Author: Erica Wayne

Zelo’s makes the most interesting pies you likely haven’t tried

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...

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Parsnip, the LA restaurant with Romanian roots, offers a taste of Eastern Europe

It’s definitely been a down year for me: record heat and rising pollution, the just-lifted ban on the importation of big game trophies, repeated attempts to kill Obamacare, the specter of local taxes being removed as allowable federal deductions, the wall that refuses to die, the goading of Kim Jong Un toward nuclear war and the new tax on gasoline that makes me wish I’d bought a Prius when my last car died in 2004. Roy Moore is likely to join the Senate and Al Franken may be expelled. So what, on this Thanksgiving, have I got to be...

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It’s all about change for the better at Pasadena’s Rosebud – 11.09.17

I received a postcard in the mail last week. “NOW OPEN” it stated, “ROSEBUD,” and underneath “COFFEE WITH A CAUSE.” Beneath this announcement was a more comprehensive paragraph that invited me to experience Pasadena’s newest neighborhood craft coffee shop. “At Rosebud,” it stated, “we pride ourselves on serving genuine craft coffee that helps change lives. By supporting Rosebud you help the future of homeless youth in the city of Pasadena. Together we can create change in our community.” Then it offered me the opportunity to treat a friend to a cup of coffee on them when I ordered one for...

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Altadena’s Pizza of Venice is a great pre-Wicked Lit treat

If you’ve been lucky enough to snag a ticket to Wicked Lit being performed at Mountain View Mortuary and Cemetery in Altadena, you’ll be spending one of the next several evenings (Thursday through Sunday nights through Nov. 11) being scared silly. Wicked Lit producers, Unbound Productions, guarantee the evening is going to be frightful, and perhaps not just because of their efforts. Who knows who or what inhabits the Mountain View grounds aside from the actors in the three plays being performed this year? If you want to be safe, you need to take precautions, so let me suggest...

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Popular restaurant, Via-Mar, serves great seafood at bargain prices

If you’re tired of paying beaucoup bucks for dainty little seafood tacos that provide barely a mouthful of satisfaction, here’s a recommendation. Get off your Pasadena-based keister and head to the 5100 block of North Figueroa in Highland Park. There, at 5111, you’ll find a small cinderblock storefront with a blue roof. Atop the roof is a huge sign with a smiling crustacean advertising Via-Mar Restaurant and some of its wares: shrimp cocktails, fish tacos, fried fish, lobster and oysters. As you approach the front of the building, you’ll see that this sign covers only a bare minimum of...

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