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Mexicali Taco: A very quick trip to the border of Downtown

Mexicali Taco’s simple eating area I don’t think I ever tried the Mexicali taco stand Downtown, although I remember parking by it and thinking it smelled awfully good. But my perennial quest to find a place to pick up dinner that’s smack on my route home has now been satisfied, as Mexicali Taco opened recently [...]


Vertical Wine Bar’s new spring menu + more pop-up action for Laurent Quenioux

lamb two ways: the shanks were particularly luscious Diver scallops with English peas and lardons Itinerant French chef Laurent Quenioux, formerly of Bistro LQ et al, has been executive chef at Pasadena’s Vertical Wine Bistro for several months and launches his new spring menu this week. "It’s light, it’s simple, it’s vegetables, it’s what people [...]


Food + art = beautiful and delicious at the Getty Villa and Langham

Two upcoming events take advantage of lovely settings for European art and culture-inspired meals. At the Royce at the Langham in Pasadena, a lunch this Saturday (March 24) is inspired by the art of Monet. Artist Nori Green will talk about Monet’s life at Giverny and his famous lunches with artists, while chef David Féau [...]


Cliff’s Edge: A menu makeover courtesy chef Ben Bailly

sea  bream en papillote chickpea fritters Cliff’s Edge has always been one of those slightly disappointing Silver Lake restaurants — great atmosphere, but if only the food were a few notches better. Locals were thrilled to hear recently that Ben Bailly would be taking over the kitchen, and I was invited last night to try a few [...]


Toons and tipples: Tasting Lasseter wines at Patina

 Pixar founder John Lasseter and his wife Nancy have been wine lovers almost as long as they’ve been animation buffs. They started making wine after moving to Sonoma County in 1993 — just before "Toy Story" catapulted Pixar into the animation big leagues. Nancy is the force behind Lasseter Family Winery, the Glen Ellen winery [...]


Help make backyard bread legal — pass the Calif. homemade food act!

Mark Stambler’s rustic Pagnol loaf Silver Lake food artisans are on the cutting edge of making urban agriculture pay off and benefit makers and consumers, but local laws often try to prevent their activities. Silver Lake Farms’ proprietor Tara Kolla kicked off the push to pass Los Angeles’ Food and Flowers Freedom Act in 2010 [...]


Plan Check: Avoid that soggy bun with ketchup leather

Plan Check burger Plan Check opened today on Sawtelle Blvd., and as one of the few non-Japanese restaurants on the strip, it needs to rock a few great hamburgers to be a respectable gastropub. So chef Ernesto Uchimura, former executive chef at Umami Burger, has created ketchup leather, a solidified sheet of ketchup that locks [...]


Maxmiliano does brunch, for your next Highland Park bacchanal

smoked salmon eggs Benedict In retrospect, we should have walked both to Maxmiliano and back for brunch, although that would have come to four miles. But we had certainly worked up an appetite after walking the two miles there, so I didn’t hesitate to immediately order a breakfast pizza, with potatoes, two baked eggs, bacon, [...]


Veggies, and more: Pasadena gets a CSA

The Market on Holly is partnering with Silver Lake Farms to create what is possibly Pasadena’s first Community Support Agriculture program. For $30 a week, members will receive at least 12 different items including fresh local sustainable produce and Market on Holly gourmet items like homemade soups or cheeses. A 6 or 12 week commitment, [...]


Blue Cow Kitchen & Bar: Bring on the vegetables…and cocktails

Roots and berries salad What: Sandwich wizards Mendocino Farms grows up into Blue Cow, a full bar and restaurant. Where: 350 S. Grand, Downtown (California Plaza, across from Starry Kitchen) What to get: Lamb Lavash, Spanish Chicken Tartine, Smoked Brassica, Root Salad, Smoked Pecan Bourbon Old-Fashioned. When: Opening Monday Feb. 13 or thereabouts Who: Mario [...]


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