New Fall Cocktails Hit M.B. Post on Thanksgiving Eve

Man in the Yellow Hat, The Hessian & The Fall of Man (Photo credit to Rick Poon)

If you ever needed a reason to hang out in Manhattan Beach the day before Thanksgiving, I’ve got three liquid reasons right here. Known in the food and beverage industry as the “biggest drinking night of the year,” Thanksgiving Eve will see some new, fall-appropriate cocktails at the destination restaurant, M.B. Post. Think of these cocktails as autumn-tinged takes on some classics.

Don’t forget to try some bites to to line your stomach. After all, I can’t see myself ever visiting M.B. Post without having a taste of Chef David LeFevre’s small plates…make that many tastes…all Los Angeles “seasons” of the year. Or, if you’ve got the home bar with the capacity, I’ve included the recipes to the Jerry Garbus’ team’s cocktails below. Score!

All cocktails cost $12 each – whether fall-inspired or not.

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Thanksgiving In a Sandwich at simplethings

Thanksgiving Sandwich

Something special is coming to 3rd Street in Mid-City West, and it’s simplethings sandwich and pie shop. Third street is one of Mid-City West’s main treasures, and the store is a nice departure from the hustle and bustle of Joan’s on Third and the scene-y brunch hullabaloo of Toast.

3" Bourbon Pecan Cutie Pie ($2.50)

At simplethings, you’ll get to choose pies from three different sizes (3″, 5″ & 9″) in delicious varieties like Pumpkin, Key Lime, Banofee (banana + toffee = deliciousness), Bourbon Pecan, Orange Creamsicle, Chocolate Peanut Butter and Blueberry. Feelin’ like whoopie? They got plenty of varieties of whoopie pie for your hollerin’.

Or maybe you were feeling like a meal, first. They have specialty sandwiches like the Prime Rib sandwich, with their prime rib made in-house, and a Veggie Sandwich that tastes as hearty as a meat party. They also serve breakfast on the weekends until 2 PM and have fresh salads available all day.

But my favorite bite of the media preview had to be the Thanksgiving Sandwich, made with cranberry chutney and jalapeno stuffing. They also use chunks instead of slices of the bird, which helps keep the turkey meat tender. It’s seasonal, comprehensive and everything I could want since I’ll be on the plane on Thanksgiving Day. I’m celebrating early!

And if you’re craving pies and sandwiches now, today’s your lucky day since simplethings just opened at 11 AM. Call in your order or stop by – its simple decor is a charming set-up for the drop-in.

Open today (Monday, November 22, 2010) at 11 AM


8310 W. 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90048


Akasha Offers November Tastes

It’s never too early for Thanksgiving. That’s what I always say. No, not really – but seeing as from Sunday’s Great Chefs of LA event (post coming soon), there were plenty of autumn bites to be had despite the seventy-something temps in Southern California … in November. Fortunately, Akasha is previewing some Thanksgiving bites – indoors. For only $10, you’ll be able to sample tastes of Akasha’s Thanksgiving menu to get an idea of what you might like to order for the big day. In addition to the tastings, you’ll be treated to complimentary non-alcoholic beverages. They have two Saturdays lined up for your sampling pleasure:

Saturday, November 14th

Thanksgiving Desserts & H’ors d’ouerves

  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Texas Style Pecan Pie
  • Pear and Cranberry Tart with Cinnamon Crumble
  • Banana Cream Pie
  • Buttermilk Biscuits
  • Bacon-Cheddar Biscuits
  • Curried Chicken & Fuyu Persimmon Salad
  • Dilled Egg Salad
  • Wild Planet Tuna with Housemade Bread & Butter Pickles

Also try Akasha’s housemade:

  • Cranberry Chutney
  • Betty Kennedy’s Plum Chutney
  • Fig-Balsamic Jam
  • Zinfandel & Pinot Plum Jam
  • Pomegranate-Jalapeno Jelly

Saturday, November 21st

Thanksgiving Sides & More

  • Finley Farms Lettuce & Flora Bella Arugula, Persimmon, Pomegranate, Goat Cheese
  • Niman Ranch Ham with Pomegranate Jalapeño Glaze
  • Cornbread & Creminelli Sausage dressing
  • Candied Yams with Ceylon Cinnamon and Brown Palm Sugar
  • Rutiz Farms Brussels Sprouts with Caramelized Pearl Onions & Niman Ranch Bacon
  • Blue Lake Green Bean Casserole with Housemade Skinny Fried Onions
  • Organic Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese with Seasoned Bread Crumbs
  • Artisan Cheese with Crostini & Akasha’s Housemade Quince Paste

What a great way to try many different things all at once! I can attest that their housemade chutneys and jam are truly fresh and delicious, too – looove that Betty Kennedy’s Plum Chutney (which I used to top the braised shortribs above at Great Chefs of LA). I’ll see you one of these Saturdays!

Saturdays, November 14 & 21

12 – 3 PM


The Bakery at AKASHA
9543 Culver Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90232