The Best Pizza in Pasadena and How to Make it

17 09 2009

Pizza SicilianaI make the best pizza in Pasadena. Alright so that’s for the bragging. But now, I’ve decided to share my secrets. Secrets I have learned over the last ten years by traveling around the world. I had pizza in the US, in England, in France, in Italy and even in Hong Kong!!!

Dough video

How to Make the dough

Ingredients

  • Type “00″ or double OO or double zero flour
  • Active Dry Yeast (no fast raising yeast)
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Warm water

Tools

  • A large bowl, inox preferrably
  • a large wooden spoon
  • A kitchen towel
  • a wood cutting board

Now, the technique

In the bowl, put your water mixed with yeast, salt, olive oil. Mix it

Progressively add the flour, mix with the wooden spoon until the dough is firmer.

it’s time to handle the dough by hands (yes, time to get dirty, actually, you wont) when the dough detaches itself from the bowl. If not, continue to pour flour and mix it with the wooden spoon.

Now, for about 10 minutes, you gonna mix this dough with love and pour bit by it some flour to get a nice constitency.

Once you are done (did you count 10 minutes?), leave the ball in the bowl (funny, isn’t it? Well, you better laugh or I stop here!)

Wet a clean kitchen towel and put it in the microwave for 2o seconds. It should make it warm. Recover the bowl (where the ball is) with the wet towel. Let it raise 1h or 2h.

a 1h or 2 later, come back and now it’s time to prepare your final balls. Take the big one and devide it in 4 smaller balls.

Spread flour on the wooden cutting board and position your 4 balls, 1 or 2 inches apart so they don’t touch themselves when they raise again. let them rest another hour or 2. Finish!

Some basic recipes

Siciliana

Regina

Some original recipes

Kayu-api

Magnolia

4 Cheeses. Why Original? because I add pine nuts and pine nuts on melted cheese it’s da bomb!

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Top 5 Cultural Places in Pasadena

17 09 2009

1. Norton Simon Museum – Of Course.

Why? Last time I was in Paris, I spent 4 full hours a the Musée d’Orsay (see Pic) and I can tell you, we are very lucky to have the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, one of the largest private collections in the United States. There is one painting by any major artist (Van Ghoh, Picasso, Kandinsky, Modigliani, Klee, etc..)

Where?

2. Boston Court Theatre

Why? Programming is original and exceptional. Every play I’ve seen surprised me by their quality and originality in writing and staging . They also have a good music series. The season membership is only $100 for 2. This is a steal. Oh and the staff and volunteers are delighting.

Where? 70 North Mentor Avenue Pasadena, CA and Here

3. Laemmle’s Playhouse 7
673 East Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, 91101

Why?

4. Pasadena Jazz Institute

Why?

Where?

5. Alliance Francaise

5. Levit’s Pavillon

Playhouse? This place has suffered. The plays are more for 60+/Vaudeville. Maybe that’s what they need to survice

but hey, what do you think? what’s your top 5? should we expand to top 10?





Daisy Mint

17 09 2009
Daisy Mint

Daisy Mint

Daisy Mint is my local hangout in Pasadena. Located on Colorado Boulevard, East of Lake Avenue, it is far from the crowed Old Town and feels like Pasadena 20 years ago.

I regularly go there for lunch or dinner. Be aware, they close at 9PM every night, better come earlier. The food is fresh and the menu varied. The Pad Thai, a classic dish is great. Daisy Noodles would be your other option for great noodles. I love the soup with Coconut, so much, that I always order a full size (off menu). The curries are the best of course, especially the Panang. The veggies dishes such as Eggplants or Garlic Beans are great for vegetarians and my friends rave about the Wontons (it has crab so it’s a no-no for me).

1218 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91106

T 626 792 2999

Monday to Friday 11am-9pm, Saturday and Sunday 12pm-9pm

Read what others think about Daisy Mint on Yelp





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17 09 2009

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