The best thing about meeting breaks, as many chair-bound attendees will attest, is what’s on the refreshment table. In San Francisco, the InterContinental Mark Hopkins Hotel has gotten off the sugar track with a fiber-rich Popcalm Break menu for meetings. The spread features popcorn with a variety of shake-it-on herb and spice blends (ginger/coconut/ wasabi, for one) to help guests unwind, de-stress and boost their immune systems while noshing. A selection of vitamin waters accompanies the snack food.

I’m not used to encountering my fellow writers in the kitchen, but there we all were peeling onions, chopping leeks, zesting limes and pitting dates. The occasion was a Cozymeal cooking class, held in a Hollywood loft, to get the word out about Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week. The 10-day culinary event kicks off on Friday, May 31, and runs through Sunday, June 9.

 

To the annals of great bakery hybrids like the cronut, duffin and cretzel, add the churro croissant from Los Angeles bakery Pitchoun! A flaky pastry dusted with cinnamon sugar and filled with vanilla custard cream it combines French sophistication with the childlike joys of theme park eats. Originally put on the menu for the month of November, the churro croissant has been extended through January and, perhaps, beyond.