|Going Mexi-Chinese at Playa|
Check out John Sedlar's new Chinese-Mexican menu at Playa, dishes he created based on his visits to Mexicali and the northern Sea of Cortez coast. It was a hotbed of activity for Chinese immigrants thousands of years ago, and the influence is still seen in the food today. He brings back dishes like spring rolls verde, duck egg fu young maize cakes, and wok-cooked Kongming Lantern chiles (7360 Beverly Blvd.; 323-933-5300).
Bartendress Jaymee Mandeville unleasehed her seasonal cocktails for the winter at Drago Centro downtown. The Coquettish Angel (mezcal, Boudier Parfait Amour, amaro, egg white and Miracle Mile chocolate chili bitters), or the Black Leaf (Templeton Rye, concord grape shrub, Pierre Ferand dry curacao)should taste mighty fine after ice skating at Pershing Square nearby, especially during the all-day happy hour in the bar (525 S. Flower St.; 213) 228-8998.
Shop and eat during the Echo Park Shop Hop on Saturday, December 8. First, there's the community parade on Sunset Boulevard from Elysian Park to Park avenues (11 AM-2 PM), and then specials at local restaurants and shops. Bring a blanket for the homeless to Masa and get 25% off your bill, Lot 1 has $10 bottomless mimosas during the parade, Sunset Beer Company offers $1 off draft beer at the bar and 10% off mixed cases of beer, and get $1 scoops all day (limit two) at Pazzo Gelato. Check here for the full list of deals.