Monday, November 30, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Today, we will up the ante for all of those that have played along each day & those that have just joined the fun.
TEN WINNERS will be RANDOMLY SELECTED today, with each winner receiving
*A CHANCE TO WIN THE FREE IX TAPA MEXICO VACATION
*VIP INVITES TO OUR OPENING PARTY FOR YOU & YOUR FOUR (YES FOUR!) GUESTS (Complimentary food, cocktails, entertainment...and "several surprises that will make you glad you arrived!)
*DINNER FOR TWO TO IX TAPA CANTINA, ANNNNNNND...
*DINNER FOR TWO TO EITHER BAR CELONA OR VILLA SORRISO!!!
Today's drawing is completely up to lady luck...
We'll take every name that responds to RSVP@DANCOXPR.COM
WITH "IX TAPA PASADENA" written in the subject line...
We'll put them in a hat (or a salad bowl) at 7pm Monday night,
and randomly draw TEN LUCKY WINNERS!!
Good Luck...and, we hope to see you Tuesday night!!
REMEMBER, the ix tapa Mex resort vacation drawing will be held on Friday, December 11 LIVE AT IX TAPA Cantina!! Check here EVERY DAY UNTIL THEN for chances to enter your name into the drawing!
For all questions and press inquiries, please contact DAN@DANCOXPR.COM
The picture made us smile, but the poem (which we can NOT reproduce here!) made us blush! And, we're still laughing.
CONGRATULATIONS, Samantha! You have won dinner for two to the new ix tapa Cantina, a VIP invite to our opening Celebration this Tuesday, and ENTRANCE INTO THE DRAWING FOR THE TRIP TO IX TAPA, MEXICO! Good luck. And, thanks for making us all smile while working through the holiday weekend!
Friday, November 27, 2009
The winners were:
1. Albert D
2. Elizabeth T
3. Grace L
4. Sasha O
5. Claire B
6. Carol O
8. Adam D
9. Mariana B
10. Juhree F
11. David K
12. Juliet B
13. John M
14. Elissa R
15. Mahdi J
16. John SC
17. Marc P
18. Raquel A
19. Danielle W
20. Jessica L
21. Marissa R
22. Fred M
23. Shivani S
24. Tawnya A
25. Hillary R
CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYONE! We hope to see you all Tuesday!!
From our friends at URBAN DADDY...
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Don't want to cook?
Check out Villa SORRISO! All the trimmings, turkey & prime rib carving stations. D.Lish.
VILLA SORRISO 626.793.2233
168 W. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91105
PS. Today's winning clues for TRIP TO IX TAPA MEXICAN RESORT (and other prizes)
will ONLY appear on FaceBook and Twitter.
Follow & Friend us @ixtapaPASADENA
And, Happy Turkey Day! :)
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
DOMINIC C, ESTER T & DINO H !!!
Each winner receives an invitation to the Opening Celebration of ix tapa next Tuesday,
A Dinner For Two gift certificate,
AND EACH WAS ENTERED INTO THE DRAWING FOR
A FREE VACATION TO IX TAPA MEXICAN RESORT!
Today, Urban Daddy also linked to our RSVP lines, with HUNDREDS responding. The first twenty five will also be invited to attend the Opening Celebration as our personal guest, as well as entered into the IX TAPA Vacation Resort Drawing!
Remember, you may enter the drawing as many times as you win a daily prize contest!! To increase your chances, Follow us on TWITTER & Friend us on FaceBook! (ixtapaPASADENA)
For all questions or press inquiries, please contact DAN@DANCOXPR.COM
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
With three new restaurants, Jack Huang is transforming Colorado Boulevard
Photos by Orly Olivier
How is it that a Chinese aerospace engineer from Taiwan came to host Michael Jackson’s burial reception at his Italian villa-style restaurant? Simple: a passion for good food.
Jack Huang, entrepreneur and restaurateur, lives by a simple mantra: eat, drink, play, and have fun.
While he may have started a career in aerospace, restaurants are in his blood.
“I grew up working in restaurants,” says Huang, sitting in his trendy Italian restaurant, Villa SORRISO. “They are in my family.”
Villa SORRISO, Huang’s largest restaurant, is situated at the “entrance” to Old Town Pasadena, at the corner of Pasadena Avenue and Colorado Boulevard.
“Some people used to call this the end, but now everyone thinks of it as the beginning,” says Huang.
The Mediterranean-style villa offers Old World charm with its crackling fire pit, landscaped courtyard and airy dining rooms, the menu is filled with classic Italian favorites, as well as seafood, steaks, chops, and more. Guests can make a night of it, starting with cocktails in the martini bar and lounge and finishing the evening with live music, dancing, and DJs in the privacy of a patio cabana.
Before deciding to open his own restaurant, Huang honed his management skills with Panda Management Company, owners of Panda Inn and Panda Express, for two years, running its workers’ compensation program. Then he and his wife, Karen, had the idea for Wok ’n’ Roll Sushi, and, for nearly eleven years, it was a successful, fun-loving, fusion sushi restaurant where diners could pay homage to their favorite musicians by eating rolls named after music icons including Elvis Presley and Bob Marley. Eighties music blared from the speakers, and there was excitement in the air.
It’s this excitement that spurs Huang to create the next big thing and to tackle the next challenge.
“I am competitive, and I like to provide food in an innovative concept,” says Huang.
With Villa SORRISO, Huang offers a unique take on the supper club, combining a restaurant and bar with a clublike atmosphere. Areas of the restaurant, like the Zebra Lounge and the patio cabanas, offer dining opportunities unlike anywhere else in Pasadena.
“It’s unique,” says Huang. “Every room offers a different feel.”
However, he’s careful to note that, ultimately, it’s all about the food.
“We are a restaurant first,” says Huang. “People are going to love our food.”
This atmosphere carries through to the development of Bar Celona, Huang’s next venture after Villa SORRISO.
Bar Celona opened in SORRISO’s first space, at 46 East Colorado Boulevard. The restaurant is a stylized take on a Modern Spanish tapas bar. Diners can try tapas (small plates) and paella or sip sangria while enjoying flamenco music. The restaurant features patio dining, an exhibition kitchen, live music, and a late-night lounge.
This year Huang has faced a different challenge: the opening of his newest restaurant venture, ix-tapa Cantina, during an economic downturn.
“I am very fortunate,” says Huang. “Pasadena has been very good to me. We are about to own three of the largest restaurants on Colorado Boulevard. We are creating 250 jobs and are looking for opportunities to expand while other places are going out of business.”
With ix-tapa Cantina, as with everything he does, Huang has taken a hands-on approach, including choosing the name of the restaurant and hand picking lighting fixtures with architect and designer Sat Garg. The 7,500-square-foot location, at Arroyo Parkway and Colorado Boulevard, will combine a restaurant, sports bar, and club with Mexican cuisine. “I always want to have that fun factor, and this restaurant feels like a beach resort, which fits into the theme we wanted to carry out,” says Huang.
Now that ix-tapa Cantina is opening soon, Huang is close lipped about what he has in mind for his next venture. However, when you ask him, you can see the wheels churning as he gets a playful look in his eye. It’s sure to be somewhere where people can eat, drink, play, and have fun.
Villa SORRISO, 168 W Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, (626) 793-8008.
Bar Celona, 46 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, (626) 405-1000.
ix-tapa Cantina, 119 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, (626)304-9955