Without a doubt, Zoe Nathan Loeb is whipping up some of the best pastries in Southern California. Huckleberry Cafe is a local favorite and with the launch of their first cookbook, anyone can try to recreate the magic at home. Much to our delight, a bevy of holiday treats have made their way on to the menu like persimmon spice cake, chocolate peppermint pies, eggnog eclairs, jelly donuts, and orange cranberry cornmeal cake.
What: Persimmon Sage Fresh Pressed JuiceJuice Served Here is for those not trying to induce a sugar coma this holiday season and looking for a healthy alternative. One of LA’s best juice shops, they recently unveiled a delicious blend of persimmon, sage, pomegranate, orange and lemon. It’s not every day you see a winter fruit like persimmon made into a refreshing drink, so drink up this fresh pressed juice while you can!
What: Chocolate Peppermint MacaronsRing in the holidays like French royalty with all the macarons your heart desires! Available until the end of December, Napoleon’s Macarons offers a flavorful chocolate peppermint macaron in addition to their usual selection of colorful French cookies. This is the perfect treat for the person who has everything.
What: Spanish Coffee
For the sophisticated palate, pull up a seat and imbibe a fragrant Spanish Coffee, made with Spanish brandy, espresso, coffee, raw brown sugar, and orange zest. José Andrés keeps it interesting at The Bazaar, a chic adult playground, great for those cold LA nights. Who knows? You just might have a holiday romance over the perfect drink.
What: Buche de Noel
Pastry chef Kristin Feuer is outshining the competition with her beautiful bûche de Noël (yule log) made with chocolate cake roulade, chocolate mousse, meringue mushrooms, and the tiniest gnomes that will have you believing you stepped into an enchanted forest. Playa Provisions is keeping the holidays interesting this season with a dessert menu packed with a “Wint-o-Mint Popsicles,” “Christmas Breakfast,” and frozen hot chocolate.
What: Hot Buttered Rum
Getting turnt up in Highland Park this holiday season just got easier with the always impressive cocktail program at Sonny’s Hideaway. Wet your whistle with a “Hot Buttered Rum” libation. Warm your blood with this mix of El Dorado 8 Year, Lemon Hart 151, Hamilton Saint Lucian Cask Strength 7 Year, butter, Vietnamese cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and vanilla bean. Whether you are trying to get the party started or drinking away your holiday blues, Sonny’s cocktails will always leave you feeling better.
What: Eggnog PieExecutive Chef Shiho Yoshikawa knows how to make dreams come true with her delightful ice cream flavors. This season she marries two of the holidays’ best desserts with eggnog ice cream pie, topped with caramel sauce and whipped milk. It’s then dusted with fresh nutmeg in a graham cookie crust. If nog isn’t your thang, Sweet Rose Creamery boasts an assortment of sweets perfect for stocking stuffers—peppermint bark, peppermint patties, pecan brittle, vanilla marshmallows, rugelach, cranberry pistachio biscotti, almond pignoli cookies, and brown butter madeleines.
What: Naughty or Nice Nog
Nestled inside The Farmers Daughter, a super hip hotel in LA’s historic Fairfax District, is TART. This is where you can cozy up by an outdoor fire pit for the winter—romantic much? Sip on some “Naughty or Nice Nog,” a creamy cocktail prepared with cinnamon Brandy, a dash of whiskey bitters, maple syrup and of course, eggnog. Served in a snifter and topped with nutmeg. This perfect seasonal drink will have you forgetting all about that ugly holiday sweater you got during your work’s secret santa.
What: Gingerbread Ladies
Who doesn’t love a cute gingerbread man or lady? Even if ginger isn’t your thing, you must admit they’re too sweet not to make you smile. Pastry heaven, aka The Sycamore Kitchen whips up a batch of Christmas classics with these as well as an eggnog espresso layer cake. It’s made with sweet mascarpone, espresso, and soaked with fresh eggnog. Live a little, it’s the holidays.
What: Spiked Cider
Thirsty Crow is keeping bellies and hearts warm this winter with a special Spiked Cider, served hot with Sailor Jerry Rum, Butterscotch Schnapps, fresh apples and apple cider, cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg. This is not your childhood apple cider and for that we are thankful.