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German Soccer Club Borussia Dortmund Brings German-inspired Food Truck To LA

The most popular sport in the world is, undoubtedly, football. No, not American football – but the beautiful game of what you might know as soccer. To honor the pastime of our generation and of generations before us, we’re bringing together the perfect match of food and football.

Every summer, we get to witness prestigious football clubs from around the world play this beautiful game against our U.S. based clubs. But this time, we’re bringing you an even more indulgent way to honor the game.

To pay tribute to German football club Borussia Dortmund (BVB for short) and it’s upcoming friendly match on May 22nd with the new Major League Soccer team Los Angeles Football Club, we’ve partnered with PUMA to create a limited time BVB Food Truck.

This food truck features a full menu inspired by German street food. With some help from our friends and popular Los Angeles food truck, The Berlin Truck, we’ll give you a taste of everything from spiced currywurst to crispy schnitzel.

The collab with Borussia Dortmund and PUMA will run for one week. Some of the unique items you can get your hands on include:

The BVB Burrito: filled with sauerkraut, fries, curry ketchup, cheese, and bratwurst sausage.

The BVB Grilled Cheese: Made on sourdough bread with Swiss cheese, and filled with chopped bratwurst, fries, curry ketchup, and sauerkraut.

Curry Chicken Grilled Cheese: Curry chicken with melted swiss cheese between sourdough bread.

Schnitzel Sandwich: Made with a massive fried chicken breast, mayo, deli mustard, and sauerkraut, served inside of a pretzel bun.

Curry Cheese Fries: Crispy fries topped with cheddar sauce and curry ketchup.

Bratwurst Dog: A bratwurst sausage topped with grilled onions, homemade sauerkraut, and mustard, served in a German roll. Also available with currywurst sausage or tofu kielbasa.

These loaded German street eats will be available on the BVB Truck through May 23rd at all of its scheduled stops, including the big game between BVB and LAFC. Below is a list of where and when you can find the truck:

May 18
12p-12a – Common Space LA – 3411 W. El Segundo Blvd., Hawthorne CA 90250

May 19

11-1:30p – S.S. Lane Victory – 1945 Merchant Marine Ship, Berth 49, 3600 Miner Street, San Pedro

5:30-8:30 – 1850 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd, Thousand Oaks CA 91362

May 21
11-1:30 – Ocean & 31st – 2929 31st St., Santa Monica, CA 90405
2:30p-4p Niky’s Sports – 11807 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

May 22
11-2pm – Tri Centre Food Trucks – 650 E Hospitality Ln, San Bernardino
5-10pm – GAME – Parking Lot Across the Figueroa St Entrance, Banc of California Stadium – 3939 Figueroa St, Los Angeles CA 90037

May 23
11-2pm – Heritage Corporate Center – 10350 Heritage Park Dr, Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
4-10p – Common Space LA – 3411 W. El segundo Blvd., Hawthorne CA 90250

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A Roundup of The Best Pop-Up Bars In New York City This Holiday Season

If Santacon isn’t for you but you still like to deck the halls with a good spirited beverage that’s #FestiveAF, then this is the article for you.

Holiday pop-up bars have become all the rage from coast to coast, but New York City seems to be the most festive. Below are just a few of the bars you should check out after Rockefeller Centre (because that place can be a madhouse).

The Holiday Cocktail Factory

As Willy Wonka said, “Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker.” Inspired by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, LOCL Bar at NYLO Hotel has launched The Cocktail Factory. The space’s decor will be redesigned to reflect Roald Dahl’s whimsical style and guests can sip from a menu of colorful, seasonal drinks created by Muddling Memories’ Cody Goldstein.

The Violette, You’re Turning Violette  is a combination of tequila, pineapple and Creme de Violette. The Golden Goose is spiked with edible gold, glitter, and pop rocks, but my favorite though had to be The Goodie Goodie Gumballs (seen above) — tequila, St. Germain, cranberry served in a gumball machine.Guests can also have an adult version of the Fizzy Lifting drink in the Champagne Bubble Room or satisfy their sweet tooth at NYLO’s library, which will be converted to a sweets shop for the duration of the pop-up. In the spirit of giving, $1 from every cocktail will be donated to charity partner, Save the Children.

The Cocktail Factory at 2178 Broadway will be open through January 31, 2018.

Sippin Santa’s Surf Shack

Photo Credit: Paola Beretti

Sure, Santa Claus is pretty busy this time of year. But, in his off-time, the big guy loves shredding swells and sipping on tiki drinks. That’s the premise behind Boilermaker’s SOHO pop-up bar. Surf’s up.

The Son of a Nutcracker features a blend of rums, Campari, coconut, passion fruit and fresh lemon while the Little Drummer Boy is their housemade hot cocoa, spiced rum, Amarula cream liqueur, and marshmallows. Not one to ignore the Jewish community, they also have the Hanukka-vana which includes rye whiskey, dill aquavit, coconut, pineapple, and fresh lime. Since the bar is named after the classic beer and shot combination, you have to try one of their xx boilermakers, which are all named after classic holiday characters like Kris Kringle (the classic seen above), Jack Skellington, and Ralphie Parker (the Hawaiian take).

Sippin Santa’s Surf Shack at 13 1st Ave will be open through Jan. 1.


A Christmas tree is lit in Brooklyn and is adorned with all the divas you can imagine — Mariah, Gaga, Britney, J.Lo, and Janet. And atop the tree is the queen herself, Beyonce. It, much like the rest of the decor at Brooklyn’s Leyenda, simply slays (or is it sleighs).

Either way, owners Ivy Mix and Julie Reiner have taken holiday pop-ups beyond Manhattan with their Latin​ ​holiday​ ​pop-up​ ​that​ ​pays homage​ ​to​ ​all​ ​the​ ​Queens​ ​out​ ​there.​ ​​Mexican​ ​Hot​ ​Chocolate​ ​is​ ​spiked​ ​with​ ​mezcal,​ ​a​ ​drink​ ​called​ ​The​ ​Sleigh Pilot (shown above) pairs​ ​Appleton​ ​and​ ​Wild​ ​Turkey​ ​Rare Bread Bourbon​ ​with lime, grapefruit, falernum, cinnamon, absinthe, and aromatic bitters served in an ornament​,​ ​and the classic​ ​coquito​ ​(Puerto​ ​Rico’s ​take on​ ​eggnog). The​ ​back​ ​of​ ​the​ ​bar​ ​was also​ ​turned​ ​into​ ​a​ ​private​ ​winter chalet. A​ ​fireplace​ ​will​ ​warm​ ​the​ ​hideaway,​ ​which​ ​is perfect​ ​for​ ​last​ ​minute​ ​holiday​ ​parties​ ​and​ ​gatherings​ ​with​ ​friends.

Sleyenda ​at​ ​221​ ​Smith​ ​Street​ ​will​ be open​ ​through​ ​December​ ​24th.

Miracle on 9th Street

Photo Credit: Melissa Hom for Miracle

The one that started it all — at least as far as we’re concerned. Miracle on 9th Street at MACE has become a holiday tradition for many (including myself). The Lower East Side bar, known for its unique craft cocktails, gives its creations a seasonal turn.

Try the Christmapolitan, which includes fig leaf-infused vodka, cranberry, elderflower liqueur, lime juice, coconut water, spices, whey — lactose clarification while the Die Hard-inspired Yippie Ki Yay Mother F****r! features Plantation Barbados Rum, Yaguara Ouro Cachaça, Plantation OFTD Rum, purple yam-coconut orgeat and pineapple acid. Like sibling bar Boilermaker, Miracle also has a Channukah-inspired drink called the Dreidel Dreidel Dreidel, which is made of chocolate gelt-infused Reposado tequila, Pedro Ximenez Sherry, maple syrup, and black walnut bitters. There really isn’t a bad choice on their menu.

Miracle on 9th Street at 649 E 9th Street will be open through Jan. 1.

The Winter Room

Hanging out at a rooftop bar in Manhattan in December might sound crazy, but the eponymous named The Roof has turned its beautiful views of Midtown into a veritable winter wonderland — it’s also fairly close to all the classic NYC Christmas sites, so that helps.

In addition to its traditional cocktail and light bites menu, the bar also serves “Winter Warmers” like the Rooftop Toddy with spiced rum, hot apple cider, and a cinnamon stick; Central Park Sleigh Ride with Belvedere Vodka, hot chocolate, and vanilla; and The Snowday with Hennessy VSOP, fresh lemon juice, and honey. They also serve hot chocolate and hot apple cider, in case you’re hanging with kids or teetotalers.

The Winter Room at 124 West 57th Street is open through March 2018.


Imagine a restaurant that thinks it should be Christmas all year around… just like that one aunt you have. Now imagine, it as a New York institution that serves great, traditional German food. Well, that’s Rolf’s.

The restaurant starts decorating in September and they stay up till spring. Their food stays the same, focusing on German classics like schnitzel and bratwurst, but they do serve festive drinks like mulled wine and spiced eggnog. They also have a really hardy schnapps menu, if you’re into that sort of thing. Good luck getting in though, as it’s one of the hottest restaurants to get into at this time of year for this very reason.

Rolf’s is located at 281 Third Avenue.


The Nazi-Themed Dinner That No One Heard About, Until Now

Nazi Dinner

There was some heated controversy last week when City Pages received a photo of a Minneapolis restaurant filled with people dressed in German attire and Nazi flags hanging from rafters. The anonymous source of the photo did not give any additional information about the event other than the restaurant it was taken in.

Turns out everyone in the picture was a part of a convention for historical reenactment enthusiasts that took place last December — an event that remained relatively unknown until photos taken during the dinner surfaced. According to Jon Boorom of the WWII Historical Re-enactment Society Inc., the event was “a Star Trek convention but for WWII enthusiasts.” Boorom explained that all the reenactment groups host a Christmas party since there aren’t many events during the winter. For this particular event, WWII enthusiasts dressed up as German soldiers and ate at a German restaurant to “eat German food, and drink German beer.”

Boorom told City Pages that the group’s decision to wear Nazi uniforms was not to support Hitler or his beliefs, but rather to educate its attendees about history “so people don’t forget.” Gasthof Zur Gemutlichkeit, the restaurant featured in the photo, has been hosting the Christmas event for the last six years.

Picthx City Pages