For those who think that soup is for cold weather only, please consider the supremely delicious pozole verde served at Tamales Elena Y Antijitos in Bell Gardens. Made by Maria Elena Lorenzo and served all days of the week, the soup is simmered with tender shredded pork and hominy, and comes topped with all that’s good in this world — avocado, onions, radishes, cabbage, pickled jalapeños, and softened cheese. A baggie filled with tostada rounds and pork rinds are served on the side to add some crunch, a little bit at a time. The soup hits every soulful note and is bright and light enough for every season, warm, or cold.(more…)
Some of the most creative cooking in Pasadena is happening at Agnes, which opened earlier this summer on tree-lined Green Street. Grab a table in the main dining room with views of the wood-burning hearth or in the idyllic patio out back (or even in one of the cozy nooks in the cheesery) to get a taste of Thomas Tilaka Kalb’s very good food and the team’s unbeatable Midwestern-inspired hospitality.
A feast last Saturday night started with an Old Fashioned ($15) and included an array of dishes that captured the best of the season. The cooking also reflected Chef and his wife Vanessa’s personal and professional journeys that wind through Iowa and California but feels at home in Pasadena.
On deck this evening was chicken liver mousse fancily piped atop a cornbread eclair ($6.99)…(more…)
During the early months of the pandemic, I scrolled enviously through Instagram as the folks I followed took advantage of remote work by traipsing around California. I was too swamped with my day job and overseeing online learning (and plain chicken shit, to be honest) to plan an excursion before getting vaccinated, so I settled for living vicariously through others for the time being.
It wasn’t until earlier this month that The Astronomer, June, and I were finally able to get away for a weeklong road trip through California’s Central Coast. Our itinerary took us to the wooded forests of Santa Barbara, along the rocky coast of Big Sur, among the picturesque inlets of Monterey, and more. It’d been over a year since we’d vacationed and it was as magnificent as we’d hoped.
For those itching to hit the road and to explore the Golden State too, here’s a glimpse at our itinerary.
The first stop on our road trip was at Cold Spring Tavern. Located in a picturesque setting, the former stagecoach stop from 1886 promised a really good tri-tip sandwich with a side of history. Make sure to check out the Road Gang House located behind the tavern. It was built in 1868 and occupied by Chinese laborers who paved the toll road through the San Marcos Pass.(more…)