August Food News by Shaena Engle

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It’s August Food News by Shaena Engle. Check out our list of the best in food and drink that the Greater Los Angeles Area has to offer for this month.

Scratch Restaurants Launch Virtual Sushi Bar Experience
Chefs Phillips Frankland Lee and Margarita Kallas-Lee have reinvented the traditional sushi counter experience with their new omakase 16-course at-home sushi experience, complete with follow along videos. Full menu is $95 including welcome cocktail, available for pick-up every night , call 818.646.6085 or www.sushibarla.com to place an order.

Sugar Factory Opens Outdoor Patio in Century City
Satisfy your sweet tooth at the Sugar Factory’s beautiful Century City patio dining area. Indulge in a wide variety of sweets, shakes, sandwiches, salads, burgers and outrageous desserts with a gorgeous view of the city.

Market Tavern Opens at Farmers Market
Market Tavern opens mid-August at The Original Farmers Market for patio dine-in service. The décor is British rock and roll and dishes are inspired by elevated pub fare.

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Harlowe WeHo Offers New Dishes
Harlowe in WeHo has revised their new menu from The Little Door Chef T. Nicolas Peter to include delicious steaks, salads, pastas and fish dishes in their beautiful patio area or for pick up.

Hotel Figueroa Celebrates 94th Birthday
Hotel Figueroa is celebrating their 94th birthday with a Suite Summertime Stay package offer available through the end of the year. The package starts at $140 per night with a $50 dining credit at the new outdoor eatery Veranda Al Fresco, a limited-edition Society6 tote bag and towel, exclusive access to their coffin-shaped pool and free self-parking. The hotel also is showcasing works by featured artist Stephanie DeAngelis in the lobby and gallery, book at www.hotelfigueroa.com.

Sweetfin Healthy and Vegan Plant Based Bowls
Sweetfin’s locations in Santa Monica, Topanga, Westwood, West Hollywood, Downtown LA, Larchmont, Abbot Kinney and Silverlake offer a variety of healthy chef-driven poke and plant based bowls for take-out including keto bowls with sesame shoyu, sweet onion, togarashi, avocado, seaweed and pickled ginger and truffled yuzu albacore with Yuzu kosho sauce, white truffle oil, avocado and fresh tuna. Delivery on Sweetfin’s app, website at https://www.sweetfin.com, or via Postmates.

National Watermelon Day
August 3rd is National Watermelon Day, but anytime is the right time for a watermelon cocktail. Mix with Johnnie Walker, Tanqueray, The Singleton of Glendullan, CIROC, Tequila Don Julio or Baileys for delicious summer cocktails, recipes at www.donjulion.com and https://www.ciroc.com.

Thistle Delivers Organic Healthy Meals
Thistle food delivery offers fully-prepared, organic, healthy plant forward meals directly to your door. Breakfast, lunch and dinner options are prepared with superfoods and they also offer wellness shots and juices, https://www.thistle.co.

National Rum Day is August 16
Pour a perfect rum mojito with Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum and transport yourself to a tropical Caribbean paradise. Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum has notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla with a burnt toffee finish, recipes at https://sailorjerry.com.

eMeals Offers Fresh Healthy Meals
The new eMeals helps diners plan weekly menus in minutes and can link ingredients to online grocery stores including Walmart, Kroger, Instacart and more. Once weekly meals are selected, the eMeals app generates a grocery list for diners to shop themselves or send for delivery from major grocery chains, www.emeals.com.

40 Love Sports Lounge & Restaurant Opens Outdoor Seating
WeHo’s 40 Love Sports Lounge & Restaurant has opened their outdoor seating including new menus. Seating for diners is offered in the front outdoor garden patio, side alley and back parking lot with umbrellas, skylights and TV’s.

Spindrift Launches Drifter Tasting Pack
Spindrift sparkling waters has launched a new Drifter Pack of 11 Spindrift flavors. With every purchase of the Drifter pack, you can send one to a friend free. Check out their website at https://shop.drinkspindrift.com.

Cameron Diaz Launches Avaline Clean Wines
Actress Cameron Diaz has teams with Katherine Power to launch Avaline, a new clean vegan-friendly line of wines made with organic grapes. Now offering White and Rosé at $24, available at wine.com and soon at drinkavaline.com.

Ogden’s Own Expands PRIDE Offered Wines and Spirits
Oregon’s Ogden’s Own distillery has extended some of their exclusive PRIDE wine and spirit offers to be available all year. Known for their Five Wives Vodka, they also offer a new Five Husbands vodka featuring shirtless photos Ogden’s owners on the label as well as Porter’s Small Batch Rye, Madam Pattirini Gin and Underground Herbal Spirit, all at https://www.ogdensown.com.

The Spa Girl Life Candles Spice Up Indoors
The Spa Girl Life has launched luxury vegan candles to unwind and de-stress. The new Cosmic Karma with Amazonite is great for both male and female spaces, offering natural eucalyptus and mint to promote clarity and inner peace, $39.95 at https://www.thespagirllife.com.

Della Terra Launches Back Patio Italian Dining
Fairfax’s Della Terra has opened their back alley for patio dining. Highlighting their New York skyline mural, the back al fresco dining includes their famous pasta and main dishes. Diners can also enjoy the front patio and dishes for pickup and delivery.

E.P. & L.P. Launches New Tulum-Inspired Las Palmas Pop-Up in We-Ho
The E.P. & L.P. team has launched Las Palmas, a limited time Tulum-inspired rooftop pop-up in West Hollywood. This new lush rooftop oasis features lush greenery and tropical décor to invoke a feel of Tulum Mexico. Open for dinner from 6pm to midnight, reservations at eplosangeles.com.

Shrewd Food Offers Healthy Snacking Treats
Shrewd Food offers healthy protein puffs perfect for nutritious snacking. Protein filled snacks include baked cheddar, sour cream and onion, sriracha cheddar and cookies and cream protein puffs; dark and milk chocolate protein dippers and a variety of protein croutons and cookies, at https://shrewdfood.com.

Santa Teresa 1796 Rum Launches New Old Fashioned Cocktail Kit
Santa Teresa 1796 Rum and bartender Julio Cabrera of Miami’s Café La Trova have teamed together to create a craft cocktail to create at home. Their new Old Fashioned Cocktail Kit incorporates a coffee infusion and chocolate bitters with all proceeds of kits going to the USBG Bartender Emergency Assistance Program, available at ReserveBar for $48.

Melisse x Citrin Debuts New Patio Dining
Santa Monica’s Melisse x Citrin has debuted a new lush outdoor patio behind the Melisse restaurant offering fine dining in a pretty outdoor setting.

Laguna Beach’s Las Brisas Opens Margarita Garden
Laguna Beach’s Las Brisas has opened a new Margarita Garden offering ocean views and Mexican dishes.

Careyes Mexico is the Perfect Quick Getaway
Careyes Mexico offers a quick residential resort destination. With no current COVID-19 cases and no mandatory quarantine, travelers can enjoy beautiful beaches, boat rides restaurants and their 35,000 biosphere nature reserve. Villas are spacious with chefs and infinity pools. Visit www.careyes.com for more information.

OM Caviar Launches
New luxury brand OM Caviar has launched bringing top quality sustainable caviar delivered directly to doorsteps. Offering Ossetra and Kaluga Hybrid varieties, providing superfood qualities accessible for all. Available at https://omcaviar.com.

101 Cider House Craft Beverages and Juicy Roots Offer Refreshing Summer Beverages
101 Cider House offers zero sugar low calorie alcohol with naturally fermented raw pressed juices in their prebiotic beverages and their new Juicy Roots limited edition summer drinks are made with just four ingredients, apples, carrots, blood oranges and ginger, available at https://101cider.com.

Party Can Delivers Huge Ready to Drink Craft Cocktails
Party Can delivers ready to drink large format craft cocktails in reasealable cans serving up to 12 full sized margaritas. Bringing the party to wherever you need, Party Can includes 100% blue agave tequila, premium orange liqueur, fresh lime juice and spices. Available online across the U.S. for $29.99.

Jeni’s Ice Cream Launches State Fair Flavors
Jeni’s Ice Cream has launched a new collection of State Fair flavors including sun-popped corn, wildberry lavender, watermelon taffy, orange blossom chiffon and Atlantic beach pie,

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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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