Author Archive


Lighting the Big Tree

Lighting the Big Tree

Tuesday brings the annual lighting of the city of Pasadena’s 20-foot Noble fir tree. Mayor Bill Bogaard will turn on the lights and kick off a celebration that includes music and food. To keep in the city’s increasingly green spirit, Pasadena Water & Power donated LED tree lights that use 90% less energy than traditional [...]

Charles Phoenix’s Retro Holiday

Charles Phoenix’s Retro Holiday

Mid-century-obsessed funny guy and social observer Charles Phoenix, author of Southern Californialand and Americana the Beautiful, is bringing a different sort of holiday cheer to the Neighborhood Church on Saturday night. He’s edited his massive collection of vintage Kodachrome slides and will be showing them, with witty running commentary, in a celebration of the most [...]

The Langham Huntington Hotel

The Langham Huntington Hotel

The swankest afternoon tea in Pasadena is served all week in the lobby lounge. White linens, silver service, tiered trays of scones, jam, sandwiches, pastries plus champagne. The price will sober you up, but what a way to go. $59 per person, $39 without the bubbly. 1401 South Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena, 626. 568 3900, pasadena.langhamhotels.com, [...]

Azeen’s Afghani Restaurant

Azeen’s Afghani Restaurant

Azeen’s is an elegant white-tablecloth restaurant with a restful, welcoming atmosphere. Squint at the menu you’ll recognize derivatives (or ancestors) of such Indian, Pakistani, Persian and Chinese dishes as pakoras, curries, dumplings, kebabs and pilafs. Share a sampler plate of appetizers, then try tender beef kebabs or quabili pallaw (lamb with carrots and raisins). Sweet, [...]

Nutcracker Season Already?

Nutcracker Season Already?

If it’s December, there must be a Nutcracker performance happening somewhere — fortunately, the one running this weekend at Glendale’s historic Alex Theatre is a fine one. A Los Angeles Ballet production, this is an elegant ballet that hews to tradition but is not stodgy. The performance opens here in Glendale, then moves to UCLA’s [...]

Houston’s

Houston’s

Just try to drive by this upscale chain without having the aroma of pork products force you to pull into the parking lot, zombie-like, and head for one of the roomy booths. Pass on the bland chicken and so-so seafood in favor of the excellent (if pricey) meat: baby-back ribs, steaks, chops and burgers. No [...]

Vroman’s Bestsellers 11/23/2009

Vroman’s Bestsellers 11/23/2009

Hardcover Fiction The Gathering Storm, Robert Jordan Shanghai Girls, Lisa See The Help, Kathryn Stockett Too Much Happiness, Alice Munro The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown Warbreaker, Brandon Sanderson Nine Dragons, Michael Connelly Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel Under the Dome, Stephen King Last Night In Twisted River, John Irving Hardcover Non-Fiction Open, Andre Agassi Going Rogue, [...]

We’re Thankful For…

We’re Thankful For…

We at Hometown Pasadena talked amongst ourselves about what we’re thankful for here, and we wanted to share our short list for the Thanksgiving holiday. Here’s one hometown thing each of us is thankful for — except that some of us just couldn’t keep it to one thing. Mel Malmberg: The way Pasadena fosters community. [...]

It’s Thanks-mas Time Again

It’s Thanks-mas Time Again

Thanksgiving weekend is anon, which in retail land really means it’s Christmas season. So, not surprisingly, Old Pasadena is pulling out all the Christmas stops before you even have a chance to make morning-after turkey hash. The stores, of course, wlll be in full swing Friday morning, but Friday evening is when the formal fun [...]

Scarlet Tea Room

Scarlet Tea Room

Gilt trimmed tea parlor west of the Castle Green, the scones are delectable with the best strawberry jam we’ve had. Good finger sandwiches and lunch specials for heartier appetites. 18 W Green St, Pasadena, 626.577.0051, scarlettearoom.com, Tea. Tues.-Sun. from 11 a.m. AE, MC, V. $$-$$$

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

a

a

Camelot and Vine

Search