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Chef LQ & More at Vertical

Chef LQ & More at Vertical

Quietly, with few people noticing, one of L.A.’s most exciting and innovative chefs has taken residence in Pasadena. His name is Laurent Quenioux, and some of you no doubt tried his food back when he ran the on-the-edge (for Pasadena) Bistro K in South Pasadena. Next came the chic Bistro LQ in L.A., which didn’t [...]

South Street Premieres

South Street Premieres

Not only is the Pasadena Playhouse back, but it’s more ambitious than ever—it’s launching its second original musical in six months. This one is called South Street, and it’s a musical comedy set on Philadelphia’s South Street. The music and lyrics are by songwriter Richard Addrisi (best known for the Association hit “Never My Love”), [...]

Remembering a 9/11 Angell

Remembering a 9/11 Angell

I wrote this piece on September 20, 2001, at the request of the Writers Guild magazine, Written By, to remember my friend Lynn Angell. She and her husband, Frasier co-creator David Angell, died when terrorists crashed their plane, American Airlines Flight 11, into the World Trade Center. The Pasadena residents had just moved to Cape [...]

Thich Nhat Hanh in Pasadena

Thich Nhat Hanh in Pasadena

Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh is coming to Pasadena in a couple of days, and he’ll be addressing this question: What are the practices that will help us touch the core of our being and be able to live fully the gift of this moment? During this talk, the world-famous monk, one of the best-known [...]

Institute for Domestic Techology

Institute for Domestic Techology

Hometown Pasadena colleague Joseph Shuldiner (art director of Celebrating with Julienne and EAT: Los Angeles as well as an accomplished cook) has launched the Institute of Domestic Technology, a lighthearted yet dead-serious organization for food lovers who want to go beyond shopping farmers’ markets and eating at the latest hot restaurant. In August he held his [...]

The Market on Holly

The Market on Holly

A little bit of San Francisco and Portland in Old Pasadena, the Market on Holly is the creation of two longtime locals, composer Marty Davich (whose wife, Carrie Davich, owns the neighboring Maude Woods) and caterer Mary Pat Brandmeyer. There’s a small market (fancy pastas, oils, local organic milk), a swell bar with Portland’s famed [...]

Sausages for Summer Grilling

Sausages for Summer Grilling

June gloom aside, barbecue season is upon us, so we went on a quest for best house-made sausages for summer grilling. Herewith our favorites, in relative order of favorite-ness: Schreiner’s Fine Sausages, 3417 Ocean View Blvd., Montrose, 818.244.4735, schreinersfinesausages.com. Hoo-boy, you haven’t lived until you’ve delved into the bounty behind the glass cases at Schreiner’s, [...]

Ben Overturff Trail, Monrovia

Ben Overturff Trail, Monrovia

Alternate: Falls Trail 7 miles roundtrip; moderate cityofmonrovia.org Perhaps the prettiest hike in the region, this trail goes along Sawpit and Sycamore canyons. Up high are views, chaparral and cactus; in the midranges are wildflowers and a green meadow; and on the lower elevations are a creek, waterfalls, oak and sycamore groves and lush fern [...]

One More Good Reason to Become a Teacher

One More Good Reason to Become a Teacher

Kudos to former Hometown Pasadena editor John Stephens for making this video this morning at Sierra Madre School. The students, faculty and parents, with the help of the Sierra Madre Fire Department, staged a heart-tugging flashmob (which began as a fake fire drill) to say goodbye to retiring principal Gayle Bluemel, who we profiled right [...]

Kids in the Kitchen

Kids in the Kitchen

It’s not easy to get kids off of Count Chocula and Twizzlers, but the Junior League of Pasadena is aiming to do just that—by playing up how tasty (and fun) “real” food can be. On Saturday it’s hosting a free event at the Armory that will bring the farm-to-table message to kids, especially those from [...]

Gooden Open House Saturday, January 11

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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