July Food News and Other Happenings by Shaena Engle

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Shaena Engle Brings July Food news and other points of interest in the Greater Los Angeles area.

Uncool Opens in Larchmont Village

Uncool, a new smashburger concept, has opened in Larchmont Village. The new restaurant from Blurred Lines Hospitality Co. has an open design and lots of outdoor seating in the back patio. Highlights of the menu are the unique smashburgers which can also be ordered with a vegan Impossible patty, as well as morning comfort foods, chicken sandwiches, vegan milkshakes and seasonal fruit hand pies, located at 139 ½ N. Larchmont Boulevard, open Monday – Thursday 11am – 11pm, Friday – Sunday 10am to midnight.

Clio Coffee Brewer Provides Delicious Coffee Drinks at Home

Clio Coffee Brewer and coffee pods provide delicious coffee from the comforts of home. Grounds in pods are from the hills of Northern Italy for full flavored coffee. The sleek Italian machine is easy to use and provides home-brewed beverages for less than half the price of coffee houses. At $129, this coffee brewer is a steal, visit https://www.cliocoffee.com.

Blaze Pizza Offers Free Delivery Via Postmates

Blaze Pizza is offering free delivery via Postmates beginning in July for a limited time with any $15+ purchase.

The Pie Hole Celebrates July

The Pie Hole (Arts District, Hollywood or Pasadena) is celebrating July with Firecracker Cherry Pie, made with tart Michigan cherries, and Mom’s Apple Crumble with tart apples and cinnamon and sugar. Diners can also order their Spike Your Pie amaretto whip or their delicious pie holes. Visit www.thepieholela.com to order.

Lady Byrd Café Opens in Echo Park

Lady Byrd Café has taken over the former Pollen space in Echo Park. In addition to great salads, sandwiches, pastas and other dishes, they are offering nesting boxes with fresh farm to table produce and wine and beer. Located at 2100 Echo Park Avenue, open 9am to 7pm daily.

Wave Soda

Wave Sodas bring big taste with natural flavored sparkling water beverages with a hint of caffeine. Simple and clean, each can of Wave is 85% bubbly water, 15% real fruit juice and a little dash of natural caffeine. We loved the refreshing cucumber, but the blueberry, blackberry, grapefruit, apple, mango and tangerine are all delicious, $34.80 for a 24 pack variety of flavors, https://wavesoda.com.

National Cheesecake Day is July 30, Cheesecake Factory Celebrates with New Flavor

In celebration of National Cheesecake Day, The Cheesecake Factory is celebrating with a new Chocolate Caramelicious Cheesecake made with Snickers. In celebration of the holiday, The Cheesecake Factory will also be donating $1 to Feeding America for every slice of its more than 30 legendary flavors of cheesecake sold on Thursday, July 30, 2020. Additionally, for every slice of Chocolate Caramelicious Cheesecake Made With Snickers sold July 31, 2020 through July 29, 2021, The Cheesecake Factory will donate 25 cents to Feeding America, the largest domestic hunger-relief organization in the country.

Justin Winery Reserve Tempranillo

Justin Winery’s Reserve Tempranillo is perfect for summer Mediterranean or middle eastern dishes and roasted pork. Intense aromas of cherry fruit leather, vanilla and strawberry and fruit and exotic spice highlights with a long complex finish, $45 at https://www.justinwine.com.

Pacifica Hotels Launches California Road Trips

Pacifica Hotels has launched their California Road Trips spanning from San Diego to Half Moon Bay with suggested itineraries for travelers with different interests. If booked until August 31st with stay dates in 2020, Californians receive 30% off their stay with promo code CARES. Find road trip itineraries at  https://www.pacificahotels.com/specials/the-ultimate-california-roadtrip.

Pop’s Launches Crispy Chicken Sandwich in Santa Monica

Pop’s Burgers and Shakes in Santa Monica has launched a new Crispy Chicken Sandwich, $9 for takeout, curbside pickup or delivery.

Ritual’s Essential for Men Multivitamins

Keep healthy and vibrant with Ritual’s new EFM 18+ and 50+ men’s multivitamins. These multivitamins are scientifically developed to help fill nutrient gaps in men’s diets, $30 and $35 per month, at https://ritual.com.

 

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Spago Beverly Hills Expands Outdoor Dining

Spago Beverly Hills has expanded their outdoor seating to the sidewalk along Canon Drive to accommodate an extra 18 tables, in addition to their existing patio dining. Call 310.385.0880 for reservations.

Cutwater Spirits’ Tequila-Based Ready-to-Enjoy Canned Cocktails

Cutwater Spirits has three distinct tequila based canned cocktails ready for camping, road trips or just to enjoy at home, Tequila Soda, Margarita and Paloma, $84 for a 24 pack at https://www.reservebar.com.

Sesión Tequila Helps Celebrate National Margarita Day on July 24

Sesión Tequila, with their trio of Vlanco, Reposado and Mocha tequilas, is a perfect mixer for tequila-based cocktails including margaritas for National Margarita Day on July 24. Visit http://www.sesiontequila.com for recipes.

Scratch Restaurants Offers Sushi and Pasta Al Fresco Dining

Scratch Restaurants are offering their famous Sushi Bar and Pasta Bar dishes under the stars for safe and delicious dining in Encino, visit www.sushibarla.com or www.pastabarencino.com to make reservations.

Onda Launches Sparkling Tequila Drinks

Onda has launched a canned sparkling tequila line crafted with blanco tequila from Jalisco Mexico paired with fruit juice, available in grapefruit and lime, 8 packs are $39 at https://drinkonda.com.

Nespresso Launches Iced Coffee Capsules

Just in time for summer, Nespresso has launched special coffees designed to be brewed cold over ice, including Ice Forte ($11 per sleeve) and Ice Leggero ($10 per sleeve), at www.nespresso.com.

Vita Coco Pressed Coconut Water

Vita Coco Pressed Coconut Water is great on it’s own or in smoothies or summer cocktails. A great alternative to sugary mixers with artificial ingredients, these beverages are packed with essential nutrients and come in original, strawberry banana, mango and pineapple flavors, $2.69 at https://www.target.com.

BAVA Brothers Sopressata Calabrese Products are Perfect for Summer Dishes

Perfect for snacking, pizza or spread on bread, BAVA Brothers Sopressata products are a great addition to summer dishes. Choose from spicy Sopressata Calabrese, $18, Nduja Calabrese spread, $20 or Cervelatta Calabrese ($16) at https://www.bavabrothers.com.

Cold Brew High Brew Coffee

Cold Brew High Brew Coffees are perfect for summer coffee drinking. Portable and made from Direct Trade Arabica beans, each flavor provides an elevated coffee experience. Available in double espresso, Mexican vanilla, dark chocolate mocha, black & bold, creamy cappuccino, milk chocolate, bourbon vanilla latte and salted caramel flavors, $12 for a 4 pack, at https://www.highbrewcoffee.com.

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Cupcake Vineyards Launches Lighthearted Line

Cupcake Vineyards has launched a new Lighthearted line of low calorie full flavor wine options that are 20% less calories than leading hard seltzers, perfect for pool days and barbecues. Four varieties include chardonnay, pinot grigio, rosé and pinot noir at https://www.cupcakevineyards.com.

J.R. Watkins Home and Body Care

Since 1868, J.R. Watkins has been creating potent plant-based home and body remedies for self-care. Their hand elixirs, cleansers, soaps and lotions keep skin safe and clean and their warming balm, body wash and polishes and menthol camphor relief mists help renew and heal, various prices at https://jrwatkins.com.

Bodewell’s The Shampoo Keeps Summer Dry Hair Away

Control dandruff, itchy scalp and dryness with Bodewell’s The Shampoo, a plant-powered perfect addition to your summer hair routine, $18 at https://bodewellskin.com.

Bugsy & Meyer’s Steakhouse at Flamingo Las Vegas Opens

If you are venturing out to Sin City, check out the brand new Bugsy & Meyer’s Steakhouse at the Flamingo. The new $10 million steakhouse couples Hollywood glamour and modern art deco style for a unique destination dining experience.

Nobu Hotel is Now Open in Sin City

Looking for some Zen in Vegas? Head to Nobu Hotel, recently reopened, located inside Caesars Palace. The boutique hotel within a hotel offers mobile ordering at the world famous Nobu restaurant and the beautiful rooftop Nobu Villa. To book a hotel reservation, visit caesars.com/nobu-caesars-palace.

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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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