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 Mountain Views News Saturday, September 22, 2012 


Not sure what’s rising faster, gas prices or hamburger prices. I digress from the $10 burger 
to a little Info on the burger. 

Pasadena seems to be the new burger capital of Southern 
California. Even I can’t keep up with all the new 
editions to the area. Lucky Boy is an institution , they 
have expanded their empire to the old Amy’s Burgers 
on Walnut, where I stopped by the other night for a 
cheeseburger and fries. Nothing to brag about: frozen 
patties and bagged frozen fries, I’d suggest the pastrami 
!! However for those with the late night munchies it 
certainly does the trick. Umani Burger the pride of 
Hollywood, has been slated to be open soon, where the 
location will be Old Pasadena near Mi Piace. 

The first cheeseburger was created between 1924 and 
1926 by a chef named Lionel Sternberger in Pasadena. The anecdote goes along the lines of a 
passing homeless man suggested Sternberger should add a slice of cheese to his hamburger 
order. Sternberger then added this to his main menu and thus the cheeseburger was born.

Other places have claimed the invention of 
the cheeseburger as part of their local legend. 
Louisville, Kentucky-based Kaelin’s Restaurant 
has claimed to invent the cheeseburger in 
1934. The following year, the trademark for the name “cheeseburger” was awarded to Louis 
Ballast of the Humpty Dumpty Drive-In in Denver, Colorado.

So we can’t be 100% sure who first had the idea of slapping a piece of cheese on top of the 
burger patty to create our beloved cheeseburger, but we do know that the cheeseburger is an 
all American creation that has been exported all over the world.

Here is a little diddy from Jimmy Buffet !!!

Tried to amend my carnivorous habits 

Made it nearly seventy days 

Losin’ weight without speed, eatin’ sunflower seeds 

Drinkin’ lots of carrot juice and soakin’ up rays 

But at night I’d had these wonderful dreams 

Some kind of sensuous treat 

Not zucchini, fettucini or Bulgar wheat 

But a big warm bun and a huge hunk of meat 

Cheeseburger in paradise (paradise) 

Heaven on earth with an onion slice (paradise) 

Not too particular not too precise (paradise) 

I’m just a cheeseburger in paradise

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Candied pecans: 

2 tablespoons unsalted butter 

2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar 

1/2 cup raw pecans 

Maple-balsamic dressing: 

1 small shallot, finely diced 

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 

2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar 

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 

2 teaspoons maple syrup 

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 

1 head endive, separated leaves 

2 hearts frisee, hand torn 

1 large radicchio, torn leaves 

1 red pear, sliced 

1/4 cup shaved Parmesan


 To make the candied pecans, set a nonstick pan over medium heat. Add the butter and sugar and 
once it has melted toss in the pecans and continue to toss to coat and cook evenly, about 1 minute. 
Transfer to a sheet tray lined with waxed paper (use 2 forks to separate pecans) while you prepare 
the salad.


Make the dressing by combining the chopped shallot, Dijon and balsamic vinegar in a large mixing 
bowl. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil while you whisk to emulsify. Add the maple syrup and season, to 
taste, with salt and pepper.


Assemble salad by tossing greens and pear slices in a large mixing bowl with maple-balsamic dressing. 
Top with shaved Parmesan and candied pecans. 


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TABLE FOR TWO by Peter Dills


New Hours

The Sierra Madre Farmer’s Market hours have changed to 3:00pm through 8:00pm every 
Wednesday in fall and winter. Vendors include Dry Dock which has fresh and wild caught 
fish, Rustic Loaf with artisan breads, Cutie Pie with fresh pies and much more!

For those interested in being a vendor contact Melissa Farwell with Raw Inspirations at 818-
591-8161 ext. 806.


Food, drinks and desserts of every variety from 40 local restaurants, caterers, distributors, hotels, 
and even retirement homes will be available for one price of admission at Taste of Arcadia from 5:30 
p.m. – 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, at the Los Angeles County Arboretum.


Attendees will find many familiar names offering food and desserts for every taste: *

 ¦AU 79 Teahouse

 ¦Cabrera’s Mexican Cuisine

 ¦California Pizza Kitchen

 ¦Casa del Rey Mexican

 ¦Corner Bakery Café

 ¦Danielson Creations Catering

 ¦Dave & Busters

 ¦de Croupet’s Cakes

 ¦The Derby

 ¦Dream Dinners

 ¦Frontrunner (Santa Anita Park)

 ¦Kelley’s Kookies

 ¦Mamma’s Brick Oven Pizza

 ¦Matt Denny’s Ale House

 ¦Nikki C’s

 ¦Oto-Oto Izakaya Japonaise – food and beer

 ¦Paco’s Mexican

 ¦Red Robin


 ¦Souplantation Catering

 ¦Sweet & Savory

 ¦Taza- a Social Coffee House



Beer and wine vendors include:

 ¦Anheuser Busch

 ¦D’Aquino Italian Importing Co.

 ¦Tama Trading- Angelo Poretti beer

 ¦Matt Denny’s Ale House

 ¦Stone Brewing

 ¦Wine of the Month Club

 ¦Wine Warehouse

 ¦Young’s Market


Hotels, a hospital, bowling alley, community group, and retirement homes showing off their own 
tasty cuisine:

 ¦300 Pasadena

 ¦Arcadia Gardens Retirement Hotel

 ¦Arcadia Retirement Village

 ¦Courtyard by Marriott

 ¦Double Tree

 ¦Gables of Monrovia

 ¦Methodist Hospital Fresh Inspirations Cafeteria

 ¦Tzu Chi Foundation (food from Dumpling Express)


* Vendors subject to change without notice.