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    May 2023 Food and Lifestyle News by Shaena Engle

    Shaena Engle brings us food and lifestyle news for the month of May. From DineLA to Cinco de Mayo to Mother’s Day, here is what’s happening in the Greater Los Angeles Area.


    DineLA is Here!
    Reservations are now being accepted at hundreds of Los Angeles eateries for Dine LA’s Spring Restaurant Week. The widely-popular, twice-yearly program is celebrating it’s 15th Anniversary year and runs April 28 through May 12. This year’s event features an exciting lineup of new restaurants alongside classic favorites that have participated and served Angelenos and visitors over the last decade and a half.

    Mother’s Day Brunch at Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills
    Celebrate Mother’s Day at Culina at the Four Seasons with traditional brunch favorites, from 10am to 3pm, $169 per person.  They are also offering “I Am Grateful” spa treatments from May 10 to 14, with facials and massages. For bookings, call 310.273.2222.

    El Pollo Loco Promo Offer
    New and existing Loco Rewards Members can receive a free Cruncy Birria Taco with the purchase of any Shredded Beef Birria entrée on Friday May 5.

    Hotel Casa del Mar Celebrates Cinco de Mayo
    Hotel Casa del Mar in Santa Monica will be celebrating Cinco de mayo on May 5 at 6pm with drinks and bites and pairing with Dos Hombres for tasty mezcal cocktails. There will also be taco flights and more.

    Cointreau is Giving Away $75,000 on Cinco de Mayo
    The Original Margarita is turning 75 this spring. As an essential ingredient in The Original Margarita, Cointreau is giving away $75,000 for consumers to enjoy their Cinco de Mayo celebrations.  Now through May 4, Margarita-lovers can enter The Cointreau Margarita Pledge for a chance to win, courtesy of Cointreau. On Cinco de Mayo (5/5) Cointreau will be dispersing over 3,500 payouts amongst the most loyal Margarita-drinkers – those who enjoy all of their Margaritas with Cointreau.

    Cinco de Mayo Donut from Holey Grail
    Holey Grail Donuts is offering a special Cinco de Mayo donut with rhubarb, strawberries and a housemade horchata drizzle, from May 5 through June 8.  The donut is a collaboration with chef Rick Martinez.

    Skybar at the Mondrian Hosts All Day Cinco de Mayo Celebration
    Skybar at Mondrian Los Angeles will be hosting an all-day celebration for Cinco de Mayo with 818 Tequila on Friday, May 5. Kicking off at 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. will be the “Dance Yourself Clean” pool party hosted by DJ Aaron Colbert. Guests can enjoy live DJ sets, 818 Tequila drink specials, and outdoor games. The festivities will continue into the evening starting at 9 p.m. with 818 Tequila including drink specials and DJ sets all night long. For table bookings, please visit: https://book.ennismore.com/nightlife/skybar/los-angeles

    Godfrey Hotel Hollywood Celebrates Kentucky Derby
    Head to the Godfrey Hotel in WeHo on May 6 from noon to 7pm to join their Kentucky Derby Party with craft cocktails and Kentucky Derby coverage and DJ’s, Tickets at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/derby-day-la-las-premier-kentucky-derby-viewing-party-tickets-618255287207.

    McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams Launches New Line
    McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams is launching a new line inspired by the flavors of Mexico, the South and Central America. Available in Walmart stores, new flavors include dulce de leche, Mexican vanilla, fresas con crema, horchata and churro swirl, chocolate, cramel and cookies and mangoneada, $4.98.

    Tillamook Launches New Cream Cheeses
    Tillamook has launched new cream cheeses in a variety of tasty flavors, including jalapeno honey, seriously strawberry, very vegan, aged cheddar and more. Available at grocery stores.

    Flamingo Estate and Henrick’s Gin Release Flora Adora
    Hiendrick’s Gin and Flamingo Estate have come together to create Bontanical Pleasures, an exclusive box inspired by Hendrick’s new Flora Adora Gin. The box contains body oil, a strawberry and honey fruit snack, a record, Hendrick’s Flora Adora, highball glasses and a recipe card, $205 at https://flamingoestate.com.

    Topanga Social  Opens at Westfield Topanga
    Topanga Social, a collection of different foods, will open at Westfield Topanga on May 7.

    BOA Steakhouse Offers Mother’s Day Specials
    Treat mom to a meal at BOA Steakhouse in WeHo, Santa Monica or Manhattan Beach. They are offering a Mother’s Day brunch buffet with a fresh seafood bar, carvings stations and much more, $105 per person, offered from 10am to 3pm.

    Sweet Lady Jane Offers Mother’s Day Bundle
    Sweet Lady Jane is offering a limited edition bundle of their iconic Triple Berry Cake paired with a floral arrangement from Martriarch for Mother’s Day, available May 7 and available for pick up at Sweet Lady Jane stores in LA, $72.

    The Roger Room Launches New Spring and  Summer Cocktails
    The Roger Room is launching new summer and spring cocktails including new mint, pickle and mustard, and Bloody Mary martinis and fruity libations.

    Celebrate Asian American & Pacific Islander Month
    Kickoff the 39th edition of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and celebrate Asian Pacific Heritage Month with communities through music, food, and art at the Japanese American National Museum. The kickoff event will be free to the public and offer complimentary admission to the museum’s exhibits throughout the evening. Festival Cinematic Presentations will begin on Friday, May 5 in Little Tokyo. For more information visit festival.nvmedia.org.

    Panda Express Debuts New Spicy Wagyu Beef Dumplings
    Head to Panda Express for their new spicy Wagyu beef dumplings, made from 100 percent Wagyu beef and tossedwith kale and onions.

    The Ruby Fruit Launches Lunch Service
    The Ruby Fruit in Silverlake is now serving lunch Tuesday through Friday from 11am to 3pm including breakfast sandwiches, salads and bowls.

    Newport Beach Wine Festival
    The Newport Beach Wine Festival will be held May 26 through 28 and feature a dinner, evening speakeasy and Grand Tasting.  Held at the LA Balboa Bay Resort, tickets at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/newport-beach-wine-festival-aka-newport-beach-wine-spirits-festival-tickets-602968704627

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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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