Author: Erica Wayne

Vanessa’s and company help diners escape the madding crowd

Let me start by saying that I love El Portal and its younger sibling Yahaira’s Café. But like most restaurants, lunch and dinner hours are bustling and noisy. Of course, El Portal (set at the Green Street end of Arcade Lane in Pasadena’s Playhouse District) and Yahaira’s (which fronts onto the Colorado Boulevard end of the lane) command the long pedestrian patio and courtyard between them as well. So on a sunny noontime or balmy evening, seating at one of the tables along the lane is a pleasant option. The El Portal family also has a little sister, about...

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A/K/A blossoms into Alma de la Rosa – 05.11.17

I adore Robert Simon. I’ve loved him ever since he and his father Alvin opened Café Jacoulet in the ’80s, when Robert and I were both children. I loved him even more when he opened Bistro 45 in the ’90s and even more when he opened A/K/A a decade or so ago. I love him because he brought Hideo Yamashiro (who eventually opened Shiro in South Pas) from the Westside and because Alvin opened and ran Cinnabar in Glendale. My love hasn’t gone unrequited. Every meal at one of Robert’s restaurants or Alvin’s or Shiro’s is a gift. And...

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Masters of Taste charity event follows this year’s Pasadena Restaurant Week

One for the money, two for the show, three to get ready and six plus one to go!    Starting Sunday, April 30, the third Pasadena Restaurant Week (actually a six-day event) gets started. Once it ends on Friday, May 5, partakers will have one and a half days to fast before the second Masters of Taste Food and Beverage Festival takes place on Sunday, May 7, at the Rose Bowl. As I’ve said every time I’ve written about one of the multi-day dining opportunities, be they our local Pasadena Cheeseburger and Restaurant weeks or the more widespread and...

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THIS WEEK’S COVER

Upcoming Events

May
26
Fri
3:00 pm Board Games at Villa Parke Library @ Pasadena Public Library, Villa Parke Branch
Board Games at Villa Parke Library @ Pasadena Public Library, Villa Parke Branch
May 26 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Kids can enjoy playing board games with friends and family and enjoy snacks from 3 to 5 p.m.
6:00 pm Film at Norton Simon @ Norton Simon Museum
Film at Norton Simon @ Norton Simon Museum
May 26 @ 6:00 pm
The film “Shanghai Express” starring Marlene Dietrich and Clive Brook is the story of notorious prostitute Shanghai Lily who runs into a former flame being held hostage while on a train from Peking to Shanghai,[...]
6:00 pm Pop-Up Dinner at Descanso Gardens @ Descanso Gardens
Pop-Up Dinner at Descanso Gardens @ Descanso Gardens
May 26 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
A pop-up dinner runs from 6 to 8 p.m. at Descanso’s Maple restaurant, prepared by Patina and a celebrity chef TBA. Cost is $75, with an optional wine pairing available for an extra $25.
7:00 pm Brand Associates Dance Series – ... @ Brand Library & Art Center
Brand Associates Dance Series – ... @ Brand Library & Art Center
May 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Brand Associates Dance Series - Szalt @ Brand Library & Art Center | Glendale | California | United States
Amabelle Aguiluz (textiles and wearable art), Stephanie Zaletel (choreographer) and Louis Lopez (original score) recount significant water experiences and encounters in an effort to link our shared psychologies. This highly physical, immersive, and stimulating performance[...]
7:15 pm Amanda McBroom Sings at Boston C... @ Boston Court Performing Arts Center
Amanda McBroom Sings at Boston C... @ Boston Court Performing Arts Center
May 26 @ 7:15 pm
Singer/songwriter Amanda McBroom performs at 8 p.m., backed by Michele Brourman and The Amazing Her Band. A pre-performance conversation between Boston Court Executive Director Kyle Clausen and McBroom starts at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $30[...]

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