Honeymoon Oysters and Strawberry Bell Truffles – What’s Popping Up


For those still mourning the demise of the Klondike choco taco and those ready to move on, the latest thing out of the freezer  is the mashup of Taco Bell’s crunchy taco shell and New York-based dessert company Milk Bar’s truffles, coming together to form the new Strawberry Bell Truffle.  

The limited-time creation is described as your favorite slice of cake in one bite. The vanilla cake is studded with strawberry pieces and soaked in strawberry milk, which is then filled with a sweet corn fudge center. The outside is coated with a sweet and slightly salty strawberry and sweet corn cake coating, with tiny pieces of Taco Bell’s crunchy taco shell. 

The Strawberry Bell Truffle will begin testing in stores starting today, as a two-truffle package for $2.99 through Aug. 16, or until supplies last, at the Taco Bell in Orange County, 14042 Red Hill Ave., Tustin; and at Milk Bar’s outpost in L.A., 7150 Melrose Avenue. 

On Wednesday, Aug. 10 at 7 p.m., The Tasting Kitchen will host a special ticketed wine pairing dinner in collaboration with Biite: Friuli Italian Wine Dinner. The evening will feature a four-course tasting menu experience by  Executive Chef Travis Passerotti, paired with wines from Friuli Italian Wines.  

Friuli Italian Wines partner Max Lewis will guide guests through their exclusive wines and the tasting menu, which includes Gnocchi di Pane and Beef Cheek Goulash.The wineries include Castelvecchio, Pittaro, Canus, Il Carpino and Moschioni. Tickets are $210 including gratuity and are available via Biite.com here

Strawberry Bell Truffle

Honeymoon oyster (Courtesy Water Grill)

For National Oyster Day on Friday, Aug. 5, Blue Plate Oysterette in Santa Monica will have a beachside bash with live jazz from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., with $36 dozens. Down the street and in DTLA, Water Grill will feature its signature Honeymoon Oyster topped with uni roe, tobiko, ikura and a quail egg, plus a selection of Kumamoto mollusks from Oakland Bay, Washington; Damariscotta from Damariscotta River, Maine; buttery Rincon De Ballenas from Baja, California, Mexico, and Chincoteague from Chincoteague Bay, Maryland.  Broad Street Oyster Co. will be shucking all day in Malibu and at Grand Central Market, pouring their new Oyster Stout Beer in collaboration with Lawndale-based Far Field Beer Company.

Whiskey Red’s in Marina Del Rey’s Fisherman’s village has debuted a new tiki-inspired bar and outdoor patio. The waterfront  “On the Docks”, offers $5 frozen botanical cocktails like mojitos, as well as $3 barbecue brisket, pulled pork and shrimp street tacos, plus $2 chips and queso. The Pretty Fly for A Mai Tai will not disappoint, as you watch boats sail in and out of the harbor at sunset. The regular Whiskey Red’s menu also is available.

 Strawberry Bell Truffle

Taco trio On The Docks (Michele Stueven)



























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