Now open: The Tap Room bar at The Langham does vintage, straight-up, with a modern twist

 
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The cocktail bar at The Langham, Pasadena reopened last week as The Tap Room after an extensive redesign by Atlanta-based architecture and design firm The Johnson Studio.
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The name is a nod to the original hotel bar, which opened in the 1930s — just following the repeal of Prohibition.
The focus is on classic libations and artisan cocktails, but the new bar is fortified by a well-curated wine list and craft beer menu, with Unibroue Blanche de Chambly, Chimay Tripel (White), Spaten Oktoberfest, Franziskaner Hefeweizen, Morland Old Speckled Hen, Birra Moretti, Green Flash West Coast IPA and North Coast Old Rasputin on tap.
At the grand-opening fete, The Langham’s new chef de cuisine David Fau prepared some amuse-bouches: a foie gras marshmallow croque-en-bouche, and a yellowtail tuna and green apple mille-feuille with argan oil.
It was a taste of things to come when the hotel’s former Dining Room also reopens, in November, as The Royce with Fau at its helm.
Another food station presented the new menu of upscale bar fare that Tap Room visitors can expect to enjoy, including a lobster corn dog with mango curry ketchup; smoked-salmon tartar; cochinita pibil en crostini with citrus onion and habanero salsa; and a black truffle, onion and German sausage tartelette.
Open Mon.-Thur., 2 p.m.-1 a.m.; Fri. and Sat., noon-2 a.m.; Sun., noon-midnight. The Tap Room at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena, 1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena. (626) 568 3900, pasadena.langhamhotels.com

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Photos: The party’s in Pasadena, and Paula Deen is bringing the cake

 
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When the Tournament of Roses this morning announced Paula Deen as Grand Marshal of the 2011 Rose Parade, we just knew she’d bring the goods — the baked goods.
Take a gander at the sugar rose-petal cake she whipped up for the occasion.
The members of the Royal Court keep their eyes trained on that delectable prize, in the photo at top.
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And the Star-News reports Deen is already serving up suggestions for your New Year’s Day party platter:
“Let me tell you, praline French toast, it’s out of this world, killer,” she said. “And some egg cups with Bearnaise sauce, or any kind of sauce.”
Check out the photo gallery from the Grand Marshal announcement.
(Photos by Sarah Reingewirtz / Staff)

Pictured: Ecole de Cuisine Pasadena kicks things off with couscous

 
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How do we love our couscous? Let me count the ways: Hand rolled, steamed, or maybe prepared with shellfish and a touch of argan oil drizzled on top, as they do in the Moroccan port city of el Jadida.
This weekend’s Couscous Festival in Pasadena celebrated the traditional North African dish with food lectures, demonstrations and — of course — couscous and tagine samplings. Visitors to the epicurean bazaar got a taste of authentic Berber cuisine and an opportunity to learn expert technique from master chefs.
For the Star-News, Beige Luciano-Adams reports:
(Guests) wound their way through billowing clouds of smoke at outdoor grills, loading their plates with savory Maghrebi street foods.
Inside, a small army of assistants watched over carefully steamed couscous and tagines — the traditional North African clay cooking pots — brimming with spiced, soupy rabbit, seafood and chicken.

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Rose Magazine’s fall arts and culture issue on stands tomorrow

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Our fall arts and culture issue comes out tomorrow, and it’s packed with the best creative happenings of the season. Pick up a copy of the Star-News, and look for the magazine inside.
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Besides our regular shopping, event and book departments, feature stories in the new issue include:
  • Street fashion photography spread, shot on location at One Colorado
  • Coffee as art: An exploration of Pasadena’s top micro-roasters
  • Writer Lian Dolan chats about her first novel “Helen of Pasadena”
  • Gallery guide: Fall for the arts with top-notch exhibitions and events in November and December
If you subscribe to the Star-News, you’ll receive a copy with your regular delivery.

We’ll also post the digital edition here, so check back starting tomorrow for lots of online exclusives like photo galleries and extra content.

(Cover photo by Watchara Phomicinda / Staff)

2 Foothill cities, 2 wine and jazz benefits, this Saturday only

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And there’s no reason to miss either free-flowing, beat-filled soiree.
Organizers of the Pasadena Wine Festival will offer free admission to anyone who shows a ticket for the nearby Sierra Madre Wine and Jazz Walk benefiting City of Hope.
“As far as we’re concerned, the big wine event (this weekend) is in Sierra Madre, because it goes to a great cause,” said Russ Meek, sommelier and managing partner of redwhite+bluezz, which, along with Pasadena Entertainment, produces the Pasadena Wine Festival. “Anyone who goes to that (one) gets into ours for free.”
Meek said he hopes the offer will encourage festival-goers to “cruise around” to both events benefiting deserving causes.

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Jones Coffee Roasters moves to new, bigger location

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Local java institution Jones Coffee Roasters has moved operations to its third location on South Raymond Avenue — now at street number 693.
Jones staff plan to make the new, bigger location a hub of activity for the Pasadena community, with music and arts events, book signings, movies and more.
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The chandelier, at right, is an art piece made out of coffee cups and other glass materials. The installation hangs from mattress box springs.

693 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, (626) 564-9291, thebestcoffee.com

(Photos by Walt Mancini / Staff)

The Langham’s new chef is Savoy protege David Fau

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The Dining Room at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena is set to become The Royce under its new Chef de Cuisine David Fau.
Fau honed his culinary skills under famed Parisian chef Guy Savoy.
“The Royce will be accessible fine dining at its best, and I want guests to feel completely at home when they walk through the doors,” Fau said in a statement. “We will showcase the beauty and complex flavors of local produce and pure ingredients, and invite guests to experience the gastronomic wonders of true cooking.”

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Chef Q&A: Culinary inspiration with Tim Guiltinan of The Raymond Restaurant in Pasadena


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Interview by Claudia S. Palma
ROSE: What inspired you to be a chef?
Guiltinan: I watched cooking shows growing up. I started cooking at home, then I started working at a restaurant at 16 or 17 years old. I’ve worked from bartender to pizza delivery to management. I spent a year and a haIf as a prep cook and that was really good. It shaped who I am as a cook. I’m able to teach the new cooks coming out of school. I don’t do good following people, I gotta be at the top of the line. I worked at big corporation restaurants and they’re good for learning but not good for creativity. It’s very stressful and not rewarding. If you don’t get to reward yourself with the creativity side, you might as well sit in an office.

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Give a dog a bone birthday cake from Three Dog Bakery in Pasadena

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In an alleyway just off Colorado Boulevard, it’s not unusual to see people trailing their dogs on leashes as they zip in and out of this shop for canine baked goods.

When it comes to all-natural, oven-baked treats and fresh food for dogs, the international chain Three Dog Bakery is the bona fide (bone-ified?) deal, with a strong SoCal presence even beyond its Pasadena storefront. For your four-legged friend’s next special event, consider a fresh-made and customized doggie birthday cake.
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