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The Valley Line: Burgers buoy float group's Happy Hour

There was a great turnout for the La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Assn.'s August Happy Hour. Mayfield and Sarah Marshall of Vineta Avenue hosted the event, which is such a popular one because it is the annual "Hamburger Night." The grills were set up in the Marshalls' expansive backyard...

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      Owner of Zina's, planning commissioner in legal dispute

      Landlord Arun Jain says take-out food stand has been altered in violation of lease.

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      Dining and coffee break ideas for Southern California holiday shoppers

      Holiday shopping is not for wimps. Given that it's among the most strenuous and exacting activities on the planet, you, the one staring with glazed eyes at a very long list, will need sustenance. Sometimes a quick bite is all that's needed. Other times you'll want to put those bags down beside...

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      Boozy nachos and fried pickles at new Pasadena Whole Foods restaurant

      The Pasadena Whole Foods Market on Arroyo Parkway, the largest Whole Foods west of the Rocky Mountains, will open its first full-service restaurant on Friday. So if you're in the mood to sit down for a proper meal with a server — instead of your usual grab-bag dinner from the salad bar, sushi chef...

    • Pasadena news: Magnolia House, Waffles de Liege open; Superba Snacks coming soon
      Pasadena news: Magnolia House, Waffles de Liege open; Superba Snacks coming soon

      Magnolia House is now open in the former Magnolia bar space on South Lake Avenue in Pasadena. John and Chris Bicos of Bicos Hospitality (The Original Tops and Gus's BBQ) have transformed the space into a restaurant and cocktail lounge with cocktails and wine by Evan Zimmerman. Drinks include The...

    • A Thanksgiving community bread bake at Grist & Toll
      A Thanksgiving community bread bake at Grist & Toll

      If you've not been to one of Grist & Toll's community bread baking events, this next one, to be held this Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., might be the one to try. The Pasadena "urban flour mill" will be hosting a special Thanksgiving oven day at which they're hoping to bake and donate at least 100...

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      Yakitori-Ya at Orsa & Winston, 50% off Sushi Roku Pasadena, Moon Juice goes mobile

      Orsa & Winston, Josef Centeno's Japanese-Italian restaurant in downtown L.A., will have a special O&W Yakitori-Ya two-night event Nov. 25 and 26. The restaurant plans to grill Japanese-style skewers and serve Japanese craft beer and schochu cocktails. Inspired by the restaurant's signature Japanese...

    • Little Flower's Christine Moore opens Lincoln in Pasadena
      Little Flower's Christine Moore opens Lincoln in Pasadena

      After well over a year of hard work turning a 1920s-era abandoned brick building in northern Pasadena into an airy, utterly gorgeous functioning restaurant, Christine Moore and her business partner Pam Perkins opened Lincoln just after dawn Monday.

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      Like pickled dishes? Here are some tangy dishes to savor around L.A.

      Whether it's Indian achaar or Japanese nukazuke, pickles of all varieties are featured on menus around the city, and not just as side dishes. What was once used as a necessary form of preservation is now a way for chefs to playfully showcase their seasonal ingredients.

      The pickle plate began appearing...

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      Steak 'n Shake and Japadog to open in Santa Monica, Ice-Cream Lab in Pasadena

      The Steak 'n Shake restaurant chain is opening a location on the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica Tuesday. Steak 'n Shake, known for its steakburgers and milkshakes will serve its signature burgers, including the Double 'n Cheese Steakburger, hand-dipped milk shakes, freshly-squeezed lemonade,...

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      Making 'music out of glass'

      Guest musician plays a unique and nearly forgotten instrument for a small gathering at the La Crescenta Library.

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      Lawsuit alleges Glendale councilman caused firing of antismoking hospital worker

      An antismoking advocate who claims Ara Najarian got him fired from Glendale Adventist Medical Center after he spoke out against the councilman’s proposal to loosen smoking rules at restaurants is scheduled to have his day in court next spring.

      A trial has been scheduled for May 12 in a $5-million...

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      Local brewers hope to tap the home market

      Pair of beer-making entrepreneurs hope to make Glendale their base of operation.

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      Suspect in Pasadena couple's stabbing deaths charged with murder

      A 29-year-old man suspected of stabbing to death a Pasadena culinary school instructor and his wife inside their apartment was charged Wednesday with two counts of capital murder.

      The charges against Jacob Bersson come with a special circumstance allegation of multiple murders in the deaths of...

    • Suspect in Pasadena double-killing was victim's cousin, police say
      Suspect in Pasadena double-killing was victim's cousin, police say

      The man accused of stabbing a Pasadena culinary school instructor and his wife to death in their apartment early Monday has been identified by police as Jacob Mallory Bersson, 29, a cousin of the slain husband.

      Bersson was found bloodied about a block away from where he allegedly fatally stabbed...

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      Dining: Trip to Bountiful Bakery is sweet indeed

      The economic downturn of 2008 was a curse and a blessing for Denise Assad. After a prestigious career in advertising and design, she lost her job. Using her unemployment checks as start-up cash, she began baking and selling the fruits of her labor to parents at her son’s preschool. By 2009, she’d...

    • Verdugo Views: The mysterious residency of a radio preacher
      Verdugo Views: The mysterious residency of a radio preacher

      One of the most famous radio preachers of all time, Aimee Semple McPherson, once rented an apartment in Glendale and tried to enroll her two children in our high school.

      It seems her stay here back in the late 1920s was brief and may have been an attempt to protect her children from threats; or...

    • Gauchos Village reopens, Ray Garcia leaves Fig, Dog Haus to open in Burbank
      Gauchos Village reopens, Ray Garcia leaves Fig, Dog Haus to open in Burbank

      Gauchos Village, the Brazilian churrascaria in Glendale has relocated to a space on Maryland Avenue. The new location features the churrasco (grilled meat) with live entertainment on the weekends, and a couple new additions to the menu, including pizza. The pizza calabreza comes topped with cheese,...

    • Brunch to tout preserving Cottonwood Canyon

      The Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy is hosting an open house brunch in the Cottonwood Canyon Sunday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. to educate the community and potential donors about its efforts to purchase the 11-acre property as a preservation and restoration project.The nonprofit conservancy is hoping...

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      Still waiting for 'Game of Thrones'? Here's a beer to make it easier

      There are still many long months before HBO’s beloved "Game of Thrones" returns, and even longer until author George R. R. Martin finishes the next book in the series, but at least fans can drown their sorrows in another "GOT"-inspired beer from Brewery Ommegang while they wait.

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      Glendale was recently named as a finalist for an Eddy award, which recognizes cities in Los Angeles County that create a business-friendly climate through local programs.The city is going up against Bellflower, Lakewood, Palmdale and Santa Clarita as a finalist among cities with a population over...

    • The Valley Line: Annual wine, food tasting event attracts hundreds
      The Valley Line: Annual wine, food tasting event attracts hundreds

      It was a spectacular autumn afternoon on Sunday, when more than 800 people came to Memorial Park to sip fine wines and sample gourmet foods at the 12th annual Wine and Gourmet Food Tasting and premium wine auction event. The gathering was sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of La Cañada, Le Petit Vendome,...

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      Gaucho's Village reopens down the road

      Owner says costs for Gaucho's new location added up to more than $300K.

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      Restaurants with wine in kegs

      Some places where you can try wines on tap:

      Bäco Mercat

      This popular downtown L.A. restaurant has just one wine on tap, but it's a terrific one: Alta Maria 2013 "Carbonic" Pinot Noir made in the style of Beaujolais, $13 a glass.

      Bäco Mercat, 408 S. Main St., Los Angeles, (213) 687-8808, www.bacomercat.com

      ...

    • Council opts to change parking limits near Phoenicia
      Council opts to change parking limits near Phoenicia

      A two-hour parking restriction on a small stretch of Lexington Avenue in downtown Glendale was extended by four hours following ongoing complaints from residents that customers at a nearby restaurant are taking their street parking.

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      Everest eatery makes the climb to Glendale

      Before high school, Michael Bicos didn’t plan to get into the family business, but the fit seemed natural. 

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      Business owners bullish on Glendale's housing boom

      New units are intended to bring in younger population for nearby businesses, according to city official.

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      Chef of the moment: Anthony Carron of 800 Degrees proudly wields his tongs

      Anthony Carron is the chef and co-creator of 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria, the Los Angeles-based build-your-own pizza chain. Before slinging pies, Carron started as a prep cook in a cafe in St. Paul, Minn., and eventually purchased and reinvented the 40-year-old Olivette Diner in St. Louis....

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      Glendale Historical Society raises the bar

      In new series, group will spotlight bars and restaurants across city.

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      The finest food in Los Angeles for even the thinnest wallets

      Is it possible to spend more than $400 per person at some of the restaurants on this year's list of the best 101? Of course. Cuisine costs. But great cooking takes many different forms in Los Angeles, and some of the most exquisite flavors belong to us all.

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      Six restaurants in Pasadena to try right now

      Pasadena may best be known as that little town with the Rose Parade and the big college bowl game. And isn't it where the little old lady in that Jan and Dean song is from? However, as far as dining is concerned, it's always been on the conservative side. But with a recent influx of eclectic chefs...

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      Meat District Co. to open in Old Town Pasadena with steak, burgers, meat on a hook

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      The hook is just one of the menu items...

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      The Valley Line: Pageant of the Masters; LCF 'floaters' conduct their Happy Hour

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      Banh mi goes gourmet; here's 11 of Los Angeles' best

      The latest wave of sandwich shops (Hero Shop, Superba Food + Bread, Trencher) and modern Vietnamese cafes (East Borough, Phorage) in Los Angeles have generated tantalizing new spins on banh mi, the beloved Vietnamese sandwich that is the culinary result of French colonialism in Southeast Asia.

      ...

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      Five Chinese restaurants where MSG isn't on the menu

      Monosodium glutamate: Love it or hate it? Some people are convinced it’s toxic, though there isn't much science behind that claim. Others compare it with table salt.

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      The A to Z of Los Angeles pizza

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      Jonathan Gold's 101 best restaurants in L.A.

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      9 great breakfast sandwiches plus one killer burrito to try now

      A perfectly balanced breakfast sandwich the size of your head goes a long way toward improving the prospects of almost any day. (And there’s nothing like it for curing a hangover.) It has to have melted cheese, protein (preferably crisp bacon), eggs (of course) and bread (from tortilla to loaf,...

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      28 great L.A. bakeries

      Maybe it was the rise of kouign amann -- the uber-buttery, caramelized "it" pastry from Brittany -- and better access to fresh-baked baguettes that lately has helped reinvigorate an Angeleno culture of neighborhood bakeries, all butter and sugar and love.

      There's a bakery out there to suit any...

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      The great L.A. coffee scene: Your dream caffeine fix may be just around the corner

      You're a coffee fiend keeping track of every new specialty coffee shop that opens in L.A.? With one new cafe opening after another, it's not so easy anymore. But it is a lot easier to come across a great brewed coffee or perfect pull of espresso, whether in south Santa Monica or North Hollywood,...

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      5 best not-Cronuts in L.A. (and a map that includes all the rest)

      It's easy to succumb to a faux-Cronut addiction. Intrigued by a meta-pastry trend, I've eaten every version of the croissant-doughnut hybrid in Los Angeles that I could find, from Spudnuts in Canoga Park to DK's Donuts in Santa Monica.

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      Falafel! 6 great places to get your fried-garbanzo fix

      There's an art to making falafel so that the ground garbanzo beans are perfectly light and fluffy, the exterior crisp but not greasy, the mix of textures and spices habit-forming.

      Falafel's exact origins are unknown, but it's believed to have started in Egypt, then made its way through the Middle...

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      Cold-pressed juice, hot in L.A.

      Shortly after Chipper Pastron opened the first Juice Farm in Pasadena in January, a developer asked if he'd be interested in setting up another in the same neighborhood. No way, Pastron said, thinking there wouldn't be enough demand.

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      L.A. restaurants: Top 13 spots on hotter-than-ever Sawtelle Boulevard

      The stretch of Sawtelle Boulevard often referred to as Little Osaka recently has expanded so quickly that it's bursting beyond its traditional boundaries. With so many new restaurant openings, they're popping up north of Santa Monica Boulevard and south of Olympic. 

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      Chicken karaage list: 6 great places to get your fried fix

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      Where to find the best bibimbap

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      Easy dinner ideas from the Los Angeles Times California Cookbook

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      The $10,000 martini

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      The hunt's on: Three restaurants deep into game this season

      Critic's Choice: Josie Restaurant, Patina at Disney Hall and Saddle Peak Lodge are there to indulge your hankering for wild boar, elk, quail and other manner of game.

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      25 Cinco de Mayo recipes: Guacamole, tostadas, chiles rellenos and more

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      Three L.A. restaurants that are good brunch bets

      Critic's Choice: Bucato, Girasol and Farmshop are three L.A. restaurants that know how to do brunch right, which can be a lifesaver when you have houseguests.

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      Places to eat for $5 or less in Southern California

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      Pancakes, on a grand or silver-dollar scale, in L.A.

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