Archive for ‘March, 2013’


The Science of Tasting

The Science of Tasting

A food scientist. What a helluva job, eh? This coming Monday, March 25th, food scientist Suzanne Pecore from General Mills will be conducting a class at Beyond the Olive guiding attendees through a series of taste tests while discussing: Basic Tastes, Aroma & Aromatics, Mouth-feel & Textures Good Oils Gone Bad: Recognizing Rancidity and Other […]

Altadena Community Center, Altadena Drive

Altadena Community Center, Altadena Drive

Isn’t amazing how stepping a few feet  in any direction  can give you such a different  sense of space?

Hahamongna Detail Week, 4

Hahamongna Detail Week, 4

If you look closely at this photo, you’ll see Boz was a younger dog when I took it. I still think it’s a fun shot, and so does he. We’ve encountered rattlesnakes at Hahamongna many times. They don’t want to bite you. They just want an opportunity to get away. So when you come upon […]

Power outage update

Power outage update

Edison is reporting that the outage affects about 2800 customers. West siders are reporting that they still have power. Read the Full Story at Altadena Blog

Food + Wine Festival Palm Desert

Food + Wine Festival Palm Desert

Starting tomorrow, and lasting three extraordinary days, the culinary and wine exploration of the Food & Wine Festival Palm Desert returns. From March 22-24, 2013, Greater Palm Springs is bringing the brightest and most inspired chefs from California and putting them under The Big White Tent On Larkspur—between El Paseo and Shadow Mountain in Palm Desert, CA. Tickets are currently on sale, and will […]

The Age of Miracles

The Age of Miracles

Invasion of the Body Snatchers in 1978 left us feeling a wee bit pessimistic about the proliferation of humanity. 1981’s Mad Max gave us a post-apocalyptic view of the world that was barren, dirty, violent, but oh so sexy with a young (not outwardly crazy) Mel Gibson. The Road in 2010 with “the King” Viggo Mortensen […]

Fair are fowl, and fowl are feral

Fair are fowl, and fowl are feral

Community correspondent Amy Jaecker-Jones captured these jewel-toned beauties Wednesday morning: On my morning walk, I spotted a small, mangy coyote, just sitting and scratching itself, in a yard at the corner of Mar Vista and Morada. I didn’t have my camera with me, so no pictures today. Also, I was privileged to come across Altadena’s […]

What was inside?

What was inside?

Seen on a truck at the intersection of Washington and Fair Oaks. C’mon, don’t you wonder? I did, tried to look it up, and found nothing on the internet that matched this.   Maybe you can be a detective and find it. Good luck and please let me know what you find out.

Hahamongna Detail Week, 3

Hahamongna Detail Week, 3

Hahamongna is often called “open space,” but that’s not quite right. The open land area serves many purposes, and has done so for a long time. Pasadena’s city website has a good description of the park’s many uses: “Hahamongna Watershed Park is a 300 acre park which provides a transition from the urban land uses […]

Little Joy Sneak Peak: The bar is nice but look at that ladies room

Little Joy Sneak Peak: The bar is nice but look at that ladies room

Behold the bathroom. Photo by Hussein Katz For several months now Little Joy has been locked up tight as new owners gave the Echo Park hipster dive bar a makeover that features a contemporary, industrial-style with Art Deco touches.  Echo Park resident Joaquin Reyna-Donaldson and business partner Don Andes added a new oak bar and […]

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