This Weekend: Manila Machine Wine Pairing, La Descarga Feast, $8 Drago Cocktails

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Another gorgeous weekend. What have you got planned?

Thursday, January 20

Buy Tickets for Moveable Feast at La Descarga
This amazing-sounding food event isn’t til January 30 but figured I’d give you a heads-up now before it sells out since there is limited space. There will be Cuban-inspired appetizers by Moveable Feast chef Meg Hall and a special cocktail created by La Descarga’s own Steve Livigni just for the event. And before you think this is your one chance to show up in Lazy Sunday clothes at LD, think again. Cocktail attire only.

  • Tickets $50 for Sunday, January 30 event. La Descarga, 1159 Western Avenue, Hollywood (map).

Wine, Dine and Style at Studio DNA
My favorite salon is kicking off a special weekly event tonight where you can drink wine and mimosas and enjoy food truck fare while getting your beauty treatment. Every Thursday night (and Saturday afternoon), three food trucks will arrive to feed the hungry, beautified masses. Trucks tonight include Greens on Wheelz, Shrimp Pimp and The Hungry Nomad. There will also be a Bumble & Bumble blowout sale at 6pm.

  • Studio DNA Santa Monica, 902 Broadway Avenue, Santa Monica (map). Appointments: (310) 451-3200.

Drago Centro Debuts Winter Cocktails for $8
Score $12 cocktails for only $8 tonight at Drago Centro’s reveal of its new seasonally inspired drinks. Out of the eight cocktails, the Smoke on the Horizon with dark rum, Drambuie, Carpano Antica and mole bitters and the January Jones with Appleton Rum, demerrara syrup, cinnamon bitters, butter and star anise sound intriguing.

  • 5pm. Drago Centro, 525 S. Flower Street, Downtown (map). (213) 228-8998.

Sunday, January 23

William Friedkin Double Feature: Sorcerer and The Exorcist
Even though it was made in 1973, _The Exorc_ist holds its spot atop my list as the best horror film. And even though I am not familiar with Friedkin’s Sorcerer, I’d be willing to see it since the director is slated to speak between the two films. Get to ask him questions!

  • 7:30pm. $11. Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica (map).

Dine LA Restaurant Week Starts
Restaurant week is back, a great way to get you off your couch and out enjoying what our fine city has to offer. You have 296 restaurants to choose from but better start making your reservations now before your favorites get all booked up. Restaurant week spans January 23 to January 28 and January 30 to February 4. Prix-fixe lunches are $16, $22 or $28 and dinners are $26, $34 or $44. Hmm, where to go, where to go?

Manila Machine Filipino Food and Wine Pairing at Domaine LA
One of my favorite food trucks, Manila Machine, the first Filipino food truck, is joining wine shop Domaine LA to create a unique pairing of Filipino food and French and Italian wines.

Here’s the tasting menu with pairings by Domaine LA’s Whitney Adams having and Jesse Brawner:

NV Sommariva Prosecco – classic sparkling from the Valdobbiadene region, on the dry end,  to be paired with the lumpiang shanghai
2009 Pigeoulet en Provence Blanc – white Rhone blend to be paired with the Original Manila Dip slider
2009 BioVio Rossese – lighter, biodynamic Ligurian red to be paired with the sisig (pork cheeks over rice)
2009 Marionnet Touraine Gamay – Loire Valley high acid red to be paired wtih the Tapsilog (beef with garlic fried rice and egg)
2007 Bera Moscato d’Asti – Italian dessert wine to be paired with the ube cupcakes

  • 2-5pm. $20 advance, $24 door. Domaine LA, 6801 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles (map).