7 of the Best Food and Drink Festivals in Los Angeles

Everybody knows that delicious food and a quality drinks are good for the soul, but both are even better when enjoyed with others. Food and drink festivals are a great way to get out into the community and enjoy some great eats at the same time. There are a variety of events highlighting different areas of the food universe around the city, so here are some of the very best food and drink events for you to taste something new.

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Santa Monica Wine Fest

Wine novices and sommeliers alike are welcomed to come to the Santa Monica Wine Festival happening in the beachside city of Santa Monica. The festival prides itself on bringing wines from all over the world under one roof along with live music and wine education.

 

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Smokefest 2 Barbecue Festival

This barbeque festival hosted at LA Ale Works in Hawthorne celebrates everything grilled, smoked, and slathered in sauce. The event is free to the public, with each individual booth setting their own prices per dish. The festival is also family and dog-friendly, with giant games of Jenga and Connect Four happening all day long.

 

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Vegan Street Fair

The Vegan Street Fair is an annual celebration that brings plant-based food and good times together in its North Hollywood neighborhood. This free-to-enter event hosts multiple vegan food vendors from all over the city to bring you a smorgasbord of delicious and nutritious eats.  

 

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Montrose Craft Beer Festival

This event is a celebration of local brewers and craftsman who have perfected their beer creating process. The Montrose Craft Beer Festival is an annual occurrence that along with great beer holds lawn games, a photo booth, and a live DJ.

 

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Masters of Taste

This premier food and drink festival is held at the Rose Bowl and unites dozens of Los Angeles’ top chefs, wine and beer experts to all come together for a greater cause. 100% of the proceeds goes to Union Station Homeless Services, which serves to place the homeless in available housing. What could be better than enjoying some delicious food and quality drinks for a great cause?

 

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ColdXela Homebrewed Craft Beer Festival

The SoCal Cerveceros are host their annual homebrewed beer festival that focuses on celebrating local award-winning homebrew beer makers. The festival also prides themselves on bringing in up and coming Latino bands and music acts that make for an exciting day of fun.

 

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Long Beach Seafood Festival

Seafood lovers from all over California head to Long Beach to enjoy some of the best fish that Southern California has to offer. The festival features amazing dishes from top chefs all over Los Angeles, as well as demonstrations from top celebrity chefs, eating competitions, dances, and much more. Those with a birthday during the month of the festival get to enjoy free entry to take a bite of the fresh seafood selections.

 

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The Best Fine Dining in Santa Monica

With its unparalleled weather and sophisticated, beachy culture, Santa Monica is a world-renowned destination that serves up a variety of attractions for visitors and locals alike. If you’re looking for a special place to enjoy a fine dining meal, there are plenty of options for you to get a taste of a quality menu. You’ll have an unforgettable experience when you visit any of these Santa Monica fine dining destinations.

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Melisse

A favorite in the industry, the cuisine at Melisse is worth the visit with a refined menu of French-American dishes. The world-class service and lively atmosphere have kept guests coming back for more than twenty years, and is sure to see even more success with an upcoming remodel of the classic brand.

 

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Photo: Melisse

Elephante

This destination has become a hot spot on the Westside with its menu of coastal Italian dishes. The rooftop view overlooking the ocean adds to the atmosphere with craft cocktails being served up at this indoor-outdoor space. Head there for a trendy crowd who loves to mix and mingle while watching the beachside sunset.

 

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Photo: Elephante

Rustic Canyon

If you’re a fan of farm-to-table, Rustic Canyon is the place to visit with a menu of fresh ingredients that make up the variety of comfort food inspired dishes. The shareable small plates pair perfectly with a glass of wine as you refresh your mind and body with a healthy meal.

 

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Photo: Rustic Canyon

Cassia

This critically acclaimed go-to is known for its delicious and unique menu of French-Vietnamese cuisine. You’ll be sure to enjoy the mouth-watering seafood dishes of things like prawns, snow crab and scallops that are served fresh thanks to the Santa Monica location.

 

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Photo: Cassia

Michaels

This long-standing Santa Monica destination is known for its seasonal menu with innovative flavors. The outdoor patio with lush greenery provides a nature-filled ambiance as you enjoy the California cuisine nade with ingredients from local farmers’ markets.

 

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Photo: Michael’s

Milo & Olive

This delicious Santa Monica favorite serves up Italian dishes like wood-fired pizzas and appetizing pastas. They even have espresso concoctions and a selection of pastries to satisfy your sweet tooth. Enjoy their creative plates in the simplistic setting that’s sure to keep your mouth watering.

 

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Photo: Milo & Olive

Dialogue

You’d never expect to find this upscale location hidden in the bustling Santa Monica Promenade. The 21-course tasting menu created by James Beard award-winning chef Dave Beran is filled with imaginative dishes creating a meal to remember. The minimalist setting ensures that all the attention goes to the food creating a photo-worthy visual presentation.

 

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Photo: Dialogue

Tar & Roses

Come to Tar & Roses with friends or for a date night to share a meal of charcuterie plates, cheese and wine that will put you in the Santa Monica spirit. The bustling restaurant is known for its fusion of American, Asian and Mediterranean vibes with delectable flavors.

 

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Photo: Tar Roses

Via Veneto

What better way to get a taste of Italy than by heading to this enjoyable Santa Monica locale. You’ll feel like you’re in the heart of Rome at this destination perfect for a gourmet dining experience. The romantic environment puts a charming touch on your night out along with an Italian staff that creates an authentic experience.

 

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Photo: Via Veneto

Little Prince

If you’re in need of a brunch destination, head to Little Prince to embrace their airy, Santa Monica setting. The sandwiches and pancakes are sure to hit the spot thanks to their fresh, natural ingredients. You’re sure to find a trendy crowd ready to dish out a taste at this delightful go-to.

 

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Photo: Little Prince

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The 7 Best Vegan Restaurants in New York City

For many, being vegan requires a bit of planning when it comes time to explore a new city. Luckily, the recent rise in people adopting a vegan lifestyle means there are more and more restaurants opening across the country that cater to a meatless menu. If you’re looking for a bite to eat in the Big Apple, stop by one of these spots to enjoy some of the best vegan food in the city.

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Ladybird

This eatery in the East Village offers up comfort food options that make for a great meal after a buzzed night out. With things like deep-fried mac and cheese balls, fried avocado croquettes, and an artichoke-chardonnay fondue platter, Ladybird takes “drunk food” to a new level making it a must try on your night out.

 

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The Cinnamon Snail

This food truck owned and operated by Adam Sobel is locally known for continually dishing out delicious vegan food options. Menu items like Korean barbeque seitan and crème brulee doughnuts are a huge hit at this Midtown West destination.

 

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Avant Garden

Avant Garden’s locations in the East Village and Brooklyn boast menus of dishes that are both sophisticated and delicate. The atmosphere says chic tiki bar while the East Village location gives the feel of a rustic wine bar. Stop in to enjoy an elegant menu of plant-based dishes for a dinner to remember.

 

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Blossom

Blossom in Chelsea is known for its impressive faux-meat dishes, along with egg-free pasta and desserts. The health-conscious brand has also expanded to include two Manhattan locations to satisfy even more plant-based cravings in NYC.

 

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Candle Cafe

The menu at Candle Cafe in Lenox Hill is like a training manual for newly-converted vegans. Sandwiches with faux meat and grilled seitan skewers will make you think you’re eating the real thing. Stop into Candle Cafe for the perfect place to ease the transition into a vegan diet.

 

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Peacefood Cafe

This Upper West Side gem is one of the few vegan restaurants in the area that truly rises above the competition. Great tasting and healthy dishes like fresh salads and cashew-based ‘goat-cheese’ are exceptional bites to try when you’re in the neighborhood.

 

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Le Botaniste

Parent restaurant Le Pain Quotidien decided to open a vegan, gluten-free restaurant in New York after finding success in Belgium. At Le Botaniste in Lenox Hill, you can try their signature dishes or customize your own to satisfy your tastes. The dark, rustic atmosphere pairs perfectly with the menu that includes many raw recipes and low-temperature cooking techniques.

 

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The Top 10 Most Photo-Worthy Lunch Spots in Los Angeles

How many times have you taken a photo of a dish that looks more like a work of art than a meal? It’s easy to be drawn to an item on the menu just because of a creative visual presentation that will add an extra touch to your outing. If you’re a foodie grabbing a midday bite in Los Angeles, you may want to stop into one of these photo-worthy lunch spots to get that perfect shot.

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Dirt Dog

Dirt Dog in Downtown LA is truly unique in that they make some of the craziest and best-looking hot dogs in the city. Topped with everything from chili cheese fries to elote, there’s something for everybody at this mouth-watering hot dog joint.

 

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The Butcher, the Baker, the Cappuccino Maker Cafe

This seemingly insignificant neighborhood coffee shop is hiding a delicious and beautiful secret. The Butcher, the Baker, the Cappuccino Maker Cafe in West Hollywood boasts some of the most intricate steamed milk art you’ll ever see. Their tasty creations are sure to impress both your eyes and your tastebuds.

 

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Corner Joint

Take a trip to the nearby city of Lawndale to try out one of their crazy Micheladas. Along with your tasty drink, you’ll also get a few unique garnishes like hamburger sliders, bacon-wrapped shrimp and sometimes even pizza. The Corner Joint offers a truly Instagrammable experience that you’re sure to enjoy.

 

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Sweet Rolled Tacos

If you have an unrelenting sweet tooth, take a trip to nearby Garden Grove and give Sweet Rolled Tacos a try. They take dessert to the max with a variety of odd flavors such as “Monsters Ink” and “Honey Avocado.” They flatten and roll up your choice of ice cream flavor and drop it into a colorful waffle cone taco shell, sprinkled with a variety of delicious toppings.

 

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Coolhaus

There really is something for everyone when you grab an ice cream sandwich dessert at Coolhaus. Every guest has the opportunity to create their own delectable, ice cream concoction by choosing from a huge selection of flavors and an equally as large choice of cookies to put your ice cream between. There’s no doubt you’ll leave with a cool photo and smile on your face.

 

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Birdies

Fried chicken and donuts may seem like an strange combination for a restaurant, but it works just fine for Birdies. If you’re looking for an extravagant treat, try their 24K gold donuts that come with a hefty price tag. The fried chicken sandwiches also make for a mouth-watering Kodak moment.

 

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Rays and Stark Bar

Located on the grounds of the world famous Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Ray’s and Stark Bar creates their own works of edible art every day. They offer a gold-covered pizza made with quality ingredients that create a great visual and an unbelievable eating experience.

 

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Chomp Eatery

A lot of people may recognize Santa Monica’s Chomp Eatery by name for their Instagram-famous rainbow grilled cheese. If you ever need some comfort food, Chomp Eatery is the place to go for a crazy, colorful and savory grilled cheese that will have your followers chomping at the bit to try it out themselves.

 

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Howlin Rays

Perfectly golden fried chicken atop firm honey-colored buns and a variety of delectable sides is exactly what you can expect from Holwin’ Ray’s. Make sure you come with enough time to wait in line as their menu attracts guests from all over the city looking for a spicy sandwich. Their homemade photo-worthy items will make it all worth the wait.

 

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Shrimp Daddy

If you’re a seafood lover, Shrimp Daddy is an essential addition to your rotation of frequented restaurants. With huge, fresh shrimp cooked or fried to perfection and served in the most Instagrammable arrangements, Shrimp Daddy offers creative seafood options you’re sure to enjoy.

 

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The 8 Best Mediterranean Restaurants in the Middle East and Europe

It’s no secret that Mediterranean food is delicious, and eating your favorite food in the country where it originated makes for an authentic dining experience to remember. During your next vacation to a destination near the Mediterranean Sea, you’re sure to be impressed by the delicious plates served up at fine dining restaurants throughout the region. Take a look at some of our choices for the best mediterranean restaurants throughout the Middle East and Europe.

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Teoric Taverna Gastronomica – Barcelona, Spain

This classic Spanish restaurant serves some of the best Mediterranean food you’ll ever taste. With great service, amazing food and a friendly atmosphere, Teoric Taverna Gastronomica is a must-visit for the next time you find yourself in Barcelona.

 

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la Montgolfiere Henri Geraci – Monaco Ville, Monaco

This restaurant is a true Monaco staple, serving excellent French, Mediterranean, and Western-European menu options. Everything they create at the world-class La Montgolfiere Henri Geraci is made with care and precision, giving an end result that is sure to satisfy.

 

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La Vague d Or – St Tropez, France

St. Tropez only has two Michelin-starred restaurants, and La Vague d’Or is one of them. Meaning ‘the golden wave’ in English, this three-Michelin star restaurant is at the top of its class. With a menu rooted in Mediterranean origins, this destination on the French Riviera is sure to provide a feast for your palate.

 

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Le Petit Nice – Marseilles, France

This restaurant is revered for their food, but loved in part because of its breathtaking views of the sea. Situated right on the Corniche Kennedy, running along Marseilles’ coast, every table is in the perfect seat for a beautiful seaside meal, especially at sunset. Being so close to the coast also brings forth their history of creating outstanding Mediterranean cuisine.

 

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Konoba Stari Grad – Budva, Montenegro

The city of Budva has gained popularity surrounding their food, and of all the eateries in Budva, Konoba Stari Grad truly stands out. With a specialty in seafood stemming from their location right by the coast, they create exquisite menu options for foodies visiting from around the world.

 

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Ricks Cafe – Casablanca, Morocco

Rick’s Café is a complete recreation of the bar made famous by Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman so many years ago in the movie Casablanca. Large staircases, classic Moroccan architecture and a grand piano on display add to the incredible food served at Rick’s.

 

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Varoulko – Athens, Greece

This restaurant by the sea has some of the best views of the water in the whole city. Lefteris Lazarou, a Michelin-starred chef, takes fine Mediterranean dining to the next level. With a full view of the fishing boats that bring in the day’s catch every morning, you can enjoy some of the best Mediterranean cuisine that Athens has to offer.

 

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Fayruz Lebanese Restaurant – Cairo, Egypt

Egypt may not be the first country that comes to mind when you think of Mediterranean food, Fayruz has created a name for themselves offering a menu consisting of Lebanese and Mediterranean classics. If you’re in need of an intimate dinner, you can request a private room or a table on their outdoor terrace. If you find yourself in a more “Arabian Nights” sort of mood, you can also be entertained with a live belly dancing show during your meal.

 

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The 8 Best CBD-Infused Drinks and Dishes from Around the Country

Cannabidiol or CBD has been all the rage in recent years with plenty of buzz about out-of-this-world health benefits with zero negative side effects. While science is still in the process of proving the the perks, people with adventures taste buds are loving the potential. Dive into the trend with some of the best CBD drinks and dishes from around the country.

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Ankeny Tap and Table – Portland, OR

This hip neighborhood pub boasts quite an extensive list of CBD infused beers on tap. With a laid back family-friendly atmosphere, it’s easy to get stuck here for quite a while enjoying the tasty local beers and good company.

 

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Koku – New York City, NY

Koku is truly one of a kind. Owner Carli Blum has created a healthy and natural alternative to soft serve ice cream, and even offers CBD-infused toppings. With shops located all across the city, you’ll never be too far away from getting your sweet tooth fix and your CBD fix in the same shop.

 

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Fuel – Philadelphia, PA

This health-food chain is doing something a little different than its counterparts. After your workout, you can stop into any Fuel location and grab a smoothie or a juice, and request to add in a shot of CBD oil. It’s sure to make for the perfect way to relax after an intense workout.

 

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by CHLOE. – New York City, NY

This organic, vegan sweet shop uses all-natural and locally-sourced ingredients to create CBD-infused brownies, cookies, and other fun treats. In addition to the sweet, they have also started offering a full menu of vegan food items. If you have an uncontrollable sweet-tooth and need a moment of relaxation, by CHLOE. is definitely the spot to be.

 

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Glazed and Confused – Denver, CO

This donut shop in Colorado takes their “Mary Jane”-infused food pretty seriously. They serve up a variety of CBD-infused products, but their signature item is a donut topped with a CBD glaze and a whole candied marijuana leaf to finish it off.

 

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Caffeine Underground – Brooklyn, NY

Stop into this hip and trendy coffee shop and grab yourself a latte with a little bit of something special to top it off. Caffeine Underground makes delicious coffee-based drinks with CBD oil included so you can take great Instagram pictures, but also enjoy your relaxing drink.

 

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Monarch & The Milkweed – Burlington, VT

Monarch & The Milkweed is a unique shop with a menu of cocktails, pastries, and also fine dining cuisine. The unlikely combination of offerings also includes the addition of CBD and also the psychoactive THC into many of their dishes. All doubts quickly drift away after a visit as everything they create is made even better with their signature secret ingredients.

 

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Bubby’s – New York, NY

Bubby’s is a classic American restaurant that serves hamburgers, pies, milkshakes and the works. This chain of downhome diners has been a New York staple since 1990, and they’ve recently branched out by serving up CBD drinks right alongside the apple pie. The great food and atmosphere are enough for anybody to enjoy Bubby’s, but for adventurous types, there’s a little extra on the menu for you.

 

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The Top 10 New Food Trends for 2019

With every new year comes a wave of new trends projected to gain popularity in the world of food products, dining and hospitality. This year’s trends will likely start to pop up on grocery store shelves and restaurant menus as the months go by. Add some variety to your diet this year by tasting some of 2019’s front runners that should be soon coming to a table near you.

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Tropical Fruits

Add something sweet to your meal with island fruits like guava, dragon fruit, passion fruit, and monk fruit that hail from the Pacific Rim region. You’ll also start to see jackfruit embraced as a meat substitute in vegan and vegetarian meals.

 

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Hemp & CBD

CBD made a splash onto the scene in the past few years making its way into a number of food, drinks and skin care products. That trend will continue to boom in the upcoming year by way of items like sparkling water, infusions, and coffee.

 

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Oat Milk

With cow’s milk slowly but surely phasing its way out of fridges across America, non-animal based alternatives are being adopted as necessities for consumers. With soy and almond milk being a favorite, soon oat milk will be added to the group as a go-to alternative.

 

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Seafood Snacks

Stores and restaurants will be taking Japan’s lead in embracing seafood, including vegetables, as a snack food. Roasted seaweed and salmon skins will gain more traction along with innovative items like kelp jerky.

 

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Orange Wine

While the name might suggest it would be made from oranges, orange wine is actually made from the same grapes used to make white wine. Keeping the skin on during fermentation gives the wine an attractive, orange coloring. The refreshing drink is expected to show up on drink menus soon.

 

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Hummus

There’s no secret that hummus is a go-to snack for many people, but this year it’ll be used differently than consumers have seen in the past. Adventurous flavors will come about along with menus integrating hummus into desserts, making for a unique and healthy treat.

 

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Probiotics

Many people have integrated probiotics into their diet for digestive health, but this year the trend will also include dry items that can be stored in your pantry. Things like cereal, granola, nut butters and nutrition bars will be made to be shelf-stable for long term storage.

 

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African Spices

Cuisine from a variety of African countries will be more popular in the upcoming year. From harissa, a spicy red pepper paste, to spice-filled dishes like the Tunisian shakshouka, African tastes will be integrated into menus bringing a burst of flavor to your diet.

 

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Vegan Meat Snacks

Veggie versions of popular dishes have made their way onto menus all over the world and will continue to do so throughout 2019. Consumers will also see vegan meat snacks line the shelves of your local grocery store with options like soy jerky and mushroom bacon chips.

 

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Celtuce

Kale and romaine are on their way out with celtuce, a lettuce cultivar, moving in as an alternative. The health benefits to this versatile, Chinese lettuce makes it worth adding to any meal as a side dish or even as an ingredient in juices and smoothies.

 

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Brunch Like a Champion in New York City

New York City is one of the best destinations in the world for foodies looking to dig into the scene of delicious, multi-cultural options. Brunch is a staple as the social element of catching up with friends encourages patrons to get out and about for a midday feast. From Manhattan to Brooklyn, these brunch spots are sure to impress during your next visit to the Big Apple.

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Cookshop

This simplistic American eatery in Chelsea serves up delicious plates you can count on to satisfy your brunch cravings. The busy space will be worth the wait as you dine from their seasonal menu of eggs, sandwiches and other mouth-watering bites.

 

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Atla

This contemporary Mexican destination mixes a simple aesthetic with flavorful favorites. You can chow down on enchiladas and chilaquiles or try something new with duck wings and cauliflower tacos to round out your meal.

 

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Red Rooster

Travel to the heart of Harlem to experience this American-inspired neighborhood hot spot. The rich culture of the community inspires the food with weekend brunch offering up biscuits and gravy, chicken and waffles, and apple pie that will make you feel right at home.

 

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Dimes

This Lower East Side hot spot is well known for its brand that extends further than being just a restaurant. Outside of grabbing a bite at the Dimes Market or deli nearby, the Dimes restaurant dishes up tasty brunch dishes that are both savory and sweet.

 

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Fairfax

You’ll have no problem relaxing with Fairfax’s welcoming, neighborhood vibe of homey décor and all-day café hours. The Mediterranean brunch menu of small plates pairs well with the quality wine list, giving the West Village space its wine bar label.

 

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Jacobs Pickles

A touch of Southern comfort is brought to your plate at Jacob’s Pickles in the Upper West Side. The charming environment of rustic wooden accents gives a nostalgic feel while the “beer, biscuits and pickles” will take your tastebuds on an American journey.

 

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Upland

With attention to seasonal ingredients, your brunch experience is sure to be fresh with Upland’s philosophy of global dining. The California-inspired cuisine of eggs, sandwiches and pastas take rural elements of the great outdoors to combine with NYC’s urban landscape.

 

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Jacks Wife Freda

This NYC staple has two locations that both deliver flavor-filled cuisine influenced from the multi-cultural beginnings of the restaurants’ owners. The bustling crowds of stylish brunch-lovers keep things busy as hungry patrons feast on the one-of-a-kind culinary mix of South African and Israeli cuisine.

 

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Café Mogador

Head to one of Café Mogador’s locations to eat, drink and be merry thanks to their mouth-watering menu of Moroccan-inspired cuisine. This award-winning brunch destination will add some spice to your life along with house-made breads and savory roasted tomatoes and potatoes.

 

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abcV

If you’re in the market for a meat-free brunch, abcV serves up dishes that are sure to surpass expectations. Whether you’re in the mood for fruits, grains or pancakes, their unassumingly plant-based menu will leave you feeling satisfied.

 

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Agave

If you’re in the mood for a margarita brunch, head to Agave for an Arizona-inspired space with whimsical Mexican dishes. This West Village hot spot also provides you with an extensive tequila selection that makes for a boozy way to start your day.

 

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The 12 Best Restaurants for Dessert in LA

If you’ve got a sweet tooth, Los Angeles is the perfect place to satisfy your craving as restaurants all across the city offer up quality treats to round out your dining experience.  Many restaurants love to have a signature dessert to make sure guests end their meal with something creative and sweet. These dining destinations are sure to do the trick when you’re on the hunt for a sweet treat in Los Angeles.

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Pizzeria Mozza

You may think of Pizzeria Mozza as a go-to for a good pie, but pizza pies aren’t your only option. Don’t overlook the quality dessert menu stocked with Italian confections like their signature Butterscotch Budino that’s sure to hit the spot.

 

Pizzeria Mozza Butterscotch Budino

CUT by Wolfgang Puck

Your mouth is sure to water the second you take a bite of CUT’s classic Chocolate Souffle. The popular dessert has reached perfection with molten chocolate and ice cream mixing to create a delectable taste.

 

Photo: CUT Chocolate Souffle

Odys + Penelope

It’s a cake lover’s dream at this La Brea restaurant with delicious options for you to choose from. Their signature Rye Pie is known for its perfect fusion of chocolate and peanuts to put the finishing touch on your meal.

 

Odys + Penelope Rye Pie

Republique

There’s a little bit of everything on Republique’s dessert list, but the Salted Caramel Chocolate Cake will be the dish you talk about long after it’s gone. The sweet flavors mix to create a taste like no other at this La Brea destination.

 

Photo: Republique Salted Caramel Chocolate Cake

The Bazaar by Jose Andrés

This West Hollywood staple is known for its Patisserie that serves up quirky desserts that are sure to impress. Don’t be surprised if your dessert pops, smokes or splatters with unique items to activate your senses.

 

Photo: The Bazaar by Jose Andrés Patisserie

The Rose Café

Doubling as a bakery, you’re sure to find something good at The Rose Café with fresh ingredients integrated into each of their dishes. Their puddings and pies will have you feeling right at home in this open-air Venice locale.

 

Photo: The Rose Café Bread Pudding

Bottega Louie

While dining at Bottega Louie, there’s no way you’ll be able to pass up their patisserie packed with a rainbow assortment of desserts including macarons. Choose from fourteen flavors of the trendy, pastel treat to brighten your day.

 

Photo: Bottega Louie Macarons

Nighthawk: Breakfast Bar

You won’t go wrong if you’re looking for something sweet from Nighthawk. The sugary pastries mixed with alcohol cereal drinks make for a one-of-a-kind menu that’s sure to be a memorable treat.

 

Photo: Nighthawk: Breakfast Bar Spiked Cereal Milk

Catch

This trendy rooftop serves up a quality fine dining experience in its West Hollywood location, including their signature Instagram-worthy “Hit Me” Cake, which involves a quick tap with a spoon to break open the fun.

 

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Bestia

Known for their impressive list of desserts, you’ll have to test out this contemporary Italian spot for a taste of something sweet. From tortes to tarts, there’s something for everyone to nibble as you enjoy the sophisticated space.

 

Photo: Bestia Chocolate Budino Tart

Black Market Liquor Bar

You won’t find a dessert quite like those at this Studio City destination. The Fluffernutter, a sweet treat with marshmallow fluff, puts on quite the show as you slice into it. Also taste their Housemade Ice Cream for a quality refresher.

 

Photo: Black Market Liquor Bar Fluffernutter

Jones Hollywood

If you’re a sucker for apple pie, Jones is the place to go for a late night comfort dessert. This classic Hollywood destination will have your mouth watering for a sweet treat.

 

Photo: Jones Hollywood Apple Pie / Farley Elliott

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Los Angeles’ Best Australian-Inspired Eats

If you’ve got a taste for an Australian meal then you’ll find a surprising number of places in Los Angeles to feed your craving. Australian restaurants, cafes and coffee shops have had an influx over the past decade in big cities across the country, including LA. If you want to try out a quality Aussie dish then head to any of these hot spots for a coastal menu that will hit the spot.

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Great White

This Australian-owned eatery new to the Venice restaurant landscape sits a block away from the beach making it the perfect sunny-day destination. You’ll find classics like avocado toast along with Australian sodas and coffee to complete your meal.

 

Photo: Great White Venice

Photo: Great White Venice

Maude / Gwen

These two restaurants were brought to LA by Chef Curtis Stone, originally from Melbourne. Both have menus focusing on seasonal ingredients with Maude’s menu featuring dishes perfect for pairing a glass of wine, and Gwen’s butcher shop style inspired by Australia’s livestock farming.

 

Photo: Gwen Los Angeles

Photo: Maude Los Angeles

Bondi Harvest

This unassuming café run by a staff of Aussies in Santa Monica ushers in a casual and welcoming feel to your day, reflecting the laid back Bondi Beach lifestyle. The locally sourced food menu brings freshness to the table along with quality coffee, tea and smoothies.

 

Photo: Bondi Harvest Santa Monica

Photo: Bondi Harvest Santa Monica

E.P. & L.P.

A staple in the West Hollywood restaurant scene, E.P. & L.P. is the go-to for Aussie visitors who hear word about the Australian-run establishment. The rooftop bar LP echoes the relaxed nature of the culture with plenty of sun to brighten your outing. The Asian-fusion dining in EP, inspired by nearby island cuisine, puts an authentic touch on the experience.

 

Photo: E.P. & L.P.

Photo: E.P. & L.P.

Little Ruby

Little Ruby is a beachy café that’s the first West Coast location of the East Coast brand, owned by the Australian-born Nick Mathers, who also was behind West Hollywood’s Eveleigh. From daytime “brekkie” (including vegemite toast) to nighttime dining, Little Ruby fits right into Santa Monica’s casual café scene.

 

Photo: Little Ruby Santa Monica

Photo: Little Ruby Santa Monica

Paramount Coffee Project

Originally starting in Sydney, Paramount Coffee Project has expanded to Los Angeles with a location on Fairfax and most recently, in Downtown Los Angeles. The Australian-inspired food menu is perfect for a daytime bite and complements the quality selection of coffee brewed with care.

 

Photo: Paramount Coffee Project

Photo: Paramount Coffee Project

Point Five

This daytime espresso bar in West Hollywood gives off a seasoned Los Angeles feel in spite of its Australia-inspired menu. The clean, mod aesthetic is perfect for catching up with a friend at the Melrose Avenue locale. The breakfast and lunch eats will enhance your lazy day, or try out their lattes, drip coffee and espresso to perk up your morning.

 

Photo: Point Five

Photo: Point Five

Pollen

Owned by a pair of Australian restaurateurs, this Echo Park neighborhood café serves up a handcrafted menu from Australian-born Chef Alison Trent. The menu is stocked with healthy and inviting dishes—some topped with their namesake creation, house made honey. LA diners are sure to enjoy the variety avocado dishes while taking in the breeze on their outdoor patio.

 

Photo: Pollen Echo Park

Photo: Pollen Echo Park

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