I hadn’t been to Pasadena since ’09 so a trip up was way overdue.
The first stop was Cham Korean Bistro where I had the cold soba noodles at the suggestion of another foodie. The sweet noodles and refreshing veggies, including seaweed were just what I needed on a hot day. The restaurant only got busier as our meal went on, it was a good thing. Said a lot for the place. The prices were just right and the place was very clean. I would definitely come back. I wish there was a closer one.
Up next, another foodie’s suggestion ‘Lette for some macaroons. Coming in at $1.25 a piece, it’s a bit much for such a small cookie but it’s not like we’d be here on a weekly basis. Along with the service, the cookies were also sweet. Again, this shop was busy, I guess everyone else wanted a nibble of these little macaroons. I’d only come here once in a while. The quality is great but it’s a bit expensive for me.
I finally made my trip over to the highly praised Intellegentsia coffee house. Walking in, I could already see why it was touted so. It seemed like they had the coffee down to a science the way things were set up. Definitely much use of the pour over method. It’s no surprising that the coffee was a bit pricey but it did sure beat the sometimes burnt taste of a certain large coffee house chain. Again, another one I’d love to see in the South Bay. I’ll take expensive coffee over burnt. Not everyday since it is pricey but I wouldn’t mind every now & then.
The final stop was Dot’s cupcakes. They warned no pics so I snapped this one in the car. The place was super tiny and decorated like a little girl’s room so it was all frilly & cute like their cupcakes. I enjoyed “The Mostess” a chocolatey send off to the Hostess cake. Next was the fleur de sel. Yes I knew going into this that it would be salty, and it was. Other than that, there was nothing remarkable. The last cupcake I had was their strawberry shortcake. I unfortunately fell ill after having it. Not sure what brought it on so I have to dock them a bit for that. The cupcakes were moist but I’d probably just stay in my area since there’s also plenty over here to choose from.