Archive for ‘January, 2011’


Planning in Pasadena

Planning in Pasadena

Here’s a link to a reproduction of the resignation letter from his former post with the city of Los Angeles by Vince Bertoni, the newly named planning director of Pasadena — courtesy Curbed LA. Pasadenans who care about such things seem a little bit taken aback by the timing of the announcement, though it has […]

Yang Chow

Yang Chow

A branch of the Chinatown classic, this place has a huge and devoted clientele, proving that Yang Chow’s famed slippery shrimp is indeed as addictive as cocaine. Twice-cooked and bathed in a subtly sweet, mildly hot sauce, it is impossible to stop eating. Also good are the cashew chicken, fiery Szechwan wonton soup, pan-fried dumplings […]

Green Street Restaurant

Green Street Restaurant

You cannot call yourself a true Pasadenan until you have had a Dianne salad, whether you eat it on the popular outdoor patio, in the bright, casual-café interior or, as so many locals do, in a to-go version at a board meeting. A version of a Chinese chicken salad, it is simply impossible to stop […]

Z Sushi

Z Sushi

This spacious restaurant, recently spiffed up, is one of the best places for sushi east of the 5 Freeway. Inside is a large drinking bar (try the plum martini), a long sushi bar and tables set with black linens. How much you spend depends on whether you order a bargain non-sushi dinner (like chicken teriyaki, […]

Descanso Gardens

Descanso Gardens

Here’s one of the realities of living in Southern California: People want to visit you. In the summer, when the kids are out of school. In the winter, when the snowbirds need someplace warm. People who don’t even know your surname will call or write—and call again—asking if they can come visit. Out-of-town visitors are […]

Beginning Again

Beginning Again

“Girls, make your life a dance!” our Orange High School PE teacher, Mrs. Weatherill, would exhort us. She of the black tights, the blacker ponytail, the Kathyrn Crosby demi-curl bang, a big apostrophe resting on the right side of her forehead. Smartly keeping time, Mrs. Weatherill beat a hand-held drum and dispatched us in choreographed […]

Charlie’s Coffee House

Charlie’s Coffee House

Arroyo-adjacent South Pas residents: this is your coffee house! Charlie’s had its grand opening on January 15 and it’s already making a big caffeinated splash with the westernmost residents of our fair city. The locally owned shop is in the newish circular brick and stucco building on Monterey Road near Foremost liquor. (Look left as […]

Zen Monday: #130

Zen Monday: #130

Students of Zen learn through experience. Please experience the photo and tell us, in the comments, what you have learned. (Your first Zen Monday? Just have fun.) Read the Full Story at Pasadena Daily Photo

Dates firmed up for Farnsworth Park summer concert series

Dates firmed up for Farnsworth Park summer concert series

It’s not too late to start planning for summer, and Sheriff’s Support Group president Robert Klomburg give us the latest on the summer concert series at Farnsworth Park: Our dates are locked in, and they are: 7/9, 7/16, 7/23, 7/30, 8/6, 8/13, 8/20, 8/27 and the Grand Finale will be on 9/10. All concerts start […]

Carmela Ice Cream and Sorbet

Carmela Ice Cream and Sorbet

At one time or another, we all scream for ice cream—or so the ancient wisdom goes. Myself, I tend just to exclaim modestly, and not necessarily for ice cream. A cookie will do just fine, usually. Pie is tops. That said, say the words seasonal, artisanal or vintage* and my ears, like any chowhound’s, perk […]

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