Archive for ‘December, 2011’


Jennie Cook’s Vegetable Tian

Jennie Cook’s Vegetable Tian

I had a very odd tasting last week. It was the day before Christmas Eve, and a vegan couple from Arizona were in for the holidays and wanted to come in for a tasting. Naturally I made it work. They did not tell me that the mum was an editor of some Fancy Schmancy food […]

What the Wind Wrought at Gerlach’s

What the Wind Wrought at Gerlach’s

We love Gerlach’s for so many reasons—the warmth of owners Lewy and Fred Fedail, the fabulous bargain wines, the really good stuff in the climate-controlled room (ask the brothers; they know their wines), the collection of ports and sherries, the small-town feel of the place—and now, thanks to Pasadena’s December 1st almost-hurricane, we have something […]

Welcome to Pasadena!

Welcome to Pasadena!

This is the time of year when thousands of tourists and football fans show up in Pasadena for the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game. If you happen to be one of them, welcome! We’d love to see you while you’re here. Just, you know, be aware that our store isn’t usually covered in chain-link […]

A One-horse Open Sleigh!

A One-horse Open Sleigh!

Thanks to a couple of dozen generous friends, I’m going to be in the Rose Parade — on the Kiwanis International float. Here are some of those fantastic folks, who made a very generous collective donation to the float committee to make this happen: Left to right, seated: Paddy Hurley, yours truly, Kevin Uhrich.Second row: […]

Marilyn the Riveter

Marilyn the Riveter

A young, recently married woman named Norma Jeane Dougherty is shown in this 1944 photo from a San Fernando Valley aircraft factory. It ran in Yank magazine, and is reproduced in the current Blue Sky Metropolis show at the Huntington Library. Its subject later changed her name to Marilyn Monroe. Read the Full Story at […]

It’s New Year’s Eve … have fun, be careful

It’s New Year’s Eve … have fun, be careful

by Timothy Rutt The latest information from LA County law enforcement agencies is that there have been 1,849 DUI arrests since Dec. 16, and there will be checkpoints and saturation patrols throughout the holidays — so drinking + driving, not a good idea anytime. If you want to stick close to home, the Altadena Ale […]

Lian’s Guide to the 2012 Rose Parade

Lian’s Guide to the 2012 Rose Parade

Grab a cup of cocoa, light the fire and settle in for some great TV viewing as the 123rd annual Rose Parade rumbles through the streets of Pasadena. As a proud resident of the City of Roses and a 20-year veteran of parade-going, I envy those of you who get to skip the early wake-up […]

Floating for the Legacy of Life

Floating for the Legacy of Life

While all of the floats in the Rose Parade are remarkable for their beauty and attention to detail, my children and I have a special spot in our heart for this year’s entry from Donate Life and its Los Angeles affiliate, One Legacy. In fact, we personally glued a couple hundred split peas to its left […]

News of the year: what defines 2011?

News of the year: what defines 2011?

What’s your pick for the top news story of 2011? Was it the protests that swept the Arab World? The Occupy Wall Street Movement? The race for the Republican presidential nomination? Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

The best of Stephen King, from his newest New York Times best-of “11/22/63” on

The best of Stephen King, from his newest New York Times best-of “11/22/63” on

Almost a decade has passed since literary critic Harold Bloom called the men and women of the National Book Foundation idiots for choosing to honor author Stephen King with a medal for distinguished contribution. Bloom criticized King for his pop horror and sci-fi genre affiliation, which he deemed without literary value. Read the Full Story […]

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