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Port Wine, Food and History in Porto, Portugal
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Port Wine, Food and History in Porto, Portugal

By Greg Aragon After three nights in Madrid, Spain, my friend and I continued our impromptu tour of Southern Europe with a last minute trip to the beautiful waterfront city of Porto, Portugal. Neither one of us had been to Portugal before, so we figured that since we were only about 350 miles away, we…

A Lesson in Longevity: Mi Piace
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A Lesson in Longevity: Mi Piace

By Brianna Chu November 19, 2019 will mark Mi Piace’s 30th anniversary; when they opened in 1989, Old Town Pasadena didn’t even have Cheesecake Factory yet. Mi Piace is one of the few restaurants that were open in 1989 still left. Armen Shirvanian opened Mi Piace with his mom, and partner and pastry chef Takis Markoutsis….

Meandering Through Madrid, Spain
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Meandering Through Madrid, Spain

By Greg Aragon As Spain’s largest and most populous city, Madrid might sound too big and touristy to have an authentic Spanish experience. But as I learned on a recent trip to the ancient, European capitol, if you just take your time and explore, you can encounter a great amount of the history, culture and…

A Pioneering Passion Project: Maquina Taco
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A Pioneering Passion Project: Maquina Taco

By Brianna Chu Greg Lukasiewicz is no restaurant industry rookie. Lukasiewicz’s career has taken him from the highly Zagat-rated French-Japanese restaurant, Shiro, to opening two high-end restaurants named after his daughters – first Devon, and then Halie – to starting a “recession gourmet” taco chain, Bull Taco, on the beach when he was supposed to…

Beautiful Beasts and a Beastly Ball at the Los Angeles Zoo
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Beautiful Beasts and a Beastly Ball at the Los Angeles Zoo

By Greg Aragon There is some big news going on at the Los Angeles Zoo. Last month, a rare baby zebra was born and later this month the zoo will host its annual “Beastly Ball” fundraiser party, which raises money and awareness for animal conservation and habitat preservation for some of the world’s most rare…

Authentic Argentinian Food in Old Town Pasadena: 1810
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Authentic Argentinian Food in Old Town Pasadena: 1810

By Brianna Chu Gustavo Landgrebe’s restaurant, 1810, is celebrating its tenth year, and heralded in that milestone with some updates to both its interior and its menu. The restaurant is a rustic, warm, cozy space with beautiful exposed brick. One of the new features post-remodel is a bar area, with the white marble countertop and…

Spring Into Morro Bay
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Spring Into Morro Bay

By Greg Aragon One of my favorite spots to getaway on the California Central Coast is Morro Bay, where a surprisingly small beach town hides beside an iconic, 576 foot-tall dome-shaped rock jetting from the harbor. Located halfway between LA and San Francisco, the village has tons of laid back charm and beautiful scenery. I recently escaped…

The Pueblo of Desert Hot Springs
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The Pueblo of Desert Hot Springs

By Greg Aragon Desert Hot Springs is yet another oasis in the Palm Springs area. Set atop ancient hot and cold aquifers, the town is known for its abundant resorts and mineral spas, its world-class drinking water, secret celebrity visitors, and as I recently discovered, a few other hidden gems. One of the most fascinating…

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…

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