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Flavors from Around the Globe at Wanderlust Creamery

By Brianna Chu This phenomenal ice cream shop began...as a New Year’s Resolution. Back in 2015, Adrienne Borlongan and partner Jon-Patrick (JP) Lopez made a resolution, at the behest of his parents, to start their own business. Borlongan had...

Community Table: Ready for Harvest Punch?

By Silentia Slaboch About a year ago I searched everywhere for a simple autumn punch to make for a Halloween office party (yeah, I snuck in the booze). This by far was the best recipe I found to be adaptable, quick, and...

Magnolia House: Your Friendly Neighborhood Hangout Spot

By Brianna Chu Magnolia House has been inviting Pasadenans into its homey, chic space since 2014. The interior embraces the hundred-year-old Craftsman house from which the space has been built, creating a modern yet cozy atmosphere. The front of the house is a large garage-door...

Authenticity and Hospitality at Osawa Pasadena

By Brianna Chu Fumi and Sayuri Tachibe opened their first restaurant together on April 18, 2013. Osawa is a passion project for the Tachibes, one that had been on their minds for a while. After about 30 years of Fumi having working at Chaya, he...

Celebrating the Tenth and Final LA Food Fest at Arcadia’s Santa Anita Park

By Brianna Chu Shawna Dawson got the idea for “LA’s original tasting event” while she was the Director of Marketing for Yelp. Having grown up in Eagle Rock and Highland Park, she has a great appreciation for all the amazing local cuisine. Inspired, she envisioned...

Institute of Culinary Education Celebrates Its First West Coast Graduation at the Pasadena Playhouse

By Brianna Chu When I approached the Pasadena Playhouse early Monday evening, the air was abuzz with conversation and laughter; graduands’ family and friends were standing as close to the front doors of Playhouse as they could, arms full of flowers and balloons, waiting to...

A Lesson in Longevity: Mi Piace

By Brianna Chu November 19, 2019 will mark Mi Piace’s 30th anniversary; when they opened in 1989, Old Town Pasadena didn’t even have Cheesecake Factory yet. Mi Piace is one of the few restaurants that were open in 1989 still left. Armen Shirvanian opened Mi Piace...

A Pioneering Passion Project: Maquina Taco

By Brianna Chu Greg Lukasiewicz is no restaurant industry rookie. Lukasiewicz’s career has taken him from the highly Zagat-rated French-Japanese restaurant, Shiro, to opening two high-end restaurants named after his daughters - first Devon, and then Halie - to starting a “recession gourmet” taco chain,...

Authentic Argentinian Food in Old Town Pasadena: 1810

By Brianna Chu Gustavo Landgrebe’s restaurant, 1810, is celebrating its tenth year, and heralded in that milestone with some updates to both its interior and its menu. The restaurant is a rustic, warm, cozy space with beautiful exposed brick. One of the new features post-remodel...

Institute of Culinary Education Opens its West Coast Campus in Pasadena

By Brianna Chu Students of all ages, background, and experience are moving in and out of the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE)’s fairly new Los Angeles campus from 7:30 am to 10:00 pm most weekdays. There are three shifts of classes: 7:30-11:30 am, 12:00-4:00 pm,...
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