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 ...


The English Beat Returned to The Rose for a Stunning Concert

Time doesn’t usually treat bands nicely. Chart toppers burn brightly for a short time and then fade into oblivion or implode in supernova fashion. But there are few artists that stand the test of time. The English Beat, formerly known as The Beat, is one of those select few. Since they burst onto the musical ... Read More

Princess-Themed Royal Spa Opens in Pasadena

Girls were princesses for a day to celebrate the opening of Pasadena’s only dedicated children’s spa. Royal Spa is a children’s spa that exclusively uses chemical-free nail and face products and offers manicures, pedicures and facials as well as a fashion show and karaoke stage. They are open for birthday parties as well as individual ... Read More

One-Day Lacrosse Academy Welcomes All Players

Tribe Lacrosse, a local nonprofit lacrosse league, is hosting their Lax Academy for players of all skill levels on Sunday, November 20. Lax Academy is the perfect chance to get acquainted with the game or brush up on your skills. Coaches will have activities for players of all experience levels. In addition to Tribe Lacrosse ... Read More

Benefit National Adoption Month at The Langham Huntington Hotel

In honor of National Adoption Awareness Month in November, The Langham Huntington, Pasadena has partnered with Five Acres to create awareness for their Permanency Campaign “20,000 by 2020,” which educates the public about the need for permanent placement for children of all ages in foster care. The Langham’s National Adoption Awareness Month Rate is valid ... Read More

Car Tips for Road Trips

With the holidays around the corner, chances are that you’re going to be doing some driving – whether to visit family and friends or grab that perfect Christmas tree. Follow these tips to make sure your next road trip is a breeze. 1. Clean your car before and during your trip – Go ahead, leave ... Read More

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