Food News for July by Shaena Engle

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Happy summer. It’s food news and things to do for the month of July.

Shake Shack Launches New Summer Menu

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Shake Shack locations nationwide have launched new summer menus featuring a hot honey chicken sandwich, hot honey chicken bites, hot honey fries, new cocktail inspired summeraides and new cherry pop and triple chocolate chip shakes.

Burke Williams Day Spa Announces New Revolutionary Vitality Massage

Burke Williams Day Spas are now offering a new vitality Massage which provides an application of B12, the vitamin know for boosting energy, immunity and restoration. This is the first time B12 has been integrated into a massage. Prices begin at $140 for members and $180 for all guests. Locations include Pasadena, Santa Monica, Sherman Oaks, Woodland Hills, Hollywood and downtown Los Angeles.

Burger Week Returns Starting July 11

Los Angeles, Orange County, Long Beach and Pasadena burger joints will celebrate Burger Week from July 11 – 17. During this weeklong event, diners can explore a variety of burgers and custom cocktails.

Dunkin’ Debuts Popping Bubbles

Dunkin’ has launched six new donut flavors including French Cruller, Chocolate Long John, Maple Long John, Chocolate Butternut, Sour Cream and Bavarian Crème. They also have added fruit-flavored bubble additions to any iced or frozen beverage.

Verse Reopens in Toluca Lake

Verse in Toluca Lake will reopen on July 10th. The restaurant features innovative LA inspired dishes, custom cocktails and live entertainment.

Codename Burg3r Offers Dinneractive Experiences

Codename Burg3r has launched a new immersive entertaining and dining experience. Diners become agents after burgers meals are delivered straight to their doorstep. While enjoying a delicious burger, chicken sandwich and sides, guests solve puzzles and games while experiencing missions and

IHOP Launches Pancake Support

IHOP restaurants has launched Pancake Support, a twitter resource focused on coming together over the comfort of pancakes.  Their campaign, “We Could All Use A Pancake,” lets guests who could use a pancake are able to Tweet at @IHOP for Pancake Support with the hashtag #INeedPancakeSupport with stories from quarantine misadventures, work from home fails, funny mishaps or reasons why you just might need a pancake, in exchange for some free fluffy IHOP pancakes and other types of pancake giveaways. Chrishell Stause from Selling Sunset helped launch the new campaign.

iHop with Chrishell Stause
Photo Credit: John Logdson

Sweet Nothings Offers Healthy Spoonable Smoothies

With no sugar added, Sweet Nothings is an organic plant based way to enjoy a sweet treat over summer. Choose from peanut butter, strawberry, chocolate, coffee, blueberry and other flavors for a delicious dessert, 12 pack is $46.99 at https://eatsweetnothings.com.

Brooklyn Avenue Pizza Company Offers Jumbo Wing Party Packs

Boyle Heights’ Brooklyn Avenue Pizza Company is offering a special July 4 Jumbo Wing Party Pack.  Take your pick of Buffalo, BBQ Habanero, or the special Fire Cracker Wings featuring spicy sauce, jalapeno, sesame & tempura crackle, with choice of blue cheese, ranch, or chipotle caesar dip available in 24 pieces ($40), 36 pieces ($50), and 48 pieces ($65). All orders come with house papas & ketchup, with optional add-ons for large format cocktails (serves 6-8; $40-$60), bottles of wine ($10 red or white, $20 liter of rosé), or a 6-pack of Calidad beer ($25). Party Packs are available via Toast with pick-up on Saturday, July 3rd & Sunday, July 4th.

LA Restaurants Celebrate July 4

Black Angus Steakhouses are offering two July 4 special party platters including a steak platter, $269 feeds up to 10 with garden salad, top sirloin center cut steaks, mashed potatoes, broccoli and two dozen chocolate chip cookies and a BBQ platter, $299.99 garden salad, BBQ baby back ribs, chicken, mashed potatoes, broccoli, mac and cheese and two dozen chocolate chip cookies. Las Brisas in Laguna Beach  provides views of fireworks while enjoying cocktails and Mexican dishes.

Messhall Kitchen is offering a new Smoked Beer Can Chicken Special ($51) including a whole chicken, corn, baked beans, red white and blue potato salad, biscuits and BBQ sauce. Islands Restaurants is offering a fresh watermelon margarita and two new fried chicken sandwiches.

Wines for July 4

Gran Moraine Yamjill-Carlton Brut Rose,$50, and Altemasi Brut, $29, are perfect for celebrating after fireworks, $50; Maggy Hawk Skycrest Vineyard Chardonnay is a complex mix of citrus and stone fruit that is perfect with fish, $55 and WillaKenzie Willamette Valley Pinot Noir is a great paired with grilled pork tenderloin, $30; Bottega Vinaia Pinot Noir with notes of raspberry and tobacco pairs well with red and white meats, $27 and Cavit Rosé offers a fresh crisp pairing for fish and white meats, $9.

Vera Wang Introduces PARTY Prosecco

Wedding gown designer Vera Wang now has a prosecco called PARTY for celebrating life’s moments.

‘Merican Mule Offers Variety Pack

‘Merican Mule is now offering an 8 can variety pack featuring vodka, tequila, bourbon and rum for every kind of canned cocktail lover, $25.

Klondike Launches New Strawberry Shakes

Klondike has releases a new strawberry shake flavor, sit back & strawberry,  to join their wind down & chocolate and chill out & vanilla shakes, $5.99 for a pack of 6 at major grocery stores and retailers.

Wildland Coffee Launches Coffee in a Tea Bag

Want your coffee to go? Now you can enjoy the taste of fresh ground coffee with the convenience of tea with their new Coffee in a Tea Bag.

VYBES Launches New Adaptogenic Elixirs

VYBES has launched three adaptogenic elixirs to target chronic stress. Flavors include apricot lemon, pineapple ginger and watermelon lime, $29.94 for a six-pack at https://idrinkvybes.com.

Yasso Launches Frozen Greek Yogurt Sandwiches

Any diet can include Yasso’s new Greek yogurt sandwiches with only 100 calories. They include creamy Greek yogurt between soft chocolate wafers in fudge swirl, mint chocolate chip, peanut butter and vanilla bean flavors, $7 per 4 pack in grocery stores.

American Licorice Company Launches New Sweet Treats

American Licorice Company has launched new Red Vines Made Simple in black and blueberry pomegranate; Sour Punch Sweet Bites and Torie + Howard candy gummies.

Van Leeuwen Launches New Summer Ice Cream Flavors

Van Leeuwen has launched a variety of new summer ice cream flavors including chocolate peanut butter cookie swirl, black cherry chip, vegan earl grey tea and vegan banana pudding. Sweet tooths can try them at Van Leeuwen scoop shops in Culver City, Hollywood, Silver Lake and downtown.

BOA Steakhouse Offers Special July 4 Cocktails

BOA Steakhouse in WeHo and Santa Monica will be offering red, white and blue patriotic cocktails for July 4 including a blackberry smash, fire and smoke and other custom blended libations.

FUN WINE Launches New Flavors

FUN WINE, the low calorie alternative in an aluminum bottle, has launched new peach passion moscato coconut chardonnay, strawberry rose moscato, sangria, espresso cabernet and cappuccino chardonnay, $2.49 and up

Celebrate National Mojito Day, July 11

National Mojito Day is July 11 and can be celebrated with Zacapa Mojitos including Ron Zacapa rums, available at local liquor stores.

Dewar’s Launches Japanese Smooth

Dewar’s has launched their new Dewar’s Japanese Smooth Blended Scotch Whisky. This latest edition of Dewar’s successful cask finished series includes notes of heather and honey, $24.99 at ReserveBar.

Sipsmith Gin Launches New Strawberry Smash

Sipsmith, the original gin partner of Wimbledon, has launched a new limited Strawberry Smash gin. The new gin is distilled using Wimbledon strawberries and is perfect in a variety of cocktails.

Aperol and Cocktail Courier Offers Aperol Spritz Kit

Aperol has partnered with Cocktail Courier to offer a special Aperol Spritz cocktail kit to enable those at home to create the bubbly cocktail. The kit includes Aperol, Cinzano Prosecco, soda water, fresh oranges and two Aperol Spritz glasses, $59.99.

Tanqueray Introduces Crafted Can Gin Cocktails

Tanqueray has launched new crafted gin cocktails in a can perfect for July 4 get togethers. New flavors include Tanqueray Gin & Tonic, Tanqueray Rangpur Lime Gin & Soda and Tanqueray Sevilla Orange Gin & Soda, four for $14.99 at fine spirits retailers.

CaniBrands Offers A Variety of Wellness Products

CaniBrands offers a variety of products to assist with sleep, energy, pain  and overall wellness. They contain CBD, vitamins, herbal extracts and nutraceuticals. Cani-Boost, Cani-Mend, Cani-Fresh and Cani-Sleep are available at www.canibrands.com.

Starlette Galleria Jewelry

Starlette Galleria Jewelry offers affordable stylish jewelry perfect for summer travel or trips to the beach. Stackable rings, necklaces you can wear in water and travel jewelry for times when you want the real bling to stay safe at home can all be found on their website at https://www.starlettegalleria.com.

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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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