Monthly Archives: May 2017
May 28 2017
Total Wine & More Coming to Pasadena @totalwine @626food Pasadena

A conditional use permit of the OfficeMax in Pasadena is now scheduled for hearing with Total Wine & More applying for sale of alcohol at this location.

The nearest Total Wine locations are Long Beach, Brea, Northridge among others. The Pasadena location makes geographical sense and would place it between two BevMo locations one in East Pasadena near Rosemead Blvd, and the other on Arroyo Parkway, near Glenarm.

Total Wine & More is America‘s Wine Superstore® –

Total Wine & More is America‘s Wine Superstore® — the country‘s largest independent retailer of fine wine. We started in 1991 when brothers David and Robert Trone opened a small store in Delaware. Today, we operate 158 superstores across 20 states and continue to grow.

See signs posted on windows of OfficeMax Pasadena. Although we don’t know 100% that the permit will be issued, there’s a good chance it will, and the OfficeMax closing is eminent.


May 28 2017
Pasadena Vons Store Closing at Allen & Washington 2017 @vons

Some sad news for residents of Pasadena and Altadena who would shop at the Vons grocery store on Allen and Washington Blvd in Pasadena.

This store has been here for many years, and is personally one of the best Vons locations.

There are many shopping options, but recently another Vons closed on Fair Oaks and Orange Grove. This location was vacated by Vons and is being occupied by Vallarta Markets. The Vallarta location is set to open in the coming months.

“1390 N Allen Ave is a parcel of land located in Pasadena, CA and has a legal description provided by the local assessor of LAX:5852004054. This parcel is owned by Alton Plaza Dev Co and can be described as a Shopping Centers.”…

The Vons store at Allen and Washington;

Apparently employees of the Vons location have been notified.
“The employees at Von’s today were told that the store will so be closing soon. A representative from HR was there to tell them that they will be transferred to other stores. This store is the number one store in it’s district and their lease is about to be renewed. The company that owns Von’s seems to be shutting down stores that are leased to the company and not owned by them. ”


Another story is starting to circulate that the Vons on California across from the Huntington Hospital is also in negotiations with the landlord and that if no deal it could be another Vons that closes.

How is it that Vallarta Market is able to negotiate terms and Vons is note?  Does Vons really just want to close unfavorable or markets not performing? Most likely yes. Is Vons parent company Albertsons considering buying Whole Foods?

This from Vons/Albertsons Public Affairs:

From VONS Director of Public Relations:
Thank you for reaching out.
While we are currently having discussions with the landlord to continue leasing our Vons store on N. Allen Avenue in Pasadena, there is a possibility we will be forced to leave the store in the near future. We are disappointed by this situation and sincerely hope we can come to an amicable agreement so we may continue to proudly serve the Pasadena community in this location as we have since 1976.
Jenna Watkinson
Director, Public Affairs

May 21 2017
FrenchiFornia French American Bakery Coming to Pasadena @626food #labakery #pasadenabakery #frenchbakery

Coming soon to Pasadena.


Artisanal French Bakery – Pastry
Traditional American Pastry
High Quality Coffee
Here is our history: we are two French guys who fell in love with California, that’s why we want to bring you a touch of real French taste. Let’s introduce us: Guillaume, a graduate in French artisanal pastry and bakery. Thomas who has talent in the cooking. We propose you French traditional high qualities pastries and breads making by hand daily with natural and fresh ingredients mainly organic.
We also make American recipies and certainly fusions surprises.
We are looking forward to welcome you. Thomas – Guillaume

This is posted on the window, as the windows are blocked and construction is being completed on the Colorado Blvd location.

The location previously occupied by Yummy Cupcakes, which closed several months ago.

247 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91101

The property was for lease in Jan 2017.

Bakery goods and dessert items, namely, cakes, cookies, pastries, candies, and frozen confections for retail and wholesale distribution and consumption on or off the premises

A google search results to their trademark of a logo:

I am sure we will see more of FRENCHIFORNIA in the coming months, it sounds very promising.

May 18 2017
May 2017 Pasadena Area Restaurant Closures Red White + Bluezz, Pieology, Souplantation

If you are a Pasadena resident you probably notice restaurant closing and new ones opening.

Recent closures include:

Pielogy on Ssouth Lake Ave

Souplantation on South Lake Ave

Red White + Bluezz in the Playhouse District, their website is longer live.

There may be others but these are some that caught our attention.

May 17 2017
Great Beer Making at San Gabriel Valley Breweries @labrewers #labw9 #labeer

The beer making scene in Los Angeles is making a strong push and there are dozens of new breweries that have opened in the past several years. Micro brews are setting the trends in high quality beers.

Some the notable in the San Gabriel vicinity including some in the San Fernando Valley, SFV, Glendale and Burbank areas.

LA Beer Week June 17-25, 2017

Los Angeles County Brewers Guild

Pacific Plate Brewing Company
1999 South Myrtle Avenue, Monrovia, 91016
Brewery/Tasting Room
Get Directions | See Brewery Details

Mt. Lowe Brewing
150 East Saint Joseph Street, Arcadia, 91006
Brewery/Tasting Room
Get Directions | See Brewery Details

Alosta Brewing Company
692 Arrow Grand Circle, Covina, 91722
Brewery/Tasting Room
Get Directions | See Brewery Details

Congregation Ales
619 North Azusa Avenue, Azusa, 91702
Get Directions | See Brewery Details

Claremont Craft Ales
1420 North Claremont Boulevard, Suite 204C, Claremont, 91711
Brewery/Tasting Room
Get Directions | See Brewery Details

Sanctum Brewing Company
560 East Commercial Street, Unit 21, Pomona, 91767
Brewery/Tasting Room
Get Directions | See Brewery Details

Angry Horse Brewing
603 West Whittier Boulevard, Montebello, 90640
Brewery/Tasting Room
Get Directions | See Brewery Details

Progress Brewing Company
1822 Chico Avenue, South El Monte, 91733
Brewery/Tasting Room
Get Directions | See Brewery Details

Highland Park Brewery
5127 York Boulevard, Los Angeles, 90042
Brewery/Tasting Room
Get Directions | See Brewery Details

Eagle Rock Brewery
3056 Roswell Street, Los Angeles, 90065
Brewery/Tasting Room
Get Directions | See Brewery Details

MacLeod Ale Brewing Company
14741 Calvert Street, Los Angeles, 91411
Brewery/Tasting Room
Get Directions | See Brewery Details

Lincoln Beer Company
3083 North Lima Street, Burbank, 91504
Production Breweries
Get Directions | See Brewery Details

Brewyard Beer Company
906 Western Avenue, Glendale, 91201
Brewery/Tasting Room
Get Directions | See Brewery Details

La Verne Brewing Co., LLC
2125 Wright Avenue #C15
La Verne, CA 91750

Phone: 909-596-5804


May 17 2017
LitFest Pasadena 2017 This Weekend in Playhouse District Free @LitFestPasadena @LightBringerP @playhousedist

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May 9 2017
Silicon Dragon LA 2017 @SiliconDragon
Silicon Dragon LA 2017
July 26, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Where: Pasadena Convention Center
300 E Green St
Pasadena, CA 91101

Cost: $40 early bird
Tickets here

China – LA Converge

– Hollywood

– VR

– Digital Entertainment

Hear The Latest from Dealmakers, Studio Execs, Startup Founders & VCs

Panels, Chats, Slide Slows, Networking, VIP Reception

Reception Takes Place at the Historic Gold Room of the Pasadena Civic Auditorium

Thanks to our Sponsors:

KPMG, Nixon Peabody


May 5 2017
La Espanola VIP Tour and Paella Lunch, Saturday May 20, $50!

Melting Pot Food Tours

Enjoy an authentic experience of Spain!

Please join us for a day you will surely will delight in ~
Melting Pot Food Tours invites you to tour and dine at La Espanola!

May’s special event at La Espanola Meats looks forward to welcoming you and yours!

When and Where
Saturday, May 20, 2017.

11:00am – 2:00pm

La Espanola Meats
25020 Doble Avenue
Harbor City, CA

Parking available in lot and street. Enter through door at parking lot, and meet us right by the patio to the right of the grocery store entrance. Once signed up, you can look forward to a pre-event notice with more details.

la esp meat platter
Curing charcuterie

Ladies and Gentlemen ~ Damas y Caballeros!

Please join us for a very special day with our friends at La Espanola Meats, LA’s first family of authentic Spanish-style charcuterie, cheeses, and imported specialties!

We’ll begin with an exclusive tour of their manufacturing facilities, where premium sausages and cured meats are made from the finest traditional recipes used by the top producers in Spain. Alex will be our gracious host, and we promise that you will love meeting his acquaintance.

Kindly be advised that since some of the units in their plant must be kept very cold, you are encouraged to dress in layers for warmth, or simply bring a jacket for touring through the plant. You will receive a pre-event notice with important reminders!

After our comprehensive tour of the plant, we’ll enjoy the Spanish version of abbondanza at the table! We’ll start with tapas of meats, cheeses, olives and imported Spanish baguette then, our main course of freshly-prepared paella mixto ~ complete with shellfish, chorizo, chicken, vegetables, and imported piquillo peppers, will be served. Wine and dessert are also included for this amazing meal in the patio, where we hope you will feel like you’ve been transported to the heart of Spain!

Shopping time is included, for buying your new favorite provisions at a 10% discount in La Espanola’s grocery store. Our own Chef Di is delighted to be your guide, and make recommendations for purchasing some of the most exquisite specialties this side of Barcelona.

We’re bringing you this fabulous day, hosted personally by Diane Scalia, for the terrific all-inclusive price of $50 per person! Advance reservations are absolutely required and very limited, so kindly book your date with us soon! This is a great way to bring friends together, so please extend the invitation.

For more detailed information and to make your paid reservations online, simply click here.

Muchisimas gracias ~

please join us this month
to taste the authentic flavors of Spain!

Lisa and Diane Scalia, Your Hosts
Melting Pot Food Tours

May 2 2017
Altadena Guild’s 66th Annual Home Tour May 7, 2017

Altadena Guild’s 66th Annual Home Tour

On Sunday, May 7th, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, The Altadena Guild of the Huntington Hospital will present its 66th Annual Home Tour. This year’s theme is “A Stroll in the Altadena Highlands”. There will be four beautiful homes and gardens to view, each as unique as Altadena itself. The homes are rich in architectural diversity with beautiful gardens.

Other highlights include a complimentary dessert and beverage in the Tea Garden (10:00 am to 3:00 pm); musicians playing throughout the day in many locations; shopping at fine art, jewelry, pottery and gift vendors; and vintage cars from the eras of the homes on tour. Our Bakery will again have wonderful homemade cakes, cookies, pies, candies and jams for purchase. We will have our famous Altadini Pub for some light refreshments including wine, sandwiches and a specially brewed beer for our tour. Coffee and pastries will also be available for purchase in the morning.

Home Tour entrance location is at Highland Ave, the South (Will Call) and North ends of a one-block long street between Mendocino St and Altadena Dr, Altadena 91001.

Tickets are $35 advance sale ($40 day of event) and can be purchased at the Altadena Guild web site at the link below.

Home made baked goods

Beautiful homes to tour

Wine and light refreshments will be available

May 2 2017
New Farmers Market South Lake Pasadena Starts May 2, 2017 @SouthLakeAvenue @626food

Corporate Center Pasadena | 251 S. Lake Avenue | 626-792-5161

Corporate Center Pasadena (CCP) announces a new Farmers Market which will occur every other Tuesday in the CCP Plaza starting on Tuesday, May 2, 2017. The Farmers Market will be open between 10am and 2pm.

For more information, please call 626-792-5161 or visit Corporate Center Pasadena.

Watch this informative video about South Lake.