While meandering the winding streets and hidden walkways of Paris in 1990, Mike Farwell stumbled across a small bar near the Louvre named Willi's Wine Bar and became enamored with its menu of seasonally inspired cuisine and thoughtful wine pairings. After years working with wine at restaurants and wine bars, he decided to import the concept, teaming up with chef Claud Beltran during their shared stint at Madeleine's Restaurant to create Noir Food & Wine. Farwell draws on his wine knowledge and Beltran on his culinary expertise to craft menus that work together beautifully, much like a straight-laced police officer and a loveable canine in witness protection. Farwell's constantly updating wine list features a stunning 600 bottles—of which nearly 150 are California pinot noir—43 different wine flights, and more than 50 vintages poured by the glass.
Beltran adds a Cajun twist to the Mediterranean-inspired cuisine to complement Farwell's wine selections, earning him praise from the Los Angeles Times in 2009 for "turning out some of the best cooking of his career." The menu features a rotating selection of seasonal dishes such as seared Hudson Valley foie gras with rosemary apricots and white-pepper honey as well as a selection of charcuterie and artisan cheese. The restaurant earned a "very good" to "excellent" Zagat rating for food quality and service as well as a place on its Best New Restaurant in LA survey.
A natural rock fountain quietly bubbles its wine suggestions to patrons as they clink their glasses together on the spacious outdoor patio. The cozier main dining area features rows of dark-wood tables covered in crisp, white cloths and a series of posters from Willi's Wine Bar on the chocolate-hued walls. Each Monday, the wine bar fills with enophiles for events including wine classes, winemaker dinners, and live entertainment.
When you stay at Langham Huntington, Pasadena, Los Angeles in Pasadena, you'll be in the historical district and close to California Institute of Technology and Norton Simon Museum. This 5-star hotel is within close proximity of Paseo Colorado and Pacific Asia Museum.
Make yourself at home in one of the 380 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars and plasma televisions. Windows open to city and pool views. Wired and wireless Internet access is complimentary, while video-game consoles and premium TV channels are also offered to provide entertainment. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature makeup/shaving mirrors and designer toiletries.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers body treatments and facials. If you're looking for recreational opportunities, you'll find a health club, an outdoor pool, and a spa tub. This hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and gift shops/newsstands. Guests can get around on the complimentary shuttle, which operates within 3 mi.
Grab a bite at one of the hotel's 3 restaurants, or stay in and take advantage of 24-hour room service. Relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge or a poolside bar.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access, a 24-hour business center, and limo/town car service. Planning an event in Pasadena? This hotel has 50,000 square feet (4645 square meters) of space consisting of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and a ballroom. Parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.
The Slaw Dogs owner, Ray Byrne, probably didn't realize at the time that the Thai coleslaw he brought to a barbecue would become the inspiration for a business featured on ABC and mentioned in Travel + Leisure. According to a Food Network spot on The Slaw Dogs, Byrne tossed some of his extra slaw onto a hot dog and realized that he'd made a tongue-shattering discovery. With that slaw dog as his guide, he opened a hot-dog joint where his original discovery stars on the menu, jazzed up with accents of satay dressing and sesame aioli. But unlike Alexander Graham Bell, who invented the telephone and then pretty much sat around eating Cheetos and playing scratch-off lotto tickets, Byrne isn't satisfied with a single invention. In fact, LAist praised Byrne for his ability to "take seemingly clashing flavors and make them work together," as evidenced in the Green Monster dog with garlic salsa verde or the gigantic TNT Super dog, a tortilla-wrapped spread of bacon pastrami, beer chili, and fries.
The Slaw Dogs also lets patrons build their own dream dogs out of 11 different franks, 10 sauces, and more than 50 toppings, such as kimchi, goat cheese, or truffle oil. The possibilities are almost endless; a group of Caltech students recruited by the Food Network calculated a whopping 35 quintillion total combinations.
Yaks make life in the Himalayas more bearable: they carry cargo through mountain passes, provide wool for cold-weather gear, and draw plows through the unforgiving earth. They also make some delicious dumplings. Known as momo, this delicacy is just one of the many found at Tibet Nepal House, where clouds of garlic, cumin, saffron, coriander, and cinnamon give life to 14 different vegetable curries, seafood stews, and hearty rice and noodle dishes. The kitchen's multitalented clay oven can slowly roast pieces of marinated lamb, turn Play-Doh currency into a reality, and bake loaves of dhopzi—traditional bread made from stone-ground whole-wheat flour. Diners enjoy their entrees with a selection from the variety of in-house wines or an Indian or Himalayan beer. Traditional teas stand ready to accompany any meal, with steaming cups flowing from pots including the herb-laced masala and the organic darjeeling. In addition to sating nighttime appetites, Tibet Nepal House hosts a champagne brunch on weekends and serves a lunch buffet throughout the week.
At The Kitchen Italian Cafe and Pizzeria, diners twirl their forks in mounds of pasta tossed in creamy pesto or zesty marinara sauces. The menu bursts at the seams with satisfying Italian-American sandwiches and entrees, as well as pizzas available in New York, Sicilian, and Chicago styles. In addition to feeding dine-in customers, the restaurant also caters offsite to groups of almost any size, from a tight-knit family of five to an angry mob of 500 torch-wielding peasants.
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Sometimes off-the-rack menswear just won’t cut it. Sometimes momentous occasions call for flattering lines and tailored comfort. Sometimes a man just wants to look good. When these times arise, the staff members at Le Monsieur snap into action. They specialize in custom-made suits hand-designed by clients, who choose everything from fabric pulled from a library of more than 10,000 swatches from Zegna, Dormeuil, and Loro Piana to accents including buttons, lapel shapes, and linings. Tailor-ready suits by top menswear makers such as Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, and Joseph Abboud complement the custom offerings, joined by a robust selection of trousers, sport coats, and Gitman dress shirts. Though the selection may seem daunting at first, staff members take that into account; personal shoppers can help clients find garb that fits their style, and closet-cleanout specialists can rid wardrobes of unflattering pieces.