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Make Your Own Bitters

Make Your Own Bitters
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Woodsy and spicy or anise-scented? Angostura or Peychaud’s? Along with orange, Thomas Parsons calls this “the holy trinity” of bitters.¹ Many people know bitters as a classic ingredient for cocktails. We did not know that originally bitters were medicinal tonics. Supposedly in 1838, Antoine Amedie Peychaud, a pharmacist and Creole immigrant from Haiti, “began dispensing […]

Nosferatu, Accompanied

Nosferatu, Accompanied

Brandt Sponseller of Classic-Horror writes that “nosferatu” is a modernization of a Slavic term, which is itself a modernization of the Greek “nosophoros,” or “plague carrier.” Director Freidrich Wilhelm Murnau, in the 1922 classic silent film Nosferatu, embraces this idea, having his Orlock (Dracula) appear rather rat-like with pointed teeth, nose, and those famously pointed […]

A Witch’s Brew

A Witch’s Brew

Fillet of a fenny snake, In the cauldron boil and bake; Eye of newt and toe of frog, Wool of bat and tongue of dog, Adder’s fork and blind-worm’s sting, Lizard’s leg and owlet’s wing, For a charm of powerful trouble, Like a hell-broth boil and bubble. (Second Witch, Scene I, Macbeth)   Maite Gomez-Rejón […]

Shakespeare’s Night of Terror

Shakespeare’s Night of Terror

This is not Freddy Kruger terror or Stephen King horror, but after a bit of knifing, roaring, and disemboweling, the Ensemble Shakespeare Theater‘s “Night of Terror” steps into the truly terrifying… Emcee Fred Cross addresses an audience member and asks, “What is more frightening than blood and gore?” The man considers, then answers: “The mind.” […]

AltaEats’ Farm-to-Table Supper

AltaEats’ Farm-to-Table Supper

AltaEats, the “up, up the hill” little neighborhood restaurant located in Pasadena—but feels like it’s in Altadena—is the creation of Paul Ragan and Angela Visca. AltaEats has been praised as being ambitious, intriguing, and fun by Gayot and Jessica Ritz of LA Weekly writes, “What isn’t really up for debate is this team’s dedication to […]

Syrian Refugees & Ten Thousand Villages

Syrian Refugees & Ten Thousand Villages

According to SyrianRefugees.com, “an estimated 9 million Syrians have fled their homes since the outbreak of civil war in March 2011.” It seems in all the years since, nothing shocked us—we Americans who are thousands of miles away from the conflict—more than the image of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi dead on the sand, his body having […]

Shakespeare’s Horrors, Wicked Lit, Altars & Growl-o-ween

Shakespeare’s Horrors, Wicked Lit, Altars & Growl-o-ween

We of a certain age are too old for trick or treating, and for that we are grateful. And though it’s enjoyable now to sit on the porch with a glass of wine and dole out candy, being witness to some marvelous costumes—from wee ones who can hardly walk to teenagers the size of refrigerators—Halloween […]

Steadfast

Steadfast

Susan Herney dove headfirst—first, into her mother’s diary and then into 200 pieces of correspondence between her parents, Al and Dorothy (Dot) Herney, during her father’s commission on the U.S.S. Scurry during World War II, which was a U. S. Navy minesweeper. One of its missions was to sweep for mines prior to the assaults […]

Olio Nuovo 2015

Olio Nuovo 2015

“Fall in many a culture is a time of ‘thanks giving,’ a recognition of blessings, and for Tuscan people a time when celebrations are all about Olio Nuovo,” says Luisa of Contessa Collections on South Lake. Luisa explains that Contessa’s Tuscan collection of extra virgin olive oils is guaranteed organic and the requirements for being […]

Beauty…at the Mall?

Beauty…at the Mall?

Though we’re not ones to frequent malls—crowds, lights, too many choices!—it was necessary to attend one such environment, the indoor/outdoor Westfield Santa Anita mall next to Santa Anita Racetrack. Surprisingly, there was beauty to behold… Westfield Mall, 400 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia 91007. Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Westfield,com/SantaAnita.     […]

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