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Lemony Cheesecake with Sour Cream Topping

Lemony Cheesecake with Sour Cream Topping

An oldie but a family-and-friend favorite, thanks to Molly Ringwald who shared this recipe with my mother when my sisters and I were all young’uns. As a pre-teen, and once I operated confidently around the kitchen, I commandeered this dessert, making it for holidays and special events. An aside: In my mid-20s, I spent half [...]

Street Food Fest

Street Food Fest

They’ve got watering holes, tequila tasting, ice cream socials, test kitchens, food cook-offs, and carts for a cause. It’s the 4th Annual Summer Tasting Event at the Rose Bowl, otherwise known as the L.A. Street Food Fest. Shawna Dawson and Sonja Rasula not only share the same birthday, they both love street food. “Our goal [...]

Takashi Tomo-oka at Pacific Asia Museum

Takashi Tomo-oka at Pacific Asia Museum

Born in Kyoto in 1971 to a basket weaver and a dressmaker, Takashi Tomo-oka developed an eye for the diversity of the natural world at an early age while accompanying his father on field trips to gather bamboo for baskets. So begins the journey of a young artist who was intrigued by nihonga (neo-tradtional Japanese painting), but [...]

Save the Monarchs; Eat Cake

Save the Monarchs; Eat Cake

The Monarch butterfly population this year is expected to be down to its lowest level since 1976, a “catastrophic collapse.” In response, La Monarca Bakery is expanding its Cakes for Cause campaign to include all its locations beginning on April 22nd, which is Earth Day. Ten percent of the proceeds from cake sales will benefit [...]

Mystery History No.11

Mystery History No.11

Where are we? What’s happening? In this 1934 photo, demolition of the Horace Mann building at Pasadena High School is in full swing where Pasadena City College stands today. There were orange groves and the old Grant School at the 18-acre stie when construction of the PHS campus began, and the campus began to take [...]

Big Night Out

Big Night Out

One night. Two parties. It’s your Big Night Out. Party #1: The Big Night Out Gala Kick-Off Reception at the home of Drs. Carmen Puliafito and Janet Pine, with silent and live auctions, food stations with hors d’oeuvres by Pasadena restaurants and caterers, and hosted bars. Party #2: After the reception, most guests disperse to [...]

Pasadena Restaurant Week Has an App

Pasadena Restaurant Week Has an App

The Pasadena Chamber of Commerce is going hi-tech and for this year’s Pasadena Restaurant Week they are offering an app for iPhone and Android users that identifies participating restaurants by location, cuisine, and price, as well as an alphabetical list. Users can also use the app to make reservations and find out about other yearly [...]

The Hare With Amber Eyes

The Hare With Amber Eyes

By Edmund de Waal Edmund de Waal is a ceramicist who graduated from Cambridge with a degree in English. He inherited a collection of netsuke — miniature Japanese carvings — from his uncle, virtually the only things which survived from the fabulous wealth of his father’s family, the Ephrussi, cosmopolitan Russian Jews whose banking and [...]

Open Days

Open Days

It’s almost time to open America’s private gardens once again. The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days in Pasadena will be Sunday, April 28th. Brew a strong cup of joe, swallow down some good, healthy protein and carbs because you’ll have only six hours to stroll, peruse, smell, and enjoy six incredibly diverse private gardens. Storrier Stearns [...]

Ulla’s Birds

Ulla’s Birds

By the abundance of art that Ulla Anobile creates, she must be working every nanosecond of the day. Whether it be devils in felt, masks from pieces of driftwood, her interpretation of The Magi (“Three Shamans Follow a Star”), or a paper mache family of owls—with two sleepy-looking home-schooled young’uns—perched on a branch, her work is engaging, [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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