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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
      Owner of Zina's, planning commissioner in legal dispute

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

    • Dining and coffee break ideas for Southern California holiday shoppers
      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...

    • Buffalo Wild Wings, L.A. Fitness eye Glendale Marketplace

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    • Boozy nachos and fried pickles at new Pasadena Whole Foods restaurant
      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...

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

      Pasadena residents and sea salt caramel addicts...

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

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

    • Making 'music out of glass'
      Making 'music out of glass'

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

    • Lawsuit alleges Glendale councilman caused firing of antismoking hospital worker
      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...

    • Local brewers hope to tap the home market
      Local brewers hope to tap the home market

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

    • Suspect in Pasadena couple's stabbing deaths charged with murder
      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...

    • Dining: Trip to Bountiful Bakery is sweet indeed
      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...

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

      The fourth beer...

    • City of Glendale up for Eddy award for business-friendly climate

      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,...

    • Gaucho's Village reopens down the road
      Gaucho's Village reopens down the road

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

    • Restaurants with wine in kegs
      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.

      The City Council voted 3-2 on Tuesday to extend the parking restriction...

    • Everest eatery makes the climb to Glendale
      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. 

      He spent his summers working at Everest, a family restaurant with diverse food fare including breakfast burritos, fried mushrooms and carnitas tacos. After he graduated from high school,...

    • Business owners bullish on Glendale's housing boom
      Business owners bullish on Glendale's housing boom

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

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

    • Glendale Historical Society raises the bar
      Glendale Historical Society raises the bar

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

    • The finest food in Los Angeles for even the thinnest wallets
      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.

      Attari Sandwich Shop

      Attari is a slice...

    • Six restaurants in Pasadena to try right now
      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...

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

      Meat District Co., a new meat-centric restaurant, is slated to open on Raymond in Old Town Pasadena on Aug. 25. The restaurant, by Platinum Restaurant Group in Australia, will offer steaks, premium burgers, salads and a special meat skewer served on a hook.

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

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

      I made my annual trek to Laguna Beach for the Pageant of the Masters. This year, daughter Heather flew down from her home in Palo Alto to join me. We had a fun day as we shopped and lunched first at Fashion Island in Newport Beach, then went on to the fantastic Roger's Gardens, a floral and gift...

    • Bourbon Steak whiskey dinner, Caffe Luxxe turns 8, Acme downtown bar crawl
      Bourbon Steak whiskey dinner, Caffe Luxxe turns 8, Acme downtown bar crawl

      Bourbon Steak by Michael Mina in Glendale is hosting a whiskey dinner, VIP Night at Bourbon Steak, on Tuesday. A four-course chef tasting menu will be paired with Heaven Hill Distilleries bourbon for $95 per person. 7 p.m. cocktails; 7:30 p.m. dinner. Because seating is limited, call for reservations....

    • Fascinated with wine pairings? One of these wine dinners could be for you
      Fascinated with wine pairings? One of these wine dinners could be for you

      For those who are fascinated by the interplay of wine and food and how certain dishes or flavors can play to a wine’s strengths, here are a few interesting wine dinners coming up soon:

      Saint Martha, Koreatown

      The jaunty new K-town wine bar is planning a special four-course prix fixe dinner on Tuesday for...

    • Don't swelter: Here are a dozen L.A. ice cream shops to help you cool off
      Don't swelter: Here are a dozen L.A. ice cream shops to help you cool off

      It’s summer, if you haven’t noticed, and though ice cream is a year-round treat, it’s especially sweet when the sun shines without mercy. Frozen yogurt and shaved ice are nice, but you and I both know true happiness comes with more butterfat than that.

      Los Angeles is full of top-notch ice cream,...

    • First Look: Petit Trois, from Ludo Lefebvre, Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, opens Thursday
      First Look: Petit Trois, from Ludo Lefebvre, Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, opens Thursday

      After weeks of test dinners, Petit Trois will be opening Thursday next to L.A. hot spot Trois Mec, the 24-seat restaurant run by Ludo Lefebvre, Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook. The three chefs garnered media attention by offering no traditional reservations at Trois Mec; instead, hopeful diners log...

    • The Valley Line: Hillsides H100 is ready for the next century
      The Valley Line: Hillsides H100 is ready for the next century

      It was an exquisite summer evening when nearly 100 guests gathered near Descanso Garden's famed rose garden for the Hillsides H100's fifth annual "Farm to Table Dinner" fundraising event.

      Hillsides H100 is a philanthropic support group of Hillsides aimed at young professional members. This one-of-a-kind...

    • Around Town: Enjoying the real 'Aviation' cocktail

      Another hot Monday night at the Flintridge Proper. The Happy Hour had come and gone. Now was the time for a real cocktail. On the table before me there was a small stemmed glass.

      The 1935 edition of the Waldorf-Astoria Bar Book says, "Americans, as a rule, drink partly for the taste, mostly for...

    • What's the most-visited great restaurant in Los Angeles? Border Grill
      What's the most-visited great restaurant in Los Angeles? Border Grill

      Southern California is full of great restaurants. But which ones do people really go to the most?

      At least according to the voters at Jonathan Gold’s 101 Best Restaurants, it’s Border Grill by a landslide, followed by the Kogi BBQ Truck, Langer’s Delicatessen and the Mozza-plex (Pizzeria and Osteria...

    • Read 'Josey Baker Bread' and let your bread-baking beast out
      Read 'Josey Baker Bread' and let your bread-baking beast out

      It would be tough to write a bread book to compete with Chad Robertson’s definitive Tartine cookbooks. But another passionate San Francisco baker, Josey Baker, is taking him on with “Josey Baker Bread: Get Baking. Make Great Bread. Be Happy.” 

      Baker (that's his real name, truly) is not going for...

    • Events: World Cup at Dog Haus Biergarten, Luckyrice festival, Sabor de las Americas
      Events: World Cup at Dog Haus Biergarten, Luckyrice festival, Sabor de las Americas

      Dog Haus Biergarten in Pasadena will go full-Bavarian on Sunday at noon to watch Germany compete in the World Cup final. Any customers wearing traditional German lederhosen or dirndl gear get their first liter of beer for 7 cents. It will be happy hour all day, and the restaurant has seven large...

    • Ceviche spots in Los Angeles area
      Ceviche spots in Los Angeles area

      Deep into summer, when a bouillabaisse or even a grilled fish seems like too much, that's the moment for ceviche. What can be simpler or more refreshing than raw fish or seafood "cooked" in lime juice and garnished with chile and cilantro? We've all enjoyed the basic, but some newish places are...

    • New Panda Express has customizable orange chicken wraps, salads, boba tea bar
      New Panda Express has customizable orange chicken wraps, salads, boba tea bar

      A Panda Express innovation kitchen and tea bar is now open in the Hastings Ranch area of Pasadena. The recognizable panda logo is on the door, but don't expect to walk up to the counter and order a two-item combo in a Styrofoam box. At this new fast-casual concept, customers can order their favorite...

    • Menu change in Montrose: Louisiana fare to replace Three Drunken Goats
      Menu change in Montrose: Louisiana fare to replace Three Drunken Goats

      With some businesses moving on and others moving in, Montrose’s main business district is getting a makeover this summer.A few weeks ago, Three Drunken Goats, a tapas and wine bar, closed its doors, surprising neighboring businesses and Honolulu Avenue regulars. In its place, slated for a soft...

    • Events: Tablas Creek at Tam O'Shanter, Olivi at Chianina, G&Ts at Waterloo & City
      Events: Tablas Creek at Tam O'Shanter, Olivi at Chianina, G&Ts at Waterloo & City

      Anybody have room to slip a special wine dinner into your schedule? These events can be not only fun but educational. Without having to buy an entire bottle, you get to taste wines from a single producer with food that a chef has designed to show them off. And if the winemaker is in attendance,...

    • Crumbs Bake Shop chain closes: 5 foods that could be the next cupcake
      Crumbs Bake Shop chain closes: 5 foods that could be the next cupcake

      Crumbs Bake Shop Inc., one of the bakeries that helped fuel the cupcake craze that swept the country a couple of years ago, closed all of its stores Monday. But before you shed too many tears over your beloved frosted mini cakes, know that Sprinkles is opening a new location at the Americana at...

    • Events: Boyle Heights Heroes, Golden Gopher turns 10, bread baking at Grist & Toll
      Events: Boyle Heights Heroes, Golden Gopher turns 10, bread baking at Grist & Toll

      On Sunday, Breed Street Shul Project is hosting “Boyle Heights Heroes,” a series of conversations featuring a panel of Boyle Heights’ famous foodies. The panel will be moderated by Evan Kleiman, host of KCRW-FM's “Good Food” and panelists include Izzy Freeman, owner of Izzy’s Deli in Santa Monica;...

    • Dining Out: Glendale's own kind of candy crush
      Dining Out: Glendale's own kind of candy crush

      Two boutique confectionary stores open to satisfy your sweet tooth.

    • Chef of the Moment: Union's Bruce Kalman, fresh in Old Town
      Chef of the Moment: Union's Bruce Kalman, fresh in Old Town

      Bruce Kalman is the executive chef of Union, the northern-Italian-meets-California-cuisine restaurant in Pasadena’s Old Town, where the local farmers market schedule is written on a prominent chalkboard in the dining room and the menu is sprinkled with his “vine-to-jar” line of pickles. Kalman,...

    • 50-cent breakfast at Guisados and 4-cent sangria at La Grande Orange in Pasadena
      50-cent breakfast at Guisados and 4-cent sangria at La Grande Orange in Pasadena

      Guisados in Boyle Heights is opening Friday from 8 to 11 a.m. for a special test run of the restaurant's future breakfast menu. The restaurant, known for its hand-made tortillas and stewed meats, is planning on serving breakfast at its soon-to-open location in downtown. Guisados made the announcement...

    • L.A. Street Food Fest: Crispy octopus tacos, churro ice cream sandwiches and more
      L.A. Street Food Fest: Crispy octopus tacos, churro ice cream sandwiches and more

      The 5th annual L.A. Street Food Festival took place over the weekend at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. More than 6,000 people showed up to sample a little bit of the more than 100 food and drink vendors.

      The daylong event concluded with an awards ceremony that included Vaka Burgers, Salt & Straw, Churro...

    • Queeny Yeghiaian: LCF's reigning proprietress
      Queeny Yeghiaian: LCF's reigning proprietress

      For longtime customers of Berge's Sandwiches, owner Queeny Yeghiaian is the mother of an extended local family.

    • Pasadena's Union is not your same ol' Old Town
      Pasadena's Union is not your same ol' Old Town

      Old Town Pasadena — Old Pasadena, the chamber of commerce calls it — is one of the most restaurant-intensive neighborhoods in the world. More than 100 places are packed into a few blocks, with plentiful city parking, light rail stations and a concentration of pedestrians unprecedented elsewhere...

    • Happy Hour: Bourbon Steak's duck-fat fries, steak burgers, truffle mac and $4 beer
      Happy Hour: Bourbon Steak's duck-fat fries, steak burgers, truffle mac and $4 beer

      Name of restaurant: Bourbon Steak

      Happy hour: 3 to 6 p.m. daily at the grand new Glendale location of Michael Mina's modern steakhouse. The beer du jour is $4, the daily punch is $6, and either the happy hour wine (in red, white or bubbly) or cocktails are $7. A menu of appetizers such as duck...

    • Japanese Gourmet Fair, Tacolandia, DTLA Night Market, L.A. Street Food Fest
      Japanese Gourmet Fair, Tacolandia, DTLA Night Market, L.A. Street Food Fest

      The next two weeks are for you, aficionados of global street food. Love Tokyo shio ramen and Hokkaido crab inari? Beijing-style lamb skewers and Taiwanese shaved snow? Carnitas tacos? Cochinita pibil? Grilled cheese sandwiches? Spam musubi? Ramen burgers? Then the Japanese Gourmet Fair, DTLA Night...

    • National Sushi Day: Six places for cheap sushi
      National Sushi Day: Six places for cheap sushi

      With a sushi restaurant on nearly every block of Los Angeles, it's not hard to get your fix. But it could be hard on your wallet.

      Low-priced sushi may sound like an oxymoron, but it does exist. And we're not talking about the stuff you pick up at a gas station. Here are seven places around town...

    • 8 steak spots for Father's Day and a free burger to boot
      8 steak spots for Father's Day and a free burger to boot

      This Sunday is Father’s Day. For a lot of dads, that might mean one thing -- meat. And when it comes to meat, what's more satisfying than a juicy steak? Take a stab at one of these eateries to satisfy your father’s beefy cravings:

      Oliver’s Prime is offering a “Steak and Scotch” special for dads...

    • 10 great L.A.-meets-Naples Margherita pizzas
      10 great L.A.-meets-Naples Margherita pizzas

      It’s hard to write about Los Angeles pizza without getting a little defensive. Non-Angelenos love to hate our city, and after they exhaust the topics of traffic and Hollywood, they accuse us of having no pizza. This is a preposterous accusation. Los Angeles may not have a storied regional style...

    • World Cup beers: Making 'the beautiful game' even better
      World Cup beers: Making 'the beautiful game' even better

      It’s time for another World Cup tournament, and craft beer in Los Angeles has exploded in the four years since the action in South Africa (ah, the vuvuzelas!). The “beautiful game” is often at its most beautiful when you’re watching it with many other slavering, boisterous fans and raising great...

    • 10 places to get a great Bloody Mary
      10 places to get a great Bloody Mary

      The Bloody Mary, when done right, is a comforting meal in a cocktail. It's a tall glass of cool, rich, spiced tomato juice with a little hair of the dog to soothe that hangover the morning after a late night. Los Angeles Bloody Mary connoisseurs know they can count on the Bloody Marys at Fig and...

    • Chef of the Moment: Bourbon Steak's Michael Mina is about more than just the meat
      Chef of the Moment: Bourbon Steak's Michael Mina is about more than just the meat

      Michael Mina, chef, author and founder of Mina Group, recently opened Bourbon Steak in Glendale, a modern American steakhouse serving cuts such as Wagyu rib cap with bearnaise to denizens of the Americana at Brand. Mina, born in Egypt and raised in Washington, attended the Culinary Institute of...

    • Pasadena: Little Sheep opens; Meat District coming soon; Haven Gastropub closes
      Pasadena: Little Sheep opens; Meat District coming soon; Haven Gastropub closes

      Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot, the San Gabriel spot known for its house yin yang hot pot with two broths has opened a location in Old Town Pasadena. The restaurant took over a space on Fair Oaks Avenue about a month ago. The Pasadena Little Sheep has the same menu as the San Gabriel location,...

    • BEP Vietnamese Kitchen pops up at Picnik in Pasadena this weekend
      BEP Vietnamese Kitchen pops up at Picnik in Pasadena this weekend

      Chef Connie Tran brings her BEP Vietnamese Kitchen pop-up this weekend to Picnik, the newly opened restaurant from chef Eduardo Ruiz in Pasadena.

      Tran, who grew up and started cooking in the kitchen of her uncle's Little Saigon restaurant Cafe d'Orient, will offer a nine-course dinner at Picnik...

    • Ruth Reichl returns to Southern California to celebrate 'Delicious'
      Ruth Reichl returns to Southern California to celebrate 'Delicious'

      Ruth Reichl is coming back to Los Angeles, if only for a day, and if only to celebrate her first novel, the just-published "Delicious."

      Reichl is former restaurant critic at the Los Angeles Times and New York Times, former editor of Gourmet magazine and is already author of a string of best-selling...

    • Dining Review: Seasoning Alley is creative on the sides
      Dining Review: Seasoning Alley is creative on the sides

      Montrose restaurant offers classic Middle Eastern fare with an excellent in-house vibe.

    • Where to get Mother's Day brunch
      Where to get Mother's Day brunch

      Give mom the gift of brunch on Mother's Day. Here are some restaurants and bars around town offering brunch specials. 

      The Abbey Food + Bar will have a "drag-centric" brunch hosted by West Hollywood diva "Momma." All moms in attendance will receive a free mimosa with the purchase of an entree....

    • Boozy boba, 3-D latte art: 5 quintessential L.A. tea house drinks
      Boozy boba, 3-D latte art: 5 quintessential L.A. tea house drinks

      Tea doesn’t get enough credit. But luckily, Los Angeles has turned into a hub for tea shops; there is by no means a shortage. Head on over to the San Gabriel Valley and you will find that tea shops outnumber their coffee counterparts.

      The usual offerings are plain teas, milk teas and flavored boba...

    • Alma's tasting menu, DIY tofu, Balaboosta pop-up
      Alma's tasting menu, DIY tofu, Balaboosta pop-up

      As of today, downtown's Alma restaurant (whose chef, Ari Taymor, recently received a Best New Chef nod from Food & Wine magazine) is offering a single nine-course tasting menu for $95 dollars, with optional beverage pairings for $55. "This is a decision to better utilize our farmer and forager,...

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

      ...

    • The tomato ramen is calling at Kanpai Ramen in Glendale
      The tomato ramen is calling at Kanpai Ramen in Glendale

      Name of restaurant: Kanpai Ramen 

      Concept: A tasty new ramen endeavor in a Glendale strip mall, expanding on the preexisting izakaya/roll sushi restaurant Sushi GP. GP is officially closed, but Kanpai seems to have swallowed it whole, incorporating its menu and grafting on the titular ramen. The...

    • Chef(-butcher) of the Moment: Michael Puglisi goes whole pig at Picnik in Pasadena
      Chef(-butcher) of the Moment: Michael Puglisi goes whole pig at Picnik in Pasadena

      Michael Puglisi is the chef-butcher who is behind the sausages and cuts of roasted pork shoulder at Eduardo Ruiz’s Picnik in Pasadena and is soon to open his own Electric City Butcher Shop in Santa Ana. Puglisi, whose family is Sicilian, started cooking at a small bistro in upstate New York, then...

    • No cash and no tips at the new Brand 158 in Glendale
      No cash and no tips at the new Brand 158 in Glendale

      When you sit down at a table at the newly opened Brand 158 restaurant in Glendale, the host politely asks if you've visited the restaurant before. But it's not to give you a spiel on how the kitchen uses only organic ingredients, or how they consider themselves "farm to table." Instead, she wants...

    • Pranking the homeless: Glendale shelter is transformed
      Pranking the homeless: Glendale shelter is transformed

      Just in time for April Fools' Day, a new video shows how a Glendale shelter, with the help of a TV chef and others, pulled the wool over the eyes of the homeless.

      Their surprise was a filet mignon dinner in a fancy restaurant setting.

      "Feeding the Homeless -- Prank It FWD" is from Break.com and...

    • Glendale's Ascencia shelter visitors 'pranked' with a positive spin
      Glendale's Ascencia shelter visitors 'pranked' with a positive spin

      Just in time for April Fools' Day, a new video shows how a Glendale shelter, with the help of a TV chef and others, pulled the wool over the eyes of the homeless, the Los Angeles Times reports.

      Their surprise was a filet mignon dinner in a fancy restaurant setting.

      "Feeding the Homeless -- Prank...

    • Dozens of Mezcal labels now line the shelves
      Dozens of Mezcal labels now line the shelves

      Stores have begun stocking the spirit, with some delving deeply into the once-uncommon drink.

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      Cooking classes: Jamie Oliver's truck, culinary scholarships and bread from scratch

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      The one-hour...

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      Corazon y Miel's Eddie Ruiz to open beer and sausage house in Pasadena

      Eduardo Ruiz, chef of Corazón y Miel in Bell, is opening a new restaurant – Picnik -- in Old Town Pasadena, moving into the current location of 168 Restaurant & Lounge on Colorado Boulevard.

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      New in Old Town: Bruce Kalman to open Union in Pasadena in March

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      Produce trucks a slice of home for Latino immigrants

      Offering household sundries as well as fresh produce, an even more cherished commodity they provide is a public meeting spot like the plaza.

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      A pizza place for every persuasion

      Counter Intelligence: With a vast variety of pizza makers throughout the Southland, there's a perfect pie to suit any opinion. Here's where to find them.

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      Compound where singer Katy Perry never made a grand entrance sells

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    • Jonathan Gold | L.A. restaurant review: Din Tai Fung's dumplings hit the mall
      Jonathan Gold | L.A. restaurant review: Din Tai Fung's dumplings hit the mall

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      Developers see Pasadena as an inland version of Silicon Beach

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      A new project for 'Runway' producer Heidi Klum

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      Thirsty crowds swarm Stone Brewing's Greg Koch, Wil Wheaton

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      Din Tai Fung opens at Americana at Brand with cocktails and truffle dumplings

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      Halloween 2013: Candy and wine pairings, free pancakes, cocktail specials and more

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      Freebie...

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      At Pasadena's 168, bossam -- crackling pork shoulder -- is pretty awesome

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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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      L.A.'s best sweets, treats and buttery breads

      A baker's dozen of favorite neighborhood shops where the house specialty is more than the icing on the cake.

    • Five craft beer bars you need to know about

      When the L.A. Tourism & Convention Board put together a list of the “Top Craft Beer Bars and Restaurants in Los Angeles” for its Discover Los Angeles website, it didn't just slap together a few of the best-known spots. The list was detailed, well researched and comprehensive. 

      Compiled by Joshua...

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      Gary Menes' Le Comptoir to open in Normandie Hotel in 2014

      Pop-up Le Comptoir gets a permanent home next year when chef Gary Menes settles into a space at the renovated Hotel Normandie in Koreatown.  

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      For National Cheeseburger Day, free mini cheeseburgers at Dog Haus

      Drop your kale salads! It's National Cheeseburger Day, and Dog Haus is offering its new mini cheeseburger for free at all of its locations until 5 p.m. Wednesday.

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      Ramen Burger coming to Pasadena on Sunday

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      Getting messy with the chili cheese tater tots from Dog Haus

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      Congregation Ale House adds a brewpub in Azusa

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      Congregation’s owner, Travis Ensling, has a long history in the restaurant and...

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      Where to buy quality cured meats in the L.A. area

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      Jonathan Gold's favorite Los Angeles burgers (not made in a lab)

      The eyes of the world this week have been focused on what surely must be the most repulsive hamburger in the history of mankind: 10,000 bits of cloned cow stem-cell tissue formed into a patty, seared in foaming butter and served to three food scientists in front of a crowd of decidedly unhungry...

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      Freddy Smalls' cheesesteak, KCRW pie fundraiser, pre-concert pop-ups

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      Laurent Quenioux's plans for a Vertical Wine Bistro market and more pop-ups

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      The...

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      Restaurant recipe: Vertical Wine Bistro's Israeli couscous

      This Israeli couscous is tangy and refreshing with hints of Morocco. Make it ahead, so the flavors have time to blend.

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      Pasadena's Twin Palms: Laughter fills the street as a restaurant is reborn

      The sounds of laughter and music filled the Old Town Pasadena corner of De Lacey Avenue and Green Street once again as the new Twin Palms restaurant opened its doors Friday evening for a soft opening.

      A steady crowd filled the open dining room, and it was like no time had passed since the original...

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      Critic's Choice: Flavors of Spain that are anything but plain

      Ask anybody about their favorite Italian restaurants and the list can be long. Spanish? Not so much, because Los Angeles is not exactly awash in places to eat gazpacho, escalivada and tortilla española. But we do have a handful of very good Spanish restaurants where you can relax over a glass of...

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      Great beer in Pasadena: Six places for microbrews

      Pasadena has long been at the forefront of craft brewing in Los Angeles, and while there are not many operating breweries in the city, there are some great bars and restaurants that make Pasadena a destination for craft beer fans.

      Here are some suggestions to get you started on exploring the beery...

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      Taco Tuesday: The Mysterious Spuderito

      As any student of the antojito can assure you, a burrito is not a taco; not even close. A perfect taco will be made and eaten in one fluid motion, before the toasty flavor from the grill subsides into grease and salt. A burrito is basically last night’s leftovers wrapped into a tortilla, meant...

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      Asian American youth culture is coming of age in 'the 626'

      San Gabriel Valley locals celebrate the 'fusion lifestyle' they're forging. It draws on U.S. hip-hop and Chinese dialects, includes Instagram and pho. Boba is a must.

    • Counter Intelligence: Ración is Basque country
      Counter Intelligence: Ración is Basque country

      Txakolinas and pintxos in Pasadena? Ración is a revelation — some of its Basque-style tapas come close to those in San Sebastian, Spain, and that's a good thing.

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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.

      Regardless of which camp you fall into, it’s no secret that MSG is used heavily in restaurants – especially in traditional Chinese...

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      The A to Z of Los Angeles pizza

      In celebration of National Pizza Day, here's a run-down of Los Angeles pizza, including go-to delivery spots, Chicago-style, New York-style, Neapolitan-style and New York-Naples hybrids. Here's where to get your gooey, cheesy, melty, crispy- and/or chewy-crusted pizza fix.

      800 Degrees Neapolitan...

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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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      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.

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    • Cold-pressed juice, hot in L.A.
      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
      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. 

      Shin Sen Gumi officially opened...

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

      Chicken karaage, the Japanese version of fried chicken, is addictive. Unlike its American cousin, karaage are boneless, cut small and mostly dark meat. It's easy to pop five into your mouth in quick succession. The coating, made of potato starch, is light, almost paper thin and delicate. And the...

    • Best banh mi sandwiches
      Best banh mi sandwiches

    • Where to find the best bibimbap
      Where to find the best bibimbap

      Several locations specialize in the many varieties of the favorite Korean mixed-rice dish.

    • Easy dinner ideas from the Los Angeles Times California Cookbook
      Easy dinner ideas from the Los Angeles Times California Cookbook

      99 EASY DINNER RECIPES to help you when you need something fast.

    • The $10,000 martini
      The $10,000 martini

      The $10,000 martini from Vaucluse is literally on the rock - a one-carat, rough cut diamond added to the drink.

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

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

      Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with recipes for margaritas and tacos and other great fare.

      You can also find a recipe list here.

    • Three L.A. restaurants that are good brunch bets
      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.

    • Places to eat for $5 or less in Southern California
      Places to eat for $5 or less in Southern California

      Dining out for $5 or less may seem like a fantasy, but Southern California has much to offer for those on a tight budget. For affordable Vietnamese fare, venture to Garden Grove. Or look to food trucks for inexpensive eats. Even some pricier restaurants offer cheap eats during happy hours.

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

      Critic's Choice: Pancakes are an American comfort food favorite. Three L.A. eateries offer terrific examples: Cooks County, Valerie and Axe.

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