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Holiday Soufflés To-Go
Make your holiday dessert special with Bistro Gardens famous chocolate, pumpkin or harlequin soufflés. They are available frozen in 4oz. aluminum ramekins for $6 each. Bring them home and transfer then into ceramic ramekins, heat and serve. To order, call (818)501-0202. 12950 Ventura Blvd. Studio City.
Complimentary wine tastings continue daily through Dec. 11 from 3-5 p.m. at the Montage Beverly Hills Hotel. Tonight’s focus is on wines created near the sea. Learn how the seashell minerality of reds and whites influence their beachy aromas.
On December 10, a Montage Sommelier will enrich guests about organic and biodynamic wines with complimentary pours. Learn about sustainable and cutting-edge winemaking practices. Saturday, Dec. 11, guests will taste Pinot Noir’s ripe cherry flavors. Reservations are recommended by calling (310)860-7940. 225 North Canon Drive.
Free Malaysian Food
Enjoy a festive Malaysian Night market on December 10 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Third Street Promenade. Sample Malaysian foods prepared by local restaurants with a special dish prepared by Southeast Asian food expert Chef Robert Danhi. Malaysian cultural dances will be performed throughout the evening. Food will be sampled free of charge between Arizona Avenue and Santa Monica Blvd. www.malaysiankitchenla.com.
New Sandwich and Pie Shop
Located on trendy 3rd Street, Simplethings is a modernized ‘50s-era restaurant and pie shop. A full menu offers creative salads, sandwiches and “mix & match” options. Pies come in three sizes: “cutie pies” are $2.50, “simple pies” are $5.50 and big pies for the holidays and parties are $20. They offer traditional fruit pies such as apple, peach and cherry. Try their strawberry shortcake, banoffee, and Missouri mud. 8310 W. Third Street, (323)539-3390.
Every Thursday evening at LACMA from 6 to 9:30 p.m., tour a specific exhibition with Maite Gomez-Rejon and then cook at a local kitchen. ArtBites offers the creative culinary, meets art history experience by offering a museum admission, tour, ingredients, cooking, recipes and wine with dinner for $100. Themes include The Grand Tour, The Gilded Age in America, South and Southeast Asia, Art and Dining in Japan, Latin American Art and Gastronomy. ArtBites is offering gift certificates for $85 and $100. It’s a great holiday gift for any food and art-loving friend. (310)396-4648, www.artbites.net.
Under $20 Menu
Executive Chef Randall Rosa at the Sublime Food Lounge is offering three rotating house-made charcuterie selections paired with cheese and house-made quince chutney for $18. The charcuterie plate pairs well with a number of boutique, small production bottles of wine or by the glass featured on the blackboard. Half-priced bottles are available every Tuesday and Wednesday evening until December 29 with the purchase of dinner. 8631 Washington Blvd. (310)287-2093.
Holiday Supper Club
Tuesday through Saturdays from 8 p.m. to midnight, The Peninsula Beverly Hills elegant Living Room is transformed into a festive Supper Club. Guests can enjoy a three-course Holiday Supper Club menu while listening to resident pianist, Antonio Castillo de la Gala playing holiday music and the best of Broadway. 9882 South Santa Monica Blvd., (310)975-2736.
Magnolia Bakery’s Holiday Party
Bring a new, unwrapped toy to Magnolia Bakery Thursday, Dec. 9 and receive a cupcake to decorate. From 6 to 9 p.m. families can enjoy free samples of Magnolia Bakery’s famous banana pudding, hot chocolate and hot apple cider. Toys will be donated to the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s Spark of Love Toy Drive. Expert staff members will offer a live cake decorating demonstration at 7 p.m. with helpful hints and tips on decorating a holiday cake. 8389 W. Third Street, (323)951-0636.
Holiday Lunch at Morton’s
Morton’s will be open for lunch from 11:30am-2pm on December 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21 and 22. Sip a sparkling Sleigh Ride cocktail served in a champagne flute while enjoying a three-course special prixe fixe holiday lunch for $35 per person. Their regular a la carte menu is also available. 435 S. La Cienega Blvd., (310)246-1501 and 735 South Figueroa Street, (213)553-4566.
Before or after a holiday dinner, enjoy some of these special holiday cocktails at various restaurants around Los Angeles. LA Market is offering a Holly Berry with vanilla vodka, crème de menthe and peppermint schnapps with a mint candy cane and the Grinch with midori and lemon juice garnished with a maraschino cherry. 900 W. Olympic Blvd., (213)765-8600.
Cecconi’s is creating a Mistletoe with rum, lime, honey syrup and prosecco and a Midnight Kiss made with Martini vodka, orange and cranberry juice. 8754 Melrose Ave., (310)432-2000.
Hatfield’s has a Butternut Squash with Moon Mountain vodka, butternut, tangerine, and Dr. Thomas’ O.D. bitters. 6703 Melrose Ave., (323)935-2977.
Red Velvet Pie
Marie Callender’s is offering a Red Velvet Dream Pie with layers of red velvet cake, vanilla cream and cream cheese icing in a flaky crust topped with fresh whipped cream and white chocolate chips for $13.99. 5773 Wilshire Blvd. (323)937-7952.
Nibble on rich fudge brownies laced with red and green sprinkles and white chocolate covered Mickey Mouse Santa cookies as you stroll down Main Street to admire the impressive Christmas tree filled with 70,000 lights and over 2,000 ornaments.
Don’t miss the “It’s a Small World” ride decorated beautifully for the holidays and the Christmas Fantasy parade with dancing gingerbread men, skating snowflakes and many of the Disney characters dressed in their holiday finest. At night when the “Believe…In Holiday Magic” firework show begins, snow falls on Sleeping Beauty’s castle. And of course there’s an appearance by Santa.
Disneyland’s holiday celebration continues until January 2. 1313 S. Disneyland Drive. www.disneyland.com.
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