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    It’s November Food News and Some Things to Do by Shaena Engle

    It’s November Food News with Shaena Engle. This month is filled with holiday feasts and festivities. Here is a roundup of what’s happening in the the Greater Los Angeles Area. 

    Crustica Pizza Opens in West Hollywood

    Crustica Pizza, located at 9045 Santa Monica Boulevard, opened in the City of West Hollywood. The new pizzeria is Nile Niami’s newest venture, offering a one-of-a-kind pizza restaurant. With the slogan, “New York folds it, Los Angeles rolls it,” the fast casual pizza restaurant offers pizza that you roll. Crustica’s menu includes a wide variety of savory and dessert pizzas, salads and in-house sodas. From mushroom to meatball pizza and banana Nutella to fruit compote, this is one pizza you won’t want to miss.

    Ike’s Celebrates 15 Years of Love & Sandwiches

    Ike’s Love & Sandwiches is celebrating 15 years. On National Sandwich Day on November 3, the the sandwich shop threw a nod to its humble beginnings, featuring two sandwiches from the very first Ike’s menu with throwback pricing to celebrate both Ike’s 15 Year Anniversary and National Sandwich Day. Elvis Kieth and Handsome Owl are both available for $7.97 from Thursday, November 3 – Sunday, November 6. Both sandwiches will be available in-store, online and through the Ike’s rewards app in the “Specials” category. Visit ikessandwich.com to learn more

    Harriet’s Rooftop Offers New Brunch and Dinner Menus

    Harriet’s Rooftop restaurant at the top of the 1Hotel West Hollywood offers stunning views as well as new brunch and dinner menus, including Brioche French Toast, Lobster Rolls and Grilled Fish Tacos. 

    Celebrate Dia de Los Muertos at El Pollo Loco

    The Hollywood location of El Pollo Loco will celebrate Dia de Los Muertos by covering the restaurant with a custom mural by LA artist Sam Flores. The experience is open to the public on November 1 and 2 from 4 to 8pm, located at 5319 Sunset Blvd.

    Thanksgiving Dining

    The Hilton Los Angeles Culver City’s West & Co.  is offering dine-in and pre-order menus for Thanksgiving starting at $36 per person. Pre-orders should be placed by Tuesday, November 22 and can be picked up on Thanksgiving  Day beginning at 11am. Pre-orders can be placed online or at 310.649.1776.

    1 Kitchen at 1 Hotel West Hollywood is offering a Thanksgiving Day Prix Fixe Menu and a limited edition “Give Thanks” sandwich benefitting the LA Mission. The Prix Fixe Menu is $95 and includes a apple, endive and kale salad or squash soup; roasted turkey, salmon or wild mushroom risotto with sides and Dutch apple pie, pumpkin spiced pot de crème or a black berry crisp. Proceeds from the “Give Thanks” turkey sandwich, available Nov. 14-25, will benefit the LA Mission and is priced at $22. 

    Shutters on the Beach is offering a 3-course menu at their oceanfront restaurant 1 Pico. There’s also vegan options and festive cocktails, $125 per person. For reservations, call 310.587.1717.

    Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel is offering a Thanksgiving Getaway Package including room accommodation, $100 food and dining credit, parking, and access to the seaside Cinema and Hot Cocoa Bar, prices start at $544. They are also offering Thanksgiving at their Blue Streak Restaurant with turkey and all the extras for $95.  Seating from 1 to 7pm. 

    Jar is offering a Thanksgiving Dinner Take-Out menu for pick up on November 23 inspired by chef Suzanne Tracht’s favorite holiday recipes. A meal for four runs $400. Diners can order prepaid through TOCK. 

    Have a Magical Night at the Geffen’s Mindplay

    Can you trust the voice inside your head? Find out at the Geffen Playhouse’s Mindplay with mentalist Vinny DePonto, Tickets start at $30, at https://www.geffenplayhouse.org/shows/mindplay/. 

    “Clyde’s” Coming to the Mark Taper Forum

    Hungry for entertainment? Head to “Clyde’s” at the Mark Taper Forum beginning on  November 16 . The play takes place in a truck stop sandwich shop where the formerly incarcerated staff are on a mission to create the perfect sandwich.  Tickets start at $35, available at https://www.centertheatregroup.com. 

    2:22 – A Ghost Story Opens at Ahmanson

    2:22 – A Ghost Story is now playing at the Ahmanson through December 4. The supernatural thriller has a stellar cast and is perfect for a fun filled evening at the theatre. Tickets start at $40,  available at https://www.centertheatregraoup. 

    San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival Week

    San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival will host its fun food and wine festival from November 9 through 13 including a huge Grand Tasting, private dinners, wine tastings and more. Get tickets at https://www.sandiegowineclassic.com.

    Celebrate National Sandwich Day and Godzilla Day at Langer’s

    Head to Langer’s on November 3 to celebrate National Sandwich Day and Godzilla Day. The famous eatery is partnering with Toho International to bring diners a Godzilla sized sandwich promotion through November 5. The special includes a monstrous version of the deli’s pastrami sandwich with unlimited chips and soft drinks.  

    Celebrate Veterans Day at El Torito and Acapulco

    This Veterans Day El Torito and Acapulco will offer veterans free meals on November 11. . They can choose from a 3-item combo for lunch or dinner including rice, refried beans and a sweet corn cake. A valid military ID must be shown in order to receive offer. 

    BJ’s Restaurants and Dr. Pepper Offer Free Meal on Veterans Day

    BJ’s Restaurants and Dr. Pepper are teaming up to offer a complimentary meal and Dr. Pepper beverage to all military personnel with a valid military ID on November 11.

    Lacoste and Erewhon! Offer New Green Juice Collaboration

    Lacoste and Erewhon! Have teamed up to create the ultimate west coast green juice. Exclusively available at Erewhon’s Beverly Hills and Beverly Blvd. locations and the Lacoste Café at the Bandier’s Melrose boutique, the juice retails for $13. 

    Hotel San Luis Obispo Offers New Fall Wine Experiences

    Head to the pretty Central Coast for a stay at the luxurious Hotel San Luis Obispo and enjoy a bounty of new fall experiences. Their special Central Coast Wine Lovers package includes a two-night stay with a Center of Effort wine bottle amenity. Guests  can experience the vineyard with a tour of the Center of Effort property followed by a tasting. Their Tolosa Winery Midweek Wine Retreat highlights the Edna Valley wine region and guests can enjoy at 20% discount on a two night stay, welcome bottle of wine and wine tasting for 2 at the Tolosa Einery and entry for a chance to win a one-year wine club membership. The hotel spa is also offering special fall facials, massages and body treatments through November 30. Call 805.235.0700 ext. 7 for more information. 

    Burke Williams Offers Holiday Spa Packages

    Burke Williams luxury day spa is offering a variety of holiday gift card packages. Additionally, they are offering a special promo offer Nov. 25-28, where guests can treat themselves and loved ones to a prepaid three-month membership for $330.

    Special packages include the seasonal sanctuary package, $175, 80 minute massage or facial with an enhancement; wellness wonderland, $1200 for three 80 minute massages, three 80 minute facials, a 20 minute spa bath and a 3-day pass.  For more details, go to https://www.burkewilliams.com. 

    Fairmont Century Plaza Offers Holiday Apres Style Chalet Experiences

    The Fairmont Century Plaza is offering a new après style chalet dining experience for the holiday season, as well as new holiday spa treatments. The new après style chalet enables guests to dine on the outdoor patio of The Bar within three beautifully built wood chalets with cozy décor and private fire pits. Diners can enjoy s’mores, chocolate or cheese fondue and a curated selection of cocktails, beginning November 14. Also, the spa will include special holiday cookie scrub and candy cane nourishing hair wrap treatments. 

    Pots & Co  Has Upside Down Pumpkin Cream Pie Pots

    Just in time for the holidays, Pots & Co is offering a delicious Pots & Co upside down pumpkin cream pie dessert. Available at grocery stores and Costco’s, four pots for $10.89.

    The Cat & The Fiddle Offers New Afternoon Tea

    Hollywood’s The Cat & The Fiddle is offering a new British style afternoon tea service on weekends from noon to 4pm with tea sandwiches, scones, teas and sweets,  call 323.468.3800 for reservations. 

    The Lounge at Ugo is Open in Culver City

    The new Lounge at Ugo is now open in Downtown Culver City. This new drinking and dining space includes a cozy lounge and a pretty patio with firepits. The new lounge is located at 3865 Cardiff Avenue. 

    McConnell’s Offers Thanksgiving Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie

    McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams is offering a special Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie featuring a browned butter shortbread cookie crust with pumpkin pie ice cream toped with pecan pralines and caramel sauce, to reserve a pie, go to https://mcconnellsfineicecreams.olo.com/.

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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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