By Jill Weinlein, 7/28/2011
National Cheesecake Day
On July 30, The Cheesecake Factory is celebrating a new cheesecake flavor, Hershey’s Chocolate Bar, and offering a special discount on more than 30 flavors. Enjoy any slice of cheesecake for half price and be one of the first to try their moist chocolate cake and ganache covered with creamy chocolate frosting and chocolate chips. 364 N. Beverly Dr. (310)278-7270 and 189 the Grove Dr. (323)634-0511.
Weekend Breakfast Special
The Breeze Restaurant at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza is offering a weekend breakfast buffet where children under 12 are charged their age in dollars. The hotel is also offering a staycation special. Stay two nights and receive a $75 dining credit towards any of the hotel’s dining venues. Use it pool side, in-room dining, or at the X bar, Breeze and Lobby court & patio. 2025 Avenue of the Stars, (310)228-1234.
Breadbar’s Guest Chef
Starting August 1, guest chef, Noriyuki Sugie unveils a new cold ramen consisting of beef consommé, shredded beef short rib, sliced cucumber, radishes, peanut, arugula, coriander and shishitou peppers for $15. 8718 W. Third St. (310)205-0124.
Sprinkles celebrates the summer with three new flavors of cupcakes. The summer cherry is filled with sweet, puréed cherries in both the cake and frosting. The salty caramel offers an irresistible salty-sweet flavor using fleur de sel crystals hand-harvested from the seas off Brittany, France. Sweet buttery caramel flavors both the cake and frosting. The third new flavor will have your lips pucker with the tart key lime juice and zest in both the cake and frosting. The first two cupcakes are only available until July 31. 9635 S. Santa Monica Blvd. (310)274-8765.
Fresheast Patio Dining
Enjoy made-to-order tiger tofu, tiger shrimp bowl, tandoori organic salmon salad served with a curry yogurt sauce and avocado smoothies on the restaurant’s large sun-filled patio. Fresheast incorporates the flavors throughout Asia from Korea, China, India, Thailand and Japan. Monday nights the restaurant donates 10% of proceeds to Doctors Without Borders. Guests who ride their bike or drive a hybrid receive 10% off their bill. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. 8951 Santa Monica Blvd. (310)859-9989.
Cecconi’s Elegant Bites
Chef Andrea Cavaliere’s new Cicchetti menu includes quail egg and tonnato sauce, bone marrow with salsa verde and shishito peppers and anchovies. All the plates are between $5 and $8. Pair your elegant bites with a new aperitivo cocktail which includes Aperol, gin, lemon juice and angostura bitters shaken and served in a coupe and garnished with a flamed twist. 8764 Melrose Ave. (310) 432-2000.
Bistronomics at Breadbar
A five-course prix-fixe dinner presented by guest chefs Jet Tila of Wazuzu and Alex Ageneau, the sous chef at The Royce at The Langham, will take place on August 1 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The special dinner is $65 per person. 10250 Santa Monica Blvd. R-2 (310)277-3770.
Hollywood Bowl Picnic Fare
The three-course Peninsula picnic baskets can be ordered with a choice of gourmet appetizers, main and dessert courses. Prices range from $39 to $49 per dinner. Freshly baked bread and butter is included. Concertgoers pull into the Peninsula Beverly Hills and receive from a staff member their basket complete with plastic utensils, paper plates, napkins, and, on request, a blanket. 9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd. (310)975-2731.
Osteria La Buca To-Go
Take out items such as homemade pastas, smoked and marinated olives, zucchini bread, butter pickles, pork fat almonds and Osteria’s “Mother Sauce” that can be used for pizza and pastas are now available for guests to purchase and take home. 5210 Melrose Ave. (323)462-1900.
Glorious Garlic at CHAYA Venice
During the month of August indulge in savory and sweet dishes featuring green and black garlic, as well as garlic-infused desserts and cocktails. Some of the specials include Alaskan halibut with green garlic risotto, garlic fish and garlic sweet potato chips and garlic crème brulée. All Night Happy Hour specials are available every evening from 5 p.m. to closing. 110 Navy St. (310)396-1179