Author: Simone Dupuy

Get down and dirty at Hawaiian-Cajun Crackin’ Kitchen seafood restaurant

It’s not a fine dining seafood establishment, but it’s not solely gimmicky. Yes, you don a plastic bib and eat with gloved hands, but the flavors come from the brain of a Michelin-starred chef. What occasion would bring one to Crackin’ Kitchen? I’m not fully sure. That said, I visited purely out of curiosity and had a great time, so I suppose no reason is as good as any. If anyone out there has also been binging “Ugly Delicious” on Netflix, you may be as intrigued as myself by the marriage of Asian-influenced Hawaiian cuisine and Cajun food a...

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Dérive offers a reprieve from culinary hum-drum – 03.29.18

When it comes to going out for a special occasion, most people think “steakhouse.” You order a choice slab of meat and glass of house red. It’s an expensive, delicious luxury. And it’s good — great, even. But it’s not an adventure. Dérive is that missing shot of culture. Ethical, thoughtful, creative, classic, refreshing, indulgent. The organic, New American cuisine is not particularly derivative at all — perhaps just inspired by some standbys. In February, high-end tapas joint Ración decided to ditch the name and the theme and try something new. “Same team, different concept,” explained our waiter. Thus,...

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Affordable and filling California Hot Pot features all the flavors of Asia

Congested and hectic during rush hour, full of eclectic but delicious Asian food and loud with the sounds of last summer’s top 40, California Hot Pot is a Los Angelean microcosm. The food is the rising star — not the kind that moves from a small town thinking they’ll be discovered right away. No, this starlet is realistic, is versatile and will put in lots of work for cheap.     So in this convoluted metaphor, we’ve established that the food is good. This being said, the facade is a washed-up actor still trying to cling to roles too...

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Rinjani brings the true flavors of Indonesian cuisine to Glendale – 03.01.18

New and intriguing while retaining soulfulness. Artfully presented without being skimpy. Decadence sans heaviness. This is what Indonesian cuisine brings to the table. At least, Rinjani does. Proudly Glendale’s first Indonesian restaurant, Rinjani caters to a curious palate in a sea of abundant kebab and sub-par sushi.    Like many college grads, I recently ventured to Southeast Asia for a cheap yet culture-rich trip. I gorged myself on artfully spiced coconut-thickened curries, mystery meatballs from street vendors doused in equally mysterious sauces, whole fried fish that stared back at me, fermented chili paste on anything that would hold it...

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Fall in love with Chamo Venezuelan Cuisine’s arepas, empanadas and tequeños

I do not have an abuela. I had one no-nonsense, meat-and-potatoes, German grandma and another who lived off a steady diet of brie cheese and Manhattans. Some may say this thusly allots me no authority to speak on Venezuelan food, which is fairly niche when it comes to Latin cuisine. I beg to differ. Because I have no abuela, I have no preconceived notions of home cooking to cloud my judgment. That said, even if I had been raised on a certain flavor or technique when it came to Venezuelan food, I am sure I would have fallen equally...

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Upcoming Events

Apr
20
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8:00 pm “The Immigrant” at the Sierra Ma... @ Sierra Madre Playhouse
“The Immigrant” at the Sierra Ma... @ Sierra Madre Playhouse
Apr 20 @ 8:00 pm – May 26 @ 8:00 pm
“The Immigrant,” a play by Mark Harelik is set in rural, central Texas in 1909, as a young, Russian-Jewish immigrant settles in a small town, banana cart in tow, after having escaped from pogroms in[...]
Apr
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10:30 am Painting with Acrylics at Hill A... @ Pasadena Public Library, Hill Avenue Branch
Painting with Acrylics at Hill A... @ Pasadena Public Library, Hill Avenue Branch
Apr 25 @ 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
Guests of all ages are invited to learn to paint with acrylics, mix colors and paint trees and foliage, with all materials provided, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Call to sign up.
1:00 pm Free Film, Balloon Helicopters a... @ Pasadena Public Library Central Branch
Free Film, Balloon Helicopters a... @ Pasadena Public Library Central Branch
Apr 25 @ 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Free films screen at 1 p.m. Wednesdays. Wednesday’s film is “Witness” (1985). Kids ages 8 to 12 are invited to construct balloon helicopters and see how long they can keep them flying, from 4:30 to[...]
2:00 pm Earth Day Crafts at Villa Parke ... @ Pasadena Public Library, Villa Parke Branch
Earth Day Crafts at Villa Parke ... @ Pasadena Public Library, Villa Parke Branch
Apr 25 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Guests of all ages are invited to create Earth Day crafts from 2 to 5 p.m.
7:00 pm Wine & Song Music Series @ Arroyo Seco Golf Course
Wine & Song Music Series @ Arroyo Seco Golf Course
Apr 25 @ 7:00 pm
Brad Colerick’s weekly singer-songwriter series features Alice Wallace and Andrew Delaney at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 general admission, $15 for table seating, available on the website.

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