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Party with the Pinot

Party with the Pinot

If you like Pinot Noir the way we like Pinot Noir, then you’re going to want to take part in one of the events happening shortly as part of the second annual Pasadena Pinot Fest. Unfortunately, you can’t take part in the first, a winemaker’s dinner tonight (Sunday), because it’s sold out. But the Friday-night [...]

DineLA: It’s About Pasadena, Too

DineLA: It’s About Pasadena, Too

Just when you thought it was time to diet and swear off three-course meals, along comes DineLA, the ever-popular prix-fixe-a-thon that gives budget-conscious diners a chance to try new restaurants for less. The city-sponsored DineLA Restaurant Week is in fact two weeks, from January 31 to February 5 (excluding Saturdays). To participate, restaurants offer three-course [...]

State of the City

State of the City

Another year, another speech… but this is one that’s sure to be both engaging and important. On Thursday evening Mayor Bill Bogaard and team are putting on a show to present the 2010 State of the City. The first half hour will be devoted to mingling and checking out tables touting various services and programs [...]

Roundup of Storm Reports

Roundup of Storm Reports

You don’t need us to tell you that it’s raining cats, dogs and small ponies. But if you want to stay really on top of what’s going on in our once-again-national-news foothill communities, here are some resources: — As always, Tim Rutt at Altadenablog.com is on top of things. He’s posting regular updates from the [...]

Tonny’s

Tonny’s

Warm and welcoming, this little family restaurant has an open kitchen, a tiny patio out back, about eight tables – and some of the most delicious guacamole ever, chunky and fragrant with cilantro and limes. Fresh-squeezed juices of all kinds – check out the carrots in the fridge! – accompany breakfast, lunch and dinner. The [...]

The Art of Romance — and Food

The Art of Romance — and Food

For 23 years, the Folk Tree has heralded Valentine’s Day with a Hearts & Flowers art exhibition, which runs from late January to late February. Love is always the theme; this year’s show will feature works by some 50 artists (including Esau Andrade, Kina Clay, Sumi Foley, Sandra Gallegos and Kathi Oshima): jewelry, ceramics, mixed [...]

Night with a Cheese Nerd

Night with a Cheese Nerd

Tired of the same old gouda? Ready to move beyond brie? Then head to Vroman’s Bookstore on Friday evening for a guided cheese tasting by Alex Brown of South Pasadena’s Nicole’s. A multiple grilled-cheese contest champion, Alex calls himself a “certifiable cheese nerd,” and he doesn’t do the usual food-pairing thing. Instead you’ll learn, as [...]

The Red Cross & Haiti

The Red Cross & Haiti

Every red-blooded American is trying find some way to help Haiti recover from its devastating earthquake, which has inspired us to champion Pasadena’s very own outpost of the American Red Cross. Located in the historic Cravens Estate on Madeline just off of Orange Grove, this Red Cross sponsors everything from blood drives to babysitter training [...]

MLK Day at Kidspace

MLK Day at Kidspace

Kidspace has a big day planned to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday. It’s packed the roster with performers, activities and music, including: — African folktales told by professional storyteller Michael McCarty at 11 a.m. — Quilt making all day in the garden — A children’s drum circle at noon — Stories by [...]

La Caravana

La Caravana

Hearty, tasty Salvadorian specialties—pupusas, meat-filled pepitos (like empanadas), savory chicken sautéed with onions and potatoes, carne asada—are served in a handsome room decorated with plush booths and Central American art and woodwork. It’s a much nicer dining experience than the shabby block it’s on suggests. 1306 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena, 626.791.7378, Salvadorian. L & D [...]

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