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Beyond Pie: Pumpkin in LA

2 Comments 09 October 2013

We might be the only place in the country where fall feels like summer, but autumn in Los Angeles still means it’s time for pumpkin. But what about pumpkin cravings that go beyond traditional Thanksgiving pie and Starbucks lattes? From a fab pumpkin facial to the most incredible liquid pumpkin pie, read on to find out where you can go around Los Angeles and Orange County for more creative takes on the fall gourd.

Pumpkin Facial @ Embody Esthetics
Pumpkin Facial Fix your face for fall for just fifty bucks! The tiny Embody Esthetics spa on South Robertson packs a pampering punch with its $50 Pumpkin Peel (regularly $100). Great for fighting free radicals, reducing superficial lines and maintaining moisture, the gentle peel is safe for any skin type, including acne and rosacea. You can also do the pumpkin peel with vitamin C for $65. Offer good through November 30. Call 310-779-2444 to book an appointment.

Pumpkin Pie Magic Milkshake @ PaletaPaleta Pumpkin MilkshakeHands down, the MOST AMAZE pumpkin experience is Paleta’s pumpkin pie “magic milkshake,” which has no dairy and tons of flavor! It’s creamy and rich and just a touch grainy with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. Absolutely addictive and oh so satisfying. It’s also part of the Paleta Two-Day Detox (notice the lid on the photo above), but you can enjoy these anytime. It’s pumpkin pie in a bottle.

Pumpkin Sage Ravioli @ Fig & Olive
Fig & Olive's pumpkin ravioli Fig & Olive is known for its flavorful (and amazingly butter-free) food and one of the standout dishes this season is the pumpkin sage ravioli made with free-range chicken, ricotta, pumpkin olive oil emulsion, toasted pumpkin seeds and Parmesan. At $26 it’s on the pricier side, but if you’re gonna splurge, may as well do it here.

Pumpkin Cupcake @ Hansen’s Cakes
Hansen Pumpkin Cupcake - Photo by Mar YvetteFinally, a cupcake that doesn’t cost more than lunch. Hansen’s mini cupcakes are just 50 cents and they’re totally delish. The frosting itself is actually worth eating unlike some of those other overhyped, overpriced cupcakes. Try the Pumpkin Spice version if you love a heavy-on-the-spice sorta pumpkin experience.

Pumpkin Spice Margarita @ Sol Cocina
SOL's pumpkin spice margaritaIt’s always a party at this waterfront spot in Newport Beach and every fall they add a pumpkin spice margarita to their huge list of popular cocktails. Featuring Don Julio Blanco, agave nectar, fresh lime juice, roasted pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon, the pumpkin marg is not too sweet and just a touch spicy. You can also get a virgin version that’s just as good.

Pumpkin Enchiladas @ Mas Malo
MALO's pumpkin enchiladasLeave it to Mas Malo chef Robert Luna, the guy who came up with vegan menudo, to create an enchilada that’s so perfectly LA and so perfect for the season: creamy pumpkin enchiladas with kale mole. Oh, and don’t forget the pumpkin tacos.

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies @ Brite Spot
Brite Spot's pumpkin whoopie pie - Photo by Mar YvetteThis historic Eastside hangout is a must this season if for nothing else than those ridiculously good, never-too-sweet pies. The banana cream is pretty much perfect, but I also love the pumpkin whoopie pies, which kick it up a notch with just a hint of cayenne pepper and a creamy mascarpone filling.

Pumpkin Pedicure @ The Nail Lounge
Bella Luce's pumpkin scrubIndulge your feet this fall with the Pampering Pumpkin Pedicure at the Nail Lounge in Costa Mesa. Intended to help dry, flaky and callused feet, the $72 treatment (which lasts about an hour and 15 minutes) includes a pumpkin scrub, warming pumpkin mask, leg and foot massage, warm paraffin wax treatment and, of course, pedicure. Even better, the treatment uses Bella Lucce products, which promote fair trade and organic ingredients.

Pumpkin Gratin @ Haven Gastropub
Haven Gastropub's pumpkin gratin
Whether you’re at the Old Town Orange or Old Pasadena location, Haven Gastropub is where you can get the comforting pumpkin gratin made with sugar pumpkin, grana padano and cream. You can wash it down with pumpkin beer on tap — after all, Haven is the go-to spot for craft beer in OC.

Pumpkin Pie Soda @ Monsieur Marcel or Whole Foods
Pumpkin Pie sodaFor a sweet and sparkly drink this season, try Maine Root Pumpkin Pie Soda. It’s refreshing and bubbly and only around this time of year, so why not?

Butternut Squash & Pumpkin Navarin @ Cliff’s Edge
Cliff's Edge's pumpkin & squash navarin Silver Lake mainstay Cliff’s Edge has a colorful new fall dish made with squash and pumpkin. It’s a Butternut Squash navarin with smoked tomato harissa, pomegranate, pumpkin seeds, sage and pumpkin oil. Bonus: It’s totally vegan.

Pumpkin Latte Mani & Pedi @ The Huntington Spa
Manicure & pumpkin pedicure
Get ready to relax at the Huntington Spa inside the Langham Hotel in Pasadena with the Pumpkin Latte experience. It begins with a creamy butter brulee milk soak to relax tired legs and arms, followed by a caffeine-infused whipped caramel body polish to take away all your rough edges. An organic pumpkin puree mud mask deep cleans and tingles your hands and feet before finishing with soothing lotion. The 30-minute manicure is $45 and the 60-minute pedicure is $75.


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  1. marcie says:

    Time for Starbucks pumpkin lattes!

  2. aram says:

    I can vouch for the whoopie pies – they were delicious — I hope to someday vouch for those raviolis from fig & olive – I can already tell they will be good!

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