Author: Erica Wayne

Popular cupcake purveyors open East Pas Café – 04.19.18

As 2017 came to an end, Dots Café began. Yup, the adored cupcake purveyor with a pair of successful storefronts on the west side of town (Dots Arroyo and Dots One Colorado) expanded their sites to Pasadena’s east side and their sights to include the kinds of food you used to need to eat elsewhere before indulging yourself in Dots’ baked goods.. As of now, Dots Café and Bakery occupies the front unit of a newly constructed wood-clad shallow L-shaped three-unit structure on the north side of Colorado Boulevard between Rosemead Boulevard and Michillinda Avenue just east of Yang...

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Mercado on South Lake offers riveting décor and fabulous food and drinks

Just over a year ago I was thrilled when renowned Orange County chef Danny Godinez opened a new restaurant, Maestro on East Union Street in Pasadena, featuring his modern Mexican cuisine. Six months later I was delighted when Danny Trejo took over the jinxed venue adjacent to the Pasadena Playhouse to debut the latest of six Trejo’s Tacos restaurants, also featuring Mexican and fusion recipes with a bent toward satisfying contemporary eating preferences, including vegetarian and vegan items. In early August came the unexpected news that Godinez was ending his personal involvement in Maestro and heading back to his...

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Bravo à vous Thomas et Guillaume of the new FrenchiFornia Bakery

Every once in a while, after months of reviewing mediocre burgers, overpriced steaks, disappointing desserts, and all manner of clichéd preps, some new establishment suddenly appears and renews my belief that I’ve actually got the best gig in the world.     Such is FrenchiFornia Bakery, opened just seven months ago by, as they put it in their website “two French guys who fell in love with California.” Their online introduction continues by letting the reader know that Guillaume is “a graduate in French artisanal pastry and bakery” while Thomas “has talent in the cooking.” FrenchiFornia’s been on my...

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Enjoy spit-roasted meat at Spitz — Eagle Rock – 02.22.18

A00s a former professor at Occidental College in Eagle Rock, I always knew Oxy students were exceptionally bright. But I would never have expected one of them (Bryce Rademan) to come home from a semester abroad stint with the outstanding idea of opening a restaurant specializing in the döner (spit-roasted meat stuffed into pita or lavash) he’d fixated on while traveling abroad, an unexpected bonus of Oxy’s cultural exchange programs.    Nor would I ever have expected him and good friend Robert Wicklund to park the idea of law school (one of the most sought after post-grad destinations) to...

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8:00 pm “The Immigrant” at the Sierra Ma... @ Sierra Madre Playhouse
“The Immigrant” at the Sierra Ma... @ Sierra Madre Playhouse
Apr 20 @ 8:00 pm – May 26 @ 8:00 pm
“The Immigrant,” a play by Mark Harelik is set in rural, central Texas in 1909, as a young, Russian-Jewish immigrant settles in a small town, banana cart in tow, after having escaped from pogroms in[...]
Apr
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7:00 pm Mayita Dinos Performance at Arli... @ Arlington Garden
Mayita Dinos Performance at Arli... @ Arlington Garden
Apr 22 @ 7:00 pm
Vocalist Mayita Dinos performs jazz standards from the Great American Songbook, and Spanish songs from her childhood in Puerto Rico, performing with the Rich Eames Trio, starting at 7 p.m. Picnicking is permitted. Tickets are[...]
Apr
23
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7:00 pm Book Signing at Vroman’s @ Vroman's Bookstore
Book Signing at Vroman’s @ Vroman's Bookstore
Apr 23 @ 7:00 pm
Christina Lynch discusses and signs “The Italian Party” at 7 p.m.
7:00 pm Carnegie Astronomy Lecture Serie... @ The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens
Carnegie Astronomy Lecture Serie... @ The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens
Apr 23 @ 7:00 pm
A Carnegie Astronomy Lecture Series presentation features Joseph Masiero, NASA/JPL scientist, discussing “You Can’t Make a Solar System without Breaking a Few Asteroids: The Tale of Asteroid Families,” exploring how the asteroid families in our[...]
7:30 pm Altadena Historical Society Pres... @ Altadena Community Center
Altadena Historical Society Pres... @ Altadena Community Center
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Historian Paul Ayers presents a program on once-popular lost trails of the Altadena foothills, with vintage photographs included, as he shares his research methods, starting at 7:30 p.m. Free.

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