Pumpkin. Is there any fall flavor so prevalent on L.A.’s autumnal menus? That hint of cinnamon/nutmeg/allspice/cloves in your favorite beverage or perhaps in after-dinner form?
Join us as we tour the Great Pumpkin at L.A.’s hottest spots.
Pumpkin Spice Martini: OK, that sounds pretty enticing! FIG & OLIVE Melrose Place reintroduces their specialty cocktail just in time for that fall evening breeze. Vanilla infused vodka, lime juice, ginger syrup, apple brandy, and pumpkin butter with a rim of crushed graham crackers. Yum.
Pumpkin Beer: Abigaile‘s new Head Brewer Paul Papartino toasts Fall with a holiday-exclusive brown ale, brewed with notes of, yes, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and cloves. The pie can wait.
The Pumpkin Ice Blended®: You know how if you grew up back east, fall meant sweaters and new school shoes? Well in SoCal, fall just isn’t fall without a Pumpkin Ice Blended® at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf! If the temp drops to, let’s say, 60 degrees, how about a Pumpkin Chai or a creamy Pumpkin-infused latte or drink, mixed with nutmeg and cinnamon? Whipped cream optional.
Pumpkin Poundcake French Toast: Oh, this just might be worth the morning drive to Hermosa! Día de Campo‘s Chef Ken Johnson is the Pumpkin God! Seriously. Pumpkin Pound Cake French Toast topped with tart persimmons, black plums, and mascarpone? Probably calls for a post-breakfast walk on the beach.
Pumpkin Ricotta Bombolini: Well, it looks like a competition or at least a taste test. Over at Wildcraft in Culver City, Chef Bryant Wigger brings back the highly anticipated tower of Italian-style donuts prepared with creamy ricotta and pumpkin purée, accompanied by spiced vanilla sugar and a warm chocolate ganache.
Pumpkin Spice Donuts: Well maybe it’s a three-way race to the pumpkin dessert finish line! Our fave restaurant as theatrical event, Barton G. is not to be outdone with an entire platter of Pumpkin Spice Donuts paired with cranberry compote pumpkin butter, spiced molten chocolate, and cinnamon anglaise.
Who needs turkey?