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Juicy tidbits of chocolate-dunked fruit arrive on the doorsteps of family and friends, done up in colorful bouquets and candy boxes by the skilled fruit arrangers at Edible Arrangements' more than 1,100 franchises worldwide. The company's in-house chocolatiers drizzle albion strawberries and daisy pineapples in a trio of chocolate flavors. Once properly chocolated, the workers organize the preservative-free sweets into lush arrangements that resemble flowers in bloom. Customers can choose to plop their bouquets in a variety of vessels, including vases, mugs, and sports- or holiday-themed containers that add a personal touch to the edible gifts. Alternatively, customers can opt to adorn gifts with the cheery, red lids of candy boxes, nestling 12 chocolate-dipped morsels inside to build anticipation and determine if loved ones have x-ray vision as they guess whether fruit will come dusted in shredded coconut or drizzled in white chocolate.

1324 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica,
CA
US

Helmed by executive chef and baby cake froster Tiffini Soforenko, Yummy Cupcakes bakes daily batches of 22 different flavor combinations (chosen from a roster of more than 212 flavors), made from scratch with quality ingredients including sweet creamery butter, ranch fresh eggs, and Madagascar Bourbon vanilla bean. Upcoming flavors for November include a handful of daily offerings such as brown sugar cinnamon, carrot cream cheese, and traditional southern red velvet, complete with rich cream-cheese frosting and taste bud-pleasing hospitality. Crown your favorite Elvis-loving veteran on November 11, with The King, a bacon-filled peanut butter cupcake with banana buttercream and nuts, or the marshmallow yam cupcake, made from fresh yams, marshmallow fluff filling, and frosted with brown sugar buttercream. Forgo the traditional Thanksgiving dinner in favor of turkey-gravy-flavored cakes with cranberry cream cheese, as well as a trail of vegan pumpkin pie cupcakes. In addition to vegan mini-cakes, Yummy produces sugar-free options and guarantees all cupcakes are not on fire.

313 Wilshire Boulevard
Santa Monica,
CA
US

Inspired by the authentic home cooking of specially trained chefs in India, Mayura excites lethargic taste buds with traditional South Indian dishes cooked to satisfy vegetarians and carnivores alike in two separate kitchens. Delicate dosa, a crêpe made with rice and lentil, wraps itself around spinach, garlic, and potatoes in the spinach masala dosa ($6.95) and paginates itself with spiced potatoes in the paper masala dosa ($7.95). Spice seekers can ignite savory glands with the chicken tikka masala, a dish marinated in spices and roasted in a clay oven ($9.95), or the haleem—chunked, marinated meat cooked in curry sauce ($8.95). A selection of beer, wine, shakes, and lassi, a yogurt-based drink, complement Mayura's fiery cuisine and calm the contentious battle between liquid and solid foodstuffs.

10406 Venice Blvd
Culver City,
CA
US

Cuisine Type: Seasonal California Artisan Cafe Cuisine

Established: 2013

Reservations: Not offered

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Number of Tables: 5?10

Parking: Parking lot

Most popular offering: Star-Anise Braised Pork Belly Banh Mi

Kid-friendly: Yes

Alcohol: Beer and wine only

Delivery / Take-out Available: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No

Pro Tip: Check our website daily for delicious specials. Order at the counter. We'll take care of the rest.

Q&A with LeAnne Schwartz, Owner

What is one of your most popular offerings? How is it prepared?

The star-anise braised pork belly bahn mi is one of our most popular sandwiches. The pork belly is slow-braised with star anise, soy, ginger, and scallions. Served on a toasted demi-baguette with house-made dau chua pickled vegetables, hoisin-peanut spread, cucumbers, mint, thai basil, and cilantro.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?

Our weekend brunch menu features the LA Spice benedict: Poached eggs on house-made biscuits, oven-roasted tomatoes, goat cheese, and avocado hollandaise, served with frisee and Nueske nitrate-free bacon lardons. Chef Chris DeVillier uses his Cajun Grand-Mere's recipe for the amazing buttermilk biscuits.

Other brunch specials include chicken and biscuits, pork belly and sweet potato hash, lemon ricotta pancakes, and, of course, mimosas.

In your own words, how would you describe your menu?

LA Spice is about adventurous cuisine reflecting the spirit of LA. We use fine-dining techniques and the freshest seasonal ingredients in a fun and casual atmosphere.

4357 Sepulveda Boulevard
Culver City,
CA
US

If a Coolhaus customer finishes their ice cream sandwich by eating the wrapper, they’re not being gluttonous—the wrapper is edible. What’s inside that wrapper is even more tempting, though. First, the staff bakes the cookie base for their sandwiches with sustainable ingredients that beget sweet discs in chewy double-chocolate with sea salt, potato chip and butterscotch, and vegan carrot cake varieties. Next, they pile on scoops of handmade ice cream in any combination of more than 60 flavors that they let customers choose, unlike rival truck Uncoolhaus, where all of the ice cream sandwiches taste like math homework. They dispense their creations from four trucks that roam the city streets on routes that customers can track via an online calendar. The buzz surrounding their sweets—thanks to positive press in The New York Times, Time, and on the _Food Network—helped Coolhaus expand to New York City, Austin, Miami, and Culver City.

8588 Washington Blvd
Culver City,
CA
US

A good mixologist can create a drink for any occasion, whether it’s a special cocktail for a wedding, a classic sidecar for poker night, or an alcohol-free invention for a kids’ party. The crew of drinkmakers at Royal Blue Bartending goes one step further, mixing and pouring the drinks themselves behind their mobile bar. They craft a custom menu for every client, consulting over the phone before the event to put together the drink list and determine if they need to wear any special outfits. On the big day, they arrive one hour before the party to set up their bar and touch base with the host. Then, they begin up to five hours of drink duty, inundating the get-together with beverages and providing friendly conversation and tiny straws to anyone with a mouth. Afterward, they break down their temporary bar as efficiently as they constructed it, leaving behind only the heady memory of the drinks they served.

325 N Maple Drive, #561
Beverly Hills,
CA
US