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Breadbar and Unicef
In honor of World Water Week through March 26, Breadbar encourages guests to donate $1 or more for the complimentary tap water served at the restaurant. Each dollar paid will be matched by Breadbar to benefit UNICEF’s Tap Project to provide safe and clean water for the world’s children.
UNICEF can provide one child with access to clean water for 40 days with the donation of $1. 8718 W. Third St. (310)205-0124 and 10250 Santa Monica Blvd. (310)277-3770. Other local restaurants participating in the Tap Project include Larchmont Grill, AOC, and Hugo’s. Visit www.tapproject.org for more information.
“Top Chef” at Le Seine
Executive Chef Alex Reznik, known for his entertaining culinary techniques on Bravo’s “Top Chef”, is whipping up a California contemporary menu at one of Beverly Hill’s newest restaurants, La Seine. Using meats he personally selects from the butcher, and high quality fish, Reznik creates a playful take on Jewish-American cooking. Instead of butter and cream, he uses olive oil and stocks for flavor. Some of his Kosher entrées include Bordeaux-braised s short ribs with butternut squash polenta, crispy leeks and wasabi béarnaise and a Cote de Boeuf for two. Open for dinner Sunday through Thursday 6-10 p.m. and Sat. from sunset to 11 p.m. 14 N. La Cienega Blvd. (310)358-0922.
Breakfast for Supper
Six hotel restaurants in Beverly Hills have created all day breakfast dishes from now until June 30. The breakfast dishes are offered in conjunction with Beverly Hills Conference & Visitors Bureau’s “Breakfast in Beverly Hills” hotel promotion. Nine participating hotels are offering a free night stay with every first, second, or third night booked and complimentary daily breakfast for two. Celebrating its third year, the campaign has provided visitors to Beverly Hills with more than 1,800 rooms and 12,000 complimentary breakfasts. One of the hotels, Oliverio at Avalon Beverly Hills features an ostrich egg frittata with porcini e robiola. Pair it with a colorful light blood orange Bellini cocktail. 9400 W. Olympic Blvd. (310)277-5221. For details about Breakfast in Beverly Hills, visit www.BreakfastinBH.com.
Brunch at Fig & Olive
One of LA’s newest restaurants has opened for lunch. Some of the items featured on the menu are a cucumber and pink peppercorn soup and Fig & Olive salad, New York sirloin steak or seared yellow fin tuna panini. Starting Sunday, March 27 they will open for brunch at 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. serving fig and walnut pancakes with sliced figs and fig infused syrup, South of France poached eggs with salmon and Italian omelets with gorgonzola, fig, sun-dried tomato, scallion and mushrooms. 8490 Melrose Place, (310)360-9100.
The Abbey’s New Menu
Chef Danny Elmaleh, best known for his food at Cleo, has renovated the menu at The Abbey with small plates, such as a skillet of mac and cheese with crispy toppings, chicken and biscuits with maple ham country gravy, and spicy lollipop wings with crushed, salted peanuts. The “Last Supper” daily dinner specials are $16. Known as “the best gay bar in the world,” by Logo’s travel awards, The Abbey offers a menu that appeals to everyone. 692 N. Robertson Blvd. (310)289-8410.
Try one of the Cheesecake Factory’s five new cocktails during a meal or at their Happy Hour on Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m in the bar area. Using a proprietary blend of sugar substitute and natural sweeteners, these fresh, handcrafted and muddled-to-order libations include a Cosmopolitan, Margarita, Mojito, red Sangria and Long Island ice tea. Each drink is 150 calories or less for the same amount of high quality spirits, but only half the calories. These cocktails and full-sized appetizers are only $5 during Happy Hour. 189 The Grove Dr, (323)634-0511. 364 N. Beverly Dr., (310)278-7270.
Simplethings sandwich & pie shop offers six different kinds of pies each evening offered in three sizes: cutie pie ($2.50), simple pie ($5.50) or big pie ($20). The popular pie sundae ($7) is served warm with a dose of Fosselman’s vanilla ice cream or simplethings whipped cream. Open until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturdays and until 9 p.m. every other night. 8310 W. Third Street, (323)592-3390.
Café 5901 recently opened at the Olympia Medical Plaza, offering high quality food that is healthy and affordable. Try the popular turkey avocado panini, or for a great deal, one of the classic combinations with chips and a soda for $5.49. Want a great cup of coffee? The Café has partnered with Groundworks Coffee, which has been locally roasting quality Arabica beans from all over the world for over 20 years.
“Every sandwich we make has been carefully constructed not only to maximize flavors but to keep a little coin left in your wallet as well,” said Gourmet Chef Stephen Barkulis. “And our coffee is as good as anyone’s. Come try our Chunky Monkey Latte and you’ll taste the difference.” Located in the lobby of the Olympia Medical Plaza, customers can dine and relax, or for people who are in a hurry, all items are available for take out. Customers can call ahead and Café 5901 will have the food ready to go. 5901 W. Olympic Blvd. (323)215-3000.
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