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AKA Bistro Hosts Community Garden Fundraiser

AKA Bistro Hosts Community Garden Fundraiser

“Can U Dig It?” This is the title for the Pasadena Community Garden Conservancy’s first fundraiser on November 4th. One of the founding members of the Conservancy is AKA Bistro proprietor Robert Simon “who has designed a menu for the event to showcase local produce, wines, meats, and fish.” Eileen Read, PCGC President and CEO, [...]

Mission Playhouse Preview Dinner

Mission Playhouse Preview Dinner

The San Gabriel Mission Playhouse was built solely for The Mission Play, which was last produced in the 1940s. The story focuses on the beginning of California’s “modern history as Father Junipero Serra and his followers struggle to build 21 missions throughout the Golden State.” The current interpretation of the play is a musical based on [...]

60 Cents TOPS Burger

60 Cents TOPS Burger

Going once, going twice… You’ve got two days—Friday and Saturday, October 19-20—to snag an Original Tops burger for 60 cents in celebration of their 60th anniversary. The TOPS special is a 1/4 pound hamburger with lettuce, tomatoes, sweet red onion, dill pickle, and homemade Thousand Island dressing, topped with pastrami, mustard, and American cheese. Wow. [...]

Art Bites!

Art Bites!

No, no, art does not “bite,” in the urban slang sense of the word. To clarify, Maite Gomez-Rejón is back on the West Coast after a series of sold out classes in New York City and is leading a swarm of new classes: “Art Bites: Cooking Art History.” After earning an MFA from the School [...]

A Jeanne Kelley Fall Salad—Perfect for…Now!

A Jeanne Kelley Fall Salad—Perfect for…Now!

Figs are in. Now. Right this minute. Author and food writer Jeanne Kelley has wonderfully, incredibly, marvelously (are those enough superlatives?) offered to share a Fall salad recipe with Hometown Pasadena readers. She reports though that this is a time-sensitive recipe. Figs are currently in season and it appears this window doesn’t last long. Our [...]

Vertical’s Oktoberfest

Vertical’s Oktoberfest

Vertical Wine Bistro is “bringing Munich to Pasadena.” Oktoberfest dates back to 1810 when Crown Prince Ludwig invited the locals to celebrate his marriage to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen, clueless about the historical significance of this invitation—the consequent conceptualization, the ever-popular and ever-growing spirited realization, let alone the fervent adherents this “autumnal festival of merrymaking [...]

Beltran’s Gumbo & Some Zydekats

Beltran’s Gumbo & Some Zydekats

Lisa Haley was singing up a storm, making her violin strings hum, and leading the crowd in cheers to support “the girls.” Those girls would be the foster teenagers who live in a cottage run by Rosemary Children’s Services. Chef Claud Beltran and his team were whipping up gumbo, doling out bowls full of cooked [...]

Tequila Fun

Tequila Fun

It was quickly apparent that a pre-event shower was overkill; sweat could soon be felt running down our backs and along our hairlines. It was only 6:30 and the patio outside El Portal was packed. People held plates, piling them high with treats from the generous buffet of appetitzers—tasty empanadas, meatballs, tacos, smoked salmon, churros, [...]

A Berlin Kitchen

A Berlin Kitchen

  The Wednesday Chef was Luisa Weiss’ answer to homesickness. Pining for her father’s home in Brookline, her grandparents’ Italian garden, and especially her mother’s cozy Berlin apartment, she cooked, entertained—and wrote a blog. Time passed and Weiss found her work attracted “a loyal base of empathetic readers.” Yet, Berlin lurked in her memories, whispering her [...]

Book Party at Little Flower

Book Party at Little Flower

Buttermilk pretzel rolls. Goddess salad. Brown-butter shortbread. If you have not been to Little Flower, the café on Pasadena’s western edge of Colorado Boulevard, then you have not been fortunate enough to try those creations. They, and many more just as beloved, are featured in owner/chef Christine Moore’s new cookbook, Little Flower: Recipes from the [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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