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Jacquelyn McBain, Painter – Part 2

Jacquelyn McBain, Painter – Part 2

As promised, here’s Part 2 of our Q & A with Pasadena artist Jacquelyn McBain; here’s a link to Part 1. Jacquelyn McBain doesn’t produce a lot of work, but she works very, very hard, which is evident when you see her paintings — they are astonishingly detailed, richly colorful and as meticulously crafted as [...]

Doña Rosa

Doña Rosa

Our latest hometown favorite for recessionary dining is kind of a mystery. It’s called Doña Rosa, and it’s a sibling of the Pasadena El Cholo. The mystery is why the order-at-the-counter offshoot is so much better than the fancier original, which is an undeniably fun place to have chips and margaritas, but whose food is [...]

Wine in the Garden

Wine in the Garden

This Wednesday begins a two-part class on viticulture and wine at Descanso Gardens, led by Adam Baldwin, wine buyer for Whole Foods Market. The classes run this Wednesday and next, in the early evening, and will cover the basics of the steps from growing grapes to making wine. Students will learn the lingo and the [...]

Satellite Sisters Summer Reading

Satellite Sisters Summer Reading

We’re taking a break from our personal recommendations to share the wonderful Best Beachbag Books 2009 by the Satellite Sisters (one of whom is Pasadena’s own Lian Dolan). Personally, I’m running to Vroman’s right now to get The Help by Kathryn Stockett for my trip to the beaches of Lake Michigan next week, to celebrate [...]

Levitt's Free Concert Season Underway

Levitt's Free Concert Season Underway

Dang, somehow the summer season of free concerts at Levitt Pavilion in Pasadena has started already, and we missed the first week! Fortunately, there’s so much more to come. This annual concert series is one of the best perks of San Gabriel Valley living. Residents gather on the lawns at Memorial Park with picnics, performers [...]

Jacquelyn McBain, Painter – Part 1

Jacquelyn McBain, Painter – Part 1

Pasadena artist Jacquelyn McBain doesn’t produce a lot of work, but she works very, very hard, which is evident when you see her paintings — they are astonishingly detailed, richly colorful and as meticulously crafted as any of the Old Masters. Her work doesn’t get to be seen often enough locally; she is represented by [...]

Cold Treats for Hot Days

Cold Treats for Hot Days

The June gloom is giving way to full-strength summer heat, and that means one thing: Time for ice cream. Okay, it means two things: Time for ice cream and frozen yogurt. Happily, the San Gabriel Valley is home to the some of the finest in the state, some so good that people drive from across [...]

Dogs of the Arroyo, Part 2

Dogs of the Arroyo, Part 2

Our last photo-heavy post on dogs of the lower Arroyo Seco walking paths was such a hit that we’re back with more of our favorite dogs. We couldn’t catch up with the two Airedales, the two Goldens and the gorgeous Boxer — we’ll find them for another post. Here’s some of last Wednesday morning’s crew.

Newport Seafood

Newport Seafood

We’re going a little more upscale this time in our series on good-value dining in the SG Valley for recession-battered locals. Lobster is never cheap, but sometimes an occasion demands lobster, and if the budget doesn’t allow for the Palm, head for Newport Seafood in San Gabriel. Recently relocated from a small, grungier spot into [...]

The Bones

The Bones

Almost never do I have a great time reading a novel, talk it up to my husband, and then see him not only read it but love it. Such is the case with The Bones, which I discovered a couple of months ago when author Seth Greenland took part in a panel I attended called [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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