| Oct 9, 2010
As a typical restaurant-going consumer who enjoys seeing entrepreneurs succeed, I sometimes want to take new restaurant owners aside and make some suggestions.
Often, they simply don't prioritize correctly. Yes, quality of food is important. But so...
| Dec 11, 2010
Going to Sakana Japanese Sushi Bar & Grill is a little like walking into a fairy tale. You step through the big wooden doors of an ogre's house, walk over the bridge of the three billy goats Gruff, and end up in a room filled with red chandeliers amid a...
| Mar 25, 2011
| 12:59 PM
When the recent turmoil in the Middle East ignited, causing gas prices to soar higher than Charlie Sheen's ego, there was only one sensible thing to do for the wellbeing of my family: rent a petroleum-swilling RV and hit the road.
Nothing makes sense...
| Aug 10, 2011
| 12:06 PM
One of the main proponents of an Altadena farmer's market says he is close to making that dream a reality.
Joseph Shuldiner, the foodie/ book designer /Renaissance man tells Altadenablog.com that "the market is a go-ahead! In fact I hope to launch...
| Aug 11, 2011
| 1:05 PM
Perigord duck fillete, Tasmanian smoked cheddar, wild fennel vinegar, Spanish Arbequina olives, French white truffle butter. Kids, you can keep your candy store. Give me the goodies on the shelves and in the chilled case at Anthony’s Fine Food &...
| Sep 30, 2011
| 12:53 PM
Robert Downey Jr. stared at me all through my lunch. I was eating at Studio Café Magazzino, a tiny, home-spun café across from the massive Warner Bros. complex, enjoying the homemade soup and sandwiches, when I noticed that Sherlock Holmes himself was...
| Aug 11, 2011
| 2:57 PM
There’s really nothing I like more than a restaurant that offers really good gourmet food and also sells really good gourmet products. The Market on Holly in Pasadena has been one of my favorite spots since it opened a few months ago.
| Oct 7, 2011
| 11:54 AM
Going to Briganti, I learned an important lesson: Don’t be fooled by first impressions. With so many charming restaurants in historic buildings in South Pasadena, why go to a place with prefab windows and faux distressed bricks? Because the food...
| Aug 12, 2011
| 5:35 PM
Lee Ross has rooted for the hometown team at all but one baseball stadium in the nation.
He’ll get his chance on Tuesday, when the Washington Nationals host the Cincinnati Reds.
Ross, 75, of Glendale, and his friend, Dimon McFerson of Ohio,...
| Aug 20, 2011
| 10:17 PM
Every day she looked at the quaint red brick building across the street from where she lived.
“I thought, ‘Man, if I was ever to open a store, that would be the cutest building ever,’” said Annette Starbuck.
Then, Starbuck won...
| Oct 15, 2011
| 11:10 AM
When a menu ranges from Mediterranean to Mexican to seafood to burgers, you can usually expect at best mediocre food. It’s like going to a movie starring Jim Belushi, Eric Roberts and Carmen Electra. Gerlach’s Grille in Pasadena is the...
| May 8, 2011
It's official. The future has finally arrived. Just like in "The Jetsons" cartoon, you can now push buttons on a computer and the meal of your choice slides out on a tray. OK, maybe not immediately and certainly not for free, but at the new Specialty's...