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Dining Delights

Dining

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,...

Sweets from the Heart: Mignon Chocolate

By Brianna Chu When you walk into Mignon Chocolate, you don’t just walk into a chocolate store: you walk into a business with a rich, multi-generational, and cosmopolitan history. The Ter Poghossian family business starts with Mignon Chocolate owner Joe Ter Poghossian’s grandfather, Hovsep Ter...

Generations of Southern Hospitality at Gus’s BBQ

By Brianna Chu John Bicos shares ownership of Gus's BBQ with his brother, Chris. He had been coming to Gus's since he was a kid, as his best friend (and indeed, the best man at his wedding!) was the great-grandson of the eponymous Gus, who...

A Pasadenan Seafood Cornerstone: Cameron’s Seafood

By Brianna Chu Owner Pete Gallanis, as you might guess, is not the first owner of Cameron’s Seafood. The eponymous John Cameron was an attorney who, when inspired by his friend Fred Duckett - owner of The Fish Market - opened his own restaurant in...

Affordable, Chic, and Delicious: Oseyo Shabu Shabu

By Brianna Chu After a decade of owning Ichima Sushi, owner James Park and his brother opened Oseyo Shabu Shabu in 2014. They transitioned into Oseyo and sold Ichima the next year. Park wanted to run a smaller restaurant so he could spend more time...
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