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Lebanese Kitchen

Lebanese Kitchen

It could not have a blander interior, but the warmth of the people and the quality of the food make up for it. (Besides, we usually take out.) Besides delicious kebabs (the lamb is excellent), falafel and a tasty, smoky baba ganoush, we like such harder-to-find specialties as foul (a ground mixture of fava and [...]

Name that Pharmacist

Name that Pharmacist

We’ve got a quirky contest for you: Name this onetime Pasadena pharmacist. The winner gets a copy of Hometown Pasadena 2009.2010, signed by the editor. Here’s the back story. About seven or eight years ago, Lilli Rouleau found this massive portrait at a Pasadena thrift store. She couldn’t take her eyes off it: the intense [...]

Mandaloun

Mandaloun

If you haven’t been to a wedding or a bar mitzvah in a while, head to Mandaloun on a weekend night, and you’ll experience the next best thing, Middle Eastern-style. Three-generation family groups (all dressed up) and large tables of friends come for a night of dancing to the band (it’s loud-don’t plan on having [...]

Santa on Deck

Santa on Deck

Santa’s a busy guy right now, and yet somehow he’s finding time to visit with children in Old Town Pasadena. On Christmas eve you’ll find him in the Old Colorado courtyard, where there’s also an impressive tree and, quite often, live music. And even though he’s not officially there this week until Christmas eve, we [...]

Vroman’s Bestsellers 12/13/09

Vroman’s Bestsellers 12/13/09

Hardover Fiction Hollywood Moon, Joseph Wambaugh The Help, Kathryn Stockett U Is for Undertow, Sue Grafton Rumpole Christmas, John Mortimer Too Much Happiness, Alice Munro Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel Las Orchestra Saves The World, Alexander McCall-Smith Half Broke Horses, Jeannette Walls The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown I Alex Cross, James Patterson Hardcover Non-Fiction Stones into [...]

The Pasadena Short Story Project

The Pasadena Short Story Project

Local writer, comic and marketing consultant Paula Johnson is also the proprietor of the Rose City Sisters, a “online flash fiction blog” that publishes very short stories of 1,000 words or less. The writers don’t have to live locally, but their stories must have some connection to Pasadena. In the blog’s first year, it’s piled [...]

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

Sure, it’s an old chestnut, and you’ve seen it a few dozen (hundred?) times before… but you’ve probably never seen anything like the Parson’s Nose production we’re looking forward to this weekend. This witty, lively, remarkably talented theater troupe based in South Pasadena puts on staged readings at Jameson Brown Coffee Roaster on Allen. Like [...]

Mayfield Musicians Make Merry

Mayfield Musicians Make Merry

Sorry for the alliteration, but the scene we stumbled upon at Jones Coffee the other day made us so happy that we had no choice. As I was leaving with my coffee, girls in red sweatshirts and Santa hats started arriving, laden with black instrument bags, so of course we had to stay and see [...]

Heirloom Bakery & Café

Heirloom Bakery & Café

South Pasadena’s new foodie hot spot is the place to get a scone and latte for breakfast or a sandwich, strada (layered cheesy casserole) or little hand-thrown pizza for lunch. It’s primarily a bakery, and it’s damn near impossible to leave without ordering a brownie or an entire blueberry pie to have “for later.” Toddlerphobes [...]

Shopper’s Heaven on Friday

Shopper’s Heaven on Friday

We’ve got two hot tips for you shoppers for Friday, December 11: 1. Not many people know that Tommy Bahama‘s womenswear design operation is headquartered right here in Pasadena, in the Raymond Avenue center that also houses Jones Coffee. And even fewer know that they’re having a sample sale on Friday from 11 a.m. to [...]

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