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From Oenology to Criminology

From Oenology to Criminology
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Northern California may be renowned for its vintages, but the state’s wine industry “actually was born near El Pueblo de Los Angeles.” Whatever one’s feelings may be about the Spanish missionaries, we must thank them for planting, nurturing, and then in 1782 harvesting their first vintage at Mission San Juan Capistrano. Vineyards were cultivated at […]

Best in Show: The California Classic

Best in Show: The California Classic

Anita had a fancy for bulldogs and Airedales. In 1908, Anita Baldwin, daughter of E. J. “Lucky” Baldwin and resident of Sierra Madre, founded the then Crown City Kennel Club, “envisioning for the west coast a dog club of the stature of the Westminster Club in the east.” Today, the Kennel Club of Pasadena is […]

The Offices of Adalbert Fenyes, M. D.

The Offices of Adalbert Fenyes, M. D.

Near the turn of the twentieth century, on April 26, 1902, Adalbert Fenyes leased from his wife Eva Scott Fenyes the four rooms on the second floor of the Wetherby & Kayser building in Pasadena, California. He agreed to pay $30 a month for rent beginning October 1st, plus “all water and artificial light used […]

Yard Lovin’ It

Yard Lovin’ It

Toys, furniture, electronics, clothing, dishes, silverware, pots and pans, bedding, holiday decorations, books, and movies…these are some of the items available for sale at “Yard Lovin’ It,” which benefits sick children and the family members who stay with them at the Pasadena Ronald McDonald House on May 23rd. If a few closets, chests, or basements […]

Curried Carrot Soup

Curried Carrot Soup

Ingredients: 10-12 young carrots, sliced 1-2 tablespoon canola oil (or part butter if desired) 1 large onion, chopped A largish piece of ginger, minced 1 teaspoon ground coriander 1 teaspoon curry powder ¼ teaspoon cinnamon Dash cloves (small dash; cloves can overpower) 1 teaspoon turmeric Cayenne to taste 1 quart good quality vegetable broth 1-2 […]

Day Trips L.A.

Day Trips L.A.

Thanks once again to Ralph DeFelice for allowing Hometown Pasadena to re-publish a few of his stunning photos from the many adventures he’s taken with his two kids. We highly recommend checking out his blog Day Trips LA. Day trips and road trips are spectacularly photographed and posts include address, contact info, drive time, cost, […]

Pinot, Pinot!

Pinot, Pinot!

It is said that ancient Romans first knew the pinot grape as Helvenacia Minor and it was “vinified” as early as the first century A.D.¹ The “golden child” of pinot grapes are grown in Burgundy, France along the Côte d’Or or Slope of Gold, a two-mile wide and thirty-mile long stretch of hills. Pinot Noir […]

A Human Vase & Flower Crowns

A Human Vase & Flower Crowns

Floral artist Alison Franchi of La Petite Gardinia and make-up effects artist Jennifer Aspinall use layers of body paint, jewels, and “perfectly manipulated flowers” to create a human vase at this weekend’s Rose Festival at Descanso Gardens. A live model will be the object in creating the Rose Queen, her body the canvas for this […]

Mid-Century Living on Millionaire’s Row

Mid-Century Living on Millionaire’s Row

South Orange Grove Boulevard was once dubbed “Millionaire’s Row” as a result of the “grandiose Victorian style mansions” that were erected. “As a result of economic shifts and population explosion following World War II,” the neighborhood transitioned to include many mid-century garden apartments. On May 16th, Pasadena Heritage presents “South Orange Grove: Mid-Century Living on […]

Oh to Sing

Oh to Sing

Oh to sing! To Eric Whitacre Oh to sing! To have been born with the ability ever so easily to unleash – like the rain, or a Lyre bird, or, in late summer, the cicadas – a cascade of beautiful sound. But that is not my gift. Instead I must rest content to craft my […]

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