MONROVIA, California, December 14, 2017 —  Like In-n-Out, Trader Joe’s has achieved almost mythical status, but I’m not buying all the hype. If I were talking to Mr. or Ms. TJ, here’s what I’d get off my chest: Your parking lots are accidents waiting to happen! Before I go to TJs, I always check with … Continue reading Bah Humbug, 10 Things I Really Hate About Trader Joe’s

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LA VERNE, November 6, 2017 — According to Bloomberg, 8 out of 10 entrepreneurs who start businesses fail within the first 18 months.   But as sobering as though statistics are, sisters Anh and Khanh Le, owners of NothingBundtCakes in La Verne (and Rancho Cucamonga) won’t be one of those dire statistics.   As young … Continue reading This Business Takes the Cake!

PASADENA, California, November 5, 2017 — What made America “great” was our nation’s ability to industrialize virtually any process and through scale and efficiency produce it at such a low price that consumers found it irresistible. After World War II, that was the American genius. That was the American miracle. So instead of barbecuing our … Continue reading Seed Every Day with Good Food

PASADENA, Calif. , May 17, 2017 — When Ray Atwan moved into his new barbershop at 27 Catalina Ave. in Pasadena, he didn’t wait long to spruce up the place, buying new barber chairs and donating the surplus to the Los Angeles County jails. He wanted to make a first great impression. But that was 1964. … Continue reading SPLITTING HAIRS OVER TWO GREAT BARBERS

To learn how to thrive in the restaurant business, let alone survive, LaVerneOnline wanted to talk to someone who had done both. For our subject matter expert or SME, we turned to an old hand, Eddie Inglese. For 31 years, he’s been the marvelous restaurateur and local dining dean behind Tutti Mangia and Eddie’s Italian … Continue reading After 31 Years, Italian Restauranteur Finally Reveals What’s In His Special Sauce

Tom and Tim Hughes are good people to know, especially this time of year. When Cordel Goode over-invited guests to her nighttime Christmas party this year, she feared they would spill onto her patio and freeze to death, given the recent snap of cold weather. Tim got her some patio heaters. “He solved my problem, … Continue reading POMONA & SAN DIMAS: These Brothers Are Not for Sale … But They Are for Rent … by Peter Bennett

It was the collision heard from Irwindale to Honolulu. Picasso’s owner Vincent DeRosa was hurriedly whipping up a fresh ponzu sauce. At his elbow, executive chef Paul Vigil was hastily putting the final accents on a picatta sauce. Then, the master chefs accidentally spun around and banged into each other, leaving the two dripping in … Continue reading IRWINDALE: Picasso’s Cafe, Bakery & Catering Co. Redefine the Culinary Arts … by Peter Bennett

  The following is one story in our ongoing series on the Top 10 Caterers in the San Gabriel Valley.  When the series is complete, ABJ will list the top 10 caterers in the Valley! The Bashful Butler catering company is absolutely on fire … and it has nothing to do with the fact that … Continue reading AZUSA: The Bashful Butler Not Shy About Catering Quality Affairs … by Peter Bennett

There’s fast … then there’s “Tony Lancaster” fast. Chef Tony, as he’s known around SoCal, can make 900 sandwiches in an hour. And we’re not talking baloney and mayo on white bread here, but a Turkey Croissant with dried tomato aioli, filled with oven-roasted turkey breast, provolone cheese, alfalfa sprouts, green leaf, tomato and red … Continue reading PASADENA: DIVINELY INSPIRED CATERER OUT TO BUILD A SALAD AND SANDWICH KINGDOM … by Peter Bennett

Not even a full plume of Arturo Fuente cigar smoke billowing in the air can mask the grandeur of Tim Estes, the 57-year-old president of Fiesta Parade Floats in Irwindale, Calif., one of the premier float builders in the United States, if not the world. His inveterate cigar-smoking is an indulgence he’s not willing to … Continue reading IRWINDALE: Rain or Shine, Everything Coming Up Roses for Fiesta Parade Floats … by Peter Bennett