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Off the Beaten Track in Old Town

Off the Beaten Track in Old Town

Everyone loves to bash Old Town Pasadena, especially those of us who have lived here a long time and seen Colorado Boulevard turn into the Santa Anita mall with more charming architecture. On Chowhounds, it seems like a new thread appears weekly with dozens and dozens of complaints about how the restaurants in Old Town stink.  [...]

Ode to Spring: Arlington Garden

Ode to Spring: Arlington Garden

I know it might seem like we spend a lot of time going on about Arlington Garden here at Hometown Pasadena, but there’s a good reason for that: It’s flippin’ amazing. Plus I drive by it every day, and it brings a wee bit of joy every time. A true community effort, founded, created and [...]

Polkatots Wins L.A. Cupcake Challenge

Polkatots Wins L.A. Cupcake Challenge

  Pasadena’s very own Polkatots, a new spot fairly hidden on Lake at Orange Grove, walked away with two out of three first-place prizes at the 2009 Cupcake Challenge, a sold-out event last weekend at the Hollywood Renaissance Hotel. The goal was to find Southern California’s best cupcakes, and Polkatots’ amazing dulce de leche cupcakes [...]

Pasadena's Daily Photographer

Pasadena's Daily Photographer

Here at the new and improved Hometown Pasadena site, we’re showcasing our favorite area blogs. And one of our very favorites is Pasadena Daily Photo, which every single day delivers not only an engaging photograph shot somewhere in our fair town, but also smart writing by photographer/blogger Petrea Burchard. In her other life, Petrea is [...]

Welcome to the "New" Hometown Pasadena

Welcome to the "New" Hometown Pasadena

Since we published the first edition of Hometown Pasadena in the fall of 2006, we’ve experimented with a few online platforms in the quest to find the one that best suited the personality, information, intelligence and, well, hometown-ness of the book. Today we launch the Third Time’s a Charm version of Hometown-Pasadena.com, and this time we [...]

Maira Kalman's Latest

Maira Kalman's Latest

This has nothing directly to do with Pasadena, but everything to do with the ideals of life in a small town or small city — a small town like, say, Sierra Madre, or a small city like, say, Pasadena. And besides, all my friends in Pasadena adore Maira Kalman. So in case you missed her [...]

Art Along the Arroyo

Art Along the Arroyo

If you’re still relying on your old edition of Hometown Pasadena, here’s just one example of why you need to upgrade to the 2009.2010 edition: A new piece by Susan Futterman exploring the roots of the artistic community that developed along the Arroyo Seco in the late nineteenth century. Look for an exhibit on Frances [...]

Sam Hyde Harris Show & Signing

Sam Hyde Harris Show & Signing

Although born in England, painter Sam Hyde Harris was a true Southern Californian, a California impressionist and one of the leaders of the plein air movement of the first half of the 20th century. Perhaps best known for his paintings of Chavez Ravine, Harris was an Alhambra resident who taught at Chouinard and world as [...]

Learn to Draw with Tom Gammill: Lesson 15

Learn to Draw with Tom Gammill: Lesson 15

Tom Gammill Lesson Fifteen More tips from Tom.

Our Favorite Professionals

Our Favorite Professionals

Here are the professionals we know and trust: dentists, doctors, attorneys, veterinarians, architects, orthodontists, organizers, acupuncturists, dermatologists, pilates and yoga instructors, and more.

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Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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Camelot and Vine

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