Author: Erica Wayne

Sage Plant Based Bistro puts delicious emphasis on personal health

Let me preface this review by admitting that I am not a vegan. I’m not even a vegetarian. What I am is a guilt-ridden, hypocritical, tried all the cures but can’t quit carnivore. Merely the aroma of charring beef sends me into anticipatory ecstasy. Butter is essential to my happiness and sampling cheeses at Whole Foods or Bristol Farms is a favorite pastime. So preparing to write about Sage Plant Based Bistro & Brewery, which opened less than three months ago in the space formerly occupied by A/K/A and its short-lived successor Alma Rosa in Hugus Alley next to...

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After 64 years, Colombo’s remains a place for great food and musical fun

My husband loves jazz. He also loves spaghetti bolognese. So, lucky man, his Secret Santa provided him with $100 in gift certificates to use at Colombo’s Italian Steakhouse and Jazz Club in Eagle Rock, where he can get both seven days a week.    I have to admit, it’s been way too long since we’ve visited and, frankly, I’d forgotten just how good being there makes us feel. There’s just something about low lighting, spacious red leather button-upholstered booths, crisp linen, adult beverages, enormous plates of pasta, attentive friendly service and great music that combine to soothe the soul...

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Rationalization, thy name is dineLA

If you’ve so far managed to keep your 2018 resolutions to eat well, drink less and exercise more, I pity you. Beginning Jan. 7, folks in Pasadena have been gorging on cheeseburgers in honor of local hero Lionel Sternberger, reputed to be the first restaurateur ever to have crowned a meat patty with a slab of melting cheese at his father’s 1500 W. Colorado Blvd. eatery The Rite Spot back in 1924.    The creation myths about the birth of the cheeseburger at The Rite Spot are numerous: that young Lionel accidentally burned a hamburger and placed a slice...

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Season’s greetings from South Pasadena’s Fair Oaks Pharmacy – 12.21.17

The Fair Oaks Pharmacy and Soda Fountain has been a South Pasadena landmark since 1915, according to its website. And the interior looks so old-fashioned it’s almost impossible to doubt it’s a real 100-plus-year-old antique. In actuality, it’s not, having undergone a number of transformations, not the least of which has been its name. From the South Pasadena Pharmacy to the Raymond Pharmacy (in the ’20s) to the Fair Oaks Pharmacy, its existence was nondescript until new owners decided to gussy it up in 1989. Artifacts, including a complete set of pharmacy fixtures, an original soda fountain, stained glass...

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Zelo’s makes the most interesting pies you likely haven’t tried

S00o let’s start with this premise: there’s plenty of good, maybe great pizza in Pasadena, and there’s absolutely no need to travel outside the city limits to get anything better. Well, maybe. But to paraphrase Hamlet: There are more things in heaven and earth, Pasadenans, than are dreamt of in your philosophy. He was speaking of ghosts. I am speaking of Zelo Gourmet Pizza in Arcadia. A mini-Italian lesson: “zelo” translates to zeal, devotion, dedication and/or attention to detail. And “zelo” is what owner Mike Freeman applies to making pizza. Zelo’s been reviewed by some of the best, including...

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10:30 am NEA Big Read Project Activities ... @ Pasadena Public Library Central Branch
NEA Big Read Project Activities ... @ Pasadena Public Library Central Branch
Feb 17 @ 10:30 am
As part of the NEA’s Big Read Project, which highlights the book “When the Emperor was Divine” by Julie Otsuka, the library presents various activities, including a discussion by Megan Asaka of the US government’s[...]
11:00 am Zumba Class at Lamanda Park Library @ Pasadena Public Library, Lamanda Park Branch
Zumba Class at Lamanda Park Library @ Pasadena Public Library, Lamanda Park Branch
Feb 17 @ 11:00 am
A zumba class for all ages and skill levels starts at 11 a.m.
1:00 pm Guided Tour at Norton Simon @ Norton Simon Museum
Guided Tour at Norton Simon @ Norton Simon Museum
Feb 17 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
A guided tour visits works in the museum’s collections containing images of lovers, from 1 to 2 p.m., included in museum admission of $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, free for members, students and those[...]
2:00 pm Pasadena Symphony Concert @ Ambassador Auditorium
Pasadena Symphony Concert @ Ambassador Auditorium
Feb 17 @ 2:00 pm
The concert features Stravinsky’s “Firebird” suite, with performances at 2 and 8 p.m. David Lockington conducts, with featured cello soloist Inbal Segev. The concert also includes Dvorak’s “Cello Concerto,” and a new work by Dale[...]
4:00 pm Book Signing at Vroman’s @ Vroman's Bookstore
Book Signing at Vroman’s @ Vroman's Bookstore
Feb 17 @ 4:00 pm
Chris Finan discusses and signs “Drunks: An American History” at 4 p.m.

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