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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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 ...

What’s New At Alexander’s Steakhouse

  It has been a few years (FOUR!), a new chef (Chef Travis Flood), and a changing seasonal menu since I’ve visited Alexander’s Steakhouse. It was high time for another visit.   If you are not familiar with Alexander’s Steakhouse it is an East-West fusion of decedent steaks, not steaks, appetizers, sides, and desserts. It ...

Beaming Organic Superfood Café Opens, Perhaps Not Surprisingly, Inside a Fitness Club

  Beaming, the healthy superfood chain that first opened a retail store in Del Mar in 2012, has opened its ninth café at Equinox Fitness Club and Spa in Pasadena, at 300 E. Colorado Blvd., with organic salads, bites, snacks, juices and superfood smoothies.   Beaming was founded in 2011 with the intention of helping ...

Do You Love Ahi Tuna?

  If you love tuna then you know that Ahi Tuna is one of the most flavorful varieties of the fish you can get for your eating. This tuna tastes great any way you cook it and even uncooked, for those who like sushi, it is always delicious.   But what is Ahi Tuna? Well, ...

Get Your Fried Chicken Fix at the New Crack Shack Pasadena on November 12th

  The wait for the highly anticipated The Crack Shack in burgeoning Old Pasadena is officially over, as the brand is opening its doors for fried chicken lovers on November 12th. Brought to you by founder Michael Rosen and Top Chef Richard Blais’ shared intense love of all things chicken and “breakfast for dinner,” The ...

  • -Available in Pasadena: Cook Like Martha Stewart with Martha and Marley Spoon Meal Kits
    Thursday, October 18th, 2018 | 10:58 am

  • -American Celebrity Chef Jeremiah Towers Will be Guest Chef at Parkway Grill
    Wednesday, October 10th, 2018 | 2:04 pm

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

  • -Thirsty? Try Bubble Tea, and Enjoy the Taste of Asia
    Monday, May 14th, 2018 | 4:44 pm

  • -5 Times It Is Definitely OK To Think Only About Yourself
    Monday, May 14th, 2018 | 4:18 pm

  • -How To Celebrate Mother’s Day In Ways That Will Make Mom Feel Special
    Wednesday, May 9th, 2018 | 11:00 am

  • -When You Just Need to Have it All
    Monday, May 7th, 2018 | 2:11 pm

  • -Hawaiian-Cajun Crossover Crackin’ Kitchen Opens in Old Pasadena Friday
    Wednesday, March 28th, 2018 | 4:20 pm

  • -Food Network Chef Duff Goldman Wants You to Get Baked at His Second Do-It-Yourself Cake Studio in Pasadena
    Monday, February 26th, 2018 | 8:39 pm

  • -Pinot’s Palette Announces Grand Opening in Old Town Pasadena
    Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 | 2:09 pm

  • 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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