Here’s a sweet surprise for those of us who are counting down the days to the long-awaited sequel to the original 1988 comedy, Coming 2 America, starring Eddie Murphy. The film will be available for audiences around the world to stream on Prime Video beginning March 5.  

In the meantime, to celebrate the return of Randy Watson and his band Sexual Chocolate in the sequel, Prime Video will hold a chocolate giveaway for Valentine’s Day that will be taking place on Twitter. 

 The giveaway will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on February 13 and 14, or until all prizes are claimed. Enter by tweeting #Coming2America and #Giveaway. A link to a microsite will be sent where you will enter your delivery details. Winners will be chosen on a first-come, first-served basis and will receive their Sexual Chocolate on-demand within an hour.  Check out the Randy Watson comeback special trailer here.

Good news for valley vegans – a new Sugar Taco has opened in Sherman Oaks on Ventura Blvd. The plant-based, women-owned Mexican restaurant opened its flagship location on Melrose in 2019. Today is Thirsty Thursday, with an all-day happy hour featuring $3 beers and $5.95 margaritas. 

Courtesy Sugar Taco

Tartine Bakery is offering pizza kits for lovers this Valentine’s Day weekend on Friday, Saturday and Sunday via pre-order. The kits include two dough balls, toppings (tomato, mozzarella, pecorino, taleggio and basil), a salad and a pastry – and the option to include wine.

CA Craft Beer Week kicks off on Friday, February 12, for 10 days of craft brewers with virtual gatherings, various events, products and offerings from California craft breweries, bars and restaurants. Events include an Afternoon Homebrewer Session, live with White Labs. Program details and link to register:

Also, from the Garage to the Brew Deck: Homebrewing Tales from Pro Brewers. Homebrewers turned pro join White Labs’ Kim Derr and Erik Fowler to talk about what it takes to make the leap. Presented by White Labs; registration required.

SteelCraft Long Beach, the outdoor urban eatery built using repurposed shipping containers welcomes Romeo Chocolates today for a seasonal residency just in time for Valentine’s Day weekend. Founded by local resident and master chocolatier trained in Belgium, Romeo Garcias, the candy shop has served the Long Beach community with its flagship store on Pine Ave. since 2014.  

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Courtesy SteelCraft Long Beach

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