Food and Lifestyle News for March 2021 by Shaena Engle

A Touch of Disney, a new, limited-time ticketed experience brings back some of the sights, sounds and flavors of the Disneyland Resort to Disney California Adventure Park beginning March 18, 2021. A Touch of Disney offers some of the world-famous food and drinks from around the Disneyland Resort, like churros, DOLE Whips®, the mouth-watering Monte Cristo sandwich and more, plus a chance to see Disney characters, shop for the latest Disney merchandise and pop in at unique photo locations. The experience is underscored by a specially curated soundtrack of reimagined Disney songs broadcast throughout the park. (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort)

It’s the latest in food and lifestyle news by Shaena Engle for the month of March 2021.


dineL.A. Spring is Here

Spring dineL.A. is here and features hundreds of LA restaurants to choose from.  Taking place March 1 – 14, diners can visit to view menus.

Cult Restaurant Opens in Santa Monica

Cult Santa Monica opens March 2 for outdoor dining, takeout and window service. Located on the corner of Broadway and the Third Street Promenade, the restaurant features breakfast, lunch, dinner and a third wave coffee program and cocktails.

Yakumi Opens in Burbank

Innovative Dining Group is opening Yakumi, a new fast-casual sushi concept in Burbank in March. The restaurant will offer sit down dining on the outdoor patio and delivery and takeout.

Shutters, Veuve Cliquot and Chef Brian Bornemann Offer Limited Time Crudo e Nudo Pop Up

Chef Brian Bornemann has teamed with Shutters Santa Monica and Veuve Cliquot to open a limited time pop up. Crudo e Nudo offers sustainable seafood dishes in an al fresco dining area with décor provided by Veuve Cliquot. In March, diners can reserve the final weekend of the pop-up on March 5 and 6. 

Black Tap Anaheim Launches a Kobe Beef Steakhouse Burger

Black Tap Anaheim has launched a new Kobe Beef Steakhouse Burger including Kobe beef, pepper jack cheese, bacon, onions and roasted garlic aioli.

Disneyland Launches A Touch of Disney

Disneyland has launched A Touch of Disney limited capacity experience at Disney California Adventure Park  on March 18.  The event will feature new and classic menu items from the Disneyland Resort, tickets on sale March 4, open Thursdays through Mondays from noon to 8pm. Visit for details. 

Klondike Launches New Klondike Cones

Klondike has launched their new Klondike Cones featuring a distinctive swirled shape top with sauce traveling throughout the entire center of the cone. Klondike fans can enter to wine a Klondike Cone Zone Chair , stand and coupons through March 8 via the brand’s Twitter @KlondikeBar. 

JOEY Opens in Manhattan Beach

JOEY restaurant will launch in Manhattan Beach on March 4. The new eatery will include dishes inspired by Southern California culture mixed with fresh global cuisine trends. 

Good Moo’d Launches Lactose Free Milks

Good Moo’d has launched whole, 2% and fat free new lactose free milk. Made with patented ultra-filtration, Good Moo’d delivers a smooth creamy rich taste.

Fairmont Century Plaza Celebrates National Absinthe Day with Special Cocktails

The Fairmont Century Plaza is celebrating National Absinthe Day, March 5, with a few special cocktails. Drinkers can enjoy a Corpse Reviver No 2 with gin, Lillet Blanc, lemon juice and absinthe or their Absinthe Frappe with Absinthe Verte, Crème de Menthe, mint demerara and soda.

Ketel One Botanical Vodka Spritz Available in California

Ketel One Botanical Vodka Spritz has expanded it’s distribution and is now available in over 20 states, including California. The refreshing beverage has no carbs, no added sugar, no artificial flavors and is less than 100 calories per serving.  Available in peach and orange blossom, cucumber and mint and grapefruit and rose.

Head to Cuyama Buckhorn for a Santa Barbara Staycation

The Cuyama Buckhorn has redesigned and revitalized their property including  new outdoor spaces, a heated pool, Jacuzzi, barrel sauna, fire pits , outdoor cooking class area and dining spaces with mountain views. Visit for more information.

New Anti-Inflammatory Family Cookbook Provides Easy Healthy Recipes

The Anti-Inflammatory Family Cookbook provides easy anti-inflammatory recipes for the entire family. With over 100 recipes, it’s perfect for those who want to stay healthy in the new year, $21.99.

Omaha Steaks Offers Seafood Options for Lent

Don’t let the name fool you, Omaha Steaks is offering special Lent boxes including succulent seafood throughout March, visit 

Roadhouse Brewing Co. Debuts Seltzy Hard Selters

Roadhouse Brewing Co. has launched Seltzy, a new line of small batch hard seltzers. Offered in Kicked Back cucumber lychee, The Crush huckleberry-lingonberry and The Chill ginger and lime flavors, the new seltzers have zero carbs, zero added sugar and only 90 calories. Available at 

El Pollo Loco Launches New Loco Lunch Boxes

El Pollo Loco has launched a new line of Loco Lunch Boxes in four options, chicken guacamole burrito, Baja shrimp tacos, chicken avocado gordita and cheesy chicken quesadilla. All boxes come with a rice and beans cup, chips, salsa and a churro. 

Celebrate Pi Day with Blaze Pizza

Blaze Pizza celebrates Pi Day, March 14, with $3.14 whole pizzas. Their Pi Day promotion will run this year from March 14 through April 12 when guests sign-up for the Blaze Pizza App. 

Celebrate Women’s History Month with Jane Walker

Celebrate Women’s History Month in March with a bottle of Jane Walker by Jonnie Walker, featuring notes of ripe orchard fruit and white peaches, $38.

Dunkin’ Launches New Sweet Cold Foam and Cold Brew Beverages

TikTok star Charli D’Amelio has partnered with Dunkin’ to offer new coffee drinks including Cold Brew with Sweet Cold Foam, Chocolate Stout Cold Brew with Sweet Cold Foam and The Charli Cold Foam. Specially priced medium Cold Brew drinks are $3 through March 23. 

Bubly Bounce Arrives

Bubly Bounce, the new sparkling water with a kick of caffeine, has launched. New mango passion fruit, triple berry, blood orange grapefruit, citrus cherry and blueberry pomegranate flavors are now available. 

Spindrift Lemonade 

Spindrift has new unsweetened lemonade sparkling waters available in lemon limeade, pink lemonade and strawberry lemonade flavors. 

CannaCraft Launches Sparkling Beverage Gem+Jane

CannaCraft has launched sparkling Gem+Jane, a cannabis infused beverage with 5mg THC. Flavors include Elderflower Pear, Lemon Lavender Blueberry and Strawberry Hibiscus and also contain 2mg of CBD. 

Cavit Wines Launces Prosecco Rosé

Cavit wines has launches Prosecco Rosé just in time for spring. Made with Giera grapes and pinot noir it boasts flavors of refreshing strawberry and raspberry. 

Breyers Launches New Coconut Fudge Breeze Ice Cream

Breyers Ice Cream has launched a new coconut fudge breeze flavor combining a sweet coconut frozen base with chocolate swirls and coconut flakes throughout. The new flavor joins existing seasonal flavors Frozen Peppermint Hot Chocolate, Layered Desserts Peach Cobbler and Layered Desserts Caramel Apple Pie. 

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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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