Colorado Chow

(including Glendale, Eagle Rock, Pasadena, Arcadia, Monrovia)

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Jonathan Gold's 3 Things to Eat on Colorado Before you DIE

In the February 26 - March 4, 2010 issue of LA Weekly, they published a spceical insert with Johnthan Gold's "99 Things to Eat In L.A. Before you DIE" list. Obviously, there are some tasty stuff on the list but I just wanted to list the 3 items that made it onto Mr. Gold's list that were located on Colorado Blvd.

Little Flower Candy Company
- for their Sea-Salt Caramels
1424 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91105, (626) 304-4800

Casa Bianca
- for their Sausage and Eggplant Pizza
1650 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock, CA 90041, (323) 526-9617

Euro Pane
- for their Egg Salad Sandwich
950 E. Colorado Blvd., Suite 107, Pasadena, CA 91106, (818) 577-1828

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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Galco’s Soda Pop Stop: Off Colorado - Highland Park

This place gets written about a lot so I haven't posted on it before. I have to admit, it is one of the coolest soda shops around. If you've never been, you MUST check it out. Their inventory is amazing and you can go on forever discovering new flavors that you never knew existed. They also got classic candies that will bring back a flood of childhood memories. If you are ever feeling down, this is the place to come to get a smile.

So I'm posting on this place because it was used as the backdrop for a music video of the song "How the day sounds" by Greg Laswell. I watched the video and I needed to go back to visit Galco.

The embedding may be disabled but you can go to YouTube and watch it.

Galco's Soda Pop Stop
5702 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042 (323) 255-7115
Mon-Sat 9am - 6:30pm; Sun 9am - 4pm

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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Sandwich Story: Slightly Off Colorado in Pasadena

This joint is a stones throw away from Pasadena City College right accross the street. I've been eying the awning of this place when I drive east on Colorado. I figured it was a cafe so I decided to take a looksee. Turned out to be Sandwich Story, whose sandwiches are some of the best value around. You can easily get a meal for under $5.

A mom and pop family run operation, very simple place. They tie the whole "story" in their name into the menu with specials called Chapter 1, Chapter 2..etc. Cute. They do sandwiches, some specials like spaghetti, some breakfast items, coffee/espresso and blended drinks/smoothies/shaved ice. Their sandwiches are basic, simple, and not fussy.

I know what it's like to be a starving student. It was in college when I really honed my skills in finding those good cheap eats options and staying away from the chains. I can say, that if I were a PCC student, I'd be here all the time. And they have free wi-fi to boot.

I've been a few times since discovering this place. This pic is of the Chicken Almond Sandwich. Get the roll and ask for it to be toasted. I'd come here over Subway any day.

From other reviews, it does seem that their hours are very closely tied to the school, which makes sense. So plan accordingly.

Sandwich Story
12 Harkness Ave, Pasadena, CA 91106 (626) 793-0072
Mon-Fri 8am-5pm; Sat 10am-2pm; Sun closed

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Blue Dot Acai and Yogurt Parfait
Slightly Off Colorado

I've never been to Brazil. Always wanted to go. According to Mike, one of the founders of this new Blue Dot operation, he's been to Brazil and got hooked on the Acai smoothies. Coming back to the US, he couldn't really find the good stuff. So he set out to bring Acai to Eagle Rock.

This joint went through about one and half years of work to finally open. I passed by the work in progress many times and I had my doubts as to whether it would open or not. Kudos to Blue Dot for hanging in there.

acai bowl from blue dot acai and yogurt parfaitSo now that they are open, I do my Eagle Rock duty to try to support local businesses. And now, I'm a convert to Acai. The Acai bowls are more of a meal than a quick snack. The pic here is of the Original Acai bowl (partially eaten - sorry couldn't wait to dig into it before the photo op) - with acai, granola, bananas and drizzle of honey. They have two more versions as well. Lately, I've been getting into the Acai Triple Antioxident with blueberries, kiwi, raspberries and shaved coconut.

Ask them about Acai and they will launch into the health benefits of this berry.

They do have the Froyo yogurt parfaits with your usual toppings. I've had this too and it's good. So, if anyone visits me with a craving for Pinkberry, I'd just stay local.

The place is a work in progress. They're throwing artwork on the walls. Very minimal. Some seating but no tables. I see people just eating in their cars. I would suggest a few tables.

Blue Dot Acai and Yogurt Parfait
10am - 10pm
5110 Townsend Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90041

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Saturday, September 05, 2009

Little Flower Candy Company
1422 Colorado Blvd. Pasadena

There is some great scone action happenning at the Little Flower Candy Company operation.


How about a Ham and Cheddar scone? Had to have one when I saw it. They also had a Goat Cheese and Thyme scone. So I had to have that one too.

Little Flower Candy Company
1422 W. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena CA 91105 (626) 304-4800
Mon-Sat: 7AM - 5PM; Sun: 8AM - 3PM

Previous post on Little Flower Candy Company

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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Congrats to Colorado! Jonathan Gold's 99 Essential LA List

So, this week Jonathan Gold's 99 Essential LA Restaurant list was published in the LA Weekly.

Of course, there are many excellent eats all over Los Angeles, but as you would expect, many of the restaurants that made Jonathan Gold's list reside on some main culinary arteries of Los Angeles like Melrose Ave., Beverly Blvd. and Wilshire Blvd. From the list, I counted 6 restaurants on Melrose Ave, 5 on Beverly Blvd. and 5 on Wilshire Blvd.

What you may not expect is that in fourth place with 4 restaurants is - you got it - Colorado Blvd Baby!!

So a BIG CONGRATULATIONS out to the 4 Colorado joints to make it on to Jonathan Gold's elite list for 2009.

They are:

Casa Bianca
1650 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90041 (323) 256-9617
Tues-Thurs 4pm-12am; Fri-Sat 4pm-1am; Sun-Mon closed

Euro Pane Bakery
950 E Colorado Blvd. Ste 107 Pasadena, CA 91106 (626) 577-1828
Mon-Sat 7am-5:30pm; Sun 7am-3pm

1496 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock, CA 90041 (323) 254-0934
Wed-Fri 11:30am-3:30pm, 5:30pm-9:30pm; Sat 11am-3:30pm, 5:30pm-9:30pm; Sun 11am-3pm

2005 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock, CA 90041 (323) 255-6465
Mon 11am-10pm; Tue-Thu 11am-11pm; Fri-Sat 11am-12am; Sun 11am-10pm

Man, now I'm getting hungry. May just have to do a Jonathan Gold 2009 Colorado Blvd. Food Crawl today. Yum....

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Wednesday, August 05, 2009

ColoradoChow Back in the House!

I'm back from my one year plus sabbatical. I know you've been pulling up my blog a few times a day for the past year, to see if I posted something new and I truly do apologize for the silence.

I hope you understand, I just needed some time off to fast for a year and bond with my inner child.... I only jest. I haven't stopped eating and exploring. I don't think I can. It's in my blood (and I think my doctor has figured this out as well).

Anyhoo, I just stopped posting because I got lazy. But hey, I own the damn domain - I paid for it - so I can sit on it if I want. Ha...

And a shout out to all the food bloggers out there that didn't have any faith in me and dropped ColoradoChow from their blogroll.

I'll be back soon with more Colorado Chow even if no one reads this crap.

I'm out for now. Gotta go eat.