July Food News and Happenings

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It’s July Food News and happening by Shaena Engle. Check out our where and what foodies are eating this month.

dineL.A. Summer Restaurant Week is July 12 – 26
dineL.A., the 15-day event showcasing LA’s best restaurants, will offer discounted menu prices for lunch and dinner from July 12 – 26. Visit www.discoverlosangeles.com/dinela for reservations.

Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken Celebrates 4th of July and National Fried Chicken Day
Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken’s downtown and Santa Monica locations will celebrate the fourth with their Fourth of July Doughnut, a red pipped vanilla glazed doughnut with blueberries and Fourth of July Picnic Basket with fried chicken, cheddar biscuits, slaw and doughnuts. To celebrate National Fried Chicken Day on Saturday, July 6, enjoy a complimentary fried egg on every chicken sandwich.

Vegas Chocolate Tour is Open in Las Vegas
Heading to Sin City? Love chocolate? Book a Vegas Chocolate Tour and visit the M&M World store to make your own M&M’s, Hershey’s to create your own chocolate bar and taste hundreds of Jolly Rancher and Kisses flavors, try a huge sundae at Planet Hollywood, taste Chef Thomas Keller’s new chocolates, visit the famous Ethel M Chocolate Factory and take a photo at the famous Welcome to Vegas sign, visit www.vegaschocolatetour.com for tickets.

Barefoot Releases Wine-To-Go
Barefoot Wine-To-Go is now available in easy to hold and easy to open screw cap cartons. Each carton is shatterproof and contains 3 glasses of wine with no opener required. Available in Moscato, Rosé, Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay.

Verve Offers Summer Coffee Infused Mocktails
Verve Coffee Roasters has a special secret summer menu including espresso tonic, chai beer and more.

Lucky Bird Celebrates National Fried Chicken Day with $25 Golden Tickets Giveaway
Lucky Bird, located in Grand Central Market in downtown LA, is celebrations National Fried Chicken Day, Saturday July 6, by offering “Golden Tickets” in select food baskets good for $25 on a future purchase of food.

Shanti Hot Yoga Studio Opens in Culver City
Shanti Hot Yoga Studio is now open in Culver City offering hot and unheated classes from 5:30 am to 9 pm.

My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream Offers New Flavors
My/Mo Mochi ice Cream has launched new Vanilla blueberry, Dulce de Leche and S’mores flavors to add to their delicious popable Sweet Mango, Cookies & Cream and Double Chocolate flavors.

JAJA Tequila
JAJA Tequila is the perfect addition to fresh summer cocktails, available in both Blanco and Reposado.

The Palm Hosts Lobster Specials in July
The Palm restaurants summer tradition of special lobster dishes is back for July. Head to Beverly Hills or downtown LA locations to enjoy a 4 lb. lobster dinner for two for $109 or poached lobster and filet or New York strip steak for only $65.

Back to the Roots Indoor Gardening Kits
Summer is the perfect time to grow your own organic veggies right from your kitchen windowsill. Back to the Roots Indoor Gardening Kits that pair perfectly with summer grilling include the Mushroom Grow Kit 2-Pack, the Organic Cherry Tomato Planter and the Chili Pepper Planter, available at www.backtotheroots.com.

Loaker Gelato Wafers
Loaker Gelato Wafers make ice cream, sorbet and gelato eating fun. Designed to be used as spoons, these lemon and vanilla crème filled wafers are available at all Eataly locations.

Tocaya Organica Launches New Summer Dishes
Tocaya Organica has launched a new menu with summer dishes including watermelon and heirloom salad, zuma tacos, tomatillo shrimp and seasonal agua frescas.

Le Grand Launches New Brunch Menu
DTLA’s Le Grand has launched a new modern Mediterranean brunch menu with a focus on fresh seafood.

9 Lives Wines
Lower alcohol wines, such as 2018 9 Lives Sauvignon Blanc, are great for summer afternoon drinking and wines that are easily paired with summer stone fruits and berries, such as 2018 9 Lives Cabernet Sauvignon, are great for making sangria.

1865 Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
The 2017 1865 Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc is also a great summer choice as it originates from the Chilean Leyda Valley, a cooler growing climate.

KOPU Sparkling Water Helps LA Go Green
KOPU Sparkling Water, a refreshing luxury sparkling water, is packaged in sleek aluminum cans for easy recycling. Bottled at the source in New Zealand, KOPU is now being served at The Shore and The Georgian hotels in LA.

Long Meadow’s Lighter Reds are Perfect for Summer Dining
Long Meadow Ranch has produced two reds that are light and refreshing and perfect for summer dining; their Anderson Valley Pinot Noir pairs well with grilled salmon and mushrooms and their Napa valley Merlot is great with filets, ribs and bbq dishes.

Go Get Em Tiger Coffee Shop Opens in DTLA
Go Get Em Tiger has opened a new coffee shop in DTLA, including a bright pink La Marzocco espresso machine and a vinyl graphic of historic DTLA. On July 12, from 6 to 9 pm, they will be holding a grand opening celebration.

The Rooster Opens in Santa Monica
The Rooster, the first brick and mortar breakfast spot based on the iconic LA food truck, is now open in Santa Monica.

Cono Sur Bicicleta Sauvignon Blanc and Carnenere
The 2018 Cono Sur Bicicleta Sauvignon Blanc is also a great choice for summer, with crisp notes of grapefruit and green apple. Their 2017 Carmenere is also a perfect wine for sangria, with red fruit notes and spicy hints.

Create & Cultivate July 20th Self-Care Summit
Create & Cultivate is hosting a Self-Care Summit on July 20 at Hudson Loft featuring panels, keynote speaker chef Giada DeLaurentiis, pop-ups, giveaways and more, info at www.creativecultivate.com/self-care-summit.

Healthy Summer Snacks at CVS
CVS drugstores has filled its aisles with healthy summer snacks. They include Creative Snacks Almond Clusters, Xochitl Premium Blue Corn Chips, Paqui Tortilla Chips, Siete Grain Free Tortilla Chips, Pizootz Flavor Infused Premium Virginia Artisan Peanuts, Stryve Bitlong Mesquite BBQ and Smoked Beef sticks.

The Peninsula Hotels Offer Alcohol Infused Ice Creams
IN honor of National Ice Cream Month, the U.S. Peninsula hotels are offering custom made alcohol infused ice cream and sorbet flavors in July. The Beverly Hills Peninsula is also offering a “Pink Sweet” large layered ice cream sundae.

The Bazaar by José Andrés Offers elit Vodka Cocktails in Swan Vessels
The Bazaar by José Andrés is now offering elit Vodka cocktails in special Swan Vessels for a limited time.

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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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