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Roy Choi's Latest Big Plan, Pasadena's Big Chance to Impress, and More A.M. News

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Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

36 Hours in Pasadena

The NY Times covers L.A.’s second city, Pasadena, with a 36-hour jaunt through the trusty suburb. Along with some shopping and the usual cultural explorations, the paper of record recommends Union, Seed Bakery, the Stone Brewery taproom, and Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot.

Big Plan Roy

Roy Choi laid out his plans for LocoL expansion last night, pegging the already well-known Oakland and Tenderloin as the next outposts for the brand. Then there’s another heading into South LA (Watts or Compton), followed in order by Newark, Detroit, Ferguson, Englewood, and West Atlanta. Ambitious stuff.

Jonathan Gold screens his documentary at The Hammer next week

J. Gold’s documentary City of Gold follows the LA Times critic around as he eats, explores, and chronicles it all. The man himself will be doing a Q & A following a Hammer Museum screening next Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Better still, the whole thing is free.

Cafe de Leche opens in Altadena

The quick expansion of Highland Park’s Cafe de Leche appears to be complete, with the new Altadene address opening up as of 7 a.m. today. Expect pastries, specialty coffee, and an adorably blue-tinged space.

Sample Sale at Hedley & Bennett

There’s a big sample sale going down in Vernon at the Hedley & Bennett apron factory next Saturday. But more importantly: Howlin’ Rays will be there, serving up their Nashville brand of spicy chicken. Hours run 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 3864 South Santa Fe Avenue.

Yalla Mediterranean heads for Orange County

The healthy-eating Mediterranean chain Yalla is expanding into Orange County with a first new location in Seal Beach, right on the Long Beach border. The outpost should arrive by this coming Monday, working lunch through dinner hours (11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily) at 12420 Seal Beach Boulevard.

Charcoal Venice launches bar menu

The high-end Westside meat restaurant Charcoal Venice is launching a more casual bar menu today, which includes smoked lamb ribs, grilled chicken wings, and a burger. It’s all a bit cheaper, and even more casual, than what you’ll get with full dinner service.

Cocina Condesa has a new menu

Valley Mexican spot Cocina Condesa is switching things up with a new menu and new executive chef. Eddie Garcia was previously running the kitchen at Sweeney's Ale House, while incoming bartender David Rubin hails from New York. The new menus are are below.

Cocina Condesa