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Starting now through December 31 at Marugame Udon, guests who purchase $25 in gift cards will receive a bounce-back coupon for one free bowl of udon. And because Marugame Udon believes in finding beauty in the imperfect (also known as Wabi Sabi), guests who wear an ugly sweater into any of their locations on Sunday, Dec. 20 (National Ugly Sweater Day) will receive a BOGO on their purchase for that day.

Kirsh Baking Company, the pandemic pivot by chef Uyen Kirshenbaum, formerly at M.B. Post, Fishing with Dynamite and The Arthur J, has a couple of new holiday offerings. KBC is hosting a special Christmas pop-up at Simmzy’s in Long Beach. Customers can pre-order yule logs, cakes, pies and cookies for pickup on Wednesday, December 23. Orders must be placed by Sunday, December 20 at 8 p.m. The menu includes apple cranberry and banana toffee cream pies as well as a flourless peppermint chocolate chip yule log.

Pie Grams (Courtesy Cake Monkey Bakery)


Azule Taqueria
 is celebrating the season this year with their new holiday Ugly Christmas Sweater churros topped with holiday sprinkles. Priced at $5 for six pieces, order the Ugly Xmas Churros online at ordersocialeats.com, also available for pick-up and delivery in Hollywood and Santa Monica – free local delivery available on orders over $15.

Cake Monkey Bakery has launched Pie Grams, an homage to the candygrams from elementary school. The Pie Grams are individually packaged mini pies with customizable messages on each box and can either be picked up at their Beverly Grove Shop or NoHo kitchen, or delivered locally. The mini pie flavors include cider roasted apple in double cheddar crust and brown butter pecan with toasted cocoa nibs. More information about how to place an order here.

Looking for a last-minute stocking stuffer? Mystic Meals has Mystic Mini’s trios and six pack spice bundles. Buy all six and piece them out, give two bottles and have three separate gifts. Mystic Mini trios are $25 including shipping and the Mini’s six packs are $40 with shipping. Flavors include adobo, sazon, jerk, Magick Bayou, Citrus Herb and Sicilian Magick.

Courtesy Mystic Meals

Looking ahead, Vita Coco and Postmates have teamed up to hand out limited-edition free hangover recovery kits to L.A. area residents on Jan. 1 for National Hangover Day. The kit includes a toasty breakfast sandwich, Vita Coco coconut water, packed with potassium and electrolytes for extra hydration, cozy socks to spruce up your work-from-home look, a webcam cover for when you’re just not feeling it, head scratcher for when said webcam cover is on, earplugs to keep your roommate on mute, Banila Skincare to freshen up and one free month of Obé Fitness for when you find any motivation to move. For every kit distributed, Vita Coco will also donate $5 to ABC Food Tours, a non-profit organization providing nutritional education and resources to kids in L.A.

What’s Popping Up is a weekly column in the LA Weekly that explores all that’s new in food and drink.

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