Bistro 45’s Chef Steven Lona: Iron Chef inspirations

Reinvigorating classical French preparations

Chef Steven Lona a native of Southern California grew up watching old school Iron Chef episodes and spent years with his grandmother cooking in the kitchen before he decided to ultimately pursue the culinary trade. With schooling and years of working in the kitchen from Marche Moderne in Costa Mesa to Studio at the Montage in Laguna Beach, he’s landed himself at Bistro 45, a 21 year old French eatery in Pasadena, CA. We sat down with chef and discussed growing up in Southern California, his approach with food and advice to those thinking about making cooking a career. Read More

Drink + Food

Golden Road Brewing officially launches pub with extended hours of operation

It's all coming together

Golden Road Brewing has had three goals since they opened, produce as much beer as possible, get the canning line up and running, and open up a pub. Well folks, the pub is here (since mid-December with limited hours and abbreviated menu) and the cans are right around the corner. The Pub will be featuring food items created by Chef Adam Levoe with 20 planned taps in the future (five taps to start). See examples of the menu and plans for the taps. Read More


dineLA Restaurant Week participants announced with over 300 restaurants

January 22 - 27 & January 29 - February 3

Join dineLA in its 5th year of Restaurant Week celebrating the growing prowess and diversity of the LA culinary scene with over 300 participating restaurants for two weeks from January 22 – 27 and January 29 – February 3. The extensive list of restaurants include dining experiences located from Manhattan Beach to Pasadena serving fixed menus for your casual lunches to fine dining dinners. Read More

Events & Festivals

Firestone Walker Brewing Co.’s ‘From the Barrel’ event: where beer meets port and bourbon

With a Prohibition theme

Paso Robles based and winner of 2011 Great American Beer Festival’s “Mid-Size Brewing Company and Mid-Size Brewing Company Brewer of the Year,” Firestone Walker Brewing Co., is throwing a party for beer fans eager to learn about ports and bourbons on March 30 from 7 PM – 10 PM at the Santa Margarita Ranch in Santa Margarita, CA (about 200 miles outside of Los Angeles). Read More


Bill and Hiroko’s Burgers: Double Cheese Burger

Bill and Hiroko’s, sits on a strip of auto repair shops in Van Nuys, CA and has been serving burgers before any of our staff were born. Established in the mid 60’s, this burger stand serves simple and affordable traditional American eats from grilled cheese to tuna melts. The Double Cheese Burger is made of two beef patties, lettuce, tomatoes, diced onions, and cheese. Now onto the rest of the food porn. Read More


Win two tickets to the 7th Annual Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show

Contest ends January 10 at 1 PM PST

We have two tickets for you to the 7th Annual Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show held at the Long Beach Convention Center on January 14 or 15. Expect to see Travel Channel’s Andrew Zimmern, Samantha Brown and more speaking at the event. Learn more about it here and enter to win after the jump. It’s easy! Read More

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