Holiday Food & More Food!

Dec 20, 2012
Mousse Shots; photo courtesy of The Spot Gourmet

Mousse Shots; photo courtesy of The Spot Gourmet

It’s foodie soup today. A little of this and a little of that, all in one post.

1. The Spot Gourmet, 1936 W. Glenoaks Blvd., Glendale 91201. 818. 861.7335
From appetizers like Moroccan spiced shrimp with pomegranate aioli and beef empanadas, the delicious-sounding beef Wellington served with a porcini cream sauce, to individual chocolate whiskey cakes or a gum drop bundt cake with brandied crème Anglaise, The Spot Gourmet has dishes to help the holidays be a tad less stressful. See their full menu here.

2. La Monarca Bakery opens next to Mix ‘n Munch at 1001 Mission Street in South Pasadena, right across from Busters Coffee. Today, Thursday, December 20th is their grand opening (perfect timing!).

La Monarca Bakery’s skilled team of bakers creates a variety authentic Mexican cakes, pastries and breads from scratch, using traditional proprietary recipes perfected over the last 50 years, with only top quality fresh, natural ingredients.
When they open, in addition to their traditional pastries, they’ll be offering Rosca de Reyes, just in time for Dia de Reyes on January 6, which commemorates the arrival of the three wise men. Each cake contains a baby Jesus hidden inside. They’ll be taking special orders for the full cake as soon as they open, but will also be selling the cake by the slice to guests who join them before the holiday. 
Rosca de Reyes; photo courtesy of La Monarca Bakery

Rosca de Reyes; photo courtesy of La Monarca Bakery

3. Need a bit of a cleanse before the holiday’s eating extravaganza or a healthy drink alternative for kids and adults? Shila Moran has just launched The Real Juice (323.212.5211), with a whole cleanse program and individual juices like “Replenish” with carrots, apples, beets, oranges, pineapple, and parsley or “Energize” with kale, cucumbers, apples, celery, and lemon, all cold-pressed with the Norwalk juicer (which is supposed to extract more juice, more enzymes, and more nutrients).

4. The Market on Holly, 57 E. Holly St., Pasadena 91103. 626. 844.8811
Another option for holiday dishes or meals with hot crab dip with sherry and chives, beef bourguignon, potatoes au gratin with gruyere, and bouche de Noel. Find their complete menu here.

5. As previously written, Julienne in San Marino has a full menu for the holidays as well. Find Julie’s complete menu with order form here.

Holiday cookies at Julienne; photo by Kat Ward

Holiday cookies at Julienne; photo by Kat Ward

6. Hangover blues?

Lo’ and behold, the New Year is upon us and the holiday cheer is sure to leave some of us hungover come January 1st. But before you commit to hopping on the treadmill, Slater’s 50/50 is preparing with a January burger that is the perfect remedy to your Auld Lang Syne woes. Cure your hangover with the Bloody Mary Burger. Please feel free to reach out with any questions, comments or heartburn-related concerns.

Slater’s 50/50, 61 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena 91103. 626.765. 9700. 11 a.m.-1 a.m.

Bloody Mary Burger; photo courtesy of Slater's 50/50

Bloody Mary Burger; photo courtesy of Slater’s 50/50

 Happy Holidays, Everyone!




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