Valentine’s Day through Sunday
The Santa Monica dining destination offers a decadent steak dinner until Feb. 18 for couples who didn’t get to celebrate on Feb. 14. Couples can sit back, relax and indulge after Valentine’s Day while sharing a 12-ounce wagyu bone-in steak topped with truffle butter for $59. Pair this with a glass or bottle of Portillo malbec or Aquinas cabernet sauvignon. 1551 Ocean Ave. #105, (310)395-7333.
Olympic-themed menu at Brack Shop Tavern
Head downtown to a fun sports bar to watch the Olympics while enjoying a themed menu. Now through Feb. 25, guests may order a shooter and appetizer inspired by countries competing in the games. For America, enjoy maple-battered corndogs with mustard dipping sauce and a USA shooter made with Evan Williams bourbon and honey shrub. The Mexico dish features pork mole tacos with radish avocado salsa and cotija, and is paired with the “Viva La Raza” drink made with Cimarron tequila, Ancho Reyes liqueur and kaffir lime. Other shots include the euro rail made with applejack brandy, sweet vermouth and pear liquor, and the Korean BBQ with well-made vodka, radish pickle brine, ginger and a Scotch spray finish. 525 W. Seventh St., Los Angeles, (213)232-8657.
Culina dinner and film screening
The Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills hosting a special dinner and movie event leading up to Academy Awards to benefit Lollipop Theater Network. From Feb. 24 to March 2, enjoy a three-course dinner at Culina before an intimate screening of one of the Oscar-nominated films in the hotel’s private viewing room. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by the film screening at 8 p.m. Refreshments are available for pre-order prior to the screenings. On Feb. 24, there is a lunch and movie special for $35 per person. Start with a lunch buffet at 12:30 p.m. before the 2 p.m. screening of “The Greatest Showman.” During the dinner hour on Feb. 24, “The Shape of Water” will be screened. “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” will be shown on Feb. 25, “Get Out” on Feb. 26, “The Post” on Feb. 27, “Lady Bird” on Feb. 28, “The Darkest Hour” on March 1 and “Phantom Thread” on March 2. There are just 30 seats for each screening that are assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis. 300 S. Doheny Drive, (310)860-4000.
Mr. Ping’s Noodles Shop
Celebrate the Lunar New Year as the theme park ushers in the Year of the Dog now through Feb. 25. The Lunar New Year celebration is included in the price of park admission and takes place within Universal Plaza at the heart of the theme park. Under red lanterns and stunning plum-blossom wishing trees, guests will discover the 12 zodiac animal signs accompanied by their symbolic attributes. New to this year’s celebratory event is a replica of Mr. Ping’s Noodle Shop from DreamWorks’ Kung Fu Panda. Mr. Ping himself will invite guests to enjoy his authentic Asian fare, and a selection of hot and cold Asian beverages. Also new is the Jade Palace performance stage and the exciting Dragon Warrior Training Show based on the Kung Fu Panda franchise. 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, universalstudioshollywood.com.
Gudetama-inspired menu at Curry House
Sanrio and Curry House are celebrating Gudetama, the Japanese egg character, with a special multicourse tasting menu for $29. The egg-topped meal features keema curry with rice, salad, corn soup, custard pudding and a drink. Also included is a limited edition Gudetama x Curry House beanie hat to wear. The first Curry House location opened in 1983 in Little Tokyo. This special is offered until the end of February at all California locations. 123 S. Onizuka St. #204, Los Angeles, (213)620-0855. 2130 S. Sawtelle Blvd. #200, Los Angeles, (310)479-8477.
The Dolly Llama opens in DTLA
Out with the old ice cream cone and in with the new bubble waffle ice cream cone at The Dolly Llama. This special cone originated in Hong Kong and is a popular street snack. Unlike regular waffles, the bubble waffle batter produces a unique custardy and pillow-like texture that is coiled into a cone. Select a generous scoop of ice cream with flavors that include the colorful blue cookie monster, matcha, salted caramel, horchata or red velvet. Topping options include gummy bears, pink and white glazed circus animal cookies, fresh fruit, coconut shavings, and cookie crumbles. Finish with a variety of sauces, including peanut butter, berry, Nutella and sweetened condensed milk. They also serve waffle sticks covered in toppings and a traditional waffle cone with a choice of ice cream. The full menu includes coffee, shakes, hot cocoa and a “hot-chata.” A second location in Koreatown inside the historic Western Avenue corner building is scheduled to open soon. 611 S. Spring St., (213)283-8615.
Trejo’s introduces new menu items
Trejo’s Cantina offers a new bread pudding created by executive chef Mason Royal. It’s made with assorted Trejo’s donuts and topped with dulce de leche, cinnamon crumble and house-made whipped cream. This is served at the Hollywood and Woodland Hills locations. Chef Mason is also making a traditional menudo soup, Trejo’s style. Served only on Sunday at Trejo’s Tacos and Trejo’s Cantina, it’s made with beef tripe in a chili-infused broth and served with chopped onions, lime, serrano chilies and cilantro. 1048 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, (323)938-8226. 1556 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles, (323)461-8226. 21550 Oxnard St., Ste. 125, Woodland Hills, (818)805-3165. 37 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena, (626)792-4441.
Inko Nito lunch
Downtown Los Angeles’ Arts District has a new weekend lunch destination. Starting at noon on Saturdays and Sundays, enjoy robatayaki-grilled dishes with a carbonated cocktail on tap to kick off the weekend. Menu highlights include edamame, kimchi rice, salmon tataki, panko-fried chicken, beef cheek, and a veggie or crab nigaki. 225-227 S. Garey St., (310)999-0476.
Waldorf Astoria Lunar New Year tea service
In the serene and elegant Lobby Lounge, enjoy a specially curated Tealeaves tea with canapés, caviar and Veuve Clicquot brut Champagne to celebrate the Lunar New Year. Two of the featured teas include an organic imperial oolong offering orchid notes and organic long life green tea. From 2 to 5 p.m., sip slowly while nibbling on chef Steve Benjamin’s French- and Asian-inspired small bites. Savory items include a lunar-shaped empanada filled with duck confit, shrimp egg rolls with a sweet and sour mustard sauce, and baby short ribs with lemon grass and steamed bao buns. Sweet bites include Chinese egg tarts, orange almond tofu, and Chinese cheesecake with a cherry and decorative gold leaf on top. The Lunar Tasting with Tea, now available until Feb. 28, is $85 per person. Add $25 extra for Champagne. 9850 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, (310)860-6666.
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