What sorts of fun chocolate flavors is Lolli and Pops debuting, and why should you get dad a whisky locker at Steak & Whisky? That and more in this month's food news….
Lolli and Pops' Artisanal Chocolate Bars
Lolli and Pops has quickly become an edible empire, thanks to the ever-changing spread of sodas and sweets—including all manner of vegan and gluten-free treats—sold in its nostalgic shops, including one in Glendale (with more coming to SoCal soon).
Now, however, the brand is embarking on a delicious new path with the launch of its line of artisanal chocolate bars, perfectly timed for Father’s Day, graduations, and wedding season. Like the boutiques themselves, which boast handwritten chalkboard specials and nattily dressed soda fountain attendants, these new bars combine a sense of familiarity with whimsy.
Flavors include 33 percent Cacao “Gimme S’more,” and “Luscious Red Velvet,” as well as the darker 54 percent Cacao “Savory Sea Salt.” Other indulgent options: artsy boxed truffles or the signature “Topp’d” chocolate bars (above), coated in candy, cookies, nuts, and more. Glendale Galleria, 818-546-1813
Kolikof Caviar & Salmon Offers Caviar Catering for Your Next Party
Every Angeleno knows that, when it comes to throwing a party, it’s all about location, location, location. That’s why LA-based sustainable fine-foods purveyor Kolikof Caviar & Salmon has launched a bespoke offering that brings a decadent caviar spread anywhere the party host wants it to be.
The catered experience includes customized displays—think intricate ice carvings or a specially designed surfboard— with an array of choices from Kolikof’s hand-selected range of caviar, all of which is personally inspected by owner Jim Miller to ensure quality and peak seasonality. Carefully trained caviar professionals are on hand to serve and answer any questions guests may have as they enjoy the briny bounty on blini cones and pancakes.
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams Comes to the West Coast
Cult fave creamery Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams has opened its first West Coast “scoop shop” in Los Feliz. The modernist inspired space serves up the brand’s artisanal favors, including a wheatgrass, pear, and vinho verde sorbet unique to the LA shop. Founder Jeni Britton Bauer has also unveiled a new Colors collection for summer, with options including ultramarine blue, Persian orange, and cadmium yellow. 1954 Hillhurst Ave., LA, 323-928-2668
Get Dad a Steak & Whisky Locker for Father's Day
Puzzling over what to get the dad who has everything for Father’s Day? Consider one of Steak & Whisky’s 10 new whisky lockers—not only does $500 rent a private liquor cabinet for a year when you buy $500 worth of liquor from S & W, but it also entitles its owner to a 40 percent discount on the steakhouse’s inventory of over 80 hard-to-find international whiskies. 117 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach, 310-318-5555
Simbal Looks at Southeastern Cuisine Through a Playful Lens
Chef Shawn Pham might be an LA native, but he looked to his Vietnamese heritage—as well as his training in the kitchens of Sona and The French Laundry—for the opening of Simbal in a discreet corner of Downtown’s Little Tokyo. Pham’s menu provides a playful take on Southeast Asia’s traditional cuisine, with colorful twists like fried black century egg with sliced pork and basil and chili jam mussels with tamarind, lemongrass, and a Chinese donut. 319 E. Second St., Ste. 202, LA, 213-626-0244