When You Just Need to Have it All

  If you want a great meal for you and your guests, but don’t want to be bothered with the rest of the crowd – then it’s time for a buyout!   Smitty’s Grill in Pasadena offers a private dining experience for those looking for a more intimate dinner. There are several rooms to hire ...

Calvin Banks Brings that Reggae Sound, and Some Serious Dreads, to Pasadena Every Wednesday Night with His Band: The Tellers

  When was the last time you sat down and listened to some really great music? Music that made you want to relax and dance at the same time?   Reggae band Calvin Banks and The Tellers are livening up Pasadena every Wednesday night at the 1881 Club. The Grammy-nominated six-piece are renowned for their ...

Now Arriving: Quenelle

When dessert shop Quenelle opened in Burbank last 2013, ice cream lovers and dessert junkies went crazy. With 300 rotating ice cream flavors to choose from and a variety of creative, yummy pastries and sweet treats to snack on, Quenelle became an instant favorite with locals. Fast forward to 2015: Quenelle is finally closer to ...

Happy Healthy Mother’s Day

There’s always a lot of healthy and happy things happening at Real Food Daily. Take Mother’s Day, for example. RFD is a great place every day, but there is something special there for mom on her special day. The Cheese & Wine Special Deal features raw aged cashew cheese, black pepper crackers, truffle mustard, fresh ...

Celebrate the Springtime

Springtime means the rebirth of everything we love. The Italian word for “spring” is “Primavera,” but linguists and linguini lovers alike can check out the real definition by visiting family-owned Domenico’s, one of Pasadena’s oldest restaurants. Their spring menu features not only pizzas (with 20 different toppings to choose from) and pastas, their vast array ...

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Clearman’s North Woods Inn, San Gabriel, Participates in Pasadena Restaurant Week, May 6 to 10

  Clearman’s North Woods Inn, San Gabriel, famous for its year-round snowcapped roof and juicy steaks, fresh seafood, enormous salads and signature Cheese Bread, will be participating in Pasadena Restaurant Week from May 6 – 10, offering a special Prix Fixe three-course Lunch Menu as well as a three-course Dinner Menu.   The $25 Lunch ...

Thinking Globally: Roy’s Restaurant Introduces New Global Tasting Menu

  Drawing inspiration from Japan, Roy’s Restaurant has created a limited-time tasting menu which is available through April 30. For an all-inclusive price of $39.00, enjoy an appetizer, main dish and dessert. Recently, I had the opportunity to explore the Creative Japan menu at Roy’s Pasadena location.   There are two appetizers offered: Hamachi Sashimi ...

Foothill Restaurant: Finding its Footing

    Foothill Restaurant is the rebranded iteration of Twohey’s Tavern and retains much of what’s made Twohey’s Diner a local fixture for more than 75 years. Perhaps not enough.   I visited Foothill for dinner on a Wednesday night. At 7:30 p.m., the restaurant was humming. Families, groups of longtime friends, and several couples ...

The Langham School for Tea and Gallantry

    The Langham Hotel is set to begin a year of instructive and entertaining Children’s Tea events.   On Sunday, March 3rd, junior performers from the famed Magic Castle will perform magic tricks in the Lobby Lounge, as children and parents sip tea from vaunted Wedgwood.   The setting of the luxurious Lobby Lounge, ...

Raymond 1886: New Chefs, New Menu, Same Cozy Atmosphere

  The Raymond 1886 has always been a favorite of mine. Its cozy cottage and relaxing patios make it a great choice rain or shine, but the menu was getting a little too familiar. Enter Executive Chef Jon Hung and Pastry Chef Alexa Clark with a new dinner menu (they are working on the other ...

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  • -Famous West Side Deli Canter’s Fairfax will Serve Up its Signature Pastrami Sandwiches in Pasadena
    Tuesday, June 5th, 2018 | 7:35 pm

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    Monday, May 14th, 2018 | 4:44 pm

  • -5 Times It Is Definitely OK To Think Only About Yourself
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  • -How To Celebrate Mother’s Day In Ways That Will Make Mom Feel Special
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  • Cabrera’s Serving Pasadena Authentic Mexican Cuisine for 33 Years

      Since 1985, the good folks at Cabrera’s Mexican Cuisine has been serving authentic Mexican food to Pasadena residents and surrounding areas.   Today,Cabrera’s Mexican Cuisine operates and owns three locations that specializes in Mexican-American food and other dishes.   Cabrera’s Mexican Cuisine serves delicious and fresh food to various ranges of clients with different ...

    Gluten Free: A Smart Choice, And For Some, A Necessity

      You know the struggle of trying to eat healthily – especially if you have a food intolerance. Many products that appear to be safe do in fact contain things like gluten that can end up leaving you feeling sluggish and unmotivated.   Gluten-free diets have gained popularity over the past few years. Most people ...

    Sushi Roku Takes a Different Approach

    Take it from a longtime sushi fanatic: Don’t make it cute. Don’t make it different because you can. Go easy on mashing up things that were never meant to all mashed up and whatnot. That out of the way,  Sushi Roku is introducing a new menu! And it’s pretty great. Pasadena’s Sushi Roku, which, along ...

    A Healthier Way to Fly

    Off to follow your path, or just heading out of town on a business trip? Before you visit any one of the scores of fast-food burger bins at LAX, you might want to head over to Terminal Four. Real Food Daily, a unique organic plant-based restaurant with locations in Pasadena, Santa Monica, and West Hollywood, ...

    Take a Mental Vacation and Revive Your Senses at the Castaway Restaurant

      It’s summer and the evenings are Southern California cool, what better place to wile away an hour or two but on the patio of the New Castaway restaurant? Did I say NEW Castaway? Yes, after a 10 million dollar renovation that took almost a year the Castaway has re-opened with a new look, new ...


    You Don’t Need to be a Steak Lover to Enjoy Bourbon Steak

      With a name like Bourbon Steak you would expect great Bourbon and Steak and that’s what they have, in spades. But what happens when your significant-other or someone in your party doesn’t particularly like or want steak? Bourbon Steak has a great assortment of non-steak entrees and their side dishes and appetizers are to ...


    Peter Dills Reviews The Arbour

      If it’s new it must be ready for a review. Well, I can pat myself on the back for waiting a few weeks. Actually, the credit goes to the owners of the new restaurant, “The Arbour,” the new kids on the block on South Lake Avenue. Before Smitty’s, Del Frisco’s, Crocodile Café and Paul ...


    Jump Into Spring with a New Menu at True Food Kitchen

      Spring means fresh vegetables in abundance. To reflect the season, True Food Kitchen has introduced their new spring menu with dishes that celebrate the bounty of spring. Also as a nod to Mother Earth and Earth Day, if you get a to-go order during the month of April, it will come in a reusable ...


    Review | Trejo’s Cantina: Pasadena-American Comfort Food

    Those who might be expecting free-range, gluten-free, hand-taught, agave-fed designer LA Mex dishes served by a man-bunned lumberjack hipster, at Trejo’s Cantina, will be disappointed. The actor’s latest effort is down-home Southern California Taqueria-style with a traditional menu. The space, the former location of Red, White and Bluez, is decorated simply and comfortably. The look ...


    Meat District Co’s Street Dog: A Hit on the Streets

    Are you a big fan of hotdogs? Avocadoes? Both? You’re in for a superb treat as Meat District Co. recently launched its Street Dog, a foot-long hotdog made with American Wagyu Beef and topped with avocadoes. Scott from Meat District Co. enumerates the other ingredients that make Street Dog the newest star in their menu: ...


    Foie Gras Is Back. Here’s One Local Culinary Director’s Take

    Foie gras is back. The duck liver pate, banned for years due to animal cruelty concerns but loved for its luxurious texture, is now available in California restaurants again. We spoke with Culinary Director of the Pasadena Dog Haus Michael Brown to find out his reactions to the lift and to hear if he has ...


    Hope Cafe and Catering: Delivering Delicious Food and Hope

    Not just your average catering company, Hope Cafe and Catering has the experience and staff to take on the biggest or the smallest of events Housed in an unassuming location off Foothill Boulevard, Hope Cafe and Catering makes its home. Utilizing a cavernous space, Hope Cafe has a kitchen worthy of Master Chef and is ...


    A Sweet Summer

    Real Food Daily is getting into the spirit of summer with some unique new menu items as well as new desserts. The new summer menu includes Ceviche, a perennial summer favorite with coconut meat, king oyster mushroom, heirloom cherry tomato, orange bell pepper, avocado, cilantro, citrus marinade, and blue corn chips. Go “Under the Tahitian ...


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