Firefly is nestled in that little town in the middle of LA called South Pasadena, just 10 miles from Hollywood. It serves eclectic California fare with hints of Morocco, the European part of the Mediterranean and a strong love of the eclectic.
There is a crisp buttery crunch followed by a the a gooey, tangy richness of apples touched with the aroma of ginger and lemon zest. For me, this is the southern California reminder of the Fall Season. It's so easy to make, you almost don't need a recipe, just a good sense of proportion and ease. I'll give you the recipe just in case.
Stroll around the mature gardens at the Huntington Botanical Gardens, walk through their galleries of paintings, photographs, history and then sit down to a nice English Tea surrounded by a confetti rose garden at the Rose Garden Tea Room
From their bratwurst dogs to their overflowing chili-dog delights, your late night rumblings are sure to be satisfied. But the lines around the corner prove you weren't the only one craving these famous franks.
An LA institution, known to stimulate involuntary salivation upon mention of its famous name. This legendary spot is part of a small chain owned by a local Armenian family who really know their stuff.
When I told my buddy over the cellphone I was heading east of L.A. for fresh produce, he guffawed "why would you go to a farmers market in South Pasadena? They are all the saaaame - driving all that way...!" Ever the westsider, he couldn't fathom anything east of plastic Eden, and even worse, having to travel fifteen minutes to the boonies to do it.
The 405 closure is expected to create such chaos that it is now being called "Carmaddon." Out of the chaos you can find some great deals as businesses are putting a positive spin on the event. We have put together some of the more enticing deals out there, so make the most of a bad situation.