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reviewed Cafe Santorini. March 19, 2012
Cafe Santorini
   One does not just walk into Old Town Pasadena Happy Hour Week!   Dissection must be made; careful analysis of each and every one of the twenty participating restaurants' happy …
reviewed Julienne. March 06, 2012
   My boyfriend is obsessed with Julienne, a local bistro cafe that is never want for business. We know never to venture there on a weekend morning because the crowd is practically spilling …
reviewed Luna Park. March 06, 2012
Luna Park
   When my friend Steffie Love loves something she will make damn sure everybody knows it and try to spread the infection of curiosity throughout her friends so that we will in turn learn to …
reviewed Yummy Sushi. March 06, 2012
Yummy Sushi
   My mom and I won a raffle at the ACHA (Adults with Congenital Heart Defects Association) conference last April. The original win was for a condo in Colorado but, as we're not ski/snow/cold …
reviewed Celestino Ristorante & Bar. February 07, 2012
Celestino Ristorante & Bar
Italian cuisine was my first food love and Celestino brought all of my warm, fuzzy memories of delicious Italian meals to the foreground of my brain, making me fall in love with Italian food all over …
reviewed Fresh. December 05, 2011
   Gosh I had a lot of Toronto eats. So many in fact I didn't even get to record all of them, like Stampede Burger, whose sweet potato fries were the best I've ever eaten, thanks in …
reviewed Mashiko Japanese restaurant & sushi bar. December 05, 2011
Mashiko Japanese restaurant & sushi bar
      My friend Liz has been talking up this little West Seattle joint for a while now; it's a favorite for her and her husband. The bar that separates Mashiko from any regular …
reviewed Mitzi's Sister. November 06, 2011
Mitzi's Sister
      It's my goal to get through all of my Toronto eats before the end of the year, so at least I can say it only took me 6 or so months. Ha. Anyway. Both Mitzi's Cafe …
reviewed R23. October 30, 2011
  I’m not afraid to eat alone. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again, I’m always amazed to find that many people do not, cannot, will not venture out on their own, …
reviewed Plate 38. October 30, 2011
Plate 38
      I think it’s difficult to review a place that doesn’t WOW you or make you filled with rage. It’s the eateries that hit the mark of just above mediocre, that …
reviewed Guu SakaBar. October 23, 2011
Guu saka bar
      Ask around for the best Japanese restaurant in all of Toronto and many Toronto residents will point you at Guu saka bar – either from personal experience or word of …
reviewed Sobe Bontanicals. September 26, 2011
Sobe Bontanicals
      Sobe Botanicals has been high on my "to check out" list as it has been repeatedly praised on my favorite beauty blog, Le Gothique. Opportunity to get a bit of bang …
reviewed Dog Haus. September 16, 2011
Dog Haus
  Ever since my mother came home positively raving about Dog Haus, I had been meaning to go there. Double that intention and desire once I found out that the creative minds behind Kings Row Gastropub …
reviewed Inn of the Seventh Ray. September 09, 2011
Inn of the Seventh Ray
      It’s been a few years since my mom and I made the summer trek to Topanga Canyon. We usually eat at Froggy’s, but my love has waned with their quality and menu. …
reviewed Gobo Sushi. August 21, 2011
Gobo Sushi
It was a dark and stormy night…well, okay, it was a dark, humid and stormy late afternoon/early evening in June. Toronto. I just had my first all-day adventure on the TTC (that’s the Toronto …
reviewed 'Lette Macarons. August 05, 2011
'Lette Macarons
      I’ll be honest and confess that I always thought macarons were too expensive to get very excited about, but after tasting a really superb macaron I came around and decided …
reviewed Roxolana. August 05, 2011
   On a warm day in Pasadena my mom, two aunts and I stopped in at Roxolana before going on the semi-annual tour of Castle Green. Roxolana has been around for a couple of months now and, to …
reviewed Greg's Ice Cream. August 05, 2011
Greg's Ice Cream
      Why is all of the good stuff in Toronto? Huh? Polish food, Portuguese pastries, customized cookies and now this – this! – the tastiest ice cream I ever did taste. …
reviewed Cafe Polonez. July 27, 2011
Cafe Polonez
      I put off writing about this neighborhood restaurant because I knew it would bring back Meal Memories and I would get sad because I can’t just go there anytime I want. …
reviewed Sweet Flour Bake Shop. July 25, 2011
Sweet Flour Bake Shop
      First there was boba (that’s bubble tea for some of you).   Then there was crepes.   Next came the CUPCAKE boom.   Followed by Frozen Yogurt.   …
reviewed The Cadillac Lounge. July 14, 2011
The Cadillac Lounge
      Everybody wants to have a neighborhood joint where they know your name. Someplace with a great atmosphere, superb staff that become like family, and of course, great food. …
The Greasy Wiener & The Nacho Food Trucks
Half the fun of owning a membership to LACMA (that’s the Los Angeles County Museum of Art) is going there on a weekday afternoon and being greeted by a dozen or so of L.A.’s finest food trucks. …
reviewed Antica Pizzeria. July 06, 2011
Antica Pizzeria
    We ate a hearty breakfast on the morning we embarked on our Niagara Falls journey so it wasn’t until mid-afternoon that my friends Zuzu, Mr. G and I finally started talking about …
reviewed Bacchus Roti Shop. July 06, 2011
Bacchus Roti Shop
Other than gobbling up poutine, my only other food related goal while visiting Toronto was to try as many different kinds of food as I possibly could, especially the cuisine from a variety of cultures …
reviewed For the Love of Cake. June 27, 2011
For the Love of Cake
My friend Zuzu has been talking up the cupcakes from For the Love of Cake bakery for a long while now. She had the good fortune of being a judge for their last Iron Cupcake Competition. She knew I was …
reviewed Poutini's House of Poutine. June 27, 2011
Poutini's House of Poutine
        When I knew I was set for Toronto there was one word in my mind: poutine.   For the unenlightened: Poutine is a Canadian invention consisting of a layer …
reviewed Ulta Eyeshadow. June 25, 2011
Ulta Eyeshadow
      Ever since I got contacts I have thrown myself head first into the wonderful world of eye makeup. It's no easy task for someone coming into makeup in her late twenties, …
Alba sea algae facial scrub
   I've been reading the labels of my bath & beauty products for a couple of years now and trying to be a more aware, proactive consumer. I care about where my money goes, what my money …
reviewed Manuel's Original El Tepeyac Cafe. May 25, 2011
El Tepeyac Cafe
Adam Richman, host of Travel Channel’s Man vs. Food, is a likable enough guy and though he lead me astray once, I had it on good authority from my sister that the Manuel Special from El Tepeyac …
reviewed Tudor House. May 18, 2011
Tudor House
My grandmother started the tradition of going to an afternoon tea on our shared birthday, July 17th. When she passed on in January of 2006, I was at a loss. Who would go to tea with me? I don’t …
Two Kisses for Maddy: A Memoir of Loss & Love
   (warning: contains strong language)      I subscribe to Los Angeles and Pasadena Magazines. Well…more like I use their material to stalk them from a distance, …
reviewed Gate Lodge Guest House. April 27, 2011
Believe it or not, Dublin was not a high priority on my places to visit in Ireland. It was the Place Everyone Visited and therefore I wanted to go in a different direction. However, the one stipulation …
reviewed Bar Pintxo. April 26, 2011
Bar Pintxo
        Bar Pintxo was named my Favorite Food Find of 2010 – with Cafe Paradiso, Juno’s Cafe and C’est Si Bon all coming in a close tie right behind it. I …
reviewed Norma's Tacos. April 19, 2011
Norma's Tacos
      Bless me food gods, for I have committed food sin. I’m going to confess something to you right now. Come closer, I’m ashamed. Closer. Closer. AH! BACK UP, WHAT …
reviewed Welcome to the Rileys. April 13, 2011
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Welcome to the Rileys
I rented The Runaways last week and saw a preview for an interesting independent film called Welcome to the Rileys. It also co-stars Kristen Stewart. As I was pleased with her performance in The Runaways …
reviewed My Sweet Cupcake. April 11, 2011
My Sweet Cupcake
Confession: I did not hop on the cupcake craze. They’re not my go-to sweet, red velvet anything freaks me out for containing an abundance of dye (props to beetroot alternative), and cake in general …
reviewed Umami Burger (Hollywood/Vermont). April 01, 2011
Umami Burger (Hollywood/ Vermont)
        When Alex Franzen, the genius behind Unicorns for Socialism, suggested Umami Burger as the place to dine for our luncheon catch-up, I decided to swear off all burgers …
reviewed redwhite+bluezz. March 30, 2011
red + white + bluezz
        There needs to be a twelve-step program for weaning oneself off of Groupon. Until then, I am enjoying my addiction merrily. The latest food related Groupon I purchased …
reviewed Radhika Modern Indian Bistro. March 24, 2011
I have been a customer of Radhika’s for years. I may or may not have first patronized them at their original home in Alhambra, but my memory fails me and it wasn’t until their move to Shopper’s …
reviewed Menchie's Frozen Yogurt. March 18, 2011
Menchie's Frozen Yogurt
      Someone really needs to put a stop on my Groupon purchasing because I purchased a Groupon three days in a row! First, for a subscription for Pasadena Magazine (which costs …
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