Tasty Tidbits: Caviar Vending Machines, New Bar With Craft Cocktails, Special Wine Dinner, Wine and Champagne Tasting, Weekend Brunch and More

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BY KAREN YOUNG

 

In case you ever need caviar on the run, you can get it from Beverly Hills Caviar vending machines located at the Burbank Town Center, Westfield Topanga and Westfield Century City.  Photo: Beverly Hills Caviar

From the “you’ve got to be kidding me” files: Beverly Hills Caviar has arrived in the 818 — in the form of a vending machine, that is.  The decadent biz has installed machines in Westfield Topanga, WestfieldCentury City and the Burbank Town Center. There’s  items ranging from small gifts such as a Pink Mother of Pearl Spoon ($5),  Black Truffle Salt ($20), Whitefish Caviar (2 0z. $30), American Black Caviar (1 oz. for $45)  and gift boxes for $50 to  the completely decadent  Imperial River Beluga Caviar ($500 for 1 oz.).   And purchasing couldn’t be easier — all takes is a quick swipe of your credit card.

If you’re serious about your cocktails,  you’ll want to head over to The Famous in Glendale.  Located across from the Americana in the landmark Huntley-Evans building that once housed Famous Department Store, The Famous has a speakeasy feel with old black and white clips rolling on  T.Vs. The finely crafted cocktails, complete with a large whiskey and bourbon list, are a toast to those invented over 100 years ago using bitters, juices, syrups, and infusions. Fresh ingredients are locally sourced. There’s also a fine selection of beers, ales and ciders ($7).  Since you’ll definitely need some food with your drinks,  The Famous has a changing menu that features such items as sliders, pigs in a blanket,  braised pork belly, charcuterie and cheese, truffle fries and more.  A DJ spins tunes on the weekends. Cocktails average $12.

Stone Brewing Tee and Pint Night at Prohibition Burgers and Beer in Tarzana this Wednesday from 6 p.m.-11 p.m. $25 gets you a Stone Draft Beer, a pint glass to take home and a Stone T-Shirt. Order a burger while you’re at it.

Le Sanglier in Tarzana presents a wine pairing dinner this Wednesday for $95 per person (wine, tax, gratuity included). Begin with Mise en Bouche Hors d’Oeuvres, followed by Maine Lobster with Leeks Julienne and Red Beet Essence and Veal Tenderloin, Prosciutto, Braised Red Cabbage with Marsala Reduction. In the French tradition, Cheese and Salad are the third course. Coffee included. Call Gil for reservations (818) 345-0470.

La Frite in Sherman Oaks is serving up Bouillabaise every Friday evening.  It’s best to call ahead to reserve your bowl.  Also,  this French restaurant offers a champagne brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Top Zagat rated Brent’s Deli is rumored to be looking for locations in Encino.  I’m thinking that Islands might be a good location — or as a replacement for Jerry’s.   Brent’s  has two other locations  — Northridge (the original) and Westlake.

Bacon and Wine? Why Not!  Join in on  Total Wine & More’s First Annual Holiday Brunch Party on  Saturday, December 1 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Grab some free brunch bites, paired with world-famous champagnes and samples of exclusive wines from around the globe (ten cents a sample), including: Dom Perignon Champagne 2003, Chateau Mailly Champagne “Les Echansons” 2000, Baron de Rothschild Champagne Brut , Joseph Phelps Insignia 2008, Chappellet Cabernet Pritchard Hill Estate 2009, Blankiet Paradise Hill Cabernet Blend 2008.  No reservation is necessary .The event will be held at all Southern California Total Wine & More stores, including Redondo Beach, Northridge, Thousand Oaks, Laguna Hills, Brea, Tustin, Huntington Beach, and Rancho Cucamonga.

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