Colorado Chow

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

Monday, June 19, 2006

Red Ribbon
914 E. Colorado

There is a chain of Filipino bakeries called Red Ribbon and there happens to be one on Colorado.

Red Ribbon does serve all sorts of Filipino foods but it's the desserts that I go for.

Two words: Mango Cake
It's lite, not overly sweet, moist, and delicious!!

I needed to bring a dessert for a BBQ, so I picked up a Mango Cake and it was a hit.

Red Ribbon BakeShop
914 E. Colorado Street, Glendale, CA 91205 (818) 380-6686
and many other locations around town - US - Official Site

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Hurry Curry of Tokyo: Off Colorado

This is one of those archived posts that I should have uploaded last month about Hurry Curry of Tokyo - a little south of Colorado on Fair Oaks Ave in Pasadena. Ummm.... I wasn't really impressed.

But the Sake and Sochu cocktail drink menu did catch my attention. They seem to put heavy emphasis on the drink menu. This is a Curry joint with a Happy Hour. I suppose it is a differentiator, but too bad I didn't come in for drinks.

I ordered their Chicken Cutlet Curry - which they claim is their most popular. The meal starts out with a standard non-exciting salad.

The main dish? I'm not too keen on their plating. A huge plate with a fried chicken cutlet and a huge mound of rice. The cutlet was fried a little too long and dry. My impression was that the curry was not as sweet as other Curry joints. I liked that. But the dry chicken didn't make for a great experience.

Perhaps a side view will provide some more perspective. And points off for no condiments (fukujinzuke, rakkyo...etc.) - unless you ask?

I didn't post this earlier because I wanted to go check out the Hurry Curry joint on Sawtelle to see if there was any difference. After all, I was taking a field trip to the West Side to check out the film, Cavite, at the Nuart. (Great indie flick by the way. A thriller made for $7k and filmed mostly in the Philippines!) Getting back to the chow, the experience on the West Side was pretty similar - except the chicken was a little bit better and it was more crowded. I would have been better off going to Blue Marlin or Sawtelle Kitchen.

My personal conclusions:
- Hurry Curry is not a destination site for me. I may go again if I'm in the area doing something else and need some Japanese food and drinks.
- If you find yourself on the East Side with a hankering for Japanese Curry, go indie with a mom and pop joint - try Ducks on Las Tunas in San Gabriel - their tonkatsu and chicken cutlet is better. Of course when I go to Ducks, I'm known to switch my mind and get their donburi.

Hurry Curry of Tokyo
Happy Hour 3pm-6pm
37 Fair Oaks Ave Pasadena CA 91105 (626) 792-8474

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Lee's Hoagie House:
2269 E. Colorad Blvd

Today I was cruising down Colorado when I spied on a Hoagie joint on the corner of a strip mall near Sierra Madre. Lee's Hoagie House - I stopped to try a sandwich. I had my share of steak this week so I opted for a coldcut sandwich instead of a cheesesteak. Here I present, Lee's Italian Supreme. I put a quarter on the wrap so you get some perspective. This sandwich was huge - and just a total of $6.22.

The joint was totally packed so I took my hoagie to go. The interior is simple and the customers looked like regulars from all walks of life - office workers, cops, and older folks hanging out.

I've never been to Philly so I can't comment on the authenticity. I'll let others debate that. All I know is that I enjoyed this sandwich.

Here is a view of one half. You can see how the sandwich was constructed. One thing though - this is a wet sandwich so it'll get soggy really fast so don't let it sit for too long. Probably best to have it there - if you can get a seat.

The "wetness" came from the onion/pepper sauce that they put on at your request. Here's a close up. The peppers had a kick! I can see some people not getting into the vinegar and hot stuff though. To each their own...

I'll be sure to go back and try out a Cheesesteak soon.

Lee's Hoagie House
2269 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena Ca 91107 (626) 577-2250
M-F: 7am-7pm; Sat: 7am-4pm