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Raymond, The

Raymond, The
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WHY An elegantly conceived menu and a setting that oozes historic charm. WHAT This 1901 Craftsman bungalow is the epitome of Pasadena charm, with gleaming wood floors, leaded glass, flower-filled patios and an air of tranquility. The upscale California cooking isn’t always flawless—the roasted bruschetta was bitter on one visit—but it’s generally good. Try the […]

Al Gelato

Al Gelato

WHY For red sauce-dishes like rigatoni, as well as pizza, prosciutto or meatball sandwiches and salads. The tuna sandwich and the chili have many admirers. WHAT Gelati (or the amazing coffee granita) are the endings, but the meals start with hearty pastas, soups and sandwiches. Behind the tempting, extensive gelato counter is a casual, no-frills […]

Open Sesame

Open Sesame

WHY For one of the most convivial, food-celebrating places in Belmont Shore, with happy groups sharing fattoush (a chopped salad), schwarma, crisp-soft fried potatoes, vegetarian platters, Belmont Brewing beers on tap and, of course, baklava. But whatever you order, just make sure you include some of those potatoes. WHAT Ali Kobeissi’s Lebanese bistro is so […]

Wood Spoon

Wood Spoon

WHY For a short, delicious menu of Brazilian dishes, including a fabulous (and massive) chicken pot pie made with hearts of palm, corn, roasted potatoes and olives. WHAT The bright, minimalist space in the heart of the Fashion District is warmed with yellow flowers, the rich flavors of Brazil and the presence of the owner/chef, […]

Suehiro Café

Suehiro Café

WHY For good, inexpensive Japanese comfort food, especially udon, served late into the night. WHAT A Little Tokyo icon, Suehiro is a simple, affordable café that serves satisfying udon noodle soups, cold soba noodle dishes, bento-box meals and katsudon bowls. Extras include friendly service and a library of Japanese fashion magazines and manga. WHO City […]

The Weekend Go Go: Messiahs, Morphine Women, and Downton Abbey Jazz & Tea

The Weekend Go Go: Messiahs, Morphine Women, and Downton Abbey Jazz & Tea

Go Go’ers, enhance your art and music experiences  at these weekend  events that promise more participation  than mere passive eyeballing and ear-worming. Messiahs, Utopias & the Ends of the Earth Photographer/video artist Jonas N.T. Becker’s compelling show Zol Zayn//What If? at the ocean-adjacent Shulamit Gallery in Venice is an immersive, meditative experience about community, utopia, and isolation. […]

Café Spot

Café Spot

WHY A spirited scene, plus lots to choose from on the long menu. WHAT One of the San Gabriel Valley’s many Hong Kong—style coffee shops, Café Spot stands out for the quality of its food. This is the place to go for dishes like Grand Mom’s braised pork belly and the Hong Kong—style waffle. 500 […]

Portfolio Coffeehouse

Portfolio Coffeehouse

WHY Excellent espresso, properly foamed cappuccinos, free WiFi and a stylishly studious vibe. WHAT The hub of life in the Broadway Corridor neighborhood, Portfolio wraps around the corner of 4th and Junipero near some fun vintage shops. The back room is filled with headphone-wearing people on laptops; the front room is chattier and has PCs […]

El Pollo Inka

El Pollo Inka

WHY Fantastic roast chicken or the traditional saltado de pollo. Add the famed cilantro sauce and an order of plantains and you’ll be in heaven. WHAT The name may imply a competitor to El Pollo Loco, but this is actually a very sweet little sit-down restaurant with seductive and inexpensive Peruvian food, most notably the […]

California Wine Festival at Santa Anita Park

California Wine Festival at Santa Anita Park

Horse racing meets wine tasting as the Sunshine Millions California Cup hosts the California Wine Festival on Saturday, January 25th. Sample food and fine wine from the following California vineyards: Zaca Mesa Winery & Vineyards Layer Cake Garnet Vineyards Clos Pegase Cartlidge & Browne Crimson Wine Group Cline Toad Hollow Vineyards Steelhead Vineyards Smashberry J […]