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Noir Food & Wine on a Winter’s Day

Noir Food & Wine on a Winter’s Day

Early on in the day, writing at the computer in my north-facing apartment, which means it was near cold enough to snow, my hands were hardly able to find the appropriate keys. This was despite the fact that the heat was roaring (though since the heater is in the hallway and faces the bathroom and [...]

Cheeseburger, Cheeseburger

Cheeseburger, Cheeseburger

The holidays may be over, but this is no time to be cutting back; Pasadena Cheeseburger Week starts this Sunday, January 13th. Okay, maybe you should get in a few salads and green smoothies for the next few days—ya know, to prep. The new Slater’s 50/50, Trattoria Neapolis, and Kings Row Gastropub are a few to [...]

6th Annual Pasadena Pinot Fest

6th Annual Pasadena Pinot Fest

Is there a limit to how much good pinot one can sniff, swirl, and sip? Not likely. Get your palates primed and ready to judge balance, complexity, body, and flavors because there will be 200 pinot noirs to taste from 100 California and Oregon wineries, including Ampelos, Clary Ranch, Clos Pepe, Dragonette, Hitching Post, Zovitch [...]

Holiday Food & More Food!

Holiday Food & More Food!

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 [...]

Ba in Highland Park

Ba in Highland Park

Stepping through the front door of the restaurant Ba in Highland Park, one is met by ceiling-to-floor curtains of gold, a couple of chandeliers, a bunch of long tree branches rising up out of a pot, and a tabletop holding variously shaped and sized glass jars, inside of which are candies that were rolled in—and [...]

Il Fornaio, A Speakeasy

Il Fornaio, A Speakeasy

For one night, Pasadena’s Il Fornaio is turning into a speakeasy, with help from neighborhood friends Elisa B., Goorin Brothers, Wasabi, and Origins. It’s being deemed a Prohibition-era cocktail party with a fashion show to boot. While being serenaded by Dutch Newman and The Musical Melodians, you’re invited to sidle up to the tasting bar [...]

Holiday Dinner à la Julienne

Holiday Dinner à la Julienne

Is cooking not your thing? Would you rather be gift shopping than thumbing through cookbooks and braving the grocery store? Rather be relaxed, laughing, and chatting with a cocktail in hand than cringing and frantic as the green beans get cold, the mash potatoes gluey, and the filet is a 20 minutes away from barely [...]

Haven: $$ for Sandy Relief

Haven: $$ for Sandy Relief

On Tuesday, November 20th, Haven Gastropub +Brewery is having a 15-hour fundraising marathon and will donate 100% of the profits to the Red Cross to aide in Hurricane Sandy relief. “This tragedy has national implications and affects all of us. Our staff will be donating their time along with their gratuities to raising funds for the hurricane relief [...]

USC vs UCLA, Gus’ BBQ-style

USC vs UCLA, Gus’ BBQ-style

Ya gotta order 24 hours in advance, so if holiday shopping is definitively not on your weekend schedule because your Trojans or Bruins are calling you, and you’re so nervous you don’t trust yourself to hold a knife to slice a tomato let alone fire up the barbecue, Gus’ in South Pasadena is all ready [...]

Morning Glory

Morning Glory

The Market on Holly and Artisanal LA begin this holiday season with their November Producer Series. Showcased this Saturday, November 10th, will be local Max Lesser and Morning Glory Confections. We’re going to promote this with their own words: Morning Glory Confections is all about taking a classic confection—peanut brittle—and modernizing it by using non-traditional ingredients [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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