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Energy Efficiency for Historic Homes

Energy Efficiency for Historic Homes

We love our little bungalow. Built in 1926, we revel in the hand-wrought iron work, the hand-crafted joinery, the built-in fireplace flanked by inglenooks, the hipped covered porch, and the “elaborated” rafter ends. But after all these years of loving, a piece of us is also sapped, longing to tap out. Uncle, uncle. How is […]

Trash Can Nights (Excerpt)

Trash Can Nights (Excerpt)

1 • Dorothy Wu Monday, September 3 Today was a day for the scribes to record and the blind bards to sing about. For today I went on a glorious adventure with my perfect prince. We overcame hordes of vile villains, gathered crucial supplies for our greater mission, and strengthened our bond as destiny mates. […]

Trash Can Days & Nights: A Chat with Teddy Steinkellner

Trash Can Days & Nights: A Chat with Teddy Steinkellner

I was raised in Santa Barbara, CA, where, in seventh grade, I was dumped into my first trash can. So begins the biography of Teddy Steinkellner. Teddy persevered and survived the next five years of middle and high school, after which he attended Stanford University, majoring in English and American Studies…and writing his first novel Trash […]

The Secret Fork

The Secret Fork

Are you a local chef, a producer of artisanal foods or a creator of craft? Or, are you someone who likes to sample and purchase foods and handmade goods? The Secret Fork is a community organization with the aim of bringing together artisans—who make jams, breads, sweets, prepared foods and food-related pottery like mugs and bowls—to […]

Chicano Sublime: A Q&A with Val Echavarria

Chicano Sublime: A Q&A with Val Echavarria

“Notes from the Chicano Sublime” is an exhibition of abstract work that brings into focus ideas that border on otherworldly themes associated with the cosmic, biological and spiritual worlds, writes curator and contributing artist Linda Arreola. This is where the beauty of the sublime is found…not in what we recognize but rather in what we have […]

Cain

Cain

After giving the Pulitzer Prize committee a piece of my mind for The Goldfinch, I can only heap kudos on the Nobel people awarded the intoxicating, maddening, brilliant Jose Saramago the Prize for Literature in 1998. Saramago’s last book was Cain, a dark yet whimsical take on the human relationship with God that is literate, ironic, […]

Come Home Instantly! Part 3

Come Home Instantly! Part 3

In Part 2 of “Come Home Instantly!,” Eva and Adalbert Fenyes, our traveling Pasadenans, sailed home from Europe just days before a succession of political and military threats and ultimatums kindled the world’s Great War. Fortunately for the Fenyeses, they arrived safely in New York on July 29, 1914, the day after Austria-Hungary declared war on […]

Lavender & Honey Espresso Bar

Lavender & Honey Espresso Bar

They had a theme and a full menu before they had a name, explains Honey & Lavender Espresso Bar co-owner Melanie Porter. When she was a teenager and worked at a small, family-owned café outside of Napa, a seed was sown. A seed that germinated over the years as she worked as an auditor for Fox Studios and traveled […]

Easiest Garlic Salmon

Easiest Garlic Salmon

I’m a big believer in garlic. If you follow my recipes on this blog, this fact has probably become pretty clear. If it’s not dessert, it usually has garlic in it. That being said, this salmon is an extreme version. Garlic is front and center and this recipe is not for those who are not […]

Kitchen & Home Tour Goes Small

Kitchen & Home Tour Goes Small

After traipsing up sweeping grand staircases, navigating myriad hallways, side doors and en suites, then clomping down narrow back (servants) staircases and admiring living rooms larger than your entire home, have you had enough of mansions and grand estates? If so, this year’s American Society of Interior Designers, Pasadena Chapter’s Kitchen and Home tour may interest you—”four exceptional homes […]

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