Archive for ‘January, 2013’


Kickin’ It in the Kitchen with Michelle Calva-Despard

Kickin’ It in the Kitchen with Michelle Calva-Despard

There’s something weird about my friend Michelle. She loves to cook. She makes up recipes. She whips up dishes without a cookbook, and the food actually tastes good. Then she writes down her recipes and shares them. Who needs a cookbook when you can do that? I go into the kitchen and make something because […]

Greek Avgolemeno Soup

Greek Avgolemeno Soup

This traditional Greek Avgolemeno soup is more like an appetizer. In this recipe, I have swapped orzo with brown rice and added some other nutritious goodies to make it a delicious meal, while still remaining true to its homeland. Michelle’s Avgolemeno Soup 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 chopped medium white or yellow onion 2 large […]

World Class

World Class

This past weekend I wandered in and out of the Land of the Special.  Originally I thought of the word Royal, but I know that at least two of the folks who I would write about would not want that word used.  It’s like calling yourself World Class.  I’ve never met Yo Yo Ma, but […]

Welcome to Season 7 of the Chaos Chronicles Podcast!

Welcome to Season 7 of the Chaos Chronicles Podcast!

New Podcast Posted Today! Chaos Chronicles 701~ Back in the Saddle! Change is Good! Where’s my microphone? Click here for direct Download or find The Chaos Chronicles at iTunes or Stitcher Radio Chaos_701.mp3   Stay Connected in 2013. More shows, More News, More Chaos Friend me on Facebook : Lian’s Facebook Page Like my Author […]

Ballot Box: Does City Council candidate John Choi deserve credit for new park projects?

Ballot Box: Does City Council candidate John Choi deserve credit for new park projects?

The March 5 City Council election is less than six weeks away. That means registered voters in Council District 1 and Council District 13 can expect to be bombarded with campaign mailers, emails and robocalls extolling the track record and virtue of the candidates. The Eastsider will be asking questions and seeking more details about […]

Earthquake early warning system for California proposed

Earthquake early warning system for California proposed

Firemen cross a street as a broken 16-inch gas main burns in the background, 17 January 1994, after an earthquake, measuring 6.6 on the Richter scale, struck the San Fernando Valley area. Officials confirmed 28 deaths resulting from the quake. Credit: HAL GARB/AFP/Getty Images If an unexpected disaster of the magnitude of Hurricane Katrina or […]

L.A. Arts Show & Local Artist J. Michael Walker

L.A. Arts Show & Local Artist J. Michael Walker

  From oversized photographic cut-outs of a woman sticking out her tongue whose skin is actually cat hair to a sketch by Rembrandt, this is the L.A. Arts Show. Last Wednesday night was the gala opening and thanks to Victoria Wilson Roberts and Vicki Laidig, yours truly was able to experience the evening. Also in […]

Learn rose planting, pruning, and propagating at the Community Garden Sat.

Learn rose planting, pruning, and propagating at the Community Garden Sat.

The Altadena Community Garden and Pasadena Learning Gardens offer a free workshop on cultivating roses through planting, pruning, and propagating on Saturday, February 2. Master Gardener Mark Rice and local rose expert Elvira Smith will lead the hands-on workshop. Bring gloves and clippers — if you want to start some roses from clippings, a couple […]

Valentine’s Day: Love Potion #99

Valentine’s Day: Love Potion #99

The Spot Gourmet in Glendale is offering to take you out of the kitchen this Valentine’s Day with their Love Potion #99 menu: Teaser: Bacon-wrapped dates with chevre and almonds Passion Plate: Radicchio, red leaf lettuce, red endive, pomegranate seeds, red apples, dried cranberries, candied pecans, and a raspberry champagne vinaigrette Satisfy: Beef tenderloin served […]

Haven Gastropub’s Head-to-Tail

Haven Gastropub’s Head-to-Tail

Say you have a group of 8 friends. Say you’re planning on being really, really hungry in maybe, oh, two weeks from now. Then perhaps you want to opt in to Haven Gastropub‘s new Head-to-Tail Dinners. You even get to pick the animal—pig or lamb. If you choose Wilbur, you could be dining on dishes […]

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