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Mel's Silly Reads for Summer

Mel's Silly Reads for Summer

It’s been a fun few weeks on my bedside table, starting with Gods Behaving Badly, by Marie Phillips, a silly romp that puts a dysfunctional, dissipated and dispirited family of Greek gods in a dilapidated house in contemporary London. Aphrodite is a phone-sex operator, Artemis is a dog walker, and a couple of innocent mortals [...]

The Oinkster

The Oinkster

It’s time once again for a new installment in our series about worthy little restaurants that will feed you well for not too many dollars. This week we venture west to Eagle Rock to the home of “slow” fast food. The Oinkster It used to be a drive-through; with a near-complete minimalist makeover that preserved [...]

Affordable Sushi: Not an Oxymoron

Affordable Sushi: Not an Oxymoron

Here at Hometown Pasadena, we’re dealing with the same constricted wallets as everyone else, so we’re going to be posting weekly reports on under-the-radar restaurants that offer a lot of bang for not much buck. And there’s no better place to start than sushi. Mel Malmberg has this discovery: Yuki Yama Sushi Let’s face it [...]

Solar 101, Part 2

Solar 101, Part 2

My Altadena household has been making electricity since March 27. Our solar panels are almost disappointingly discreet — I can’t help but want everyone to know how virtuous we are. But on the other hand it’s nice to be humble, quietly saving the planet in our own way, you know…. Solar installation took about two [...]

Solar 101

Solar 101

At Colleen’s suggestion, I’m going to chronicle the installation of solar panels at my house in Altadena. It’s something I’ve been interested in doing for a while now. I have always been one to put my money where my (big) mouth is.  I am what I would call an amateur/dilettante conservationist — I bought a hybrid [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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