Erica Wayne | Pasadena Weekly https://www.pasadenaweekly.com Greater Pasadena's Free News and Entertainment Weekly Fri, 18 May 2018 19:45:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 https://i1.wp.com/www.pasadenaweekly.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/cropped-jgpw-512-px-copy.png?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 Erica Wayne | Pasadena Weekly https://www.pasadenaweekly.com 32 32 136211528 Confluence of Pasadena Restaurant Week and Masters of Taste continues https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/03/confluence-of-pasadena-restaurant-week-and-masters-of-taste-continues/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/03/confluence-of-pasadena-restaurant-week-and-masters-of-taste-continues/#respond Thu, 03 May 2018 13:00:24 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=103253 Well, fellow Pasadenans, the moon doesn’t appear to be in the seventh house and Jupiter hasn’t shown any sign of aligning with Mars. I don’t think peace is guiding the planets right now (although when I awoke this morning North and South Korea had just pledged to end the 68-year-old war this year). So it’s […]

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Reflections on nearly 35 years as PW’s restaurant critic https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/04/26/reflections-on-nearly-35-years-as-pws-restaurant-critic/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/04/26/reflections-on-nearly-35-years-as-pws-restaurant-critic/#respond Thu, 26 Apr 2018 13:00:46 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=103142 After months of making it clear that I was thinking of resigning, my editor Kevin Uhrich finally acquiesced and suggested I write a column announcing my retirement after nearly 35 years at the Pasadena Weekly. And he suggested that I do it in the Senior Living issue. Highly appropriate since, while I’ve been in denial […]

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Popular cupcake purveyors open East Pas Café – 04.19.18 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/04/19/popular-cupcake-purveyors-open-east-pas-cafe-04-19-18/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/04/19/popular-cupcake-purveyors-open-east-pas-cafe-04-19-18/#respond Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:00:39 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=102985 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 […]

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Mercado on South Lake offers riveting décor and fabulous food and drinks https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/04/05/mercado-on-south-lake-offers-riveting-decor-and-fabulous-food-and-drinks/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/04/05/mercado-on-south-lake-offers-riveting-decor-and-fabulous-food-and-drinks/#respond Thu, 05 Apr 2018 13:00:33 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=102551 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 […]

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Yes Sushi on East Colorado is now all you can eat https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/03/22/yes-sushi-on-east-colorado-is-now-all-you-can-eat/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/03/22/yes-sushi-on-east-colorado-is-now-all-you-can-eat/#respond Thu, 22 Mar 2018 13:00:52 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=102191 yes sushi

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Bravo à vous Thomas et Guillaume of the new FrenchiFornia Bakery https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/03/08/bravo-a-vous-thomas-et-guillaume-of-the-new-frenchifornia-bakery/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/03/08/bravo-a-vous-thomas-et-guillaume-of-the-new-frenchifornia-bakery/#respond Thu, 08 Mar 2018 14:10:09 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=101834 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 […]

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Enjoy spit-roasted meat at Spitz — Eagle Rock – 02.22.18 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/02/22/enjoy-spit-roasted-meat-spitz-eagle-rock-02-22-18/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/02/22/enjoy-spit-roasted-meat-spitz-eagle-rock-02-22-18/#respond Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:21:07 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=101471 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 […]

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Sage Plant Based Bistro puts delicious emphasis on personal health https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/02/08/sage-plant-based-bistro-puts-delicious-emphasis-personal-health/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/02/08/sage-plant-based-bistro-puts-delicious-emphasis-personal-health/#respond Thu, 08 Feb 2018 14:00:43 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=101076 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 […]

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After 64 years, Colombo’s remains a place for great food and musical fun https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/01/25/64-years-colombos-remains-place-great-food-musical-fun/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/01/25/64-years-colombos-remains-place-great-food-musical-fun/#respond Thu, 25 Jan 2018 14:00:56 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=100802 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 […]

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Rationalization, thy name is dineLA https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/01/11/rationalization-thy-name-is-dinela/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/01/11/rationalization-thy-name-is-dinela/#respond Thu, 11 Jan 2018 14:00:42 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=100468 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 […]

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