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.
(Staff file photos)

Pasadena area real-estate roundup

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Related: The Smith brothers, Bob and Gregg, opened up about the economic realities of the restaurant biz in Rose Magazine’s summer issue. (PDF)

  • Construction is ongoing on the Atlantic Times Square project in Monterey Park. There’s no predicting when the 210-unit condo and mixed-use project off the I-10 will be complete. (via CurbedLA)
  • Cue The Bangles theme music, and live in your very own pyramid in the hills of Sierra Madre. You can lease for $3,500 a month, or buy for a cool $1.098 million. Photo gallery worth a peek. (via CurbedLA)

Residential real-estate highlights via BlockShopper Los Angeles:

  • President of Lucky Strike Entertainment LLC and his wife have listed a five-bedroom, three-bath home at 577 Woodland Road in Pasadena for $1.75 million.

  • Outdoor music festival producer and San Marino realtor have listed a four-bedroom, four-bath home at 920 S. Oak Knoll Ave. in Pasadena for $2.15 million.

  • Land developer has listed a five-bedroom, seven-bath home built in 1913 at 585 Bellefontaine St. in Pasadena for $3.99 million.

Local haunts land on Mr. Gold’s short list of 99 essential L.A. restaurants

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This week, L.A. Weekly unleashes food critic Jonathan Gold’s round-up of 99 essential L.A. restaurants. We advise a slow scan of the whole thing — with note-taking — but here’s what JGold had to say about some of the local eateries that made the quintessential cut:

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  • Babita

1823 S. San Gabriel Blvd., San Gabriel
(626) 288-7265
Lunch: Tues.-Fri., 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Dinner: Sun., Tues.-Thurs., 5:30-9 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 5:30-10 p.m.

“A few of the classic-seeming dishes may have been invented by (owner Roberto) Berrelleza himself: his fish-stuffed gueritos chiles in strawberry salsa, his seared halibut with huitlacoche vinaigrette, and his habanero-inflected shrimp Topolobampo, a singularly fiery dish that can take over its victims’ bodies like the plague.”

That’s Berrelleza at right. (File photo)

749 E. Altadena Drive, Altadena
(626) 441-2319
Tues.-Thurs., noon-10 p.m.; Fri., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

“… the gelateria, the love child of Roman ex-pat (Leo) Bulgarini and his Altadena-raised wife, Elizabeth Foldi, is a singular, perfect blossom: gelato powerfully flavored with the pistachios he hand-carries back from Bronte, vibrant peach sorbetto, yogurt gelato scented with Tuscan olive oil, and dark, smoky chocolate gelati flavored with orange peel, with fresh hazelnuts or with rum.”

  • Chang’s Garden

627 W. Duarte Road, Arcadia
(626) 445-0606
Daily, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

“(Chef Henry Chang’s) dish of pork ribs steamed in lotus leaves figures so prominently in Nicole Mones’ novel The Last Chinese Chef that it is practically a character of its own.”

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  • Chung King

1000 S. San Gabriel Blvd., San Gabriel
(626) 286-0298
Daily, 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.

“… the best source among many for Chinese bacon fried with leeks, for the cold, hacked chicken with chile, for the great, multiflavored beef casseroles that are so spicy they attack the nervous system like a phaser set to ‘stun.’”

At right, in 2007, Chung King owner Linda Huang serves peanuts with small fish. (File photos)

700 S. Atlantic Blvd., Monterey Park
(626) 282-9998
Dim sum: Mon.-Fri., 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dinner, nightly, 5-11 p.m.

“There are enough unsustainable choices on the seafood menu to make a Heal the Bay member weep salty, salty tears.”

  • Euro Pane Bakery

950 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena
(626) 577-1828
Mon.-Sat., 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sun. until 3 p.m.

“On a good day, Euro Pane’s magnificent croissants could in a police lineup be mistaken for France’s best, and, the natural-starter sourdough is superb.”

815 W. Las Tunas Drive, San Gabriel
(626) 308-0803
Mon., Tues., Thurs., 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri., 9:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun., 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Closed August.

“… Golden Deli has the best cha gio — fried Vietnamese spring rolls — in the observable universe, and the owners know it. After a bite or two, so will you.”

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328 E. Foothill Blvd., Arcadia
(626) 358-8298

“This may be the great, undiscovered L.A. pizza restaurant.”

At right, Zelo owner Mike Freeman holds a specialty pizza served with fresh corn, balsamic-marinated roasted red onions and smoked mozzarella, served on a cornmeal crust. (File photos)