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Coffee, Tea or Pho? The Reyn

Coffee, Tea or Pho? The Reyn

Lake Avenue’s the Reyn is a classic greasy-spoon diner, with dim yellow lighting, Formica tabletops, molded plastic booths and… pho? That’s right, this venerable coffee shop is now a pulling double duty as a Vietnamese restaurant, specializing in the noodle soup known as pho.  Although this combo isn’t quite peanut butter and chocolate, it’s a [...]

Soumarelo

Soumarelo

No matter what apocalyptic circumstances (fires, recessions, etc.) we’re dealing with, it is worth venturing out to find a takeout restaurant that can feed a family of four for $10.  When that $10 gets you a succulent rotisserie chicken, rice, pita bread, garlic butter and sweet chile sauce… well, it’s a treasure. And Soumarelo is [...]

Tyler Meahl & Holy Grail: Pasadena’s Kings of Metal

Tyler Meahl & Holy Grail: Pasadena’s Kings of Metal

Pasadena, for all of its innumerable charms and attractions, isn’t exactly known as a rock and roll hotbed. A full generation after the rise of Pasadena shred-legends Van Halen, however, the band Holy Grail is looking to restore the 626 to its status as the birthplace of rock legends. The latest band to emerge from [...]

Kogi BBQ: Are You Experienced?

Kogi BBQ: Are You Experienced?

On Friday night Kogi came to town, and hundreds of hungry night owls showed up to celebrate the occasion. Haven’t heard of Kogi? You’re not alone. Ask most Pasadenans if they’ve experienced the Kogi Korean BBQ taco truck, and they’ll likely respond with a confused stare and a muttered, “Wait… Korean… tacos?” Yes. The Kogi BBQ [...]

Crowns: Perils of the Matinee

Crowns: Perils of the Matinee

Crowns, the play by Regina Taylor currently in residence on the Pasadena Playhouse’s Main Stage, is an ode to the ornate hats worn by African-American women to church. Although the play is set in the South, the original home of these women and their “crowns,” the musical — based on the book pictured at right [...]

Dumpling House

Dumpling House

In the mood for some juicy Shanghai-style soup dumplings (xiao long bao), but don’t want to spend the time or money to sit down at Arcadia’s upscale Din Tai Fung? Just drive a little farther up Baldwin and order takeout from Dumpling House. This unassuming family-owned restaurant serves dishes from the Han region of eastern [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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