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    June Food and Lifestyle News by Shaena Engle

    Shaena Engle brings food and lifestyle news for the month of June.


    Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel Hosts “Drag Me to the Loews” and Launches Summerfest

    Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel is pairing with LA! Pride to present the inaugural “Drag me to the Loews” event, a ticketed drag performance on June 4 from 7 to 11pm with proceeds benefitting LA! Pride. Hosted by the famous Lady Bunny, guests will enjoy performances featuring 10 drag queens, ticket prices $45 for standing room, $75 for general admission and $125 for VIP. Tickets available at Resy.

    Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, Loews Coronado Bay Resort and Loews Hollywood Hotel are all launching Summerfest by Loews Hotels, offering the flavors of summer with uniquely created cocktails in partnership with Bruno Mars’ SelvaRey Rum. They will also offer Summerfest Cultural Safaris designed as self-guided tours to showcase points of local interest near to each hotel. Visit https://www.loewshotels.com for more information.

    Celebrate Pride at tommie Hollywood and The Thompson Hollywood

    Head to Tommie Hollywood for Pride month and celebrated with their Gay Getdown package, including a stay in a one-bedroom suite, custom cowboy hat from Teressa Foglia, private line dancing class and free Make it a Cactus cocktail service, June 10-11, $3000 plus tax and fees, book at 323.410.6160. The Thompson Hollywood Hotel is offering a So Gay The Thompson Way package a stay in the Thompson Suite, Thomson monogramed robes, a tub of So Gay Rosé cans, pool floaties and tote back from Fiorucci, June 10-12, $5,000 plus tax and fees, book at 323.410.6160.

    Experience Evenings at Glen Ivy in June

    Glen Ivy Hot Springs is reintroducing Evenings at Glen Ivy. Returning Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings from June through October, guests can enjoy extended access to amenities including mineral pools and baths and enjoy their Evenings Dinner Packages with live entertainment and wine pairings. To make a reservation, go to https://GlenIvy.com.

    Pretty Woman The Musical is Coming to The Dolby Theatre

    Big new musical. Big. Huge. Pretty Woman: The Musical is coming to LA at the Dolby Theatre from June 15 to July 3, ticket prices vary, purchase at https://www.broadwayinhollywood.com.

    No Kid Hungry’s LA’s Taste of the Nation on June 5

    No Kid Hungry’s culinary festival, LA’s Taste of the Nation will take place on June 5 from 1 to 4pm at Media Park in Culver City. All proceeds will go to No Kid Hungry. Guests can enjoy food, drinks, entertainment and games, general admission $95, tickets at https://events.nokidhungry.org/events/los-angeles-taste-nation/.

    Fairmont Century Plaza Offers New Weekend Brunch

    The Fairmont Century Plaza is offering a new weekend brunch at their Lumiere restaurant, including a special bagel tower, croquet madame and other brunch favorites. Brunch is offered Saturday and Sunday from 7am to 3pm.

    Dunkin’ Celebrates National Donut Day with Free Donut with Beverage Purchase

    Guests can receive a free donut on June 3 in celebration of National Donut Day at Dunkin’ locations with a purchase of any beverage. Additionally, Dunkin’ has launched Free Coffee Wednesdays for DD Perks Members. Members can receive a free medium hot or iced coffee on Wednesdays in California.

    Van Leeuwen Ice Cream Launches Five New Flavors

    Van Leeuwen Ice Cream has released five new flavors to be sold exclusively at Walmart locations nationwide. The brand new flavors include Grey Poupon with Salted Pretzels, Campfire S’mores, Summer Peach Crisp, Honey Cornbread with Strawberry Jam and Espresso Fior de Latte Chip.

    NORMS New BBQ and Southern Comfort Food Menu

    NORMS has launched a limited time menu including BBQ and Southern Comfort dishes including Chicken and Waffles, Kentucky Bourbon Steak and Eggs, BBQ Ribs and Kickin’ Bourbon Chicken among others.

    Whispering Angel Offers Special Queen’s Jubilee Bottle

    Whispering Angel is offering a special limited edition bottle in honor of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The bottle features an embossed platinum label with the pageant’s emblem with the rosé’s iconic angels, $28 at https://www.totalwine.com.

    Black Tap Anaheim Launches Summer Specials

    Black Tap Anaheim has launched a new Meyer Lemon Blueberry Shake and a new Canal Street Chopped Salad for summer.

    Sweet Chick’s Fairfax

    Sweet Chick’s Fairfax location will offer their special fried chicken breakfast sandwich until June 19th on weekends for $13.

    FILLO’S Launches Walking Tamales

    FILLO’S has launches a shelf-stable clean label tamale perfect for on the go consumption. Their new Walking Tamales are available in a wide range of flavors and can be easily heated in microwaves. Available for $17.99 for a 7 pack at Amazon.

    Elysian Releases Summer Dank Dusk IPA

    Elysian released their new summer Dank Dust IPA, a pine forward India Pale Ale with a dank citrusy earthy aroma, available at select liquor stores, https://www.dankdust.com.

    BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse Offers new Twisted Lemonade + Tea Flights

    BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse is offering a new Twisted Lemonade + Tea flight featuring four tastings of BJ’s favorite twisted lemonades and teas, including Ketel One Peach Bliss Tea, Tito’s Strawberry Lemonade, Tito’s Lavender Lemonade and Crown Apple Arnold Palmer, available until July 6th.

    Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens Debut Jungle of Dreams

    Heading to Vegas? Check out Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens new Jungle of Dreams display paying homage to the animal kingdom with 28 animal sculptures and 10,000 plants and flowers.

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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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