Archive for ‘January, 2010’


Citrus Bonanza

Citrus Bonanza

This time of year we residents of the San Gabriel Valley are reminded daily of why our predecessors struggled and took risks to move from the frozen midwest or the chilly east: Citrus fruit. It blew their mind that here in the U.S. was a fertile land where frost was as rare as tornadoes, and […]

The Children’s Book

The Children’s Book

Arty, Crafty & a Little Bit Potty The English Arts and Crafts movement  is the mothership to our own Arroyo arts culture, and A.S. Byatt’s new novel, The Children’s Book,  though a bit too teeming (why name one boy Gerald and one Geraint when you can make all 20 of your major characters’ names up?), […]

DineLA Returns

DineLA Returns

Just when you thought it was time to diet and swear off three-course meals, along comes DineLA, the ever-popular prix-fixe-a-thon that gives budget-conscious diners a chance to try new restaurants for less. The city-sponsored DineLA Restaurant Week is in fact two weeks, from January 24 to February 5 (excluding Saturdays). To participate, restaurants offer three-course […]

Hot Pursuit

Hot Pursuit

I have challenges in my daily quest to bring you interesting glimpses of our fair city. Like here, for example. When I saw this charming pair on a Sunday joyride I just knew I had to grab a shot of them. Look at that scrumptious buggy wagon! But don’t let the quaint image fool you […]

Zen Monday: #82

Zen Monday: #82

Zen Monday is the day you experience the photo and give us your thoughts rather than me telling you what I think the photo’s about. There’s no right or wrong. It means what you think it means, or what you want it to mean. I look for a photo worth contemplating or, failing that, something […]

Brahms, Bartok and a New Guy

Brahms, Bartok and a New Guy

Pacific Serenades, one of the longest-performing ensembles west of the Rio Grande, kicks off its 24th season this weekend with a program called “To Youth! To Wisdom!”, which brings together the old, the kind of old/kind of new, and the totally brand new. The old is Brahms’ String Quintet #1 in F Major; the fence-sitter is […]

Taylor’s Steakhouse

Taylor’s Steakhouse

Wedges of iceberg lettuce drenched with blue cheese, cold martinis, red Naugahyde booths and generous, perfectly cooked prime steaks for less than $30 . . . forget all those new poseur steakhouses, because Taylor’s is the real thing. The only branch of the beloved 1953 L.A. mothership, this clubby, windowless joint is packed every night, […]

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies, anyone?

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies, anyone?

Thanks for the recipes, concern, suggestions and encouragement. I did it! 5 dozen cookies and nary a burnt bottom,Mary was first in with the classic Toll House Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe and then Joan urged parchment paper to prevent burning. Other sent recipes, but Mary’s appealed to me because the bake level was "easy." […]

Party with the Pinot

Party with the Pinot

If you like Pinot Noir the way we like Pinot Noir, then you’re going to want to take part in one of the events happening shortly as part of the second annual Pasadena Pinot Fest. Unfortunately, you can’t take part in the first, a winemaker’s dinner tonight (Sunday), because it’s sold out. But the Friday-night […]

A Gift of a Weekend

A Gift of a Weekend

Wow. That’s all we can say about Saturday in the San Gabriel Valley. And Sunday’s not too shabby, either. Here’s our post about the storms we just had, and forecasts to come; the latest is more rain arriving Monday night or Tuesday, dry Wednesday and Thursday, and another good-size storm next weekend. Everyone wants to […]

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