Brianna Chu

Sweets from the Heart: Mignon Chocolate
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Sweets from the Heart: Mignon Chocolate

By Brianna Chu When you walk into Mignon Chocolate, you don’t just walk into a chocolate store: you walk into a business with a rich, multi-generational, and cosmopolitan history. The Ter Poghossian family business starts with Mignon Chocolate owner Joe Ter Poghossian’s grandfather, Hovsep Ter Poghossian Sr., who opened and operated a bakery in Ukraine…

Generations of Southern Hospitality at Gus’s BBQ
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Generations of Southern Hospitality at Gus’s BBQ

By Brianna Chu John Bicos shares ownership of Gus’s BBQ with his brother, Chris. He had been coming to Gus’s since he was a kid, as his best friend (and indeed, the best man at his wedding!) was the great-grandson of the eponymous Gus, who started the restaurant with his relatives in 1946. Their family…

A Pasadenan Seafood Cornerstone: Cameron’s Seafood
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A Pasadenan Seafood Cornerstone: Cameron’s Seafood

By Brianna Chu Owner Pete Gallanis, as you might guess, is not the first owner of Cameron’s Seafood. The eponymous John Cameron was an attorney who, when inspired by his friend Fred Duckett – owner of The Fish Market – opened his own restaurant in 1984. However, Cameron quickly realized that he liked eating at…

Masters of Taste: A Luxury Food Event for a Humanitarian Cause
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Masters of Taste: A Luxury Food Event for a Humanitarian Cause

By Brianna Chu Coming into its fourth year running, Masters of Taste is an exclusive dining event that brings together an incredible array of culinary masters, restaurants, pastry chefs, alcohol specialists, breweries, and mixologists from all over Los Angeles and Los Angeles County. The purpose? To raise money for a deserving cause. One-hundred percent of…

Meat District Co. Unveils New Brunch Menu
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Meat District Co. Unveils New Brunch Menu

By Brianna Chu Some readers may already recognize Meat District Co. from last November’s feature on the restaurant in the Business Spotlight. If not, well… (*cough* You should go read it before you read my review. *cough*) If you’ve never been to the restaurant, it’s got a modern, industrial atmosphere with rustic, warm touches. You…

A Local Landmark: Making History at The Derby
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A Local Landmark: Making History at The Derby

By Brianna Chu The current owner of the local Arcadian landmark and restaurant, the Derby, doesn’t really put his name out there. Dustin Nicholarsen prefers to be behind-the-scenes, half curating a museum and half running a restaurant that he actually loves to eat at, as he puts it. He is well-versed in the restaurant’s storied…

Culinary Collaboration at the Raymond 1886
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Culinary Collaboration at the Raymond 1886

By Brianna Chu Even just from the outside, the Raymond 1886 isn’t your average restaurant: the place is literally a cottage, not to mention its hard-to-spot location on Fair Oaks. It looks, for all intents and purposes, like a well-kept Craftsman bungalow, set with dark brown door frames, brick, and olive green panels. Inside, the…

Margaritas Delights with Family-Style Mexican Cuisine
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Margaritas Delights with Family-Style Mexican Cuisine

The bright red, Spanish-style exterior of Margaritas Mexican Restaurant is probably a familiar sight to some, especially since it first opened in Pasadena 42 years ago, in 1977. One of a dying breed of restaurants, it remains firmly within family hands: owner Ruby Bugarin took over Margaritas in 2006 with her brother as partner when…

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