Local Flavor

by Ruby on June 1, 2011

Old Pasadena Restaurant Week starts tonight! For those of you that aren’t familiar with this delectable phenomenon, some of the best restaurants in Old Town will be offering prix fixe 3-course meals for $15-$35, depending on where you’re eating and whether you’re having lunch or dinner. Even better, 10% of the proceeds from the event will be donated to Union Station Homeless Services, so you can eat delicious food and help feed and house the homeless at the same time. Old Pasadena Restaurant Week runs from June 1st – 8th, and you can find the full list of participating restaurants on their website.

To whet your appetite, here are some books to look in to before (or after) your Restaurant Week gorging!

The Melting Pot CookbookThe Melting Pot Cookbook
I just ate at the Melting Pot for the first time the other day; the food was delicious, and I’m tempted to buy this beautiful cookbook even though I don’t have a fondue pot. Honestly, if they have a recipe for their French Quarter seasoning, I am 100% sold (and if you go during restaurant week, I highly recommend substituting the Mushroom Salad for whatever is offered, as it was awesome).
Recommended by Ruby

Eat: LAZagat: Los Angeles and Eat: Los Angeles
Just in case Res
taurant Week isn’t enough, or you want to scope out your choices before you go…
We’re all familiar with the food reference book Zagat and it’s been of help for many years. For those who still use it don’t be afraid to look into ‘Eat’!! It’s extremely useful to those new in the area of L.A. [and Pasadena] & just want something specific. Unlike Zagat, there are tabs labeled for specific food & shop areas so you no longer have to know what you want in order to look for a place to go hang out, and have some lunch.
Recommended by Ashli

VerticalSideways and Vertical
Vertical Wine Bar is one of the restaurants with a Restaurant Week menu, so I couldn’t help but recommend Vertical, the sequel to the popular Sideways (the one they made into a movie). Both novels are quirky and funny, perfect for wine lovers or anyone that likes an intelligent buddy-comedy.
Recommended by Ruby

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