L.A. Street Food Fest trucks brave Carmageddon to bring locals gourmet treats

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With the 405 Freeway closure this weekend, the L.A. Street Food Fest in Pasadena is giving locals a reason to love being stuck in the area.

The summer tasting event on Saturday, July 16, will include an impressive list of more than 60 restaurants and food trucks, some of which are voyaging from the west side (the reason why the festival canceled its morning session), to bring gourmet street food to the Rose Bowl, located at 1001 Rose Bowl Drive.
A few favorites include Dim Sum Truck, CoolHaus dessert truck, CHAM Korean Bistro restaurant, The Oinkster restaurant and, even, Chef Farid Zadi (at the Test Kitchen Luxe Lounge). 
For those looking for a drink to pair with your foods, there is also a tequila tasting tent and beer garden, as well as a rum and gin bar.

Tickets, ranging from $60 and up, are still on sale for two sessions — Family Fun Day from 2 to 5 p.m. (all ages) and Date Night from 6 to 9 p.m. (21 years and over only). Admission includes food, drinks, photo booth portraits, entertainment and more.
Pasadena Star-News Staff Writer Brenda Gazzar has the details on tomorrow’s event.
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Cocktail culture comes east: 1886 bar opens at The Raymond in Pasadena




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Calling all cocktailians: Contemporary bar culture made a late but entirely fashionable entrance this week in Pasadena with the opening of 1886, the new watering hole at The Raymond Restaurant.

The Raymond’s management and owners partnered with mixology masters Marcos Tello and Aidan Demarest of Tello Demarest Liquid Assets to curate the much-anticipated, artisan cocktail bar. Tello’s lengthy CV includes crafting the cocktail selection at The Varnish and The Edison in downtown Los Angeles. Demarest, too, is an Edison alum and also noted for his libations at First & Hope.

Appealing to Pasadenans’ sense of tradition, the drink menu at 1886 incorporates sly nods to local history and lore.

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Photos: At Pasadena’s POP Champagne Bar, dessert is the most important meal of the day

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A traditional Spanish dessert — these days, corrupted by an explosion in popularity and en masse distribution at theme parks and even fast-food joints — the churros at POP Champagne and Dessert Bar are on the high end of the doughy spectrum.
Chef Ray Vasquez rolls his fresh churros in sugar and serves them up with a trio of sauces: warm chocolate, dulce de leche and cinnamon.
POP Champagne and Dessert Bar, 33 E. Union St., (626) 795-1295, popchampagnebar.com
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Nose Diving: Good taste runs in the Family Winemakers sampling in Pasadena


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Nose Diving is a new feature column, in which a novice wine writer fumbles toward grace.


I’m standing just outside the Pasadena Convention Center, cursing my five-inch heels.

There’s a lot of ground to cover here, but grumbling at a time like this seems indecent; it’s not often I have the good fortune to sample wines from more than 200 California wineries.

Even better is that I’ve lucked into riding sidecar with the owners of South Lake Avenue’s Wine Detective as they negotiate their way through the Family Winemakers of California trade tasting.

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