Ray’s and Stark brunch with your dog
Bring your dog on Saturday, July 8 to Ray’s and Stark Bar near LACMA’s “Urban Light” installation and enjoy weekend brunch on the patio. Chef Fernando Darin’s brunch menu includes dishes for people and their canine companions. Sip a brunch cocktail while enjoying Darin’s brioche French toast, soft scrambled egg tartine, house-cured salmon toast and breakfast pizza. Homemade dog food is available for pets such as steamed chicken and broccoli bowls, chicken liver and brown rice cookies, and pupsicle treats. The special menu is available every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Additionally, a special menu is available on Mondays from 5 to 7 p.m. Listen to music and enjoy glasses of wine for $6 and happy hour cocktails for $8. Ray’s & Stark Bar’s full dinner menu is offered on the patio. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., (323)857-6180.
Salsa festival this weekend
EZ Production presents a family-oriented salsa music festival on Saturday, July 8 and Sunday, July 9 from noon to 8 p.m. at Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles. Fabian Otero and the West Coast Salsa Orchestra will perform, and Cristian Oviedo will lead salsa dancing lessons. DJ Charlie Antilon kicks off the free festivities, which also feature a Kids Zone. Food and margaritas will be available, as well as salsa tasting. 532 S. Olive St., latinsalsafestival.com.
From Friday, July 14 through Friday, July 28, explore the city’s diverse neighborhoods and cuisine with dineL.A.’s specially-priced menus. Special lunch and dinner menus are available at more than 300 restaurants, and while no tickets or passes are required, advance reservations are recommended. Special two-course lunch menus range from $15 to $25. Dinners are $29 to $49 per person and include at least three courses. A dineL.A. Exclusive Series special is also available for $95 per person at some of the best restaurants in the city including Baltaire, BOA Steakhouse, Bourbon Steak, Chaya, CUT by Wolfgang Puck, Ink., Melisse, Otium, Providence, Spago Beverly Hills and Wolfgang Puck at Bel Air Hotel. discoverlosangeles.com/dinela-los-angeles-restaurant-week.
Celebrate National Ice Cream Month with a “Mythical Milkshake” at CREAM. It’s served in a chocolate dipped cup and topped with a colored waffle cone, mini ice cream sandwich and whipped cream, available through Monday, July 31. 3335 S. Figueroa St., (213)742-9090.
Trejo’s Cantina opens in Pasadena
A month after Red White + Bluezz closed in Pasadena, Jeff Georgino and Ash Shah have renovated and opened a Trejo’s Cantina in the space next to the Pasadena Playhouse. The 120-seat restaurant is a new full service dining destination just east of Old Town Pasadena. It features 10 taps, signature margaritas and cocktails including the O.G., Rum Horchata, Three Amigos, Gringo, El Diablo, Tequila Negroni and Tequila Mojito. A prix-fixe, pre-theater menu is served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dishes include Trejo’s Mexican wings, street corn, steak asada, grilled chicken, cauliflower bowls, quesadillas, street tacos and burritos. The first Trejo’s Tacos opened on La Brea Avenue in 2016, and the restaurant in Pasadena is the fourth location. A fifth Trejo’s Tacos is scheduled to open in August at USC Village. 37 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena. (626)792-4441.
Summer dining at Napa Valley Grille
Napa Valley Grille has debuted a three-course, summer-themed menu for $35. Choose from albacore crudo or garden vegetable and orecchiette pasta salad with Brussels sprouts, artichokes, roasted yellow squash, spinach, grape tomatoes and grilled bacon dressing. The entrée is a small filet mignon and three grilled jumbo prawns with diced summer vegetables. Finish with a baked chocolate chip skillet cookie with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. 1100 Glendon Ave., #100, (310)824-3322.
The Lemonade Stand at TART
TART kicks off summer with The Lemonade Stand, a new outdoor bar in the restaurant’s courtyard at the Farmer’s Daughter Hotel. The new bar is open Friday through Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m. Guests can order cocktails from The Lemonade Stand while waiting for a table at TART, or mingle and relax in the surrounding lounge area. 115 S. Fairfax Ave., (323)556-2608.
Beaming opens at Century City Mall
Try an organic superfood smoothie, healthy snacks, plant-based soups and salads at Beaming. Cleanse programs are available for one to five days, or 10 and 21 days. 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., (310)277-3898.
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