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Noir Food & Wine on a Winter’s Day

Noir Food & Wine on a Winter’s Day

Early on in the day, writing at the computer in my north-facing apartment, which means it was near cold enough to snow, my hands were hardly able to find the appropriate keys. This was despite the fact that the heat was roaring (though since the heater is in the hallway and faces the bathroom and […]

Mystery History No. 7

Mystery History No. 7

Where are we? And what’s happening? This photo was taken on Nov. 26, 1952. Members of the Shakespeare Club of Pasadena pose in costume for the club’s American Heritage Day pageant. Left to right are Mrs. Don C. McMillan (wife of Pasadena’s city manager at the time), Mrs. I. William King, Miss Helen C. Houson, Mrs. Anne […]

NELA Art Gallery Walk This Saturday

NELA Art Gallery Walk This Saturday

This Saturday, January 13th, is the second Saturday of the month, which means that it’s time for NELA Art Gallery Night on York Boulevard in Highland Park. Galleries and shops are open late along York from around Avenue 50 to Avenue 54 is filled with pedestrians, patrons, clients, and diners. Sawhorse Shop & Gallery has […]

South Pasadena’s Book ‘Em!

South Pasadena’s Book ‘Em!

They must feel like an endangered species. The local mystery shop, Book ‘Em Mysteries, is only one of two bookshops dedicated to the mystery and crime genres that still exist in the state of california. Open for 23 years, and after an inauspicious start (seven months after they opened, an arsonist destroyed their building), Mary […]

Master Sommelier Elizabeth Schweitzer: Wine, Wisdom, and Wit

Master Sommelier Elizabeth Schweitzer: Wine, Wisdom, and Wit

“She’s a kick,” says a reputable Hometown Pasadena source. “I once had her do a wine tasting for ____’s birthday. We asked her to bring wine that would go with spicy food (Thai and Indian), the hottest we could find, and she brought lots of great white wine and champagne. The whole event was great.” […]

The 1000 Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

The 1000 Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

The 1000 Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell David Mitchell took a 180-degree turn from Cloud Atlas to write this straight-ahead historic novel that takes place around 1800 in Nagasaki. In the harbor lies Japan’s only outpost for foreigners: a virtual prison island for the Dutch traders there. Each culture fears, mistrusts, and exploits […]

Belinda’s Birthday by Petrea Burchard

Belinda’s Birthday by Petrea Burchard

Damn hot flashes. Belinda Marvel rolled over onto the empty Cheetos bag, causing orange dust to blow in her face. Her pajama pants pinched at the waist. Her stomach growled. She allowed her sock feet to flop to the floor, the motion propelling her to sit up. On the silent TV screen a skinny girl […]

Cheeseburger, Cheeseburger

Cheeseburger, Cheeseburger

The holidays may be over, but this is no time to be cutting back; Pasadena Cheeseburger Week starts this Sunday, January 13th. Okay, maybe you should get in a few salads and green smoothies for the next few days—ya know, to prep. The new Slater’s 50/50, Trattoria Neapolis, and Kings Row Gastropub are a few to […]

6th Annual Pasadena Pinot Fest

6th Annual Pasadena Pinot Fest

Is there a limit to how much good pinot one can sniff, swirl, and sip? Not likely. Get your palates primed and ready to judge balance, complexity, body, and flavors because there will be 200 pinot noirs to taste from 100 California and Oregon wineries, including Ampelos, Clary Ranch, Clos Pepe, Dragonette, Hitching Post, Zovitch […]

Mystery History No. 6

Mystery History No. 6

Where are we? And what’s happening? In this 1932 photo, Dr. E=mc2 himself, Albert Einstein, and his wife Elsa are given a huge send-off as they prepare to leave Pasadena after one of their sojourns here.     Here’s a more revealing shot: I did screen captures from a historic video that you’ll find here. In the early […]

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