January Food News, Happenings, and Lifestyle

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! It’s food news, happenings, and lifestyle by Shaena Engle for the month of January.

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ShoresLAX and Greenleaf Kitchen & Cocktails opens at Hyatt
ShoresLAX, a poolside dining room with elevated cuisine and cocktails, and Greenleaf  Kitchen, a new fast-casual option, have both opened at Hyatt Place/Hyatt House near LAX.

New York Bagel King Now Delivers Nationwide
Craving a NY bagel? You can now get one on the west coast with Bagel King’s new delivery service. Get a dozen assorted bagels for $49.99 at https://www.bagelkingsny.com.

Dunkin’ Launches New Winter Menu
Dunkin’ has launched their new winter menu featuring comforting favorites. New drinks include hot or iced winter blend coffee and the new brown sugar oat iced latte . For hungry guests, they offer omelet bites, a chive and onion stuffed bagel mini and a Stroopwafel donut. Through February 1, they are offering $2 medium hot or iced winter blend coffees and DD Perks members can get one free medium or iced coffee.

Celebrate National Peanut Butter Day on January 24
Celebrate National Peanut Butter Day on January 24 by indulging in Breyers REESE’s tub ice creem with REESE’s peanut butter cups and fudge in peanut butter ice cream; Klondike REESE’s Bars with a thick chocolate shell and REESE’s peanut butter light ice cream; Good Humor Peanut Butter REESE’s bar with a Good Humor cake coating and REESE’s peanut butter sauce and Talenti’s Gelato Layers Peanut Butter Vanilla Fudge with three layers of peanut butter flavor.

Shaquille O’Neal Presents Shaq’s Fun House on February 11
Get tickets now for Shaq’s Fun House, a carnival and food extravaganza, at the Shrin Auditorium and Expo Hall on February 11. The event leads into Super Bowl weekend, tickets at www.shaqsfunhouse.com.

Paper8 Store Opens at Freehand in DTLA
Freehand LA will now house PAPER8, a new artwork and apparel store offering totes, tees, hoodies and posters inspired by movies. The new location is in downtown LA.

Del Taco Launches 20 Under $2 Menu
Del Taco has launched a new 20 Under $2 menu including tacos, burritos, nachos, snacks, treats, drinks and shakes and includes new menu items. The chain is also launching new stuffed quesadilla breakfast tacos and new mint shakes.

Enjoy Dry January with Betty Buzz
Actress Blake Lively has launched Betty Buzz, a new line of non-alcoholic mixers perfect for celebrating Dry January. This lower calorie sparkling mixer is made from clean ingredients and can be enjoyed on their own or mixed to create mocktails.

Healthy Eating and Drinking in the New Year

The following restaurants are offering healthy menu options for January.

Flower Burger WeHo
Change it up to a plant based burger at Flower Burger WeHo. The new eatery is offering rainbow burgers with all natural and vegan ingredients.

Everytable
This subscribable meal program offers affordable fresh food with a rotating menu of 28+ locally prepared meals, visit  https://www.everytable.com.

Gracias Madre
Dine on vegan plant based eating on Gracis Madre’s patio in WeHo and Newport Beach.

Café Gratitude
Visit the plant based pioneer restaurant to indulge in healthy dishes throughout January and all year.

Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills Offers Non-Alcoholic Cocktails
Rest from the excesses of the holidays with delicious non-alcoholic cocktails at Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills.  The resort has brand new non-alcohoic beverages featuring Seedlip spirits including a No-Groni, Long Island Nice Tea, Garden Palmer and more.

Seedlip Launches Dry January Seedlip Map
Seedlip, a pioneer in non-alcoholic beverages, has launched a new Dry January Seedlip Map for New York City, San Francisco, Chicago and LA. The map lets readers know venues featuring Seedlip’s non alcoholic cocktails. Visithttps://www.seedlipdrinks.com/en-us/locate-seedlip/ to view the map.

Beyond L.A.

Archer Hotels Launch Love, Archer Escapes
Archer Hotels has launched Love, Archer, escapes at their New York, Austin, Napa, Washington D.C., Boston, New Jersey and Seattle locations. The package includes 20% off rates, in-room mimosas, a truth or dare card game, Don’t come Knockin’ door hanger and a romantic Spotify playlist. Go to https://archerhotel.com for more information.

The Bedford by Martha Stuart to Open at Paris Las Vegas in Spring
Paris Las Vegas is gearing up for the opening of Martha Stewart’s first restaurant, The Bedford. Planed to open in spring, the new restaurant will feature seasonal dinners, holiday menus and weekend brunches.

The Dutchess  Opens in Ojai
Rustic Canyon Family restaurant group has opened a new all-day bakery, café and Burmese restaurant in Ojai called The Dutchess. Open for dinner now and daytime service beginning January 19, the restaurant celebrates local farmers.

The Snow Lodge Opens at The St. Regis Aspen Resort
The Snow Lodge, a new supper club and lounge space, has opened at the St. Regis Aspen Resort.  The new lounge and restaurant feature art pieces by local artists, unplugged concerts, a DJ and craft cocktails.

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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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