Food News for September 2020 by Shaena Engle

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The 1st of September is the Launch of dineLA. It runs from September 1st to the 18th.
Diners can enjoy specially priced lunch and dinner options during 18 Days of incredible food in Los Angeles.

WeHo restaurants include The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills, offering delicious dishes including crabcake, endive salad with roasted beets and goat cheese custard, butcher’s steak, Spanish octopus, duck confit pizza, striped bass Almondine style, roasted chicken with potato gnocchi and a mushroom risotto. WeHo’s Gracias Madre will also be offering plant based Mexican fare including guacamole, potato pimiento flauta, pozole and macadamia ricotta enchilada, order at www.dinela.com.

More details on dineLA coming soon.

On to Food News for September 2020:

Randy’s Donuts

Randy’s Donuts Opens in Pasadena and Partners with Jones Coffee
Randy’s Donuts has opened in Pasadena and have also launched a partnership with Jones Coffee. The new location is the 5th in the U.S. On September 2, all guests from 6am to 12pm will receive a free raised glazed donut. Guests who follow @randysdonutsla on Instagram will receive a free raised glazed donut from 12pm to 9pm.

Restaurateur Piero Selvaggio Joins Drago Centro
Restaurateur Piero Selvaggio has joined Drago Centro as a managing partner. Drago Centro has created an al fresco dining experience in downtown LA to showcase their new summer menu, which is also available for takeout.

Spindrift Releases Limited Edition Drifter Pack
Spindrift sparking beverages has launched a limited edition Drifter Pack featuring an assortment of their best selling flavors, at https://shop.drinkspindrift.com.

Dunkin Donuts Launches New Fall Menu
Dunkin Donuts brings fall to California with their new pumpkin spice limited menu. Fall inspired items include the new signature pumpkin spice latte, Chai latte, stuffed bagel minis with cream cheese, pumpkin flavored coffees, apple cider donut and Munchkins donut hole treats, pumpkin donut, maple sugar bacon breakfast sandwich, steak and cheese rollups and maple sugar seasoned snackin’ bacon as well as Dunkin’s Pumpkin K-Cup pods enabling guests to brew pumpkin flavored coffees in the comfort of their homes. These menu items will be available through November 3.

BOA Steakhouse and Sushi Roku Offer Meal Kits
Sushi Roku and BOA Steakhouse have created delicious takeout meals for customers to have an interactive experience at home. Sushi Roku Pasadena and Santa Monica locations are offering a DIY hand roll sushi kit with salmon with soy truffle, snow crab and spicy mayo and soy paper, nori, sushi rice and vegetables for $65 and $120; a sushi family pack with edamame, miso soup, sushi and rolls for $109 and a hot family pack with popcorn shrimp, Japanese fried chicken, Wagyu gyoza, garlic green beans and chicken and vegetable fried rice for $109. BOA Steakhouse is offering a DIY dinner for 2 meal kit with salad, 2 uncooked entrees, choice of 2 sides and chocolate chip cookies, $73-$85; a BBQ Wagyu burger basket with 3 pounds of uncooked ground Wagyu, 8 buns, lettuce, tomatoes, onion and pickles, $58 and their Sunday fried chicken feast for four with fried chicken, buttery country biscuits and house made honey butter, chipotle lime corn and mashed potatoes for $85, available at https://www.sushiroku.com and https://boasteak.com.

Nueva Opens on Westside
Chef Vartan Abjaryan and restaurateurs Mared Meisler and Dave and Patti Reiss have opened Nueva in West LA. Located blocks from the beach, Nueva offers indoor/outdoor dining and a fifty seat outdoor patio and a menu focusing on bold flavors and seafood dishes with a Mexican flare.

Nespresso Brings Back Pumpkin Spice Cake Coffee
Starting September 2, Nespresso is bringing back their popular pumpkin spice cake coffee capsules enabling coffee lovers to make at home pumpkin spice lattes,

Fia in Santa Monica Offers Special Labor Day Dinner Menu
Santa Monica’s Fia restaurant is offering a special three-course Labor Day weekend dinner for two featuring a butter lettuce salad, dry aged Porter House steak with lobster mac n cheese and a banana split for dessert, $89 per person valid September 4 – 7.

Scratch Restaurant Offers Pasta Bar To Go
Encino’s Scratch Restaurant is offering a set to go menu featuring delicious dishes including a huge loaf of fresh bread, market lettuce salad and a choice of tomato and house pulled mozzarella salad, eggplant caponata, cavatelli with shrimp alfredo, tagliatelle Bolognese and a chocolate budino dessert, $49, available at www.pastabarencino.com.

Bodewell Offers Special Therapeutic Skin and Hair Care Products
Bodewell is designed for people with eczema, psoriasis and sensitive skin. Products are powered by plant technology, are steroid-free and are available without a prescription and include shampoo, super cream, body wash, light serum and anti-itch cream, all at https://bodewellskin.com.

Glamnetic Launches New Birthday Collection
Glamnetic, the leader in magnetic vegan eyelashes, has launched their new Birthday Collection featuring magnetic felt tip liners, compact mirrors, press on nails and a big variety of bold lashes, available at https://glamnetic.com.

Vamonos Riendo Mezcal Makes U.S. Debut
Vemonos Riendo Mezcal, a super premium triple-distilled and slightly smoky mezcal has launched in the U.S. The small batch handcrafted ensamble is made from agave that is slow roasted and distilled in the Sierra Madre Mountains and combines eight year old Espadin with 14-year-old Tobala, available at https://www.vamonosriendomezcal.com.

Porter’s Launches Peanut Butter Whiskey
Ogden’s Own out of Utah has launched a new offering from their Porter’s flavored whiskeys, Porter’s Peanut Butter Whiskey. The flavor profile is peanut butter with a hint of rich chocolate, elevating the whiskey to a balanced blend of smooth Canadian whiskey and peanut butter flavor, $19.99 at https://www.ogdensown.com.

J Cuvee 20 Brut is Perfect for Summer Nights
J Cuvee 20 Brut by J Vineyards & Winery has notes of apple, dried cranberry and ginger snap. Flavors of lemon meringue pie pair perfectly with summer dishes like crab cakes and lobster rolls or a goat cheese salad, also great on it’s own, $38 at https://www.jwine.com.

Justin Rosé is a Perfect Pair for Light Summer Dishes
Justin Wines Rosé is refreshing light and perfect for summer dinners. Mostly syrah, it houses aromas of strawberry, apple and floral notes and includes red apple, melon, and muted strawberry flavors, $20 at https://www.justinwine.com.

Spiceology Offers New Salt-Free Spices and Seasonings
Spiceology has launched a new lineup of 13 salt-free spices and seasonings including Really Ranch, Guac & Roll, Mango Tango and other flavors. These salt free blends deliver big on flavor but small on salt, at https://spiceology.com.

Legaris Crianza for Fall
Legaris Crianza is a perfect Spanish red wine for early fall to pair with casseroles, cheeses and stews with a nose of ripe black fruit and notes of intense cherry and a long finish, $23.99 at https://www.wine.com.

Paco & Lola Albarino is a Sharp Citrus White
Paco & Lola Albarino is a Spanish white with notes of green apples and pear and hints of basil. Flavors of pineapple and mango mixed with refreshing citrus make this a great white for fish or salads, $18.99 at https://www.wine.com.

Las Moradas de San Martin Initio is Perfect for Pasta
Las Moradas de San Martin Initio is a Spanish red with aromas of blackberry jam, prunes, orange glossom and licorice and notes of dark berries, #13.98 at https://www.wine.com.

Landmark Pinot Noir Overlook Pairs Well with Most Dishes
Landmark’s Pinot Noir Overlook has notes of red cherry, clove, vanilla and star anise and strong baked cherry flavors and pairs well with pastas, meats and vegetarian dishes, $23.99 at https://www.totalwine.com.

101 Cider House Launches Juicy Roots
Made from apple, carrots, ginger and blood orange, 101 Cider House’s new Juicy Roots adult beverages are perfect for summer sipping, at https://101cider.com.

Kaló Sparkling Waters with Hemp
Kaló offers a line of flavored sparkling waters enhanced with hemp extract. With only 15 calories a can, thirsty drinkers can get 20 mg of CBD in each 12 ounce can. Flavors include Peach Pomegranate, Lime Raspberry, Strawberry Watermelon and Lemon Lavender, 8 packs for $40 at https://drinkkalo.com.

Halloween Treats from Kinderjoy, CRUNCH, Butterfinger and Baby Ruth
Ferrero’s brands Kinderjoy, CRUNCH, Butterfinger and Baby Ruth have launched their new treats just in time for Halloween. Kinder Joy has 8 new Halloween themed glow in the dark character eggs and CRUNCH, Butterfinger and Baby Ruth have new festive packaging.

Porto’s Bake at Home Offers Chocolate Twist
Porto’s Bake at Home offers their delicious chocolate twist, a croissant with vanilla custard and chocolate chips, available in a variety of sizes, needs to proof for 8 hours before baking but well worth it, at https://portosbakery.com.

DoorDash Offering $20 Gift Cards
Diners can share their story of cancelled summer trips on Twitter tagging @DoorDash and using the #LastDashOfSummer and get a $20 gift card from Door Dash while supplies last to encourage users to order food from their destinations they were longing to visit this year. Diners who share a photo on Instagram of how they are re-creating their summer plans safely at home with #LastDashOfSummer will be entered for a chance to win a limited edition Last Dash of Summer gift basket.

Jerry’s Patio Café & Bar Opens in Marina del Rey
Now open for outdoor dining and take out is Jerry’s Patio Café & Bar in Marina Del Rey. Offering a menu of comfort food with a modern twist, dishes include matzo ball soup, Impossibly Vegan burger, pastrami sandwich, brisket dip and a European style chicken schnitzel sandwich.

Cheesecake Factory Offers $15 Gift Cards
For every $50 purchased in gift cards, The Cheesecake Factory is offering a complimentary $15 Bonus Card through September 7 via https://www.thecheesecakefactory.com.

Eat Pizza, Save Human Halloween Campaign from Vampire Pizza
Vampire Pizza is expanding their interactive fun pizza delivery with games concept to include a new Vampire Pizza Chapter 2 on pre-sale via Kickstarter for delivery in time for Halloween (October 30 – November 1). They are also hosting a live streaming Vampire National Convention over Halloween weekend. Visit https://www.vampire.pizza for more information.

Recover 180 Comes to Southern California
Functional hydration drink Recover 180 is now available in Southern California and throughout the United States. This holistic hydration drink made with all natural herbal extracts heals the body and fights inflammation and provides essential vitamins to boost immunity and electrolytes to rehydrate. Available in Blood Orange, Acai Berry and Citrus flavors, $2.49 per bottle, at Vons, Pavilions, Albersons and Target.

Thistle Provides Healthy Organic Meals
Thistle delivers fully-prepared organic healthy plant forward meals to diner’s homes with super food and high quality ingredients, offering breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as juices and snacks, available at https://www.thistle.co.

Spago Beverly Hills and Veuve Clicquot Team up for Outdoor Dining Experiences
Spago Beverly Hills and Vueve Clicquot have teamed up for offer fun outdoor dining experiences on September 4 from 5:30pm to 11pm and September 5 from 1 to 2:30pm and 5:30 to 11pm. The Glamping on Canon lunch and dinners include unlimited Veuve Yellow Label, $125 and Grand Dame $295 with dinner dishes, purchase tickets at https://www.exploretock.com/spagobeverlyhills/.

Ninja Launches Long Lasting Nonstick Cookware
Ninja is launching a new Foodi NeverStick Cookware line that can go sear like stainless steel and withstand heat like a cast-iron skillet. Each pan provides the benefit of nonstick, cast iron and stainless steel all in one product. Three new collections are available at https://www.ninjakitchen.com.

Cutwater Spirits Launches Long Island Iced Tea Canned Cocktail
Cutwater Spirits has launched a new Long Island Iced Tea in a can, at $12.99 per 4 pack, available at liquor stores and select grocers.

Eboost Expands Super Fuel Energy Drink
Eboost, a leader in clean natural supplements and beverages, has expanded their distribution of their healthy energy drink Super Fuel. The ready-to-drink beverage contained nootropics, electrolytes, vitamins and minerals and green coffee seed and tea for overall wellness. Flavors include strawberry lemonade, ginger lime and orange mango and can also be used to make cocktails, recipes at https://www.eboost.com.

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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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