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Ugo’s Italian Deli

Ugo’s Italian Deli

The Hamptons have arrived in Sierra Madre, thanks to this upscale foodie spot, where the owner is friendly enough to accept marriage proposals. (We asked her to marry us after tasting her baked goods.) She does all her own baking, so you might as well just give in and order the treats first. We may [...]

Bashan

Bashan

I’m not a real restaurant reviewer, even though I take pictures of meals when they’re placed before me. Perhaps it is my delight in being served that pulls the camera out to immortalize succulent beads of jus and steam, artful morsels and a vivid season of colors. Yet here I am without a memory card, [...]

Cemeteries

Cemeteries

Don’t worry, we’re not passing judgement on the “best” cemeteries in which to spend eternity—we just want to share with you our favorite cemeteries for strolling, exploring, pondering and exploring history… in this life. Forest Lawn Memorial Park The first in this swank chain of memorial parks (these guys thought up the term “memorial park,” [...]

Yahaira’s Café

Yahaira’s Café

Owned by the folks at El Portal and named for their mother, Yahaira’s is like that Yucatan restaurant’s little sister: smaller, lighter, quicker on her feet —and not allowed to drink yet. A great bet for light Mexican-inspired fare (the shrimp salads, tostadas, tortas and wraps are superb), Yahaira’s is cheerful, friendly, sunny and often [...]

Berg Hardware

Berg Hardware

A hometown hardware store since 1923, Berg has the most helpful, knowledgeable staff anywhere, bar none. They’ll match the screw or bolt you bring in, they’ll help you choose the right kind of glue for that craft project, and, if you’re a JPL scientist seeking a widget for an unusual project, they’ll help you with [...]

Huell Howser in the Kitchen

Huell Howser in the Kitchen

Tuesday, January 5, 2010 was just like any other lunchtime for Henry Gammill, a sophomore at NYU who was home for the winter holidays and found himself at the In-N-Out Burger on Foothill in east Pasadena. Careful as usual not to block the  driveway at Reina Insurance next door, Henry waited in the car lineup [...]

Winter Berries for What Ails You

Winter Berries for What Ails You

I know I’m not alone, because I see it in others at Trader Joe’s and Vroman’s. That ashen, weary look that comes from doing your darndest to keep up with life’s demands. Plenty often, our heads are down, eyes focused on the mountain of work blocking the emergency exits. Sure, on the one hand, it’s [...]

Master Gardeners & Living Wreaths

Master Gardeners & Living Wreaths

As we roll into the harvest and holiday season, or the fourth quarter, depending upon your altar of worship, this is a time to reassess. Not only are we clearing the beds and fields of debris and remnants of summer’s growth, but the wise gardener is looking ahead. It’s not too late for winter lettuces, [...]

Never Enough California Natives

Never Enough California Natives

Our garden gal Sandy Gillis is here to share two essential fall outings for San Gabriel Valley gardeners: The San Gabriel Valley Chapter of the California Native Plant Society is holding its annual plant sale, “Under the Oaks 2009: Native Plants for Foothill Gardens,” at Eaton Canyon Nature Center in Pasadena on Saturday. The canopy [...]

Going Native, Plant-wise

Going Native, Plant-wise

If you haven’t firmed up your weekend plans yet, try to work in a drive to Claremont. This pretty college town offers a darling downtown village, handsome residential architecture and landscaping for the Looky Lou in you. And it’s also home to the gardeners’ heaven, the wonderful Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, a living laboratory [...]

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