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By Popular Demand: Happy Hour Extended!

By Popular Demand: Happy Hour Extended!

Twenty restaurants, lounges, and bars. Jazz fusion, French chanson, and stride piano of Montemarte and Harlem. Martinis, beers, and saki bombs for $1-3. Empanadas, saffron clams, truffled mac and cheese for $2-7. Fourteen Days. What is all this, you ask? This would be the 2nd Old Pasadena’s Happy Hour Week, extended this year to two weeks [...]

Fatty’s Lives!

Fatty’s Lives!

Eagle Rock’s venerable vestal of vegan cuisine, Fatty’s, has recently reopened after the owners took a long sabbatical. The intermission seemed endless—I would slowly drive by on my way down Colorado Boulevard, hoping that the strings of twinkly lights would be back on, glowing cheerfully through the big glass garage doors, illuminating happy diners noshing [...]

Halong Bay

Halong Bay

Halong Bay is a clever bit of restaurant-as-theater. The room’s high ceilings are shrouded in dark-painted timbers; it looks like there is an intriguing story—in both senses of the word—above the heads of diners. Large, cheesy paintings are offset by tasteful flowers and sensuous china. The menu is an actual scroll, and you get custom-made [...]

Cheeseburgers: The People Speak

Cheeseburgers: The People Speak

The Pasadena Chamber’s Cheeseburger Week was not without controversy—many cheeseheads in Wisconsin, where the hamburger was invented, take issue with the claim that the cheeseburger began at the former Rite Spot in Pasasdena—but no fisticuffs occurred, and the voting for city favorites went off without a hitch. Now Cheeseburger Week is over, and we must [...]

In Honor of National Pie Day…

In Honor of National Pie Day…

… which is January 23rd, we offer you this inspiration from our sister publication Eat LA to go to Pie ‘n’ Burger. Not that you likely need inspiration. Plus it just won top honors in a couple of categories in Pasadena Cheeseburger Week’s popularity contest. Pie ‘n’ Burger WHY The best pecan pie anywhere and a [...]

Let Them Eat Cheeseburgers

Let Them Eat Cheeseburgers

Thank goodness for 16-year-old Lionel’s grilling error or else an American dietary staple would never have been born—the cheeseburger. Working at his father’s sandwich shop The Rite Spot circa 1924, young Lionel mistakenly dropped a piece of cheese onto a grilling hamburger. The nation owes the elder Mr. Sternberger a debt of gratitude for not [...]

What the Wind Wrought at Gerlach’s

What the Wind Wrought at Gerlach’s

We love Gerlach’s for so many reasons—the warmth of owners Lewy and Fred Fedail, the fabulous bargain wines, the really good stuff in the climate-controlled room (ask the brothers; they know their wines), the collection of ports and sherries, the small-town feel of the place—and now, thanks to Pasadena’s December 1st almost-hurricane, we have something [...]

Larkin’s: Cooking Well and Doing Good

Larkin’s: Cooking Well and Doing Good

On Colorado Boulevard just west of Pasadena sits a fetching little Arts & Crafts bungalow that’s home to a friendly, modern soul-food restaurant, Larkin’s, where the chicken is fried and you drink your wine out of Ball jars. Here’s a lovely piece on the LA Weekly’s food blog Squid Ink by our pal Jenn Garbee [...]

Cheeseball for the Holidays

Cheeseball for the Holidays

Let us rephrase: not cheeseball as in corny or goofy, but cheeseball as in yummy goodness. But let’s start from the beginning. In 1951, Jim Carmack was a naval aviator pilot. He and his wife Betty Jane were spending their first holiday together in wedded bliss. Then Jim got a hankering for a tasty cheeseball. [...]

Bake Sale in a Pita Jungle & Holiday Pop-Ups

Bake Sale in a Pita Jungle & Holiday Pop-Ups

It’s a monster. A monster bake sale, that is. Eat My Blog contributing bakers will be hosting their 4th annual charity bake sale to benefit the LA Regional Foodbank at Pasadena’s Pita Jungle. Eat My Blog was begun by Cathy Chaplin, a Pasadena resident who authors the food blog Gastronomy Blog. She and Laurie Moore [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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