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A Pasadena Lark

A Pasadena Lark
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It’s like cake minimalism. White on white with minimal dashes of color and texture. It’s Lark Cake Shop on Hill Avenue just north of Washington Boulevard in Pasadena. We’d been chatting over a cuppa latte with a friend around the corner at Lavender and Honey. Looking to while away more time before heading home and […]

Caribbean Cooking

Caribbean Cooking

Trinidad stewed chicken and coconut rice. Hmmm. And, how about some pigeon peas? (No, not peas made out of Columbidae.) The cultivation of pigeon peas go back 3,500 years on the eastern part of peninsular India. Pigeon peas are both a food crop (dried peas, flour, or green vegetable peas) and a forage/cover crop. In […]

Vegan Beer Fest: Does 2 + 2 = 5?

Vegan Beer Fest: Does 2 + 2 = 5?

When we first read “vegan” and “beer” together in a description about a beer and food festival, we were thrown sideways. This just didn’t compute. Doesn’t beer trigger visions of overpriced ballpark dogs at a Dodgers’ game? Or a cooler of cold brews at a clambake on the beach, six-packs and pizzas, or a Negra […]

Wine Walk

Wine Walk

Pasadena Playhouse District is indulging our love of wine and offering “Wine Walk” on May 2nd. Swirl. Sip. Stroll. Stop by the Playhouse to pick up the program and receive a souvenir wine glass, then stroll to six different venues—including Red White + Bluezz, Jacob Maarse, and Monopole—for tastings, discounts, and to enjoy live entertainment. […]

Lanza Brothers

Lanza Brothers

It was the time of morning when commuters fill every nook and cranny of our freeways, so we took the back streets from South Pasadena to downtown where we still share a studio with fellow photographers at Figueroa and 23rd Streets. We drove down Fremont Avenue, turning right onto West Mission Road that merges into […]

Lobsta, Jogasaki, Tornados & Lobos

Lobsta, Jogasaki, Tornados & Lobos

Pasadena Conservatory of Music has partnered with Jefferson Elementary School for over a decade, teaching the students in instrument and vocal performance. Recently, the school has been “on the road” to becoming a performing arts magnet school and PCM is now also providing instruction to fourth and fifth graders on guitar, drums, and recorders. The […]

Hoopla! A Novel Tea

Hoopla! A Novel Tea

On March 20th and 21st, Hoopla!, owned by local stalwarts Lori and Scott Webster, will be celebrating their first anniversary at the store’s “new” location on Fair Oaks Avenue. The festivities begin Friday at 3 p.m. with one of life’s most lovely ingredients: food. Olimila Gourmet Emporium is a family business in Studio City, founded […]

Re-Grand Opening of Park Bench Grill

Re-Grand Opening of Park Bench Grill

When we arrive at noon, the place is empty. Within twenty minutes, it’s filling up, salutations are being issued and returned, orders are being taken, and the kitchen has kicked into gear. Upon asking, we’re told by owner Chef Debbie Raney that the grilled chicken breast sandwich, the daily specials, and any of the fish […]

PokeMIX Grand Opening

PokeMIX Grand Opening

Sincere thanks to Kristie Hang for allowing us to re-print her review of the new Poke Bar…   By Kristie Hang Reporter, journalist, foodie KristieHang.com I was invited to taste-test the next big thing in the San Gabriel Valley. Tea royalty Flour + Tea (of the famous Ten Ren lineage) is opening their newest concept PokeMIX in Pasadena. […]

Tea & More Tea, Please

Tea & More Tea, Please

Camellia sinensis is a species of evergreen shrub or small tree. Primarily, the buds and flowers are used to make teas such as white, green, oolong, black, yellow, and pu-erh (though not chamomile, mint, and rooibos teas). Using early leaves or more mature leaves produces differing flavors and “tea qualities,” and sometimes, even the twigs […]

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