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Without a Net

Without a Net

Esther Bradley-DeTally has had adventures most of us will never undertake, nor would we want to. On a whim and a (literal) prayer, Esther and her husband Bill lived in Russia in the early 1990’s, for several months at a time, as missionaries of the Baha’i Faith. Bradley-DeTally’s Without a Net isn’t about the Faith, however. [...]

Summer Cooking Camps

Summer Cooking Camps

We figure a child is never too young to learn how to navigate the kitchen. Even the first bowl of cereal that is poured without half of it landing on floor, the first milk that is tipped and doesn’t flood the counter, is a miraculous feat to which we raise our hands skyward and say, “Hallelujah.” This [...]

Urban Kitchen

Urban Kitchen

One woman was a corporate executive in the broadcast industry and the other woman had “one foot in the kitchen and one foot at the beach.” Chef Michelle Hohman is owner of Urban Kitchen in South Pasadena. Chef Samantha is her partner in cooking. A few steps north of the crumbling Rialto, but along a strip [...]

Honey Whole Wheat Flatbreads & Eggplant Walnut Dip

Honey Whole Wheat Flatbreads & Eggplant Walnut Dip

This combination has become a go-to for me as an appetizer. The eggplant dip is an adaptation of a Turkish red pepper dip called muhammara and the flatbreads are my take on a recipe from Plenty, one of my favorite cookbooks. Eggplant Walnut Dip, Ingredients: 1 medium eggplant 1 small red bell pepper ½ cup raw [...]

Parti Gras

Parti Gras

For this year’s gala, the South Pasadena Educational Foundation is upping the ante. The venue: Arroyo Seco Golf Course. Close your eyes and imagine Paris; imagine harder and you’ll see the sweeping the lawns of Versailles. (No? Help yourself to another complimentary cocktail.) The cuisine: Twenty-two local eateries, such as Charlie’s Trio (the name honors the grandfather, father and son [...]

Le Salon de Musiques

Le Salon de Musiques

An evening of profound music and impressive musicians in an intimate setting where no stage divides the audience from the performers. It’s the season finale for Le Salon de Musiques’ “without walls” chamber music concert series. Le Salon founder and artistic director François Chouchan welcomes music lovers to come hear the “wonderful and almost unknown” neo-romantic [...]

Keeping Sane, and Other Aspirations

Keeping Sane, and Other Aspirations

(Excerpt from a novel-in-progress) Although I am only eleven years old and one would think that young, blank canvas, nascent minds would be constantly in motion with new ideas, fun amusements, and creative endeavors, sometimes I need a mind-numbing pastime. Thank God for TV. It can’t get more anesthetizing than that (I’ll admit I had to [...]

2014 Doo Dah Queen Tryouts

2014 Doo Dah Queen Tryouts

It’s like adults in reverse. Shed the practical, the obligatory, and the hum bug. Embrace the silly, wacky, the expressive, the experimental, and the inspired. Get ready for the 37th Ocassional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade Queen tryouts. Want to be queen? Anyone may try. The competition is fierce, the judges costumed and being fed a [...]

Zamperini to Lead the Rose Parade

Zamperini to Lead the Rose Parade

Louis Zamperini, who’s life and trials are the subject of Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken, has been chosen to be the Grand Marshall for the 126th Rose Parade. We can’t think of a better choice—and, not a moment too soon. On January 26, 2015, Zamperini will turn 98 years old. Louie started smoking at five years old, [...]

Bonsai!

Bonsai!

How many people have gone through the decades pronouncing the “o” in bonsai like the “o” in bonbon (bän-bän)? Would it be surprising to hear that the Santa Anita Bonsai Society directs one to pronounce the word “bone-sigh” (bōn-sī)? Then again, listening to Merriam-Webster online and clicking on the speaker icon, the supposedly Japanese speaker sounds [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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