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New Owner for Hometown Pasadena

New Owner for Hometown Pasadena

For months now, you’ve been reading posts by Kat Ward and admiring her photographs. Now, I’m happy (and a little sad) to report that as of October 1, I’m handing the reins to Kat for good. Six years ago, I set up a simple site at hometown-pasadena.com to help promote the book my fledgling company […]

Space Shuttle Flyover!

Space Shuttle Flyover!

All of Pasadena was outdoors and looking. At our office, on South Raymond, everyone who could get on a roof was on one. We’re on the second floor, so we had a pretty darn good view of the shuttle coming up to Pasadena from downtown L.A., banking west at the mountains, flying over JPL, and […]

Clint Eastwood & Chair in La Cañada

Clint Eastwood & Chair in La Cañada

Just when the jokes about Clint Eastwood and the empty chair started to be replaced by jokes about Bill Clinton’s verbosity, many of us who travel the 2 Freeway in the La Cañada/Glendale area are taking in a visual version of the joke every day. A few days ago, morning commuters used to seeing the […]

Wowza! Take a Look at Trattoria Neapolis

Wowza! Take a Look at Trattoria Neapolis

Thanks to LA Eater for this report on Trattoria Neapolis, a dazzling new restaurant coming to South Lake. Will this be the game-changer South Lake so desperately needs? Discuss. Here’s the scoop from LA Eater: Perry Vidalakis spent 10 years conceptualizing Trattoria Neapolis, traveling around the country and to Italy for inspiration. On July 10 his vision becomes a reality and […]

Loving the 626, Fung Brothers Style

Loving the 626, Fung Brothers Style

Three cheers for SGV entertainers and video makers the Fung Brothers for this terrific music-video shout-out to the joys of the 626. Sorry, Altadena, they don’t mean you: This love goes out to the south end, where the good food and late-night café action live: Alhambra, San Gabriel, Monterey Park, Rosemead and even El Monte. […]

Rose Bowl Swimmers Rank at Junior Olympics

Rose Bowl Swimmers Rank at Junior Olympics

For the first time ever, the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center’s 13 and older group made it to the top roster at a Junior Olympics meet by placing 4th at the Southern California JO tournament, competing against the best teams in California and Nevada. And Mayfield 8th grader Kate Herrill, an Altadena resident, took 1st place […]

Cheeseburgers: The People Speak

Cheeseburgers: The People Speak

The Pasadena Chamber’s Cheeseburger Week was not without controversy—many cheeseheads in Wisconsin, where the hamburger was invented, take issue with the claim that the cheeseburger began at the former Rite Spot in Pasasdena—but no fisticuffs occurred, and the voting for city favorites went off without a hitch. Now Cheeseburger Week is over, and we must […]

In Honor of National Pie Day…

In Honor of National Pie Day…

… which is January 23rd, we offer you this inspiration from our sister publication Eat LA to go to Pie ‘n’ Burger. Not that you likely need inspiration. Plus it just won top honors in a couple of categories in Pasadena Cheeseburger Week’s popularity contest. Pie ‘n’ Burger WHY The best pecan pie anywhere and a […]

TLO: Vintage Heaven

TLO: Vintage Heaven

Locals who (understandably) complain that Old Pasadena is just another mall, if an outdoors one, need to get off Colorado Boulevard and explore the side streets—especially Holly Street, where a gaggle of indie merchants are thriving. Our new fave is the Loved One, aka TLO, a vintage boutique that recently set a group of college […]

Pasadena Design at LACMA

Pasadena Design at LACMA

We highly recommend a trip west to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to check out its contribution to Pacific Standard Time, the county-wide retrospective of California art in the mid 20th century. Called California Design, 1930–1965: Living in a Modern Way, the show is visually exciting and great fun, showcasing everything from surfboards […]

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