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Robin’s Wood-Fire BBQ

Robin’s Wood-Fire BBQ

Blues on the stereo, wood smoke in the air, ribs on the table . . . this is living. Barbecue zealots (and they are many) argue ceaselessly on web sites like Chowhound.com about which places are best in Southern California; Robin’s usually rates highly, and it deserves to. The meats are smoked over mesquite and [...]

Vroman’s Bestsellers 2/8/10

Vroman’s Bestsellers 2/8/10

Hardcover Fiction Angel Time, Anne Rice The Help, Kathryn Stockett Wild Child and Other Stories, T. C. Boyle First Rule, Robert Crais Point Omega, Don Delillo Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll Lacuna, Barbara Kingsolver Queen of the Damned, Anne Rice Half Broke Horses, Jeannette Walls Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel Hardcover Non-Fiction Lessons From Little [...]

Il Fornaio

Il Fornaio

This California-based chain is one of Old Town’s better restaurants. In a bright, modern, noisy setting (complete with a good bar), white-aproned waiters ferry satisfying wines by the glass, savory pastas (the seafood linguine and meat lasagnas are particularly good), thin-crusted pizzas and tasty salads; we avoid the chicken dishes, which tend to be dry. [...]

Love Fest for Haiti

Love Fest for Haiti

The joint will be jumping all day and night on Saturday at Jameson Brown Coffee Roasters, which is hosting a fundraiser for Little By Little, a medical nonprofit working in Haiti. A few of L.A.’s hottest food trucks will make an appearance, including the Kogi Truck, Barbie’s Q, Get Shaved and the Flying Pig, and [...]

Song

Song

This architecturally dramatic space—a small glass-walled dining room and larger open-air patio set off by fifteen-foot-tall laser-cut steel panels modeled on Thai fabrics—is perfectly suited to the wonderful Thai street food, which is, after all, intended to be eaten outdoors. You’ll find dishes you won’t find elsewhere in town, like the crispy, addictive corn cakes, [...]

Petrea Goes to City Council

Petrea Goes to City Council

We were quite taken with the report on the recent Pasadena City Council meeting about the plan for Hahamongna Annex by our friend Petrea Burchard (the photographer/writer behind Pasadena Daily Photo). So we wanted to share it in case you missed it. Gives a person hope in this time of Congressional incompetence. Here’s the lead [...]

Jones Coffee Company

Jones Coffee Company

A globe-hopping selection of coffee (including organic choices) is sold by kindly people in a warehouse space filled with giant roasters, an espresso bar and a funky collection of tables and chairs. The prices are more than fair (a cup of brewed coffee is just 99 cents), and if you order five pounds or more [...]

Arlington for All Ages

Arlington for All Ages

Our kids have been on first name basis with “Charlie” and “Betty” ever since spending an afternoon pulling weeds and lining pathways with Arroyo stones. Now, each time we stop by Pasadena’s secret garden, also known as Arlington Garden, the boys are always eager for new project assignments and/or just thrilled to be running along [...]

Norton Simon Museum Garden Café

Norton Simon Museum Garden Café

The food (by the swank Patina Group) is pre-packaged at this order-at-the-counter café, but with the exception of the sometimes-soggy wraps, it’s tasty and inexpensive, and you get to eat at umbrella-shaded teak tables in the Norton Simon’s lovely rear garden. It might get noisy if a school group troops through, but otherwise, this is [...]

Taylor’s Steakhouse

Taylor’s Steakhouse

Wedges of iceberg lettuce drenched with blue cheese, cold martinis, red Naugahyde booths and generous, perfectly cooked prime steaks for less than $30 . . . forget all those new poseur steakhouses, because Taylor’s is the real thing. The only branch of the beloved 1953 L.A. mothership, this clubby, windowless joint is packed every night, [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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