Archive for ‘April, 2009’


Off the Beaten Track in Old Town

Off the Beaten Track in Old Town

Everyone loves to bash Old Town Pasadena, especially those of us who have lived here a long time and seen Colorado Boulevard turn into the Santa Anita mall with more charming architecture. On Chowhounds, it seems like a new thread appears weekly with dozens and dozens of complaints about how the restaurants in Old Town stink.  […]

Designing Great Gardens Lecture

Designing Great Gardens Lecture

Get design tips from award-winning landscape architect Heather Lenkin, whose own home gardens were selected as one of the “Top Ten Gardens in the United States.” Lenkin will share design principles that you can use to create the garden of your dreams. Although she is world renowned, around these parts Heather Lenkin is president of Lenkin […]

The U.S. Economy in Crisis

The U.S. Economy in Crisis

Tell us something we don’t know. No, seriously, we’d love an explanation right about now. “What Happened? What Now? The U.S. Economy in Crisis” will try to provide the answers to your questions and analyze just what went wrong. Join All Saints Church and the Armory’s awesome series “Conscientious Projector” for a screening of Capitalism […]

Vroman's Bestsellers 04/06/09

Vroman's Bestsellers 04/06/09

Hardcover Fiction Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society, Mary Shaffer Long Fall, Walter Mosley Revenge of the Spellmans, Lisa Lutz Long Lost, Harlan Coben Execution Dock, Anne Perry True Detectives, Jonathan Kellerman The Host, Stephenie Meyer Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned, Wells Tower Shadow & Light, Jonathan Rabb In the Courts of the Sun, Brian […]

Ode to Spring: Arlington Garden

Ode to Spring: Arlington Garden

I know it might seem like we spend a lot of time going on about Arlington Garden here at Hometown Pasadena, but there’s a good reason for that: It’s flippin’ amazing. Plus I drive by it every day, and it brings a wee bit of joy every time. A true community effort, founded, created and […]

Porto Alegre

Porto Alegre

Churrascarias are the fad du jour, which isn’t hard to understand—handsome men carving unlimited quantities of sizzling meat tableside is a powerful American fantasy. This place, little-noticed on the second floor of the Paseo, is actually one of the best around, more subdued than the wacky Gaucho’s Village in Glendale and with better food than […]

Lower Arroyo Seco Architectural Walk

Lower Arroyo Seco Architectural Walk

Here’s another architectural walk from the pages of Hometown Pasadena, just in time for the weekend. Lower Arroyo Seco & San Rafael This pastoral residential area has retained many of its lovely homes, though the elaborate and fanciful Busch Gardens closed in 1937, its 30 acres subdivided and developed with California ranch houses. The famed “Millionaire’s […]

Pasadena Pro Musica

Pasadena Pro Musica

If you’re looking for something to do Sunday afternoon, how about heading over to the Neighborhood Church for some music? The concert is brought to you by Pasadena Pro Musica, a non-profit organization committed to bringing infrequently-performed masterpieces for chamber chorus and orchestra now in their 36th season. In Sunday’s performance the women of PPM […]

Happy Hour Deals

Happy Hour Deals

Right about now we all need a drink. We also need to watch our wallets as we enjoy Mr. Economy’s Wild Ride (right next to Mr. Toad’s at your friendly neighborhood theme park). As you may imagine, many places are sensing this desire and giving us exactly what we want — good deals for happy […]

Polkatots Wins L.A. Cupcake Challenge

Polkatots Wins L.A. Cupcake Challenge

  Pasadena’s very own Polkatots, a new spot fairly hidden on Lake at Orange Grove, walked away with two out of three first-place prizes at the 2009 Cupcake Challenge, a sold-out event last weekend at the Hollywood Renaissance Hotel. The goal was to find Southern California’s best cupcakes, and Polkatots’ amazing dulce de leche cupcakes […]

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