Wolfgang Puck Opens all-day Ospero

Located at the former House of Blues site on the Sunset Strip, Wolfgang Puck recently opened his new all-day restaurant Ospero at the new boutique hotel, Pendry West Hollywood. The entrance is at street level, looking out to the Comedy Store, and is within blocks of his first Spago restaurant that he opened in 1982.

It’s been over 10 years since Puck, one of L.A.’s most famous chefs, has opened a restaurant. Puck became a household name for his award-season dinner parties, one-of-a-kind restaurants around the world, popular airport eateries and a line of culinary delights available at grocery stores.

Sit outside in the afternoon and watch the people and cars go by on Sunset Boulevard. In the evening, if you seek a quieter spot, ask to sit at the back of the restaurant on the al fresco dining terrace. The twinkling lights of the residences at the Pendry and views of greater Los Angeles are beautiful.

At Ospero there is a long dark blue bar and an open pizza kitchen. The low, soft leather teal-colored chairs resting on the Saltillo tile floor create an Italian trattoria feel.

Step into the lobby of the Pendry Hotel in West Hollywood and push the elevator to the 3rd floor to dine at Ospero.

We sat at a table for two at one of the coveted green velvet banquette tables and opened the dinner menu on our smartphones. Ospero features some neighborhood-friendly favorites that Puck made so popular during his days at Spago. There are iconic and innovative salads, pastas and wood-burning pizzas. Ospero also offers vegan dishes, proteins, a really good burger, breakfast favorites, grab-and-go items and a full bar.

We started with Puck’s chopped Chino Farm vegetable salad that our server had the kitchen split into two bowls. It was a generous portion of chopped lettuce with a variety of crunchy cube-shaped vegetables dressed lightly with a balsamic vinaigrette and dusting of parmesan cheese shavings. The salad was very fresh, healthy-tasting and offered layers of pleasing flavors.

Other popular salads and share dishes include a grilled tuna niçoise salad with a soft-boiled egg and meatballs al forno, bathed in a tomato, garlic and basil sauce with whipped ricotta.

Puck’s signature smoked salmon pizza with dill cream and salmon pearls is on Ospero’s menu, along with five others, including a wild mushroom pizza that we ordered and enjoyed. It arrived with Puck’s famous crust, thick and perfectly browned by the wood fire. A generous sprinkling of mushrooms topped a basil pesto spread, and chopped roasted garlic, caramelized onions and melted cheese medallions finished off the pizza.

Other pizzas include a house made lamb sausage with Calabrian chiles, mushrooms and onions; a spicy chicken with melted leeks; and a squash blossom and goat cheese pizza.

The Pendry displays one-of-a-kind art

There are four different pastas, including one named My Grandmother’s Cheese Ravioli, and fresh pappardelle with braised oxtail ragout and fava beans topped with pecorino cheese.

Those seeking grilled fish have a choice between Atlantic salmon served with a fresh arugula and fennel salad on top, or a tender wood oven cooked branzino served with a delicious gremolata and Tuscan kale.

The table next to us ordered the prime beef burger topped with melted white cheddar cheese, a slice of grilled red onion and garlic aioli spread on the bun which comes with fries.

Other proteins include a half Jidori chicken served with Tuscan potatoes and broccolini, and a grilled prime skirt steak served with rosemary and garlic fries.

Stay for dessert and order the creamy Basque cheesecake topped with a farmers market strawberry sauce and the pie of the day. Both are ethereal, rich and is sliced large enough for two to share.

Executive chef Mark Andelbrandt oversees the kitchen with Puck and has enjoyed an extensive culinary resume with the Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group. Besides being the executive chef at Spago at the Bellagio Resort & Casino, he works alongside Puck to create one-of-a-kind globally influenced fare.

Now he is managing the kitchens at both Ospero and the more exclusive Merois, which offers stellar views from the Pendry’s penthouse level, creating a fine dining menu using French techniques with an Asian spin.

The night I dined at Ospero, Merois was just opening to hotel guests and private club members. I’ll have to save that experience for another night. Puck’s son, Byron Lazaroff-Puck, oversees both of these restaurants.

Come in for breakfast at Ospero starting at 7 a.m. Lunch service begins at 11:30 a.m. The grab-and-go and pizza menus are available between lunch and dinner. Dinner is served nightly starting at 5 p.m. $$ 8430 Sunset Blvd., (323)918-3420.

This review was featured in the Beverly Press – https://beverlypress.com/2021/05/wolfgang-puck-opens-all-day-ospero/

Gluten-free Pasta by CAULIPOWER

CAULIPOWERthe makers of America’s #1-selling cauliflower crust pizza, now debuts a delicious Cauliflower Pasta, that is available in frozen food aisles near you. 

CAULIPOWER uses the power of fresh vegetables to make healthier, easier versions of the food you crave – pizza crust, pasta, tortillas, rice cauliflower, chicken tenders, and sweet potaTOASTS.

Their products taste like the food you crave, especially their new Cauliflower Pasta. My friends at the plant-forward company sent me a creative pasta box filled with everything I needed to make one of the best pasta dishes ever.

They make two varieties of pasta – Linguine and Pappardelle. Each one provides 1/3 cup of veggies per serving. 

It’s a gluten-free pasta that offers the LOWEST calorie pasta at retail (dry, refrigerated, & frozen) with just 230 calories per serving. Made without artificial colors, flavors or preservatives, each serving has 48% more fiber than traditional pasta, half the amount of sugar, and zero added sugar.

At $5.99, these delicious plant-based pastas feed your whole family in about three-minutes of cooking time.

Health conscious, food sensitive and vegetarians eaters can finally enjoy their favorite foods – cheesy, melty pizza, crispy chicken tenders, sweet and savory ‘toast’, soft tortillas, delicious riced cauliflower bowls, and frozen cauliflower pasta.

CAULIPOWER’s Cauliflower Pasta is available nationwide on Amazon, as well as in the freezer aisle of select retailers across the country including Shoprite, Fresh Thyme, Fresh Direct, and Jewel. The product will be also available at Walmart at the end of September, and in more than 14,000 stores including Gelson’s, Big Y, Dierbergs, and Kroger by the end of 2021.

10 Cinco de Mayo Fiestas at Home & in LA

Still unsure of what to do tonight or where to go to celebrate Cinco de Mayo outside, indoors or in the comfort of your own home?

Here are 10 suggestions for a Cinco de Mayo Fiesta tonight:

  1. Cutwater Tequila Margarita in a Can

If you can make a good margarita at home, go for it! Or go to the grocery store or Target and pick up a 4-pack of Cutwater Tequila Margarita. It’s the next best thing! It doesn’t have artificial sweeteners, an aftertaste or tastes to sugary. I love it’s floral aroma with a smooth finish. CUTWATER makes a house-made mix of tart lime juice, a pinch of pure cane sugar, and a hint of orange.

2. Cinco del Mayo party kit at Gracias Madre

Have your Cinco de Mayo celebration at home, the beach or nearby park with Gracias Madre’s new Cinco de Mayo party kit. Inside are four canned margaritas, guacamole, salsa and chips, deconstructed Jackfruit taco kit, esquites (corn off the cob), and a mini bottle of mezcal. The cost of this kit is $100 (a $240 value), and pre-orders are available today for this organic, plant-based fiesta. Go online. 8905 Melrose Ave., (323)978-2170.

3. Pink Taco celebrates Cinco de Mayo 

The May 5 fiesta is decorated for guests to enjoy Mexican food classics, tasty margaritas, and great music. Drink options include a Cadillac margarita, frozen mango margarita and shots of Casamigos or Patrón. Seating is available on the extended outdoor patios and in the cantina a lively dining experience. 8225 Sunset Blvd., (323)380-7474.

4. Socalo Cinco De Mayo

Celebrated chefs Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken invite local Los Angelenos to celebrate Cinco de May by offering $5 tacos, $5 beers, and cocktail specials and Mexican wines ranging from $8 to $10 all day. This fiesta special is for dine-in only. The regular menu will also be available for dine-in, takeout and delivery. Lunch is available at the walk-in counter service. Dinner reservations are available for indoor and outdoor patio seating from 4 to 8 p.m. 1920 Santa Monica Blvd., (310)451-1655.

5. Tallula’s Cinco De Mayo Fiesta

Chef Brad Long is cooking up Cinco de Mayo specials that include  Linda’s classic taco platters made with grass-fed ground beef in hard shell tacos; poblano chile rellenos and seasonal ceviche. Drink specials include prickly pear margaritas, mini margarita flights and mezcal flights. For those staying at home, pick up the ‘Ultimate Party Pack’ for $185. It’s a heat and serve package that feeds 4 to 6 people and includes nachos; Linda’s classic taco kit, half dozen organic chicken enchiladas, family-size Caesar salad, organic rice pudding and a large bottle of margaritas. There are some à la carte options too, like chips, guacamole and salsa, large bottles of hibiscus margaritas or spicy mezcal margaritas. The deadline to pre-order is Monday, May 3 at 5:00 p.m. Curbside pickup available on May 5 from 12 to 4 p.m. There are limited to-go orders placed on Cinco De Mayo. Tallula’s is only accepting direct phone orders or online takeout/delivery through the Rustic Canyon Family app and ChowNow. E-mail events@tallulasrestaurant.com. Make a reservation to enjoy indoor and outdoor dining at Tallula’s from 4 to 10 p.m. 118 Entrada Drive, (310)526-0027. 

6. Cinco de Mayo at El Torito

El Torito’s founder, Larry Cano was a pioneer in delivering Mexican cuisine to Southern California. He always celebrates Cinco de Mayo by serving delicious Mexican food, and El Torito’s famous margaritas and imported bottled beer, along with live mariachi bands and DJs (where county guidelines permit). On May 5, El Torito is offering a build-your-own taco bar where guests are served by El Torito staff. The party starts at 3 p.m., and seating is available indoors and outdoors. Margarita and taco stations are set up for guests to order their preferred beverages and tacos conveniently. 13715 Fiji Way, (310)823-8941 and 3360 Ocean Park Blvd., (310)450-8665.

7. Nueva Cinco de Mayo

Celebrate on May 5, all day at Nueva with chefs Vartan Abgaryan and Mesraim Llanez, as they present their cantina menu with south-of-border cocktails and agaves. The fiesta begins at 12 p.m. to 11 p.m., with a variety of frozen margaritas including cilantro and nasturtium, and pineapple-infused Aperol. There is also a rotating selection of sparkling, rosé, white and red wines from Mexico, and non-alcoholic beverages. Select one of the many ceviches, including a seafood coctel or vegan ceviche. Nueva’s tacos include roasted heirloom carrot; falafel tacos; tempura sea bass; Mediterranean octopus; chicken tinga; and a pork belly chicharron taco. Salads include a smokey Caesar and a colorful street cart salad with mango, pineapple, jicama, cucumber, radish, and lime. Larger plates include yellow corn mole (vegan) with roast squash; wood-grilled branzino; Mary’s free range roasted half chicken; and a grilled 16oz bone-in prime rib eye with roasted vegetables. Neuva also offers a children’s menu. Sit out on two outdoor dining patios or inside the dining room. Takeout and curbside pick-up is available. Delivery is through Doordash. 822 Washington Blvd., (310)747-6050.

8. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at SOL Mexican Cocina

The Baja-inspired restaurant is offering an exclusive menu just for Cinco de Mayo that is available for dine-in only from 3 p.m. to close. Menu highlights include guacamole; chorizo and mushroom con queso; taco “vampiro” asada made with double tortilla stuffed with carne asada, melted cheese, serrano chiles, scallions, guacamole, pico de gallo, chipotle sauce, and topped with cotixa. Taco plates offer a choice of two sides, including black beans, red rice, quinoa salad, or spicy slaw. Enjoy with SOL’s specialty margaritas made with fresh citrus juice, along with bottled Mexican beer and tequila shots. To-go orders can be placed over the phone. Online ordering will not be available during the day. 12775 Millennium Dr #160, (424)289-0066.

9. Lanea Cocktail Bar Cinco de Mayo

On May 5, enjoy all-you-can-eat street tacos and two Cazadores cocktails for $20. Starting from 4 to 9:30 p.m., Lanea’s signature tacos include lamb wrapped in agave leaves and pit-roasted underground for 36 hours. There is also grilled steak and chicken; shrimp topped with mango, green and red peppers and avocado; a spinach and mushroom taco; and a vegan Beyond Meat taco. All tacos are handmade to order on 100% gluten-free corn tortillas and most are served with guacamole, cilantro, and onion. This special meal has a 60-minute table limit. For those who don’t select this special, sip an $11 margarita and a la carte taco starting at $2.50. 217 Broadway, (424)265-7437.

10. Crack open a “MACHETE” CERVEZA. Actor and humanitarian Danny Trejo now has a new distinctive black and gold Mexican style lager. Trejo’s Cerveza was only available in the Los Angeles area through retailers including Bevmo, Whole Foods, Ralphs and Total Wine. Now all over California and AZ, It’s bold, cool, and distinctive taste can be enjoyed at home to pair with mild to spicy food, and in a Michelada. Per Trejo and Burbank’s Lincoln Beer Company, the hops have been dialed back to make the beer smoother and less bitter than most Mexican style lagers. Lincoln Beer Company was established in 2016.  As an innovator and producer of fine ales and lagers, the brewery strives to match groundbreaking flavor with flawless execution.

“I’m excited to share the taste of Trejo’s Cerveza with Californians everywhere,” said the Trejo’s Tacos Founder. “We’ve been working on increasing our production capacity and it’s been enjoyed all over LA. But the time has come and we’re ready for so many more people to give it a try.”

Wine Warehouse carries it in 16 oz, 4 pack cans. It is also available in Arizona by Arizona Beer & Cider.

The Beyond Burger Pop-Up in LA

This weekend Beyond Meat is unveiling their newest Beyond Burger® at The Beyond Burger Mobile Pop-Up in Los Angeles and five other cities (Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Miami, and New York) on Saturday, May 1 and Sunday, May 2 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Exclusive Taste of the new and healthier Beyond Burger

Fans throughout the country can get a sneak peek to taste the new Beyond Burger for FREE before it enters grocery stores coast to coast during the week on May 3. Visit one of the exclusive mobile pop-ups on Saturday, May 1st and Sunday, May 2nd from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m, while supplies last at:

●        Los Angeles (The Brig, 1525 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291)

●        Chicago (Pioneer Court, 401 Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611)

●        Dallas (Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rodgers Fwy, Dallas, TX 75201)

●        Atlanta (Piedmont Park (Greystone), 400 Park Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30309)

●        Miami (LAB Miami, 400 NW 26th St, Miami, FL 33127)

●        New York City (Barclay’s Center, 620 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217)

The new Beyond Meat is meatier, juicier, and more sustainable. The vegan patty contains fewer calories and 35% less fat and saturated fat compared to traditional 80/20 beef, yet is still full of flavor.

Beyond Meat’s brand new Beyond Burger will be sold in a 2-pack, the brand’s first-ever value 4-pack (MSRP: $9.99) and in a 1lb. Beyond Beef pack. 

Beyond Meat’s announced the establishment of the Plant-Based Diet Initiative Fund at the Stanford University School of Medicine to create a repository of cutting-edge research that will help drive and inform future breakthrough product innovation to advance human health.

Visit Beyond Meat’s store locator to find the new Beyond Burger and other Beyond Meat products at a store near you.

New Talenti Layer & Gelato Flavors

Talenti recently launched four new Gelato Layers flavors, inspired by beloved childhood treats. The new creative flavors include Confetti Cookie featuring layers of Talenti’s signature vanilla gelato, with vanilla cookie pieces, pink frosting, and rainbow sprinkles. Strawberry Shortcake combines five layers of strawberry gelato with shortbread pieces and tart strawberry rhubarb sauce. Cookies and Cream features both cookies & cream and vanilla gelato and layers of Talenti’s signature sweet dulce de leche and pieces of chocolate cookies and cookie crumbs. Chocolate Pretzel combines salty pretzel and vanilla gelato bases with crunchy waffle cone pieces, and a salted pretzel sauce swirled throughout for the perfect balance of salty and sweet in every spoonful..

The best-selling gelato brand in the U.S. has two new flavors to its Gelato line – Honey Graham Gelato made with a rich and creamy vanilla gelato and a drizzle of sweet wildflower honey. Real golden graham cracker pieces are mixed in for a textured crunch. Peanut Butter Vanilla Swirl Gelato combines Talenti’s signature vanilla gelato with a creamy roasted peanut butter swirl and real mini peanut butter cups mixed in throughout.

Talenti was featured in the Beverly Press on January 21, 2021.

Spill Your Heart Out Valentine’s Cake

Celebrity chef Zac Young is thrilled to share his new interactive ‘Spill Your Heart Out Cake’ for couples and families to enjoy on Valentine’s Day.

This fun and easy, DIY expression of love can be enjoyed throughout the week. Imagine layers of devil’s food cake, with chocolate mousse and frosted in strawberry cheesecake. Then the cake has a separate rosé champagne glaze and festive sprinkle mix. Put it into the ring on top of the cake, remove the ring, and watch the sparkly glaze flow. Young likes to call it a literal outpouring of love.

Click here to watch how to DIY. This The cake feeds six people (or one or two with plenty of leftovers) and is available for nationwide shipping on Goldbelly for $99. 

Healthy Body, Health Skin in 2021

Since cold and flu season is upon us, here are some comforting products that will help you stay healthy, keep you hydrated and boost your immune system.

PROTECT YOURSELF

Eczema Honey Well-Being Kit helps you prepare for cold & flu season. Inside is a reusable face covering, a pair of cotton gloves, and a travel size hand sanitizer. The reusable and washable face covering is triple layered, made in the USA with 100% cotton on the outside and features a pleated polyester layer in the center. Eczema Honey Premium Cotton Gloves are a super comfortable way to provide a barrier between your skin and the environment. To soften your hands put Eczema Oatmeal Hand Cream on and then the gloves. Keep them on for 10 minutes or more to see a difference in softness, suppleness and youthful looking hands. The hand sanitizer is a simple and convenient to use as an antiseptic rub anytime you are out and about. The fragrance-free gel formula comes in a convenient size of 2 oz. for use anywhere you need it. Available online and at CVS.

You can have clean hands, a clean environment, and a clean conscience with Eco Gloves. This company is the first to offer biodegradable and compostable gloves, making them the world leader in providing eco-friendly hand protection solutions. Eco Gloves are made with premium vegetable-based ingredients that make them not only better for the environment, but also more durable for you. These can be used when out and about, and to moisturize your hands when you put on your favorite hand cream and then Eco Gloves. Buy online or Amazon.

BATH TIME

Country Bathhouse Head Relief Bath Soak offers those dreamy bath soaks with a blend of healing essential oils together with Epsom Salt. Head Relief brings the aromatherapy of peppermint, lemon, and clove together to help relieve sinus pressure and reduce headache pains. Sprinkle into the water stream to create the best soaking experience. 

Kush Queen Bath Bombs are a millennial-owned brand that first made a name for itself on Instagram, where the founder went viral in 2015, amassing three million followers, mostly women. Then in 2020, Kush Queen became the largest seller of CBD infused bath bombs in the nation. They’re sold at thousands of spas, dispensaries, and hotels. Chicago Viceroy stocks every room with Kush Queen’s handmade bath bombs using powerful blends of essential oils and 200mg to 1,000mg of CBD. Longtime celebrity fans of Kush Queen include Lady Gaga and Viola Davis! In 2019, Kush Queen’s has donated thousands of dollars and hours to BYP100 and Asylum Connect, which fights to save LGBTQIA+ who need to escape violence. Bath Bombs start under $10.

TEA TIME

JAF Tea

Keep your pantry stocked with delicious fresh teas this winter. From leaf to cup JAF Tea has spent the last 75 years perfecting the art of tea cultivation, and are known as the maker of the world’s purest single origin Ceylon Teas that are affordably around the globe. Each batch begins in the beautiful highlands of Sri Lanka where the unique agricultural climate results in 365 days of peak growth and teas that range from robust and full-bodied to floral and delicate.  From there the leaves are hand-plucked, thoroughly taste tested, and packaged locally to not only preserve the freshness of the leaves, but to also support the growers and their communities. JAF Tea’s unique gift sets are available on Amazon for under $20.

WELLNESS

S.M.A.R.T. Vegan Immune Boosting Elderberry Syrup

S.M.A.R.T. Vegan’s Immune Boosting Elderberry Syrup Kit is your natural solution to combating cold and flu symptoms. This immune boosting formula is made up of all natural ingredients including Elderberries, Arrowroot, Cinnamon, Cloves, Ginger, Thyme, Red Clover, Blessed Thistle and Rosemary. S.M.A.R.T Vegan recognizes the power of keeping their community safe. That’s why the brand prides themselves on providing the best possible products for their consumers during cold and flu season. Price: $24.99

*New* Hydralyte Plus Immune System Boost Electrolyte Powder offers more Vitamin C than 10 oranges, and contains no artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners. This scientifically-backed and doctor-approved immune booster serves as a daily defense for the whole family. It’s enriched with the immune boosting powerhouse, elderberry, and offers a balance of electrolytes and glucose for fast rehydration. Also Hydrolyze instantly dissolves without stirring. Available for purchase at Amazon, CVS and Walmart.

Stay healthy with Keto-BEAM a micronutrient and electrolyte support liquid that gives your immune system a fighting chance with a 1-2-3 Punch.  ONE: Provide support to cellular nutrition, giving your whole system the energy necessary to fight disease. TWO: Provide the tools your body needs to rid itself of toxins and bio-waste, like having a 24-hour a day cleaning service. THREE: Provide both in a 100% bioavailable liquid format and you have just given yourself a fighting chance against health challenges like the flu. I really like their Insta-Lytes: Electrolyte Misting Spray. Just spray it on and the electrolytes in Insta-Lytes start working to soften cramps, soothe body aches, clear lactic acid and detox the cells.

Droplet, Krispy Rice + Su-SHE Talks

During the month of February, Krispy Rice customers who purchase a Valentine LTO box from select L.A. locations (Downtown L.A., Glendale, Brentwood, and Santa Monica areas) will receive a complimentary Droplet, a line of sparkling, stress-balancing beverages made with organic adaptogens. This special is available with each order while supplies last.

Droplet CEO Celeste Perez and sbe premium sushi delivery Krispy Rice collaborated to add some fun for those staying #saferathome. Perez is the first female business owner featured on the new IGTV series, Su-SHE. Talks. The show features inspiring women in the culinary field, who will share their stories, goals and challenges they’ve overcome. The series officially kicks off tomorrow Tuesday, February 2nd at 10am PST.

Launched March 2020, Droplet utilizes the healing benefits of adaptogens to help you fight stress and feel balanced. Droplet is based in Los Angeles and is WOC-owned and operated.

Last night I received Droplet’s Pretty Bright flavor, made with the super antioxidant Yuzu, a fresh kick of Ginger, and immunity-boosting Reishi mushroom. Pretty Bright was delivered with a clear glass container of Kitaro Jungin sake and a festive Krispy Heaven Krispy Rice’s bento box. There was also a a colorful pink card with step-by-step instructions on how to make a sake bomb and yuzu – sake spritz with Droplet.

The beautifully designed Droplet cans were developed by an all-female team of designers and the stress balancing beverage by food scientists. Use code SUSHETALKS for 20% off your first Droplet order by visiting Drink Droplet to redeem. There is free shipping on all orders.

Each month as part of the series, Krispy Rice will spotlight someone new. Following Celeste, Su-SHE Talks will feature Andrea McBride of McBride Sisters Collection and Rana Lustyan of Edoughble. In addition to featuring these emerging female powerhouses on IGTV, Krispy Rice will offer their customers each participants’ product during the month they are featured.

Twoheys Carhop Service

When Jack and Jean Twohey opened the first Twohey’s Restaurant on Arroyo Parkway in Pasadena, CA, a bottle of Coco-Cola cost 5 Cents, a new car sold for around $900, and to fill it up cost 15 cents a gallon.

Twoheys offers curbside service

Just a short drive from Hollywood, Twoheys was a favorite hang out for Hollywood legends Cary Grant, Mickey Rooney and Bill Murray. They drove to the San Gabriel Valley area to enjoy a specialty hamburger, onion rings, and hand-dipped fountain beverage.

Their logo of a man with a close pin on his nose is ‘Stinko’. According to co-owner Tanya Christos, a man sat at a counter and ordered a hamburger with just onions and pickles. When it arrived there was a generous amount of onions and pickles stacked between the bun. A lady sitting next to him muttered, “Oh stinko!” and when the staff and owners overheard her, they got the idea to make ‘Little Stink-o’ into the logo of Twoheys trademark.

In 1955, Twoheys relocated to the corner of Huntington Drive and Atlantic Blvd. in Alhambra, CA, offering American diner food and carhop style service. The restaurant became a popular destination for both young and old alike. When the Twohey family passed ownership to a local Pasadena family in 1997, the family promised to continue to preserve the traditional menu items that has attracted generations of loyal customers.

Now, after 75 years, Twoheys renovated a space in South Pasadena on Fair Oaks. The new look is modern and clean with a retro vibe, featuring a full bar, two outdoor patios, a soda fountain counter and designated parking carhop service.

I was able to chat by phone with Tanya Christos about the new location. “We opened in October, 2020 and everyone who came in to dine were so grateful and happy we opened.” I learned they did a soft opening and in less than two months the word got out and the outdoor patio was filled with diners. “Little did we know when we took over the lease, the outdoor patios with 90 seats would be essential during the pandemic,” said Christos. Since South Pasadena is part of LA County, they had to closed their outdoor dining towards the end of 2020. “The state is under so much pressure for restaurants to reopen, we just hope numbers continue to come down, and we can offer sit down service again to our customers.”

“We had to incorporate new dining concepts, takeout and delivery, and were forced to get creative with Family Meal Kits, Cocktails to go, and carhop service,” said Christos. “We have 6 parking spots to bring out curbside delivery during breakfast breakfast, lunch and dinner.” Just call in your order 30 minutes in advance and call the restaurant again upon arrival. Tell them which parking spot number you are at, and your order will be delivered on a classic carhop tray if requested, or in a bag to take home.

Ordering their family meal packs, we received meatloaf for my 88 year old father and a roast turkey dinner for my husband, daughter and me. Both were served with garlic mashed potatoes, carrots and green beans, house salad, dinner rolls and a choice of dessert – ice cream sundae or rice pudding. They also offer large salads, a variety of burger and sandwich packs that feed four people, as well as Prime Rib Wednesdays.

Order one of their cocktails to-go to enjoy at home. They bottle their most popular drinks that pour into three servings, yet cost the price of two.

Click her to see the Twoheys menu. They are open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., six days per week, and closed on Tuesdays. 424 Fair Oaks Ave., (626)284-7387.

This review is also featured in the Beverly Press on January 21, 2021.

#National Bagel Day

National Bagel Day is on January 15, however Einstein Bros. Bagels, Bruegger’s Bagels and Noah’s New York Bagels are all offering guests FREE bagel deals not only on National Bagel Day, but throughout the rest of the month to kick 2021 off right.

The free bagel deals are available on the respective brand’s mobile app beginning Friday, January 15 through the end of the month

  • Einstein Bros. Bagels: Receive any egg sandwich of your choice, such as crowd-favorites like the Farmhouse and Chorizo Sunrise, for free with any purchase when you Order Ahead through the brand’s mobile app. (Link to press release and press kit
  • Noah’s New York Bagels: Receive any egg sandwich of your choice on a high quality, fresh-baked New York-style bagel for free with any purchase when you Order Ahead through the brand’s mobile app. (Link to press kit and imagery)

This review was also featured in the Beverly Press and Park La Brea News.

SLO CAL Restaurant Month

Now through January 31, 2021, participating restaurants in the Central Coast area are offering multi-course takeout meals and special deals during SLO CAL Restaurant Month. Enjoy three-course meals ranging from $30 to $45 per person at some of the finest cuisines on the Central Coast.

FAMILY DINING SPOTS

Eureka! combines handmade all-American food using locally sourced produce and a rotating craft beer and beverage program. San Luis Obispo’s Eureka! is offering a special of crispy glazed Brussels and two of their delicious burgers with cocktails for $40 (that’s $20 per person). SLO Brew at the Rock and Popolo Catering are also offering some great price specials for families. 

VEGETARIAN and VEGAN

Healthy eating is always a viable option during SLO’s Restaurant Month. Dietary needs shouldn’t restrict anyone who craves some vegetarian and vegan food options from participating this month. Linnaea’s Cafe offers three-course vegetarian dinners, and Captain Bill’s Subs creates vegan meals.

Even if indoor and outdoor dining at some of the restaurants is restricted this month, there are plenty of takeout and delivery options to enjoy at home, a park or take to overlook the Pacific Ocean. Here are a few ideas to enjoy SLO Restaurant Month from afar.

6 CHEAP EATS

  1. Five participating Jamba locations, stretching from Arroyo Grande to Paso Robles are offering a cool smoothie for $1, when you buy one at full price.

2. Captain Bill’s Subs is offering two subs with chips, drinks and cookies for a total of $30 (that’s $15 per person).

3. Mulligan’s Bar & Grill in Avila Beach or their sister kitchen at Blacklake Bar & Grill in Nipomo offers a choice of a burger with fries and a beverage (including beer or wine) for $16 per person.

4. Eureka! pairs crispy glazed Brussels and two delicious burgers with cocktails for $40 (that’s $20 per person). 

5. Burger Village offers any two burgers off their menu with fries, drinks and dessert for $50 for two (that’s $25 per person).

6. Top it all off with Grandma’s Frozen Yogurt and Waffle Shop in Morro Bay for $11.95 per person, allowing you to finish your SLO CAL experience with warm peaches or apples, bananas and strawberries, or chocolate-covered marshmallows topped with nuts and/or granola and ice cream.

FUN DATE NIGHT RESTAURANT in SLO

SLO Provisions or Burger Village are the best picks for a perfect date night.

WINERIES

Cass Winery Giveaway during Restaurant Month 2021 is a chance to wine $100 Cass Winery gift cards. Go to SLOCAL Instagram and 👍🏼like the post of a man eating a juicy burger. 👥 follow @slocal and @cass_winery 👭 tag three quarantine pals in the comments. Get your submission in before 12pm PST today! The winner will be announced Friday at 12pm PST 🎉.

STAYING OVERNIGHT

Pastry Chef Caitlin of Hotel SLO suggests that now is a great time to buy gift cards, to show support to SLO’s restaurants. For those who prefer to add their own homestyle flair, consider picking up a SLO Farmer’s Market Cookbook along with some local produce from SLO’s markets and grocery stores. If you want to stay overnight here is a list of places to stay.

Follow SLO on InstagramFacebook and Twitter for the latest news and your chance to win $1000 in giveaways for prix-fixe takeout meals, all supporting local restaurants! 

*Prices, offers and availability vary per restaurant and are noted below. Please call individual restaurants for open hours and additional information. 

Ultimate NYE & New Year’s Day Desserts

Here’s a sweet and sparkly treat to say goodbye to 2020 with Tipsy Scoop’s champagne ice cream. This rich and creamy ice cream is made with decadent and award-winning French G.H. Mumm Champagne. Not only is the ice cream spiked with champagne, but also fresh strawberries, black cherry puree, and edible glitter.

G.H. Mumm’s Brut Grand Cordon Champagne is a sparkling wine sourced from over 100 different crus. With a taste like no other, this ice cream is delicious on its own, or in a champagne float for the ultimate after dinner NYE dessert. 

Tipsy Scoop founder Melissa Tavss creates artisanal cocktails inspired by fond dessert memories and turned these special treats into adult celebrations.

On New Year’s Day, start off with a bang scooping from pints of her “Hangover Cure” ice cream. She makes 3 flavors that includes:

  • Ohza Mimosa ice cream: a creamy, refreshing ice cream made with Ohza sparkling wine mimosa and fresh squeezed orange juice.
  • Bloody Mary sorbet: a savory, spicy sorbet made with vodka, fresh tomato juice, horseradish, chilies, and spices.
  • Bacon, Egg, and Whiskey ice cream: their one-of-a-kind, ultra creamy gelato-style ice cream made with whiskey, bacon, and a pinch of sea salt.

Click on Tipsy Scoop to see how you can get some before NYE or afterwards in 2021. Tipsy has also expanded into the retail freezer space, with locations like Whole Foods, Food Bazaar, Metropolitan Market, and Morton Williams

In May of 2020, Melissa released her first ever cookbook, Tipsy Scoop Latest and Greatest Recipes, to share both secret recipes and teach readers how to create their own celebratory desserts. 

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