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Craft Beer Los Angeles

Unrelenting, Summer Classics + Remember the Alamo (Drafthouse)

Relentless Brewing has landed on the main drag in Eagle Rock, but do not expect to have a brewery tour or a full roster of the same beers that you would get at their...
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...