Black truffles and foie gras dinner at the Royce at the Langham

Two February dinners

The Royce in Pasadena is throwing two dinners celebrating truffles and regional cuisine from the southwest of France. On February 8 and 9, chef David Féau is presenting a six-course tasting menu featuring “fresh, local produce and the finest products from around the world” with the main focus on black truffles. Dinner is $180 per person or $250 per person with wine pairings.

The second event, on February 28 and 29, features Ariane Daguin, founder and owner of D’Artagnan along with chef David Féau and Sommelier Eric Espuny for a five-course tasting menu. The menu includes game, foie gras, cassoulet, and other regional specialties from the Pyrenees, plus wine pairings. Dinner is $95 per person or $150 per person with wine pairings. For reservations call 626-585-6410. 1401 South Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena, CA 91106.

Would you eat a $100 hot dog infused with hundred year-old Cognac?

You'll need a plane ticket to Canda first

$100 can get you two iPod shuffles, a week of groceries for a small family or the Dragon Dog from DougieDog in Vancouver, BC. The $100 hot dog is a 12-inch bratwurst infused with Louis XIII de Rémy Martin Cognac ($2,000 per bottle), with Kobe beer, lobster, truffle oil and secret sauce, designed by Proprietor Dougie Luv.

But why? “Two reasons. First, the launch of this hot dog coincides with the beginning of Chinese Year of the Dragon. It also coincides with our appearance on Dragon’s Den, the most popular show on Canadian television,” according to Dougie. 1011 Granville St., Vancouver, BC V6Z 1L2, Canada.

Photography provided by DougieDog

Chipotle to offer half-price burritos for the Super Bowl

For six or more burritos using the 'Burritos by the Box' order form

Chipotle‘s “The Super Big Internationally Televised Professional Football Bowl Game Half Price Party in a Box” promotion is cutting the price of your burrito in half (if you order more than six) on Sunday, February 5 2012. To get the discount, order online using the “Burritos by the Box” ordering option on


Inside look at chef Vicente Del Rio’s Casa Azul Cantina

Authentic Mexican cuisine on the Westside


Mexican cuisine can be enjoyed by all walks of life, from your local taco stand to elevated restaurant cuisine. Now the folks of the Westside can enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine at Casa Azul Cantina in Westwood, CA from chef and restauranteur of the FRIDA Restaurant Group, Vicente Del Rio. Learning his craft from his mother and grandmother, Chef Del Rio’s authentic and traditional Mexican cuisine rivals that which you would find in Mexico. As Vicente tells us “if you go to any part of Mexico, you can find this food there.” Read More


Valentine’s Day specials at Koi, Casa Vega now taking reservations for Valentine’s Day

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, Japanese restaurant Koi Los Angeles, is offering specials from Friday, February 9 until Tuesday, February 14. The menu includes: White Kiss Roll for $22 (Yellowtail, Scallion and Cucumber Wrapped in Soy Topped with Sliced Halibut & Tomatoes with a Lemon Lime Ume(Plum) Sauce); Heirloom Tomato & Shrimp Cocktail with Sweet Yuzu Vinaigrette for $14; Tuna Caprese (Buffalo Mozzarella, Garlic Oil, Balsamic & Soy) for $16; Oven-Roasted Snapper with Habanero Dashi Salsa for $22; Trio Platter (5 Layer Chocolate Cake, Macaroon Ice Cream, Chocolate Covered Strawberry) for $15; Tres Leches Cake (Poached Cherries and Cherry Chocolate Sorbet) for $12; Champagne Chocolate Mousse Cake (raspberry bon bon and raspberry coulis) for $12; Koi Crush (vanilla vodka and strawberry liqueur topped with pineapple and cranberry) for $12. 730 N La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90069. 310-659-9449.

Sherman Oak‘s Casa Vega is now taking reservations for Valentine’s Day dinner on February 14. Diners that make reservations will receive Champagne and roses. Aside from Mexican dishes, the restaurant offers a full bar including all sorts of margaritas. 13301 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423. 818-788-4868.

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


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

Meet the Willy Wonka of coffee


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.


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


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 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

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Drinking, eating and traveling news from around the web

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  • The Dish

    Freddy Smalls: Crispy Pig’s Ear and Fried Egg

    Available now on the late-night menu


    A creation from chef Charlie Parker‘s kitchen at the newly opened Freddy Smalls restaurant in West Los Angeles. The Crispy Pig’s Ear and Fried Egg is an open face sandwich with pig’s ear, coleslaw, bacon, a sunny side up egg on top of a large brioche toast. A dish not meant for the faint of heart, is only available on their late night menu which kicks in sometime after 10:30 PM. Read More

    Fonseca Porto Bin 27

    What to drink with your dessert? This port produced north of Portugal can be easily paired with desserts from a classic Linzer cookie to a decadent chocolate soufflé. If you’re down with the the taste of rich and fruity wine, plum and mocha, with a berry aroma then the Fonseca Bin 27 might just be what you’re looking for. Besides, they’ve been making port since 1822, it’s safe to say they’ve got it right by now.

    ‘Sunday Supper’ deal at Taco Asylum, five-course tequila dinner at SOL Mexican Cocina

    Two O.C. restaurants

    Starting on Sunday, January 22, Taco Asylum in Costa Mesa, CA is kicking off their “Sunday Supper” deal. For $12 guests will get two tacos, rice and beans, and a draft beer. The offer is valid every Sunday between 8 PM – 11 PM. 2937 S. Bristol St., B102, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. 714-922-6010.

    On Sunday, February 26 at 6:30 PM, SOL Mexican Cocina in Newport Beach, CA is having a tequila and food pairing. A nice change from traditional wine and food pairing or beer and food pairing. Executive Chef Deborah Schneider plans to feature five dishes to go with Clase Azul Tequila for $75 per person. Call 949-675-9800 or email for reservations. 251 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Newport Beach, CA 90291. Read More

    Show off your love poem skills by tweeting to Shore Hotel and you might win a free room

    Roses are red, violets are blue ...

    Starting now until January 31, tweet your love poem to Santa Monica’s environmentally-conscious hotel (@ShoreHotelSM) and you’ll be entered in the “Love Poems by the Shore” contest. The person with the “most unique and creative poem” will win a night stay during the month of February. Winner to be announced on twitter on February 1. Here is our poem (under 140 characters): love cures all, unless diabetes, then insulin. 1515 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401. 800-599-1515.

    Photography provided by Ryan Gobuty, Gensler