Eat & Drink


My Vegan

My Vegan

It was a happy day in my house when my teenage daughter stepped back from a year of vegetarianism to add poultry back in her life. My husband and I were supportive (her older sister, not so much, but she was gone to college), and it was good for us to be mostly vegetarian. But [...]

My Favorite Place Tea Room

My Favorite Place Tea Room

Welcoming, chic little lunch shop for full or a la carte afternoon tea. Great sliced chicken sandwiches on chewy rye bread, excellent salads, rose lemonade. 115 W Wilson Ave., Glendale, 818.507.7409, favoriteplacerestaurant.com, Tea. L Tues.-Sat. MC, V. $$

Turkey Up!

Turkey Up!

Run by a goofy bunch of guys in butcher’s whites, Harmony Farms specializes in wild game and organic, hormone-free, free-range lamb, turkey, beef and chicken. And this time of year, it’s the turkey that brings people up to the little Foothill storefront. You can pay $150 for a free-range, hormone-free turkey online, or you can [...]

Chado Tea Room

Chado Tea Room

A lovely shop, in this location for six years. Extensive selection of teas (over 200 varieties) for here or to take home. You will want to lie down in the yellow coconut cake as it is hypnotically sweet and moist. 79 N Raymond Ave, Old Pasadena, CA, 626.431.2832, chadotea.com, Tea. Daily from 11:30 a.m. MC, V. $-$$$

Kaldi

Kaldi

In a handsome old brick building next to the library, this South Pas coffeehouse is one of the best in town, with well-made espresso drinks, a welcoming vibe and sunny sidewalk tables 1019 El Centro St., South Pasadena, 626.403.5951, Café. Mon.-Fri. from 7 a.m., Sat.-Sun. from 7:30 a.m. AE, MC, V. $

El Taquito Goes Upscale

El Taquito Goes Upscale

Okay, so a taqueria in a parking lot on the unglamorous corner of Villa and Lake isn’t actually elegant, but if you used to go to El Taquito Mexicano’s original home (as I did frequently), you’ll be impressed with the gentrification. The old place on Fair Oaks — across the street from La Estrella’s outdoor [...]

Kansai

Kansai

The nice people in this cheerful, open café serve a variety of Japanese dishes (tempura, sushi, gyoza), but the noodles are the thing to get– homemade udon and soba served in a variety of styles and temperatures. (Vegetarians, take note of the hard-to-find vegetarian broth for the noodles.) There’s nothing like cold soba on a [...]

Smitty’s Grill

Smitty’s Grill

We go to this handsome bar and grill now and then a year and each time are pleasantly surprised at how good it is. It’s not as fancy as siblings Parkway Grill or Arroyo Chophouse, but it’s a better value, and here’s why: with each dinner entree you get a side order, instead of having [...]

Mei Long Village

Mei Long Village

In a quiet dining room with mirrored walls and lots of greenery, regulars put away steamed Shanghai-style dumplings filled with crab and pork; light pastry-style dumplings filled with sautéed leeks; Shanghai spareribs; and jade shrimp with a spinach purée. It’s all terrific, but it’s the dumplings we crave most. 301 W. Valley Blvd., San Gabriel, [...]

Bring Your Own Wine Wednesdays

Bring Your Own Wine Wednesdays

We posted about this swell promotion months ago, but it’s time for a reminder, because it’s still going on, and it’s a great deal for food and wine lovers. Sponsored by Visit Pasadena (basically the Pasadena Visitors Bureau), BYOWW is exactly what it says: You can bring your own wine to dinner, and corkage fees [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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