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FOOD/DRAMA/PLAY — Creative Seeds: An Exploration of Hunger

FOOD/DRAMA/PLAY — Creative Seeds: An Exploration of Hunger

This summer, Cornerstone Theater Company went to Fowler, California, and grew a play. Organic peach farmer David Mas Masumoto, his farmer-artist daughter Nikiko, and his son Korio participated in Cornerstone’s A Man Came to Fowler and will also be performing at the final weekend of CTC’s Creative Seeds festival, which explores issues of hunger, food, and farming. Masumoto, who is [...]

Dip’s Grill

Dip’s Grill

WHY To check out SoCal’s first Vietnamese-American gastropub. WHAT Happy-hour specials and a half-dozen brews on tap pair with beer-friendly food that mirrors the everyday flavors most Vietnamese-American kids grow up eating—with a slightly creative twist. Good examples include the grilled mini skewers of curry-marinated chicken or beef and the sliders on Hawaiian buns (pulled [...]

Original Pantry Café

Original Pantry Café

WHY For the wait staff, the history and the breakfasts, served 24/7. WHAT Do we love the Pantry? Yes. Is the food really good? No. Well, former mayor Dick Riordan loved it so much he bought the place, but he likes plain, filling chow, and that’s what the Pantry has delivered, 24 hours a day, [...]

A & J Cake & Candy Supplies

A & J Cake & Candy Supplies

WHY Who wouldn’t want to learn how to make cluster candies, chocolate pizzas and marshmallow buddies? WHAT From the front, this strip-mall place on a lost stretch of Route 66 looks like nothing more than a place to buy candy molds, and in fact it is an excellent supply house for bakers and candy makers. [...]

Pasadena CFM

Pasadena CFM

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 [...]

SPEED RACK: Femme Bartenders Shake it for Charity

SPEED RACK: Femme Bartenders Shake it for Charity

Need meets speed at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel tomorrow, Sunday, November 13th at Speed Rack, a national, all-female, speed bartending competition. From 3 to 7 p.m., 16 of L.A.’s best lady bartenders will compete for the title of So Cal’s fastest female cocktail slinger  and raise funds for breast cancer charities while they shake and stir rounds of cocktails [...]

French Market Café

French Market Café

WHY You wish you were in Paris but you’re settling for Venice. WHAT This indoor/outdoor café and market on south Abbot Kinney has catered to homesick ex-pats since 1993. You may be the only English speaker in line waiting to order French comfort food: omelets with a green salad;le cheval (fried egg atop ham and [...]

Starry Kitchen

Starry Kitchen

WHY Starry Kitchen spices up the Downtown lunch scene with a modern, irreverent approach to Vietnamese-influenced cooking. WHAT California Plaza is a little less corporate with the success of freewheeling Starry Kitchen, which started as an underground restaurant in the owner’s apartment. You pick a protein (free-range lemongrass chicken, the famed crispy tofu balls, spicy [...]

Yaya’s Burgers No. 2

Yaya’s Burgers No. 2

WHY Because there’s so much more to the Mexican sandwich than carne asada—filled rolls. WHAT Seventy variations of the DF-style torta is an idea that might seem as gimmicky as popcorn-flavored ice cream. But each torta here is as precisely constructed as anything from a four-star kitchen. Choosing the best one is impossible, but the [...]

La Cava

La Cava

WHY Terrific, refined Italian fare without having to go over the hill. WHAT Florentine native and sometime actor Armando Pucci has created a delightful spot for fans of light, sophisticated Tuscan food. We are slaves to the chalkboard daily specials (the pappardelle with Dungeness crab and cherry tomatoes is sublime), but the regular menu has [...]

Gooden Open House Saturday, January 11

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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