for those with busy lifestyles looking to boost their energy, performance, and focus this holiday season and beyond.
Switch Up The Cocktail & Mocktail Game With Nixie
Know someone with a bad soda habit that needs to get kicked? Meet Nixie! Made with organic sparkling water, and without synthetic solvents, carriers or artificial preservatives, Nixie was founded by the brains behind Late July Snacks – one of the first brands to carry the USDA Organic seal. Nicole Bernard Dawes has dedicated her life to transforming the food industry by creating delicious, organic options. With Nixie, the sparkling water brand is certified USDA Organic, with zero sugar, sodium or calories.
Since launching in 2019, Nixie’s core range of flavors include Watermelon Mint, Lime Ginger, Strawberry Hibiscus, and more. Nixie is available nationwide in 24-packs on Amazon, with individual cans, 8-packs and 24-packs available in more than 7,500 retailers nationwide, including Whole Foods, Sprouts, and Ralphs.
Not only was Nixie a refreshment staple for the summer months, but they’re proving to be a savior for cocktails during the cooler month, too! Check out the recipes below for your holiday party or for the bartender in your life:
Find Wellness from Within with Kroma
The ultimate kickstarter for renewal in the new year, Kroma is dedicated to revitalizing mind, body and spirit through transformative Resets and Daily Essentials that include meticulously selected ingredients from superfoods around the world to create nourishing, and healing functional foods and beverages. Their line of products range from meal replacing broths to snacks and lattes, while keeping the following standards:
- Curate for Quality: They have scanned the world to find the most nutrient-dense, high-integrity, sustainably sourced superfood ingredients available.
- Healthy Must Taste Amazing: Healthy and delicious can and should co-exist. All of their food and beverage products are culinary-inspired, masterfully marrying function and flavor.
- Be Pure: No cane sugar. No fillers. No dairy. No gluten. No GMOs. No shortcuts or gimmicks. Their intentions are pure and so are their products.
- Live Super Empowered: They have collaborated with some of the top nutritionists, herbalists, chefs, and wellness gurus to ensure all of their products adapt to the body’s chemistry and empower inner awesomeness.
- Keep It Simple: Their instant, superfood-centric products were made to simplify their life while keeping them nourished, sustained, and thriving. Just add water or non-dairy milk. Simple.
Check out Kroma’s fan favorites:
Kroma 5-day Reset: Designed to kickstart healthy habits and combat issues like fatigue, bloating, brain fog, weight gain, and more. You won’t be hungry, tired or bored, and you will see and feel a difference in as little as 5 days. Their Reset is fully customizable, portable, nonperishable and abundant— making it easy to forget everything you know and fear about cleansing.
Kroma Daily Essentials: Packed with premium superfoods, The Kroma Daily Essentials are an effortless way to level up your breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks and give your body the essential nutrition for daily performance and long-term whole-body health.
Get The Mind Right with Magic Mind
If you or someone you know could change up their routine for the better, then meet Magic Mind.
In one shot, Magic Mind is scientifically designed to boost energy, enhance focus, create a sense of calm alertness, and increase overall productivity. Magic Mind will not only enhance your daily routine but also provide sustained energy, preventing those energy spikes and crashes, keeping you energized throughout the day – while also suitable for taking at any time of day.
A matcha-based swig, Magic Mind shots are jam-packed and infused with nootropics and adaptogens from:
- organic lion’s mane mushrooms
- organic cordyceps mushrooms
- organic ashwaganda
- bacopa monnieri
- vitamin C
- rhodiola rosea
- vitamin D3
- vitamin B complex
- organic agave
Keto, paleo, and vegan-friendly, plus nut, gluten, and BPA-free, this concoction won’t encourage addiction, but will help provide up to 7+ hours of energy, focus, and stress management. Skip reaching for that second (or third) cup of coffee, and reach for the magic instead – here.
Step Up The Morning Brew Game with Bruvi
Bruvi just recently launched a chic new black brewer and is also offering a Holiday discount on all brewers! Their holiday deal is a hefty $120 saving off all brewers – including the new black brewer – through to 26 December with the code HOLIDEAL.
The black brewer brews just like the original, award-winning Bruvi — and it makes seven different beverages, offering remarkably tastier coffee, and eco-conscious pods. The black brewer comes in a sleek black palette with stainless steel finishes and a frosted smoke water tank. The black Bruvi brewer is retailing at just $218 with the holiday deal, so act fast!
In addition, the newness doesn’t stop there; Bruvi also launched two new pods — Triple Death Coffee (high caffeine) and Spellbinder Espresso Forte (extra dark roast). Get them while you can!
Flaviar: The Lost Art of Distillation 2023 Advent Calendar
Prepare for an extraordinary whiskey journey with Flaviar‘s 2023 The Lost Art of Distillation Advent Calendar! This year’s calendar is a whiskey lover’s dream, featuring 24 meticulously curated, 50mL glass vials of award-winning whiskeys from 8 countries.
Each day holds a thrilling surprise from the rich notes of Sagamore Spirit Rye Whiskey to the exceptional flavors of J.J. Corry The Hanson Whiskey and the historical allure of Uncle Nearest 1856 Premium Aged Whiskey. Place your order by December 7 in order to get the best deal featuring 24 memorable whiskeys!
Clothing, Accessories, Home Goods & More
Shop Hailee Steinfield’s Small Business Gift Guide
A gift guide within a gift guide? Consider it the ultimate bonus! Academy Award-nominated actress, multi-platinum recording musician, and producer Hailee Steinfeld teamed up with Amazon Small Business to share the products she’s shopping from Amazon’s Small Business Gift Guide this holiday season.
Credit: Cibelle Levi for Amazon (Cibelle Levi Celebrity Brand Photographer)
As a small business owner herself, Hailee curated her own holiday wish list featuring her favorite products from small businesses available in Amazon’s store. Hailee’s picks span everything from home decor and kitchenware to beauty and fashion accessories at a range of price points. See more on the featured products below and shop Hailee’s complete gift guide, here!
Featured Products from Hailee Steinfeld’s Amazon Small Business Wish List:
A Book For Creatives: “LIFE WHIMSY” By Wendy Conklin
Get the readers (and creatives) in your life a brand new book – “LiIFE WHIMSY”! Lifestyle personality Wendy Conklin is a designer, educator, artisan and “entreprenista”! Not only is this new read visually beautiful and filled with amazing photos — making it a superb coffee table book and a holiday gift — but it is also deeply intriguing while getting the reader involved.
Wendy is the Creative Director and thought leader behind the Chair Whimsy movement to live more creatively. She helps her online course students tap into and cultivate their creativity, giving them permission to “play” and upgrade their joy. Her teaching style makes the challenge of learning a new craft feel accessible and fun, while her business programming helps other artisans and makers leverage their knowledge, skills, and finished work to build and grow businesses supporting their families and providing financial and creative fulfillment.
In “LIFE WHIMSY” you will:
- Develop your creative thinking, twisting your mindset to options & solutions rather than failure & face-plants.
- Rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul through the magic of play. (Yes, adults can play!)
- Infuse creativity into your profession or business, even if you work in a deeply “uncreative” field.
“LIFE WHIMSY” is available now on Amazon
or directly through Wendy Conklin’s website
LA Metro Holiday Merch
With the holiday season fast approaching, LA metro is excited to announce its new line of holiday merchandise, perfect for transit enthusiasts and anyone who loves the city of Los Angeles, and we hope you’ll consider featuring them in your gift guide. The collection features our limited-edition holiday design including:
- Snow Globe Ornaments
- Holiday Cards
These special items are also great gift ideas for Angelenos and tourists alike, the perfect holiday memorialization of the city of Los Angeles. Our Metro shop also features an array of options that make the perfect gifts for friends and family who are passionate about transit and public transportation. There’s sure to be something for everyone on your list. Some highlights include:
Protect the Eyes From the SoCal Sun & Snow Glare with COVRY
The holidays are upon us which means it’s time to start crossing things off your gifting list and what better way to do that than by shopping locally. The AAPI-founded eyewear label COVRY opened their Costa Mesa flagship earlier this year and their selection of opticals and sunglasses, available in store and online, make for an amazing gift for anyone.
COVRY was founded in 2015 in an effort to break away from the eyewear industry’s standard of one-size-fits-all. They’ve created a new standard: Elevated Fit® eyewear that actually fits. Created by using measurements from real people- not traditional industry standards, their uniquely designed, signature Elevated Fit® features longer nose pads, a reduced frame curvature and a narrowed nose bridge to elevate the frame, sitting higher on the face and away from one’s cheeks.
Some favorites from the brand include:
And highlights from the COVRY x Sanzo collection:
During the Las Vegas Grand Prix on November 14th, F1 Driver, Lando Norris made an exclusive appearance at the TUMI store in Ceasar’s Palace to celebrate his partnership and McLaren collection with the brand! The stunning papaya colorway is an eye-catcher, and the collection boasts incredible functionality in the most stylish way.
Courtesy of Ash Bibby
The TUMI and McLaren team continue to evolve and innovate each collaboration together and alongside Lando, the collection focuses on unparalleled quality and technical design. The TUMI | McLaren Collection has proven to be a great platform reaching a large variety of consumers and collaborating with the F1 audience has been nothing short of exciting.
Since 1975, TUMI has been creating world-class business, travel, and performance luxury essentials, designed to upgrade, uncomplicate and beautify all aspects of life on the move. Blending flawless functionality with a spirit of ingenuity, we’re committed to empowering journeys as a lifelong partner to movers and makers in pursuit of their passions. For more about TUMI, visit TUMI.com
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KANHA Limited-Edition Edibles
Whether for the holiday festivities or long after, KANHA has released two new limited edition delights, that you’ll want to stick around for months to come: Sugar Plum and S’mores!
Thanks to KANHA’s fast-acting NANO technology, their new limited edition edibles pack a punch, hitting harder and quicker, taking you on a journey in as little as 15 minutes. Crafted with premium indica oil and a blend of all-natural terpenes, toasted spice and citrus notes, they’re designed to lift your spirits. Each package contains 10 pieces with 10 mg THC each.
KANHA Sugar Plum
Profile: Indica strain
Flavor: A dance of pepper and citrus derived from beta-caryophyllene, humulene and other indica terpenes.
Available Nov 13th until Dec 31 at select California and Massachusetts locations
10mg THC per piece | 100 mg per bag
Flavor: The nostalgic allure of velvety chocolate, fluffy marshmallows and the irresistible crushed graham crackers. A luxurious Belgian milk chocolate infused with premium hybrid cannabis oil.
10mg THC per piece | 100 mg per bag
These exclusive flavors are available in select dispensaries in California until supplies last.
Be Their Santa For Cann-mas
Cann, the leading cannabis-infused beverage, is the perfect non-alcoholic beverage for those who are avoiding alcohol, but still looking for an uplifting buzz with a strength similar to a beer or glass of wine, sans hangover (Cann’s unique design is also an aesthetically pleasing addition to your bar cart)!
With just 35 calories, this cannabis beverage is the healthier, delicious alternative to alcohol, giving you the same buzz with half the calories and sugar of a traditional alcoholic beverage. The tonic is made for a controllable high experience (a microdose of THC + CBD) and doesn’t come with any of the negative effects of your go-to tequila, vodka, beer or wine.
You can also try recreating your favorite cocktails with Cann instead of booze. Blood Orange Cardamom and sparkling lemon water makes for an easy Winter Spritz, while Grapefruit Rosemary with agave and lime juice makes for a buzzy mocktail reminiscent of a Rosemary Infused Paloma! The possibilities are endless with Cann, but the results are all the same – buzzed but no hangover.
Cann’s also on the go with you this holiday season thanks to their ultra-portable Cann Roadies. If you want to sneak in some stress relief and stay under the radar at the holiday gathering, roadies fit in your pocket or purse and makes it easy to reach your higher self.
So whether you’re getting together with friends for a cozy, seasonal dinner or embarking on the journey of holiday family dynamics, Cann has you covered with these on-the-go packets containing 2mg THC and 4mg CBD.
Simply tear, pour, and watch the flavorful liquid mix perfectly in any drink. No powders here – simple and real ingredients to spark an enjoyable time wherever you may be headed. Not to mention, At 30 calories per sachet, the Roadie’s ingredients are as clean as they are delicious – vegan too!
Get Prepped for Dry January with Cali Sober
Spice up your Dry January with tongue tingling mocktail beverages that are anything but dry. These tantalizing THC-infused drinks will leave you on a high and a better buzz this coming year.
Cali Sober, the pioneers of THC-infused mocktails that provide good vibes for better lives, have developed three special flavors for consumers seeking a refreshing twist on traditional beverages. Meticulously crafted and boasting all-natural ingredients, Cali Sober’s signature mocktails are designed to elevate your senses without the hangover. Each can delivers a perfect 5 mg THC per serving, ensuring a controlled and enjoyable high. Indulge in three refreshing flavors: Berry Ginger Fizz, Ranch Water and Paloma Spritz. Cali Sober 4-pack retails for $28 and is available at select retailers nationwide or delivered directly to your home.
Las Vegas-based dispensary, The Source has partnered up with premium cannabis line, High Heads and leading manufacturer of gourmet beverages and food garnishes, Dress The Drink to concoct the ultimate non-alcoholic beverages whose flavors may have you extending Dry January beyond the end of the month. Hand-crafted by expert mixologists, the High Heads Puff Punch line was used to create three mind-altering flavors: Puff’s Tropical Nectar using Mango Madness, Puff’s Black Tea Tango using Orange Whip and Puff’s Berry Citrus Fizz using Trippy Berry.
Each pouch holds approximately 100mg of hybrid cannabinoids. All three flavors retail for $10 for an 85 ml pouch and are available at The Source dispensary in Nevada. Pre-order and curbside pick up available.
Look Out For The Fur Babies With Bailey’s CBD For Pets
Bailey’s CBD for Pets is not just another pet shop. It is a family-owned and operated business passionate about your furry friend’s well-being. They understand that your pets are integral to your family and deserve the best. That’s why they are dedicated to providing the highest-quality CBD products to enhance your pets’ lives.
Courtesy Bailey’s CBD
Bailey’s CBD products are crafted with the expertise of veterinarians who understand your pets’ unique needs and offer full-spectrum CBD oil products, harnessing the power of the entire hemp plant. This ensures your pets receive a comprehensive range of beneficial compounds, working synergistically to support their overall health.
The company believes in the purity of nature and their hemp extract is organically grown and single-sourced, providing the highest quality of products. To learn more about the brand, please visit their website.
Fogo de Chão, the internationally-renowned restaurant from Brazil that allows guests to make culinary discoveries at every turn, opened its newest restaurant in Brea on Monday, December 4th. Located directly across from the Brea Mall at 311 S. State College Blvd, this new location marks the third Fogo de Chão restaurant in Orange County and the 10th location in Southern California. As part of their introduction to the Brea community, Fogo will donate a portion of its first week of sales to Pathways of Hope, a local charity dedicated to alleviating homelessness, poverty, and food insecurity in the area.
Designed in partnership with global design agency Innovation & Design in Architecture, the new restaurant features an expansive dining room centered around an open churrasco grill. Here, guests can dine while watching gaucho chefs demonstrate the Culinary Art of Churrasco as they butcher, prepare, and grill different cuts of protein over an open flame. The Brea restaurant also showcases an outdoor dining patio, soaring wine cases, a marble seasonal Market Table, dry-aged meat lockers for in-house aging, a lively indoor Bar Fogo area ideal for all-day happy hour, and private dining spaces available for guests to reserve for any occasion.
“At Fogo, our commitment to crafting memorable dining experiences for guests encompasses more than just our restaurants; it includes supporting our neighbors in the communities we serve. We’re honored to collaborate with Pathways of Hope, an organization making a big impact in the Brea community and beyond,” said Barry McGowan, Chief Executive Officer of Fogo de Chão. “Brea is an exceptional community for us to introduce our experiential dining concept to both new and returning guests, and we’re excited to continue our continued growth in the greater Los Angeles area.”
Leading the Brea team is General Manager Mari Chacon, who began her journey with Fogo four years ago as a Bartender in Pittsburgh, PA. During her tenure, Mari has ascended through various leadership roles, including Customer Service Representative and Assistant Manager. Mari and her team look forward to becoming part of the Brea community and providing over 100 local jobs for talented individuals committed to delivering an exceptional experience to all guests.
Fire-roasted meats, the core of Fogo’s experience, include guest favorites such as Bone-In Ribeye, Lamb Chops, and the house specialty, Picanha —the prime part of the top sirloin. Fogo Brea offers a range of menu selections and prices to fit guests’ needs for lunch and dinner, including:
• Full Churrasco Experience – The signature prix-fixe menu selection that includes all premium and classic cuts, plus the fresh and seasonal Market Table & Feijoada Bar and authentic Brazilian side dishes.
• Indulgent Cuts – Guests can enhance their experience with a 20 oz. Wagyu New York Strip that is carved tableside on a Himalayan salt block to complement the cut’s intense marbling and buttery texture. A decadent, dry-aged 32 oz. Long Bone Tomahawk Ribeye or 24 oz. Wagyu Ribeye is also available to order for the table.
In addition to these options, the menu also includes the following:
• Select Cuts starting at $38 – For a lighter meal, dinner guests can opt for continuous service of one fire-roasted cut in addition to the Market Table and Brazilian side dishes.
• Weekday Lunch – Includes the seasonal Market Table & Feijoada Bar, plus family-style service of Brazilian side dishes for $18 per person. Guests may choose to add a single cut of fire-roasted meat or have the Full Churrasco Experience.
• Weekend Brazilian Brunch – Includes the Full Churrasco Experience combined with Brazilian-inspired brunch items like Braised Beef Rib Hash and made-to-order waffle and omelet stations.
• All-Day Happy Hour – Guests can enjoy $10 Brazilian-inspired cocktails, $8 glasses of South American wines, and $5 Beer all-day every day, in the dining room, patio and bar.Additionally, all bottles of South American wines under $130 are half priced all day every day.
• Bar Fogo – The Brea bar offers an elevated experience with a warm, timeless design and dedicated bar staff designed to allow guests to linger while enjoying smaller, shareable plates like a Picanha Burger or Lobster & Shrimp Tacos.
• Inclusive Menu Options — Guests can discover options for all dietary tribes from vegan to pescatarian and more. These nutrient-dense dishes include entrée alternatives to the Churrasco experience like Chilean Sea Bass, Seared Tofu & Black Bean Pasta and Cauliflower Steak, or indulgent appetizer options like jumbo shrimp cocktail and Seafood Tower.
• Fogo To-Go & Catering — Bring the Fogo experience home with individual churrasco entrees, à la carte offerings, full-service catered events with on-site grilling and ready-to-eat or ready-to-grill options.
• Group and Private Dining — Whether celebrating a special birthday or hosting a corporate meeting, the Brea location has a dedicated sales manager and offers customizable menus, beautiful private and semi-private dining spaces, and complimentary A/V equipment.
Exciting news for the tea and boba lovers!
It’s Tea Time at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®, the Southern California favorite serving premium coffee and tea for the past 60 years. Today, December 1st, the iconic specialty coffee and tea brand has launched the World of Tea pilot program, an exciting new tea collection that aims to fuel American consumers’ increased interest and consumption of tea beverages.
Over the past few years, the popularity of tea has grown steadily in the U.S. fueled by the increasing variety of tea options and the expanding popularity of matcha and bubble tea.
“The rise in specialty teas and new flavors is an emerging trend in the U.S. and around the world. Our new World of Tea collection is a natural evolution for The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®,” said Sanjiv Razdan, President, Americas & India, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®. “We have long been regarded as tea experts and are now taking our guests on a deeper, more transformative journey. We invite everyone to discover our World of Tea, where the highest quality teas are blended with invigorating fruits, spices, boba, brown sugar and salted caramel.”
Building on its robust range of core teas, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®’s World of Tea collection puts exciting twists on classics to bring new flavors and experiences to its guests. This is also the first time The Coffee Bea & Tea Leaf® is introducing boba.
The World of Tea Collection, which will be exclusively available at nine locations during the pilot program, includes:
- Ceylon Milk Tea with Brown Sugar Boba – A delightful fusion of flavors and textures, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf’s signature fragrant Ceylon Black Tea is infused with caramelized brown sugar, creating a symphony of sweetness and complexity. Chewy brown sugar pearls add a delightful burst of texture, making each sip a refreshing experience.
- • Japanese Matcha Cream Strawberry Latte – The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf’s premium Japanese Matcha is skillfully layered with strawberry puree, creamy whole milk, then topped with a decadent Matcha cream cap for a treat that is as beautiful as it is delicious.
- Oolong Tea with Strawberry and Cream Cap – The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf’s rich Oolong tea blend is perfectly complemented by the vibrant fruity flavors of a summer berry puree and freeze-dried strawberries. Topped with a luscious cream cap, this perfect pick-me-up will instantly refresh your tastebuds and your day.
- Chai with Salted Caramel Cream Cap – The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf’s signature Chai latte, crafted with a full-bodied black tea and an aromatic blend of cinnamon, cloves, and cardamom, is comfort in a cup. A Salted Caramel cream cap and brown sugar waterfall completes the treat with a perfect balance of salty, spice and sweetness.
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® takes their teas as seriously as they do their coffee, meticulously sourcing the youngest and freshest leaves from the top five percent of the world’s tea and botanicals to craft bold and flavorful teas, starting with hand-plucked, single origin whole tea leaves.
The World of Tea Collection will be available at nine select locations in Southern California and Arizona.
Visit www.coffeebean.com/its-tea-time to find your local World of Tea!