71Above’s new tasting menu
There’s a new way to enjoy 71Above, the top-of-the-world dining destination in Downtown. Chef Vartan Abgaryan is doing a five-course tasting menu for $110 that starts today, with options for a $75 wine pairing add on. Reservations for that luxe experience can be made via the restaurant’s Tock page.
The return of turkey ice cream
Salt & Straw is getting (back) into the Thanksgiving spirit with an all-November push of holiday flavors in both scoop and pint packages. There’s a buttered mashed potatoes and gravy option, as well as their (in)famous salted caramel turkey, which includes actual dried turkey. Also if you buy a pint this year, the company will donate one of equal value to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank through November 23.
Zinqué arrives in Newport Beach
Notch another win for Newport Beach, as the OC community earns a new location of Zinqué. The popular all-day option has outlets in Venice and West Hollywood, but expanded just a few days ago to Lido Marina Village with a full-on waterside patio and the same casual French menu.
Mexico City beer comes to Brack Shop Tavern
Brewmaster Gilbert Bjorn Nielson of Calavera Brewing in Mexico City is coming to Brack Shop Tavern in Downtown tomorrow. The company’s Belgian-inspired beers will be flowing from 5 p.m. on, along with a short rib tamal and other options for pairing.
Shade Hotel shines bright
As Curbed LA notes, the long-gestating Shade Hotel in Redondo Beach is actually coming to life this month. Almost a decade in the offing, the waterside spot will include both a rooftop lounge overlooking the marina as well as a full-on restaurant inside the hotel.
The history of pan de muerto
The Atlantic’s new localized site Citylab takes a look at pan de muerto, the Dia de los Muertos read specialty you’ll find all across Los Angeles these next few days. The extensive piece offers a bit of history on the sweet bread, as well as some options on where to find the best.
The $100 pasta test
Is $8 pasta really as good as $100 pasta? Depends on who you ask, really, but the prevailing belief in this Buzzfeed video, which highlights the Pasta Sisters against a number of upper-tier competitors, is a resounding yes.