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NOW OPEN: Fast Casual Eatery “Pie Pie Pie” in South Redondo

PIE PIE PIE! Sweet pies, savory pies, and even pizza pies are now freshly made and available for sale in one South Bay location. Check out Pie Pie Pie, a new fast-casual eatery that quietly opened its doors in South Redondo a few weeks ago at Torrance Blvd. and Camino Real (it occupies the space of the now-closed pizzeria, The Slice).

Don’t let its storefront location in a nondescript strip mall fool you — the savory pies, in particular, are top notch. I tasted the pumpkin pie, which is more savory than sweet (my preference) as well as the pecan pie, which is also not overly sweet. Both are excellent, but if forced to make a choice, I would more highly recommend the savory pie selections as I prefer the crust on those over the one used for the sweet pies.

Pie Pie Pie also serves Korean-style chicken wings, which are slightly sweet, not hot, and seasoned with sesame seeds. In addition, they offer a nice selection of New York-style, thin-crust pizzas (cheese, pepperoni, buffalo chicken, veggie and more), along with pasta, salads, and subs, the latter three of which I haven’t tried as of yet.

All of the yummy crusty creations at Pie Pie Pie are handmade by pastry chef Euni Kim (who trained at New York’s French Culinary Institute and worked at several New York restaurants like Battery Gardens and River Cafe). Her husband Kyoung Kang, who works in finance, runs the business side of making pies (and more). The business partners — who are also married — have lived in the neighborhood since 2011.

Call TODAY to order your holiday pies! Seasonal sweet pie selections currently include apple, pecan, and pumpkin. Order your Thanksgiving pies by 9:00pm on Monday, November 23! Note that Pie Pie Pie is always closed on Tuesdays.

610 Torrance Blvd.
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
(310) 316-5111


Open every day except Tuesdays at 11:30am to 9:00pm – pick up, eat in, or order for delivery ($20 minimum). Free onsite parking. NOTE: I recommend taking your pies “to go” and reheating them at home for lunch or dinner since the place is small (only three tables and four bar chairs) plus the ambiance of the space is not in line with the excellence of my favorite — the savory pies! 

MY FAVES: South Bay Breweries & Craft Pubs

A friend was asking me the other day about where to go for good beer in the South Bay area, so I put together this list. Which breweries and brew pubs are your favorites in the Beach Cities and surrounding areas?


Absolution Brewing Company
2878 Columbia St.
Torrance, CA 90503
(310) 490-4860

Beachwood Brewery & BBQ
210 E. 3rd St.
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 436-4020

Cosmic Brewery
20316 Gramercy Pl.
Torrance, CA 90501
(424) 259-2337

El Segundo Brewing Company
140 Main St.
El Segundo, CA 90245
(310) 529-3882

HopSaint Brewing Company
5160 W. 190th St.
Torrance, CA 90503
(310) 214-4677

King Harbor Brewing Company
2907 182nd St.
Redondo Beach, CA 90278
(310) 542-8657

Monkish Brewing Co.
20311 S. Western Ave.
Torrance, CA 90501
(310) 295-2157

Phantom Carriage Brewery
18525 S. Main St.
Carson, CA 90248
(310) 538-5834

Smog City Brewing
1901 Del Amo Blvd #B
Torrance, CA 90501
(310) 320-7664

Strand Brewing Co.
2201 Dominguez St.
Torrance, CA 90501
(310) 517-0900

The Dudes’ Brewing Company
1840 W. 208th St.
Torrance, CA 90501
(424) 271-2915

Three Weavers Brewing Company
1031 W. Manchester Blvd.
Inglewood, CA 90301
(310) 400-5830

Timeless Pints
3671 Industry Ave.
Lakewood, CA 90712
(562) 490-0099


Abigaile Restaurant
1301 Manhattan Ave.
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
(310) 798-8227
Brewer Paul Papantonio

Adam’s Bottle Boutique
1306 S. Pacific Coast Hwy.
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
(310) 316-3740

Alpine Village
833 W. Torrance Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90502
(323) 321-5660

Flights Beer Bar
5119 W. El Segundo Blvd.
Hawthorne, CA 90250

Mediterraneo (The Med)
73 Pier Ave.
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
(310) 318-2666

Naja’s Place
154 International Boardwalk
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
(310) 376-9951

Red Car Brewery Restaurant
1266 Sartori Ave.
Torrance, CA 90501
(310) 782-0222

Select Beer Store-Bottle Shop & Tap Room
1613 S. Pacific Coast Hwy.
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
(310) 540-1221

Sophie’s Place
1708 Catalina Ave.
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
(310) 540-8484

PHOTO: Cold El Segundo Brewing Company’s Mayberry IPA at Najas Place on Redondo Pier by Melissa Richardson Banks

PHOTO OF THE DAY: Redondo Gateway

The first thing you see when driving into Redondo Beach, or even Hermosa Beach, is this iconic view of bougainvillea, power lines, and the ocean from on top of the hill on a street famous (or infamous!) for having three different names along a short stretch: 190th, Anita, and Herondo! When I first moved to Redondo, I noticed that wholesale landscape companies cultivated their nurseries under what seemed to be miles of electricity wires. I find a simple beauty in the juxtaposition between the blooms and the power lines.

EXHIBIT: CA 101 Group Art Show in Historic Power Plant

HONORED! My @SouthBayMuse photography was selected, along with works by 126 other California artists, for the 2015 CA 101 art exhibition, a juried group show produced by the nonprofit Friends of Redondo Beach Arts (FRBA). RSVP on Facebook and join me!

On view in the historic AES Power Plant in Redondo Beach, this annual exhibition features paintings, mixed media works and installations, assemblages, sculptures, and photographs by 127 artists whose works were selected from nearly 1,200 submissions statewide. Built in 1948, the Redondo Steam Station is rarely open to the public, and offers a unique backdrop for the art with its soaring ceiling, large expanse of windows facing the Pacific Ocean, and vintage mint green turbine machinery contrasted by the brick red floors. After opening on Friday, July 31, the exhibition is on view August 1-2 and August 7-9, 2015.

2015 marks the fourth CA 101 art exhibition with Nina Zak Laddon as Juror/Curator and Sandra Dyer Liljenwall as Exhibition Director. Each year, California artists are invited to share and exchange their creative impressions of life on the West Coast. The exhibition produces a vibrant, contemporary and creative interaction of works by a diverse group of artists, which also is intended by FRBA to promote Redondo Beach as a center of arts and culture in Southern California.

FRI 7/31 @ 7-10pm
AES Power Plant (Redondo Steam Station)
1100 N. Harbor Dr.
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
RSVP on Facebook
SAT 8/1 @ 1-8pm
SUN 8/2 @ 1-6pm
FRI 8/7 @ 5-10pm
SAT 8/8 @ 1-8pm
SUN 8/9 @ 1-6pm
Special awards will be presented this year to artists for First Place, $750; Second Place, $500; Public Favorite, $100; Best Emerging Artist, $100; and Public Arts Commission Choice, $100. To learn more, visit the Friends of Redondo Beach Arts website or send an email. Keep posted on this year’s show and future ones by liking CA 101 on Facebook.

Debbie Abshear • Paul Anderson • James G. Bardos • Melissa Richardson Banks • April Bey • Paul Blieden • Tracy Breshears • Kay Brown • Ellen Cantor • Jennifer Celio • John Chase • Joanne Chase-Mattillo • Chenhung Chen • Vivian Wenhuey Chen • Ching Ching Cheng • Kristina Christian Kelly • Sandra E. Chu • Michael Cinnamond • Annie Clavel • Roger Coar • Debbie Collette/Patti Linnett • Dillan Conniff • Adrian Culverson • Ty Cummings • Valerie Daval • Bibi Davidson • Deidre Davidson • Otha “Vakseen” Davis III • Kate Dedlow • John Dingler • Yaron Dotan • Carl Dreizler • Lorien Eck • Gina M. Fernandez • Gerald R. Fleury • Debra Flores • Isabel Fowler • Astrid Francis • Bob Francis • Kristin Frost • Steven Fujimoto • Georgette Gantner • Rob Grad • Patty Grau • Shirley Asano Guldimann • Cie Gumucio • Shelley Heffler • Judith Herman • Jerry Hicks • Jazzmyn Hollis • Jeff Iorillo • Velda Ishizaki • Beatriz Jaramillo • Jacqueline Bell Johnson • Lauren Kasmer • Isabella Kelly-Ramirez • Sadie Khani • Andrea Kitts-Senn • Julie Kornblum • Jerry Kotler • Anita Kroeger • Lorraine Kushynski • Christina M. Lee • Kathy Leeds • Carolyn Liesy • Feng Ling • Stephen Linsley • Terry Liu • Robert E. Mackie • Dorothy Magallon • Aline Mare • George Marlowe • Vincent Mattina • Jacqueline May • Dan J. McCaw • Danny McCaw • John McCaw • Gavin McGroggan • Louisa McHugh • Cameron McIntyre • Lena Moross • Vickie Myers • Jerry Neill • Hung Viet Nguyen • Rikki Niehaus • Margaret Noble • Lucas Novak • Caley O’Dwyer • Edie Pfeifer • Ian E. Pines • John Post • Melissa Prichard • Dawn Quinones • Richard Rahders • Diane E. Reeves • Denis Richardson • Zachary Roach • Roxene Rockwell • Karrie Ross • Kellie Rountree-Farajpour • Linda Jo Russell • Mike Saijo • Ry Sangalang • Kristine Schomaker • Steve Seleska • Lidia Shaddow • Loraine Shue-Weber • Jean Shultz • Jesse Small • Rosine Sorbom • Michael Stearns • Diane Strack • Ariel Swartley • Jill Sykes • Jane Szabo • Roger R. Thomas • Scott A. Trimble • Earl Veits • Cheryl Walker • Elizabeth Washburn • Sue Wood • Mike Yamada • Debra Young • Suzanne Young • Ben Zask • Peggy Zask

NO Whales, Dogs, Cats or Horses


Whimsical #garden #fairies #Esplanade #RedondoBeach #SouthBay 4.11.15 #MyDaySouthBay (at Beach)

Rainy Day

rainy day #latergram #HermosaBeach #SouthBay 4.7.15 (at Hermosa Beach Pier)

Pink palms #Esplanade #RedondoBeach #SouthBay 4.10.15 (at Avenue E)

Ah, the adventures I could take with this #VW bus! #Esplanade #RedondoBeach #SouthBay 4.8.15 #MyDaySouthBay (at Topaz Beach)

One of my favorite trees along the #Esplanade #RedondoBeach #SouthBay 4.8.15 #MyDaySouthBay (at Knob Hill)

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