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Private Knives: Ben Abbott

Private Knives: Ben Abbott

Ben Abbott is a compact guy with an English accent, a guileless face and a haircut that straddles the border of ironically hip and mercilessly efficient. An electrical engineer at Caltech by day, he’s a metal worker by night and on weekends, turning out steel-bladed chef’s knives and an astonishing variety of period-perfect replica cauldrons, [...]

When Will There Be Good News?

When Will There Be Good News?

I’m a snob when it comes to good writing, so when it comes to crime fiction, I’m in the camp of PD James, not Steig Larsson. So stumbling upon Kate Atkinson’s When Will There Be Good News? — a beautifully written novel that slowly reveals itself to be a mystery (and even part of a [...]

I Love You and…

I Love You and…

The dedication in I Love You and I’m Leaving You Anyway, a memoir by Glendale-based writer Tracy McMillan, says most of it: “To my dad, who never let me go. And to my fourth husband — wherever you are.” But did we mention that McMillan’s charming, charismatic father was a pimp and a drug dealer who brought [...]

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 [...]

Gooden Open House Saturday, January 11

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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