“Let’s meet at Julienne.” I can’t tell you how often various lunch buddies have uttered those words to me. And with good reason: Julienne is practically the capitol of San Marino.
Heavy hitters aplenty dine there regularly, drawn to its charming covered terrace and French-accented menu. Yet the Mission Street eatery is quite welcoming: prices are reasonable and Julienne adheres to an equitable first-come, first-served policy. And when the restaurant closes at 3:30 p.m., fans can still get their fix from the Gourmet Market next door. No wonder Julienne celebrated its 30th anniversary this year, despite the notorious fickleness of the restaurant business. Bettijane Levine spoke to bubbly owner Julie Campoy, daughter of late founder Susan Campoy, to find out how Julienne became the culinary heart of San Marino.
And for DIY foodies, we bring you a guide to organic produce delivery companies that serve Arroyoland. As Noela Hueso reports, the recent trend can be a boon to busy cooks who have the taste but not the time for farmers’ markets. Be sure to check out Muir Ranch, run by Pasadena teachers and students on the grounds of John Muir High School. Its farm box and flowers sales bankroll paid internships for students (and offer a tax deduction to subscribers).
Arroyoland native Michael Cervin explores the surprising Pasadena connection to his childhood obsession with See’s Candies, tracing its path from a family business to a gleaming property in Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway portfolio. And for a dessert you’ll never wear on your hips, feast on some delicious poems about food by Red Hen poet Kim Dower, excerpted from her third book, Last Train to the Missing Planet, coming out in the spring. Enjoy!