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Michelle Huneven

Michelle Huneven

Altadena resident (and native) Michelle Huneven is one of our finest writers, and if you doubt it for a moment, pick up her third novel, Blame, just published by Farrar Straus Giroux. A quietly captivating tale of a talented and beautiful Pasadena professor who struggles with alcoholism, men and, most of all, the guilt for [...]

Station Fire Spreading

Station Fire Spreading

Update, 9:30 p.m. Saturday, 8/29: — Fire continuing to spread but so far houses seem safe. Some previously evacuated neighborhoods in La Canada are now open for residents to move back. — The city of La Canada is posting hourly updates on this site — Altadenablog remains an excellent local resource; check the Comments for [...]

The Surreality of La Cañada

The Surreality of La Cañada

I just got back from a chiropractor appointment in La Cañada (Tom Sawyer, in case you’re wondering), and it is ever surreal there right now. Flames are clearly visible on the ridgelines from Foothill Boulevard, ash and smoke is everywhere, helicopters are dumping water… and on Foothill Boulevard, everyone is going about their business, stopping [...]

The Scarecrow

The Scarecrow

Contrary to what many people think, not all women of my age and socioeconomic category read only what Oprah tells us to — or, for that matter, read only “women’s” fiction. Oh sure, I read the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and totally loved it, and I have Shanghai Girls on my nightstand (but stopped [...]

Water-wise Workshop

Water-wise Workshop

It’s pretty clear that our days of pretending that L.A. is anything but a Mediterranean-like desert are over, and our gardens are all going to have to live with less water. Few communities have more beautiful home gardens than Altadena, which is why Altadena Heritage is taking the lead to offer a hands-on workshop on [...]

Mt. Wilson Toll Road Reopens

Mt. Wilson Toll Road Reopens

After nearly five years of waiting and work, the Mt. Wilson Toll Road has finally re-opened, restoring one of our favorite local hikes. Here’s the story in the Los Angeles Times. In honor of the occasion, we’re featuring the hike as it appeared in the first edition of Hometown Pasadena, updated with the news. Mt. [...]

Nicole's Warehouse Sale

Nicole's Warehouse Sale

South Pasadenans and Francophiles from all over L.A. know Nicole’s Gourmet Foods as the charmant patio café and gourmet market — but there’s a whole other side of the business that most people never see. Saturday is your chance, when Steven Grandjean (son of founder Nicole Grandjean) open their Gourmet Imports wholesale warehouse in Alhambra for its [...]

Solar: It's Time

Solar: It's Time

Over the last couple of years we’ve seen a few early adopters go solar in the Pasadena area, including our own Mel Malmberg, who lives in Altadena. But now the floodgates may be opening. Suddenly solar is looking a whole lot more affordable. Just a year or so ago, it cost in the range of [...]

Cham Korean Bistro

Cham Korean Bistro

Kimmy Song has earned much success as the founder CEO of !It Jeans, but she wanted more. A food lover, she had already created a kitchen headed by a former A.O.C. chef to feed employees at their Vernon plant, and she got bitten by the restaurant bug. The result is this bright new café just off [...]

Julia Child Prud'homme, Pasadenan

Julia Child Prud'homme, Pasadenan

Our pal Adrienne Crew has a lovely interview on the L.A. Weekly‘s excellent food blog, Squid Ink, with Julia Child Prud’homme, namesake to her famous great-aunt. Julia the younger, an actress who now lives in Hollywood, grew up in southwest Pasadena and shares memories about visits there with her great-aunt and uncle. If you’ve seen [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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