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A+N Foodism: Pasadena
September 24, 2016

A+N Foodism is a blogging series about the food place(s) Nancy and her boyfriend (A+N) visited at a particular town or eatery. There may be multiple parts because the town is too big to have a complete roundup post in one go. Bon Appétit~

I’ve done some research over the summer to create this blogging series. My boyfriend and I love exploring through eateries where ever we go. Even if we go to the same place more than once, we like to try different things.

My boyfriend and I had our brunch dates at Pasadena lately. Pasadena is nicely nested in the northeast section of LA County. The food places we visited include: Veggie Grill, Lemonade, and Corner Bakery.

I. Veggie Grill

The name pretty much states what the restaurant is all about: make EVERYTHING vegan! In this restaurant, meat/animal products are avoided and substituted with other products such as soy. I’m trying to limit my intake of red meat as time goes by. The meat substitution doesn’t taste bad at all. It might require some acquired taste to fully get used to vegan meat, but there are ways to match the flavoring if needed. The price of a regular meal here is roughly the same as other meaty restaurants (~$15/person). Here’s what we ordered:

  • Buffalo Wings
  • Seoul Bowl  (pictured)
  • Mediterranean Supergreens Salad (his)

II. Lemonade

Lemonade is a cafeteria-style restaurant where you would pick up a tray and tell the staff what you want while walking down the counter. The cost can add up pretty quick if you don’t watch what you order. The best combo (even if you’re super hungry) to go for is the 2 sides + 1 main option. The sides are $2.75 each while the main dish ranges between $6~$7 each. I would definitely come back if I have a chance. Their food is delicious! Not to mention, their macarons are huge (feels like a bargain). This was the first time I brought my DSLR to take food pics (2nd + 3rd pics) and learn A mode (aperture-priority). This was a great learning and dining experience. Here’s what I ordered:

  • Sesame Marinated Lo Mein Noodles
  • Watermelon Radish & Seared Ahi Tuna (recommended!)
  • Ahi Tuna & Avocado Poke
  • White Truffle Mac N Cheese (not recommended ~ too powdery)

III. Corner Bakery

Even though we’ve been to Corner Bakery a few times before, we didn’t feel like going to any other food shops that day. Corner Bakery is a great sandwich shop where you get a sliced pickle spear on the side. Their sandwiches are tasty. I haven’t tried their soup selection yet, but that’s another option to go for. They also have a baked goods section. My boyfriend loves baked goodies so he would order a muffin whenever he can. This was my second trip with the DSLR; still working on learning A mode (got into P mode a month after this visit). Orders from this visit include:

  • Chicken Pomodori
  • Uptown Turkey Avocado

13 Responses

  1. Cristina ☆ September 25, 2016 at 9:43 am

    these look like amazing restaurant, and the dishes look amazing. I am still trying to figure out what’s A mode and P mode and what’s the problem (the pictures are gorgeous). My photography knowledge is almost zero. But really, the pictures you took are amazing. The food also looks great (now I’m hungry).

  2. Tara ☆ September 26, 2016 at 3:05 am

    Nancy, you are not allowed to do this series any more because your DSLR skills are mad hopping! Those photos are making me HUNGRY. Goddamnnnnn! LOL I especially am loving the second Lemonade photo. That’s one good shot!

    I love the concept of Lemonade. It’s great you can have a choice! That lo mein noodle is making me drool.

    Also, Seoul Bowl? HAHAHAHA! Is it supposed to be like a bibimbap without the rice (unless it’s buried there). Either or, yum! I love vegan food, but I am not sure about vegan meat . . . yet.

    Anyway, I’m loving this new series, Nancy! Keep it up 😀

    • Nancy ☆ October 3, 2016 at 9:32 pm

      This is only the beginning of my DSLR journey XD. I think the rice was buried under all of the goods! I think the Seoul Bowl is supposed to mock bibimbap XD. Vegan meat is either a hit or miss. Sometimes, there’s no point in eating vegan meat XD. (just stick to seasoned tofu)

  3. Cat ☆ September 27, 2016 at 8:14 pm

    Yay for trying different restaurants! That’s always fun to do 🙂 I still haven’t been to a vegan place. That’s nice that the meat substitution isn’t bad. I had a coworker whose boyfriend was vegan (but she wasn’t) and said the substitutions were very hit or miss.

    The food you chose at Lemonade looks good, especially the tuna ones! We have Corner Bakery catered at work sometimes, but I don’t think I’ve ever been into one. Those sandwiches look tasty though!

    • Nancy ☆ September 28, 2016 at 10:34 pm

      I agree that vegan substitutions are a hit or miss when you’re not used to it. I guess it takes a hardcore vegan to get used to the flavoring (especially when it’s a miss). I had vegan chicken elsewhere and it was a total hit!

      Anything with legit sushi-grade fish is awesome!

  4. Thao ☆ September 28, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    Excellent food pictures! I’m sure I’m slowly conditioning myself to start drooling when I visit your blog. XD

    Lemonade looks amazing. I like the variety of food that you can select from. OK. Just came back from checking their website. Of course they would have a location in Palo Alto after I’ve moved…sigh…

    • Nancy ☆ September 28, 2016 at 10:32 pm

      Hope they’ll open up a Lemonade where ever you’re at soon!~

  5. Georgie ☆ September 29, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    To be honest I feel odd about vegan meat because… why would one be a vegan if they were just going to eat fake meat! That, and a lot of the mock meat contains pretty bad preservatives and other additions. It’s OK to have a taste, but it’s usually not good for you. Most vegans I know simply have plant-based diets 😀

    Lemonade sounds cool, it actually reminds me of some Japanese eateries where you choose a fairly cheap meal (6-7 dollars as well) and any sides you want. And it can totally add up quickly if you don’t watch what you’re putting on your tray. Super affordable, though!

    Your food photos look really good! I used to really enjoy taking photos of food but now I am not really that interested. It takes time to ‘style’ food and some people get super serious about it. For me personally, as long as the photo shows the food, that’s OK for me. ?

    • Nancy ☆ October 3, 2016 at 9:38 pm

      I agree with you about the vegan meat part. It’s kind of cheating where they want the flavor while not eating something that came from an animal. Plant-based diet is healthier and takes up less energy to produce! I’m learning how to make the food look appetizing X’D. #WhatIsEyeCandy?

  6. Jan ☆ September 30, 2016 at 9:33 am

    All the mentioned restaurants sound really great. I’ve never been to a Vegan Restaurant before. And I have this stereotype that everything Vegan is expensive. Well, I guess this Blog proved me wrong. I eat Tofu and make my own Seitan.. I really do wonder how their meat subs taste.

    Great food shots… made me really hungry now. 😀

  7. Amy ☆ October 1, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    The food looks lovely! I’d definitely want to try the sandwiches at the end – they look amazing. Plus, I love pickles, so that’d definitely go down well with me.

    The watermelon tuna looks nice, also. I’ve never actually tried tuna though, strangely, so not sure if I’d be a fan of the taste! And it’s a shame the mac ‘n’ cheese wasn’t great – it looks pretty tasty on the picture!

    I’d love to try Veggie Grill. I’m not a big fan of real meat, so it’d probably be good for me!

  8. Pauline ☆ October 2, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    WOW, GIRL! THESE PICS?! Honestly, you’re rocking it with these photos, they have an effect to make the majority of your readers very hungry 😉

    I love all these choices and this series, of course, I know you and your boyfriend visit a lot of restaurants/cafes it’s nice to document it all 😀

    The Chicken Pomodori from Corner Bakery looks delicious! *_*

  9. Cassidy ☆ October 2, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    I’m glad you were able to get out and discover some new places!

    I’ve never tried eating a vegan restaurant but I’m open to it.

    But I love the pics!

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