|Get happy at Circa|
If you're one of the first 15 people to hit the new happy hour at Circa in Manhattan Beach, you'll get a punch card to eat and drink $20 worth of food and drink from the menu, things like wood-grilled oysters, duck confit tacos, arancini, plus beer, wine and cocktail specials. If you don't get the punch card, don't fret; the happy-hour menu with plenty of deals is still available to you Tuesdays through Fridays from 5-6:30 PM (903 Manhattan Ave.; 310-374-4422).
No matter which side of the fence you land on - crunchy vs. creamy - peanut butter is a classic staple in anyone's food arsenal. On Saturday, May 11, author Jon Krampner, who wrote Creamy and Crunchy: An Informal History of Peanut Butter, the All-American Food, will speak at the Mark Taper Auditorium at the Central Library Downtown. Learn everything you ever wanted to know about the spreadable goodness - the brands, the allergies, why dogs love it. The talk starts at 10:30 AM with a book signing, with themed refreshments to take place after (630 W. 5th St.).
If you don't want to hit one of the busy brunches around town for Mother's Day, another option: Bring the meal to her. The Larder at Tavern has set menus for lunch ($29 per person) or dinner ($49) that feed four, including things like house-smoked fish with goat cheese, quiche, country sausage, English pea soup, lobster salad, farro with spring vegetables and more.