Brianna Chu


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Untempered Look at Dementia in “The Father” at the Pasadena Playhouse
Arts & Entertainment

Untempered Look at Dementia in “The Father” at the Pasadena Playhouse

By Brianna Chu Florian Zeller’s “Le Pére,” or “The Father,” translated to English by Christopher Hampton, subjects its audience to the fractured cacophony that remains of aging father André’s memories, forcing them to confront the distortion and disruption that dementia inflicts upon its sufferers. Delving into themes of reality, paranoia, splintered familial relationships, trauma, and…

Valentine’s Day Guide 2020
Dining Delights

Valentine’s Day Guide 2020

By Brianna Chu Valentine’s Day can be a struggle to plan for (or maybe that’s just me, and my indecision in choosing where to eat, talking), so for anyone else still strategizing their Valentine’s Day plans, I’ve put together some suggestions on places to grab drinks, dinner, and dessert. There is a range of formality,…

Chew on the Cheeseburger Challenge this January
Dining Delights

Chew on the Cheeseburger Challenge this January

By Brianna Chu You can end your January with a week of cheeseburger goodness from the 26th to the 31st, as many restaurants in and around Pasadena are celebrating the week with special menu items and/or deals for patrons. For those unfamiliar with Pasadena’s cheeseburger claim to fame, there’s a plaque at the location of…

Dining Delights for the Holidays
Dining Delights

Dining Delights for the Holidays

By Brianna Chu In the spirit of reminiscing as 2019, and the 2010 decade, comes to a close, I’m going to share with you some of my favourite restaurants. But for fun, we’re gonna do this award-season style! First up, the best of this year (mostly, as you’ll see) in “Chew with Chu,” then, as…

Small-Town Cozy in Old Monrovia: Copper Still Grill
Dining Delights

Small-Town Cozy in Old Monrovia: Copper Still Grill

By Brianna Chu and Tom Williams Copper Still Grill’s charming pub-esque exterior houses a warm and open space on the interior. The first thing likely to catch your eye is the distinctive and eye-catching copper bar top clearly showcasing their copper theme. Given that owner Steve Kwan has owned and run bars before, such as…

Imagining the Future of Donuts at Lêberry Bakery
Dining Delights

Imagining the Future of Donuts at Lêberry Bakery

By Brianna Chu Lêberry Bakery opened earlier this year across the way from Paseo Colorado. It’s a fun and modern donut-centric bakery (and bar!) themed around the color blue, with fun pops of green, pink, and purple. Its co-owners, Jennifer Le and Raynard Ledford, come from fairly disparate backgrounds, but have aligned under a shared…

Fun in the Sun at Tacocita
Dining Delights

Fun in the Sun at Tacocita

By Brianna Chu Tacocita’s bright teal umbrellas and gorgeous succulent graffiti art brought an eye-catching new feature to the corner of Rosemead and Del Mar in East Pasadena when they opened early this October. The colorful aesthetic and playlist build a fun and playful hangout spot for a younger crowd, with picnic tables spread out…

Flavors from Around the Globe at Wanderlust Creamery
Dining Delights

Flavors from Around the Globe at Wanderlust Creamery

By Brianna Chu This phenomenal ice cream shop began…as a New Year’s Resolution. Back in 2015, Adrienne Borlongan and partner Jon-Patrick (JP) Lopez made a resolution, at the behest of his parents, to start their own business. Borlongan had always known she would run her own food concept one day, but hadn’t particularly known what…

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