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Union

Posted by on September 22, 2014

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New age Italian, with an Alice Waters twist…in Old Town Pasadena.

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Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown is BACK!!!

Posted by on September 19, 2014

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I can’t believe Season 4 almost snuck past me.

This seasons voyages include:

Shanghai
The Bronx
Vietnam
Massachusetts
Tanzania
Jamaica
Paraguay
Iran

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TONIGHT! “Benny & Joon” Free Outdoor Screening at Pershing Square

Posted by on September 19, 2014

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This spring and summer (and maybe a little bit of fall) Pershing Square will be showing over 25 free movies every Friday night.

This weekend: Benny & Joon

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The Screening will take place on September 19th, 2014 at 8pm, and in case I haven’t emphasized it enough…it’s free!

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Finally, long Menus are going the way of the Dodo…

Posted by on September 18, 2014

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Luca

Heck, we brought up this very topic in our review of Luca not that long ago, and now at least the major Restaurant chains are catching up:

For years, long, windy menus were the fad. The more options a restaurant offered, the less likely that diners would want to go elsewhere, the thinking went. And the thinking was widespread: Everywhere from Ruby Tuesday to the Olive Garden and McDonald’s obliged, channeling their inner Cheesecake Factory with menus that spanned several continents and cuisines, challenging even the sturdiest attention spans.

 

But Americans are finally growing tired of all the clunky, and often confusing, food lists. And restaurants seem to be taking note.

 

The International House of Pancakes (IHOP), for its part, has shaved some 30 items off its menu over the past few years; Tony Roma’s has cut its menu items by more than a third — from 92 items to 60 — since 2011; Olive Garden has been criticized by investment firm Starboard Value, which recommended — among many, many other things — trimming its number of offerings; and McDonald’s has openly admitted that its menu has simply grown too long.

 

“We overcomplicated the restaurants and didn’t give restaurants an opportunity to breathe,” Tim Fenton, McDonald’s chief operating officer, said in an earnings call earlier this year. “We need to do fewer products with better execution.”

 

Burger King has pivoted in a similar direction. The company has been implementing what it calls a “fewer, more impactful” launch strategy for a little over a year now, which is essentially a commitment to bringing fewer but better-executed menu items to market each year.

Read the rest of the story at the Washington Post.

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Tomorrow night! Jazz @LACMA: The Roberto Miranda Band

Posted by on September 18, 2014

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The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)’s Friday night Jazz Concerts continue tomorrow night, September 19th, 2014, featuring The Roberto Miranda Band, winner of the annual Young Artists Competition from the Angel City Jazz Festival.

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King’s Row

Posted by on September 17, 2014

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A “Gastropub” in Old Town Pasadena with iffy Air Conditioning.

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“Benny & Joon” Free Outdoor Screening at Pershing Square on September 19th, 2014

Posted by on September 16, 2014

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This spring and summer (and maybe a little bit of fall) Pershing Square will be showing over 25 free movies every Friday night.

This weekend: Benny & Joon

Benny & Joon Movie Poster

The Screening will take place on September 19th, 2014 at 8pm, and in case I haven’t emphasized it enough…it’s free!

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House of Mandarin Noodle

Posted by on September 15, 2014

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“The” Beef Noodle Soup joint in the San Gabriel Valley.

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LAST NIGHT of this year’s LAST 626 Night Markets! (@626NightMarket)

Posted by on September 14, 2014

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Worry not.  They’ll be back…but you’ll have to wait until next summer to get at it.

626 Night Market 54

 

This weekend, the Santa Anita Race Track will be hosting the last of this year’s three 626 Night Markets.  (Again, if the 626 Night Market folks want to add on a fourth weekend, I still won’t stop them. )

Hours today run from 4pm to 10pm.

There is a $3 Dollar cover charge, and parking is free if you park far away enough (within the confines of the Santa Anita Complex).  Premium Parking costs $5 bucks.)

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SECOND NIGHT of the LAST of this year’s THREE 626 Night Markets! (@626NightMarket)

Posted by on September 13, 2014

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Okay, it’s Saturday…DAY TWO!

626 Night Market 54

 

This weekend, the Santa Anita Race Track will be hosting the last of this year’s three 626 Night Markets.  (Again, if the 626 Night Market folks want to add on a fourth weekend, I still won’t stop them. )

Hours today run from 4pm to 1am.

There is a $3 Dollar cover charge, and parking is free if you park far away enough (within the confines of the Santa Anita Complex).  Premium Parking costs $5 bucks.)

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