Let me preface this review by admitting that I am not a vegan. I’m not even a vegetarian. What I am is a guilt-ridden, hypocritical, tried all the cures but can’t quit carnivore. Merely the aroma of charring beef sends me into anticipatory ecstasy. Butter is essential to my happiness and sampling cheeses at Whole Foods or Bristol Farms is a favorite pastime. So preparing to write about Sage Plant Based Bistro & Brewery, which opened less than three months ago in the space formerly occupied by A/K/A and its short-lived successor Alma Rosa in Hugus Alley next to...Read More
Author: Erica Wayne
My husband loves jazz. He also loves spaghetti bolognese. So, lucky man, his Secret Santa provided him with $100 in gift certificates to use at Colombo’s Italian Steakhouse and Jazz Club in Eagle Rock, where he can get both seven days a week. I have to admit, it’s been way too long since we’ve visited and, frankly, I’d forgotten just how good being there makes us feel. There’s just something about low lighting, spacious red leather button-upholstered booths, crisp linen, adult beverages, enormous plates of pasta, attentive friendly service and great music that combine to soothe the soul...Read More
If you’ve so far managed to keep your 2018 resolutions to eat well, drink less and exercise more, I pity you. Beginning Jan. 7, folks in Pasadena have been gorging on cheeseburgers in honor of local hero Lionel Sternberger, reputed to be the first restaurateur ever to have crowned a meat patty with a slab of melting cheese at his father’s 1500 W. Colorado Blvd. eatery The Rite Spot back in 1924. The creation myths about the birth of the cheeseburger at The Rite Spot are numerous: that young Lionel accidentally burned a hamburger and placed a slice...Read More
The Fair Oaks Pharmacy and Soda Fountain has been a South Pasadena landmark since 1915, according to its website. And the interior looks so old-fashioned it’s almost impossible to doubt it’s a real 100-plus-year-old antique. In actuality, it’s not, having undergone a number of transformations, not the least of which has been its name. From the South Pasadena Pharmacy to the Raymond Pharmacy (in the ’20s) to the Fair Oaks Pharmacy, its existence was nondescript until new owners decided to gussy it up in 1989. Artifacts, including a complete set of pharmacy fixtures, an original soda fountain, stained glass...Read More
S00o let’s start with this premise: there’s plenty of good, maybe great pizza in Pasadena, and there’s absolutely no need to travel outside the city limits to get anything better. Well, maybe. But to paraphrase Hamlet: There are more things in heaven and earth, Pasadenans, than are dreamt of in your philosophy. He was speaking of ghosts. I am speaking of Zelo Gourmet Pizza in Arcadia. A mini-Italian lesson: “zelo” translates to zeal, devotion, dedication and/or attention to detail. And “zelo” is what owner Mike Freeman applies to making pizza. Zelo’s been reviewed by some of the best, including...Read More
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