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Aladdin, As Ballet

Aladdin, As Ballet

This event is not for a young’uns ooey gooey experience or working up a sweat or maneuvering with glue and paste, but we remember being young (8 or 9 years old?) when our grandparents took us to our first ballet, a performance of The Nutcracker at Rockefeller Center in New York City. We were hooked. […]

Cooking Jackfruit

Cooking Jackfruit

Who knew? Who knew we wanted to know? And when did we know that we didn’t know what we needed to know? (Channeling Rummy here.) But now we can know—how to cook jackfruit—thanks to a free workshop conducted by nutritionist Kelly Kearns at Grassroots Market in South Pasadena on Tuesday, March 7. Kearns will be […]

Mammoth SNOW

Mammoth SNOW

Ralph DeFelice of DayTripsLA took his kids up to Mammoth this past weekend… …and there was SNOW.   Let’s share some pictures…                     ~~~   DayTripsLA.com Ralph DeFelice: I’m a single dad living in Pasadena with my two kids, a 5 yo girl and a 8 yo […]

True Food Kitchen’s Spaghetti Squash Casserole

True Food Kitchen’s Spaghetti Squash Casserole

Our gratitude to True Food Kitchen for contributing this week’s “Mangiamo” recipe of the week. One of TFK’s signature dishes…   Spaghetti Squash Casserole Makes 4 to 6 servings 1 large spaghetti squash (2 to 3 pounds) 2 teaspoons Grapeseed Oil 1 large zucchini, grated 1/2 cup carmelized onions (recipe follows) 1 cup tomato sauce (recipe follows) Salt […]

Tales of a Ragged Doll

Tales of a Ragged Doll

Kat Renee is an artist and illustrator. After graduate school at Fuller Theological Seminary’s Brehm Center, “an institute devoted to the integrated study of art, theology, and culture,” she became a self-employed commercial artist. Recently, in an effort to create more meaningful artwork, Kat Renee began painting a collection of illustrations dedicated to the transcription […]

The Brilliance & Whimsy of Beatrice Wood

The Brilliance & Whimsy of Beatrice Wood

To finish off our seasonal side trip (see “Ojai Marvels” and “Ojai Olive Oil Company“), we head to the studio of the late great Beatrice Wood. Many may only know Wood as one of the trifecta that inspired Francois Truffaut’s film Jules et Jim in 1962, which we saw decades ago, and before we knew anything of the celebrated […]

Future Awake in Mouth of NOW

Future Awake in Mouth of NOW

Gerda Govine Ituarte is a woman we’ve come to know; initially over a bowl of soup at Euro Pane (the original) and subsequently via quick chats at events, some phone calls, and email. She’s a businesswoman, a consultant, an activist, a supporter, and a poet. We admit readily that we are not learned when it comes […]

Ojai Olive Oil

Ojai Olive Oil

One finds Ojai Olive Oil Company at the end of a dirt, rut-filled road. It’s a bit bumpy, but after the meandering up through the neighborhoods, the tight u-turn after a missed turnoff, and the increasing lushness and ever-crowding foliage we enter another world. The day is overcast and the main building looks more barrack […]

Sondheim’s Company

Sondheim’s Company

Thank you, dear friend, who informed us of the newest production in rehearsal at Theater Arts Caltech, Company by Stephen Sondheim opens February 24 and runs through March 4. (Text courtesy of TAC on FB.) Theater Arts Caltech, a diverse group of Caltech undergrads/grads/staff/alums, JPL and associated community members, dives headfirst into the Sondheim revival with a contemporary spin […]

Baklava on the Kitchen Table

Baklava on the Kitchen Table

Fruit flies hovered over the ooze of the honey syrup. Crumbled walnuts mimicked broken teeth. No one touched them. The paper thin filo dough became wrinkled, and Mother kept pushing the plate to the center of the table. During breakfast, I placed olive seeds next to the fallen pistachios. Mother removed them with irritation and […]

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