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Small Bites: Peach tart at Platine, absinthe at Tonga Hut, new menu at Copa d'Oro

August 12, 2009 |  1:00 pm

The Tonga Hut in North HollywoodEvery Monday night from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. the vintage tiki bar the Tonga Hut offers Absinthe-Minded Mondays, featuring absinthe cocktails concocted by Lisa Marie. 12808 Victory Blvd., North Hollywood. (818) 769-0708, www.tongahut.com.

Copa d’Oro recently introduced several new cocktails to its menu, including the Custer Cocktail (Sazerac Rye, Galliano, Cynar, celery bitter and rhubarb bitter; $13), the Black Rosemary Diamond (gin, Crème de Cassis, blackberry, fresh lime juice and rosemary; $12); the Jersey Pie (applejack, vanilla and fresh lemon juice; $11); and several others. Copa d'Oro, 217 Broadway, Santa Monica. (310) 576-3030, www.copadoro.com.

A peach tart won Platine's recent Julia Child recipe contest. You can try the bakery's version of it from now through Saturday. 10850 Washington Blvd., Culver City. (310) 559-9933, www.platinecookies.com.

-- Elina Shatkin

Photo: The Tonga Hut in North Hollywood. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times