In honor of Women’s History Month, and Hinamatsuri or “Girls’ Day,” a Japanese holiday celebrated on March 3, Go Little Tokyo is dedicating the month of March to recognize women-owned businesses within the Little Tokyo community. 

To commemorate Girl’s Day on March 3, Fugetsu-Do, Little Tokyo’s historic confectionery founded in 1903 will be offering Sakura Mochi, a traditional sweet enjoyed on the Japanese holiday and throughout the spring season. Available through March 31, the mochi’s pink color resembles the cherry blossom and is wrapped in an edible cherry blossom leaf. 

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Sakura Mochi (Courtesy Fugetsu-Do)

On Monday, March 7, Casa Vega will offer a five-course, pre-fixed sit-down dinner featuring Mexican and Thai cuisines, as well as American brunch and healthy bowls and wraps hosted by Kwini Reed, chefs Cathy and  Vanda Asapahu , Christy Vega and Jeanne Cheng. Highlights include salmon salad from Kye’s, shrimp and grits from Poppy + Rose, chicken enchiladas from Casa Vega and lemongrass lime tart from Ayara Thai. Ten percent of proceeds will benefit Regarding Her Food, a national nonprofit driven by women restaurateurs on a mission to empower and advance women-identifying food and drink entrepreneurs. Reserve here.

STARBURST Airs Gummies come to life in an immersive inflated market pop-up on Saturday, March 12. The made-for-social-sharing inflated market includes market aisles stocked with inflatable food and household items, with a STARBURST Airs twist. Fans can get the first taste of STARBURST Airs Gummies before they hit shelves nationwide in April. The market pops up at Playa Vista at 200 Culver Blvd., in Playa Del Rey. Attendees must be age 16 or older, unless accompanied by an adult. 

Courtesy The Art of Tea

Piccalilli in downtown Culver City has partnered with Paradis Ice Cream to create a specialty flavor called Vietnamese Coffee Toffee Date Cake. The new flavor is available at Piccalilli and all Southern California Paradis locations starting Monday, March 14 and running through Friday, March 25. The rich flavor combines Piccalilli’s Asian-inspired cuisine with Paradis’ signature gelato preparation methods and ingredients. Combining sweet and salty ingredients, with a thick and creamy, vanilla ice cream base, the flavor incorporates Medjool dates with Madagascar vanilla, and brandy-infused toffee sauce. The new flavor will be incorporated into dessert preparations each day at Piccalilli, like the topping for a Date Cake Crumble with Toffee Sauce on the side. At Paradis, the flavor is available by the scoop, served in a cup and as a shake.


LA-based artisanal tea purveyor Art of Tea will team up with chef Jason Neroni at The Rose Venice to offer complimentary cups of tea from Art of Tea’s limited-edition Outlander Collection. Art of Tea partnered with Sony Pictures Television on the collection, which features two teas inspired by the leads in the Starz series, returning for its sixth season on Sunday, March 6. The complimentary cups of teas will be served in both The Rose Venice Market and restaurant during brunch hours from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., while supplies are available. (Limit one cup per guest.) 

To celebrate the premiere, on Saturday, March 5 and Sunday, March 6, The Rose Venice will offer a choice of English Rose, a bright blend of green tea and rose petals inspired by heroine Claire Fraser; and Scottish Highlander, a full-bodied, Scottish Breakfast-style black tea inspired by hero Jamie Fraser. 

In celebration of its L.A. launch, Good Eggs is popping up on Santa Monica’s Main Street at the California Heritage Museum on Friday, March 4 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and  will feature free bites from local, organic producers and other activities. There will be fresh organic produce from County Line Harvest, fresh baked bread from Santa Monica Proper’s Surya Spa, eats from Partake Foods and Strauss Creamery. Sign up at to get access to the festivities and 20% off Good Eggs orders placed at the event, with a portion of proceeds going to Art of Elysium’s Culinary Arts Program and Save the Children.

Vietnamese Coffee Toffee Date Cake (Courtesy Paradis Ice Cream)


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