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Arlington for All Ages

Arlington for All Ages

Our kids have been on first name basis with “Charlie” and “Betty” ever since spending an afternoon pulling weeds and lining pathways with Arroyo stones. Now, each time we stop by Pasadena’s secret garden, also known as Arlington Garden, the boys are always eager for new project assignments and/or just thrilled to be running along [...]

Norton Simon Museum Garden Café

Norton Simon Museum Garden Café

The food (by the swank Patina Group) is pre-packaged at this order-at-the-counter café, but with the exception of the sometimes-soggy wraps, it’s tasty and inexpensive, and you get to eat at umbrella-shaded teak tables in the Norton Simon’s lovely rear garden. It might get noisy if a school group troops through, but otherwise, this is [...]

Taylor’s Steakhouse

Taylor’s Steakhouse

Wedges of iceberg lettuce drenched with blue cheese, cold martinis, red Naugahyde booths and generous, perfectly cooked prime steaks for less than $30 . . . forget all those new poseur steakhouses, because Taylor’s is the real thing. The only branch of the beloved 1953 L.A. mothership, this clubby, windowless joint is packed every night, [...]

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 [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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