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Small Bites (breakfast edition): Contortionists, Santa and IHOP's egg nog pancakes

November 27, 2009 |  6:01 am

Breakfast Coffee, tea or contortionists? Michael Mina's new Sunday brunch menu at XIV in Hollywood includes bagels and lox, chopped salad, a fruit plate, eggs Benedict, steak and eggs, caviar parfait, a Kobe burger or a vegetarian falafel burger, and chilled prawns or snow crab. A restaurant representative also says there are contortionists, fire-breathers and stilt-walkers. Has anyone witnessed this yet? Sundays, noon to 4 p.m. 8117 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles; (323) 656-1414; www.sbeent.com.

Looking for Santa? Santa's working brunch at Patina Restaurant Group's "Breakfast With Santa." Holiday brunch, storytelling, cookie decorating and photo opportunities are on offer at select Patina Group locations. For locations, dates and times, see the jump. 

Is that pecan pie filling in my pancake? IHOP's seasonal pancakes include pumpkin pancakes made with spiced pumpkin; ginger spice pancakes with powdered sugar and holiday sprinkles; pecan pie pancakes, with pecan pie filling between two buttermilk pancakes; and egg nog pancakes, with vanilla cream, cinnamon and nutmeg between two pancakes, topped with cinnamon sugar and butter rum. All have "whipped topping." See www.ihop.com for locations.

"Breakfast With Santa"
Music Center of Los Angeles
Dec. 19 and 20, two seatings, 10 a.m. and noon. Brunch buffet, ornament and cookie decorating, photo opportunity with Santa.
Price: $18 kids, $40 adults.
Reservations: (213) 972-7565.
Address: 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown Los Angeles.
Click here for the menu.
Nearby family programs (for before or after brunch): "Holiday Sing-Along": Dec. 19, 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.; for information, call (323) 850-2000 or go to LAPhil.com. "Mary Poppins": Dec. 19, 2 p.m., and Dec. 20, 1 p.m.; for information, call (213) 628-2772 or go to CenterTheatreGroup.org. Los Angeles Philharmonic: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons: Dec. 20, 2 p.m.; for information, call (323) 850-2000 or go to LAPhil.com.

Pentimento at LACMA
Dec. 20, two seatings, 10 and 11:30 a.m. Brunch, holiday stories, cookie decorating and a visit from Santa.
Price: à la carte.
Reservations: (323) 857-4761.
Address: 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles.
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Leatherby’s Café Rouge (Orange County Performing Arts Center)
Dec. 12, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Buffet with Santa.
Price: $15 kids, $37 adults.
Reservations: (714) 429-7640.
Address: Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.
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Nearby programs: “Nutcracker for Kids,” Dec. 12, 10 and 11:30 a.m., presented by Pacific Symphony; for information, go to OCPAC.org.

Descanso Gardens
Dec. 12 and 13, two seatings, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Holiday stories and brunch. 
Price: $15 kids, $45 adults.
Reservations: (818) 790-3663.
Address: 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge.
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Tangata at the Bowers Museum
Dec. 12, 9:30 a.m. Breakfast with Santa.
Price: $15 kids, $37 adults.
Reservations: (714) 550-0906.
Address: 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana.
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-- Betty Hallock

Photo: Ringo H.W. Chiu / Los Angeles Times