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Flour + Tea = Mmm Mmm Good

Flour + Tea = Mmm Mmm Good

With a location on the corner of Arroyo Parkway and Cordova and parking in a garage at the bottom of an apartment/condo complex, it would seem as though this tea house/bakery/cafè would be at a disadvantage. But, it is not. While we were chatting with Nancy Ou, co-owner with her cousin Johnson Wang of Flour [...]

Perfumanistas

Perfumanistas

Recycled birch tar, boiled down into sap, was once used in the making of perfumes. What? Birch tar is now banned, designated as an allergen—as have been many other natural ingredients—much to the consternation of many perfume enthusiasts (or perfumanistas). Nowadays, aromachemicals are prevalently used, but there are a few perfumers who have leaned back into [...]

Arlington Garden: A Moment of Lovely

Arlington Garden: A Moment of Lovely

The California poppies—with the sun at their backs—literally glowed orange as we drove along Pasadena Avenue just south of “The Fork in the Road.” We missed the right turn, thought about continuing home, but the left hand flicked the blinker while the right hand pulled on the steering wheel. We drove around the block, parked, [...]

Thick & Thin by Luis Ituarte

Thick & Thin by Luis Ituarte

Officially, the exhibit of Luis Ituarte‘s new works is called “Alambriques y Alambrones.” For those of us not that advanced in Spanish, this is translated as “Thin and Thick Wires.” Luis Ituarte was born in Tijuana in 1942. After attending law school and art school, he was “involved in the 1968 student movement (Tlaltelolco), which [...]

The Science of Tasting

The Science of Tasting

A food scientist. What a helluva job, eh? This coming Monday, March 25th, food scientist Suzanne Pecore from General Mills will be conducting a class at Beyond the Olive guiding attendees through a series of taste tests while discussing: Basic Tastes, Aroma & Aromatics, Mouth-feel & Textures Good Oils Gone Bad: Recognizing Rancidity and Other [...]

The Age of Miracles

The Age of Miracles

Invasion of the Body Snatchers in 1978 left us feeling a wee bit pessimistic about the proliferation of humanity. 1981′s Mad Max gave us a post-apocalyptic view of the world that was barren, dirty, violent, but oh so sexy with a young (not outwardly crazy) Mel Gibson. The Road in 2010 with “the King” Viggo Mortensen [...]

Gabriella in the Dog Haus

Gabriella in the Dog Haus

“Although I love Dog Haus,” wrote 11-year-old Gabriella Pontrelli, “I feel the menu is not complete. I think there should be one more cheeseburger…named after me!” As thus it was born: The Gabster Perhaps it should be named “The Holy Gabster” as it was a writing assignment in Gabriella’s language arts class at Holy Family [...]

Home Tours & Lectures from Pasadena Heritage

Home Tours & Lectures from Pasadena Heritage

You see it almost everywhere you turn—remarkable, jaw-dropping, impressive, quaint, and quirky architecture. This Saturday, Pasadena Heritage invites you to “peek into the past,” looking at the very early development of Pasadena and the first residential homes built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Before the Bungalow is an illustrated lecture by historian [...]

Hopes & Dreams

Hopes & Dreams

With a few new stores to support and enhance an eclectic, fun, quaint, and whimsical base, and though we’ve recently said goodbye to some favorites, South Pas exemplifies a creative soul…who’s just turned 125. On it’s birthday, South Pas decided upon an “interactive art installation” at the corner of Fremont and Mission where a chain [...]

Caterpillar Adoption Days

Caterpillar Adoption Days

It’s caterpillar adoption days at Kidspace. For four bucks, your child will receive a caterpillar, food, a care guide, and an adoption certificate (for naming rights). A life-cycle observation sheet allows said caterpillar parent to draw each stage of their wee one’s metamorphosis, all the way up to the adult Painted Lady butterfly it shall [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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