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Cook the Book

Cook the Book

Whole grains. Everyone is cashing in on the wealth of health in regard to whole grains. General Mills is pushing the whole grain factor of their Lucky Charms, Trix, Coco Puffs, and Reese’s Puffs cereals, and though we’re not doubting their claim, the benefits may—kinda, most probably, very likely—be outweighed by the inclusion of hefty doses […]

Frog’s Leap Comes to Dinner

Frog’s Leap Comes to Dinner

Before the Pond, 1972: As an undergraduate at Cornell, John Williams obtains an internship at Taylor Wine Company, and discovers that a winery is full of tanks of booze, pretty girls giving tours, and absolutely no cows unlike the dairy farm he grew up on. falls in love with wine. This is the introduction to […]

Dog Haus Dogs

Dog Haus Dogs

The first decision is fingers or fork, because we can tell just by looking at them that this is going to get messy. (Which is probably why a package of Uline Kraft Single-Fold towels are sitting in a cardboard box on every table.) We’re sampling dogs at the Dog Haus on Main Street in Alhambra. […]

Daikokuya: Visiting Little Tokyo

Daikokuya: Visiting Little Tokyo

I brush past a bespectacled hipster whose flannel and denim belies the intense heat of Little Tokyo. He is part of a growing and varied crowd outside of Daikokuya, trying to dodge sunlight underneath verandas and entrances. I put my name down on an enormous list and realize I’m about to join that crowd. The […]

Can It!

Can It!

Drying, smoking, pickling. Canning, bottling, jellying, and jugging. Have you guessed where we’re headed? Salt, sugar, lye, subterranean burial. Yes, we’re talking about ways to preserve food. Lye? Isn’t that used to unclog drains and used by criminals to make bodies disappear (literally dissolving them; 300 degrees for 3 hours)? Historically, lye has been used to […]

Cold Mountain

Cold Mountain

We live in a time where culinary understatement is hip. Higher prices for smaller plates and micro-everything. And so, perhaps the most important thing I can say about the Guppy Tea House is that their “shave ice” is unconquerably enormous. It is uncommon that two six foot tall, two hundred pound teenagers are unable to […]

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 […]

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