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Live Well, by Bike

Live Well, by Bike
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What could be better than popping in here and there—cafés, restaurants, bakeries, and specialty shops—from the Pasadena Playhouse District to Old Pasadena and sampling delicious treats and burning calories as you go? Not much in our estimation. One of our happiest times was as a young woman of seventeen and fresh out of high school. We roamed […]

Dishing with Gold

Dishing with Gold

“In a lot of ways, I think food is starting to take the place in (our) culture that rock and roll took 30 years ago.” —Jonathan Gold Have you seen City of Gold yet? If yes, yes? What did you think? If no, why not? Go. Go! Because how could a movie about food make us want to […]

Gamma Yog’Art Nature Jam

Gamma Yog’Art Nature Jam

It’s a yoga art jam. In the park. Or a garden. On May 15, Landa Curtis hosts another Gamma Yog’Art Nature Jam, this time at Arlington Garden. Last month, folks practiced yoga and painted. This month it’s time for rock mandalas and spiral graphs (and yoga). Curtis says it’s BYOR, bring your own rock, though when […]

Poppies, Cacti & Cats in Trees

Poppies, Cacti & Cats in Trees

We continue our joy of spring. All the growing and flourishing. The vibrancy and hues. The shapes big, small… and humongous. We’re not sure why we are especially taken with this spring—maybe it’s the seesaw from blistering heat that reminds one of late August to the nippy days requiring sweaters, or the stillness and quiet in an […]

“Lila” by Marilynne Robinson

“Lila” by Marilynne Robinson

A friend was about to return Lila to the library, then thought we might enjoy the story. We did. The first we know of little Lila, she’s been dragged from her hiding place under the table and set out onto the stoop and told not to try to sneak back inside. The weather is foul and getting worse. […]

Matt Hormann: The Darkest Night

Matt Hormann: The Darkest Night

The South Pasadena Public Library’s community room was packed. Chairs miraculously appeared a full fifteen minutes into the evening’s history lecture. Local residents, reflecting the area’s diverse ethnicity and cultural backgrounds, had gathered for Matt Hormann’s “The Darkest Night.” It was a quiet room as Matt launched into his presentation, a lecture accompanied by slides. The topic: Pasadena’s […]

A Stitch in Time & Hodge Podge Gifts

A Stitch in Time & Hodge Podge Gifts

We had dropped the ball; our girl is going to her high school senior prom on Saturday and her dress had yet to be hemmed. We flew out of the house, “flew” down Huntington Drive, and cut through A Stitch in Time to reach Carlos the Tailor who has a minute shop in the back, […]

Aerial Photographer Renee Rusak Strouse

Aerial Photographer Renee Rusak Strouse

We are delighted to feature one of the dozens of local artists participating in Open Studios Alta/Pasa/Dena, the next of which will be held June 4-5. Renee Rusak Strouse is an Altadena resident and a photographer. Her husband is a pilot. Says Open Studios artist Leslie Delamater: They combined passions and Renee now does mostly aerial photography. […]

Tales of Desegregation & Sayonara Slam

Tales of Desegregation & Sayonara Slam

Naomi Hirahara has been introducing many of us to a world about which we no little, if anything. Her Mas Arai mystery series follows the life of Mas Arai, a (now) retired landscape gardener who’s career and wife have passed, who’s attempting to stay in a new relationship while worrying about being too old and being […]

Blackberry Mint Mojitos

Blackberry Mint Mojitos

TGIF people, T.G.I.F. Working on my own start-up business has made me very appreciative of Friday afternoons. As a chef, I’ve never been very good at the business/office end of things—talking on the phone, meetings, email, blah blah. Even with my own restaurant I tended to avoid that whole office side of it (thank the […]

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