Native Foods Celebrates Chicken Month

Native Foods is celebrating chicken month.  No, I’m not kidding.  And they are marking the auspicious month with… wings!  Yes, nothing says chicken month better than vegan wings so all month-long starting September 4th, they will be offering special varieties of wings including sweet sriracha, Thai peanut, and tangy BBQ.  Read more, find a location, or check out their seasonal menu here.


Taberna Arros Y Vi Closed?

Ambitious Taberna Arros Y Vi sprang onto the Santa Monica dining scene back in 2013 with its Spanish tapas theme and dark and moody interior.  Lately though, I’ve been hearing rumblings of a closure.  Every time I walked by to check (usually before they opened), they had appeared ready for service:  The tables were set and the bar was stocked.  So yesterday, I dropped by after their opening time of 6pm.  Sure enough, the door was locked and there was no activity inside.  While there is no official announcement or news anywhere, Yelpers are reporting it closed and Opentable no longer carries its listing.  So, I’m calling this one:  Taberna Arros Y Vi is now closed.  Let me know if you have any other information…


Rawberri Set To Deliver Health To BH Soon…

I recently noticed that signs are up in the window of a tiny space at 412 N. Bedford in Beverly Hills that used to house a hair salon announcing that West Hollywood’s Rawberri will soon be bringing raw acai bowls to the land of Spago, Cut, and Mr. ChowRawberri offers a menu of superfruit bowls that are organic, dairy free, gluten-free, and soy free.  But that’s not all.  They will also be the first vendor in the US serve Australia’s CocoWhip.  What’s CocoWhip, you ask?   A vegan and bio-fermented coconut soft serve frozen yogurt that comes in flavors such as matcha slim, and cacao bliss.  No word on when this temple of Hygeia will open, but in the mean time, check out their website here.


Goodbye Joe’s Pizza, Hello Mr. Pizza In Century City… The first Of 15?

The Century City Shopping Center is a flurry of activity lately.  Half of the shopping complex has completely closed down to make way for the construction of an über-chic replacement including the much-anticipated West Coast debut of the mythic Eataly.  But the rising tide doesn’t seem to be floating all boats.  Iconic New York pie maker Joe’s Pizza has closed its outpost in the food court.  And wasting no time whatsoever, it looks like a branch of the Korean pizza giant, Mr. Pizza will be replacing it this Fall. Incidentally, signs posted around the mall indicate that there will be no less than 15 new restaurants in the sparkling new shopping center.  I’ll keep watching…



Native Foods’ Free Dessert Today!

The purchase of an entrée, side, and drink will net you a free dessert today (August 25th) at Native Foods Café. And not just any dessert, but this little piece of summer sunshine: a peach parfait with almond and vanilla bean cream, chunks of carrot cake, and blueberries.  And a portion of the sales will benefit the Surfrider Foundation.  You’re welcome.


Musashiya Udon Noodle Coming Soon To Westwood

It looks like something new is replacing the Top N One Ramen Ex that used to inhabit the small space at 1049 Gayley Ave. in Westwood.  Signs in the window appear to announce that the new tenant will be yet another noodle joint,  Musashiya Udon Noodle.  I can’t seem to locate much information out there on this one so we’ll have to wait and see what develops…



Sugarfina To Bring Confectionary Glam To The Point In El Segundo

There has been a lot of news generated by the upscale The Point development that recently opened in rapidly developing El Segundo.  Most of the restaurant and food announcements arrived late last year.  But it looks like one addition to the food scene has only recently come about.  Confectionary magic makers Sugarfina is expanding its mini candy empire with a new boutique in The Point.  It looks like they’re aiming for an October opening date so South Bay sweet tooths will simply have to wait until then.