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.
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.
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.
August 2, 2001 |
Down but Not Out: Cayo, adjacent to the Pasadena Playhouse (39 S. El Molino Ave.), has closed after a year and nine months. Jokes chef-owner Claud Beltran, "At least I get a little time off." Keeping a restaurant busy at a theater proved more difficult than he anticipated--"It turned out to be a really tough location," he tells us--but he says he and his staff are ready to make a go of it somewhere else soon. Menu Action: Vincenti Ristorante chalks up its own family-style meal on Sunday nights.