September 16, 2004 |
Halie Wine Bar & Bistro 112 This cozy boite is modeled after Willi's Wine Bar, a Paris institution popular with British and American expats. But California wines are the stars here. Chef Claud Beltran's menu (the same as at neighboring restaurant Halie) is compact but compelling. * First courses $7 to $19; second courses $19 to $29. 1030 E. Green St., Pasadena; (626) 440-7087.
September 28, 2009 |
When I peered in the window of the Ice House Comedy Club in Pasadena, the performer stopped midsentence to beckon me in. Audience a little sketchy that night, I guessed. Tempting though that might have been (who couldn't use a laugh or two?), I had another destination in mind: the new wine bar Noir next door. Wine bars come and go in Pasadena, it seems, but this one is notable not only for the quality of the wines on offer but also because Claud Beltran, late of Madeleines Restaurant on Green Street, is cooking.
December 16, 2012 |
Julia Child, who would have turned 100 this year, found her life's calling only by leaving her hometown of Pasadena for China and France. Had the pioneering celebrity chef stayed in her "parochial" Pasadena, she once confided to a biographer, she might have "become an alcoholic. " Today, she would have been able to graduate from Le Cordon Bleu, the American version, without going all the way to Paris - or even leaving her hometown. In recent years, the famed culinary school has colonized more than 100,000 square feet near downtown Pasadena.
January 6, 2000 |
Claud Beltran, who last cooked at Dickenson West before that demure Pasadena restaurant and takeout reconfigured and became Derek's, has finally resurfaced, this time with his own restaurant. Called Cayo, it's adjacent to the Pasadena Playhouse on South El Molino Avenue. As I stroll toward Cayo one recent night for dinner, a crowd converges in front, racing up the steps of the playhouse: curtain time.
December 21, 2000 |
Rung in with a gush of parties and champagne, the year 2000 hasn't proven to be a banner one for restaurant-goers in search of the latest and greatest. The trend, instead, has been one of more modest neighborhood places. Among the pick of this year's crop: Los Feliz got a new jazz club and restaurant, Los Feliz, (2138 Hillhurst Ave.,  666-8666) with sophisticated fare.
January 20, 2011 |
It's Sunday night. You can go out for Chinese, order in or ? radical idea ? cook. Some of you might get lucky and have a friend invite you over for homemade Korean barbecue or a paella. Whatever the plan, Sunday is for relaxing, for sneaking in a last dose of pleasure before the Monday-to-Friday blues start up all over again. That's why they call it "Sunday supper" as opposed to the more formal "Sunday dinner. " Lately, some of L.A.'s best restaurants have been tapping into that desire for something simple and delicious on Sunday night by offering prix-fixe suppers.