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Zov Comes to Cook

Zov Comes to Cook
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Zov Karamardian’s Greek salad recipe has all of the traditional ingredients: cucumbers, plum tomatoes, red onion, feta cheese, and Kalamata olives. Ready for a twist? One-quarter cup of thinly sliced mint and one teaspoon of crushed dried mint. Why both? “It adds an extra layer of refreshing coolness.” The Arboretum’s September Fresh Cooking Class features […]

Music Makes Magic at the Old Mill

Music Makes Magic at the Old Mill

Built in 1816, it’s been described as the first water-powered grist mill in California, even though apparently the “mechanical marvel” of Franciscan Father José Maria de Zalvidea‘s horizontal, direct impulse water wheel left the subsequent flour damp and the mill only produced for seven years before a “superior” New England-style mill with a vertical waterwheel […]

Jennifer Joanou

Jennifer Joanou

Jennifer Joanou is a photographer, visual storyteller, and an all-around talented, inventive, and creative woman. She was kind enough to answer all of our questions. Editor’s note: Jennifer has just been asked to join 20 other artists to conduct online workshops. Sign up before September 4th and receive a free thank-you gift of ten 90-minute […]

Bubble Bonanza!

Bubble Bonanza!

What is it about bubbles? Bubbles in the bath that little ones slap with their hands followed by magical child laughter. A torrent of bubbles that makes the little girl raise her hands and dance. How about mammoth bubbles? Body-encasing bubbles? A moment of reticence, eyes wide, arms stiff at the side, then the boy […]

Fleur

Fleur

Fiore Market Café is one of our favorite spots. Located in South Pasadena adjacent to Fremont Theatre, Bill and Ann have put together a warm, inviting spot with the most fresh of everything. Fresh breads for their sandwiches, paninis and baguettes, heirloom tomatoes straight from the Fiore Garden (right next to the patio), daily roasted […]

Queen of Dreams

Queen of Dreams

Words are tricky. My mother had tried to teach me this. Once when I was persteringly insistent with my questions, she said, “Everyone breathes in air, but it’s a wise person who knows when to use that air to speak and when to exhale in silence.”   Queen of Dreams by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is […]

Poetrypalooza Pasadena

Poetrypalooza Pasadena

According to the critic Coleridge, prose is “words in their best order,” while poetry is “the best words in their best order. (Maeve Maddox at DailyWritingTips.com) Who knew that poetry could be fun? Not only inventive, reflective, thoughtful, calculated, precise, and written to evoke emotions. Poetrypalooza Pasadena is making an evening of it with free […]

Completely Hollywood (Abridged)

Completely Hollywood (Abridged)

For gentlemen who’ve partaken in such productions as Return to the Forbidden Planet, which is based on The Tempest and billed as “Shakespeare’s forgotten rock and roll masterpiece,” and The Real Inspector Hound, a one-act play by Tom Stoppard, perhaps it is no surprise to find them as a trio performing The Bible: The Complete […]

Sue Grafton In Conversation

Sue Grafton In Conversation

One mystery writer, a local, in conversation with one mystery writer who’s PI lives in a town that “looks” surprisingly like a neighbor up north, Santa Barbara. Bestselling author Sue Grafton comes to Vroman’s via All Saints Church on August 27, and partakes in conversation with local mystery writer Denise Hamilton. Sue Grafton is the […]

The Long Table 2015

The Long Table 2015

Early Bird reserved seating is closed, but there’s still time to get a seat at the table. The long, long table. On August 22nd, the Playhouse District Association hosts the 3rd Long Table event. Green Street at El Molino Avenue is closed and a long, beautifully decorated table is set. A pre-dinner wine and cheese […]

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