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Hike for the Homeless

Hike for the Homeless
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Mike Simms, curator of the Echo Mountain ruins above Altadena, has been working for over a year to create a park for people to come up and enjoy. To highlight his new Friends of Echo Mountain group and all of the wonderful hikes he’s discovered, last December he welcomed one and all to participate in […]

Indian Jalfrezi Chicken

Indian Jalfrezi Chicken

Indian Jalfrezi Chicken —Gluten free & lactose free; may be prepared vegan and vegetarian   It’s hard not to love chicken tikka masala. Unfortunately, since masala sauce generally is made with yogurt and cream, finding love in a lactose-free version takes more work than simply ordering takeout. My recipe for at-home Indian relies on lactose-free […]

Utility Box Art 2

Utility Box Art 2

Box art: One of the relatively new ways for a city to promote local artists and create public art, as well as “beautify” something rather bulky and visually prominent—traffic signal utility boxes. We hope you enjoy our second of two posts about the newly painted signal boxes in South Pasadena. Read more about the Box […]

The Rose Queen

The Rose Queen

Imagine if Shakespeare had written a feminist epic. When ancient family rivalries pit an ineffectual king against his bloodthirsty cousin in a violent civil war, his charismatic queen takes over. Shakespeare’s “War of the Roses” plays featured women in unprecedentedly powerful roles long unknown to American audiences. Now, the “Rose Queen” has been adapted by […]

Chocolate Wonders: Food of the Gods

Chocolate Wonders: Food of the Gods

  Etymologists trace the origin of the word “chocolate” to the Aztec word “xocoatl,” which referred to a bitter drink brewed from cacao beans. The Latin name for the cacao tree, Theobroma cacao, means “food of the gods.” —”A Brief History of Chocolate” (1 March 2008) by Amanda Fiegl, SmithsonianMag.com       Almost nothing […]

Kitchens, The Arrangement & I Heart Obama

Kitchens, The Arrangement & I Heart Obama

The Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse is roaring into 2016. On February 17, two Penguin Random House authors—J. Ryan Stradal and Ashley Warlick—will be “in conversation” and sign their novels. Stradal has published Kitchens of the Great Midwest and no, it is not a book of design or quaint collections of nana’s recipes. Stradal is a […]

Favorite Go -To Comfort Food

Favorite Go -To Comfort Food

Gale Kohl of Gale’s Restaurant and Peg Rahn, founder of “Fresh: Celebrating the Table” will be joined by Peggy Dark, co-author of the Fabulous Parties books, for “Cooking at the Arboretum.” This month’s topic: Favorite go-to comfort food. The menu: —50 wonderful soups —Chicken stock “from scratch” —Homemade hearth bread —Baked cheesy pasta casserole with […]

Local Pushcart Prize Nominees

Local Pushcart Prize Nominees

Gratitude to poet, author, and publisher of Golden Foothills Press Thelma T. Reyna for informing us of several local poets who have been nominated for the esteemed Pushcart Prize. Describing the 6 selected poets, Thelma Reyna states: These are highly dedicated writers, most of them having written poetry for most, if not all, of their […]

Utility Box Art

Utility Box Art

South Pasadena has followed in the path of many cities that have decided to bring art to the streets. Actually, to the sidewalks and traffic light utility boxes. Ten artists submitted their ideas to the South Pasadena Arts Council in the summer of 2015 and now South Pasadena beams with ostriches, picnics in the park, […]

Showcase House: 1918 Mission Revival

Showcase House: 1918 Mission Revival

The word is this 1918 Mission Revival was designed by the esteemed and prolific local architect Myron Hunt (think Huntington Library, Caltech, Occidental College, and the Ambassador Hotel). More specifically, the mansion is “thought” to have been designed by Myron Hunt, according to official text. What is certain is that this 16,000 square feet main […]

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