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There’s A Dessert Fest In LA This Weekend And It’s A Sugar Filled Paradise

Got a sugar-thirsty sweet tooth? Don’t we all.

Time Out L.A. is taking advantage of those who are forever down for desserts with their Dessert Fest happening this Sunday, April 30. Attendees will have access to some of LA’s most tempting treats, all in one sitting.

The Time Out L.A. editors asked eight local restaurants and bakeries to serve up their most popular desserts for the event, and thus, Sunday they will be doing just that at Studio 11. The participating vendors include: Magnolia Bakery, Ococoa, Lady M Cake Boutique, Erin McKenna’s Bakery, SpireWorks, The Walrus and the Hedgehog, Wanderlust Creamery, and Pop Champagne Bar & Restaurant.

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Kate Wertheimer, Editor at Time Out Los Angeles, says:

“At Time Out we’re dedicated to discovering the best of the city—whether that’s bars, theater, comedy, art or the very best dishes. L.A. has some great restaurants that are getting super creative with their desserts—whether baked, fried or frozen—so to celebrate our favorite sweet treats, we’re crowning L.A.’s very best. I promise that this will be every foodies’ perfect day filled with delicious, decadent goodness, and a few surprises, too.”

The Walrus and the Hedgehog

SpireWorks

Tickets are between $25-$35 and will get you tastings from each participating restaurant plus two complementary beers from Peroni Nastro Azzurro.

For more information and to book your ticket, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dessert-fest-presented-by-time-out-la-tickets-33349689820

Check out more of the goodies from the Fest below:

Magnolia Bakery

Ococoa

POP Champagne Bar

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Watch This Restaurant Turn Fried Chicken & Waffles Into A Cubano Sandwich


It’s easy to see why the Cubano sandwich trend has began to proliferate, branching out from its roots on the East Coast. If you think about it, the Cubano is probably one of the simplest sandwiches ever made, yet its simplicity is sparking culinary intrigue across the country —  and everyone is beginning to notice something special about the Cubano.

Having originated in Florida, the Cubano is traditionally made with roasted pork, ham, pickles, Swiss cheese, yellow mustard and lightly toasted on a panini grill. Its adaptations can certainly vary when it comes to specific ingredients, but all share the same no-frills approach to making an unforgettable and deliciously savory, melt-in-your-mouth creation.

This April, Bruxie, the fried chicken and waffle sandwich chain, will also be sharing their own Cubano concept.

Photos by Pete Pham

Behold: the Bruxie Fried Chicken & Waffle Cubano Sandwich.

Made with shaved ham, Bruxie’s house-made honey-mustard, thinly sliced pickles, and of course their crispy, golden brown fried chicken, all served between two savory waffle buns, this is something that might actually be better than Spring Break.

If you’re looking to experience the traditional taste of the Cubano with a twist from Bruxie Gourmet Waffle Sandwiches, you’d better hurry. Like Spring Break, Bruxie’s Cubano Sandwich won’t be here forever (even though we all wish it would).

The Bruxie Cubano sandwich will be available from April 5 – 25.

Created in partnership with Bruxie

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7 Of The Most Instagram Worthy Churros in SoCal

“Churro, it’s me. I was wondering if after all these years that you’d like to be eaten.” – Adele (maybe).

 

From ice cream filled donuts to rainbow unicorn bagels to gelato rolled up right in front of you to make a beautiful floral and edible arrangement in a cup, our foods have become more colorful, more unique, and — most importantly — more delicious! We put new spins on old favorites all the time, so it is no surprise that the churro has been undergoing these Instagrammable makeovers today. Here are the top seven IG worthy churros you can find in SoCal that won’t break the bank or break your foodie IG aesthetic!

 

Churros Calientes

11521 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

Image: INSTAGRAM – @churroscalientes

If Snoop Dogg had a favorite churro, it’d definitely be a churro with some… drizzle. Churros Calientes keeps it sweet with their warm and sugary churros decorated with gooey toppings such as dulce de leche, sweet condensed milk, and cream cheese-guava. The customizations don’t stop here though — you can choose your own filling as well in your churro, too! With a stack of churros on a plate topped with one of the rich homemade flavors, you’ll be able to taste the goodness in your mouth just by taking a pic.

 

Churro Borough

1726 N. Vermont Ave, Los Feliz, CA

Image: INSTAGRAM – @dinela

Known as the original churro ice cream sandwich connoisseur, Churro Borough is churro simplicity at its best. With both ice cream and churros made fresh daily, Churro Borough offers churro sticks, churro bits, and the beautifully crafted churro ice cream sandwich. Sure, you probably cannot stick the whole sandwich in your mouth in one bite, but you can definitely try, which is definitely worth it for the ‘gram.

 

Churros El Tigre

4211 Camino De La Plaza, San Diego, CA

Image: INSTAGRAM – @irisfigs

Cutting it close to Tijuana, Churros El Tigre serves quality desserts with an extra side of joy — and by joy, we mean sugar, of course. From churro fries to mini churros to the supreme churro sundae made of six churros, a banana, two scoops of ice cream, chocolate, caramel, lechera, crushed peanuts, and cherries, you’ll have your mouth (and tummy) saying churr-OH YASSS.

 

The Naughty Churro

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Image: INSTAGRAM – @mocnificent

Who wants to be nice when you can be naughty? Known for churro creations like their beautiful rainbow unicorn-like cotton candy churro ice cream sandwiches, The Naughty Churro adds color, flavor, and flare to a churro sandwich. If you’re feening for something a bit more savory, The Naughty Churro has your back, offering sweet fried chicken in between two churro buns to satisfy your every need. They have recently come up with their sh*ttiest creation; we wouldn’t say that it comes in first place, but it is definitely number 2.

 

The Loop Churros

9729 Bolsa Ave, Westminster, CA

Image: INSTAGRAM – @shoes_foods_tattoos

Loop, there it is! The Loop Churros add a new twist — or rather, bend — to the churro. The Loop gives you options on how you want your churro, whether you want to dip it in sauces like nutella or tiramisu, glaze it with different flavors like Sprinkle Berry or Matcha Crunch, or chill it in an ice cream combination of goodness. You may not hear about the latest trends and foodie finds, but trust us; you’ll stay in The Loop with these churros.

 

Sweet Daily Cafe

3740 Iowa Ave. Ste 106, Riverside, CA 92507

Image: INSTAGRAM – @cashthetics

You’d think these churros were a Thanksgiving turkey due to the endless options of stuffing. Having only opened earlier in 2016, Sweet Daily Dessert Cafe in Riverside offers drinks, desserts, and of course, churros in all shapes and sizes (and flavors!). For those who wish to balance that sweet and savory taste, the cream cheese stuffed churro might be the safe option, but if you dare, try the churro dog with garlic aioli. Yes, you read this correctly: THE CHURRO DOG IS A THING. The variety of churro desserts and fillings makes us wish we were currently students at UCR – that’s short for University of ChurRos, obviously.

 

Ridges Churro Bar

LA/OC

Image: INSTAGRAM – @tracitrauma

Cereal? Ice cream? Churros? Why not all three! Sometimes, less is more, but in Ridges Churro Bar’s case, MORE IS MORE. Ridges is known for a few of their OG flavors, including Fruity Pebbles, Salted Caramel, Nutella Nut, and Strawberry Cheesecake. Topped with cereal, nuts, chocolate, and more, these churros are stuck into a cup of sweet ice cream for you to enjoy. A churro from Ridges is perfect for the ‘gram — hold the cup in one hand, extend your arm, and take a pic with the other! It’s like it was meant to be.

 

You may have thought that churros were a delicacy found at Costco or Disneyland, but this is a belief of the past. Take a trip to any and all of these churro spots and sink your teeth into something magical and Instagrammable!

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Woman Allegedly Gets Thrown Out of Urth Caffe For Being Muslim

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A popular cafe franchise in Southern California is under fire after an employee allegedly kicked out a woman for being Muslim.

Sara Farsakh, a Muslim woman, was dining at Urth Caffe’s Laguna Hills location last night when a employee by the name of “Tino” approached her table. Farsakh wrote on in a Facebook post:

“Tino explained that they were anticipating a busy evening and needed to clear tables and that per their policy anyone that had been there for over 45 minutes was required to share or give up their table to other customers.”

However, Farsakh and her group had just gotten there and the policy only applies when the restaurant is clearly busy, Farsakh took video footage of the numerous tables that were available and the short line out front.

“We told Tino that our orders had just arrived and that we couldn’t reasonably finish and leave within 10 minutes. He said it didn’t matter and we had to leave.”

“The party on the table next to us (a group of white women) overheard our conversation and were shocked. They told us they had been sitting far longer than we had but had never been told to prepare to leave.”

After trying to reach the owner via other staff members to no avail, the police were called to escort the women off the premises. The officers reminded the woman that an establishment as the right to refused service to anyone regardless of the reason.

“I truly believe that because I was sitting with visibly Muslim women, we were singled out when we were asked to leave. I can’t even begin to express the feelings of embarrassment and humiliation as police officers were called to escort out a group of Muslim women from a restaurant. Shame on you Urth Caffe for your disgusting and racist treatment of paying customers.”

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Since Farsakh’s post has gone viral, Urth Caffe’s Yelp and Facebook pages have been flooded with negative reviews for their Laguna Hills Location.

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Here’s Farsakh’s Facebook post in full.

We’ve reached out to Urth Caffe for a comment and will update this post once they respond.

 

Written by Editorial Staff, NextShark

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Grill ‘Em All’s Midnight Burg Got Us Feeling All Sorts of Things

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S’more Bacon Waffle Dusted with Powdered Sugar

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Bruxie Offers Crispy Waffle Tuna Sandwiches

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Bruxie, Orange County’s OG waffle house, has done it again and managed to bring Southern Californians another satisfying dish. This time we’re talking wild albacore tuna coated with melted cheddar cheese and stuffed in a waffle.

The new menu item is a collaboration with Oregon Seafoods,  a company that prides itself on their line-caught Albacore off the coast of Oregon. For those of you familiar with Bruxie’s more indulgent dishes — the Buttermilk Fried Chicken Waffle Sandwich or S’Mores Waffle, to name a few — the Waffle Tuna Melt offers a surprising, if not refreshing, meal to dine on.

The waffle itself carries a light crisp, contrasting well with the soft creaminess of the tuna and cheddar. Overall, the waffle sandwich walks the fine line between leaving you satisfied and leaving you stuffed. Although, in our case, it was the latter, as we couldn’t help ourselves from getting seconds.

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Umami Burger Debuts PB&J Ice Cream Sandwich Made with Jelly Donut

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Umami Burger is upgrading their dessert line-up with a particularly decadent dessert: Donut Ice Cream Sandwiches. The concoction comes from a collaboration between L.A. Creamery Ice Cream and Stan’s Donuts in Southern California.

The flavor mash-ups include: Peanut butter and jelly ice cream sandwiched between a jelly donut; chocolate ganache ice cream sandwiched inside a chocolate peanut butter donut; cinnamon toast ice cream stuffed between a cinnamon roll with chocolate chips. Ok, so the last one technically isn’t a “Donut” Ice Cream Sammie but… at this point the sound of saliva waterfalling out of my mouth is making it hard to concentrate… You were saying?

The new Donut Ice Cream Sandwiches are now available at every Umami location in Southern California and New York for $6 and $8 a pop, respectively.