Taste some wine ‘Off the Clock’ with Papilles’ Santos Uy

This Sunday

There is absolutely nothing wrong with drinking “off the clock,” and that is exactly what Santos Uy, noted oenophile, wants to celebrate this Sunday, March 4 from 2 PM – 4:30 PM, with his Off the Clock tasting at DomaineLA in Hollywood. Uy will be showcasing five different wines that inspire him and help unwind when he himself is off the clock, while paring them with savory and sweet bites featured at his bistronomy-influenced restaurant, Papilles. Only twenty-five tickets ($15 each) will be available for this tasting and are available for purchase at domaine547.com. DomaineLA: 6801 Melrose Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90038. Read More

Gourmet Sandwich Deli, Marcona, set to open March 20 on Melrose

Who says New York has to have all the delis? While taking a break from shopping along Melrose Avenue’s famous boutiques, Los Angeles natives and visitors will soon be able to stop by Marcona, an East Coast-style deli with Mediterranean influences and West Coast flare. Gourmet sandwiches will be prominently featured on the menu created by Chef Matthew Moss, such as a Merguez sausage-filled “Spanish gyro” and a spiced pork shoulder “Lomo.” Vegan options will be available with choices like the “V.B.Q,” a barbeque vegan meatloaf. And fear not, Marcona hasn’t forgotten those in the mood for a more traditional deli menu. East Coast deli staples such as a “Turkey Romesco” and a “Bodega” will be available every day.

For those looking for something sweet, New York pastry chef Janna Leone will have a selection of treats available both in-shop or by special order. Aside from the deli, Marcona will also include a small retail section, selling dry goods and fine foods created both in-house and under private label. Marcona will be open March 20: Tuesday through Friday, 11:30 AM – 7:00 PM; Saturday and Sunday, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM. 7368 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046. 323-951-9991.

Omni Hotels’ spring deals, 29% off at Trump Hotels

Omni Hotels across the U.S. is offering their “Leap into Spring” deal for 72 hours. Room rates start at $89 for stays between March 14 – May 28, 2012.

For today only get 29% off all suites at seven Trump Hotels (New York, SoHo, Chicago, Vegas, Waikiki, Panama, and Toronto). Deals are available between March 1 to April 30, 2012.

American Airlines ‘capitalizes’ on new legislation

Now offering direct flights from LA to DC

American Airlines has announced it will launch a new nonstop service between Washington Reagan National Airport (DCA) and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on June 14, 2012 (tickets available to purchase starting March 4). Under the new Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization bill, non-stop flights will be able to land in DC directly from LA – a flight plan which was previously prohibited. The new service will run simultaneously with American’s 150 daily flights at LAX, three of which are daily round-trip flights between LAX and Washington Dulles International Airport in the greater DC area.

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Sommelier Spencer Cruse to join Drago Centro as new beverage director, Haven Gastropub to offer new cocktail menu

Join Drago Centro in downtown Los Angeles as they welcome certified Level 2 Court of Master Sommeliers, Spencer Cruse to the team as the new Beverage Director and Sommelier. Adding to the already extensive wine list at Drago Centro, Cruse is introducing more approachable wines to pair with Chef Ian Gresik‘s menu. Some of the new varietals include the Timarosso (Piemonte, Italy), Pecorino (Marche region, Italy), Nascetta (Piemonte, Italy), Furmint used in Tokaji (Hungary and Austria), Tannat (South West France), and Chenin Blanc (Loire Valley, France). 525 South Flower St. #120, Los Angeles, CA 90071. 213-228-8998.

Haven Gastropub at both Pasadena and Orange locations are introducing a new “Prohibition-Era cocktail” menu featuring spirits like Earl Grey Infused Gin, Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon and more. The new cocktail menu is concocted by Haven Gastropub bartenders, co-owner Wil Dee and Executive Chef Greg Daniels. Haven Orange: 190190 South Glassell St. # C, Orange, CA 9286. 714-221-0680. Haven Pasadena: 42 S. De Lacey Ave., Pasadena, CA 91105. 626.768.9555.

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