Tasty Tidbits Restaurant News: Skinny Cocktails, D'Cache, Jamba Deal, Happy Hour Plus and more

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TONIGHT, MARCH 24! It’s Caribbean Night at D’Cache with a special rum tasting. Dance and dine while a live salsa band plays at this latin fusion hideaway in Toluca Lake. The fun starts at 8 p.m. 10717 Riverside Drive, Toluca Lake 818-506-9600

Get two 16 oz. smoothies at Jamba Juice for $5 through March 30. Click here for the coupon.

Encino’s Fromin’s Deli, which opened in 1962, recently changed owners and with that comes a new name — it’s now Uncle Bernie’s Deli, 17615 Ventura Blvd. Encino 818-990-6346.

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse’s 5 for $6 ‘Til 7 bar menu is now even bigger. There’s still a choice of five cocktails, five beers, five wines and five apps. Now there are under 100 calorie cocktails, including a new 99-calorie Tickled Pink cocktail (a sparkling libation with vodka, orange juice, raspberries and a splash of prosecco) plus Guiness draught(two for $6) and a roasted mushroom ravioli in porcini butter sauce. The deal is available from  5 p.m. to 7  p.m. daily.  6373 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills. 818-346-1005, and other Los Angeles area locations.

Saddle Peak Lodge’s chef de cuisine, Christopher Kufek, 26, has taken over from Adam Horton, 28, as head chef in the kitchen at this classic restaurant.  Horton has now officially started his reign at Raphael in Studio City.

Krispy Kreme is offering two banana doughnut specials through April 24. Check out the Banana Kreme Pie doughnut with banana cream filling and crunchy vanilla wafer pieces, or the Banana Caramel Cake doughnut  made with bananas and drizzled

The Cheesecake Factory just introduced five new cocktails — all with 150 calories or less — that are made using a proprietary blend of sugar substitute and natural sweeteners. These new “Skinny-Style Cocktails” are fresh, handcrafted and muddled-to-order, including the Cosmopolitan, Margarita, Mojito, Red Sangria and Long Island Ice Tea. Each cocktail taste as good as their originals and uses the same amount of high-quality spirits, but only have about half the calories. The Cheesecake Factory offers an extensive Happy Hour menu available Monday through Friday from 4-6pm in the bar area. The menu features a large selection of full-sized appetizers available for $5  each. Specialty Cocktails, including the “Skinny” versions of the Cosmopolitan, Margarita, Mojito and Long Island Ice Tea, are available for only $5. Other well drinks, wines and beers are specially priced as well.

Panera Bread is baking up its  traditional Easter Hot Cross Buns with a modern twist from chef Tom Gumpel, Panera’s head baker and former associate dean at the Culinary Institute of America.

 Chef Gumpel’s  Strawberry Hot Cross Buns are made with soft egg bread, orange zest, dried strawberries, topped with a sweet icing. This Lenten tradition will be available for $1.10 Fridays through Sundays through April 10; and everyday from April 15 to 24.  Also new for Spring is Steak and White Cheddar Panini, a Steak amd Egg Breakfast Sandwich, and a Steak and Blue Cheese Chopped Salad. Top that with a Low-Fat Mango Smoothie.

Panda Express is taking donations for the Red Cross relief effort in Japan.  There’s a special box at each location to drop off your donation.

Karen Young is the Founder/Editor of My Daily Find. Email: Karen@mydailyfind.com

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