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Honey Whole Wheat Flatbreads & Eggplant Walnut Dip

Honey Whole Wheat Flatbreads & Eggplant Walnut Dip

This combination has become a go-to for me as an appetizer. The eggplant dip is an adaptation of a Turkish red pepper dip called muhammara and the flatbreads are my take on a recipe from Plenty, one of my favorite cookbooks. Eggplant Walnut Dip, Ingredients: 1 medium eggplant 1 small red bell pepper ½ cup raw [...]

Parti Gras

Parti Gras

For this year’s gala, the South Pasadena Educational Foundation is upping the ante. The venue: Arroyo Seco Golf Course. Close your eyes and imagine Paris; imagine harder and you’ll see the sweeping the lawns of Versailles. (No? Help yourself to another complimentary cocktail.) The cuisine: Twenty-two local eateries, such as Charlie’s Trio (the name honors the grandfather, father and son [...]

Le Salon de Musiques

Le Salon de Musiques

An evening of profound music and impressive musicians in an intimate setting where no stage divides the audience from the performers. It’s the season finale for Le Salon de Musiques’ “without walls” chamber music concert series. Le Salon founder and artistic director François Chouchan welcomes music lovers to come hear the “wonderful and almost unknown” neo-romantic [...]

Keeping Sane, and Other Aspirations

Keeping Sane, and Other Aspirations

(Excerpt from a novel-in-progress) Although I am only eleven years old and one would think that young, blank canvas, nascent minds would be constantly in motion with new ideas, fun amusements, and creative endeavors, sometimes I need a mind-numbing pastime. Thank God for TV. It can’t get more anesthetizing than that (I’ll admit I had to [...]

Bonsai!

Bonsai!

How many people have gone through the decades pronouncing the “o” in bonsai like the “o” in bonbon (bän-bän)? Would it be surprising to hear that the Santa Anita Bonsai Society directs one to pronounce the word “bone-sigh” (bōn-sī)? Then again, listening to Merriam-Webster online and clicking on the speaker icon, the supposedly Japanese speaker sounds [...]

Ferraris on Colorado

Ferraris on Colorado

The official website states that Ferrari was “born” in 1947. Not that it was founded, established, or created, but born. Then again, when one has engineered the 250 GTO, which is considered “one of the most famous cars in history,” “legendary” models like the 275 and Daytona, and the Testarossa, “one of the most iconic [...]

Blind Beer Tasting, Wine, & Vega Workshop

Blind Beer Tasting, Wine, & Vega Workshop

This is promoting a big business, but periodically we do patronize Whole Foods and this week we’re drawn to several wine tastings, a blind beer tasting, and “Vega Workshop:  How to Thrive on a Plant-Based Diet.” Wednesday, May 14th, 6-8 p.m.: Jeffrey Cruz will be on hand representing Duckhorn winery and for $10 guests may [...]

Magnificent & Messy

Magnificent & Messy

Look down the lane as you drive or look up while on a stroll and you’ll see massive umbrellas of grouped panicles, flowering purple-blue. It’s magnificent. If you look down, you’ll see a dusting—along the street, across the sidewalk, on green lawns—of fallen blossoms. Some see a magical carpet, some see a mess. It’s spring and [...]

Walk & Shoot

Walk & Shoot

Sometimes walking and taking snaps while not paying excessive attention leads to enjoyable surprises, especially after downloading and “playing” with comp and con and cali.                                        

Busch Gardens, Ninita Parkway-Rose Villa Walking Tour

Busch Gardens, Ninita Parkway-Rose Villa Walking Tour

“Pasadena Heritage invites you to WALK, LOOK and LISTEN as we celebrate National Preservation Month. Each Saturday in May we will feature a different walking tour, or lecture that will educate, entertain, and highlight a unique part of Pasadena’s history and architecture.”  May 17th: Docent-led walking tours of charming Pasadena neighborhood that was once the [...]

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