Archive for November, 2012

Slater’s 50/50, Because I Exercise

November 21, 2012

When I did the first food marathon in November 1996 my metabolism was faster than a Ferrari engine. 16 years later its lucky to keep pace with a Prius. And with the slowing of my metabolism so comes the infrequency of food marathons. Someone told me they’re not healthy- well everyone did actually.

So I exercise. So I can eat really unhealthy things like buche tacos, foie gras and burgers with patties made from 50% bacon and 50% beef. I work out at Classic Kickboxing in Pasadena and like a gift/taunt from the food marathon gods Slater’s 50/50 just opened directly across the street from the gym.

Business must be good at Slater’s Anaheim Hills, San Diego and Huntington Beach locations because the space in Pasadena is big. This new location will definitely be a hit, not only because of the Bacon Bloody Mary’s and extensive craft beer selection, but you can see the Laker game from any seat in the expansive space.

The menu is a top ten list of bordering-on-novelty comfort food, centered around the namesake 50/50 Burger. Underneath a glistening brioche bun (that’s baked in Santa Monica) is the 50/50 patty (ground beef/ground bacon). It’s worth noting that because the patty is half bacon, health code mandates that the burger be cooked to at least medium. For those who can’t bear the thought, you can order an all-beef burger medium rare or bloodier.

Build your own or go with pre-designed options like the:

B’ B’ B’ Bacon Burgera 50/50 patty with bacon American cheese, sunny side up egg, thick cut bacon and bacon island dressing on a bacon pretzel bun

Fritos® Crunch Burgertopped with melted cheddar cheese, signature chili, Fritos, and 1000 island dressing

Peanut Butter and Jellousy Burger, with thick-cut bacon, creamy peanut butter and strawberry jelly

I got The 50/50. It’s in there somewhere, under the sunny side up egg, avocado mash, pepper jack cheese and chipotle adobo mayo:

There’s a ton of other stuff on the menu which I’ve yet to explore. I’ve got plenty of opportunities though, as I balance the delicate art of burning off calories, then eating them tenfold across the street.

Official grand opening is Friday, November 23rd.

61 N Raymond Ave
Pasadena, CA 91103


The Taste of Mexico on November 30th

November 16, 2012

To eat LA’s best Mexican food you have to cover a lot of ground. Fortunately some of LA’s best Mexican restaurants can all be found in one beautiful location at the second annual Taste of Mexico on November 30th at Vibiana downtown.

In addition to restaurants like:


Alipus Mezcal








Candela Taco Bar

La Casita Mexicana, Guisados, La Monarca and Tortas Bravas, there will be Mexican Beer, Baja Wines, Mezcal, Ultra-Premium Tequilas, mariachi and DJs.

Get pre-sale pricing through November 29th on your tickets from Eventbrite or The Taste of Mexico Website.

General Admission all-inclusive tickets are $50.

VIP tickets get you special vendors and early admission for $70.

A portion of every ticket sold will benefit The Downtown LA Art Walk. Presenting Partner for the 2nd Annual Taste of Mexico is Nestle. Additional sponsors include: Consulate General of Mexico, Promexico, Goya, Tajin, Avocados of Mexico, Sysco, Tapatio, New Chef Fashion, Guerrero, Tampico Spices, Restaurant Packaging Group & Aeromexico.