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Monopole Not So Hot

Monopole Not So Hot

A few nights ago, a friend and I were debating whether to go to Elements Kitchen (and its swanky bar) or drop in to Monopole Wine before a movie. We were more in the mood for wine and reasoned that newcomer Monopole would be a better choice. Wrong. But it looked okay at first. I [...]

Yang Chow

Yang Chow

A branch of the Chinatown classic, this place has a huge and devoted clientele, proving that Yang Chow’s famed slippery shrimp is indeed as addictive as cocaine. Twice-cooked and bathed in a subtly sweet, mildly hot sauce, it is impossible to stop eating. Also good are the cashew chicken, fiery Szechwan wonton soup, pan-fried dumplings [...]

Green Street Restaurant

Green Street Restaurant

You cannot call yourself a true Pasadenan until you have had a Dianne salad, whether you eat it on the popular outdoor patio, in the bright, casual-café interior or, as so many locals do, in a to-go version at a board meeting. A version of a Chinese chicken salad, it is simply impossible to stop [...]

Z Sushi

Z Sushi

This spacious restaurant, recently spiffed up, is one of the best places for sushi east of the 5 Freeway. Inside is a large drinking bar (try the plum martini), a long sushi bar and tables set with black linens. How much you spend depends on whether you order a bargain non-sushi dinner (like chicken teriyaki, [...]

Carmela Ice Cream and Sorbet

Carmela Ice Cream and Sorbet

At one time or another, we all scream for ice cream—or so the ancient wisdom goes. Myself, I tend just to exclaim modestly, and not necessarily for ice cream. A cookie will do just fine, usually. Pie is tops. That said, say the words seasonal, artisanal or vintage* and my ears, like any chowhound’s, perk [...]

Phoenix Food Boutique

Phoenix Food Boutique

When I lived in central Florida, I learned never to ignore restaurants in shopping centers and strip malls. Since that’s all they had there, it was easy advice to follow. But in our more architecturally rich environs, strip-mall restaurants are often overlooked in favor of locations with more charm and street life. That’s why the [...]

3 Meals a Day at Plate 38

3 Meals a Day at Plate 38

We’ve felt sorry for hungry East Pasadenans for so long—it just doesn’t seem fair that they have to travel west of Hill to find good food that’s not from a corporate chain restaurant. But now they’ve got the hottest new place in town, and of us on the westside are heading east more often. The [...]

Breakfast of Champions: Clocker’s Corner

Breakfast of Champions: Clocker’s Corner

If you’re looking for something new to do with your family that doesn’t break the bank and also gives you the exciting inkling that you are mingling backstage somewhere special, behind the action, maybe even where you aren’t entirely allowed, then breakfast at Clocker’s Corner at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, is worth checking out [...]

New York Deli

New York Deli

In the winter of 2008, I began a quest to find the best Reuben in New York City. In five months, I only found one sandwich worth writing home about: Katz’s Delicatessen. The impetus for this quest was simple: whenever I came home from New York, one of my favorite meals was always a pastrami [...]

Cham Korean Comes Into Its Own

Cham Korean Comes Into Its Own

When Cham Korean Bistro opened its doors a little more than a year ago, Korean food had already been catapulted to mainstream dining culture, thanks to a roaming LA food truck that made kimchi tacos a national sensation. But Kimmy Song, owner of successful denim company !iT Jeans, had a vision of introducing to Pasadena [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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