Umami sunny side burger: A burger like no other

Umami Burger

The rare times that I can let my hair down and enjoy an hour or two with Ericke are like this late night date on a work day. The servers were helpful and nice even if we were the last to eat at Umami Burger in Pasadena. As it was already late, we ordered just enough for the two of us — we shared a Sunny Side Burger (her favorite), with perfectly cooked sunny side up egg, a crispy layer of Parmesan cheese and truffle oil; and maple-coated sweet potato fries and morsels of bacon. Super yum dinner! I have a lot of favorite burgers, different styles of burgers, from In-N-Out to Tommy’s, and this particular Umami Burger fits in. I want to try the Manly Burger with lots of nice stuff on it when we get the chance again. BTW, a well spent part of my first paycheck.

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Did you know that “umami” is the fifth basic taste? We have sweet, sour, bitter, salty and savory, thanks to Japanese professor/chemist Kikunae Ikeda who discovered umami, that pleasant savoury taste from glutamates.

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Photos from Pasadena

Pasadena City Hall

Having lived in Ilocos most of my life, I liken Pasadena to Vigan, with respect to ardent historical preservation. Host to the Rose Bowl and Tournament of Roses Parade, the city in the San Gabriel Valley typifies turn-of-the-century architecture, best seen in original American craftsman-style homes listed among the National Register of Historic Places.

Pasadena City Hall

Locating the Pacific Asia Museum and walking up Colorado Blvd (from Fair Oaks to Los Robles), I had time to appreciate the 1920s Pasadena City Hall. Fully restored to LEED standards and retrofitted to withstand earthquakes, it stands dignified and stately.

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Tea is all you’d want on a sweltering day.

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