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Dumplings Los Angeles

Dan Modern Chinese Pork & Blue Crab Xiao Long Bao (Dose of Vitamin P)

The San Gabriel Valley is nearly unrivaled for Chinese food in the U.S. Some people might not associate Pasadena with the SGV, but they are indeed intertwined. Until now, it’s been surprisingly tough to...
Fried Chicken Los Angeles

Top Restaurant Crispy Fried Chicken (Food of the Week)

My brother-in-law Spencer mentioned the fried chicken at Top Restaurant many times, but I never had a reason to visit this east Pasadena strip mall. Somehow the stars aligned for a family dinner at...
Coffee Los Angeles

Intelligentsia Coffee Limelight (Drink of the Week)

Intelligentsia Coffee has been a caffeinated force in Los Angeles since launching at Sunset Junction in 2007. At cafes in Silver Lake, Pasadena and Venice, Intelligentsia has become a trusted source for seasonal coffee,...
Mexican Food Los Angeles

Mercado Chile Verde Estilo Arco Iris (Dose of Vitamin P)

Cocinas y Calaveras founder Jesse Gomez and chef/partner Jose Acevedo opened a new Pasadena branch of Mercado at The Commons on South Lake in April 2018. The journey is full-circle for Gomez, who worked...
Coffee Los Angeles

Ambrose Cafe Ambrosia (Drink of the Week)

In Greek mythology, Ambrosia is the nectar of the gods. Doves would deliver this magical elixir to Mount Olympus for Zeus and his siblings to enjoy. Somehow, Midcentury Americans reinterpreted this concept as a...
Cocktail Los Angeles

The Raymond 1886 Plagues of Egypt (Drink of the Week)

In the Book of Exodus, God unleashes 10 Plagues of Egypt, including fiery hail and frogs, compelling the Pharaoh to free enslaved Israelites. This isn’t typical cocktail fodder, but bartenders Jesse Gomez and Adam...