August Food News and Happenings by Shaena Engle


Shaena Engle brings August food news and other happenings of interest in West Hollywood and surrounding areas.

AKA West Hollywood Debuts New Art Piece
The AKA West Hollywood now has a new mural. Created by LA artist Kenyan Armitage, the “Joy will Prevail” piece can be viewed at AKA West Hollywood.

Hotel Casa del Mar Opens Patio del Mar
Hotel Casa del Mar has opened a new al fresco dining spot on Santa Monica’s Strand featuring a bevy of seafood dishes.

The Prom Comes to the Ahmanson
Beginning August 9, the hit musical The Prom will be at the Ahmanson Theatre through September 11. Tickets for The Prom start at $35 and are available through

Yakura Offers New Menu Items
Burbank’s Yakura has all new menu items including signature and specialty sushi rolls. Guests can dine in for weekly happy hour from 3 to 6pm, including 20% off all rolls and $5 sake infused sips.

Ella at SIXTY Hotel Launches Special Weekly Events and Brunch
Ella at the SIXTY Hotel in West Hollywood has launched new comedy nights on Tuesdays, industry nights on Wednesdays and brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 2:30pm.

Loco Coco Opens on Abbot Kinney
Loco Coco, a new plant based ethically sourced restaurant serving bowls, smoothies and more is now open in Venice at 1202 Abbot Kinney. Summer of Yeah Offers Smiley Stays is launching a Summer of ‘Yeah’ campaign with a series of Smiley Stays across the U.S.. Shore-seekers can bask along the balmy beaches of Malibu as they breathe fresh ocean air straight from the expansive balcony of the stunning coastal Beachfront Smiley Stay in Malibu infused with Smiley-studded touches and a sun-drenched floor plan.Smiley Stays will be available for one pair of lucky bookers each for a two-night stay taking place Friday, August 12, 2022 to Sunday, August 14, 2022 for just $50.00, in honor of the 50th anniversary of Smiley. The weekend getaways will become bookable exclusively on on Monday, August 10, 2022, at 12 p.m. ET on a first-come, first-served basis.

Tickets on Sale for Invincible – The Musical at The Wallis.                                             Tickets are now on sale for Invincible – The Musical, featuring the music of Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, from November 22 to December 17 at The Wallis. Prices start at $39 and can be purchased at

Hotel Healdsburg Offers Viva the Summer Package
Now through August 10, travelers looking for a little bit of Italy can get 25% off their guestrooms for stays through Sept. 15, a bottle of chilled Orsi Biancolella, and an outdoor seated tasting for two on the piazza at Orsi Family Vineyards by booking a stay, visit

Black Tap Serves Up A Special Bourbon Shake
Black Tap Anaheim is serving up a special Bourbon Banana Cream Classic Shake through August featuring bourbon banana pudding, pie crumbs, whipped cream and a cherry.

Dunkin’ Announces New Summer Menu
Dunkin’ has added new summer menu items including a brown sugar cream cold brew, Everything Stuffed Bagel Minis, Mango Pineapple Dunkin’ refresher, cake batter latte, omelet bites and other items.

H2 at Loews Hollywood Hotel Launches New Menu
H2 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel has launched a new food and drink menu under the direction of their new executive chef Charly Houoegban. The new menu includes fried finger foods including Louisiana Dry Rub wings and truffle fries  and healthy choices such as grilled salmon and chicken. The cocktail menu also has new drinks.

Pepsi Launches DoorDash Offer
Pepsi today announced the return of the #MejorConPepsi campaign,  for its second year, highlighting the diversity of Latin American cuisine and the great cultural debate within families over their favorite way to prepare classic dishes. In celebration, the brand launched a Door Dash  partnership with Fat Joe and his wife Lorena for fans in cities including Los Angeles to enjoy their own favorite Hispanic dishes, however they like. Until August 11, Angelenos can get $5 off, with purchase of a Pepsi or Pepsi Zero Sugar, from select restaurants including local favorites like Birria Hands, Golfo de Fonseca, Mexigogo, Margarita’s Place and Llama Love.

KAMPS LA Offers Sled Training and Parachute Training Treadmill Options
KAMPS LA has incorporated new training options with their Skill run treadmills. Now guests can eliminate downtime during their workouts by opting for the sled or parachute training features on treadmills.

Atost Now Available
The new American aperitif, atost, is now available in a variety of flavors. Less sweet and less better than other aperitifs, atost can be enjoyed as a simple spritz topped with tonic or soda, available in citrus, bloom, woods and roots flavors, $35.

Nebula Genomics Traces Gut Health
Whole Genome Sequencing tests by Nebula Genomics can help decode any DNA changes that might be causing gut issues. Users can discover which foods to avoid and which foods might increase gut health, tests can be ordered at

Devil’s Foot Launches New Ginger Beer
Devil’s Foot has launched two new ginger beers with lower sugar than most. Their classic only has 68 calories and 15 grams of sugar  and their extra has more heat and a little more sweetness. Available at

TAO Launches Water Residency in Vegas
TAO Group Hospitality has launched a new evian Sparkling Water Residency to celebrate the new evian Sparkling, evian’s first non-flavored sparkling carbonated natural spring water, at TAO Beach Dayclub, available through August 12.

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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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