Napa Valley Grille to offer 50 cent wings and $2 Pabst on March 8

Listen up college students and/or EDD debit card holders, on Thursday, March 8 from 9 PM to 12 AM, Napa Valley Grille in Westwood Village will be selling 50 cent chicken wings, and $2 Pabst Blue Ribbons during their “Bruins’ Night Out.” Happy hour items are also available during this time including: $5 Natural Beef Slider Duo, $3 Deviled Eggs, and wines by the glass ranging from $4 – $6. 1100 Glendon Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90024. 310-824-3322.

$1,349 will get you pretty much everything but a plane ticket to the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel in Hawaii

Ka’anapali Beach Hotel in Maui, a 432 room oceanfront hotel, is offering the “Best of the Beach Package” for $1,349. What does this big chunk of change get you? A four night stay in an ocean view room, compact rental car with valet parking, lunch for two at the poolside Tiki Grill, daily buffet breakfast for two, a cooler bag, two beach towels, two bottles of water each day, hula classes, nightly live entertainment, farewell Lei Ceremony, and your choice of snorkel gear rental or the use of an umbrella and two chaise lounges for two for three days (sorry, no plane tickets). Package valid now until January 4, 2013. To book call 800-262-8450. 2525 Kaanapali Pkwy, Lahaina, Hawaii 96761.

Mohawk Bend to feature Anchor Brewing and Firestone Brewing for pint night, Wirtshaus launches ‘Stein Club’

Mohawk Bend in Echo Park will be hosting two separate pint nights starting at 5 PM on March 14 and 26. On March 14, Mohawk Bend with Paso Robles’ Firestone Walker Brewing Co. will feature a flight of four beers including their rare brew, barrel-aged, Velvet Merkin for $13 for pint night. On March 26, S.F.’s Anchor Brewing will be pouring a flight of four beers as well, including Anchor’s new Zymaster Series #1, a California lager for $10. 2141 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026. 213-483-2337.

German restaurant, Wirtshaus on La Brea in L.A. is kicking off a “Stein Club” starting on March 15. To join the club, guests must drink at least one pint of each draft beer offered within three months. Only 25 members will be accepted initially, members will receive a t-shirt, membership card, one free stein of beer per month and a personalized stein with an engraved nameplate hung above the bar. 345 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036. 323-931-9291.

Drink + Food

Taking on L.A.’s Skid Row with the owners of The Escondite, DTLA’s burger and craft beer hideout

With owners Erin Carnes and Brian Traynam


The Escondite, located in Skid Row adjacent to Little Tokyo in downtown L.A., blocks away from the epicenter of L.A.’s contemporary restaurant and bar culture. Co-owner Erin Carnes describes the area as, “a great location with a lot of history. It’s an old bar stemming way back to the 80′s called Al’s Bar (closed in 2001). People raged here – it was a celebrity hangout.” Her business partner Brian Traynam was emphatic about the location and endeared himself to all of its qualities, “it’s just such an awesome spot. We call it Skidrowkyo.” A nickname Brian gave to the geographical position of the restaurant and bar. Read More


Arya Global Cuisine opens in Redwood City

Persian, Italian, and American cuisine

It’s been four years since Arya Global Cuisine opened in Cupertino, CA – now, Downtown Redwood City will be home to the restaurant’s second location offering Persian, Italian, and American cuisine. Arya features a wood burning oven, two “wine bar and lounge” areas, an outdoor patio, a Chef’s Table, and live jazz, Italian music, and belly dancing performances on the weekends.

Executive Chef Mohsen (Mike) Hashemi‘s menu includes Borani Bademjoon (eggplant platter), Pistachio/Pomegranate Meatballs, Lamb Shank with Baghali Polo (basmati rice with dill weed and lima beans), Chicken Kebabs with Shirin Polo (basmati rice with almonds, pistachios, orange peal and saffron), pastas, pizzas, taftoon (a Persian bread) and foccacia Tabs4australia bread, and a variety of steak and seafood. Housemade desserts such as a Bumba (white chocolate case with mango gelato and raspberry filling) and Baklava are available along with Persian teas and coffee. 885 Middlefield Rd., Redwood City, CA 94063. 650-367-4939.

Susan Feniger’s Street launches seasonal menu + vegan and vegetarian options

In Hollywood

Susan Feniger’s Street in Hollywood, a restaurant focused on global foods with a modern twist, released a new seasonal food menu last Friday catering more to non-meat eaters. Curated by chef and co-owner Kajsa Alger and Susan Feniger, the season menu change features dishes like: Mung Bean Pancake with Scallion, Kimchi, and Shiitake; and Brown Rice Sushi Roll with Umeboshi, Apple and Burdock; Pea Shoots and Pork Belly with Mustard Oil, Coconut Fried Rice, and Soft Egg; and West Sumatra Beef Curry with Rice and Sweet Sambal. New sides are available as well including: Roman Broccoli and White Beans with Garlic, Chile, Olive Oil, and Pecorino; and Coal Roasted Greek Artichoke with Wild Oregano Sauce. See the full menu here. 742 N. Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038. 323-203-0500.

Photo: Susan Feniger with Taste Terminal’s Account Manager Jason Kao

Gordon Ramsay’s new casual restaurant ‘The Fat Cow’ to open this summer at The Grove in L.A.

'European inspired cuisine'

Last Friday, Eater LA reported on the opening of a gastropub by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay at The Grove in L.A. More details are out today for the 200+ seat restaurant, The Fat Cow, a partnership with chef Andi Van Willigan who worked as Ramsay’s sous chef on Hell’s Kitchen and also serves as Corporate Executive U.S. Chef for Gordon Ramsay Holdings. The menu offering is said to be European inspired cuisine using ingredients from all local farms featuring house cured meats, cheeses, specialty dishes from the farmers market, and in house desserts. The Fat Cow is set to open in the summer of 2012. 189 The Grove Dr. # O10, Los Angeles, CA 90036.

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