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Lavender & Honey Espresso Bar

Lavender & Honey Espresso Bar

They had a theme and a full menu before they had a name, explains Honey & Lavender Espresso Bar co-owner Melanie Porter. When she was a teenager and worked at a small, family-owned café outside of Napa, a seed was sown. A seed that germinated over the years as she worked as an auditor for Fox Studios and traveled [...]

Easiest Garlic Salmon

Easiest Garlic Salmon

I’m a big believer in garlic. If you follow my recipes on this blog, this fact has probably become pretty clear. If it’s not dessert, it usually has garlic in it. That being said, this salmon is an extreme version. Garlic is front and center and this recipe is not for those who are not [...]

Kitchen & Home Tour Goes Small

Kitchen & Home Tour Goes Small

After traipsing up sweeping grand staircases, navigating myriad hallways, side doors and en suites, then clomping down narrow back (servants) staircases and admiring living rooms larger than your entire home, have you had enough of mansions and grand estates? If so, this year’s American Society of Interior Designers, Pasadena Chapter’s Kitchen and Home tour may interest you—”four exceptional homes [...]

Sundry

Sundry

Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve roamed our neighborhood streets and alleyways, taken a visiting friend downtown to the warehouse district and indulged in a dog, met a friend at the Busy Bee classic diner in Ventura for a delicious BLT, felt good about the layer of dirt on our car, enjoyed some architectural [...]

Garden as Site

Garden as Site

The Descanso Gardens in La Cañada provide some of the most lovely visuals in our area. Now, the public is welcome to fill 5 remaining spots in “Garden as Site,” an Arts Center College of Design class beginning September 8th. The class is advertised as “intersections of nature and culture in public space.” Instead of [...]

The Safety Godmothers

The Safety Godmothers

I wanted a fairy godmother when I was a young Cinderella. A fairy godmother has your happiness in mind. But fairies are hard to find. But now we have The Safety Godmothers, Ellen Snortland and Lisa Gaeta, who have our safety in mind. Their book, The Safety Godmothers: The ABCs of Awareness, Boundaries and Confidence [...]

Baldwin Lake: Lagoon Walking Tour

Baldwin Lake: Lagoon Walking Tour

At 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 30th, it will be a balmy 87º Fahrenheit, which is a lot kinder than the high of 97º predicted for 2 p.m. So, why not take advantage of the morning’s pleasant, summery temps and join Frank McDonough, the L.A. Arboretum botanical information consultant, who will lead a walk around the lagoon [...]

6 Rms Riv Vu

6 Rms Riv Vu

Are you able to decipher the above code? It’s shorthand for an ad in the New York Times classifieds. Six room apartment available with a view of the Hudson River. In 1972, we’re told, you could find such an apartment, rent controlled no less, for $325. Today on Zillow, a 6 BR, 5.5 BA apartment with [...]

Home Tour in Garfield Heights

Home Tour in Garfield Heights

In 1881, two Iowa farmers, John H. Painter and Benjamin F. Ball, purchased “raw acreage”—2,000 acres in northwest Pasadena for $30,000.¹ In 1904, Block R was registered with the city of Pasadena as Garfield Heights. The Heights is a mere handful of blocks between Washington Boulevard and Mountain Street (north and south), and Marengo and Los Robles [...]

Sip & Munch for Big Cats

Sip & Munch for Big Cats

“In 1986, we saw an ad in the popular Recycler that read ‘Idaho Cougar, 6 weeks, male, $600.’ We were lucky to have a friend with a zookeeper’s license, a large piece of land and a safe, sturdy enclosure. We had lots of animal experience including previous mentorships with big cat and wolf trainers under [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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