Colorado Chow

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

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Little Flower Candy Company
1422 Colorado Blvd

In the former Bees Knees Bakery location, on the stretch of Colorado Blvd that connects Eagle Rock to Pasadena, the Little Flower Candy Company has finally found a retail location.

I've been seeing the Little Flower Candy marshmallows in different locations over the years.

While I'm not a huge fan of marshmallow in general, I was intrigued by these and have sampled them before. For me personally, I can only eat half of one piece but from all the marshmallows I've tasted in my lifetime, these are among the best. I can see why Christine (the candy maker) has a following. It's lucky for Eagle Rock that she was able to find a space close by.

Compared to the former Bees Knees, the new space design is more open and friendly to customers. And, being lame person that I am, I finally discovered that there is a parking lot in the back of the building!

They also have these chocolate bead/pearl/caviar thingies that are basically chocalate covered biscuit balls. A bead-shaped Pocky-like thing, if you will. Ask for a sample - they're great and just imagine them on ice cream or maybe you are more into Pinkberry.

Before walking in initially, I was just expecting assortments of candies but they are doing some excellent pastries, croissants, scones, muffins, and they have good coffee. Perfect spot to stop by if you are jogging/walking/biking in the area.

They also do lunch too! They have soup, salads, and sandwiches. The pic is their rare roast beef sandwich.

I overheard Christine say that in the summer, she's thinking to have a deck in the rear of the space for a patio. That would be excellent!! I know I'll be coming by for sure. And oh.. from my understanding, there is wifi as well. I think I may have found my 2008 summer hangout....

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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Sunday, July 15, 2007

Euro Pane Bakery
950 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena

My latest obsession has been to attempt to try everything at Euro Pane Bakery run by a former LaBrea Bakey pastry chef. I was thinking of the doing another photo montage like my Zankou post, but then I'd figured who'd want to look thru a photo montage of pasteries? And besides, been there done that.

The Euro Pane interior space is a clean any-mini-mall looking food joint which will not excite anyone. The real story here is the baked goods and food. The most amusing thing is when you get in line, you can see every patron in front of you stretching their necks, bending knees, leaning over, bending right and left - looking to see what goodies are in the display case. And of course, I get into the action as well.

One popular item here is the Egg Salad open-faced sandwich, which is elevated from something mundane to an art form. The eggs are not hard boiled and diced small and encased in thick mayo. Instead you have huge chunks of perfectly boiled eggs - taken out just when the yolk comes together and still has its glorious gooey-ness - served atop your choice of homemade bread (I had the Olive bread) with a sun-dried tomato pesto spread. After you have this, it's hard to go back to your regular and familiar egg salad. (Unless you are a fan of hard boiled eggs, in which case, this sandwich may not be for you.)

On another visit, I had the Chicken Salad sandwich with thick chunks of moist chicken with a light coat of tyme mayo.

I'm getting hungry just thinking about this. I think I know where I'm headed for lunch....

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

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