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Michelle’s Quinoa Salad

Michelle’s Quinoa Salad

It took me a while to fall in love with quinoa, but I’m happy to say that we are now close friends. For best savory results, sauté quinoa with onion and olive oil before boiling. Also see below for other quinoa tips. Then you can make this delicious, nutritious, and gorgeous salad—and won’t you be […]

LitFest 2015

LitFest 2015

Poets, independent bookmakers, self-publishing, satire, California authors, diversity in Young Adult literature, memoir writing, Pulitzer Prize-winner and food critic Jonathan Gold, science writers, mystery writers, and women writers may all be heard during the 2015 LitFest Pasadena.   Local authors, Désirée Zamorano, Jervey Tervalon, Ron Koertge, Gary Phillips, Petrea Burchard, Naomi Hirahara will be among […]

Bees, Glorious Bees

Bees, Glorious Bees

It was late afternoon. The time of day when the light becomes crisp, and shadows lengthen and darken, colors pop. We came upon an adorable home with flowers blooming, all in rows, proper yet unruly at the same time.       We also saw a faux beehive…     The number on the sign […]

Art & Soul

Art & Soul

Thank you to Colleen Dunn Bates of Prospect Park Books for making the introduction and to Jim Schneeweis of Angel City Press for providing the text below and for informing us about the newly released Corita Kent. Art and Soul. The Biography.   On the cover of Newsweek in 1967, Sister Mary Corita became known […]

/Kuhl-er/

/Kuhl-er/

It’s all about color. Or as in the phonetic spelling of the word, /kuhl-er/. Nearly two dozen San Gabriel Valley artists, including Barbi Taylor of Pasadena and Robert Nydam of Sierra Madre, have examined “the role color plays in art inspiration and interpretation.” The resulting works will be exhibited at Jones Coffee with an opening […]

Tea Lovers Fest

Tea Lovers Fest

It’s a tea lover’s dream. A whole festival about tea. With tea parties, a tea marketplace, a tea lab, tea ceremonies, brewing basics, tastings, a hands-on tea party planning workshop, “an adventurous tea and dessert pairing experience,” and even tarot card readings. Some ten years ago in a small yoga studio in Santa Monica, the Tea […]

Wildflower Seed Collecting and Picnic

Wildflower Seed Collecting and Picnic

The Mediterranean Garden Society of Southern California invites the public to bring a picnic to Arlington Garden and take a wildflower seed-collecting workshop on May 16th. Mayitos Dinos designed the Arlington Garden in Pasadena and she will be present to explain the garden’s genesis and evolution. Garden volunteers will collect wildflower seeds for next year’s […]

Castle Green for Mother’s Day

Castle Green for Mother’s Day

Pasadena’s Castle Green, that looming, iconic mix of Moroccan, Moorish, and Victorian styles built in 1898 opens its doors to the public—especially Mom!—on Mother’s Day, May 10th. Guests may roam the main salon, ballroom, library, sun room, original elevator, and over 20 private apartments, “each unique in layout and design plus the exquisite penthouse.” This […]

Hit the Road! (On a Bike)

Hit the Road! (On a Bike)

The British Medical Association states that “cycling just 20 miles a week can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease by fifty percent.” So we can keep eating bangers and mash if we clip on a helmet and hit the bike lane? My City Bikes and Pasadena Cyclery would probably not enjoy our drollery, or […]

Turmeric Eggs with Tomatoes and Caramelized Onions

Turmeric Eggs with Tomatoes and Caramelized Onions

I love eggs. I love them for breakfast, for brunch, for lunch, for dinner. I love them prepared any which way. My go-to breakfast is a fried egg over potatoes and other veggies or a scramble with whatever I have in the fridge. Yesterday morning, I mixed up my usual plain eggs by adding turmeric. […]

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