Food News & Happenings for September 2021

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Shaena Engle brings Food News and things to do for the month of September 2021.

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LABOR DAY  Specials

Cafe Gratitude (Larchmont, Art’s District, Venice)
Diners  looking for a plant-based option this Labor Day can order Café Gratitude favorites online or through the Cafe Gratitude app and receive 50% off their sustainable, canned Nomadica Wine. Get sandwiches, wraps, flatbreads, bowls, and more delivered to your door for free on any order over $50 – take-out and dine-in also available.

Gracias Madre West Hollywood
Grab Gracias Madre to-go or order online this Labor Day and receive free delivery on any order over $50. Gracias Madre is also offering 50% off their signature canned Purista Margarita – a perfect & refreshing way to sip through the day. Visit Gracias Madre’s website to order delivery, take-out, or to make a reservation.

Ojai Valley Inn
Located just 90 minutes from LA, The Ojai Valley Inn has lots of family fun activities for a Labor Day getaway including a Pixie Lawn Party featuring croquet and lawn games, complimentary honey tastings, weekly family craft hours and Dive Inn Movies at the pool, for reservations, go to https://www.ojaivalleyinn.com.

 Innovative Dining Group
For those craving surf and turf or sushi this Labor Day, head to BOA Steakhouse in WeHo or Santa Monica, Katana in WeHo, or Sushi Roku in Santa Monica, Newport Beach and Pasadena for a bevy of seafood, sushi, sashimi and steak dishes.

Messhall Kitchen’s Oyster Tuesday / Anniversary Celebration (Sept 7)
Messhall Kitchen will be bringing back their iconic Oyster Tuesday on  Tuesday, September 7. Guests can enjoy $1 oysters and $5 draft beers from 4pm until they run out.  The day also marks the restaurant’s ninth anniversary since taking over the iconic building, which was formerly Willard’s Chicken Inn, owned by the iconic film director Cecil B. DeMille.

Lobos 1707 Joven Tequila Coa’s Edge Cocktail
End the summer celebrating with Lobos 1707 Joven Tequila cocktails including the Coa’s Edge with 1.5 ouncess of Lobos 1707 Joven Tequila, 1 ounce of pineapple juice, lime juice, and simple syrup and three slices of jalapeno, add into a shaker and shake with ice.

Ciroc Summer Watermelon Cocktail
Enjoy the end of summer with a Watermelon Up & Down Cocktail with Ciroc Summer Watermelon, mix 2 ounces Ciroc Summer Watermelon with 5 ounces lemon lime soda and a splash of cranberry juice.

BBQ Guys Launches New Online Series with Superstar Chefs
BBQ Guys, the leading online retailer for outdoor living products, has launched Master Grillabilities,  a new grilling and education online series featuring superstar chefs. The series teaches BBQ tips and tricks from grilling personalities. Find episodes, as well as great grilling products, rubs and accessories, at https://www.bbqguys.com.

Base Culture Provides Grain free and Gluten Free Baked Goods

For those on a Paleo diet or wanted gluten and grain free baked goods, Base Culture offers bread, brownies, almond butters, buns and other goodies that taste great, available in Whole Foods nationwide, and at https://baseculture.com.

Shappy Pretzel Company
Created by actor Adam Shapiro, Shappy Pretzel Company offers up soft pretzels Philadelphia style as well as pretzel bites and stuffed pretzels, at www.shappypretzel.com.

Novo Fogo Cachaca Introduces New Cachaca Based Canned Cocktail
Nova Fogo Cachaca has released it’s first cachaca based canned cocktail.Thier new Brazilian Old Fashioned Highball combines cachaca, vanilla syrup, orange and aromatic bitters and carbonated water. $2.99 per bottle. www.novofogo.com.

Disaronno and Russian Standard Vodka Partner and Launch the Velvet White Russian
Disaronno and Russian Standard Vodka have partnered to create the Velvet White Russian cocktail, a unique twist on the popular White Russian cocktail combining Disaronno Velvet, Russian Standard Original Vodka and cream.

Besame Cosmetics
Environmentally friendly Besame Cosmetics is low waste and uses recyclable materials. Their rouges, mascara, creams, and nail polishes are available at www.besamecostmetics.com.

BonBonWhims and Svedka Team Up for New Jewelry Line
BonBonWhims and Svedka vodka have partnered to combine canned cocktails and chunky jewelry in their new jewelry collection. The collection is inspired by the newly launched Svedka Vodka soda flavors including mango pineapple, black cherry lime and strawberry lemonade. Colorful chunky rings and earrings available at https://bonbonwhims.com.

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Launches New Fall Menu Including Beyond Meat
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf has launched a new fall menu including a Beyond Meat Sausage Sandwich, their first plant-based meat menu item.

Dave’s Hot Chicken Opens in San Gabriel Valley
Dave’s Hot Chicken has opened it’s first location in the San Gabriel Valley. The new location is located at 3642 Rosemead Boulevard, open 10am to midnight.

The Habit Burger Grill Offers Impossible Burgers Throughout September

The Habit Burger Grill is offering Impossible Burgers for their vegetarian and flexitarian customers throughout September, the burgers can also be modified to be vegan upon request.

Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa Debuts New Redesign

The Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa has revealed their multi-million dollar comprehensive reimagination including a new one-acre pool and amenity deck with two pools, an open air restaurant and new guestrooms and suites, open air lobby and new Royal Kaila Spa, visit www.marriottwaikiki.com to reserve.

Wayfarer Opens New Hotel in DTLA
The Wayfarer Downtown LA has opened DTLA and includes a rooftop restaurant with beautiful views and killer cocktails, the Lily Rose underground bar, and the Gaslighter Social Club for coffee, breakfast, lunch or happy hour.

Hamilton is Live at the Pantages
Tickets are now on sale for Hamilton running through the end of the year at the Pantages, get ticket information at https://www.broadwayinhollywood.com/venues/detail/pantagestheatre.

Hauntoweeen LA Tickets on Sale
Hauntoween LA tickets go on sale in September and is back live from October 1 through October 31, from 5 to 11pm at 6100 Topanga Canyon Boulevard in Woodland Hills. There will be a huge pumpkin patch, a Funny Bones Graveyard, mazes and trick or treating in the Town of Hauntoween. Tickets are $30, at www.SoCalHauntoween.com.

The Enigmast at The Geffen
Magician and New York Times crossword constructor David Kwong brings his in-person show to the Geffen Playhouse beginning September 14 through October 30. Tickets start at $30, available at https://www.geffenplayhouse.org.

Haunt O’Ween LA 2021
Haunt O ‘Ween returns to LA October 1 through 31, Wednesday through Sunday from 5 to 11pm, tickets on sale at Fever for $30.

Love Actually Live Tickets on Sale
Love Actually Live returns to the Wallis in Beverly Hills. The multimedia concert celebration of the holiday movie will return with performances beginning November 27 and running through Friday December 31. Tickets go on sale September 1 at Fever.

Lady Gaga Returns to Park MGM in Vegas in October
Lady Gaga will be returning to Park MGM in Las Vegas for nine shows in October. Her critically acclaimed “Lady Gaga Jazz and Piano” shows will celebrated her collaborative album with Toney Bennett. Get tickets at www.citientertainment.com.

New Tequila Don Julio Primavera
Don Julio has announced Tequila Don Julio Primavera, a new limited edition tequila taking Tequila Don Julio Reposado and finishing it in orange wine casks. Try it in a Tequila Don Julio Primavera Sunset, mix 1.5 ounces of Tequila Don Julio Primavera, 3 ounces club soda and garnish with a Cara Cara Orange slice.

Lady M Celebration Cake for Mid-Autumn Moon Festival
Also called the Moon or Mooncake Festival, Lady M is celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival by offering a very special Ferris wheel design housing Lady M’s delicious mini mooncakes in chocolate and egg custard flavors. Each gift set includes a total of six mini mooncakes made to be shared and enjoyed with tea, $72 at https://www.ladym.com.

Celebrate International Bacon Day at Ike’s Love & Sandwiches
Ike’s Love & Sandwiches is celebrating International Bacon Day on September 5 by giving away free bacon on any sandwich, valid only in-stores.

Breadblok Delivers on Gluten-Free Baked Goods
Breadblok bakery offers a wide variety of delicious gluten-free baked goods including artisan breads, pastries, donuts, croissants, tarts, scones and vegan milks. They have a Santa Monica bakery location or you can order products that ship nationwide at https://breadblok.com/collections/all.

Milu Launches New Chinese Condiments
Milu, the casual Chinese restaurant, has launched a line of five new premium Chinese condiments including Chili Crisps and Chili Oils, all perfect on a variety of foods, available at https://www.eatmilu.com.

Stay Hydrated with Flow Alkaline Spring Water
Flow Alkaline Spring Water can help keep you hydrated at work, school or at play. Infused with organic flavors including cucumber and mint, strawberry and rose, lemon and ginger, grapefruit and elderflower, watermelon and lime, peach and blueberry, and blackberry and hibiscus, there are no sugars or artificial flavors in their waters.

King’s Hawaiian for Back to School Sandwiches and Snacks
King’s Hawaiian is a great choice for back to school or back to work sandwiches and snacks, with their soft, fluffy and slightly sweet sandwich rolls. Available in mini and regular rolls in supermarkets nationwide.

 Del Taco Launches New Stuffed Quesadilla Tacos
Del Taco has launched a variety of new stuffed quesadilla tacos including a stuffed grilled chicken quesadilla taco, stuffed crispy chicken quesadilla taco and a stuffed carne asada quesadilla taco. (pic)

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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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