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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 [...]

1886 Bar

1886 Bar

Pasadena will never be as cool as downtown L.A., but it’s trying. For proof, stop into the new bar inside the historic and lovely Raymond Restaurant. Named 1886 (for the year this cottage, once part of the Raymond Hotel, was built), it has dragged Pasadena into the cocktail era—about two years after it dawned on [...]

Food Lover + Idealab = Frugal Foodie

Food Lover + Idealab = Frugal Foodie

Pasadenan John Delacruz has three passions: food, bargain-hunting and software development. Lucky for him, he’s found a way to combine them all by joining forces with Pasadena’s Idealab to start FrugalFoodie. A cross between Hotwire and Groupon, this new site and smartphone app saves last-minute diners a considerable amount of money. Like Hotwire and Priceline, [...]

The Lobsta Truck: A Quick and Dirty Review

The Lobsta Truck: A Quick and Dirty Review

For approximately 157 more hours, the Lobsta Truck has the dubious distinction of being the newest entrant into L.A.’s endlessly combustible upscale food truck scene. They serve a very limited (or focused, if you’re feeling generous) menu: lobster or crab on a toasted split top roll with either mayo or butter, as well as clam [...]

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