True Food Kitchen in Old Town Pasadena, a Truly Exceptional Experience!

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True Food Kitchen in Old Town Pasadena is exactly, and I do mean exactly, what this city has been needing! Prior to TFK’s arrival, Old Town Pasadena was in desperate need of a few things: An awesome spot for weekend brunch, delicious hand-crafted cocktails, hip but comfortable spots to get together with friends and family, an ambiance with the wow factor of the West side, and some flavorful and fun eats … all of these voids have been filled and so much more with its arrival! Welcome True Food Kitchen, we are so excited to have you in town!

The entire menu looks amazing, and everything is perfect for sharing! Here’s what we tried on our last visit (there’s soooo much more to try, everything looks so finger-licking good).

Let’s start with the cocktail menu. Every single drink is hand-crafted to perfection with tiny bits and pieces of muddled fruits, veggies and herbs. We tried the Skinny Margarita and the Grapefruit Martini. Both were delicious, not overly sweet, and just mixed to perfection! Be sure to check out some of these refreshing cocktails while the weather’s still scorching, they’re definitely a cooling treat (I’m sure I’ll be enjoying them throughout the So Cal ‘winter’ as well)! They’re priced pretty fairly at $10-$12 per cocktail. The same thing on the West side will easily run you $15+.

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Citrus Skinny Margarita (left, $11) muddled citrus, torn mint, cucumber, ixá organic tequila

Thai Grapefruit Martini (right, $12) thai basil, grapefruit, organic vodka

Next up, let’s talk about the starters. We had the Charred Cauliflower and Squash Pizza. First things first, Vegan Almond Ricotta?? OMG quite possibly the best tasting ‘cheese’ I’ve ever had – but without any guilt! Next time I’m definitely asking for extra drops of it! The crust was perfectly crispy in all the right places, and thin enough if you’re not into all those doughy carbs. The Charred Cauliflower was just as delicious. The tahini makes it creamy (without the mayo which is which most places use) and the dates naturally sweeten it up. It’s seasoned just perfectly and feels like a guilty creamy treat, but without the guilt. TFK does a fantastic job of satisfying all of our guilty eating pleasures by making healthy versions of those bad dishes we crave.

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Butternut Squash Pizza ($13.50) smoked onion, organic kale, vegan almond ricotta, dried cranberry (Vegan)

Charred Cauliflower ($8) harissa tahini, medjool date, dill, mint, pistachio (Vegan, Gluten Free)

On to the mains … I guess we were feeling a little Italian that night cause we ended up ordering the Lasagna Bolognese and the Spaghetti Casserole (made with spaghetti squash … get the reoccurring theme here folks? All the good tastes, without the guilt)! Both were good portions with a unique twist to somewhat traditional dishes. I added the house-made chicken sausage ($4) to the casserole for some extra protein, I think you should too!

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Lasagna Bolognese (left, $16) house-made chicken sausage, mushroom, spinach, lemon ricotta, herbs (Gluten Free)

Spaghetti Squash Casserole (right, $14) organic tomato, caramelized onion, zucchini, fresh mozzarella (Vegetarian, Gluten Free)

And for the grande finale (we couldn’t resist), we shared the Flourless Cake. I simply can’t think of a single improvement I’d make to it, but I did add some Coconut Whipped Cream that I saw listed on another dessert item because I love anything and everything coconut. With just the right amount of bittersweet chocolate, a light crunch and some vanilla ice cream you just can’t go wrong. I don’t generally like caramel, but this one was homemade and I had no issue scooping it straight to my mouth.

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Flourless Chocolate Cake ($7) caramel, vanilla ice cream, cocoa nibs (Vegetarian, Gluten-Free)

TFK was definitely love at first sight. We’ve been back 4 times, and they’ve only been open a few weeks. I keep telling myself to slow down because I’ll get sick of it, but I really don’t think that is possible.

Check them out on Yelp, they already have hundreds of folks bragging about how amazing it is. Warning: the food pics are going to make your mouth water!

What’s even more wonderful is that they take reservations! They’ve been really busy every night of the week, so click here to reserve through Open Table.

168 W Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91105
(626) 639-6818
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The Royce Monthly Wine Dinners – Langham Pasadena

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Upcoming Dates:
Thursday, September 22 – Ridge Vineyards
Thursday, October 27 – Miura Vineyards

Join us for a special evening with a select winery each month inside in the intimate Red Wine Room. Sit back and relax as you are led through a 4-course dinner paired with wines carefully hand-selected to complement each dish.
Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. and is priced at $95 per person, not inclusive of tax and gratuity.

For reservations, please dial (626) 585-6410. Space is limited to 12 guests and is communal seating.

Del Frisco’s Grille Pasadena – A Wonderful Addition to Lake Ave.

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Del Frisco’s Grille in Pasadena an exciting new Pasadena restaurant that offers quality fine dining worthy foods in a comfortable and friendly atmosphere! They serve up a vast menu of very tasty eats that take classic American comforts food and give them a modern foodie-worthy twist. The large bar is hip and swanky, offering a perfect environment for catching up with friends over a tasty cocktail and delicious appetizers. The restaurant itself is very warm and inviting, with comfortable and roomy seating and enough space between patrons so that you don’t feel crammed in. If you’re into wine, their selection is vast and impressive.

The Grille uses local ingredients to make delicious favorites such as their Ahi Tacos and Cheesesteak Egg Rolls (pictured below) which were perfect appetizers for sharing! 

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Ahi Tacos ($17.50) 
Tuna Tartare, Avocado, Spicy Citrus Mayo

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Cheesesteak Eggrolls ($13.00)
Sweet & Spicy Chili Sauce, Honey Mustard

The menu also includes a selection of prime steaks, hearty salads, formidable sandwiches and chef-inspired entrees. We selected the Sole Francese & The Filet Mignon trio (the Filet trio is not a regular menu item) as our main courses. The sole was one of the best I’ve had, rich with lump crab meat and a tangy lemon-butter sauce on top. To accompany our main course, we chose the Pan-Seared Wild Mushrooms, and of course who could resist the hearty Truffled Mac and Cheese (all pictured below)! The portions are generous, and everything we ordered was perfect for sharing, even with a few people.

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Sole Francese ($28.50)
Lump Crab, Arugula-Cherry Tomato Salad, Chive-Lemon Butter

 

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Filet Mignon Trio ($market price)

 

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Truffled Mac & Cheese ($8.00) & Pan-Braised Wild Mushrooms ($9.00) 

Finally, to add fire to the already roaring flame, we ordered the Coconut Cream Pie for dessert!! We had no room left whatsoever in our stomachs to eat dessert – or so we thought.  Rich with real whipped cream, shaved white chocolate and coconut flakes it was truly irresistible and a perfect ending to a perfect dining experience.

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Coconut Cream Pie ($10.50)
White Chocolate Shavings

The service was amongst the friendliest, and the ambiance is a refreshing fun addition to the classic staple restaurants on Lake Avenue. Once you experience the fresh ingredients and generous portions, you’ll see the pricing is fair as well! We certainly can’t wait to return, and are looking forward to trying Del Frisco’s Grille’s Sunday Brunch – sooner than later! Do yourself a favor and get over to try this wonderful new restaurant in Pasadena!

Check them out on YELP.

55 S. Lake Ave., Suite 150

Pasadena, CA 91101

(626) 765-9913

 

Old Pasadena – Friday Nov. 28th Home For the Holidays

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Head on down to Holly Street between Fair Oaks and Raymond Avenues on Friday, November 28th from 4pm – 8pm for a Holiday Celebration. There will be 20 tons of snow, kids craft village, ceramic ornament painting with Color Me Mine, Holiday card making with Lula Mae, and live music. Also One Colorado Old Pasadena enjoy cookies and cocoa and photo booth fun with Santa.

 

Meat District Co. – Old Town Pasadena

If there’s a perfect place for the Paleo, Atkins, Carnivorous, my favorite animal is steak kind of person – I’m pretty sure the meat Gods would deem it to be located at  Meat District Co., in Old Town Pasadena. I visited the new diggs (on Raymond & Union) over the weekend, and I must say I was very impressed. I ordered the burger & 1/2 rack combo (pictured above). The Truffle Burger ($15) was exceptional!!! With the surge of burger establishments in the area, I’ve definitely had my fair share recently. This 1/2 lb. burger was surely by far the best in town! The pork ribs were also delicious and tender!

All their beef is ‘ALL NATURAL, NEVER EVER BEEF (hormone, steroid & antibiotic free).’ They work in partnership with America’s most sustainable producers, to make sure quality and taste are always on par.

As for the menu, Meat District offers something for everyone, from five spice chicken wings and baby back ribs to nearly a dozen burgers on deck.

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BURGER & RIB COMBO

Any 1/2 lb burger & 1/2 a rack of beef or 1/2 jumbo pork ribs

 

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TRUFFLE BURGER

1/2 lb patty with truffle parmasen, argulua, roasted peppers, tomato & truffle aioli

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JUMBO PORK RIBS

25oz Half Rack                                    45oz Full Rack

 

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Definitely two thumbs up! Give them a try and see for yourself!

69 N Raymond Ave
PasadenaCA 91103

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Check them out on Yelp.

Party on the Bridge! Pasadena July 12, 2014 @ Colorado Street

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Colorado Street Bridge Party is Back!    

Pasadena’s biggest block party featuring a night of music, dancing, vintage cars, children’s activities, beverages and food!

Saturday July 12th, from 6:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
ADVANCED TICKET PRICES:
PH MEMBER: $14, Child $6
NON-MEMBER: $16, Child $8
Children under 7 FREE

Day-of-Event Ticket Prices:  Adults: $18, Child: $9
Click here to Purchase Tickets

  Pasadena Heritage cordially invites you to its community party on the historic Colorado Street Bridge.Working to preserve and protect Pasadena’s legacy of extraordinary architecture, community character, and cultural history is the mission of the organization, the second largest historic preservation non-profit in California. Protecting the Colorado Street Bridge, old Pasadena, City Hall, the Rose Bowl, and many other historic buildings, sites and neighborhoods are the preservation success stories being celebrated on July 12th, 2014.
 
  CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES:  A variety of free activities and entertainment will be offered from 6:00 to 10:00 PM in the Defenders Park, featuring police and fire vehicles, the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA, face painting, cookie decorating, craft and coloring tables, special musical entertainment, and more.

 

ENTERTAINMENT
Enjoy live music on 3 stages

PARK STAGE 

The FreeLancers 
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Donovan/Muradian Quintet

STAGE 2

Kids These Days

Mercy and the Merkettes
 

STAGE 3

Stinky Felix

? and the Wisterians
Snotty Scotty 
and the Hankies

At the Orange Grove Blvd. Entrance

Wreck N Sow
FOOD & BEVERAGES

The Old Fashioned Kettle Korn Co
Pam’s Sweet Shack and Funnel Cakes
Robin’s Lemonade & Burger Stand
Shuck It Roasted Corn and Mexican Food

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Langham Pasadena 1865 Anniversary Tea – June 10, 2014

On June 10th each year, every Langham Hotel serves afternoon tea for the same price it was back in 1865 to commemorate the opening of its first Grand Hotel. That price was one shilling, six pence, which is approximately 15 cents today.  This year, a celebratory 100-Year Anniversary Tea was held by The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on June 10, 2014, at 1865 pricing and to feature pastries inspired by the jewelry collection of one the hotel’s early co-owners, the glamorous Arabella “Belle” Huntington. Belle Huntington’s famous jewels were purchased in 1926 by acclaimed jeweler Harry Winston, and they continue to inspire luxury pieces today.

And what a regal event it was! I’ve been to many tea houses across Southern California, usually the highlight is enjoying the company of friends and family and noshing on sweet eats and treats is secondary. But the highlight of the of t the Langham’s Afternoon Tiffin Tea is the definitely the food — it’s exquisite, each bite is absolutely mouthwatering and delectable, leaving you yearning for more! It’s surprisingly affordable too, prices are comparable to other more humble local venues, at $39 per person, or $56 per person with Champagne.

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[A beautiful presentation of savory and sweet eats from the Anniversary Tea spread, see full menu below]

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[The sweet treats pictured above were so beautiful we didn’t want to eat them!]

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[We were greeted by the host and hostess above in traditional English attire dating back 100 years]

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[Belle Huntington’s famous jewelry collection were the inspiration for many of the pastry designs]

Tiffin Afternoon Tea – This selection is available daily at the Langham Pasadena Lobby Lounge.

Your Choice of Tea

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A selection of finger sandwiches:

Cucumber & Watercress, Mascarpone Mousse, Crispy Shallots, on Squaw Bread

Asian Pear on Potato Bread, Blue Cheese Mousse, Toasted Pistachios Raspberry

Smoked Salmon Profiterole with Caramelized Shallot Caper Cream, Dill Sprig & Caviar

Ham & Egg, Proscuitto de Parma, Green Onion, Red Pepper on Potato Peppercorn Bread

Watercress Pesto Marinated Caribbean Shrimp on Herb Garlic Bread with Cilantro & Lemon Zest

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Selection of warm scones with Devonshire clotted cream and lemon curd

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A selection of French pastries and specialty sweets:

Checkerboard Cookie

Passion Apricot Cone

Crème Brulée Tart

French Macarons

Chocolate White Café Torte

Strawberry Pistachio Gateau

Chocolate Raspberry Financier Cupcake

Orange Cranberry Tea Bread

Tiffin at The Langham is served Monday through Saturday from 12:00pm to 4:00pm.

Royal Tiffin Tea
$56 per person (includes Champagne)
$28 per child under 12
$14 per child under 3

Traditional Tiffin Tea 
$39 per person
$19 per child under 12
$9 per child under 3

Langham Pasadena Hotel

1401 S Oak Knoll Ave, Pasadena, CA 91106

Pasadena Chalk Art Festival – Paseo Colorado June 14-15, 2014

 

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June 14-15, 2014 | 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

Yes, it’s Father’s Day Weekend at Paseo Colorado! Come see more than 500 artists from all over southern California create 200 murals in pastel chalk, using the pavement as their canvas.

Murals range in subject matter from the classical to whimsical, including renditions of masterpieces, abstract, portraiture, movie images, 3D effects, animation, et al! An Art Gallery & Silent Auction showcasing 200 original paintings created by the chalk artists makes great affordable art, with all proceeds benefitting the arts and learning programs of Light Bringer Project.

Young children can enjoy making art and having their face painted in Kid’s Chalkland. And you can enjoy Classic Cars showcased along Green Street on Father’s Day Sunday. Have tacos and a chilled drink in the El Cholo Cantina providing al fresco seating, with a portion of proceeds benefitting Light Bringer Project. Paseo Colorado offers a great selection of restaurants, cafes, unique retail shops, the ArcLight Movie Theater, and more!!

Where: Paseo Colorado, 280 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101. Murals also extend across Green Street onto the Convention Center concourse.

Cost: FREE! Bring the Family

Parking: Parking is available at many locations near the festival. Paseo Colorado recommends parking in one of the following garages: Marengo Parking Structure located on the corner of Marengo Avenue and Green Street; or the Los Robles Parking Structure located on the corner of Los Robles Avenue and Greet Street. There is also subterranean parking below the Paseo Colorado with entrances on Colorado Boulevard and on Green Street. Parking is free for 90 minutes and the rates are $1.50 per half hour, with a daily maximum of $6.00 with validation.

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*Article credit: VisitPasadena.com

The Pie Hole – Old Town Pasadena

If you’re a sucker for sweets, look no further. The Pie Hole is my new go-to for very unique, delicious and mouth-watering sweets! I guarantee you’ve never had anything like any of their sweet and savory eats anywhere else, and the experience is worth every single calorie!

The Pie Hole hand makes all items from scratch. Each sweet runs $5-8 dollars, they are all fairly large and perfect for sharing. This family owned business believes a pie shop is a living institution, a neighborhood gathering spot, and a welcoming environment for all. Come support this business that seeks to be the best part of everyone’s day – I guarantee you wont regret it!

The shop is located in the new Indiana Colony, sharing space with CoolHaus ice cream and Pressed Juicery.

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59 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91105

www.thepieholela.com

Sun-Thurs: 10am-10pm
Fri-Sat: 10am-11pm

888-692-7429

Check them out on Yelp.

The Langham Huntington Anniversary Tea Party!

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Anniversary Tea
June 10, 2014
12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

On June 10th, The Langham Huntington will pay homage to Europe’s first grand luxury hotel, The Langham, London, with a special Anniversary Tea event.

The clocks will turn back to 1865, when The Langham, London originally opened on June 10th, and serve their signature Tiffin Afternoon Tea for its original price of 1 shilling, 6 pence (or 15 cents)!!

This year, in celebration of their 100th Anniversary as The Huntington Hotel, the Anniversary Tea will feature pastries inspired by the jewelry collection of one of the hotel’s co-owners, the glamorous Arabella “Belle” Huntington. Belle Huntington’s famous jewels were purchased in 1926 by acclaimed jeweler Harry Winston, and they continue to inspire luxury pieces today.

The only way to get a reservation for this delightful afternoon tea is to enter a drawing to be selected to attend.

Apply For A Reservation:

Complete and submit the form here before May 31, 2014. Guest names will be chosen at random and the lucky winners will receive their reservation confirmations via e-mail on June 3, 2014.

Check back with Pasadena Eats and let us know if you’re one of the lucky persons selected to attend this special event! Good Luck!