Author: Lisa Dupuy

Fig Sprout adds some new twists to an ages-old favorite

Consider the chicken. Once a delicacy more highly prized than lobster, it’s now the centerpiece of most weeknight family dinner tables. It can be baked, broiled, fricasseed, flash fried, batter fried, brined and fried, grilled, put in a pit, put in a pot. It can be long simmered with wine or tossed on the grill with barbecue sauce. It can be boiled to extract its broth for the world’s most famous medicine, chicken soup. Or it can be humiliatingly mashed up into chicken tenders. Plus, the chicken gives us eggs, good for scrambling, baking, frying — OK, I’ll stop. ...

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Faubourg offers a Delicious take on modern French cuisine

Sierra Madre has always been a charming little suburb tucked into the San Gabriel foothills, so it is appropriate that a charming little French bistro named Faubourg recently opened there. Faubourg (pronounced foh-boor) translates as “outside city” or more simply, “suburb.”  Moving in to the space previously occupied by Zugo’s, Executive Chef Anthony Bar and his team transformed the place into a modern cafe where time-honored and contemporary techniques merge to bring out the true essence of a dish. The decor is crisper, cleaner, with white marble, modern brass lighting and a wide, strategically placed mirror. The wonderful hinged,...

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The San Fernando is a friendly watering hole with a historic feel

On the western edge of Glendale is a new dandy of a bar/restaurant. With a touch of 1940s appeal, The San Fernando tips its fedora to its namesake street and to the trains that run along it. Live music, killer cocktails, satisfying food and a sociable environment make this a neighborhood hangout you’ll probably come back to again and again. There is a charm to this bar that’s hard to pinpoint, but I think it’s the staff. They all seem to be in a good mood, with affable natures and easy smiles. Everyone helps out, including the owners. Uwe...

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Maple at Descanso Gardens offers fine dining in a rustic atmosphere

Is there a more elegant, peaceful place to spend a day than Descanso Gardens? Nestled into a residential enclave of stately homes in La Cañada Flintridge, the gardens have become a tourist destination and haven for millions of horticulture enthusiasts since opening in 1950.  The Patina Group has been in charge of catering at Descanso Gardens for years, but recently, under the supervision of Executive Chef Philip Mack, they opened a lovely dedicated restaurant in an underutilized corner of the welcome area. Named Maple, the indoor and outdoor cafe is a lesson in Green & Green architecture-meets-modern design. But...

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Hulun Beir helps diners explore the exotic world of the hot pot

Hulun Beir Mongolian Restaurant recently opened in the middle of what’s become an enclave of pan-Asian eateries on West Green Street in Old Pasadena. The name is a variation of Hulunbuir, a city in Inner Mongolia which, for geography buffs, is not even in the country of Mongolia, but in China. So, on the menu you’ll find Chinese influences, (Outer) Mongolian influences, even Korean and Russian influences since these countries are all nearby. You’ll also find on the menu “Mongolian BBQ” which is neither Mongolian nor barbecue (it’s closer to Japanese tepanyaki). Who cares? The food is really good....

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