Eat & Drink


Crossings Melts In Your Mouth

Crossings Melts In Your Mouth

An impromptu invite and we found ourselves seated at the bar on the second story of Crossings restaurant in South Pasadena. The small, cozy front room can be seen from Mission Street with white on white tables (tablecloths, napkins and dinnerware), u-shaped ribbed beige booth and matching chairs backed by the open kitchen and sided [...]

Friday Night Eats, Drinks & Music

Friday Night Eats, Drinks & Music

We stepped into a darkened room devoid of tables and chairs. What glowed under muted, pointed lights was a bar, behind which stood a man placing a serving bowl onto the countertop. We stepped closer. Dotting the bar were 3″ x 4″ pieces of paper that read “Bar + Fish,” which then listed a couple [...]

Urban Kitchen

Urban Kitchen

One woman was a corporate executive in the broadcast industry and the other woman had “one foot in the kitchen and one foot at the beach.” Chef Michelle Hohman is owner of Urban Kitchen in South Pasadena. Chef Samantha is her partner in cooking. A few steps north of the crumbling Rialto, but along a strip [...]

Blind Beer Tasting, Wine, & Vega Workshop

Blind Beer Tasting, Wine, & Vega Workshop

This is promoting a big business, but periodically we do patronize Whole Foods and this week we’re drawn to several wine tastings, a blind beer tasting, and “Vega Workshop:  How to Thrive on a Plant-Based Diet.” Wednesday, May 14th, 6-8 p.m.: Jeffrey Cruz will be on hand representing Duckhorn winery and for $10 guests may [...]

Summer Pies

Summer Pies

“Bring a knife, an apron, and closed shoes and be ready to work.” If this sounds intriguing, maybe Mother Moo Creamery‘s popular summer pie-making class should be on your “to do” list. At the Moo Kitchen & Barn, students will work with pastry chef Emily Earhart, learning how to make the perfect crust and “how to [...]

It’s a Big Night Out

It’s a Big Night Out

Start your evening of fine dining at the 12,000 square foot Stratford Manor, a French Normandy estate situated on 4 acres in La Cañada-Flintridge that has a “woodsy backyard with several bridges” and “a breathtaking view of the San Gabriel Mountain Range.” Chat, enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, peruse the silent auction, raise your hand [...]

Share Faire at Farnsworth

Share Faire at Farnsworth

It started as a few neighbors (3 miles above Pasadena, in the foothills) who had too much fruit all at one time. We set up a fruit stand and sold blackberries to passers by. We were amazed at the generosity of our neighbors, who liked to stay and chat, and even return with their own [...]

Champagne + Ponies (& an Easter Egg Hunt)

Champagne + Ponies (& an Easter Egg Hunt)

Want to step out of the box this Easter? Nix the ham and have some roasted free range Jidori chicken, steak and eggs, or seared basil salmon. Reject chocolate bunnies and order a Bananas Foster chocolate chip scone or a fruit mousse tostada. It’s brunch and a glass of champagne at Santa Anita Park’s Turf [...]

Baking with Grist & Toll

Baking with Grist & Toll

Natural leaven or commercial dried yeast? How does one naturally develop gluten? Dutch oven, baking stones, or an outdoor oven? Is the transition from white bread to whole grain painful? And, what in the world is “Autolyse”? Find the answer to all of these questions, and more, at Grist & Toll‘s new Bread Baking Series [...]

Flavors of Morocco

Flavors of Morocco

Can you smell it? Cumin, olives, and preserved lemons working its magic in a pot of tagine. Can you taste it? Sesame, toasted flour, and almond “truffles” infusing the selloh, cumin and roasted bell pepper cumin chakchouka, eggplant salad, and tomato and preserved lemon crostini. These smells and tastes can all be yours if you [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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