Sure, it’s a special gig to serenade the new president on Inauguration Day, but to have an Oreo named after you – now that’s an honor. Starting today, for a limited time, and in celebration of Lady Gaga’s new Chromatica album, the sandwich cookie company is putting pink packs of Gaga-themed Oreo cookies on store shelves. There will also be a virtual Chromatica cookie hunt on twitter (@OREO) that offers little monsters the chance to score a select number of specialty packs signed by Lady Gaga.
Silver Lake’s Rick’s Produce will open a new permanent stall at The Original Farmers Market on Friday, January 29, joining about 80 independent, family-owned businesses. Farmer Rick Dominguez comes to the market with more than 14 years of organic farming experience, bringing seasonal fruits and vegetables from his family farm in Fallbrook, California. The L.A. native will also have freshly made guacamole, açaí bowls and other pre-prepared foods at this second location. Rick’s will be offering 10% off to all customers who shop on opening weekend, January 29-31.
In Japanese culture, “Bu” means two and “Shi” means four, so bushi by JINYA will be celebrating on Thursday, February 4 with 50% off any of bushi by JINYA’s slow-cooked ramen, made from their 10-hour broths. Order takeout online at bushibyjinya.myncrsilver.com and the discount will be automatically applied during checkout. This offer will not be valid through third-party delivery sites.
Salt & Straw scoop shops will be selling Candlelit Dessert packs for ice cream lovers from Monday, February 8 through Valentine’s Day in their scoop shops. The special includes two pints, a Salt & Straw “whiff of waffle cone” scented candle, and a card.
In honor of National Pizza Day, all pizzas will be half off on February 9 at Brooklyn Ave. Pizza Co. In addition to the usual favorites like the OG and the Cherry Bomb, Chef Mario Christerna has added a roasted spicy tomato pie with Stracciatella, Calabrian chilies, carnitas with provolone and a ‘Nduja white eie with Nduja, provolone, fresh mozzarella, ricotta salata, peppered garlic and chili.
The restaurant will also be participating in Slice Out Hunger’s “Pizza Across America” campaign benefitting the Boyle Heights Arts Conservatory, with a donation of 10+ pies to help locals in need. For Valentine’s Day, the Boyle Heights shop will offer Pizza for Two, which includes a 12” classic pizza, house salad and bottle of house wine for a lovely $30.
For Lunar New Year on Friday, February 12, Top Chef Masters alum Anita Lo will be hosting a dumpling class on virtual cooking lesson platform 100 Pleats. Lo’s lesson will teach participants the art of dumpling making through a step-by-step class from wrapper to filling. The lesson will be held on February 12 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. for $49.99 per screen. The price is per screen not per person, so you can make a pod party out of it. Lessons must be booked in advance at www.100pleats.com/holiday and once confirmed, guests will receive ingredient and kitchen equipment details to make pork, shrimp and chive dumplings to celebrate the Year of the Ox.
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