Author: Erica Wayne

Parsnip, the LA restaurant with Romanian roots, offers a taste of Eastern Europe

It’s definitely been a down year for me: record heat and rising pollution, the just-lifted ban on the importation of big game trophies, repeated attempts to kill Obamacare, the specter of local taxes being removed as allowable federal deductions, the wall that refuses to die, the goading of Kim Jong Un toward nuclear war and the new tax on gasoline that makes me wish I’d bought a Prius when my last car died in 2004. Roy Moore is likely to join the Senate and Al Franken may be expelled. So what, on this Thanksgiving, have I got to be...

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It’s all about change for the better at Pasadena’s Rosebud – 11.09.17

I received a postcard in the mail last week. “NOW OPEN” it stated, “ROSEBUD,” and underneath “COFFEE WITH A CAUSE.” Beneath this announcement was a more comprehensive paragraph that invited me to experience Pasadena’s newest neighborhood craft coffee shop. “At Rosebud,” it stated, “we pride ourselves on serving genuine craft coffee that helps change lives. By supporting Rosebud you help the future of homeless youth in the city of Pasadena. Together we can create change in our community.” Then it offered me the opportunity to treat a friend to a cup of coffee on them when I ordered one for...

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Altadena’s Pizza of Venice is a great pre-Wicked Lit treat

If you’ve been lucky enough to snag a ticket to Wicked Lit being performed at Mountain View Mortuary and Cemetery in Altadena, you’ll be spending one of the next several evenings (Thursday through Sunday nights through Nov. 11) being scared silly. Wicked Lit producers, Unbound Productions, guarantee the evening is going to be frightful, and perhaps not just because of their efforts. Who knows who or what inhabits the Mountain View grounds aside from the actors in the three plays being performed this year? If you want to be safe, you need to take precautions, so let me suggest...

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Popular restaurant, Via-Mar, serves great seafood at bargain prices

If you’re tired of paying beaucoup bucks for dainty little seafood tacos that provide barely a mouthful of satisfaction, here’s a recommendation. Get off your Pasadena-based keister and head to the 5100 block of North Figueroa in Highland Park. There, at 5111, you’ll find a small cinderblock storefront with a blue roof. Atop the roof is a huge sign with a smiling crustacean advertising Via-Mar Restaurant and some of its wares: shrimp cocktails, fish tacos, fried fish, lobster and oysters. As you approach the front of the building, you’ll see that this sign covers only a bare minimum of...

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New beer, burger and wings restaurant opens in East Pas

A little less than four months ago, a semi-cursed location on the northwest corner of San Gabriel and Colorado boulevards which has housed at least three restaurants in the past 11 years, was once again occupied by a hopeful new establishment, Juicy Wingz. The eatery is a fourth for the family-owned company, a move east from their Burbank and two Hollywood locations.  According to its website, Juicy Wingz “seeks to provide the local community with fresh, made to order meals with ingredients that are non-GMO, local and organically grown whenever possible. Unlike the major chains, our goal is to offer...

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Upcoming Events

10:00 am Flintridge Coffeehouse and Books... @ Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse
Flintridge Coffeehouse and Books... @ Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse
Nov 25 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
The store’s Small Business Saturday features guest authors, artists, live music and activities for all ages, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free.
1:00 pm Guided Tour at Norton Simon @ Norton Simon Museum
Guided Tour at Norton Simon @ Norton Simon Museum
Nov 25 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
A guided tour visits high drama depicted in baroque art, from 1 to 2 p.m., included with museum admission of $12 for adults, $9 for seniors, free for members, students and guests 18 and younger.
2:00 pm Alex Film Society Screenings @ Alex Theatre
Alex Film Society Screenings @ Alex Theatre
Nov 25 @ 2:00 pm
The Society presents its annual Three Stooges Film Festival, screening episodes including “A Plumbing We Will Go” (1940), “An Ache in Every Stake” (1941), “Disorder in the Court” (1936), “Men in Black” (1934), “Oily to[...]
2:00 pm I Love You NO Matter What!” -Sel... @ ONE LIFE YOGA
I Love You NO Matter What!” -Sel... @ ONE LIFE YOGA
Nov 26 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
I Love You NO Matter What!” -Self-Love Experience @ ONE LIFE YOGA
This workshop is an invitation to love yourself intimately. It is an experience of how to recondition your body to be in the most empowered states through the power of word, breath and movement. As[...]
6:30 pm Dietary Supplement Discussion at... @ Cancer Support Community
Dietary Supplement Discussion at... @ Cancer Support Community
Nov 27 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Dr. Amaliya Santiago discusses how dietary supplements and the right foods can improve a patient’s ability to fight cancer, reduce the side effects of treatment and enhance recovery, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free, but[...]

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