Bru Haus’ dineLA menu with $16 lunch and $26 dinner

Offering deals to L.A. diners, dineLA is from January 22 – 27 and January 29 – February 3. With over 300 restaurants this year, first time participant Bru Haus, a German restaurant in West L.A. is offering their menu with $16 lunches and $26 dinners. 11831 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049. 310-473-2337. Read More

Drink

Klatch Coffee’s Mike Perry on winning awards, and expanding to LAX in June

Meet the Willy Wonka of coffee

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Upland, CA based micro coffee roaster company, Klatch Coffee, opened in 1993, is no stranger to winning awards. Having already won some of the highest honors in the coffee industry like “Best Espresso in the World” at the 2007 World Barista Championships in Tokyo, to San Dimas “Businessman of the Year”. Owner, Mike Perry, can now add another one to his long list of accolades. Just a few weeks ago in San Francisco, Klatch Coffee took home a Good Food Award (an award for “recipients who push their industries towards craftsmanship and sustainability while enhancing our agricultural landscape and building strong communities“) for their Ethiopian Gedeo Worka. Read More

Chef Andrew Kirschner’s Tar & Roses opening tomorrow

We reported in November that Chef Andrew Kirschner’s new neighborhood restaurant Tar & Roses, Santa Monica, was planning on opening in late November or December, well, the date is January 24. The food is described as “at once rustic and elegant, simple and complex, masculine and feminine.” The menu, like it’s namesake is a juxtaposition of extremes with Andrew’s travels to Italy, Spain and Southeast Asia influencing his cooking. But the heart of the kitchen is centered in its wood burning oven. Check out some examples from the menu. 602 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401. Read More

Play winemaker with Temecula Creek Inn’s ‘Ultimate Experience for Wine Lovers’ package series

Stay at the Inn, make wine at Palumbo Family Vineyards & Winery

Unfortunately most of us can’t turn water into wine with one touch, which is okay, because the whole wine-making process can be enjoyable. Temecula Creek Inn in Temecula, CA is offering the “Ultimate Experience for Wine Lovers” package where guests will have the chance to participate in three different wine making processes at the Palumbo Family Vineyards & Winery: pruning on February 3; harvesting on September 28; and finally blending on November 9.

Each package includes a one-night stay, bottle of Palumbo wine with engraved glasses, a two hour seasonal tour on Friday, complete with wine tastings and catered lunch overlooking the vineyards and limo transportation to and from the winery. A discount is offered when booking all three days at $409/event (two people) or $459/event (two people) for single days. 44501 Rainbow Canyon Rd., Temecula, CA 92592. 877-517-1823.

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Travel

Top 5 places you’d want to go to after visiting the L.A. Travel & Adventure Show

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Like most trade shows, there are exhibitors who sit there because their bosses make them, and there are those that actually make the experience fun. Sure, this doesn’t automatically make what they’re selling gold, but in this case, I am more open to visiting these 5 countries. Read More

JetBlue’s $39 each way sale

For flights taking off on Tue. or Wed.

For today only, JetBlue is offering fares starting at $39 each way during their “Easy-as-1-2-3.” Deal valid for flights on Tuesday or Wednesday between January 30 to April 3. Visit JetBlue.com or call 1-800-JETBLUE to purchase.

Pamper yourselves with Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel’s ‘Island Romance Package’

Five nights in an 'Ocean View' room

Spend five nights for $2,039 (double occupancy) in Maui at Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel, a 432-room beachfront resort. The “Island Romance Package” includes: 5 nights accommodation in an Ocean View room; daily compact rental car with valet parking; daily breakfast buffet for two; 25 minute massage or facial for two; one dinner for two at the Tiki Terrace Restaurant or Sunday Champagne Brunch; choice of one optional activity for two (Hawaiian Luau, Evening Dinner Cruise, Kupanaha Magic Dinner Theater, or surfing lessons); ‘Ohana Welcome Breakfast and Farewell Lei Ceremony. Package valid from now until January 3, 2013. 2525 Kaanapali Parkway, Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii 96761. 800-262-8450.

Improve your wine palate at Royal/T, Valentine’s Day specials at City Tavern

All you need is $68 and two hours to get some wine edumacation at Los Angeles Wine Tasting‘s “Aroma Training & Blind Tasting” held at Royal/T in Culver City. On Wednesday, February 8 from 7 – 9 PM, wine beginners can learn about aromas and get tips on how to develop your own nose. Each ticket includes six wines, breads, cheeses, charcuterie, chocolate truffles, tasting glass for you to keep and handouts. 8910 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232.

Chef Jessica Christensen of City Tavern in Culver City has prepared two Valentine’s Day specials for Tuesday, February 14. A cheese board with five cheeses for $18, and a chocolate board with three chocolate desserts for $16, both boards will include handpicked specialty craft brews to pair. Call 310-838-9739 for reservations. 9739 Culver Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232. Read More

The Scoop

U.S. beer shipments fall in 2011, best international airports for layovers

Drinking, eating and traveling news from around the web

  • U.S. beer shipments fall in 2011.
  • Food & Wine on America’s healthiest cities to visit.
  • NPR’s story on embracing butchering.
  • Forbes on the best international airports for layovers.
  • TLC on ten unusual uses for beer.
  • Dolly Parton to open theme park in Nashville.
  • Fodors.com rates six weekend travel bags.