Colorado Chow

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

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

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