You might have noticed there’s a new column at Alhambra Source: See|Hear|Do. So far we’ve visited a new wine tasting at Vino at Trios and laser tag mayhem at Ultrazone. Every week we will highlight a local discovery — something to see, hear, or do (and, this being Alhambra, often to eat as well). In this week’s column, we introduce the contributors behind these stories and ask you — what’s your local discovery? Liz: Growing up in Monterey Park, I always somehow ended up in Alhambra on the weekends when my friends and I needed something to do. Alhambra may be a sleepy little suburb to some, but for those of us living in the even sleepier ‘burbs nearby, it was the happening place — the “big city.”Alhambra was where we took in countless summertime blockbusters at the movie theaters. My friends and I celebrated birthdays and special occasions in Alhambra, at fancy (to us) Italian restaurants like Charlie’s Trio. We explored up and down Main Street and Valley Boulevard. Some places like Pennylane records where we browsed music and magazines disappeared into memory, while others, like Cha for Tea, continue to teem with crowds of people staying up well past their usual bedtimes.Alhambra continues to bring with it surprises and good memories for me as I explore its many corners, side streets and main streets. I’m eager to share my go-to Vietnamese soup noodle house on a chilly day, and highlight fresh new artists, musicians, and others who continue to make Alhambra an exciting, “big city” kind of place for me.
Sarah: As a newcomer to Alhambra, after exploring many far reaches of the world with roots in Nevada, I was intrigued by the eclectic culture of this city. The first time I visited Valley Boulevard my half-Chinese half-Japanese friend Cindi said, “Welcome to the real Chinatown.” I’ve come to depend on this restaurant row that never sleeps — their doors are always open, even on American holidays. While Valley Boulevard has its pan-Asian authenticity, Main Street brings the small town feel to Alhambra. On my first walk down, I was surprised to see the tiny Mosaic Lizard Theater down the street from a Flamenco dance studio. I didn’t expect commerce to be interwoven with arts and entertainment. Not to mention the rotating restaurant businesses that are constantly being reshaped by the latest trends in the Alhambra community. My personal favorite was at one time a boba shop, which has now reopened as Kosuke. Not much can compare to breathing in a spicy, steaming bowl of Chashu ramen from this latest addition to Alhambra. I’m excited to uncover some of the new additions and obscure places to visit in Alhambra. Did you know there’s a liquor store that rents videos for 99 cents? I look forward to sharing more about these little places that make up Alhambra’s community.What are your discoveries? We’d love to learn about them, and share them as well. Or is there a spot you’d like to know more about? Please let us know!