Plant-based fast casual nomoo in West Hollywood has undergone a refresh and  reopened this week with a new look and a couple of new menu items including  Cheezy-Crunch Tacos and Crispy Chick’n Kale Caesar, as well as the launch of its own  proprietary “beef” patty, a non-GMO, gluten-free burger made from pea protein. 

Inspired by Taco Bell’s popular Cheesy Gordita, nomoo’s Cheezy-Crunch Tacos are made with “beef,” avocado, ranch salsa, cheddar Cheeze and lettuce wrapped between one hard and one soft corn tortilla and held together by melted cheddar Cheeze. The Crispy Chick’n Kale Caesar, nomoo’s first entrée-size salad is made with local greens, sliced crispy, non-GMO Chick’n, house-made Cashew Cheeze, Crispy’s, Golden Beet strings, peppers and topped with housemade Caesar dressing. The vegan burger shop also upgraded its classic burger (the nomoo) and BBQ Facon Burger using the new product, which is made from pea protein, is 100% soy-free, 100% non-GMO, gluten-free and features a clean list of ingredients, unlike Impossible and Beyond Meat. 

Kicking off the World Cup festivities, The Bamboo Club in Long Beach will host a launch party on Sunday, Nov. 20, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., featuring a special menu, World Cup trivia with prizes, and World Cup highlight streaming on the extra-large LED screen.  The tiki-inspired hangout will offer extended hours and open its doors 30 minutes prior to each of the game times on its screening schedule, alongside special drinks and breakfast items like the chorizo burrito and cheesy breakfast burger. 

Our Place, the fast-growing kitchenware brand that took off with its internet-favorite Always Pan, will open its first retail location in Venice on Monday, Nov.  21. Housed in an Abbot Kinney bungalow, it also will include a cafe featuring boba, teas and haldi doodh (turmeric latte), as well as a back garden for cooking classes, book launches and other community events.

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The Elton Meal and Glitter Glasses shake (Courtesy Monty’s Good Burger)

From now until Sunday, Dec. 11, all Monty’s Good Burger locations will serve the all-plant-based Monty’s Elton Meal, which includes a single cheeseburger, side of tots and fries featuring special-edition, blue-colored ranch, a tiny dancer drink (pink lemonade with a twist) and a rainbow rock sugar cookie for $24.99. They also created the Glitter Glasses shake, which is an oat-based shake with an English toffee flavor. The Rocket Man himself will perform at Dodger Stadium starting tonight for three nights; tickets are still available here .

The Dolly Llama ice cream shops will offer a limited-time waffle cone that comes piled high with pumpkin ice cream, topped with Reese’s cups, holiday sprinkles, nutella sauce, and a turkey formed with an Oreo and candy corn on top through Nov. 27. The  Liege Waffle is Belgian-inspired and is made using European flavors and techniques, while the Hong Kong Bubble Waffle is prepared with a special batter that produces a crispy and custard-like texture.  

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Thanksgiving waffle cone (Courtesy Dolly Llama)

Ghia, the non-alcoholic aperitif brand based in LA, will host a bake sale at its new LA workspace on Sunday, Nov. 20, together with local chefs and restaurants, to benefit  Feed the Streets, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 5921 Canyon Cove in Beachwood Canyon. Tickets are $30 and come with a Ghia-branded tin plus five baked goods (additional baked goods can be purchased at the event, including whole cakes and pies.) Participants include Erika Chan (Rustic Canyon), Sasha Piligian (Canyon Coffee), Zach Hall (Clark Street Bread),  Max Simon (@challahdad), Konbi, and Rose Wilde (Capri Club). Purchase link: here 

For those experiencing food insecurity this season, Gobble Gobble Give will deliver meals, clothing and toiletries to the homeless on Thanksgiving morning. Founded by Barry Walker 25 years ago and sponsored by Tradecraft Farms, which he co-founded with brother Brent Walker, Gobble Gobble Give is an initiative committed to effecting positive change in local communities by delivering directly to those on the street in need during the holidays. Meals will be handed out on Thanksgiving at the following locations in downtown LA at Arts District Brewery, in Hollywood at the Blessed Sacrament Church, the Santa Monica Airport, and at the Consolidated Board of Realtist in Crenshaw.

The Los Angeles Mission in Skid Row once again will serve its annual Thanksgiving dinner at 11 a.m., on Wednesday, Nov. 23, in downtown LA, 316 Winston Street.

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