Starting today, Smorgasburg’s favorite roaster, Be Bright Coffee,  comes to Paloma for a  summer residency, kicking the summer off with an exclusive recipe for Paloma in Venice – a Mediterranean-inspired Baklava Latte, featuring a house-made honey syrup infused with cinnamon and orange peel, layered with a spiced foam, and garnished with crushed pistachios.  There’s also a Vivid Cream Latte with iced brown sugar, sweet foam, and cocoa powder as well as a standard coffee and espresso selection. Be Bright Coffee will be available at Paloma from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for counter service – at the coffee bar, with an entryway located off Abbot Kinney Blvd. 

This Friday, June 30, Agnes Restaurant & Cheesery will launch an expanded selection of new dishes and large format plates that focus on seasonal ingredients from local purveyors and family recipes.  Executive Chef Thomas Tilaka Kalb curates a menu that celebrates the restaurant’s two-year journey, showcasing the nostalgia of Grandma Agnes’s kitchen, including the Pachamama picnic platter and a Reuben ravioli.

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Reuben Ravioli (Courtesy Agnes Restaurant & Cheesery)

Open to the public and hotel guests alike, Broken Shaker at Freehand in DTLA  will be hosting its Fresh Aire rooftop pool party on Sunday, July 2 with beats by Darjar, playing R&B, Afrobeats, and top hits. There will be cocktails and small bits at the award-winning Broken Shaker. Wear your best bathing suit, swimwear, or come dressed for the summertime sun. Tickets are available via EventBrite.  And for even more 4th of July hijinks, The Roof at The West Hollywood EDITION is adding high-end hot dogs to the menu. From Friday, June 30 through Independence Day, the rooftop bar will offer The Baja Dog and LA Street Dog.

Ginza Nishikawa will celebrate its one-year anniversary since arriving in L.A.  on Saturday, July 1. To celebrate the milestone, Ginza Nishikawa is collaborating with Chef Moriyuki of The Brothers Sushi for a limited edition Tamagoyaki Sando Bento. The bento will include a fluffy tamagoyaki with karashi mayo sandwiched between Ginza Nishikawa shokupan, served alongside house-made pickles. The bento will be available for $22, and only a limited quantity of 50 will be available on July 3rd for pickup with pre-orders available now.

To close out Pride Month, Future Gin is partnering with Venice Beach supper club Winston House for a night of music and cocktail specials on Saturday, July 1, beginning at 9 p.m. There will be  DJ sets from PENNYWILD and additional surprise guests, all members of the LGBTQ community. Featured cocktails all include Future Gin, including the Westside Cocktail, Future Gin and tonic, and Future Gin martini. All weekend, $1 from the Westside Cocktail will be donated directly to The Trevor Project

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Tamagoyaki Sando Bento (Courtesy Ginza Nishikawa)

Heading south?  Chef John Tesar’s Texas-style Knife Modern Steak has opened in the  Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa with a selection of dry-aged steaks, fresh seafood, burgers, pork and lamb slabs, and house-made pasta alongside a craft cocktail program. Highlights include a pork belly BLT with butter lettuce, heirloom tomato, and basil mayo and the pimento burger with pimento cheese, lettuce, tomato, and grilled onion on a house bun. 

For dinner, the steak options are divided into three categories – new school, old school, and exotic – which include signature dishes like a  10oz, 44 Farms sirloin flap, Allen Brothers filet mignon and 32 oz, 240 day dry-aged 44 Farms bone-in ribeye.  Additional dinner dishes include line-caught swordfish with kimchi and crispy pork belly and Lobster Agnolotti with coral butter. Knife’s signature bacon tasting is available for both lunch and dinner. The restaurant also offers a daily breakfast buffet that includes a selection of traditional breakfast and brunch classics.

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