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Savoy Kitchen

Savoy Kitchen

It’s week three of our quest to find worthy little restaurants that will feed you well for not much money, and this week we head to Alhambra for an irresistible chicken meal. Savoy Kitchen If you drive down Valley Boulevard in Alhambra and San Gabriel looking for a good place to eat — something any [...]

A Picnic for Mom

A Picnic for Mom

Everyone knows you’re supposed to take Mom out for brunch on Mother’s Day, right? But going out for brunch on this particular Sunday is like going out to dinner on Valentine’s Day — it’s amateur hour. You’re just begging for overpriced “special” menus and crowds. Instead, consider picking up food from some of our favorite [...]

India's Flavor

India's Flavor

It’s week two of Hometown Pasadena’s campaign to root out good, inexpensive little restaurants in a diverse range of neighborhoods. This week’s recommendation is a find in Montrose: India’s Flavor It’s easy to become blind to the array of international cafés that cram into our strip malls; you keep meaning to stop and try that [...]

One Colorado Art Sale

One Colorado Art Sale

One of the most endearing pieces of art in my house is a small oil still life, purchased for $10 when I first moved to Pasadena 17 years ago. I found it at the Art Center student sale, which took over an empty Old Town storefront back in the days when there were empty Old [...]

Your Garden as a Dog

Your Garden as a Dog

Father, forgive me, it has been… hmmm… a long time since my last confession. My sin? Living in Pasadena and not being a gardener. Thanks to our hired gardeners, our front yard, at least, looks nice enough so we don’t get run out of town by Pasadena Beautiful (whose president, alas, lives across the street, [...]

Lian Dolan: Pasadena's Chaos Chronicler

Lian Dolan: Pasadena's Chaos Chronicler

We have lots of creative people in my Prospect Park neighborhood — composers, writers, artists, producers, teachers, gardeners extraordinaire — but neighbor Lian Dolan is a class by herself. Sharp, observant, wry and downright hilarious, Lian first won national notice as one of the Satellite Sisters, the radio talk show run by the five Dolan [...]

Happy Earth Day

Happy Earth Day

We got ourselves a picture-perfect Earth Day here in the SG Valley, and the heat is much more manageable today, so we at Hometown Pasadena hope you can get into a little nature today. Some of us started our morning with our usual Wednesday dog walk in the Arroyo; here are a couple of photos. [...]

South Pas Teacher Sweeps Photo Contest

South Pas Teacher Sweeps Photo Contest

The first graders at Marengo School in South Pasadena know her as Ms. McNulty, a fun and funny teacher. But the attendees at the recent Professional Photographers of California 2009 Expo (held at the Pasadena Civic Center) know her as Suzanne McNulty the winner — as in the winner of 1st, 2nd and 3rd place [...]

Pasadena Bar Bets

Pasadena Bar Bets

The things you learn when you least expect it… I spoke at Pasadena Rotary the other day, and longtime member Nat Read warmed up the crowd first, as he apparently does every week. Read is the author of a very fine new book called Don Benito Wilson: From Mountain Man to Mayor, published by my [...]

Literary Festival Hits Pasadena

Literary Festival Hits Pasadena

As home to one of the county’s best bookstores and many accomplished writers, Pasadena has always been a literary place. But it’s never had a literary event of its own, until last Saturday’s Pasadena Literary Festival of Women Authors, which took place at the Pasadena Senior Center. As typically happens with such productions, the idea [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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