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    Shaena Engle highlights food and lifestyle news for the month of October, 2020.


    Rainbow Pancakes Come to Sugar Factory

    The Sugar Factory in Century City has brought their Insane Double Stack Rainbow Pancakes to the menu. Served with maple syrup, powdered sugar, chocolate chips, gummy bears and strawberries. Diners can also enjoy a wide variety of salads, pastas, burgers, sandwiches and ice cream treats.

    The Abbey/Abbey Road Launch Italian Nights

    WeHo’s The Abbey has launched Italian Night at Abbey Road. Located in a charming alley next to The Abbey’s lively patio is a pretty romantic dining spot. Every Tuesday night becomes Italian night with ½ off select bottles of wine, antipastos, pizza and pastas.

    Leviathan Opens in Encino

    Chef Phillip Frankland Lee has opened Leviathan, the latest edition to his Scratch Kitchen restaurants, in Encino. The menu focuses on seafood and all dining is al fresco, open Wednesday – Sunday 5 – 10pm, reservations at www.LeviathanRestaurant.com.

    New Dog Walking App Paway launches

    A new free dog walking app, Paway, provides fun and safe dog-friendly routes, get live alerts to keep dogs safe and socialize with other dogs. The app maps out user neighborhood routes and allows owners to connect with other dog owners along the way. To download, visit paway.com.

    Fingers Crossed Opens

    Celebrate National Pizza Month at Fingers Crossed, the new Hollywood pizzeria with pizzas and a large variety of tasty pastas.

    Scary Halloween Cocktails

    Belvedere vodka is perfect for preparing spooky Halloween cocktails including a Belvedere Bloody Mary and a Belvedere Beetroot Superfood Cocktail, both recipes at https://www.belvedere.com.

    Chef David Féau Holds Staycation at The Raymond

    Chef David Féau will be manning the kitchen at Pasadena’s The Raymond restaurant from October 6 – October 10th. The restaurant will offer a special five-course tasting menu for $75.

    Le Jardin at The Culver Hotel Launches Weekend Brunch

    Le Jardin at The Culver Hotel has launched a weekend jazz brunch beginning October 3. The brunch includes signature cocktails, French classics and live music in a Parisian inspired garden setting. Saturdays and Sundays, 10am to 2pm, reserve at 310.558.9400.

    Jerry’s Patio Café & Bar Opens in Marina Del Rey

    Jerry’s Patio Café & Bar has opened in Marina Del Rey. Their streamlined menu offers comfort food with a modern twist and is available for patio dining or takeout.

    Banh Oui Launches New Pop-Up

    Hollywood’s Banh Oui is launching a culinary lab pop up with Birria from Angel Padilla on October 4th. In celebration of National Taco Day, they will be serving a collab taco including speced crispy pork belly, jalapeno pickle and red onion crema. The pop=up is open every Saturday and Sunday at Banh Oui from 11am until they sell out.

    Ojai Valley Inn Offers Work & Learn Remote Packages

    The Ojai Valley Inn has launched a “Learn & Play in Ojai” and “Work & Unwind in Ojai” packages inviting guests to revitalize and enjoy a change of scenery. Packages include kids’ school desks in guest rooms, private meeting rooms, happy hour drinks and family game nights. To book call 855.749.8721.

    Cheesecake Factory Celebrates National Dessert Month

    The Cheesecake Factory is celebrating National Dessert Month by offering $10 off when guests spend $40 or more using promo “CHEESECAKE 10” at checkout on any take-out offers October2-9.

    Radisson Blu Opens in Anaheim

    The new 326-room Radisson Blu Anaheim has opened located blocks away from Disneyland. The new hotel offers two pools and a 12th story rooftop. To celebrate, they are offering “A Magical Opening at Radisson Blue Anaheim” package including free parking, a $25 Disney Visa gift card per night and one $25 hospitality credit per night.

    Theia Opens Near Beverly Grove

    Theia, a new Greek restaurant/lounge has opened in the Beverly Grove area and is offering a new Greek inspired weekend brunch from 10:30 am to 4pm with a special Jazz Brunch every Sunday.

    Maker’s Mark launches Maker’s & Laker’s To Go Cocktail Kits

    As the official bourbon partner of the Laker’s, Maker’s Mark has teamed with LA bars to offer a new Purple and Gold Rush cocktail kit. The kit includes a Maker’s Mark Mason Jar, Maker’s x Laker’s pop socket and a Purple and Gold Rush recipe card. Participating LA bars include Berkshire House, Nickle Mine, St. Felix Hollywood, The Hollywood Way and The Standing Room.

    Ferrero Launches 31 Days of Halloween Glow in the Dark Advent Calendar

    Advent calendars aren’t just for Christmas! Ferrero’s new 31 Days of Halloween advent calendar includes treats from Nutella, Kinder Joy, Kinder Bueno, Tic Tac, Butterfinger, CRUNCH, Baby Ruth and Fannie Mae.

    Porto’s Bake at Home Launches Cake Line

    Porto’s Bake at Home has launched a new Tres Leches Milk’N Berries cake as their first cake in a new bake at home cake line. The cake debuted in Porto’s bakeries a decade ago. The cake feeds 10-12 people, $39.99 at https://www.portosbakery.com.

    Rekorderlig Launches New Ciders

    Rekorderlig has launched a new low sugar hard cider in Strawberry-Lime and Pear flavors. Each can be mixed into cocktails or simply served over ice.

    Sunset & Libations Package from The Portofino Hotel & Marina

    The Portofino Hotel and Marina in Redondo Beach is offering a Sunset + Libations Package for guests to feel pampered, relaxed and safe. The package includes oceanfront balcony accommodations, a $50 per day hotel credit, house-made nibbles and two room side made-to-order cocktails served by the resort’s Sunset Bar Cart, available Wednesday through Sunday, 310.421.4195.

    Kástra Elión Celebrates National Vodka Day

    Kástra Elión is celebrating National Vodka Day by offering vodka recipes at https;//kastraelion.com/cocktails/. The brand is the first premium sipping vodka made from olives and has a sweeter taste compared to potato based vodkas.

    CIROC Brings Back CIROC White Grape Vodka

    In celebration of National Vodka Day, CIROC Ultra-Premium Vodka is bringing back CIROC White Grape. Perfect for Moscow Mules or martinis, CIROC White Grape is crisp with citrus notes and a silky texture.

    Good Culture Dairy Products

    Looking for healthy dairy products? Good Culture provides yogurt, sour cream and cottage cheese varieties without preservatives. All products are pasture raised, creamy and with less sugar than other brands, https://www.goodculture.com.

    Sun-Maid Announces New Flavors

    Sun-Maid has announced a healthy Halloween treat alternative – their new peanut butter flavor yogurt covered raisins. New flavors include chocolate and peanut butter and peanut butter and jelly, as well as limited edition glow in the dark packaging on select varieties.

    Shaena Engle can be contacted for restaurant, entertainment and lifestyle reviews or product news at [email protected].

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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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