Food

Bistro 45’s Chef Steven Lona: Iron Chef inspirations

Reinvigorating classical French preparations

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Chef Steven Lona a native of Southern California grew up watching old school Iron Chef episodes and spent years with his grandmother cooking in the kitchen before he decided to ultimately pursue the culinary trade. With schooling and years of working in the kitchen from Marche Moderne in Costa Mesa to Studio at the Montage in Laguna Beach, he’s landed himself at Bistro 45, a 21 year old French eatery in Pasadena, CA. We sat down with chef and discussed growing up in Southern California, his approach with food and advice to those thinking about making cooking a career. Read More

Drink + Food

Golden Road Brewing officially launches pub with extended hours of operation

It's all coming together

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Golden Road Brewing has had three goals since they opened, produce as much beer as possible, get the canning line up and running, and open up a pub. Well folks, the pub is here (since mid-December with limited hours and abbreviated menu) and the cans are right around the corner. The Pub will be featuring food items created by Chef Adam Levoe with 20 planned taps in the future (five taps to start). See examples of the menu and plans for the taps. Read More

Food

dineLA Restaurant Week participants announced with over 300 restaurants

January 22 - 27 & January 29 - February 3

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Join dineLA in its 5th year of Restaurant Week celebrating the growing prowess and diversity of the LA culinary scene with over 300 participating restaurants for two weeks from January 22 – 27 and January 29 – February 3. The extensive list of restaurants include dining experiences located from Manhattan Beach to Pasadena serving fixed menus for your casual lunches to fine dining dinners. Read More

Events & Festivals

Firestone Walker Brewing Co.’s ‘From the Barrel’ event: where beer meets port and bourbon

With a Prohibition theme

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Paso Robles based and winner of 2011 Great American Beer Festival’s “Mid-Size Brewing Company and Mid-Size Brewing Company Brewer of the Year,” Firestone Walker Brewing Co., is throwing a party for beer fans eager to learn about ports and bourbons on March 30 from 7 PM – 10 PM at the Santa Margarita Ranch in Santa Margarita, CA (about 200 miles outside of Los Angeles). Read More

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Free pancakes at IHOP on National Pancake Day, Daily Grill offers 600 calorie or less menu

On Tuesday, February 28, over 1,500 IHOP restaurants in the U.S. will serve free pancakes from 7 AM to 10 PM. Guests are encouraged to make donations to the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital or other local charities. Offer valid at participating restaurants for dine-in only, limited to one free serving per guest.

Starting today, Daily Grill is offering their “Simply 600 Menu” during lunch and dinner at all their locations (except LAX). The menu features: Turkey Club, Simply Grilled Salmon, Petite Filet Mignon, Pan-Seared Salmon Burger, Fish Tacos, Thai Noodle Chicken Salad, Blackened Ahi Tuna Salad, Chicken Meatballs and Angel Hair Pasta.

Photo: Daily Grill’s Thai Noodle Chicken Salad
Photography provided by Daily Grill

Take a bicycle and brewery tour of the Netherlands with Beercycling

Visit eight different breweries

Beercycling is a cycling tour with a beer and food layer, which most wouldn’t complain about. They are bringing their operation to the Netherlands for a 10 day trip of bikes, beer, and bites. The 10‐day tours focus on exploring the scenic areas of the Southern Netherlands highlighting local cuisine, beer, and offering opportunities to enjoy Dutch culture and interact with locals.

Clients will visit a brewery almost every day (8 total) including the highlight: The holy Koningshoeven (La Trappe) Trappist Abbey. The tour group meets in Amsterdam and includes 9 nights hotel accommodations, two knowledgeable guides (English and Dutch spoken), bicycle rental and repairs, brewery entrance fees, luggage transport, daily breakfast/lunch, and three special beer-themed dinners, including one inside a church. Price ranges from $2189 to $3055 (does not include airfare). See the complete itinerary here.

The inaugural tour will be from April 19 to 28, 2012 with an additional tour in the summer from July 12 to July 21, 2012. Beercycling is currently running tours in Belgium as well.

Photography provided by Evan Cohan

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