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Alley Dogs

Alley Dogs

The first time we had what we call an Alley Dog was a couple of decades ago when a friend introduced us to Santee Alley off East Olympic Boulevard in downtown LA. This was back when Santee Alley was truly an alley and the little thrown together stalls and kiosks were selling knock-off Luis Vuitton and […]

A Place to Bead

A Place to Bead

Christina Rizzo has been a “bead” enthusiast since she was a teenager and after working in a shop for years, absorbing all she could learn, she had the opportunity to open her own business. A Place to Bead may be found in the 2-block smorgasbord of shops found on Mission Street in San Marino. It sits between a […]

Independence Day 2017

Independence Day 2017

At the moment, the high on July 4th is forecast to be 84℉ in Pasadena. We assume that will send thousands to the shore, but for those who remain in place, here are some July 4th celebration options… Pasadena 4th of July Lunch Party: The Pasadena Showcase House sponsors an Independence Day party lunch at […]

2017 Night Market for 626

2017 Night Market for 626

Jonny Hwang, remembering the night markets in Asia, especially the Shilin Night Market in Taipei, created the 626 Night Market. It’s the 6th season of night markets with June 30-July 2 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia. The original and largest Asian-themed night market in the United States, 626 Night Market features over 200 food, merchandise, crafts, […]

New: Garden Meditation

New: Garden Meditation

The Arboretum brings positive vibes to the work week with a new class: Garden Meditation. “Welcome to Hump Day at the Arboretum!” The idea is to ease the stress of the first part of the week and get ready to face the second part of the week with a “lunch hour revival session.” In an […]

Mini Repair Demo

Mini Repair Demo

Repair Cafe Pasadena is a marvelously community-organized and community-focused foundation. It’s based on an idea initiated by Martine Postma in the Netherlands in 2007. Quite simply, Repair Cafe is a “bi-monthly meeting of repair people and people who need things repaired.” Neighbor helping neighbor not to simply throw away that toaster, those pair of pants, or that […]

Blushing Bubbles

Blushing Bubbles

If you’re into “production and tasting notes”—if you know what that actually means or would like to know what that means—POP Champagne Bar in Old Pasadena invites you to Blushing Bubbles. POP’s 2nd Blushing Bubbles class is back by popular demand (the first having sold out). Certified Sommelier Michael Scribner leads the way, covering the production and tasting notes […]

A Very Special Evening with Lisa See

A Very Special Evening with Lisa See

Helen Simonson of the Washington Post writes that local author Lisa See‘s new novel The Tea Girl Of Hummingbird Lane is a story that “balances moving on with returning home.” The story begins with Li-yan in a remote Chinese mountain village and eventually incorporates the story of Haley, a Chinese orphan adopted by a wealthy […]

Cos & Pi

Cos & Pi

Almost too beautiful to eat. That was my initial reaction when the young woman set down the plate, delivering our order of Cos & Pi’s salmon toast. Of course, you’ll have noticed the leading word is “almost,” because, of course, for food enthusiasts, nothing is too beautiful to leave untasted. Toasted dark rye is loaded with a layer of avocado, pickled […]

Something Wild in My Garden

Something Wild in My Garden

As the summer heat descends—a bit early, mind you; Mother Nature, where’s our “June Gloom”?—and our gardens need attending, Cactus Gallery brings some levity, truth, poignancy, and whimsy into our days with its new exhibit “Something Wild in My Garden.” The show’s featured artist is Olga Ponomarenko: In this series of paintings, I chose wild […]

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