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2017 Night Market for 626

2017 Night Market for 626

Jonny Hwang, remembering the night markets in Asia, especially the Shilin Night Market in Taipei, created the 626 Night Market. It’s the 6th season of night markets with June 30-July 2 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia. The original and largest Asian-themed night market in the United States, 626 Night Market features over 200 food, merchandise, crafts, […]

9th Annual Rubber Ducky Races

9th Annual Rubber Ducky Races

Hundreds of kids. All with ducks. It’s time for the wackiest and quackiest of races, Kidspace Museum‘s Rubber Ducky Races, July 8 and 9. To ensure ducky-fairness, all rubber duckies must be purchased from the Busy Bee store within Kidspace. Ducks may be decorated before heading to the starting line at the Interpretive Arroyo stream. Twenty kids and […]

Blushing Bubbles

Blushing Bubbles

If you’re into “production and tasting notes”—if you know what that actually means or would like to know what that means—POP Champagne Bar in Old Pasadena invites you to Blushing Bubbles. POP’s 2nd Blushing Bubbles class is back by popular demand (the first having sold out). Certified Sommelier Michael Scribner leads the way, covering the production and tasting notes […]

Cos & Pi

Cos & Pi

Almost too beautiful to eat. That was my initial reaction when the young woman set down the plate, delivering our order of Cos & Pi’s salmon toast. Of course, you’ll have noticed the leading word is “almost,” because, of course, for food enthusiasts, nothing is too beautiful to leave untasted. Toasted dark rye is loaded with a layer of avocado, pickled […]

Something Wild in My Garden

Something Wild in My Garden

As the summer heat descends—a bit early, mind you; Mother Nature, where’s our “June Gloom”?—and our gardens need attending, Cactus Gallery brings some levity, truth, poignancy, and whimsy into our days with its new exhibit “Something Wild in My Garden.” The show’s featured artist is Olga Ponomarenko: In this series of paintings, I chose wild […]

I Do Exist

I Do Exist

      I Do Exist It’s hard to hear my mom talking baby talk. I’d rather go to sleep than think of this. It seems so fast—from craziness of raising a child alone To carrying a diaper bag for my mom. There is no special shower thrown, in which I receive a diaper bag […]

Watermelon Caprese Salad

Watermelon Caprese Salad

Who doesn’t love a caprese salad? It’s got ripe tomatoes, mozzarella, and fresh basil—topped off with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. It’s summer in a salad. I was having friends over for a BBQ and thought the kids might be more into a watermelon salad than a tomato salad, so I changed my usual caprese into […]

1906 SF Earthquake: Found Pics

1906 SF Earthquake: Found Pics

Though this is not the history of Pasadena or even San Gabriel Valley, the 1906 San Francisco earthquake is a defining moment in our state’s history. I stumbled upon some historic photographs—was gobsmacked—and I can’t resist sharing them. My mother and I were visiting family up in Greenbrae, Marin County. My cousin has a pile of books, ranging […]

A Homecoming, of Sorts

A Homecoming, of Sorts

What would you do if all your stuff went up in smoke?” Megan Edwards knows. In 1993, Megan Edwards‘s house was the first of 200 to burn down in the 1992 Altadena wildfire dubbed “the fire of the future.” Suddenly “stuff-less,” Edwards and her husband decided not to rebuild. Instead, they grabbed the family dog and set out […]

The Soul of Vietnam

The Soul of Vietnam

On June 19, Distant Lands hosts Larry D’Attilio, a photographer and now author of The Soul of Vietnam, which “seamlessly explor(es) from North to South… express(ing) an awareness of subjects from the magnificent to the mundane.” “I had no intention to create a journalistic view of the country,” states Larry D’Attilio, “instead I wanted to describe the […]

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