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Seeking Japchae

Seeking Japchae

Although japchae sounds like a term that should be avoided in polite conversation, it is in fact a Korean dish of glass noodles made from sweet potatoes, roasted vegetables and, oftentimes, rice or meat cooked in sesame oil. The Pasadena area has a number of establishments that include japchae, and each one does it in [...]

Fox’s Diner

Fox’s Diner

The pining for diner food has been gnawing our bones for some time. We’ve tried places here and there, but nothing quite lives up to the classic stainless steel roadside diner along the Post Road in Norwalk, Connecticut, right off I95, that we used to frequent as teenagers and then as young adults after a [...]

Crafting Cocktails

Crafting Cocktails

For 50 clams guests will sip and taste their way through an evening that sounds informative and delicious. Now, retaining this information is the sole responsibility of the individual… On Thursday, July 31st, Trattoria Neapolis presents “Craft Cocktails,” the first class in a 3-part series, which will benefit Pasadena’s AIDS Service Center. “Students” will listen, observe, participate, and sample four [...]

Poppy Cake

Poppy Cake

Sierra Madre native Brittainy Turnquist had to settle on northern California in order to persuade her East Coast man to move west. After they met and then graduated in 2005 from the CIA—the Culinary Institute of America situated in Hyde Park, New York along the Hudson River between Poughkeepsie and the home of Franklin D. Roosevelt—they moved to [...]

Lemonade: I’ll Take the Brussel Sprouts

Lemonade: I’ll Take the Brussel Sprouts

I have heard people rave about Brussel sprouts, but the mere mention conjures memories of my grandmother’s pre-1960 aluminum pressure cooker with its regulator cap over the vent pipe (or toggle switch or petcock) with the water vapor building, the toggle hat starting to wobble and act all crazy, steam squealing to be released, and tension building [...]

Sociable Supper

Sociable Supper

The official name of the event is “Sociable Supper in the Field at Muir Ranch” and could prove to be one of the most delicious and fun evenings of your summer. On July 19th, Jennie Cook of Jennie Cook’s Catering, Plant Based Parties, and the Who Wants Seconds? cookbook (Prospect Park Books) will preside over a three course vegetarian [...]

Our Favorite Burger (at the Moment)

Our Favorite Burger (at the Moment)

We have a soft spot for In ‘n Out because the fries are so fresh and piping hot that you have to eat them immediately, or else you might as well toss ‘em. They are as fresh as it gets, but because they’re so fresh—watch the employee slam the potatoes through the “hand cut” machine—their [...]

2014 L.A. Street Food Fest

2014 L.A. Street Food Fest

We’ve heard good things and bad things, marvelous raves and emphatic thumbs down, but we’re still going to provide a promo for this year’s L.A. Street Food Fest held at the Rose Bowl because, well, we love food. Any time there is an opportunity to avail ourselves of a wide selection of cuisines and libations, [...]

Facing the Competition

Facing the Competition

The flavors of barbecue are said to define the palate in the cattle country of Missouri, and Kansas City will be the site of the American Culinary Federation’s 2014 National Convention where—as the winner of Western Region competition—Pasadena’s Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Student Team will vie for top honors against their Central, Northeast, and Southeast [...]

Depressed Cake Shop

Depressed Cake Shop

Not just feeling sad, but feeling empty. Not just short-tempered and irritable, but bursting with anger over little, minor hiccups. Loss of interest. Loss of pleasure. Nights awake, hyper-alert, careening, disconnecting thoughts unable to be herded and calmed. Exhausted days. Foggy brain. Depleted energy. Immobile body. These are some of the symptoms of depression. A [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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