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3 Drunken Goats

3 Drunken Goats

Same space, same owners, wildly different vibe: The former deli/shop/wasteland of Goudas & Vines has been transformed into the lively tapas restaurant 3 Drunken Goats. Within days of opening it developed a following for its a huge menu of delicious, light small bites (bacon-wrapped dates, croquettes and mushrooms of many kinds, grilled octopus, steamed clams, [...]

Craftsman Buffs Needed

Craftsman Buffs Needed

Fall’s approaching, which means it’s almost time for Pasadena Heritage‘s annual Craftsman Heritage Weekend, second only to the Rose Parade/Rose Bowl for Showing Off How Great Pasadena Is. Architecture buffs come in from all over the country for this program of home tours, talks, sales and social events… and it takes a lot of volunteers [...]

Sea Harbour

Sea Harbour

Dim sum doesn’t roll on carts at this temple to tea snacks; instead the jewel-like dumplings, noodles and other refined small plates are pictured on the extensive, often-changing menu. Hard-core foodies choose the crunchy fried chicken knees and gelatinous chicken feet. For more mainstream eaters, such seafood dishes as shrimp-stuffed eggplant, tofu rounds topped with [...]

Schools Doing Their Stimulus Duty

Schools Doing Their Stimulus Duty

You’d never know we’re in a recession if you’ve cruised past many of Pasadena’s finest schools this summer. It’s been a veritable frenzy of construction—all great for the local economy, of course, and good for the students, too. Work is moving furiously at some schools, like Sequoyah and Westridge, which plan on having work completed [...]

Lovebirds

Lovebirds

Part bakery, part coffeehouse, part lunch purveyor to the many office workers in downtown Pasadena and Alhambra, these spacious, friendly, order-at-the-counter cafés are pleasant spots for lunchtime sandwiches. Generous and made on fresh, homemade bread, they are simple and very satisfying. 921 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 626.583.8888, lovebirdscafe.com, Bakery. B & L Mon.-Sat. No booze. AE, [...]

Motif’s Swan Song

Motif’s Swan Song

We are terribly sad to report that one of Pasadena’s best boutiques, Motif, is closing its doors soon after many successful years, but happy that owner Stephanie Plumb Miller is ready for new adventures. To both thank her regulars and end the era, Stephanie is having a blow-out sale, starting today, August 21st, and running [...]

Briganti

Briganti

Briganti is the sort of lively Tuscan trattoria that’s common on the westside but rare on the eastside, and locals can’t get enough of its seafood salad, burrata with pesto and roasted tomatoes, ethereal thin-crust pizzas, classic pastas, excellent fresh-fish specials, and a lovely flourless chocolate cake. The joint is always jumping, with noise bouncing [...]

Vromans bestsellers 8/16/2010

Vromans bestsellers 8/16/2010

Hardcover Fiction Super Sad True Love Story, Gary Shteyngart A Dog’s Purpose, Bruce Cameron The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest, Stieg Larsson Star Island, Carl Hiaasen Help, Kathryn Stockett The Cookbook Collector, Allegra Goodman My Hollywood, Mona Simpson The Rembrandt Affair, Daniel Silva The Glass Rainbow, James Lee Burke Hardcover Nonfiction Packing for Mars, [...]

Din Tai Fung

Din Tai Fung

Devotees wait at the door for the 11 a.m. opening on Saturdays and Sundays, the only days this famed dumpling house makes the soup dumplings called xiao long bao, amazing broth-and-pork-filled creations that always sell out fast. But those are by no means the only good things to eat in this cheerful, always-crowded café. We [...]

Teri & Yaki

Teri & Yaki

Also known as Himeko Chicken, these two cafés make an addictive teriyaki chicken served with chow mein and rice. The sides (sprout salad, seasoned spinach, garlic noodles) are tasty. You can eat here, but we usually get it to go; it’s good party chow, too. 319 S. Arroyo Pkwy., Pasadena, 626.683.9865, teriandyaki.com, Asian. L & [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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