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Los Angeles Is Getting A Tiki Bar On Wheels This Summer

After staring at a blank screen for a minute, I let out a loaded sigh and realized that any sort of tropical getaway is much needed right now. But being in the middle of a global pandemic hampers that thought — unless you switch up your frame of mind a bit and imagine the essence of said tropical getaway coming to you. Enter the Lost Parrot Tiki Pop Up.

Dubbed a ‘tiki bar in a bag’, this mobile pop up cocktail experience just recently launched with service to the Greater Los Angeles area, serving up delicious tiki-inspired cocktails to Angelenos looking for some tropical vibes this summer.

For $49.95, you get a cocktail kit that includes a 16-ounce pre-batched tiki cocktail (enough for four drinks), a branded reusable cooler bag, two tiki tumblers, straws and swizzle sticks, crushed ice, and a link to an
‘Island Getaway’ Spotify playlist.

Indulge in one of five of the Lost Parrot’s cocktails, including The Funky Polynesia (Zacapa Rum, coconut, pineapple, cream, dragon fruit and angostura bitters), Silky Saturn (Tangueray Gin, lemon, passion fruit, orgeat, falernum), and the Lost Parrot Swizzle (Vida Mezcal, mint, mango, lime).

If you’re looking to vibe exponentially on the island vibes there’s add-ons available which include: a ‘Conch Punch’ ($69.99) complete with large format tiki bowl; additional pre-batched drinks; collectible tiki glassware; Lost Parrot merch including Hawaiian shirts and hats; and a selection of hard-to-source rum varietals.

The entire experience is coming to you via a Lost Parrot Tiki Van, which is a collaboration with California artist, Jonny Pucci. Delivery service will be determined by neighborhood on ‘Tiki Tuesday’ (Eastside/Valley), ‘Fruity Friday’ (Culver City/Venice/Santa Monica) and ‘Silky Saturday’ (Mid-City/West Hollywood/Beverly Hills) between 12-5PM with a dedicated courier alerting customers when their delivery in transit and upon arrival.

For pick-up orders, they are available daily between 3-5PM are located at Lost Parrot Cafe in South Pasadena.

To order and schedule a delivery/pick up visit www.LostParrotTiki.com or via Instagram (@LostParrotTiki).

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Breakfast Salad and Souffle Pancakes Are A Thing At This OC Pop-Up

Photo: Greg Nagel

I’m not sure what I did in life to deserve this, but I somehow got coerced to order a secret menu item: breakfast salad at brunch. But here I am, camera in one hand, fork in the other, cracking runny yolk with a plastic fork over various arugula, thick smoky-bacon chunks and potato crunchy bits like it’s some sort of health-nut food porn. “Bro, want me to hold your light so you can get that shot?” Nah homie, I don’t photograph salad.

It’s a salad, with an egg, with other breakfast stuff tossed in. It’s really good, but hey man, no salad ever asked to be photographed, unless it was made by the man who brought us the spaghetti grilled cheese.

Photo: Greg Nagel

The solid line of hungry Instagrammers out the door is at least thirty-people deep and is here for something else: the amazing Japanese-style souffle pancakes. “When we talked about doing a brunch pop-up, I knew I wanted pancakes… but not just any old pancakes,” says chef-owner Paul Cao of Burnt Crumbs in Irvine, California. “I went down this rabbit hole of the souffle pancake and tested these for a couple of months, and here they are, perfected,” he continued with a grin.

Photo: Greg Nagel

The souffle pancake is unique for a few reasons. First is the time it takes to prep. Each one has to be crafted from scratch per order, otherwise, they’ll deflate faster than a football in New England. Total time from order to plate? Roughly twenty-five to thirty minutes.

Once the batter is whipped and folded into an egg yolk mixture, it’s then ice-cream scooped on a griddle, then covered until flipped. Each pancake maintains a poofiness up to one inch thick and is stacked two high, then garnished for service. I went with fresh strawberry cream, a couple of dustings of powdered sugar, and some fresh fruit on top. Digging in,  the consistency is sort of like a sponge cake that’s light and fluffy, making the plate super satisfying to jiggle. They’re best hot, so be sure to get a couple orders, one to eat first, then one to shake until your brunch date feels uncomfortable.

Burnt Crumbs Brunch Popup is at their Irvine location only. Follow them: @burntcrumbs

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Foot Locker Opened a Restaurant Pop-Up INSIDE Its Los Angeles Flagship Store


Michael Jordan beat three teams on the way to his first NBA finals appearance during the 1990-91 season: the New York Knicks, Philadelphia 76ers and Detroit Pistons. After losing a total of one game in those three series, MJ trounced the Los Angeles Lakers in the finals to begin his reign in the league. This summer, Nike honored this playoff run by releasing the Air Jordan 1 Mid SE “Rivals,” a shoe featuring each team’s colorways. More recently Jordan brand released an accompanying Rivals clothing line featuring the same bold colorways and retro style. To celebrate the release of this collection, Foodbeast and Foot Locker have teamed up to open the “Rival’s Cafe” Pop Up in Los Angeles during the next two weekends.

The “Rival’s Cafe” will open up in Foot Locker’s flagship store at Hollywood & Highland as a pick-up window that will be available to anyone buying a piece from the Jordan Rivals collection. The pop-up will be open during the weekends of Oct. 24-27 and Oct. 31-Nov. 3 from 5-9 PM Thursday-Saturday and 3-7 PM on Sundays . Here, we’ll be dishing out iconic menu items specific to the flavors of Los Angeles and Chicago.

The LA vs CHI menu pits two cities, and their corresponding versions of two iconic street foods, against each other. Let’s break it down:

First up, the hot dog. The LA Dirty Dog will have a bacon-wrapped hot dog, grilled onions, peppers, charred jalapeño, mayo, mustard and ketchup. It’s opponent, the Chicago Hot Dog, features an all-beef dog, chopped white onions, sweet pickle relish, dill pickle spears, tomato, short peppers, and mustard, all served on a poppy seed bun.

The other juxtaposition we see is the two city’s variations of a beef sandwich. The LA French Dip is a white roll stacked with thinly sliced roast beef and a side of beef broth, as well as the option of Swiss cheese and onions. The last menu item is the famed Chicago Italian Beef, which is an Italian roll stuffed with simmered beef, hot giardiniera, and sweet peppers.

What menu item, and city, will come out on top? It doesn’t really matter. Both cities win, purely for having these delicacies grandfathered into their culture.

But, really, it would be a shame if I had to try every item to see what I like best. A real shame.


Created in partnership with Foot Locker. 

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This Breaking Bad-Themed Restaurant Is Like Stepping Into Heisenberg’s World

From the team that brought your childhood dreams to life with Saved by the Max, Good Burger, and The Peach Pit pop-up restaurants comes a new and exciting world of the Breaking Bad Experience which will opened in Los Angeles this past Wednesday, October 16th. As the ‘Breaking Bad’ franchise celebrates its debut full-length film ‘El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie’, fans of the television series can now get a taste of the world of Walter White and company. Literally.

The Breaking Bad Experience is an interactive restaurant that will consist of the television series’ set re-creations throughout the venue and a food and drink menu fit for Walter White himself. Get into character with the do-it-yourself chemically-reactive cocktails and enjoy food items such as the Heisenburger Sliders, the Full Measure Grilled Cheese (or the “Half Measure” sandwich without the crust), and the Loaded SAULsa Nachos served via a hazmat tableside. To make sure everyone can participate in this experience, gluten-free and vegan options are also readily available along with other appetizers and desserts.

The ‘Breaking Bad’ show creator, Vince Gilligan, expressed his anticipation for the Breaking Bad Experience by stating that it’s “exciting to be able to give the folks who supported the show for all these years the chance to experience Walt’s world firsthand.”

General admission to the Breaking Bad Experience will include a 90-minute timed-entry, a choice of your first drink concoction, and a food item. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://breakingbadexperience.com.

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Mainland Musubi: These Corn Dogs Are Made With SPAM® Classic and Nori

Created in partnership with SPAM® 

Who doesn’t love corn dogs? Who doesn’t love SPAM®-infused dishes? No one. Exactly. And what’s not to love? Both are savory, craveable treats taste buds have long enjoyed and not just in America but around the world. In fact, that goes for both corn dogs and SPAM® products. 

This, then, begs the question: are the two interchangeable? This would take entirely too long to find out, but our investigation has gotten deliciously exciting with the SPAM® Corn Dog with a musubi twist that’s being served at the Musubi Madness pop-up at LONO Hollywood in Los Angeles, CA. 

The corn dog mixture is made of SPAM® Classic and shrimp: two parts SPAM® Classic, one part shrimp, which is ground up and mixed with ginger, garlic, green onion, aromats and seasonings. The mixture is then wrapped and rolled in plastic wrap, to give it the corn dog shape, then steamed. Afterwards, the dog is unwrapped and poked with a chopstick, which poses as the corn dog stick.

But, let’s be honest, the true sign of any delicious corn dog is the batter- and this version’s batter is golden and dense without being doughy. And, to give it a delectable musubi nod, Chef David Lespron puts furikake in the batter. If you thought a corn dog couldn’t get any more savory, you’re in for a  mouthwatering surprise.

To even this out, Chef Lespron has a sweet trick up his sleeve: a banana infused ketchup. When drizzled on top, it’s the perfect complement to this musubi themed dog.

If you want to try this, or the make-your-own-SPAM® Musubi Bar and SPAM® Soft Serve Sundae, make sure to stop by the Musubi Madness pop-up shop on September 7, 14, and 21.

 

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LA’s Musubi Madness is Slinging SPAM® SOFT SERVE SUNDAES

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SPAM® products are typically thought of as  tasty, versatile ingredients perfect for breakfast, lunch and dinner dishes. Usually, though, dinner is where SPAM® dishes end for the day. At the Musubi Madness pop-up in Los Angeles, CA, however, they’re out to prove that the iconic canned meat can indeed stick around after the main course. This September, they’ll be serving SPAM® Soft Serve Sundaes. Yes, you heard that right — SPAM® Soft Serve Sundaes.

If the thought of SPAM® ice cream scares you, don’t let it. Sweet meats have existed for as long as people have been eating meat. This is just a different way to enjoy those same sweet and savory flavors.

Made with a special extraction from SPAM® Classic, the soft serve has a distinct, but not overwhelming, flavor. 

Next, the soft serve is piled high into a waffle cone bowl. From there, it’s up to you what goes on top. You can choose between vanilla-braised pineapples, candied walnuts, furikake, teriyaki sauce, and rum caramel. Or you could live out your 9-year-old self’s fantasy and just put every topping on it. You’re already eating SPAM® ice cream, might as well go all out.

If this sounds like a treat you’d be interested in, the Musubi Madness pop-up will be running for the first three Saturdays in September on the 7th, 14th, and 21st at LONO Hollywood.

 

Created in partnership with SPAM® 
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Introducing MUSUBI MADNESS: A Pop Up Serving SPAM® Classic Corn Dogs, SPAM® Soft Serve, and Customizable SPAM® Musubi

 Created in partnership with SPAM® 

 

The world as we know it would not be the same without the SPAM® brand. The delicious and affordable product  has been beloved worldwide since providing aid to U.S. and allied troops during WWII. To this day, the SPAM® brand is deeply ingrained in  cultures near and far including Hawaii, Japan and Korea. You could write a book on the iconic brand. In fact, people have. Famed for its ability to be incorporated into any dish, SPAM® products are kitchen staples. To celebrate this great-tasting, meal-time favorite, Musubi Madness, a pop-up restaurant serving all kinds of wildly tasty SPAM®-based dishes, will be up and running at LONO Hollywood in Los Angeles the first three Saturdays of September.

The pop-up will feature a Build-Your-Own-SPAM® Musubi Bar with more than  20 delicious ingredients from around the world to choose from. Once you’ve selected your ingredients, an expert chef will hand-make the musubi right in front of you. Maybe an American Burger SPAM® Musubi with American cheese, onions, lettuce, and thousand island sounds good. How about a Vietnamese-inspired musubi with daikon, carrots, and vermicelli noodles? The possibilities are endless.

The additional options on-hand at the pop-up, while not as customizable as the musubi, are equally delicious. The SPAM® Classic and Shrimp Hot Dogs are dipped in a nori batter and fried until they resemble the fair treats that we all know and love. SPAM® soft serve sundaes, topped with teriyaki caramel, furikake is a must-try for all. This is sweet and savory at its craziest. 

At this point, you’re probably wondering how you’re supposed to eat all this deliciousness with no beverage to wash it down. We got you covered. Musubi Madness will be serving tropical-themed drinks. And, yes, they’re served in the iconic little blue cans.

If you want to get in on one of these Saturday SPAM® Musubi pop-ups, make sure you RSVP at foodbeast.com/spam.

 

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Bloomingdale’s and Peach Mart Collaborate on a Snack Box featuring Asia’s Favorite Munchies

New York radio legend Minya Oh, best known as Miss Info, has curated a selection of Seoul-inspired goods for Bloomingdale’s seventh edition of “The Carousel: Window Into Seoul.” The Carousel is a rotating pop-up concept inspired by the idea, “retail is theatre,” which was coined by past Bloomingdale’s CEO Marvin Traub. Driven by culturally relevant themes and curated by special guest tastemakers, The Carousel adds a bit of “retailtainment” to the Bloomingdale’s experience. 

The latest concept honors South Korea as a cultural hub on the forefront of beauty, fashion, and music. To offer an authentic experience, Miss Info chose products from 25 trend-setting Seoul-based brands including W Concept, the largest fashion e-commerce and multi-brand retailer in Korea, and Amorepacific, one of the world’s largest cosmetics companies based in South Korea. There’s no shortage of options with products ranging between fashion, beauty, home categories as well as popular snacks. 

Home categories offer an array of products to enhance your domestic life like a Philips smokeless grill, a mandolin from OXO, a Scoby Kombucha kit and a rice cooker from Zojirushi.

This munchie experience is offered in Peach Mart snack boxes. Peach Mart is a take-away shop from Chef David Chang’s Momofuku. Snack connoisseurs are sure to be in heaven with each box containing a wide selection of popular snacks like Pocky and Koala’s March, perfect for sharing with a friend. In addition to snacks, “Window Into Seoul,” also offers three savory sauces from KPOP Foods, an up and coming Korean flavor-inspired brand. Flavors included are kimchi, honey glaze and their special KPOP sauce.

You can get your Asian snacks fix from “Window Into Seoul” at four Bloomingdale’s locations — 59th Street, Soho, Century City, San Francisco  and online from September 5th through November 4th.