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Patticakes

Patticakes

The east Altadena stop for a treat (a cookie, a slice of chocolate truffle cake, a cup of coffee), Patticakes is really famed for its special-occasion, made-to-order cakes. They are spectacular, and they taste every bit as good as they look. You’ll find a gallery of them on the website, but if you don’t see [...]

Tibet Nepal House

Tibet Nepal House

Tibet-born mountaineer and photographer Karma Tenzing Bhotia trained in Austria as a chef, and he brings a gourmet sensibility (rich cream sauces, lovely presentation) to Tibetan and Nepali cuisine. Reminiscent of both Chinese and Indian food, but with more subtle flavors, the menu spans the Himalayas, from lowland curries and dals to highland yak, noodles [...]

A Taste of Art

A Taste of Art

Gale Kohl, owner of the eponymous Gale’s Restaurant on Fair Oaks, and her friends have put together a quietly remarkable fundraising night, A Taste of Art, for the past  few years. The warm and bustling restaurant is transformed overnight into an art gallery, with dozens of works for sale at eminently reasonable prices. The parking lot [...]

Way Up on North Lake

Way Up on North Lake

If Randy Newman lived in Altadena, he’d write a song called “I Love North Lake.” Our stretch of Pasadena’s iconic avenue is in many ways the mirror image of South Lake. Where they have upscale chain stores, we have quirky mom and pop shops. Their spiffy houses on tidy lots contrast with our farmhouses, old [...]

The Lacuna

The Lacuna

A “lacuna” is a hole, an empty place in a stone or bone — and a metaphor for The Lacuna‘s central character. Harrison Shepherd moves through Mexico and America in the first half of the 20th century, aching to be a part of a family, and a nation, but never quite fitting in.He’s too bookish for [...]

Lincoln Vampire Log Lags a Bit

Lincoln Vampire Log Lags a Bit

I am an oozing, drooling undead groupie for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, so I rushed out to buy Seth Grahame-Smith’s latest mashup, Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter. The premise is deliciously dumb: In addition to his other accomplishments, Honest Abe is a hunter of vampires, who are depicted in “historic” photos throughout the book in [...]

On This Farm You’ll Have Some Fun

On This Farm You’ll Have Some Fun

Put on your overalls and grab your wellies; Danny’s Farm is having a Barnyard Benefit this Saturday. Located high in Altadena, Danny’s Farm was inspired by a young man named Danny Gott, who has an incredible fondness for animals as well as autism.His parents, former Dodger pitcher Jim Gott and his wife, Cathy, created this [...]

Love, Leave, Laugh (Repeat): Tracy McMillan

Love, Leave, Laugh (Repeat): Tracy McMillan

Writer Tracy McMillan, in high heels and a teased-out afro, is somehow both regal and gangly, with an open face, porcelain latte skin and huge eyes. Her friendly, goofy smile disarms you; her razor wit and keen intelligence keep you massively entertained-slash-enlightened — much like her amusing, amazing memoir, I Love You and I’m Leaving [...]

Christopher Slatoff: Sculpting Life

Christopher Slatoff: Sculpting Life

Christopher Slatoff looks like a sculptor. Standing over six powerful feet tall, with a cherubic yet introspective face framed by a shaggy, graying coif, he’s somewhere between Michelangelo’s David and Moses. Chris, who has a BA in sculpture and once made a living traveling the world’s beaches sculpting sand, is a professor at both Art [...]

Art on Palm, 12th Chapter

Art on Palm, 12th Chapter

This is the twelfth year that the one-day-only event Art on Palm will offer all comers a chance to stroll down one of Altadena’s prettiest streets on a beautiful day — and shop. Artwork shown by 30 artists from around Southern California, including ceramics, painting, jewelry, woodwork, glass and  photography, will be available (Mother’s and [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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