Thanks to homegrown talent, Arcadia’s merits are starting to extend beyond Santa Anita Park and Din Tai Fung Dumpling House. The next generation is in evidence at Taza, a “social coffee house” that former entertainment executive Sonny Mediana opened with his wife along Huntington Drive. Taza is the first specialty coffeehouse in the area, featuring premium equipment, multiple roasters and inviting decor, complete with refurbished wood, exposed bulbs, and decorative Andy Warhol skateboard decks. On weekends, they also have some of L.A.’s most innovative pastries, courtesy of Sugarbloom Bakery founder Sharon Wang, and my group felt obligated to order every pastry, since they all looked so good.
Sharon Wang graduated from The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone and spent eight years working for the Thomas Keller Restaurant Group. The company relocated her from Yountville to New York and Los Angeles, so you know she’s got skills. She recently returned to her hometown of Arcadia and started an entrepreneurial endeavor called Sugarbloom, with Taza as her weekend showcase. She’s also working on a trial basis at n/naka with Niki Nakayama, another chef with a connection to Arcadia.
Chef Wang switches up her pastries each week, to keep the selection fresh and original. Check the Taza Facebook Page for updates.