12 Days of Cocktails at The Garland
‘Tis the season to spread holiday cheer at The Front Yard at The Garland with its 12 Days of Cocktails. From Dec. 13 through Dec. 24, seasonal cocktails are $8. Sip a Noggy or Nice made with eggnog, caramel sauce, kosher salt, whipped cream, grated nutmeg and Sailor Jerry rum. The Yule Shoot Your Eye Out cider is a boozy take on the 1983 movie “A Christmas Story.” This sweet treat is packed with apples, cardamom pods, star anise, honey, pale ale, a stick of cinnamon and Black Magic rum. I’m Dreaming of a White Russian is made with eggnog, molasses, ginger, whipped cream, cinnamon sugar, vodka and Kahlúa. 4222 Vineland Ave., North Hollywood, (818)980-8000.
Weekend brunch at Simone
James Beard Award-winning chef Jessica Largey launches weekend brunch service at Simone this Saturday, Dec. 15. Dishes include Largey’s fried chicken, oysters with house-made fixings and produce-driven delights. Bartender Kaiko Tulloch mixes five different bloody marys, mimosas, spritz and coffee cocktails. Brunch will be served in both the main dining room at Simone and the bar Duello on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 449 S. Hewitt St., Los Angeles, (424)433-3000.
‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ at Canter’s
Season 2 of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” Amazon’s charming series about a 1950s housewife turned comedian, is now available for streaming, and to mark the occasion, Canter’s Deli will be offering The Maisel, a sandwich made with pastrami, salami, coleslaw, pickle, secret sauce and rye bread, now through Saturday, Dec. 15. Additionally, the famed diner will be giving away 50 free sandwiches each day through Saturday, starting at 11 a.m. 419 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, (323)651-2030.
Swingers turn 25
On Tuesday, Dec. 18, the first 100 guests who dine at Swingers will receive a limited-edition Swingers commemorative T-shirt. They are available on a first-come, first-served basis from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. Additional shirts will be available for purchase, quantities limited. Guests will also enjoy 25 percent off their entire check at the retro diner. 8020 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, (323)653-5858.
Noël at Pitchoun!
Say bonjour to the holiday season and stock up on Christmas treats at Pitchoun! in downtown Los Angeles and at the Beverly Center. The bakery’s special offerings include mini panettone, Christmas-decorated éclairs and house-made foie gras. Yule logs will also be available to order through Dec. 20. Choose the traditional butter cream and Genoise sponge cake, or try more unique flavors such as the Mont Blanc made with chestnut cream, the Aspen made with dark chocolate mousse, or the Kauai made with mango gelée. Also for the holidays, Pitchoun! has ready-made and customized gift baskets that include Champagne, coffee and tea, dried nuts and fruits, and more. For information and orders, visit pitchounbakery.com/shop. 545 S. Olive St., Los Angeles, (213)689-3240. 8500 Beverly Blvd., #103, Los Angeles, (323)381-5328.
Sunday brunch at Puck’s WP24
WP24 by Wolfgang Puck at the Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles offers a festive brunch in the restaurant’s kitchen every Sunday through Dec. 23. Diners can enjoy a lychee saketini and specialty coffee as they watch chef de cuisine John Lechleidner and his team prepare steam dumplings and buns, roll sushi, stir fry hand-torn noodles and discover how they make Chinese donuts for dessert. The Peking duck station allows brunch guests to pack their own duck with hoisin, cucumber and scallion buns. There is also an area to prepare congee with fresh crab, veggies, oils and other traditional fixings. Try the smoky bloody mary cocktail as well – it comes with a crystal decanter for refills. On Sunday, Dec. 23, the brunch will feature a special visit from Santa, cupcake decorating and hot cocoa. Seating times are at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Reservations required. Brunch is $75 per person and $25 for children 12 and under. The price includes unlimited access to culinary stations, coffee, tea and orange juice. Cocktails are an additional charge. 900 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, (213)743-8800.
Delivery service at the Original Farmers Market
Mercato now offers same-day delivery on over 1,800 hand-selected grocery and prepared meals from the Original Farmers Market. For holiday meal-preparation, shoppers can use the promo code “FarmersMkt10” to get $10 off their first order of $20 or more through Jan. 31. 6333 W. Third St., mercato.com.
Miracle at The Everly
Celebrate the season at a retro-inspired winter wonderland at The Kimpton Everly Hotel. Miracle, a pop-up Christmas-themed bar, is now open through Monday, Dec. 31. Take photos at a candy cane selfie-station, the Hanukkah Hut or with the 15-foot inflatable Santa Claus. Christmas cocktails include the Run Run Rudolph with prosecco, gin, mulled wine purée, lemon and cane syrup, and the Bad Santa made with hot milk punch and Barbados rum. 1800 Argyle Ave., Los Angeles, (213)279-3532.
Holiday fun at Blitzen’s
Here and Now has transformed into Blitzen’s for the holidays, now through Dec. 31. The pop-up brings the North Pole to Los Angeles, complete with a snow machine, themed entertainment, a Bad Santa and carolers. The menu includes wintery food, beer, ciders and cocktails. Try the Santa’s Nightcap made with Altos tequila, mezcal, Mr. Black coffee liqueur, allspice, chocolate, dram, milk and spice, or the Oh Holy Nog made with Courvoisier cognac. 300 S. Santa Fe Ave., Los Angeles, (213)262-9291.
Delphine’s ‘Wicked’ cocktails
Before or after seeing Broadway’s hit touring musical “Wicked” at the Pantages Theatre, enjoy dinner and a special cocktail at Delphine, now through Jan. 27. Located at the W Hollywood Hotel, the restaurant’s cocktails include the Wonderful, made with Cîroc berry, melon liquor, lemon, simple syrup and club soda. 6250 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, (323)798-1355.
Sweet Rose Creamery
Get in the holiday spirit with Sweet Rose Creamery’s frozen novelty desserts and cookies. Treats include a peppermint sundae made with peppermint ice cream, hot fudge and fresh whipped cream, and garnished with peppermint crunch and fresh mint. Peppermint bonbons, featuring peppermint ice cream dipped in dark chocolate and sprinkled with peppermint crunch, are perfect for gifting. They are available three for $8. Fill a holiday tin or stock up on $7 bags of gingerbread cookies with icing and rainbow sprinkles, chocolate chip cookies with pecans and sea salt, or double chocolate shortbread cookies and sea salt caramels. 7565 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, (310)260-2663.
Soups and stew at Prawn
Warm your soul with hearty bowls of stew and soup for the winter months ahead. The coastal casual eatery from executive chef Mark Peel serves steaming bowls of Seattle fish stew filled with shrimp, squid, clams, mussels, salmon and bacon in a savory lobster broth. It’s served over a bed of rice or linguine. Peels’ clam chowder is a creamy clam broth swirled with a kabocha squash purée, clams, bacon and potatoes, served in a bread bowl. Prawn is located in the Grand Central Market, 317 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, (213)624-2378. 16 Miller Alley, Pasadena, (626)219-6115.
Japanese-style fried chicken
ROW DTLA now includes chef Kuniko Yagi’s first stand-alone eatery Pikunico, offering her unique Japanese-American-style fried chicken. Made with a batter of organic rice flour, potato starch and seaweed salt, the chicken, juicy and tender on the inside, features a light yet crispy crust. It’s served in a choice of a sandwich, basket or rice bowl with trendy salads and sides. The restaurant only serves locally farmed, free-range and antibiotic-free chicken. Open for lunch, dinner and takeaway daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Beer and wine will be available soon. 767 S. Alameda St., Ste. 122, (213)278-0407.
Le Petit Marché
A new French market, complete with wine store and café with a full bar, is now open in Larchmont Village. Spoon Singh and Mathew Cape, former owners of The Larchmont, opened the new eatery in September and hired chef Stephane Liot to prepare breakfast, lunch, happy hour and French dinner specialties. Menu items include steak and frites, moules-frites, French onion soup, eggplant and goat cheese salad, scallops, and black cod. All the meats are from Curtis Stone’s Gwen Butcher Shop, and the wines are curated by Lou Amdur of Lou Wine Shop. 5665 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, (323)380-6557.
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