by Dennis Richardson | Mar 10, 2023
Did you know that March 15th is National Espresso Martini Day? If you’re in need of the perfect reason to celebrate with the uniqueness that only espresso martini’s can offer, then it’s your lucky day — and you can celebrate whether it’s still raining in SoCal or not!
The Espresso Martini has got to be the “it cocktail” of 2023, always served in a sleek glass; its rich coffee color makes for an ultra sophisticated sip. If you were looking for the perfect place to celebrate this special day, take a trip to LA’s beloved hotspots who are doing it like no other: The Nice Guy and Sant’olina, and with El Silencio Mezcal, the largest independent mezcal brand in the US.
If you can’t make it out for any reason, the fine folks from El Silencio even have you covered with recipes you can take on in the comfort of your own home.
Located in West Hollywood, The Nice Guy’s dim lighting and moody atmosphere make it the perfect place to enjoy their classic Handsome Johnny ($20). Crafted with cold brew, ristretto and hints of vanilla this traditional cocktail is a must order.
For the quintessential Hollywood cocktail moment, Sant’olina, located on the rooftop of the historic Beverly Hilton, offers the CC Rider ($19). This espresso martini is carefully created with cognac, hints of traditional arak and brewed with a smokey cold brew.
For a unique Oaxacan twist on the classic espresso martini, Silencio’s Carajillo recipe is crafted with 2.5 oz of espresso, 1.5 oz. of licor 43, and 1 oz. of Mezcal El Silencio. This classic Spanish cocktail is the perfect afternoon pick me up.
About The Nice Guy
Tucked away in the heart of West Hollywood, The Nice Guy is an intimate restaurant and lounge, complete with world-class culinary offerings. A step above a restaurant, but not quite a club, the venue is a cozy, reservations-only destination for h.wood friends and family. Its aesthetic evokes the decadent lore of mafia bars and restaurants, where the owners and their friends could enjoy an evening together. Whether grabbing an early dinner or mingling into the early morning hours, the space cultivates a feeling of camaraderie among its clientele, which keeps guests coming back night after night.
Sant’olina is a melting pot of Mediterranean cuisine with a Southern California spin. Chefs Michael Teich and Burt Bakman combine vibrant herbs and spices to create a healthy menu packed with flavor. Each dish tells a different story – from the traditional recipes straight out of the Tel Aviv shuks to the modern Californian touches.
With its timeless Mediterranean color palette and open-air views of Los Angeles, Sant’olina captures the essence of a seaside escape. Located atop the historic Beverly Hilton, Sant’olina will offer dinner service nightly.
Mezcal El Silencio revived the ancient art of mezcal, pioneering a unique approach and delivering the hand-crafted spirit to a new generation of creative drinkers and cultural innovators. Founded in Santa Monica, California by Fausto Zapata and Vicente Cisneros in 2013, the company creates its mezcal in Oaxaca, Mexico, using the traditional process carried on by generations of mezcaleros. Meticulously picked agaves are roasted, crushed, and double distilled resulting in a full-bodied flavor. El Silencio goes beyond the bottle, transforming the ordinary and disrupting the status quo. For more information, visit www.silencio.com, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. #MezcalElSilencio #DefiantSpirit
by Dennis Richardson | Feb 28, 2023
It’s been a wild week of weather in SoCal, and next weekend things will get even wilder with the inclusion of… dinosaurs?
It’s a blast from the past as men’s personal care brand, Dr. Squatch will be ‘unleashing’ a slew of dinosaurs throughout Venice Beach on Saturday, March 4th to promote their new Jurassic Park collaboration, released on February 24th! If you’re looking for something to do, it could be the perfect and most unthinkable event to happen in millennia! With dinosaurs running on the loose, and the body odor squa-tching power of dinosaurs being given away what’s there not to like?
This partnership celebrates the blockbuster film from Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment’s 30th anniversary in 2023. Dr. Squatch dinos will be running throughout Venice and jumping out at bystanders to hand out the special edition collaboration samples:
King of the Briccs
Prepare for an adventure and step into your shower and go back in time, to the entering park gates on Isla Nublar, 1993. Now approaching the T. rex paddock…King of the Briccs sits atop the food chain with a woody, spicy scent, and powerful ingredients like Amber, Sawtooth Oak Extract and Dragon’s Blood.
Ahh, nothing like that old Jurassic era scent. Complete with a home base, guests can expect a Dr. Squatch x Jurassic Park jeep filled with soaps for visitors and bystanders to take home. Pretty sure this beats getting eaten by dinosaurs any day.
by Dennis Richardson | Feb 23, 2023
Buchanan’s Scotch Whiskey just got a bit more sophisticated, bringing on a favorite from the very best of the tropics. If you’re looking for smooth liquid warmth in light of our recent rainy cold spell, you may have just met your match. We’ve even included a couple of recipes for you!
On February 7, Buchanan’s Blended Scotch Whiskey launched Buchanan’s Pineapple – the first offering from the House of Buchanan’s to feature the signature smoothness of Scotch Whisky with the vibrant taste of pineapple. Inspired by the delicious flavors of the brand’s signature Buchanita recipe, Buchanan’s Pineapple features a hint of zesty citrus perfectly paired with the light caramel and vanilla notes, finished with lingering, bright tropical flavors.
Buchanan’s Pineapple Bottle and Packaging
This new release is perfect for elevating the drinking experience at home or while out, with Buchanan’s Pineapple proving versatile in a number of recipes and styles. It’s delicious served as a shot glass with Chamoy and chili-lime seasoning, and mixes perfectly in cocktails like the Bucha Colada (Buchanan’s own take on the popular piña colada, but with whisky).
“For years, Buchanan’s has been welcomed into the culture and celebrations of Hispanics, often times mixed with pineapple juice, resulting in one of our most popular serves – the Buchanita, which helped inspire us in the creation of this new drink,” says Joyce He, Director Buchanan’s Whisky. “With this new offering, we’re combining one of the most beloved flavors amongst Hispanics, piña, and combining it with the same distinctive profile of Buchanan’s that fans have known and loved for more than 130 years.”
Buchanan’s Pineapple At Spotifys Best New Artist Party
A permanent addition to the Buchanan’s portfolio, Buchanan’s Pineapple (750ml; 35% ABV) is available for purchase online and in retail stores nationwide, wherever fine spirits are sold (as of February 1, 2023), with a suggested retail price of $29.99. Buchanan’s Pineapple is welcoming drinkers 21 and older to step into a tangier timezone and a more vibrant world of flavor with new campaign It’s Piña. The campaign celebrates a tropical state of mind, an energy, and a magic moment that happens the instant you share a piña drink with friends and family. The integrated campaign will launch with digital content in social and paid media, featuring original music by Venezuelan -Dominican producer Napoles, who added his 200% flavor to the campaign.
In addition, Buchanan’s kicked off their “It’s Piña” programming alongside Grammy Award nominee, singer/songwriter, and pop culture heartthrob Omar Apollo, with digital advertising content in paid digital and social media, cocktail recipes and live events!
Earlier this month, Apollo celebrated his Best New Artist nomination at the Spotify Best New Artist Party in Los Angeles, with Buchanan’s Whisky. He and invited guests of the annual event were among the first to experience the flavor of the new Buchanan’s Pineapple in delicious cocktails, setting a tropical vibe for intimate performances by Apollo and other nominees, such as Anitta, Tobe Nwigwe and more.
Grammy Nominee Omar Apollo at the Spotify Best New Artist Party in Los Angeles.
The curated guest list brought together the who’s who in the music industry with artists like Diplo, Jessie Reyez, A$AP Ferg, Sofia Reyes in attendance.
Buchanan’s is encouraging fans to responsibly embrace the piña mindset at home, or out with friends, through easy-to-make cocktails and recipes, like the Piña Fizz and Bucha Colada. Buchanan’s Pineapple will also be bringing piña vibes on the road throughout the year at some of the biggest cultural events, local parades and community gatherings across New York, California, Florida, Texas, Illinois, and beyond. Be sure to follow @buchananswhiskyfor more news, recipe inspiration, and to hear about local events near you.
Buchanan’s Pineapple At Spotifys Best New Artist Party
Buchanan’s Cocktail Recipes
Over crushed ice or frozen
- 1.5 oz Buchanan’s Pineapple
- 2 oz Pineapple Juice
- 1 oz Coconut Cream
- 0.75 oz Fresh Lime Juice
Glassware: Highball Glass
Garnish: Lime Wheel, Angostura Bitters Float
Method: Add Buchanan’s Pineapple, pineapple juice, coconut cream, lime juice and ice into a shaker, and shake until cold. Pour into highball glass filled with crushed ice, and top with a float of angostura bitters. Garnish with a lime wheel.
(Alternatively, make frozen in a blender.)
Pairing: Guacamole and Tostones
Buchanan’s Piña Fizz
- 1.5 oz Buchanan’s Pineapple
- 4 oz mineral water
Glassware: Highball Glass
Garnish: Tajin rime, Lime Wedge
Method: Rim highball glass with Tajin. Pour Buchannan’s Pineapple into highball glass over ice and top with mineral water. Garnish with a lime wedge.
Pairing: Shrimp Paella
About Buchanan’s Whiskey
BUCHANAN’S Whisky’s true purpose is to unite all who bring their 100% Hispanic and 100% American identities together to live a 200% life. It was created to be shared with one another and enjoyed by all, because our founder, James Buchanan believed in the power of sharing. With more than 130 years of authentic heritage, every bottle represents James Buchanan’s commitment to creating the finest blended Scotch Whiskies. In 2023, BUCHANAN’S introduced BUCHANAN’S Pineapple to its award-winning portfolio which is comprised of four gold award-winning marques, including: BUCHANAN’S DeLuxe Blended Scotch Whisky, BUCHANAN’S MASTER Blended Scotch Whisky, BUCHANAN’S Special Reserve Blended Scotch Whisky, BUCHANAN’S RED SEAL Blended Scotch Whisky, which have been recognized in the most prestigious international spirits competitions. For more information, visit www.BuchanansWhisky.com or connect with us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/BuchanansUS, Instagram: www.instagram.com/BuchanansWhisky, and Twitter: www.twitter.com/BuchanansUSA.
by Dennis Richardson | Feb 23, 2023
If you’re looking around for good buys to celebrate on this year’s upcoming 4/20, there’s a new edible on the market from a beloved favorite. Raw Garden’s latest offering – Cannabis Infused Gummies – are an entirely new category for the farm-first company to set a new “food first” gourmet standard for edibles.
Raw Garden, known for their pure, clean and natural cannabis flower and concentrates, couldn’t be trusted more as they foray into this new area, and the excitement is real! At 5 mg THC per gummy, and 20 large gummies per package, Raw Garden has created a fun micro-dosing experience, complete with a selection of flavors, and even scored gummies for cutting them in half to have a smaller dose, or mix and match flavors.
Pure, potent and flavorful, the gummy pouches contain a variety of 5 flavors, including Watermelon, White Peach, Wild Strawberry, Bing Cherry, and Meyer Lemon. Gone are the days of having to choose a single flavor! In what has been a huge moment for the company, signaling a massive expansion into the edibles game to provide consumers with a highly enjoyable and flavorful “food first” consumption experience, featuring the high quality, clean & natural cannabis Raw Garden consumers have come to know and love.
Get a head start on your 4/20 binge, with Raw Garden’s latest!
by Dennis Richardson | Feb 21, 2023
If you’re still holding strong to your New Year’s resolutions, or the one that matters most (dieting), this may be just the boost you needed to keep holding in there.
Catalina Crunch, the fastest-growing Keto snack brand, just launched two new seasonal-inspired limited-edition products: Lemon Creme Sandwich Cookie and Triple Berry Blast Cereal.
Created with a mission that no one should have to choose between healthy and tasty, both of the new flavors are made with clean ingredients so you can feel confident knowing real food does taste really good. Combining nutritional science with culinary arts, all of Catalina Crunch’s products are made with zero to low sugar, high-protein, high-fiber, and real ingredients.
Lemon Creme Sandwich Cookies: Creamy on the inside with a buttery, vanilla crust on the outside, the Lemon Creme Sandwich Cookie is delectable yet healthy – made with 4 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber and only 2 grams of sugar per serving.
The Triple Berry Blast Cereal: Reminiscent of a freshly-made berry pie, is bursting with juicy notes of strawberry, raspberry and blueberry, and is gluten-free, grain-free, Keto-friendly, non-GMO, and plant-based. Packed with 11 grams of protein, 0 grams of sugar, and 9 grams of fiber, this cereal will keep you fueled all day long.
The flavor launches come off the heels of a very successful 2022 year for the brands’ growth. Catalina Crunch has seen explosive growth and is leading the industry by being the #1 contributor to the cereal category’s dollar growth, selling over 5 million pouches of cereal nationwide and increasing their own cereal dollar growth by 68.7% YOY in 2022. Additionally, Catalina Crunch has seen an impressive 89% YOY increase in their sandwich cookie sales.
“We are excited to bring two new innovative product tastings to those who value, and are on the search for, healthier snacking options,” said Krishna Kaliannan, Founder and CEO of Catalina Snacks. “At Catalina Crunch, we are dedicated to providing cleaner snacking options to traditional boxed
cereals and cookies that are filled with additives and sugars. As consumers begin to enjoy the warmer weather, prioritize healthy resets, and gear up for travel and on-the-go activities, I’m especially excited to offer delicious and nutritious flavors that emulate the seasons.”
The Lemon Creme Sandwich Cookie is creamy on the inside with a buttery, vanilla crust on the outside. This delectable, yet healthy cookie is made with 4 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber and only 2 grams of sugar per serving. For a sweet treat you can feel good about, the cookies are baked with a
non-GMO blend of plant proteins and fibers designed to keep you full longer.
Catch them while you can, before they disappear and leave you alone with your diet.
About Catalina Crunch
Founded in 2017, Catalina Snacks® uses breakthrough science and food technology (no magic nor wishes) to make food nutritious, while continuing to focus on delectable taste and texture profiles. The brand’s mission is to make healthier foods that are accessible and convenient for a variety of lifestyles, while simultaneously delivering on amazing taste and nutrition content. The Catalina Crunch® brand offers a robust line of healthy snacks including keto-friendly Sandwich Cookies, keto-friendly Cereal, and new keto-friendly Crunch Mixes.
by Dennis Richardson | Feb 21, 2023
In every industry, there exists experts who know all there is to know about said industry and the products that come from it. From tech to wine, and sneakers to music, it’s only fitting that the trend continues with cannabis – and for good reason. We are only growing closer to SAFE Banking and federal legalization, which means it’s only appropriate to see programs pop up for this type of opportunity.
In December, Grassroots Cannabis announced a first-of-its-kind cannabis education partnership with Ganjier, the Cannabis Sommelier Certification Program. While of course at the course of Ganjier, there is an effort to end the stigma surrounding cannabis, the masterminds behind the brand understand that the effort begins with education.
With nearly 200 participants across Curaleaf and Grassroots internal teams, external production partners, and Curaleaf’s “Rooted in Good” CSR program partners are undertaking the course. The majority of participants have enrolled via online-only curriculum but a select number of Grassroots team members will receive in-person instruction at an expansive Ganjier wilderness campus.
Similar to the Sommelier’s role in the wine industry, the Ganjier is trained in the art, science and appreciation of cannabis craft, consumption, and connoisseurship, possessing a multidisciplinary knowledge and astute professionalism serving to raise the standard of excellence throughout the cannabis industry. Following the overwhelming response to Ganjier’s third year of record enrollments, the 2023 edition of this groundbreaking cannabis sommelier certification will feature the first-ever partnership for cannabis education and training session by one of the largest, leading teams in the cannabis industry today.
Founded in Chicago, Illinois in 2014, Grassroots was originally created to perfect the art and science of cannabis cultivation – making the Curaleaf team members working on the brand ideal candidates for Ganjier training. Meticulous attention to detail and a commitment to cannabis cultivation, are core components of the Grassroots brand and Curaleaf company culture, and that tradition continues with today’s announcement of the new partnership with Ganjier.
“Analogous to the wine Sommelier, beer Cicerone or cigar Catador, the Ganjier is a trained and certified master of cannabis products, cannabis assessment, and cannabis service,” said Derek Gilman, Managing Director of Ganjier. “By training people like Grassroots’ team members and partners to understand cannabis products more deeply, they become true leaders and advocates for quality within the modern cannabis industry.”
The Grassroots and Ganjier partnership is officially underway, with 100 leadership-nominated Team Members across all Curaleaf departments, along with external partners, chosen due to their passion and dedication to cannabis education. An additional 79 participants, including Curaleaf’s Executive Roundtable Participants and other Curaleaf Corporate Social Responsibility “Rooted in Good” partners, will receive access to online cannabis curriculum as part of Green Flower’s new Social Equity in Cannabis program. The majority of participants have enrolled via online-only curriculum – built, led, and taught by the renowned Ganjier council. Every participant received a welcome kit, which included a strain journal, as well as a terpene palate training kit and jewelers’ loupe. Regular group study sessions are underway to align the cohort on the self-paced online curriculum.
Expanding upon this first-of-its-kind training initiative in the commercial regulated cannabis industry, a select few Grassroots members will also get the opportunity to experience the complete Certified Ganjier Journey, starting with the online curriculum, alongside the rest of their participating Team Members, and then transitioning to expert-led, in-person instruction during the Grassroots exclusive training session. Ultimately, the goal is to certify as many participants from that live training session as possible to support the program’s ultimate objective: embracing and incorporating the highest standards in craft cannabis quality and production, while elevating, facilitating and perpetuating the in-house knowledge, assessment skills and acumen necessary to confidently produce the best cannabis available in any of the markets where Grassroots operates, both today and in the future.
Curaleaf’s Grassroots products are now available in six states including, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, Nevada, North Dakota and Pennsylvania. For more information about the brand, visit www.grassrootscannabis.com.
For more information on Ganjier’s Cannabis Sommelier Certification Program, please visit: www.ganjier.com. Time is limited, as the deadline for applications is February 28th, and final acceptance notifications will be sent by March 17th.
In the tradition of the wine sommelier, cigar aficionado, or master chocolatier, Ganjier is a first-of-its-kind, rigorous, multi-tiered cannabis sommelier certification created and taught by the most respected names in the field with the intent of producing an entirely new class of cannabis professional – the Ganjier.
Founded in 2014, the Grassroots brand is dedicated to growing and processing the highest quality cannabis products while serving, advancing and respecting the cannabis movement. Grassroots first planted its roots in Chicago with the goal of perfecting the art and science of cannabis cultivation through the creation of exclusive genetics and unique strains. The brand was acquired by Curaleaf in 2020, and the products are now available in six states including, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, Nevada, North Dakota and Pennsylvania. For more information on product availability, visit www.grassrootscannabis.com.
by Dennis Richardson | Feb 10, 2023
Got Valentine’s Day plans?
Yes, you do, whether it’s love-themed or not, and it couldn’t be a more loaded time of year. With the Super Bowl also happening, and so many seasonal deals and offers on the table from brands across the board, it would be a shame if you missed out on any special offers – especially in the face of inflation. Luckily, we’re covering a handful of things to do and buy for Valentine’s Day this year, including some pricier selections and budget-friendly options. Besides, it’s the thought that counts!
Hotel Per La & Per L’Ora
Offering a top-of-the line, luxurious experience, Hotel Per La is the perfect Valentine’s Day goal for extravagance and a time to remember. This year, in addition to specialty aphrodisiac dishes and drinks being available at Per L’Ora all weekend long, Hotel Per La is offering a Date Night Package, comprised of a $125 credit to Per L’Ora, and luxury suite accommodations – including a sparking bottle of wine and a box of chocolates delivered straight to your room door.
To make matters even better, Hotel Per La recently launched their Apertivio Hour, which is offered nightly from 4-6pm in the Per L’Ora bar, lounge, and game room spaces. Whether it’s date night or some other occasion, they make it easy to enjoy drinks and light bites “Italian-style” before dinner, or for a casual after-work get together with friends.
Jump on it while you’ve still got time. This offer is available from Friday, February 10th through Tuesday, February 14th.
F&B Offerings (in addition to regular menu) include:
Petrossian Ossetra Caviar; Crème fraiche, chives, waffle chips
Oysters; Lambrusco mignonette (½ dz)
Truffle Tagliatelle; House-made tagliatelle, truffle butter, fresh winter truffles
Dover Sole; Lemon caviar butter, spinach
and Classic Martinis for two (dry or dirty)
Ballroom Marfa x Damian
Date night knows no bounds. Be inspired, be wowed, and fall deeper in love with Ballroom Marfa – an internationally recognized contemporary art space located in Marfa, a rural town of less than 2,000 people in Far West Texas. Established in 2003 by Virginia Lebermann and Fairfax Dorn, the art performance venue is housed in a 1920’s era ballroom. As an advocate for the freedom of artistic expression, Ballroom’s mission is to commission new work of artists, musicians, and visionary thinkers of all backgrounds. Ballroom Marfa collaborates across disciplines, and produces exhibitions, performances, education programs, and publications.
The works at Damian, which include pieces by Carolina Caycedo, Rafa Esparza, Beatriz Cortez and more, will be on view from February 15 until mid-March. Many of the artists were selected for their connection to Los Angeles, where they live and work. The works of art are expansive and experimental in their concept, materials, and form, and many touch upon identity and diaspora concepts. The works will be on sale to benefit Ballroom Marfa’s programs that are free and open to the public.
Located in Downtown LA’s Arts District, Damian explores the rich culinary bonds between Mexico and California. Helmed by Chef Jesús “Chuy” Cervantes, Damian features dishes that are rooted in Mexican culture and traditions while celebrating the best seasonal Californian produce. Chef Cervantes has crafted a menu showcasing vegetable-driven and seafood focused dishes with highlights including homemade tortillas, striped bass ceviche, smoked clams, Tlayuda, and more.
The beverage program has a strong focus on agave, serving small batch productions by artisans throughout Mexico, along with a curated wine list including a house label Dramian. During the first week of exhibition, Damian will be offering special additions to their menu that were inspired by Chef Cervantes’s time in Marfa, including a Tlayuda paired with a Joven, an Amaranth Salad, and a Prickly Pear Raspado, designed by beverage director Yana Volfson.
P.F. Candle Co. x Fat and The Moon
Another option to tickle the senses? Head to P.F. Candle Co.’s Echo Park Flagship on Saturday, February 11th from 4-7pm to celebrate the launch of a week-long, self-love-inspired pop-up with their friends from Fat & The Moon! There, you can shop a curated selection of Fat & The Moon apothecary and body care essentials while smelling the entire P.F. Candle Co. collection (including brand new scent, Wild Herb Tonic!), and enjoy complimentary drinks by Curious Elixirs and wine by Vinovore!
Plus, at P.F.’s Echo Park Flagship, Fat & The Moon’s founder, Rachel Budde, will be hosting a workshop on 2/13, and LA-based flower truck Lenita by Grita is popping up for a few hours on 2/14 for Valentine’s Day bouquets. How romantic!
Fat & The Moon goods will be available for a limited time at the P.F. Flagship, from Saturday, Feb. 11th to Friday, Feb. 17th — open from 1am-7pm daily!
Guests can snag a ticket for Fat & The Moon founder Rachel Budde’s Love Thyself herbal cordial workshop on 2/13, or stop by on Valentine’s Day from 11am-4pm to shop fresh, beautiful bouquets from Los Angeles-based flower truck, Lenita by Grita.
About the Brands
P.F. Candle Co. is a Los Angeles-based home fragrance company owned and operated by Kristen Pumphrey and Thomas Neuberger. We believe that fragrance is an extension of your home design, and create high-quality products with accessible price points in mind.
www.pfcandleco.com / @pfcandleco
Fat & The Moon’s vision is to provide the standard for the highest quality, consciously handmade, herbal body care products. We envision our products as herbal gateways which help us align our care for ourselves and our care for the earth.
www.fatandthemoon.com / @fatandthemoon
If you’re looking for delicious, but on a budget, Lemonade has you covered! Lemonade, a California-based modern cafeteria serving colorful, seasonal and healthy fare, offers beautifully prepared salads, signature grain bowls, hearty braised proteins, flavor-packed sandwiches – and of course, trademark handcrafted namesake lemonades.
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Lemonade has an unbeatable offer: each Tuesday they will highlight a different bowl, discounted to $7! Their normal prices range from $14.45 to $15.95 (if you didn’t know), so it’s a grand savings of over half for a hearty and healthy meal. And just like Cupid’s arrow landed in the right spot, it’s a perfect match, as Valentine’s Day falls on a Tuesday this year! If you’re looking for a sign, this is it. Save dollars, make them happy, and seal the special day with a lovely experience all at once.
An email is usually sent out on Tuesday mornings with the code (BOWLTUESDAY) and which bowl is featured — while it’s also highlighted on the brand’s Instagram. The code can be applied via the app, through the website, or in-restaurant, so your date night options are versatile!
If there’s a cannabis lover in your life, Hemper has great gifts that span the world of all things CBD and THC. From edibles, to pipes, and smoking accessories, Hemper is essentially a hub for all cannabis needs, and to make things even better, they have seasonal specialty bundles to make things that much better! What do they have in store for Valentine’s Day?
Hemper’s February Box: The Tea Party
Hemper is setting the highest standard for monthly smoking accessory boxes, and February’s theme is “Tea Party.” Hemper hand curates 10-12 items every month to pack in your box, while delivering $100-150 dollars in value for only $39.99. For even more bang for your buck, check out Hemper’s XL Box ($300+ value for only $150). The company collaborates with leading brands in the industry and designs their own innovative products to fill gaps in your sessions. By joining Hemper, you get the latest in smoking accessories and collectibles at a great value.
Hemper also has other themed products for Valentine’s Day here and their Valentine’s Promo is running Jan 26 – Feb 14 (15-40% off sitewide).
Continuing the cannabis trend for your Valentine, Venterra Farms, a sustainably grown cannabis brand founded by fifth generation farmers, recently launched in California. Combining indoor grow technology with outdoor sustainability, the company’s proprietary “hybrid farming” approach produces high-quality, eco-friendly cannabis products including pre-rolls, jarred flower, vapes, and edibles. Powered by Farming First, California’s largest contiguous outdoor cultivation operation, Venterra Farms commits to giving back to the community and reducing their environmental impact through sustainable farming practices.
Initial product offerings include jarred flower, pre-rolls and vape pens in the following strains: Wedding Cake, Peanut Butter Breath, Lemon Cherry Gelato, and Apples & Bananas, and even some star products, like:
Jarred Flower: Hand-harvested, slow-cured sun-kissed nugs that feature the perfect balance of taste, aroma and effects.
Pre-rolls: Single source, field-fresh flower carefully hand-harvested, slow-cured, and packed into individual tubes. No trim or fillers included.
Vape Pens: Discrete and conveniently rechargeable, these pens are designed to preserve flavor. Cannabis derived terpenes means all ingredients come directly from cannabis for a ‘true to plant’ experience. The company extracts their own material to make the vape pen oils.
Gummies: Full spectrum gummies, crafted with a combination of Indica and Sativa hybrid strains containing a full spectrum of cannabinoids such as CBN and CBG in each gummy. Available in four bold fruit flavors at 10MG THC per gummy.
This Valentine’s Day, we could all use a little TLC in the form of THC, and the leading edibles brand, Kiva Confections, has got you covered. For a gift that is sure to bring sugar, spice and everything nice, give the gift of quality chocolate curated with pure, and clean cold water hash (your love will thank you)!
Not sold yet? Studies have shown that cannabis can actually positively impact your libido, “increasing excitement, drive, and desire”. What better product for your Valentine’s Day than a chocolate bar that will up your sex drive!
Kiva’s selection of classic and romantic chocolate bars come in a range of flavors such as:
- Milk Chocolate Bar ( 100mg THC) – Meticulously crafted from the purest ingredients, Kiva’s classic milk chocolate bar has hints of brown butter and a silky, creamy finish. Like all Kiva chocolates, this bar is crafted from sustainably-sourced, premium cacao infused with handmade, cold water hash. Ideal for those with a love for chocolate and a refined palate.
- Dark Chocolate Bar ( 100mg THC) – Uniquely complex with flavors of black coffee and dark cherry. Using a 57% sustainably-sourced dark chocolate infused with pure, clean cold water hash, this bar is sure to delight your chocolate lover.
- Churro Milk Chocolate Bar ( 100mg THC) – Dusted in cinnamon sugar, this satisfying milk chocolate bar tastes like a golden, fried churro dipped in delicious hot chocolate. Might be the only thing sweeter than a kiss this year.
If you’re looking to shop Black-owned brands this Valentine’s Day, look no further than Rebecca Crews!
Rebecca Crews is a multi-talented artist who launched her very own clothing line in 2021. Rebecca was inspired to start designing and making her clothing line when she couldn’t find a tuxedo style outfit to wear on her 30th wedding anniversary with her husband, actor Terry Crews. The brand is a mix of classic and contemporary, suited for powerful and feminine women everywhere who want to look and feel their best.
This curated list of Valentine’s Day gift ideas is essential to finding the perfect something! Shower your loved ones with these styles that’ll guarantee they’ll think of you every time they grab it from their collection.
The changing of seasons is an exciting time of the year, especially for fashion, and nothing beats showing off your new spring pieces by not hiding it under layers of clothes. From sophisticated blouses, trousers, sundresses, skirts and more, Ming Wang’s spring collection is like a breath of fresh air! With a bright and bold color palette this collection will surely give you something to smile about.
Ming Wang is sold directly on their website as well as major retailers such as Dillards, Nordstrom and more!
You can spread the LAPCOS love with 30% OFF specialty masks, now through Valentine’s Day! Treat loved ones, galentines, and the beauty guru that already has everything with special prices on special masks!
Use code LOVE30 to give the gift of luxurious beauty and revitalized skin with newly reformulated 24K Gold Face Mask & Hydra Collagen Chest Mask, the ultimate in skin pampering, the formula features pure gold and promote a tight, springy look and feel.
Finally, your lips need extra TLC all year round because they lack the natural glands to keep them moist. Let your lips sip on blueberry, strawberry and blackberry extract for an ultra-cushiony look and feel with the Very Berry Lip Patch – no giftwrapping required!
With more than 300 locations across the country, bowling at Bowlero is the perfect indoor activity for Valentine’s Day date night fun!
And since the Super Bowl is around the corner as well, Bowlero is offering a pre-built package in which customers can book a lane for two hours with their choice of three menu items, drink tickets, and shoe rentals included. Consider it two birds with one stone for Super Bowl enjoyment and a pre-Valentine’s Day activity!
You can always count on any Westfield location to harbor joy, fun, and an exciting time with their seasonal events and holiday celebrations. Here’s a run down of what you can find at Westfield Topanga for Valentine’s Day:
- Enjoy a Valentine’s Day Sweet Deal for Two with Heart Shaped Pizzas at CPK!: Dine-in or order takeout or delivery from February 9-14, 2023 and choose from the Classic or Adventure package to enjoy One Appetizer, Two Entrees + One Dessert! Make Valentine’s Day extra special with the heart-shaped crispy thin crust pizzas!
- Shop luxury Valentine’s Gifts from See’s Candies, Sugarfina, and Venus et Fleur!
- Get Valentine’s Day ready nails at Nail’d It Topanga.
by Dennis Richardson | Jan 30, 2023
Valentine’s Day is near, and with it comes the stress about what to get your special someone. When it comes to jewelry, though, there’s one brand shaking up the industry by kicking old taboos to the curb. Ring Come True, an ethical and sustainably sourced DTC fine jewelry brand offering luxurious and affordable diamond alternative engagement rings and jewelry!
With Valentine’s Day being the time to express and celebrate your love, there’s no better way to do so than with a gorgeous and sparkly piece of jewelry. From stunning ready-to-wear jewelry to beautiful custom made pieces, the brand is the perfect Valentine’s Day shopping destination that takes the stress out of finding the perfect gift at the fairest prices and most ethical practices.
With Ring Come True, wearers can stun in classic styles, with their dazzling studs, tennis necklace or tennis bracelets. Or, make the ultimate gesture by making her dream a reality with Ring Come True’s Signature Engagement Rings; from Round Cut – for the traditional girl; to Heart Shaped – for the romantic; and Moi e Toi – for the edgy bride. Ring Come True has a wide range of sustainable moissanite diamonds that sparkle and shine just like the girl wearing it.
Ring Come True specializes in making the finest quality, fully customizable jewelry pieces with sustainable, ethical and affordable lab grown diamond and moissanite stones. Ring Come True’s mission is simple – give customers the confidence to break through societal barriers and empower everyone to shift the focus back to love, rather than the stress and strain of price points historically related to engagements.
Not only is the brand offering pieces at a fraction of the cost, but it’s fueling a new future for high-end jewelry with their concierge design service, which is available in-person, virtually, and online, so customers can custom-design the engagement ring and jewelry of their dreams from anywhere in the world. The best part? Founder, Shir Andrews, was actually inspired to found the company from her personal experience looking for her engagement ring!
More About Moissanite
Ring Come True, is the destination for ethical and sustainably sourced fine jewelry brand specializing in moissanite and lab grown diamonds. Once a taboo, lab grown diamond and moissanite jewelry now makes up roughly 10% (up from roughly 5% in 2020) of the market respectively. Why the sudden shift in mindset?
Millennial and Gen Z consumers are more conscious consumers who place importance on the environmental and humanitarian costs that come with mined diamonds. What’s more, they don’t want to compromise on their dream jewelry pieces – and now they don’t have to. Lab grown diamond jewelry is roughly 30% less than mined diamond pieces, while moissanite is 1/10 the cost! Can’t believe it? Ring Come True offers tennis bracelets at just $1,200 and 2 ct studs for $1,400, while the mined diamond equivalents will run you roughly $3K+.
What’s done in tradition doesn’t always mean better, and Ring Come True makes for a great case. By being an all-around better alternative than that of the traditional route, Ring Come True is a welcome gift in a world where affording nice things is just that much more of a luxury.
by Dennis Richardson | Jan 5, 2023
If you checked out our Holiday Gift & NYE Event Guide, it’s no secret that LA had plenty to do on New Year’s Eve — some of which were magnets for Hollywood’s finest.
On December 31st, Delilah, the luxury supper-club fused together exceptional service, palpable atmosphere and a little Old-Hollywood glamour for its annual New Year’s Eve soiree. To top off the celebrations in a way only The h.wood Group can do, the intimate evening included a surprise performance by R&B singer Mario who sang some of his beloved hits such as “Let Me Love You” just after the clock struck midnight.
Other VIPs in attendance included: Madison Beer, Kate Beckinsale, Erin Foster, Marsha Molinari and Brian Toll (Co-Founder & Co-President of The h.wood Group). As the night wrapped up, Sunny Vodka branded slides were handed out to bring guests from their late night to a sunny morning ahead.
by Dennis Richardson | Dec 16, 2022
Where Fun, Luxury, and Ingenuity Meet
Where can you find some of the boldest, most stylish, and stunningly colorful jewelry around? While that could potentially be an endless list, if you’re looking for a brand who has a unique sense of fun ingrained in the very fabric of their identity and DNA, there is only one.
Eriness, easily starts and completes that list, forming their own lane, while helmed by none other than its very own Erin Sachse. Erin and her eponymous brand launched in 2015, after spending years hand making jewelry pieces. Ingenuity would come to Erin early in life, as she took old camera parts and weaved/twisted them into chic jewelry, to later sell outside of her dorm room. In fact, her handmade items were so exquisite, that major stores started to buy them off of her body — including Fred Segal and Anthropologie — at the age of 18!
With such a powerful start, it almost sounds like a dream, but that would only be the beginning of a journey toward iconic status for a designer and brand on their way to capture eyes, minds, and hearts on an international scale.
Now, years later, Eriness is carried by luxury retailers around the world — including Goop and London Jewelers — and adorned by a loyal clientele, including Michelle Obama, Taylor Swift, Lupita Nyong’o and Miley Cyrus. Eriness is recognized in the industry for their cheerful mix of diamonds and gemstones, and stands out in the fine jewelry space due to how colorful yet luxurious the pieces are.
Color, Clarity, and Confidence
Color brings life and is a magnet for the eyes. This is something that Eriness understands, while combining vibrant color pops with shapes, symbols, and styles that all of us can connect with in some way. Whether that connection be sentimental or superstitious, there’s no denying “stunning” seems like an understatement for their pieces.
Even in the absence of playful colors, Eriness pieces speak volumes through their cuts and shapes while taking on more classic styles, like the recently released Art Deco Collection. Classic, yet modern – and simple, yet sophisticated.
Eriness is more than just another luxurious jewelry brand, accomplishing what one would expect – and more – by invoking a sense of confidence and beauty to the wearer, sure to be cherished for a lifetime. Even more impressive is the fact that Eriness is sure to have something for everyone with its plentiful offerings, and versatile, unisex styles from its recent collaboration with YONY.
We had the opportunity to conduct a Q&A with Erin, where we explore her creative vision, challenges, accomplishments, recent collaborations, and even plans for the future.
Learn more about Erin & Eriness below.
Q&A With Eriness Founder and Creative Director, Erin Sachse
Q: Let’s dive in with some details of your story. What did you do before Eriness, and how did you get started in the jewelry business?
E.S.: “Believe it or not, there was nothing but high school and classic teenage girl things before Eriness. I started hand-making pieces of jewelry out of passion and for fun in my dorm room at Boston University and this is really where Eriness began. After I graduated college in 2015, I reintroduced Eriness as a fine jewelry line and that’s how we find ourselves here today.”
Q: How did you try to set yourself and Eriness apart from other brands?
E.S.: “I am a firm believer in fun and that fun can be incorporated into any part of life. With that being said, it was really important to me that my company embodied a playful nature but also provided quality jewelry with a luxurious twist. I aim to have a fresh, fun and colorful approach to familiar styles and classic pieces.”
Q: What is the design and creation process like for you?
E.S.: “My process always starts with something that is meaningful to me and from there a collection is born. There is not a strict formula to how I get to drawing my pieces and creating a collection. For example, the Ladybug Collection was born after the most surreal dream about my mom whereas the Art Deco Collection was created because of my affinity for the history of the era. There is no straight line in my process of creativity and I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
Q: What were some of your biggest challenges to get where you are today?
E.S.: “The biggest challenge in my journey as a designer and a business owner is being both of those at the same time. It is an absolute blessing to be able to do what I love every day but it really is scary sometimes. Just like everyone else, I have my moments of fear and self doubt but I have a great team that is by my side through it all.”
Q: What would you say have been some of your most notable accomplishments to date?
E.S.: “The first thing that comes to mind would have to be the Resist Collection. As a young female in this wild world it was really important to me to use my voice and stand up for what I think is right. It was one of my most vulnerable collections and it was really amazing to see how well received it was.”
Q: Personally, what is one of your favorite Eriness pieces?
E.S.: “I’m sure it won’t surprise you when I say my favorite piece from my collection is the Diamond Crawling Ladybug Bracelet. The ladybug is an everyday reminder that wherever I go, my mom is always with me. The collection was made in honor of my mother – my biggest inspiration, best friend and muse. The best part of the collection is that it not only meant everything to me but I quickly learned how much the symbol of a ladybug meant to so many other people. It is so unbelievable the amazing stories that have been shared with me and the personal connections based on this one collection.”
Q: Can you tell us about the recent Art Deco Collection and what went into it? What inspired the collection, and what did you want the wearer to feel from it?
E.S.: “Like all my designs, I wanted to create something simple but impactful, elevated but wearable. This collection blurs the line between the past and present and takes inspiration from the simple elegance, sleek designs and geometric shapes of the early 20th century. This collection is not only an ode to the brand’s evolution but to my own!”
Q: What is the significance of the new collaboration with YONY? Please share some details about what makes this collaboration special, and what consumers can look forward to.
E.S. “Johnny (the founder of YONY) has been a longtime friend of mine for 17 years! We have been talking about collaborating for a while, and were so excited to finally bring our dream to life. While so many of my current pieces skew feminine, I wanted to create something with Johnny that was more unisex and versatile for Eriness. We created two unisex chains – one in sterling silver at a more contemporary price point, along with a 14K gold chain. We want our consumers to rock these chains no matter who they are and look forward to seeing how they’re styled – they are perfect stacked or worn solo.”
Q: 2022 is coming to an end. What have been some of your biggest lessons and accomplishments this year?
E.S. “My biggest lesson is navigating an ever changing retail landscape. How to successfully reach our potential clients and give them pieces they actually want to wear. It is always my goal to stay true to what I want to design regardless of the current trends.”
The expansion of my company as a whole is one of my biggest accomplishments! This year the Eriness team has grown, we have started working with some amazing boutiques and really honing in on who the Eriness client is.
Q: Here’s a moment for a brief preview: Is there anything in the works that you can share with readers to look forward to in 2023?
E.S. “I don’t want to give too much away but we do have two new collections in the works for 2023. Here’s a little hint- there are LOTS of diamonds.”
Q: What are some goals you’d like to achieve with Eriness in the next 5 years?
E.S. “In the next five years I want to continue to grow the Eriness world and reach new clientele by expanding our offerings. It means everything to be able to continue to create meaningful jewelry that connects people from all over the world. I am so excited for the future of Eriness.”
by Dennis Richardson | Nov 18, 2022
If you’re looking to bring some better-for-you booze to your Thanksgiving feast, Dewey Crush, the original craft vodka and crushed fruit cocktail brand, has just launched a Skinny version of its beloved canned cocktail – Skinny Orange Crush!
This delicious spirit-based cocktail is blended with Vodka & Triple Sec, Lemon-Lime Soda, and all natural, freshly crushed orange juice. Made with the same ingredients beloved by Dewey Crush fans already, Skinny cans are lower in calories (130 to be exact), lower in sugar, and contain 4.5% alcohol, which makes for an ideally blended & balanced cocktail to sip on as we head into the busy holiday season.
Dewey Crush’s flavor-filled lineup includes Lemon, Grapefruit, Watermelon.
Whether its Thanksgiving or Christmas, Dewey Crush is available DTC in 32 states including California and in select stores along the East Coast.
About Dewey Crush
“Those legendary days spent hanging out on the beach with your crew, or taking in some live music at the bars. And of course, those epic nights spent reveling with friends at The Starboard – the source of our inspiration. When the concept of Dewey Crush was just a twinkle in our eye, it was the vibe, atmosphere, and energy of The Starboard that gave us the motivation to fully hatch our canned cocktail plan.
We wanted to make something that captured the essence of East Coast summers. Something that you could take home that’d spark an amazing memory from an unforgettable summer. A drink that you could share with friends and family to make new moments.
Ever wanted to bottle a moment? Well, we did the next best thing and canned it. So you can enjoy the taste of summer wherever you are.”
by Dennis Richardson | Nov 18, 2022
Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching, and it’s possible that many still have their plans up in the air. Most importantly, there are some people out there who are still planning out who’s doing the cooking! Isn’t it convenient that some of our favorite SoCal restaurants have released Holiday Menus to make life a bit easier (and delicious)? From mediterranean classics, to Mexican flair, Thanksgiving 2022 has a whole host of options that solid competition to even Grandma’s traditional feast.
If you’re in the market for Thanksgiving meal planning, or even-postThanksgiving meals (because who wants leftovers?), consider this a one-stop shop full of some of the best offers you can find.
Beauty & Essex
If something more traditional is your speed, Beauty & Essex doesn’t disappoint, elevating the Thanksgiving experience, as one could only imagine they would. Guests can expect Beauty & Essex dinner staples like the famous grilled cheese and tomato soup dumplings, and the half roasted chicken – along with special Thanksgiving offerings like a roasted free range turkey with stuffing, pan gravy, and cranberry sauce, and a green bean casserole with creamed mushrooms and crispy onions.
Some of there other offerings include a double cut 20oz pork tomahawk, aged cheddar mac & cheese, and blueberry cobbler and pumpkin pie desserts. Make your reservation now!
Hours: 3:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Address: 1615 Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
The convenience of having specialized chefs take on the challenge of preparing Thanksgiving dinner is unparalleled. And that’s something that the Delilah team hopes will keep you coming back year after year.
Serving 4-6 people at just $300, Delilah is preparing some household favorites with their own twist, like candied yams with caramelized marshmallows, roasted Brussels sprouts, and roasted turkey breast with confit turkey legs sage and black pepper gravy. Additional options include endive and gem lettuce salad roasted fingerling potatoes, wild mushroom stuffing, cranberry sauce, completed by pumpkin pie or pecan pie for dessert.
Preorders must be in by 19th, while pickup is available at Delilah on November 23rd, from 11 am – 3 pm.
If you’re someone who scoffs at tradition, perhaps going the Italian route is what you’re looking for. LAVO Ristorante is shaking things up with their own special menu tacked with seasonal options that are sure to bring on an evening snooze.
Guests can celebrate Thanksgiving at LAVO Ristorante’s gorgeous al-fresco dining room with dinner staples like the famous 1-pound wagyu meatball and cacio e pepe pizza, alongside a special seasonal specials like the cannelloni al forno with fresh ricotta, fontina cheese, pomodoro, and the zucca al forno with farro, dried cherries, and a pomegranate vinaigrette. Make your reservation here!
Hours: 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Address: 9201 Sunset Blvd Suite 100, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Sometimes you need to step outside of the box, and who better than Mírame for trying new things? Full of Mexican flair, stepping up the Thanksgiving game this year sounds more delicious than ever at Mírame, where there’s a variety of everything for everyone.
The Beverly Hills modern Mexican restaurant’s menu provides a creative take of the holiday classics and is priced at $450 for 6-8 people. The Thanksgiving feast includes: a Pipian Brined Organic Smoked Whole Diestel Turkey, Fall Caesar Salad with little gems, roasted kabocha, cotija, chicharron, pomegranate, pepitas and sourdough croutons, Mayacoba Charros made with Sonoran white heirloom beans with smoked short rib and pickled chilies, Mushroom and Pine Nut Bread Pudding with setas mushrooms and porcini and Pumpkin Pie with a masa crust and hoja santa meringue to complete the meal. Orders can be placed here for pickup on November 24th.
Another solid choice for this year’s Thanksgiving feast, SLAB isn’t holding back when it comes to your family’s dinner. From crowd pleasers like sweet candied yams, roasted turkey legs and turkey gravy complete with SLAB’s signature BBQ sauce, you’ll want to leave the cooking to the h.wood pros year after year.
Coming in at just $275, this feast will serve 4, and comes complete with a whole smoked turkey, an optional 2 pounds of brisket (additional $75), turkey gravy and SLAB BBQ sauce, cranberry sauce, creamy mashed potatoes, cornbread stuffing, collard greens, mac and cheese, dinner rolls, and pumpkin or pecan pie. There’s a whole lot here, and if you’re yearning that southern comfort touch, SLAB’s got you covered.
Preorders must be in by 19th, while pickup is available at SLAB on November 23rd and 24th, from 11 am – 3 pm.
Thanksgiving is the start of this month, but some people don’t enjoy the constant focus on the holiday’s main course — let alone eating leftovers for days. Let’s change that with some options throughout November, and even into December!
Nossa Caipirinha Bar, which the Last Word Hospitality team rebranded and reopened with partners John Borghetti of Farfalla and Xandre Borghetti (Nopa, Blue Hill) this past summer, draws inspiration from the neighborhood bars in the Borghetti’s native Brazil.
Running Nossa Caipirinha Bar are partners Executive Chef Rory Cameron (Found Oyster) and bar leads Shannon Inouye (Imperial Western Beer Co.) and Steven Zakarian (All Season Brewing Co.) who are serving bracing variations of the bar’s namesake cocktail alongside classic Brazilian bar snacks like pão de queijo (cheese bread), xixo (grilled skewers) and coxinhas (croquettes) in addition to salads and larger dishes like a traditional prawn moqueca baiana (seafood stew).
The bar has been building a very fun Brazilian vinyl night on Wednesdays (including infectious Brazilian funk, jazz, tropicalia and more) and is super excited to share that KCRW DJ Jeremy Sole is taking over the turntables to spin his personal collection of Brazilian vinyl from 7-11pm. Upcoming residency dates are December 7 and December 14.
Nossa Caipirinha Bar:
1966 Hillhurst Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Wednesday – Monday
4pm – 11pm (until midnight Friday and Saturday)
Walk-ins only; indoor and outdoor seating available
Lemonade, a California-based modern cafeteria serving colorful, seasonal and healthy fare is now offering beautifully prepared salads, signature grain bowls, hearty braised proteins, flavor-packed sandwiches and of course, trademark handcrafted lemonades as part of their seasonal menu options. The renewed menu features an updated Build-Your-Own Protein Plate, two new Chef’s Bowls, two new hot sides and a new vegan handcrafted sandwich. The lineup also includes a seasonal Raspberry Mint Lemonade.
The full list of Lemonade’s new seasonal items follow below:
- Sustainable Salmon Bowl – sustainable Atlantic salmon, roasted veggies, crispy onions, lemon herb chimichurri, rosemary sweet potato hash ($15.95)
- Comfort Bowl – choice of overnight braised Angus beef or slow roasted pork shoulder, creamy mashed potatoes, crispy onions, au jus, roasted veggies ($14.95)
- Brussels Sprouts, Dates & Parmesan Marketplace Side – shaved Brussels sprouts, Medjool dates, parmesan cheese, sage white balsamic vinaigrette ($3.95)
- Rosemary Sweet Potato Hash – roasted sweet potatoes, roasted bell peppers, red onions, fresh rosemary ($4.95)
- Roasted Veggies – cauliflower, broccoli, green beans, cherry tomatoes, red onions, red & yellow bell peppers ($4.95)
- Golden Cauliflower Sandwich – roasted cauliflower, beefsteak tomato, pickled onions, arugula, almonds, golden raisins, vegan curry aioli, Rockenwagner ciabatta ($10.95)
- Raspberry Mint Lemonade – Lemon juice, water, cane sugar, muddled raspberries, mint, lemon ($3.95)
- Updated Build-Your-Protein Plate that features seven new proteins and six new sauces to pick from for a fully customizable guest experience.
With just under 20 locations in San Diego and Los Angeles, Lemonade is sure to be there for you when the leftovers are no longer desirable, or when you just want to change up the Thanksgiving game, You can find Lemonade’s exact locations here: https://lemonadela.com/locations.
Dessert is just as important as the main course, and anyone who tells you otherwise is probably on a diet. Bring something to Thanksgiving dinner that will end the feast with a bang!
A powerful new collaboration, LA’s ever-popular Konbi and Bay Area-based artisanal Japanese inspired chocolatier Deux Cranes are teaming up for the month of November. The two collaborated to create a Hōjicha Caramel Chocolate Bar. The one-of-a-kind bar inspired by Konbi’s iconic hōjicha latte, which features beautiful tea from Kettl and creates a rich, deeply aromatic roasted green tea flavor profile. Deux Cranes Owner and Chocolatier Michiko Marron-Kibbey worked with Konbi Owners Nick Montgomery and Akira Akuto to draw on the hōjicha latte’s palate while adding caramel notes throughout the bar, creating a rich, crunchy and cocoa-intensive experience to be savored.
The bar retails for $15 and is sold at Konbi as well as at the Deux Cranes storefront in Los Gatos, CA. It can also be purchased online at www.deuxcranes.com
. Additionally, Deux Cranes will be popping up outside the new Konbi location in Culver City this Saturday, November 12th from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. sampling the limited edition bars. Purchase a few and be the dessert hero no one knew they needed!
Sometimes you don’t need the meal or the dessert, but some of the things in-between that bridge it all together. Here’s a brief list of offers that can help complete your holiday gatherings.
Non-alcoholic drinks: Embracing the non-alcoholic wave? The PNW-based non-alcohol botanical distillate, Wilderton Botanical Spirit, is offering a special trio bundle of their three expressions (including the brand new Bittersweet Aperitivo) for $88.99!
Spirits: Francis Ford Coppola Winery just added two new Italian sparkling wines to their award-winning Diamond Collection portfolio: Diamond Collection Prosecco DOC and Diamond Collection Prosecco Rosé DOC, in time for New Year’s Eve toasts, holiday celebrations and gifting. Both are extra dry, and are ideally sipped on their own, with a meal or as an aperitif. You can order each here and here.
Sauces: Why not try the incredible new LA-based sauce line, Our Pantry, founded by Carolyna De Laurentiis and made by chefs using high quality, traceable ingredients? Our pantry is sold online and at McCall’s Meat & Fish Co., Gjusta Grocer and more in LA.