Monday, May 18, 2009

Mother's Day at the Santa Anita Westfield Mall: The New Promenade and Lunch at CPK

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I always like to go visit any new thing in town, if I have time that is. A few years ago, I was able to at least drive by the new "Restaurant Square" expansion, and that was very amazing at first. The blue lights, modern architecture, and huge parking structure amazed me. It was very different than what one would expect.

Westfield recently these years then started to make a plan for "The Promenade", which seemed to be a counter arguement for Caruso's "Shops at Santa Anita". They fought for at least a year or so. Westfield made a group called Arcadia First! to stop Caruso.

Caruso won- they received building rights from the Arcadia City Council. But what happened? Nothing happened. The south parking lot of the Santa Anita Racetrack is still...the same.

Meanwhile, the Arcadia City Council seemed to be frowning at Westfield at the Promenade. Parking was already a pain during weekends. With the expansion, things could only get worse right?

NOT. Westfield responded by building a huge 2 level parking lot UNDER the expansion, and made the expansion go to the second floor to attach to the existing mall. Smart idea! And before opening, we had already parked in the area. Very nice- cool and shady. No need to leave the car out in the sun anymore.

And on the week where Mother's Day weekend would follow, Westfield opened the Promenade. Unfortunately, I couldn't go. But we did on Mother's day!

First things first. Right when we entered, what did we see at the parking lots? HUGE Rusnak Audi (where we had went for the Audi and Porsche "Launch Event" a few months ago) posters were placed on the walls. They must have paid a lot for that ad.

We found a space quickly and luckily, it was right next to Nordstroms too! We went up the second floor, and what I saw was the Promenade.

As I was walking around, I saw many families holding potted plants (as shown above). But where did they get them? How did they get them? Was it from a store?

Nope. It was Westfield's herb farm giveaway for moms during Mother's day. And we were able to get a plant too! The plant was basil, and the pot was actually ceramic and not some flimsy plastic pot.

After getting our plant, we decided to go to eat at CPK. The people definitely were very friendly today. Everyone seemed to be in a good mood. Our server served up water with lemon and honey, which is not very typical now these days at CPK, and served bread when we ordered. And since our server saw my camera, she decided to ask if we wanted to get a group photo. We happily said yes :).

Soon, the food came, and we started to eat. One of the items we ordered was the Jumbalaya Pasta.

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According to the menu, the Jumbalaya Pasta has "Blackened chicken and shrimp in a spicy Jambalaya sauce with crawfish, Andouille sausage and Tasso ham served on linguini fini and topped with fresh green onions." And it was just that, except for that the chicken did not seem to be blackened at all. We like that anyway.

There was plenty of properly cooked shrimp and andouille sausage as well. Overall, the dish had lots of flavors from the many different ingredients and it was slightly spicy with a hint of tomato. The linguini was cooked to a al dente state and was very tasty.

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And the Wild Mushroom Pizza was just as good. The crust was particularly airy and pillowy feeling this visit and was very tasty. As usual, there were plenty of mushrooms which gave the pizza a lot of flavor.

After finishing lunch, we set off to look at the mall- and it was busy with lots of special events. But, we couldn't partake in it as we had to go somewhere else.

I'll be back to visit though soon so I can snap some photos of the Promenade!


California Pizza Kitchen
400 S Baldwin Ave Ste 115
Arcadia, CA 91007-1902
Tel: (626) 445-2610

And this is the 110th post on Eat. Travel. Eat!

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9 comments:

joanh said...

mm.. the wild mushroom pizza is good w/ the honey wheat dough too.. it's amazing how similar all the Westfields are.. sometimes I miss CPK though there's good pizza here..

Selba said...

Happy 110th post! :)

The food looks so yummy... Hopefully you can go to visit it soon.

EatTravelEat said...

joanh,

I should try that next time. I did with a vegetable pizza and the results were pretty good :).

Selba,

Thanks! Hopefully I will be able to go this weekend.

Mochachocolata Rita said...

maybe it was my technological stupidity.. ^_^ i couldn't manage to leave a comment on the Knott's Berry Farm's Angel's Diner post...the crispy chicken salad...WOWWWWWWWWWWWWW i wish hk's kfc or mcD's serve this. it's no secret that i lovee anything involving crispy chicken :)

EatTravelEat said...

Mochachocolata Rita,

No it isn't this time :). I am sorry I am the one who made the mistake. Somehow when I was switching the date posting it switched the comments from allowed to not allow... :(. Sorry again. I'll link your comment to that post :).

Hmm...isn't it weird that different parts of the world have different items? I think the fried chicken for McD's only comes in sandwich form.

Maybe it's an excuse to make it at home :).

Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) said...

I went to a graduation at the racetrack recently and the parking really was awful. UGH!

EatTravelEat said...

Amanda,

Last year I went to a graduation too at the racetrack and I agree, the whole lot was very full! Lots of walking to do.

shavedicesundays said...

That's a pretty cool giveaway. Wish I could get one.

EatTravelEat said...

shavedicesundays,

Certainly is! Unfortunately the plant isn't doing very well. Some of the leaves became a bit brown- although we have given it plenty of sunlight and water. Is it that we need to pick them now or is it that there is a problem...I do not know!