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Chew On This: Get Schooled On Aphrodisiacs, DTLA Beer Crawl, & A Few Notable Openings

Royal Clayton's, which is styled after a 15th Century English pub and serves hearty grub like Chicken and Dumplings, will soon have a new DTLA home (Lindsay William-Ross/LAist)
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Class: Public School 612's Aphrodisiacs Night
Ready to rev things up for Valentine's Day? Public School 612's night school will host an aphrodisiacs course on using food and drink to increase desire. The class will explore flirtation, sensation, temptation and stimulation. Tuition is $40 per student and all presales receive a $10 promotional card to be used at a later date. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling (213) 623-1172. Class is Monday, Feb. 6, 2012 at 7 p.m.

Celebrate: The Allston Yacht Club Turns Three
The Allston Yacht Club is turning Three on February 3rd and to celebrate they are throwing themselves a party. Thursday, Friday and Saturday February 2nd, 3rd and 4th join them for complimentary Champagne Punch and Birthday Cake. Plus, in addition to their regular menu, they will be offering a 3 course Birthday Dinner for $33.33 (Cumin and Coriander Carrot Soup with Scallops, Ceviche Cobb Salad; Dandelion Greens, Avocado and Quail Egg, ‘Fisherman’s Platter’; the Cape Cod Deep Fried Favorite done AYC style--Clams, Octopus, Calamari, Fish and other Delights). The Birthday Dinner comes with a glass of white wine and cake and punch. Reservations suggested.

Relocating: Royal Clayton's Gets a New Old Home
Royal Clayton's, which moved out of its old spot (now there: Little Bear) has a new old home. The historic Broadway Spring Arcade will soon be where you can find the English-style pub Royal Clayton's (along with a new Famima!!). From Bringing Back Broadway proponent Councilmember Jose Huizar's office:

Famima will operate a 1,821 square-foot 24-hour store at 544-546 S. Broadway, and a lease was signed [last] week to place Royal Clayton’s in a 3,500 square-foot space at 543 S. Spring Street. The two projects will activate both sides of the historic building, which dates back to 1924.
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Open: Tar & Roses
Chef-owner Andrew Kirschner has finally let the public in to his highly-anticipated neighborhood restaurant, Tar & Roses. LA food lovers have been waiting to get a taste of the menu, which is "defined only by Kirschner’s love of earthy rusticity and robust flavors." Okay, we got more deets: "First up to consider is a selection of bruschetta, charcuterie and cheese, followed by the main menu which is divided into four tempting categories: snacks, veggies, small and large." So far it's dinner only, but lunch is said to debut soon.

Drink: Thrillist's DTLA Craft Beer Crawl
Hit the streets and drink up some of the city's best craft beer offerings in some of DTLA's best bars. Thrillist’s Downtown Craft Beer Crawl will be a "party parade to 9 taverns for 9 artisanal brews" and it's this Saturday afternoon, January 28th. For just $25, you’ll score a different craft -- anything from Bear Republic Racer 5, to Lost Coast Downtown Brown, to Strand 24th Street Pale Ale -- at each of these fine establishments: The Falls * Onyx * Spring St Bar * Rocket Pizza Lounge * Pete’s Cafe & Bar * The Gorbals * Silo * The Down & Out * Artisan House. Choose your own route, 1-6 p.m.Bonus: Some spots will pair eats with your beer! Get your tickets in advance online.

Re-Open: Water Grill
The Water Grill, one of LA's best restaurants, has undergone a renovation, and reopened Tuesday evening. Diners can sit in new booths, and peep the freshly installed subway tile columns, and the oak wrap-around bar. Of course, a new look gets a new menu, which we are told "includes Mediterranean Loup de Mer, Atlantic True Cod Fish and Chips, and Braised Kale. Guests can also enjoy Water Grill’s signature favorites such as the Crisfield Maryland Jumbo Blue Crab Cakes and expansive Raw Bar variety. Three to five whole fish will be available daily."


At Sadie in Hollywood (Photo by foodfashionista via Instagram)
Open: Sadie
Les Deux disappeared, and is no more. In its stead is Sadie, a Hollywood hang that features "market-driven, New American Cuisine, and top-shelf lounge with world-class artisan cocktails," we're told. The GM, Chef, and Mixologist are all pedigreed local industry pros, and the idea is to create a welcoming space that feels like home. Sadie is open for dinner every Tuesday through Saturday evening.Breakfast: New Morning Menu at Drago Centro
If your morning finds you in Downtown and hungry, you may want to break the fast at Drago Centro and check out their new morning menu. Executive Chef Ian Gresik has put together a menu of breakfast dishes from Poached Eggs w/Crispy Potato Terrine, Bacon, Spinach, Black Pepper Fonduta to Scrambled Egg Panini w/Cotta Ham, Provolone, Fig Mustarda, Arugula, along with lighter fare like Italian yogurt, and sweet treats like pastry. Drago Centro serves breakfast Monday through Friday from 7:30 AM to 10:30 AM.

Winning: Seabirds Food Truck & Veggie Grill Get PETA2 Awards
Congrats to two local food spots that serve up veggie and vegan fare that PETA supporters support. The Seabirds Truck and the Veggie Grill have each won a Libby Award from peta2, PETA's youth division. The sixth annual Libby Awards ("Libby" is for "liberation") honor animal-friendly people, businesses, and products.

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