Category: Food & Drink

Breakfast Brew

Limited-release beer offers a new level of deliciousness By Kamala Kirk Santa Monica Brew Works unveiled a new addition to its series of limited-release beers celebrating local businesses. The locally owned and operated craft production brewery has teamed with Venice-based Groundwork Coffee Co. to create Breakfast Brew, a Golden Mocha Porter made with cocoa nibs, vanilla bean and organic cold brew coffee. “Some things are just better together,” said Scott Francis, SMBW co-founder, president and chief executive officer. “It’s no secret that coffee and craft beer can complement each other exceptionally well. But adding chocolate takes this brew to a whole other level of deliciousness. It’s more than just producing a quality beverage. Our aim is to connect with our community through products that people are passionate about.” Bundles of cocoa nibs were brewed with Vienna malt and finished with vanilla bean and a touch of chamomile for a smooth finish. Groundwork’s certified oganic classic cold brew adds a hint of nutty character. The final product, which clocks in at 5% ABV, contains only a small measure of caffeine, less than 1/10 the amount contained in full-strength cold brew coffee. “This isn’t a traditional coffee porter,” said SMBW head brewer Avery Colomb. “We had some fun playing with unexpected ingredient combinations. The original milk chocolate flavors combine with the Arabica coffee to create rich dark chocolate truffle notes. And...

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French Provencal Influence

Breadblok brings high-quality, gluten-free baked goods to Santa Monica By Nicole Borgenicht Sisters and co-founders Chloé and Celine Charlier opened Breadblok in February 2020 right before COVID-19 hit, and they ran with it. Their family in Provence, France had baked organically and gluten-free for generations, so they were raised with a healthy eating regimen. Centrally located on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica, the sisters’ ingenuity immediately brought in local clientele, since they adapted to the pandemic environment, and created very popular sets of grab-and-go healthy meals, breads and fine desserts for everyone to enjoy. Visitors can enjoy alfresco dining under the shade of umbrellas and floral vines. From brioche French toast and mushroom egg toast for breakfast to delectable salads, baguette sandwiches and tartines, an array of breads, croissants and heavenly pastries top off this quintessential, restaurant-café cuisine. “We work with a wide range of flours never thought of before,” Chloé said. “There is no gum, wheat, soy or additives.” Baking in the traditional way at their main commissary by the airport, Breadblok also makes their very own chocolate. If you prefer your coffee with something other than milk, they also make their own coconut, almond and oat milk. Sugar alternatives include honey, coconut sugar, maple syrup and monk fruit sweetener to dust pastries. If you are paleo, Breadblok has pumpkin muffins, fruit and nut breads besides parfaits and...

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Iconic Landmark

Randy’s Donuts to open in Santa Monica By Kamala Kirk Iconic landmark destination Randy’s Donuts, which is known for its 33-foot rooftop donut in Inglewood, announced the grand opening of its first location in Silicon Beach just minutes from the Santa Monica Pier. This marks the company’s 8th location in California and first location on Los Angeles’ Westside. The new location will also be the first to unveil Randy’s Donuts’ redeveloped signature coffee, Randy’s Roast, with a more robust coffee program and offerings. Grand opening festivities will take place at the Santa Monica location on Tuesday, Aug. 31 from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., where all guests will receive a free raised glazed donut from 6 a.m. to noon. An official ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. along with an unveiling of a 10-foot replica of the giant donut. Launching at the Santa Monica location first, coffee lovers will enjoy a variety of new Randy’s Roast coffee blends, espressos, cold brew, iced drinks and frappes, including donut-flavored coffee beverages, seasonal flavors and monthly drink LTO’s and promotions. Plans to roll out the new Randy’s Roast program companywide will begin later this year. “For almost 70 years our original Inglewood shop has been a top Los Angeles tourist destination,” said Mark Kelegian, president of Randy’s Donuts. “Santa Monica is a community that loves its coffee (and donuts)...

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Lobster Pizza

This restaurant fuses two classic ingredients into one By Sara Edwards Lobster is a magic word and ingredient in the culinary industry and it always stirs the creative spirit of chefs and cooks. Chef Marcus Roberto of Sampa’s Pizza Cafe in Marina del Rey had just obtained a liquor license for his business and wanted to find a proper way to celebrate this milestone in his restaurant’s story. Sampa’s Pizza Cafe is having its own Summer Lobster Festival menu items with the debut of its new lobster pizza and pasta dishes. “Lobster is such a great ingredient and people are always curious about it,” Roberto said. “So we decided to do a lobster pizza and pasta for the summer and see how it goes. People are very impressed.” Sampa’s lobster pizza uses a champagne sauce topped with mozzarella cheese and large chunks of lobster mixed with Italian Gremolata sauce and arugula to balance out the flavors of the lobster. Their summer menu also includes a lobster pasta entree, a fettuccine pasta dish tossed in champagne sauce and topped with large chunks of lobster and Italian gremolata sauce. “The lemon zest, garlic, parsley and lemon juice breaks down the flavor in your palate and the combination is unbelievable,” Roberto said. “Lobster and champagne go really well together so I created this lobster sauce for the pizza and it came out...

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Celebrating Summer

Culver City’s Citizen Public Market offers fresh culinary concepts and entertainment By Kamala Kirk Culver City’s chef-driven food hall, Citizen Public Market, is bringing fresh culinary concepts, all new pop-ups and a vibrant line of entertainment to Los Angeles this summer. Since its debut in November 2020, the market continues to grow steadily and recently welcomed all-star chef Keith Corbin (partner and executive chef of multi-award-winning restaurant Alta Adams) to its roster and is rolling out live entertainment and community events through September. Designed to be a central hub for the surrounding neighborhood and a destination for visitors, Citizen Public Market’s location recently won the LIV Award for best historic/heritage design and best food hall. The space housed the city’s newspaper, Citizen Publishing Company, in 1929, making it part of the National Register of Historic Places. It also retains many of the original design and structural elements of its previous incarnation with educational plaques and signage throughout detailing its rich history – serving as a community gathering place and tribute to the region’s past. Citizen Public Market features a diverse selection of chef-driven restaurant booths, serving cuisines ranging from local Californian fare to Mexican, Asian and Italian-inspired dishes. Offering an impressive line-up of culinary concepts year-round, the market is home to: • Pizzette: Local chef and award-winning restaurateur Nancy Silverton features her signature creation, the “Pizzette” – a mash-up...

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