Eat My Blog’s 4th annual bake sale

A blogger-hosted charity bake sale benefiting the L.A. Regional Food Bank

Eat My Blog brings 50 local bloggers and restaurants for a charity bake sale at Pita Jungle in Pasadena on December 10. L.A. Regional Food Bank benefits from the sale, you benefit from the goodies of Coconut Milk Tres Leche Cakes from Echo Park’s Xoia to Dulce De Leche Rice Krispies Treats from Kate Wheeler of “Savour Fare” to Oreo-Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies from Esi Impraim of “Dishing Up Delights.” Eat My Blog has raised over $12,000 with the past three events. Read More

Shine Punch made with MOONSHINE

Made with a spirit dating back to a Prohibition Era bootlegger

After speaking to Chuck a while back, we now have an easy to-do cocktail recipe you can try with MOONSHINE, a corn whiskey crafted by 3rd generation master distiller Chuck Miller. Read More

Food

Where to go after a night of drinking in Los Angeles

5 after hour spots for more than just sobering up

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You know that time of night, when the bars and clubs are dialing in their last calls. When the few remaining revelers are loitering outside, hailing cabs or looking for their dreary-eyed DDs. There’s usually nothing left to do but sit down on some comfy seats or huddle over some grub while sobering up. Or perhaps you want to mark the end of the night with something delicious, gossiping over the night’s events with friends, lovers, or both. The problem is, it’s not always easy to score a good meal late into the evening, so we’ve vetted out a few great spots in L.A. to hit after you’ve had that last drink. Read More

Pay what you want at Wirtshaus

With a $15 suggested donation

L.A.’s German restaurant Wirtshaus introduces “Give Back Mondays” with a “Pay What It’s Worth” event on December 5 from 6 PM – 10 PM. Dinner will include an appetizer of sauerkraut soup followed by pretzel schnitzel with mashed potatoes, green salad with a mustard vinaigrette and a soft drink. Pay whatever you feel the dinner was worth with a portion going towards local charities. 345 N La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036.

Photo: Wirtshaus owners Bjoern Risse and Bülent Yildirim

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The Scoop

Vegas is the most searched travel destination on Bing, experts say AA’s bankruptcy is long overdue

Drinking, eating, and traveling news from around the web

TV

‘Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations’, ‘Off Limits’ and more renewed by Travel Channel

Plus eight new shows

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In addition to the renewals of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, Truck Stop USA, Ghost Adventures, Mysteries at the Museum, Off Limits, Sand Masters and The Dead Files, the Travel Channel announced the launching of eight new shows. Here is a break down of all eight shows. Read More

Travel

TripAdvisor’s December survey shows an increase in travel plans

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TripAdvisor announced the results of their annual December holiday travel survey of 2100 U.S. travelers. While it may not be representative of the nation, there is a 5 percent increase from their last year’s survey, from 38-43 percent, of participants planning on traveling this December. Read More

Details on L.A.’s craft beer garden winter event, Karl Strauss’ ugly sweater party

Two craft beer events before Christmas and Hanukkah

Statement from the website: ColLAboration event has to be postponed due to utility outages caused by the wind storms. ColLAboration Winterfest, L.A.’s mobile craft beer garden is having their last event for the year on Saturday December 3 from 12 PM – 5 PM at Golden Road Brewing in Atwater Village. Winterfest will feature a selection of holiday beers including two special releases from Golden Road Brewing. Limited edition steins will be available for $15, admission ticket not required if you’ve already purchased a glass from previous events. Beers for purchase will be $5 to $6. 5410 West San Fernando Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90039.

To celebrate the release of Josh Bernstein’s book, Brewed Awakening: Behind the Beers and Brewers Leading the World’s Craft Brewing Revolution, Karl Strauss is hosting Brewfestivus: a Craft Beer and Ugly Sweater Party for the Rest of Us on Friday December 9 from 6 PM – 9 PM at the Pacific Beach location. Guests are encouraged to wear ugly sweaters for a chance to win an autographed book and beers. For $20, attendees will receive five 5 oz. beers paired with appetizers. Additional beer taster tickets are available. Main Brewery, 5985 Santa Fe St., San Diego, CA 92109.

Photo: The Beer Chicks, authors of The Naked Pint, with ColLAboration organizer Ryan Sweeney

What do you know about lechón and craft beer?

'Pig & Pints' event at Biergarten in L.A.'s Koreatown on December 4

Now that the turkey days are over, it’s time to move on to another animal. On Sunday, December 4 from 1 PM – 4 PM, Joshua Lurie, the man behind the L.A. Beer Float Showdown is back with another event. Except this time he’s substituting the ice cream for a lechón, a whole Filipino-style roast pig. Pig & Pints will be hosted at Biergarten in Los Angeles’ Koreatown. Read More

American Airlines files for bankruptcy

Plans to continue operations worldwide

American Airlines and parent company, AMR Corporation has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy today. The airline will continue to operate normally, honoring tickets and reservations. Frequent flyer program will not be interrupted. Thomas W. Horton, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of AMR and American Airlines assured AA customers with the following statement, “American’s customers are always our top priority and they can continue to depend on us for the safe, reliable travel and high quality service they know and expect from us.”

AMR plans to restructure and to “emerge even stronger as a global leader known for excellence and innovation, a travel partner customers seek out, and a carrier that serves communities throughout the world.” The filings will have no direct legal impact outside of the U.S.

JetBlue’s ‘Look-and-Book’ fares starting from $44 each way

For flights between 12/6/11 - 2/15/12

For today only, JetBlue is offering fares starting from $44 each way with their Look-and-Book sale. Blackout dates from 12/16/11 – 1/3/12 and excludes Friday and Sunday flights. Destinations includes Long Beach, CA to Las Vegas starting at $29, Salt Lake City to JFK starting at $129, Denver, CO to JFK starting at $99. See all the fares on Jetblue.com.

Do travelers actually return for a local experience?

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Expedia‘s recent statement that London was Britain’s top European travel destination this Autumn included a list of activities that locals enjoy. The insider’s guide included treasure hunting in the Thames and visiting the Billingsgate Fish Market. While the fare is geared towards the Brits, curiosity drives the question, do people really want to go back to a destination to experience a deeper travel experience? Read More

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‘San Diego Restaurant Week’ announced

Dinner deals from January 15 - 20, 2012

As part of the California Restaurant Month initiative, the culinary coalition starts off in San Diego with the San Diego Restaurant Week from January 15 – 20, 2012. Over 180 current restaurants are participating in the event by providing three course, prix fixe dinners at discounted prices from $20, $30, or $40 (+ tax and tip). Prix fixe lunches also offered at $10, $15, or $20. Nothing special is required to dine, but reservations are highly recommended as 140,000 guests are expected during the six day event.

California Restaurant Month will be holding week long dining events at thirty destinations across California. Visit their site for information near you.

Photo: City of San Diego

Xelsis fingerprint ID espresso machine

Stores user preferences

Imagine battles with your significant other ended by a touch of a button. Espresso feuds are brushed away by the The Philips Saeco Xelsis‘ Digital ID. User profiles are stored via fingerprints on the first fully-automated espresso machine honored by the Centro Studi Assaggiatori Italian Tasters. Now imagine the machine cleaning itself, because that’s the stuff dreams are made out of. Available now at $3,199.

Drink

Noble Ale Works: a nobler experiment now brewing in Anaheim

A look at building the brewery from scratch with co-founder Jerry Kolbly

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Starting out by contracting the Dale Bros. facility in Upland, CA and brewing every two weeks, Noble Ale Works finally has their own facility. And in a way, while it might not be their intent, the microbrewery’s strict focus on quality is giving a twist on the idea of the Noble Experiment. We sent our host Jace Milstead down to their brewery in Anaheim, CA to discuss all that is beer with co-founder Jerry Kolbly. Read More

News

DNA certification to ensure ‘seafood quality’ through barcoding

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The FDA officially approved of a DNA barcoding procedure in October to ensure proper labeling of local and imported seafood. Discussions have been opened with the restaurant and seafood supply industries regarding delicacy verifications by David Schindel, a Smithsonian Institution paleontologist and executive secretary of the Washington-based Consortium for the Barcode of Life. Read More

Travel Report

Cyber Monday 2011: hotel deals

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Here is a list of Cyber Monday hotel deals from the biggest online shopping day of the year. Book early and have something to look forward to in the new year. Read More