It's Paris in Pasadena!

Noël Très Français

We’re all set now. Daniel Brondi, French professor at Cal State Fullerton, walked us through a fascinating evening of “Noel” in France at the Alliance Francaise de Pasadena Friday evening, from the table setting, to the entrée, to the Buche de Noel, (Busssshhhhhh…,!” he reminded us.) In his witty and enlightening way, Brondi detailed a ...


The area's first urban flour mill...

Say it With Flours

Still making your delicious bread and cookies with that flour you bought at the supermarket? That is so 2012. Pasadena’s Grist And Toll is the area’s first urban flour mill, specializing in a wide range of locally grown wheat and grains. There’s freshly ground flour and grains for restaurants, bakeries and home bakers, along with ...


Dives and turns clinic

Waterworks Aquatics’ Offers Dives and Turns Clinic

Darting through the water is just half of what competitive swimming is all about. It doesn’t matter if a swimmer can slice through water like a sailfish, if one can’t dive and turn, one lose. Competitive swimmers spend just as much time learning and training how to dive and turn. Just like the swim stroke, ...


Evidence of childhood narcissistic struggles

Fusion Academy: Childhood Narcissism and ADHD-Like Behavior

When I listen carefully to how parents describe their kid’s ADHD-like behavior, their descriptions often touch upon normal and not-so normal levels of childhood narcissism: • If he can’t solve a problem immediately, Jonah has a meltdown. • Maria is so emotional. When she’s calm she can focus and get homework finished. When she’s doing ...


Italian and Spanish cuisine

A Little Italy, a Touch of Spain: the Choice is Yours

  You might be wondering where Villa Sorriso went. Did it close? No. It just relocated down the street to Bar Celona. Now with their combined menus you can choose Italian, Spanish or both. The beauty of it all is that these two cuisines meld together so seamlessly. Want some pasta with your paella, how ...


Books from Around the World!

47th California International Antiquarian Book Fair Puts Rare, Beautiful Volumes Centerstage

From February 7 – 9, 2014, thousands of book lovers, rare book dealers, and scholars will converge at the Pasadena Convention Center for the 47th California International Antiquarian Book Fair. Recognized as one of the world’s largest and most prestigious exhibitions of antiquarian books, the Book Fair gives visitors the opportunity to see, learn about ...


Featuring the best in seasonal ingredients...

New Year’s in the Neighborhood

The neighbors all know the place. Now it’s your turn. The Flintridge Proper, La Cañada/Flintridge’s favorite local hang, will be breaking out the bubbly this New Year’s Eve with two special dinners. Flintridge Proper meals always feature the best in seasonal ingredients, served with a fresh, farm-to-table approach. Chef Kevin NaPier, a graduate of California ...


A Five-Part Italian Wine Tasting Series...

Start Your Wine-ing at Trattoria Neapolis’ Five-Part Italian Wine Tasting Series

When we think of the holidays, our thoughts turn to wine. Wine for toasting, wines for gifting, wine for dining, wine to take our minds off shopping malls and PlayStations, wine with breakfast, you get the idea. But it’s not just popping open a cork. Just because you watched “Sideways,” don’t consider yourself a sommelier ...


A special cocktail menu that captures the essence of fall

The Flintridge Proper’s Fall Cocktail Menu

As seasons change, so too does Flintridge Proper’s Cocktail Menu. To capture the essence of fall, the Proper’s own bartenders have whipped up a special cocktail menu that will help you appreciate the season more. Angel Meza, one of the Proper’s head bartenders, has whipped up a concoction, called ‘The Indian Summer,’ made up of ...


California menu influenced by Pan-Asian traditions

168 is a Hit. A Very Palpable, Palatable Hit.

It is nice to live in a time where good food is just a phone call away, or a 5-minute walk down the corner. However, when it comes to great food, one needs to search a little bit harder. But just a little. Fortunately, word of mouth plus the power of the Internet has made ...


Your Health

High Hopes

Karen Singer has been in pain nearly every day since the death of her husband 19 years ago. Not just the pain of loss, but also physical pain, eventually diagnosed as Fibromyalgia. It was painful to do everything and anything. “My husband would look at me, and say,  ‘You’re in pain,’” she recalled recently. Since ...


A sense of big-city living

Downtown Lofts in Pasadena? The Burton says ‘Yes’

With a contemporary design and an easy walkability, the Burton, one of Pasadena’s newest upscale housing developments, is bringing a bit of Downtown to town. The idea is to create a sense of big-city living with an easily navigable neighborhood—in this case, Colorado Boulevard and the nearby Pasadena Playhouse district. The Burton, on South Los ...


You’ve Got a Date With Kate

A stay at the iconic Langham Huntington has always been memorable. Enter more memorable. This holiday season, the Langham Huntington is offering an exclusive shopping experience at the Kate Spade boutique in Old Pasadena to go along with your stay. Stay in a beautiful Langham guest room, ride their Langham Luxury Shuttle to and from ...


Ensuring the longevity of your books

Taking Care of Your Books

Though books are meant to be read, it can only take so much use and abuse before it crumbles. Paper is notoriously easy to age, so the best care must be given to ensure your investment in knowledge makes it to the hands of your grandkids. The simplest way to protect books is by covering ...


Food

The Mexican Revolution and its Culinary Legacy

The Mexican Revolution spawned one of the most famous figures in Mexican history in Pancho Villa. Taking place from 1910 to 1920, the Mexican Revolution was virtually a war between the ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots.’ While the rich got richer, the poor were poorer than ever. Incensed by this disparity, Pancho Villa led his men down ...


Listen to Live Music at Matt Denny’s Summer Concert Series

The Summer Concert Series season at Matt Denny’s Ale House Restaurant is just a month away and there are some great local bands ready to rock the patio in Arcadia. The first scheduled Concert will be on Friday, June 3rd, The Skinny Ties are on the bill and they will play from 7 to 10 ... Read More

Where to Watch Vin Scully’s Final Season

The “Voice of Heaven,” that is what they call Vin Scully. He’s the longest-serving broadcaster for a single team in sports history. Scully began his 67th – and final – season with the Dodgers on Tuesday night. Meet up at Matt Denny’s with some friends for a delicious meal and some good entertainment. Over nearly ... Read More

Pasadena “Chills Out” on Tax Day

The vibrant Kona Ice truck parked outside of the Pasadena City Hall Thursday morning from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the third annual “National Chill Out” Day. Tamar Hill, Owner of Kona Ice Central Pasadena, was greeted with a constant flow of foot traffic looking to quench their thirst with a rainbow assortment of ... Read More

Groove to Live Lounge Singers

Join Plate 38 for an amazing evening with the sultry tones of Liela Avila on Live Music Thursday. At just 24 years old, Liela has not just an amazing voice, but the maturity, instinct, and talent of someone much older. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, California with her father and band member, ... Read More

Kick off Your Weekend With Yoga and Champagne

Unroll your mat for an invigorating full-body yoga flow to start the weekend off right. You’ll explore the postures and fundamentals of yoga and work every muscle through movement and breathe at a moderate, but intuitive pace. Enjoy an energizing evening with CorePower Yoga Pasadena and Lululemon at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena! A one-hour, all-levels ... Read More