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    August Food and Lifestyle News by Shaena Engle

    It’s food news, lifestyle, and happenings for August 2023. Taylor Swift is invading LaLa land this month, plus new openings and events around Los Angeles County.

    New Double Decker Karaoke Bus in West Hollywood
    To promote the upcoming Prime Video film, “Red, White & Royal Blue,” a film-themed double decker karaoke bus will be on the streets of LA on Sunday, August 13. Beginning at 10:30am, Angelenos can hop on the bus and sing. Fans can serenade strangers with a playlist tied to the film. Bar stops include:

    • Stop #1: Milk Bar
      Address: 7150 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
      Time: 10:30am-12:30pm PST
    • Stop #2: Rocco’s
      Address: 8900 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
      Time: 1:00-3:00pm PST
    • Stop #3: Hamburger Mary’s
      Address: 8288 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046
      Time: 3:30-5:30pm PS

    West Hollywood Kimpton La Peer Hotel Adds Pickle Ball Court
    In West Hollywood, Kimpton La Peer recently unveiled a state-of-the-art pickleball court on its rooftop in partnership with Grey Goose premium vodka. The new court will add an extra element to encourage wellness and communal fun, no matter your experience level.

    AKA WeHo Launches AKA x Fred Segal Experience
    AKA West Hollywood residents get exclusive benefits and services now at Fred Segal. They can present their suite key they get 10% off purchases as well as in-suite complimentary styling services and access to all of Fred Segal’s private events.

    Sweet Lady Jane is Offering Limited Edition Taylor’s Version Cup
    Sweet Lady Jane gave away 2 Taylor Swift tickets for her Inglewood show on August 9. The famous bakery has two limited edition Taylor’s Version cupcake packs available until August 11. Their special cupcakes are a Funfetti and a GF Red Velvet Cake, available in store for pick up.

    “Only Murders in the Building” Inspired Cocktails

    New episodes of “Only Murders in the Building” drop on August 8, and you can enjoy tasty series inspired cocktails while watching new episodes. They include:

    Only Martinis in the Building

    • 3-ounce Bombay Sapphire, 1/8 ounce Martini Dry Vermouth, Lemon Twist
    • Chill Martini glass in freezer, build contents in glass with ice and stir, serve with lemon twist garnish.

    Arconia Apple & Cinnamon Highball

    • 1 ounce Dewar’s French Cask Smooth, ¼ ounce lemon juice, ¼ ounce cinnamon syrup, ½ ounce Cloudy Apple Juice, 2 ounces soda water.
    • Add whisky, lemon juice, cinnamon syrup and apple juice to glass, fill glass with ice, top with soda, garnish with apple slice

    Brazzo’s Bramble Bramble

    • 1 ½ ounce Bombay Bramble, ¾ ounce lemon juice, ¾ ounce simple syrup, lemon wedge.
    • Combine ingredients and shake with ice. Strain in rocks glass and garnish with lemon wedge.

    Local Events to Celebrate Taylor Swift and Her Songs
    Taylor Swift invades Los Angeles on August 3, 4, 5, 7, 8 and 9 and fans can “Shake it Off” at the following unique events. From Eventbrite::

    Roger Federer Teams with UNIQLO for New Lifestyle Sportswear Collection
    Tennis star Roger Federer has teamed with UNIQLO to launch their first-ever lifestyle collection, the Roger Federer Collection by JW Anderson. The official launch is August 28 and includes jogger pants, shirts and jackets.

    Mastro’s Ocean Club DTLA Offers New Secret Summer Menu for $80
    Mastro’s Ocean Club in downtown LA is offering a prix-fixe summer menu for only $80 per person available until September 29. The menu is only available upon request and features appetizers including lobster bisque, shrimp cocktail and Caesar salad and entrees including a 16ounce double cut pork chop, petite filet mignon and herb roasted Branzino as well as sides and desserts.

    Dos Equis Now Offers Drinks for a Crowd
    Dos Equis has launched a bunch of “ready to drink” no fuss options for cocktails. They include Dos Equis Margarita in Mango and Lime, Dos Equis Michelada, Dos Equis Lime & Salt ZERO and Dos Equis Ranch Water Hard Seltzer. All available via Drizly.

    Del Taco Launches New Honey Chipotle BBQ Brisket
    Del Taco will be launching a new Honey Chipotle BBQ Brisket dish in August.

    Shirley Brasserie Opens at Hollywood Roosevelt
    Shirley Brasserie, a new French-Californian inspired eatery, has opened at the Hollywood Roosevelt. There is also a new menu at The Lobby with dishes from the new Brasserie.

    Glen Ivy Hot Springs Hosts Black & White Night
    Glen Ivy Hot Springs is hosting a Black & White Night as part of their Evenings at Glen Ivy on Saturday, October 7. The evening includes a complimentary cocktail reception with appetizers and a dinner. Entertainment includes live piano music and synchronized swimming performances and a screening of Casablanca. Purchase tickets at https://glenivy.com.

    L&L Hawai’i Celebrates National SPAM Musubi Day on August 8
    L&L Hawai’i restaurants will celebrate National SPAM Musubi Day on August 8 by offering a free special SPAM musubi. Just download the L&L Hawai’i app and coupon and on August 8 visit an L&L location.

    Fever-Tree Distillers Cola is Perfect for Celebrating Rum Month
    Rum Month is here and Fever-Tree has a Distillers Cola perfect for your favorite Rum and Coke cocktails. Just mix 2 ounces of rum, ½ ounce of lime juice, a dash of Angostura bitters and a pinch of salt with 4 ounces of Distillers Cola for the perfect August cocktail.

    Celebrate Rum Month with Koloa Rum

    You can also celebrate Rum Month with Koloa Rum from Hawaii. They offer eight bottle flavors of rum for straight sipping or to make creative cocktails. They also offer ready to drink beverages and fun merchandise.

    Les Miserables Now Playing at Pantages
    Les Miserables, the world’s most popular musical, is now playing at the Pantages through September 10. Tickets can be purchased at https://www.broadwayinhollywood.com.

    Lady M Launches New Lemon Yuzu Tart
    LA’s Lady M Confections has launched a new lemon yuzu tart with fresh lemon custard, almond cream and a buttery tart crust topped with whipped cream. $80, order at https://www.ladym.com.

    Dog Haus Debuts Chicken Tikka Masala Sausage
    Dog Haus has launched their Chicken Tikka Masala Sausage, an Indian inspired creation with cumin, garam masala, ginger, onion, garlic tomato, cream and serrano chili.

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    Baskin-Robbins Hosts Game Night on August 4
    Baskin-Robbins will host a Game Night on August 4 at The Grove from noon to 10pm to introduce their August Flavor of the Month, Game Night. The new ice cream combines salted caramel ice cream and mini M&M’s, crunchy buttered popcorn clusters and a caramel pretzel swirl.

    Apothekary Launches Rosé tinted Glasses Tincture
    Apothekary, the natural pharmacy and wellness company, has launched a new Rosé Tinted Glasses tincture. The new tincture has rosé floral notes and is formulated to uplift, energize and boost moods, $39.99 at https://www.apothekary.co.

    Erewhon Launches Aloha Sunshine Juice
    Erewhon has teamed with the Grand Wailea hotel to launch a new Aloha Sunshine Juice available at LA locations and the Grand Wailea’s Loulu café. The juice combines pineapple, ginger, fresh lime and mint.

    Nespresso Launches New Pop Machine
    Nespresso has launched a new Pop machine, the brad’s smallest and most colorful espresso maker. The machine can brew five different sizes of coffee and easily fits in any kitchen space, $129 at https://www.nespresso.com.

    Yogurtland’s New Breakfast Inspired Flavors
    Yogurtland has launched new breakfast inspired limited time flavors including Cinnamon Churro Cereal and Peanut Butter Cocoa Cereal. Available starting August 7 at Yogurtland stores.

    Haagen-Dazs@Shops  Launches New Frozen Lemonades
    Haagen-Dazs@Shops has launched two new frozen lemonades, Strawberry Frozen Lemonade and Raspberry Frozen Lemonade. Drinks are made by blending chilled lemonade with fruit sorbets and seltzer bubbles. Drinks are available at Haagen-Dazs@Shops nationwide throughout September 14th.

    Runamok Maple Launches Maple Grenadine Flavor
    Runamok Maple, known for their Sparkle Syrup and non-traditional flavor profiles, has launched their Maple Grenadine. This new flavor is sweet and tart and perfect for cocktails, mocktails and summer seltzer drinks, $18.95 at https://www.runamokmaple.com.

    ReDiscover Art Center Opens Cardboard City at Westfield Century City
    ReDiscover Art Center will team with Westfield Century City to open Cardboard City, an interactive exhibit inspiring participants to exercise their creative expression using cardboard, open through September 3 Wedensday – Friday from noon to 6pm and weekends from 10am to 8pm at Westfield Century City on the 2nd floor next to Eataly and Macy’s.

    American Licorice Company Offers Sour Punch Ice Cream Truck Twists
    Great for summer, the American Licorice Company has launched Sour Punch Ice Cream Truck Twists. This sweet chewy candy straw offers a burst of sour flavor.

    Tocaya Modern Mexican Offers Margaritas and More for Summer Eating
    Tocaya Modern Mexican offers a variety of fresh margaritas perfect for summer sipping, including organica, passion fruit, spicy, strawberry and Jarritos Paloma flavors, as well as delicious agua frescas, bowls, salads and guacamole.

    Tillamook Launches New Ice Cream Flavors
    Tillamook has launched new Neapolitan, Orange and Cream and Campfire Peanut Butter Cup ice cream flavors.

    Cinespia Offers August Movies at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
    Cinespia will offer a variety of movies to enjoy al fresco at Hollywood Forever Cemetery this month including Pretty Woman on August 12, Kill Bill 1 and 2 on August 19, and Poltergeist on August 26, Tickets are available for purchase at www.cinespia.org.

    Holey Grail Donuts Teams with Chef Ludo Lefebvre for Cosmic Churro Donut
    Holey Grail Donuts has teamed with Chef Ludo Lefabvre to create a Cosmic Churro Donut, a taro donut fried to order in coconut oil with cinnamon, sugar and a brulee banana, available at LA shops now through August 23.

    The Palm Restaurant Debuts Prime Time Happy Hour
    The Palm Restaurant is launching their Prime Time Happy Hour , available Sunday to Thursday from 4 to 6:30pm. Diners in the lounge area can enjoy specials including Chicken Parm Sliders, Palm Meatballs, oysters and a Wagyu Burger as well as special prices on wines, beer and cocktails.

    Scottish Gins to Try
    Scotland is known for their whisky production, but they also offer great Gin. Two to try are Tulchan Gin, $40, a gin from whisky country. This luxury small batch has botanical flavor with juniper, berries, elderflower, sage, citrus, chamomile and pine. Edinburgh Classic Gin, $30, is another gin in London Dry style and includes 14 botanicals.

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    Shaena Engle
    Shaena Engle
    Shaena Engle is a food, lifestyle and travel writer for a variety of publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Pasadena magazine, AOL, The Daily Meal, The San Diego Union Tribune and PokerPro magazine. She has interviewed top chefs including Lidia Bastianich, Michael Chiarello, Hubert Keller, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Jose Andres, and many others. She has authored three books, The Cheap Bastard’s Guide to Las Vegas (Globe Pequot Press), The Best Places to Kiss in Southern California (Beginning Press, a romantic travel guide) and Silver Linings: Triumphs of The Chronically Ill and Physically Challenged (Prometheus Books).  She is also an amateur magician and often writes on gambling, poker and magical happenings.  She also is a freelance consultant on restaurant, food, travel and hospitality public relations and marketing efforts.
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