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Auntie Em’s Kitchen

Auntie Em’s Kitchen
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WHY Open-faced breakfast sandwiches, the grilled steak salad and spectacular cupcakes, scones and brownies. WHAT This funky and fetching retro-American roadhouse features delicious modern-diner cooking. For breakfast, try an open-faced egg sandwich topped with bacon, Cajun turkey sausage or portobello mushroom and roasted red peppers. For lunch, the tuna salad sandwich and the grilled-steak salad […]

Catch

Catch

WHY This carefully constructed Cal-Mediterranean seafood menu is worth the splurge, especially when you consider the setting. WHAT High ceilings, crisp white walls and floor-to-ceiling windows frame the dazzling view at this privileged outpost of elegant, yet unshowoffy, cuisine. A chef change led to a menu change as well, so the Asian influences gave way […]

Ramen Yokocho Fest at Santa Anita Park this Weekend

Ramen Yokocho Fest at Santa Anita Park this Weekend

Do you love ramen? Check out Ramen Yokocho this Saturday and Sunday at Santa Anita Park. The festival features an extensive line-up of specialty ramen options from local chefs and visiting masters from Japan, Las Vegas, San Diego, and San Jose. At just $8/bowl, it’s a great deal, and the perfect way to sample several […]

The Weekend Go Go: Free Horror, A Grand Bookfest, Noodle Up + More!

The Weekend Go Go: Free Horror, A Grand Bookfest, Noodle Up + More!

Whether you want to slurp, read, or scream, it’s a great weekend for festivals. Here are the best of the fests. Warning: do not try all these at once. Mostly Free Horror You can’t get enough cinematic gristle and gore. What’s a thrill-seeking guy/gal to do? Mark the weekend with a bloody thumbprint as a […]

Pasadena Certified Farmers’ Market

Pasadena Certified Farmers’ Market

WHY A great market east of Hollywood. WHAT This popular market on the edge of Victory Park offers Harry’s Berries, Bill’s Bees (honeys), ABC Rhubarb (herbs and greens), Two Peas in a Pod (super sweet sugar snaps, shelling beans, cauliflower, berries), and Mike Taylor (spring and Maui onions, tomatoes, nasturtiums). Good flowers, too. Stop by […]

The Weekend Go Go: Noir City, The New Baroque, Nowruz New Year

The Weekend Go Go: Noir City, The New Baroque, Nowruz New Year

You’ve had your fill of corned beef and green beer. (The green part, at least.) Your hangover remed(ies) have been thoroughly tested. (How’d that go?) Now, let’s just welcome the dark, redolent, beautiful first weekend of spring. About Last Noir This weekend, take a walk on the wild side…or at least the shadowy side with Noir […]

The O’Go Go: Your Shamrock Day Cheat Sheet

The O’Go Go: Your Shamrock Day Cheat Sheet

O’Go Go’ers, your St. Patrick’s Day plans probably revolve around Shamrocking and Riverdancing. Yes, you’re a spritely one. But in case you get thirsty or your leprechaun shoes get tight, here are a few alternatives: BIG IRISH BASHES Tom Bergin‘s 3 days!  Four outdoor bars!  1 beer truck!  Whisky girls!  Shamrocks on the ceiling!   Sat 3/15 […]

The Weekend Go Go: Circus Va Voom, Free Francophonic Films, Passion Church + More

The Weekend Go Go: Circus Va Voom, Free Francophonic Films, Passion Church + More

Go Go’ers, the weather is heating up and so is the weekend. Actually, the weather is pretty much the same as it has been for months. One out of two isn’t bad. Three Ring Rock ‘n Roll Go Go’ers, it’s not every day that Dave Stewart  (yes, the Eurhythmics co-founder) plays an “all ages” show with luchadore Dirty […]

The Weekend Go Go: Pop-up Carmen, Animation Breakdown, Shout-out for Bukowski

The Weekend Go Go: Pop-up Carmen,  Animation Breakdown, Shout-out for Bukowski

Valentine’s Day.  The Oscars.  Mardi Gras.   It’s been an emotional roller coaster. Luckily, this weekend promises to be a little more low-key. Jealous rage.   Alcoholic poets.   A “Lynchian descent into madness.” Happy weekend! Opera’s “Amoral Seductress” It has been said that “French opera never produced another femme as fatale as Carmen.” Weigh […]

The Very-Last-Minute Oscar Go Go: Ocean View Oscars, Million Dollar Oscars, Oscar Interruptus

The Very-Last-Minute Oscar Go Go: Ocean View Oscars, Million Dollar Oscars, Oscar Interruptus

The Academy did not recognize the genius of your groundbreaking sci-fi/inter-species romance about kittens and puppies in space. Your  invitations to the Vanity Fair party and the Governor’s Ball have, apparently, gotten lost in the mail. Despite the criminal oversight of your creativity and the incompetence of the U.S. mail, you’re still looking for a good […]