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    Food News and Happenings for the Month of May

    Shaena Engle brings food news, and happenings in the Greater Los Angeles Area from new musicals, plays, events, Cinco de Mayo, and Mother’s Day celebrations.


    Cinco de Mayo Celebrations

    Fiesta Cantina WeHo
    Party starts 10pm. Tequila and tocos and mega drink specials. Live DJ.

    Beaches WeHo
    Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with margaritas and tacos. The party starts with happy hour at 4pm and goes all night with DJ Liv, and host Melissa Befierce.

    El Torito and Acapulco Offers Special Tacos and Drinks
    El Torito and Acapulco restaurants will be offering fun margaritas, beer and shots as well as $3 tacos with steak, chicken or carnitas on May 5.

    Cointreau and Uber Eats Pair for Margarita Mobiles and Cocktail Kits
    Orange liqueur brand Cointreau and Uber Eats have joined forces for Cinco de Mayo celebrations including a Margarita Mobile, located at The Row LA, 777 S. Alameda Street from 2 to 7pm,  on May 5 where guests can enjoy a Cointreau Margarita. Margarita lovers can also order a Margarita Cocktail Kit via Uber Eats beginning May 2, $45.

    El Carmen Celebrates Cindo de Mayo and 25th Anniversary
    Historic LA Tequila Bar & Taqueria El Carmen turns 25 on May 6 and will host a special party with DJ’s and mariachi bands. On May 5, beginning at 4pm, they will offer cocktail specials, margaritas and shots, 4pm to 2am.

    Special Cinco de Mayo Cocktails at Bar Lis and Desert 5 Spot
    Desert 5 Spot will have a complimentary 3-hour open bar in partnership with Avion Cristalino tequila beginning at 8pm and specialty old fashioneds and maragaritas. Downtown’s Bar Lis at the Thompson Hotel will be serving two limited edition cocktails in collaboration with Tres Generaciones.

    El Pollo Loco and Tapatio Offer Limited Edition Hot Sauce
    El Pollo Loco and Tapatio have teamed up for a limited edition hot sauce. El Pollo Loco will also be offering special Cinco de Mayo deals at their restaurants.

    Thomas Ashbourne Craft Spirits, Celebrity Pre-Made Cocktail Brand, Launches
    Thomas Ashbourne Craft Spirtis, a new celebrity pre-made cocktail brand, has launched with an elite team of celebrity founding partners. Sarah Jessica Parker, John Cena and other celebs have crafted their own signature classic cocktails, $15.99 at liquor stores and supermarkets.

    Tootsie Now Playing at Dolby
    Tootsie, the musical adaptation of the hit movie, is now playing at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre. Ticket information at https://www.dolbytheatre.com.

    Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf Now at Geffen Playhouse
    Catch Calista Flockhart, Aimee Carrero, Graham Phillips and Zachary Quinto in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf now playing at the Geffen Playhouse through May 22, tickets at www.geffenplayhouse.org.

    Ella Beverly Hills Begins Weekend Brunch
    Beverly Hills’ Ella has launched their Saturday and Sunday brunch with new takes on brunch classics and live music.

    Black Tap Offers May Star Wars Specials
    Black Tap Anaheim is offering a light and dark classic shake representing both sides of Star Wars’ the force, an electric blue vanilla shake and a wild cherry shake, during May. They are also offering a special coconut macaroon shake and a Thai coconut curry chicken burger.

    Northridge Eats Launches In San Fernando Valley
    DMI Real Estate Group has launched Northridge Eats, bringing a variety of Asian flavors under one roof. Open for lunch and dinner, the new eatery houses five restaurants including Maxwell Chicken Rice, Kotsu Ramen and Gyoza, Akafuji Northridge and Mee Dee Thai Kitchen. Located at 9346 Corbin Avenue in Northridge.

    Alma Cocina de Mexico Opens at The Grove
    Providing authentic flavorful Mexican cuisine, Alma Cocina de Mexico opens at The Grove on May 5.  The ground floor taqueria and cocktail bar will open first with a second floor fine dining restaurant later in the month.

    Veggie Grill Launches New Japanese Katsu-Style Sliders
    Beginning May 4, Veggie Grill will launch new Japanese Katsu-Style Sliders for a limited time, featuring IMPOSSIBLE meat patties.

    New A-Sha Noodle Bar Food Truck
    A-Sha Noodles now has a new A-Sha Noodle Bar food truck which will be popping up all over LA in May in celebration of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders month. Look for it May 7 at the 1st Valley Asian Cultural Festival from 10am to 4pm at the Row DTLA and May 22 at Smorgasburg LA from 10am to 4pm at the Row DTLA.

    Peninsula Hotel Launches New Wellness Program and Pop Up Sushi Nokazawa
    The Peninsula Hotels has a new next generation program, “Life Lived Best,” that elevates physical, mental, and nutritional well-being with amenities available at any time and at the touch of a button. The program lets guests select goals, such as increased strength, boosted energy, jet-lag relief and mindful rest and includes plant-based menus, sleep programming a wellness portal and concierge as well as local wellness experiences at each of the 10 properties, including the Beverly Hills location. Additionally, the resort is hosting a NYC Sushi Nakazawa pop up from May 12-June 11, Monday – Saturday at 6pm and 8:30pm on the Belvedere Terrace.

    New Spa Treatments at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills
    The Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills has new spa treatments including a Garden Zen Body Renewal Treatment, Marine Algae Body Detox Treatment, Toning and Firming Body Sculpt Treatment, MBR Gentleman’s Facial and MBR Liquid Surgery Facial.

    Community Coffee Launches Grab and Go Iced Latte Options
    Community Coffee has two new grab and go Iced Lattes, Mocha White Chocolate and Vanilla Waffle Cone, both available at Walmart and Amazon.

    Breadblok Announces New Best Sellers Bundle
    Breadblok, the famous gluten-free bakery, has come out with a Breadblok Best Sellers Bundle which includes cookies, bread, crackers and granola for $98.50, at https://breadblok.com.

    Corner Bakery Offers New Spring Dishes
    Corner Bakery is offering new limited time dishes including a hazelnut cold brew coffee, blueberry topped pancakes, a variety of croissants, Wild Berry trio lemonades and their chicken rosa pasta.

    Hyatt Place/Hyatt House LAX Offers New YogaWorks classes

    Hyatt Place/Hyatt House LAX has partnered with YogaWorks to offer complimentary weekend yoga classes on the front lawn for guests and locals. Guests can then head to their ShoresLAX restaurant for a complimentary mimosa.

    Mother’s Day Celebrations

    Danny Trejo at Trejo’s Santa Monica
    Danny Trejo will be handing out flowers to moms at his Trejo’s Tacos Santa Monica during their special Mother’s Day brunch service, May 7 from 11:30am to 2pm. Mother’s Day brunch menus available May 6 through May 8th.

    Burke Williams Gift Card Packages
    Burke Williams has special Mother’s Day gift card packages including their Restful Release with a 50- minute Pure Relaxation Massage or Spa Style Facial, Spa Manicure and three day spa pass, $170; Awakening Wellness with an 80-minute Burke Williams Experience Massage, Spa Bath, Spa Manicure and three day spa pass, $280 and their Healing Journey with a Regenerate Anti-Aging Facial, Spa Bath, Spa Pedicure and three day spa pass, $385.

    Buffet Style Brunch at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles
    On May 8 from 10am to 3pm, the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills will offer an extensive buffet style brunch with a carving station, children’s buffet and special sweets and drinks, $159, book at 310.273.2222.

    Mother’s Day Brunch at Sugar Palm at Viceroy Santa Monica
    Take mom to the beautiful Sugar Palm at the Viceroy Santa Monica for an al fresco brunch from 6:30am to 2:30pm on Mother’s Day with a special family style menu with sharable plates.

    Botanical Mother’s Day Brunch at Loews Santa Monica
    Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel is offering a Botanical Mother’s Day Brunch at their Blue Streak restaurant including botanical cocktails from Ketel One, complimentary floral bouquets and live music, 11 am to 4pm, $119.

    Cheesecake Factory and Grand Lux Café Offer Bonus Gift Cards
    The Cheesecake Factory and Grand Lux Café are offering a free $10 gift card when a $50 gift card is purchased through May 8. The free bonus card is redeemable May 9 through June 9.

    BJ’s Gives Moms Free Wine Glass
    BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse will give all moms who dine in from May 7-8 a free stemless wine glass with a Happy Mother’s Day logo. They are also offering a $10 Bonus Card with every $50 eGift Card.

    Shutters on the Beach Staycation
    Treat mom to a staycation at Shutters on the Beach with their Beachside Bliss picnic package and al fresco dining with Mother’s Day brunch at 1 Pico.

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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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