Archive for ‘September, 2009’


In Praise of the Established

In Praise of the Established

I tell you, being a member of the food media can get wearying. There’s a constant pressure to report on the new, the upcoming, the happening. And apparently no one got the memo about the Great Recession and its 12.2% unemployment rate, because new places are opening across L.A. at the rate of about one […]

Sierra Madre Wine and Jazz Walk

Sierra Madre Wine and Jazz Walk

Next weekend the streets of Sierra Madre will come alive with charity, jazz and wine. The 4th Annual Sierra Madre Wine and Jazz Festival takes place the evening of October 3rd, benefiting cancer research and treatment at City of Hope. Wine will be provided by Riboli Family Wine Estates and San Antonio Winery and local […]

$5 Meal: Viva Tacos La Estrella

$5 Meal: Viva Tacos La Estrella

Avoiding the drab mini-mall at Foothill and Altadena? Your sad loss, pobrecito. This sun-bleached corner is home to the splendid Tacos La Estrella, a cousin to La Estrella at 502 N. Fair Oaks (outdoor dining only) and La Estrella Tacos #3 in Highland Park (liquor license), both good distractions when further west. Open 24 hours, […]

Lower Your Stress Levels at Vroman’s

Lower Your Stress Levels at Vroman’s

Some experts say that as many as 75% of visits to primary-care doctors are for complaints and illnesses related to stress. At Vroman’s during lunchtime on Thursday, physician and author John Horton (that’s right, brother to Hometown Pasadena co-author Mary Jane Horton) will be speaking about his new book, The Inner Game of Stress, co-authored […]

Hometown Pasadena Five To Appear

Hometown Pasadena Five To Appear

That’s right, the entire squad — Colleen Dunn Bates, Jill Ganon, Sandy Gillis, Mary Jane Horton and Mel Malmberg — will be appearing and signing Hometown Pasadena 2009.2010 at the kickoff open house for Granite Park Place, a swank new condo development in the South Lake neighborhood. Developer Vornado Realty Trust, the Coldwell Banker sales team […]

Auto Pilot

Auto Pilot

South Pas certainly has a lot of vintage cars, but yesterday Mission Street was literally bumper to bumper with them. The 5th annual Cruz’n for Roses Hot Rod and Classic Car Show filled up the old section of Route 66 with hundreds of gas-guzzling works of art. The yearly festival promotes South Pasadena’s Rose Parade […]

Zen Monday: #64

Zen Monday: #64

Zen Monday is the day you experience the photo and give us your thoughts rather than me telling you what the photo’s about. I look for something worth thinking about or, failing that, at least something odd. As I post each new Zen Monday photo, I’ll add a label to last week’s to identify it […]

Scenes from the Post-Fire San Gabriels

Scenes from the Post-Fire San Gabriels

Our friend Steve Elkins, a documentary filmmaker and cameraman, shared some terrific photos from a bike ride in the San Gabriels. They’re both beautiful and a little haunting. Steve and his Sunday-morning cycling group rode up the Arroyo Seco Trail (aka the JPL Trail) and on the Brown Mountain Trail. Thanks to Steve for taking […]

Dale’s Black Beer & Chocolate-Dipped Bacon: It’s Fair Time!

Dale’s Black Beer & Chocolate-Dipped Bacon: It’s Fair Time!

I love the L.A. County Fair, always have. I love the looks on city faces when they realize how big a pig really is. I love the pointlessness of putting everything on a stick, of deep frying everything you can imagine (even Pepsi). So I embarked on my yearly journey, broke friends in tow, to take […]

Looking for Farleigh

Looking for Farleigh

The Brennans are looking for their dog: Farleigh is a 6 year old tricolor male, he is Australian shepherd and Rottweiler mix, he is very friendly dog about 95lbs. He was wearing a collar with his dog tags and another collar with a brass bell, he is micro-chipped. He was last seen at the trail […]

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