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Charlie’s Coffee House

Charlie’s Coffee House

It’s right next to the railroad tracks but it’s quiet. Really quiet. If quiet for concentration or peace of mind are desired, Charlie’s Coffee House is the place. And, it is a coffee house. There’s not a lot of “other” to eat. The usual pastries fill the case and a breakfast burrito that we assume […]

Creamy Spiced Oatmeal with Pumpkin Seeds & Figs

Creamy Spiced Oatmeal with Pumpkin Seeds & Figs

Here’s a perfect breakfast for a late fall morning. Ingredients: 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats (preferable organic) 2 tsp. virgin coconut oil ½ tsp. salt ½ tsp. cardamom ½ tsp. cinnamon ½ tsp. ground ginger ¼ tsp. black pepper 2 cups water 1¼ cups milk, cream or coconut milk 2 tsp. honey 4 figs, […]

The Lighting of Trees

The Lighting of Trees

My mother’s family, the Broemmel family of San Francisco, were, naturally, of German descent and she remembers her grandparents’ Christmas tree being meticulously decorated with ornaments and the placement of individual strings of tinsel being overseen by Valda, the family matriarch. My mother remembers, also, real candles decorating the tree—and being lit. Of course in […]

Hotbox Vintage

Hotbox Vintage

Delilah Rabina is celebrating ten years in business in possibly the smallest store in the Valley – Hotbox Vintage. She actually calls it “closet-size” and it is surprising when one expects a “regular” size store to walk through the door and be within ten feet of the back wall. One is also quickly charmed. We […]

A Bag o’ Fruit, a Box of Veggies

A Bag o’ Fruit, a Box of Veggies

Muir Ranch is an operating farm on a mere 1.5 acres of land on the campus of John Muir High School. Begun in 2011, this urban farm grows flowers, vegetables, and fruit that are used in the school cafeteria, as well as in weekly CSA boxes. Besides the opportunities for students to learn, the community […]

The Perfect Gift: A Book

The Perfect Gift: A Book

One of our favorite things to do, and we mean favorite of all time, is to make a cup of Irish Breakfast tea, let is steep until it’s dark and rich, then add a pinch of whole fat milk, followed by wrapping our hands around our favorite mug—which at the moment is one from local […]

Shop Small, Shop Indie 2014

Shop Small, Shop Indie 2014

The Playhouse District is urging us to shop local and support our independent businesses. Many of us often do shop local, and on a daily basis, but it’s even more important since the invasion of change stores and shopping online that we help our towns, our neighbors, and our friends by shopping at the hundreds […]

Small Biz Saturday

Small Biz Saturday

Yes, Small Business Saturday was begun be mega-multinational corporation American Express, but we do love the concept of buying locally and supporting our local artisans, entrepreneurs, and shopkeepers. Here are a few ideas for buying locally, especially during Small Business Saturday (SBS) on November 29th: Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse is celebrating the day with artists […]

Breakfast with Sleeping Beauty & Her Winter Knight

Breakfast with Sleeping Beauty & Her Winter Knight

The Pasadena Playhouse presents Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Night and what’s the holidays without a dose of fantasy and romance— rational, realistic, or otherwise? Children (perhaps primarily of the female persuasion) will be thrilled to know that breakfast may be enjoyed with the fair maiden of the tale, as well as other fairy tale […]

The End of the Road

The End of the Road

It’s fall. Our fall in Southern California, anyways, which is not much of a fall. We know; don’t remind us. We don’t need reminding, those of us who grew up with ancient trees, umbrellas of leaves like domes above our heads—brilliant, blinding yellows, rusty oranges, and smashing reds from raspberry to ruby to maroon. The […]

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