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Trash Can Days & Nights: A Chat with Teddy Steinkellner

Trash Can Days & Nights: A Chat with Teddy Steinkellner

I was raised in Santa Barbara, CA, where, in seventh grade, I was dumped into my first trash can. So begins the biography of Teddy Steinkellner. Teddy persevered and survived the next five years of middle and high school, after which he attended Stanford University, majoring in English and American Studies…and writing his first novel Trash [...]

Lavender & Honey Espresso Bar

Lavender & Honey Espresso Bar

They had a theme and a full menu before they had a name, explains Honey & Lavender Espresso Bar co-owner Melanie Porter. When she was a teenager and worked at a small, family-owned café outside of Napa, a seed was sown. A seed that germinated over the years as she worked as an auditor for Fox Studios and traveled [...]

Sundry

Sundry

Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve roamed our neighborhood streets and alleyways, taken a visiting friend downtown to the warehouse district and indulged in a dog, met a friend at the Busy Bee classic diner in Ventura for a delicious BLT, felt good about the layer of dirt on our car, enjoyed some architectural [...]

6 Rms Riv Vu

6 Rms Riv Vu

Are you able to decipher the above code? It’s shorthand for an ad in the New York Times classifieds. Six room apartment available with a view of the Hudson River. In 1972, we’re told, you could find such an apartment, rent controlled no less, for $325. Today on Zillow, a 6 BR, 5.5 BA apartment with [...]

Chirp Kids

Chirp Kids

Has it been years since you’ve been able to sit and have a lovely latte without having to keep your third eye on the look-out for a roaming toddler or two? Jennifer Gunn and Carole Fleischman are two moms who thought so, to the point that they have opened Chirp Kids Karaoke Cafe on Colorado [...]

Can It!

Can It!

Drying, smoking, pickling. Canning, bottling, jellying, and jugging. Have you guessed where we’re headed? Salt, sugar, lye, subterranean burial. Yes, we’re talking about ways to preserve food. Lye? Isn’t that used to unclog drains and used by criminals to make bodies disappear (literally dissolving them; 300 degrees for 3 hours)? Historically, lye has been used to [...]

Distinguished Speakers

Distinguished Speakers

Some people are bred to live under water, or at least it seems this way. Fabien Cousteau, grandson of renowned Jacques Cousteau, began scuba diving at the age of four and when he turned 12, he joined his grandfather’s crew. This year, Cousteau completed “Mission 31,” setting the record for the longest time spent underwater for a [...]

Rooftop Cinema on South Lake

Rooftop Cinema on South Lake

A baking parking lot under a hot sun is nobody’s idea of a fun place to be. But once the sun sets and the stars come out, a car park rooftop—along with some beach chairs, blankets, a picnic a basket of goodies, and a big screen for a nighttime flick—may be just the ticket as summer comes [...]

Feasting at the Ranch & Claud’s Duck

Feasting at the Ranch & Claud’s Duck

For the second year, Chef Claud Beltran of The Eatery leads a group of local chefs in creating a menu consisting of local and seasonal dishes at “The Feast at Baldwin Ranch” to be held on the Meadowbrook Lawn at the Arboretum on September 28th. The chefs will include Sushi Chef Ota-San of Japon Bistro [...]

Treasures Big & Small

Treasures Big & Small

All items must be appraised at a value of $250 or more by qualified appraisers. This is no ordinary thrift store. The Huntington Collection is located in a nondescript building on Fair Oaks Avenue near Fillmore in Pasadena—we drove by twice before noticing the sign; it’s easier to discern driving south on Fair Oaks than driving north. But once [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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