Author: Lisa Dupuy

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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Eagle Rock’s Posto Giusto is just the place for a casual evening out

Posto Giusto is an Instagrammer’s dream. Rustic Italian pastas, salads and braises look gorgeous on handmade ceramic dishes. Deep reds and yellows of bruschetta slices contrast handsomely against wooden planks. And beautiful young people surrounded by aged brick walls and large vintage windows could be photographed for Bon Apetit magazine. Such is the appeal of the new fast casual Italian spot in Eagle Rock opened by Marshall Blair, owner of Silver Lke stalwart, Blair’s restaurant. Fast casual classic Italian? Sounds like an oxymoron. Certainly pizza can be gotten at a counter service restaurant. So can sandwiches, tacos and roasted...

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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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