Chez Shoes' Favorite Weekend
The creative and crafty Marielle blogs at Chez Shoes. She has the most fabulous shoe collection I've ever seen, great sewing skills, and she can't say no to a burrito.
I live in South Pasadena, and while I love the town, I find the dining options pretty limited. But I'm not a fan of driving, so I like to stick close to home whenever possible. I've found a few standouts in the San Gabriel Valley and Northeast Los Angeles.
Friday dinner: China Islamic in Rosemead. I'm a creature of habit here – I always order the beef with string beans, and the curry chicken. My dining companion swears by the lamb with green onions. If I'm feeling like a splurge, I'll get the shrimp with spicy sauce.
Saturday breakfast: Heirloom Bakery in South Pas, walking distance from home. They do an omelette of the day, and it's always good.
Saturday lunch: Honestly - I probably wouldn't be hungry after that omelette. If I was, though, I'd head to El Huarache Azteca in Highland Park. It's known for huaraches, cornmeal cakes shaped like their namesake sandals, topped with meat, cheese, beans and so forth. But I'm a burrito fiend, so that's what I get instead. Their al pastor is particularly good.
Saturday dinner: I'd walk over to South Pasadena's Firefly Bistro. A few faves are the fried chicken, braised lamb shanks, and grilled salmon. But the highlight of the several meals I've eaten here? Definitely the Brussels sprouts. Really.
Sunday brunch: the Meat Lover's Omelette at the Coffee Table in Eagle Rock – it's made with bacon, sausage, ham, and cheese. 'Nuff said.
Sunday dinner: Carne asada at home. I'd head over the bridge to Highland Park and pick up some carne preparada and avocados from El Latino Market. Throw the meat on the grill, make some guacamole, heat up some tortillas and it's an easy, tasty dinner.
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China Islamic: 7727 E. Garvey Ave., Rosemead, CA 91770, 626-288-4246
Heirloom Bakery Café, 807 Meridian Ave., South Pasadena CA 91030, 626-441-0042
El Huarache Azteca, 5225 York Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90042, 323-478-9572
Firefly Bistro: 1009 El Centro Street, South Pasadena, CA 91030, 626-441-2443
Coffee Table: 1958 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90041, 323-255-2200
El Latino Market: 5636 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042, 323-255-0129
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