Magnolia Bakery is baking all kinds of festive delights for the holidays. Try one of their mini-Christmas ornament box or a mini-Dreidel box of cupcakes. They are also baking chocolate crinkle and sno ball cookies. Tis’ the season to enjoy a gingerbread or Rockette red velvet cupcake. 8389 West 3rd Street, (323)951-0636.
Little Dom’s Delights
Pastry Chef Ann Kirk is baking Valrhona chocolate hazelnut tortes, apple and Pecorino rustic tarts, chocolate roulade and cocoa cupcakes. These are ideal hostess gifts or desserts for one’s holiday table. Try some of her pistachio shortbread or chocolate sparkle cookies. A holiday favorite is Kirk’s festive cinnamon-orange snowflake sugar cookie. 2128 Hillhurst Ave. (323)661-0088.
Cheesecake Factory Holiday Favorite
Enjoy a slice of peppermint bark cheesecake – a white chocolate cheesecake swirled with chunks of chocolate peppermint bark and topped with white chocolate mousse with sprinklings of chopped peppermint. This cheesecake will bring a smile to everyone at a holiday gathering or as a hostess gift. 189 The Grove Dr. (323)634-0511 and 364 N. Beverly Dr. (310)278-7270.
Italian Holiday Cake
Mr. C in Beverly Hills is offering a holiday tradition of a delicious panettone cake made from flour, butter, sugar, eggs, raisins, vanilla sticks and natural leavening agents. This large cake is $45 and packaged to allow it to stay fresh for up to 6 months without the use of chemical preservatives. 1224 Beverwil Dr. (310)277-2800
LA Market Christmas Eve Meal
Start with a roasted chestnut soup with spiced cream, apple flan and jamon Serrano. Next, enjoy a Maple Leaf Farms Duck breast with celery root, date bread pudding and dried cherry chutney. This delectable three-course prix fixe menu is $52 per person and $21 for children under 12. Dinner is served from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The next day, the restaurant will serve sirloin with truffle parmesan potato terrine, pearl onion-bacon jus and a roasted apple cheesecake with cinnamon pecan maple praline for Christmas. 900 W. Olympic Blvd. (213)765-8600.
Brazilian Carnivale at AOC
Enjoy traditional Brazilian cuisine with costumes and music on New Year’s Eve. First seating is at 6:30 p.m. with a four-course dinner for $90 per person. The second seating will have a samba floor-show, music, dancing and a champagne toast. The fun starts at 9 p.m. 8022 W. Third Street, (323)653-6359.
RockSugar Offers Gift Cards
Enjoy a $10 compliments card at RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen with every $50 gift card purchased. Loved ones will appreciate a gift that offers Southeast Asian flavorful dishes. Purchase the card now until Dec. 24. Located in the Century City Mall. 10250 Santa Monica Blvd. (310)552-9988.
Try the new point break burger with a blue cheese crumble, shredded Gruyere cheese and a savory bacon and onion relish. While at Islands Restaurant, purchase a $50 gift card for a loved one and receive a $10 card towards the next visit. The gift card is available to purchase now to Dec. 24. 10948 W. Pico Blvd. (310)474-1144.
Grand Lux Cafe
While enjoying a meal at the Grand Lux Café on the bottom floor of the Beverly Center, purchase a $25 gift card until Dec. 24, and receive a $5 gift card to be used at your next visit to Grand Lux Café. 121 N. La Cienega Blvd. (310)855-1122.
Water Grill will be closed on Dec. 18, 2011 for dining room and kitchen renovations. It’s due to re-open in mid-January 2012. Kings Seafood Company is offering guests a FREE $20 gift certificate to use in 2012 for every $100 gift card purchased until Dec. 27. The gift card is available at the restaurant or online and redeemable at all King’s Seafood Company restaurants: Water Grill 544 S. Grand Ave. (213)891-0900 and Ocean Avenue Seafood, 1401 Ocean Ave. (310)394-5669.
Shutters for Christmas Eve, Day
One Pico is serving a shellfish soup with clams, mussels, white shrimp, Uni crostini, Arctic Char with Brussels sprouts, parsnips and cider with a pear tart tartin for Christmas Eve. The cost is $75 per person. At Coast, they are serving a peppercorn-crusted rib eye and Valrhona chocolate lava cake at $40 per person. On Christmas Day they are serving a cauliflower soup with Maine lobster, Chanterelles, savory cabbage, Tai snapper with mussels, clams, fennel and fingerling potatoes. Peppermint profiteroles will be served for dessert. The cost is $75 per person. On Christmas Day, Coast will offer guests a butternut squash bisque with Maine lobster, wild striped bass and an apple croustade for $45 per person. One Pico Blvd. (310)587-1717.
Healthy Holiday Feasts
M Café is offering a macrobiotic holiday meal as a gift for the mind, body and soul. Guests may order a three-course prix-fixe menu starting with a celery root soup with vanilla scented green apple and chives. The smoked tofu, pumpkin and chestnut terrine en croute is served with porcini mushrooms and a red wine sauce. Guests can select two accompaniments that include roasted winter vegetables, green beans Amandine, wild rice pilaf or cranberry-ginger relish. The cost is $70 for two people or $135 for four people. 7119 Melrose Ave. (323)525-0310 and 9433 Brighton Way (310)858-8459.
Christmas Day at Marie Callender’s
A Christmas menu includes a choice of soup or salad, then a choice of roasted turkey, honey-glazed ham, beef stroganoff, Mediterranean salmon or vegetable platter. Finish with a slice of Marie’s famous pumpkin or apple pie, $19.99 for adults and $8.99 for children. Most of the bakeries open at 9 a.m. on Christmas Day and stay open until 9 p.m. Check to see if the closest Marie Callender’s to you has different hours. Bring a caramel pecan pumpkin mousse pie to sweeten up your holiday table ($15.99 plus tin).
Bring home a brunch feast filled with eight freshly baked muffins, two breakfast quiches, fruit salad, whipped cream and serving utensils for $49.99. Pick up on Christmas Eve. Serves 8-10 people. 11324 National Blvd. (310)478-0347.