Trejo’s Cantina is Muy Bueno

The bar in the front of Trejo’s newest cantina in Pasadena was standing room only, as was the large dining room. Theatre patrons were sipping one last drink, before seeing the first show of the Pasadena Playhouse season – Our Town. Located adjacent to the playhouse, the cantina makes sure theatre patrons are finished before…

Sam Harris Continues to Shine Onstage

I sat in the historic Pasadena Theater today to eagerly watch HAM: A Musical Memoir about Sam Harris, the dynamic singer who won the hearts of 25 million Americans, when he  won the title of  Grand Champion in the popular television show – Star Search. This was the ultimate talent show 30 years before American…

The Magnificent Masters of Taste

It was a spectacular day to savor the finer things in life on the field of the historic Rose Bowl during Masters of Taste on Sunday, April 3. The new outdoor, luxury culinary festival opened at 3 p.m. to the public as a fundraiser for Union Station. Approximately 2,000 influential food and beverage enthusiasts enjoyed…

Become a Master of Taste on April 3, 2016

I’ve been on the field of the historic Rose Bowl for a fundraising event and it is really cool. Especially if you are a UCLA Bruin and have sat in the stadium multiple times to watch a home football game. You get that certain thrill standing on the field imagining what the football players are…

5 Reasons To Visit Pasadena for New Years Eve and Day

  1. Rose Parade Floats It’s America’s New Year Celebration, a greeting to the world on the first day of the year, and a salute to the community spirit and love of pageantry that have thrived in Pasadena for more than 100 years. The floats are made from structural steel elements and organic materials that…

800 Degrees in Old Town Pasadena

I was so excited to see a line of people eager to try 800 Degrees pizza last week. Co-owner Allen Ravert greeted me inside and showed off the interior decor. All of his Umami Group restaurants have chandeliers, an animal head (usually found in consignment stores in Palm Springs), unique wall colors and mirrors. 800…

Actor French Stewart’s Hollywood Love Story

Everyone knows the comedic actor French Stewart from the 1990s mega-hit television show 3rd Rock from the Sun. He played Harry Solomon and developed his famous squinting expression. With numerous stage, film and television roles under his belt, Stewart is now appearing onstage at the Pasadena Playhouse. He owes this incredible experience to his lovely…

A New Way to Watch a Movie

Walking into the lobby of the new iPic Theaters in Westwood is like walking into a posh hotel lobby. There is a full bar with seating areas to enjoy a martini or glass of wine before seeing a movie. The beautiful branch ceiling with lights is eye-catching. Sitting in one of the large, plush burnt…

Trattoria Neapolis One Year Anniversary Party

As the Fire Marshall with a clip board in hand and four other firemen maneuvered through the large crowd at Trattoria Neapolis, I knew Perry Vidalakis private one-year anniversary party was a huge success. He limited his party to 300 invited guests. There were exactly 300 of his most beloved customers, friends, and family members enjoying…

A Sit Down with the Scarlet Tea Room

Throughout the years, friends in La Cañada have said positive things about longtime LCF resident Karen Mikaelian, owner of the Scarlet Tea Room. I finally met her last week while enjoying an afternoon tea ceremony with two friends to celebrate a girlfriend’s birthday. Mikaelian, is a spunky blonde, Greek Armenian, who loves food. A jeweler by…

Elements Kitchen and Lounge – Second Visit

I was in a grumpy mood last time I reviewed Elements Kitchen in Pasadena. Two obnoxiously drunk guests ruined the ambience.  The food was good, however I felt it was too pricey for the portions served.  Lastly, I was disappointed with my dessert.  The crème fraiche was very sour instead of slightly sweet. My first…

Roys Hawaiian Fusion

One of my favorite ways to celebrate Fridays is to go to Roys Hawaiian Fusion for their Aloha Hour. From 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Roys offers fresh Hawaiian specialty cocktails for $5, including Roy’s original Hawaiian martini with sweet Maui pineapples, SKYY vodka, Stoli vanilla vodka and Malibu coconut rum. It’s shaken and served…