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Pasties & Pies

Pasties & Pies

It’s a bit out of the way and one must appreciate that running into patience-depriving traffic is a given for 23 hours out of every 24, but if you ever find yourself in Long Beach and are pining for a pàsty or pie, we’d suggest Pásty Bakery on Pine Avenue just north of Broadway. We […]

Désirée Zamorano

Désirée Zamorano

From its shocking opening to its dream-like ending, Désirée Zamorano’s The Amado Women dishes out secrets, lies, and hurts as fast as we can gobble them up.  This is how Hometown Pasadena contributor Petrea Burchard begins her review of Zamorano’s new novel. Désirée Zamorano is Pushcart prize nominee and an award-winning short story writer. She’s had commentaries published […]

La Casita del Arroyo: Grand Reopening

La Casita del Arroyo: Grand Reopening

As early as 1917, the Pasadena Garden Club was looking to engage with the beautification and restoration (after forest fires) of the Arroyo Seco. There seems to be no mention of Club plans for almost a decade. In 1932, discussions are had about a wildflower sanctuary that would be created by unemployed construction workers and using […]

Come Home Instantly! Part 2

Come Home Instantly! Part 2

One hundred years ago this summer, as told in Part 1 of “Come Home Instantly,” the Fenyes and Curtin families of Pasadena, California, went abroad on a European vacation. They traveled together across the Atlantic Ocean on the S.S. France and enjoyed the sights of Paris before going their separate ways in early June. Leonora […]

Cluster-Cluck

Cluster-Cluck

Calling all chicken enthusiasts! There’s going to be a “Cluster-Cluck” next Saturday. The next installment in our Food for Thought series, this session is organized by member-owner Cynthia Frederick but will serve as a meet-up social for all fanciers of feathered friends. Come share your chicken and egg-related tips, experiences, and recipes! (Courtesy of Ginko Ching […]

The Juggler

The Juggler

The Juggler by Cheryl Klein Every night, Amalia Reyna prayed to Saint Julian to make her reborn. As whom or what, she didn’t know, so that was part of her prayer: Dear Saint Julian in Heaven, make me…. Then her thoughts would trail off. She’d found the candle at the corner store one day when […]

The Elegance of the Hedgehog

The Elegance of the Hedgehog

Madame Michel, the concierge at an exclusive hotel particuliere in Paris, believes the rich people she serves think her ugly and dull. She’s wrong. They don’t notice her at all. Madame Michel, in Muriel Barbery’s The Elegance of the Hedgehog, does her best to keep it that way by playing the stereotypical concierge. She wears […]

Crafting Cocktails

Crafting Cocktails

For 50 clams guests will sip and taste their way through an evening that sounds informative and delicious. Now, retaining this information is the sole responsibility of the individual… On Thursday, July 31st, Trattoria Neapolis presents “Craft Cocktails,” the first class in a 3-part series, which will benefit Pasadena’s AIDS Service Center. “Students” will listen, observe, participate, and sample four […]

“Chalk It Up”

“Chalk It Up”

Number of stores and services: 282 Number of floors: 2 Total retail floor space: 1,300,000 square feet. What’s Up? Regarding all the first floor common area—now stripped down and bare—the Westfield Santa Anita Mall owners have decided to call on local chalk and airbrush artists to come have fun. All accepted artists will be given a space […]

Corn & Kale Quiche

Corn & Kale Quiche

I am not a fan of waste. I try to use whatever produce I have in the fridge before going out to buy more. So this morning I had an old(er) onion, kale, a few grape tomatoes and a corn on the cob. I also had a bunch of eggs and a frozen pie crust […]

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