The Courier celebrates Thanksgiving the only way we know how… in writing!

The napkins are folded. The candles are lit. The staff of the Courier have brought their favorite dishes to the table. Cheers.  Let’s start with reporter Machu Suh’s tomatillo soup. “It’s a dish my family always makes when it gets colder,” he said. “It brings me home with its fragrance.” While I definitely have aspirations to learn to harvest and process acorns, I recently impulse-bought a bag of acorn flour at a Korean grocery store, and so I’m going to make these acorn shortbread cookies. …

The foodie’s game day guide to Pasadena’s sports bars

Fall is in full swing, and so is football season! For some of us, this means rich tradition and undying love for your team. For the rest of us, football season simply means endless wings and nachos. Whether you’re a diehard or a foodie, we’ve rounded up a few of Pasadena’s favorite local sports joints worth checking out to amp up your next game day.  Kings Row Gastropub Kings Row is a modern Thursday night football hub where it’s easy to find a seat, which …

Black Tacos: Where does this delicious dish come from?

African American food throughout history has influenced so many different original meals around the world. However black people who live in America are also influenced by the different meals across the diverse cultures who reside here. In an African American household there are two food staples that often come to mind. Spaghetti and tacos. It’s hard to say when these meals became a regular rotation for dinner black homes but for most it can be traced back to generation x.  Nia August, a student here …

Ratatouille provides a perfect portal to the past

In the midst of the 2020 lockdown, 19 year old journalism major, Samantha Williams, started dedicating her newfound free time at home to cooking. With an excess amount of time and nowhere to go, her mom suggested that they start cooking new recipes together. This ratatouille recipe is one that Williams spent much of her 2020 perfecting. Williams had been interested in learning the recipe for this dish ever since watching the animated Disney movie, Ratatouille, when she was younger. This dish that originally began …

Eggs and hotdogs: Odd but perfect combo

Nostalgia on a plate for Amanda Herrera, first year student at PCC, huevos con salchicha is perfect whether it’s a rainy or a stay-at-home sick day. Huevos con salchicha, which translates from Spanish to English means “eggs and hotdog” channels a strong emotional meaning for Herrera as she connects it to her grandparents’ home every time she takes a bite. After her aunt cooked it for the first time, there was no way of removing this core memory dish from her memory bank or taste …

Chicken paprikash and nokedli bring back childhood memories

In a stylish yet cozy Pasadena apartment, the aroma of paprika wafts through the air while a Men I Trust song quietly plays as 23 year old PCC film student Brandon Arthur House cooks for us a traditional Hungarian meal from his childhood. Chicken paprikash and nokedli was a meal that was taught to him by his Mexican grandmother who had learned the recipe from his late Hungarian grandfather, Arthur.  ”It was one of my least favorite dishes when I was a little kid, but …

Roll up to Paper Rice and roll up your own flavor

Paper Rice specializes in build-your-own style spring rolls, a fast and contemporary take on a traditional Vietnamese dish. Owned by Jens Kristen, a Pasadena City College math and computer science professor, the restaurant offers a casual Chipotle style, walk up custom ordering experience where customers can also enjoy spring bowls or a bahn-mi sandwich. I had the pleasure of sampling some of the items on the menu, although the bowl and sandwich seemed appealing, the rolls are their staple and I wanted to see what …

Courier Cookin’: Spice up leftovers with kimchi fried rice

A hungry mind can create an appetite for students putting in the time, and energy at school. PCC is a diverse ecosystem of culinary cultural backgrounds, and when hunger hits, there are certain dishes that are the unequivocal comfort food that have one’s unique spin on an otherwise common recipe. The recipe below was submitted by Ken Juan, a biology major and student in HOSP 015 – Industry Culinary Foundations 1 with professor Chef Colleen Nanno, he plans to transfer to UC Davis, with hopes …

Pasadena Gobbler event seeks to feed 300 local families for Thanksgiving

The 38th annual Operation Gobbler fundraiser and food drive will feed hundreds of people in Pasadena this Thanksgiving.  The Pasadena Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees) and Friends in Deed on Sunday, Nov. 20, offering free thanksgiving themed meals to Pasadena locals. Students can contact Friends in Deed for information on signing up and on whether or not they qualify for the thanksgiving meal, according to the executive vice president and secretary of the Jaycees Justine Gray.  The food that will be distributed by the group …

The Courier’s guide to eating in PCC’s food wasteland

At Pasadena City College there are many different ways students can stay focused on their classes while eating a delicious snack or meal. When trying to balance school, work, and life, maintaining healthy eating habits can become difficult. Finding time before class to pack a lunch is not always an option for students. Thankfully, PCC provides different resources for students to satisfy their hunger on campus and off campus with the help of local businesses.  “My friends and I like to eat at Teddy’s Tacos …