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Gerlach’s Grill

Gerlach’s Grill

You might expect a takeout window next to a liquor store to be a chili-fries kind of place, but you would be wrong. Gerlach’s has an extraordinary menu, ranging from Middle Eastern classics (lamb kebabs, falafel, stuffed grape leaves) to excellent fresh grilled fish (salmon, shark, tuna) at low prices. Both the fish tacos and [...]

Vroman’s Bestsellers, 7/19/2010

Vroman’s Bestsellers, 7/19/2010

Hardcover Fiction The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest, Stieg Larsson A Dog’s Purpose, Bruce Cameron The Glass Rainbow, James Lee Burke The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, Aimee Bender Work Song, Ivan Doig Spies of the Balkans, Alan Furst Faithful Place, Tana French Help, Kathryn Stockett The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, David [...]

Le Grande Orange

Le Grande Orange

The owners of this new restaurant/bar in the handsomely restored 1925 Santa Fe Depot at Del Mar Station have thought of everything. Good-value happy hour? Check. Retro-hip mac ‘n’ cheese? Check. Grilled ahi tacos? Check. It’s got it all, from name-dropping martinis to a thoughtful kids’ menu, and at this writing, all of Pasadena was [...]

Café Beaujolais

Café Beaujolais

A traditional French bistro with Eagle Rock flair—the slogan is “Everything French, even the attitude.” Except the only attitude we’ve seen from the black-T-shirted French waiters is an informal, witty warmth. They deliver green salads topped with goat cheese croutons, crocks of onion soup, escargots, steak frites with some of the best frites in the [...]

Vroman’s Bestsellers, 7/12/2010

Vroman’s Bestsellers, 7/12/2010

Hardcover Fiction Rat, Fernanda Eberstadt The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest, Stieg Larsson A Dog’s Purpose, Bruce Cameron The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, David Mitchell The Passage, Justin Cronin Help, Kathryn Stockett To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, Aimee Bender Spies of the Balkans, Alan Furst [...]

Nicole’s Gourmet Foods

Nicole’s Gourmet Foods

Our little corner of Paris by the Gold Line, Nicole’s is a regular pit stop for lovers of all foods French, from cheeses and pâtés to truffles and wines. Nicole Grandjean and her lovely staff make delicious baguette sandwiches, salads and quiches, which you can eat on the flower-lined sidewalk patio or in the store. [...]

Domenico’s

Domenico’s

The best pizza in the city of Pasadena is found at this busy, friendly local chain. It’s most famed for its loaded Big D pizza, but we prefer the simpler sausage pie with the thin crust. 2411 E. Washington Blvd., East Pasadena, 626.797.6459, Pizzeria. L & D Tues.-Sun.  Beer & wine. MC, V. $ 236 [...]

Egg Roll Express

Egg Roll Express

The name might suggest a greasy spoon, but the food here is fresh and healthy, made without MSG and with good ingredients. We love the sesame chicken, dumplings, wonton soup, string beans and Szechwan dishes. Lots of vegetarian options, low prices and free delivery in the East Pasadena/Altadena area. 2397 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena, 626.791.5336, [...]

Vroman’s Bestsellers, 7/5/2010

Vroman’s Bestsellers, 7/5/2010

Hardcover Fiction The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, Aimee Bender The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest, Stieg Larsson The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, David Mitchell Spies of the Balkans, Alan Furst The Language of Secrets, Dianne Dixon Innocent, Scott Turow Sizzling Sixteen, Janet Evanovich Rat, Fernanda Eberstadt The Madonnas of Echo Park, [...]

Firefly Bistro

Firefly Bistro

South Pasadena’s newfound hipness is epitomized by this tented bistro, which is bright by day and romantic by night. Owners/chefs/spouses Monique King and Paul Rosenbluh turn out an always-interesting and usually wonderful menu of multiethnic offerings, from five-spice pork egg rolls to warm spinach salad, braised lamb shank with creamy polenta to grilled rare ahi [...]

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