As I sat at my computer writing this review last week, I couldn’t get the lyrics of James Taylor’s “Fire and Rain” out of my head. First it was Hurricane Harvey, no benign giant rabbit this; now it’s Irma — definitely not My Friend! And, of course, we just had the La Tuna fire and some 20 others blazing their way through the forests of California. In the past month we’ve certainly seen fire and we’ve seen rain. We’ve seen sunny days (with temperatures 25 percent higher than what used to pass for normal) that we thought would never...Read More
Author: Erica Wayne
The dog days of summer are already over but the heat we associate with this time of year, when the star Sirius makes its appearance in the pre-dawn sky, is showing no sign of abating. And as the temperature in my Pasadena driveway soars from a mere mid-90s at 11 a.m. to the low 100s by 4 p.m., my torpor increases in perfect sync with the thermostat. Thinking of meal prep or even a usually enjoyable lunch or dinner out is impossible. And my former favorite beat-the-heat local hangout, Pasadena’s Souplantation, where we could park for free in the...Read More
It was almost three years ago that I wrote about Claud Beltran’s new restaurant The Eatery, situated on an unprepossessing corner of Villa Street and North and Allen Avenue, a location which had been occupied by Little Britain for the past couple of years, and before that the Armenian Palace, a misnomer in oh so many ways. The Eatery’s mission was to serve as a “test kitchen” changing menus each month to sync with revolving themes such as Hail to the Pig, Asian Fusion, Southern Cooking and Farmer’s Market. The Eatery was originally open only three nights a week...Read More
The logo says Central Grille was established in 2016. The earliest Yelp reports (from mid-February this year) indicate otherwise. But no matter, whenever the doors actually opened, Central Grille was primed for diners. The redo of the old Shakers Family Restaurant at the northwest corner of Burchett Street and Central Avenue, after all, is just the latest project for partners David Yost and Randy Hoffman, whose present stable of restaurants includes Canoe House and Shakers in South Pasadena, Diner on Main in Alhambra and Central Park in Pasadena. David and Randy have a long history in the restaurant business....Read More
It’s not often I get to return to a restaurant I first reviewed when it opened 20 years ago to discover that what made it wonderful back then is just as wonderful after two decades of operation. (Frankly, it’s not often I even get to return to a 20 year-old restaurant since such longevity is rare.) But A’Float Sushi still has that magic — a nautical variant of the sushi-go-round restaurants common in Japan, relatively novel in the LA area and unique in Pasadena. Nevertheless, if the means of delivery were only a gimmick and the product substandard, A’Float...Read More
THIS WEEKS COVER
- Winecats September 14, 2017
- Glenn C April 17, 2017
- Nome' March 30, 2017 on Café Birdie
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