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Open Studio Days This December

Open Studio Days This December
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We’re looking forward to attending our second Open Studios event because during the event this past June—and despite the fact that we committed to both Saturday and Sunday—we were not able to get to all the locations we’d highlighted with sharpie. Most of Saturday was occupied with roaming the grounds of Zorthian Ranch, which we […]

200 Batchelder Tiles Find a New Home

200 Batchelder Tiles Find a New Home

The folks at Pasadena Museum of History are pretty happy, maybe even giddy and gleeful, thanks to architectural historian Robert Winter, Ph.D., who’s donated to the museum part of his personal collection and accompanying archives. From PMH… The donation includes over 200 Batchelder tiles made between the years 1910 and the early 1930s, including tiles […]

Seeing “Pictures”

Seeing “Pictures”

As a painter and assemblage artist, Pasadena resident Kate Carvellas is influenced by the “pictures” she sees during her days—those of nature and the man-made world. We’re attracted to her photographs right along with her abstract paintings and assemblages. Enjoy…                               […]

A Taste of Tuscany

A Taste of Tuscany

Two tables set for a small group amidst Tuscan pottery, hand made jewelry, hand blown glass, and shelves of pasta, olive oils, preserves, and sauces. It’s dining Contessa-style. We were invited last Monday to one of Luisa Fabbri’s intimate Monday dinners. Previously held at her chocolate shop along the middle of the Burlington Arcade on […]

Summer Corn, Roasted Butternut Squash & Mushroom Bisque

Summer Corn, Roasted Butternut Squash & Mushroom Bisque

I’m using whatever corn I can find to my full advantage. Summer is officially over. If you’re lucky, your farmers market or local store probably has a few more ears of sweet corn to get rid of and this soup is a beautiful and delicious way to use it up. The addition of the butternut […]

Shop Indie: Support Independent Businesses

Shop Indie: Support Independent Businesses

The holidays are a wonderful time to find unique gifts for the special people in our life and we love to frequent the many independent shops in the area. Places like Homage in Old Pasadena on Holly Street, just around the corner from another favorite, Lula Mae;  Groove and Little Flower in Eagle Rock; Attire, Meredith M, […]

The Advent of the Holiday Season

The Advent of the Holiday Season

Currently we have no religious affiliation, but we did grow up attending church regularly. Because of this, we have an abiding affection for sitting in empty chapels and a joy of Christmas carols. The chapel will not be empty this Advent season at All Saints Church, but the compelling sound of music will eliminate any […]

Purchase Holiday Gifts—Help Olive & Leno

Purchase Holiday Gifts—Help Olive & Leno

Last year, we wrote “Sip & Munch for Big Cats” to help promote a fundraising event that would benefit Amazonia Wildlife Foundation and its newest residents Olive and Leno who as 3-month old cubs were found under a car in Burbank in 2011. Malnourished and covered with parasites, initially they were helped and sheltered at […]

A Season of Carols: A Holiday Handbell Concert

A Season of Carols: A Holiday Handbell Concert

Short jabs, slower elongated thrusts, a snap of the wrist. Curt notes created by “damping” lightly against one’s chest or lingering notes by thrusting up and away in a long graceful circle. Also, thumb damps, plucks, shakes, echoes, and ring touch. With one bell for each hand, ’tis the season to resurrect Robert and William […]

Storrier Stearns Transitions

Storrier Stearns Transitions

Kendall Brown, Professor of Asian Art History at Cal State Long Beach and Curator at Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena, described the garden this way in his 2003 letter of Nomination to the National Register of Historic Places: In its design and construction, the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden represents one of the best pre-war examples […]

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