Author: Lisa Dupuy

Namaste Spiceland is the kind of place you go back to again and again for a hearty, inexpensive meal – 12.28.17

“Chapati up!” shouts a voice as an arm bearing a plate of warm, round bread straight off the tava skillet bursts through a kitchen window to a waiting employee. The restaurant is buzzing with activity but an eager diner hears him anyway and snatches up his prize. On this Saturday night, a “Live Jalebi Night,” the month-old casual eatery and grocery store is as busy as a Mumbai marketplace with dozens of smiling faces. There’s no particular order to the customer service, but everyone is so friendly and helpful it doesn’t matter. After perusing the five or so aisles...

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Glendale restaurant puts a delicious bird in the hands of holiday shoppers

Shopping for Christmas presents and sundry items for holiday gatherings can be exhausting. Between parking, crowds and lines, it’s challenging to stay in the Christmas spirit. On top of that, going to social luncheons and work-related cocktail parties is draining in its own way. You may be saying to yourself about now, “If I eat another cocktail meatball or Saltine and cheddar I might cry.” The answer to party food fatigue is a healthy square meal. The answer to shopping stress is a meal you don’t have to prepare. And the answer to crowded malls is a meal easily...

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Prawn Coastal Casual’s fare is nutritious, complex and satisfying

Of all the food trends that cropped up in the last couple of years, my favorite is the bowl trend. I was never that kid who separated the foods on my plate so they wouldn’t touch each other. I liked to cut everything up and see how different things tasted together by the forkful. I also loved seafood. I mean Gorton’s fish sticks were da bomb. So I’m a big fan of the bowlfuls of seafood-centric deliciousness at the brand new restaurant Prawn in One Colorado Plaza. Prawn is a fast-casual eatery in the old Johnny Rocket’s location. The...

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Bacon and Syrup are the stars at Paseo’s Great Maple

Last Sunday, Nov. 12, was National Happy Hour Day. Now, in my house, every day is Happy Hour Day, but I figured we ought to make an occasion out of it. So, before seeing a movie, the hubby and I checked out happy hour at the newest addition to The Paseo in Pasadena. Opened just three weeks ago, Great Maple (not to be confused with Maple at Descanso Gardens) occupies a prime location on the corner of Colorado Boulevard and Garfield Plaza, the throughway revealed when a chunk of the old mall was bulldozed several years ago. Now the...

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Experience life in southern Spain at Casa Córdoba

Do you ever have those weeks where you find yourself drawn to certain activities, certain articles, certain conversations that all somehow congeal into a new attitude or understanding about life? That happened to me and it led me to the restaurant I’m writing about today. The first thing I read was by Taffy Brodesser-Akner, a journalist for The New York Times and a person who does not cook. It’s not that she does not cook well; she does not cook anything ever. Her theory is, unlike an article written on parchment and saved potentially forever, there’s no permanence in...

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