Pasadena philanthropist continues ‘Power of Pink’ breast-cancer campaign



It’s National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and a Pasadena philanthropist is continuing his company’s annual fundraising campaign.

Through Oct. 31, Brighton Collectibles — owned by Pasadena resident Jerry Kohl — will donate $5 to breast-cancer foundations for each piece sold from its limited edition “Power of Pink” line.

It’s always nice to get something when you give. And this way, you can wear your heart on your sleeve — or your wrist, as it were, with this little number to the right.

Some of the 142 Brighton stores are matching the donation; Ask ahead of time if you’re thinking about purchasing, and that will boost the donation amount to $10.

The company has raised more than $3 million for breast-cancer research since its first “Power of Pink” campaign in 2003. Funds have gone to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, City of Hope Cancer Center, Concern Foundation and the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Shop local:

  • Brighton Collectibles, 340 E Colorado Blvd. #110, Pasadena (626) 577-3849
  • Huntington Hospital Gift Shop, 801 S. Fairmont Ave., Pasadena (626) 397-5257

Scenes from the Temple City fall festival


Sidra Rajani, 3, of Arcadia swings by the pumpkin patch Saturday at Temple City Park
Anna Halverson, 17, of Temple City High School’s Brighter Side Singers sings “Johnny One Note”
A crowd cheers on the Brighter Side Singers
A visit to the petting zoo

(Photos by Sarah Reingewirtz / Staff)

Lavender fields forever: Harvest festival at The Langham



We love free stuff. (A demonstration of that love is our soon-to-launch sister site Freebie Finds. Bookmark it now. Thank us later.)

Free stuff is even better when it comes from The Langham Huntington Spa.

Tomorrow from 4-8 p.m. in the courtyard, The Huntington Spa and Ajne Rare & Precious are hosting a complimentary Lavender Harvest Festival with live lavender distillation, samples of essential oils, bundles of lavender and lavender-infused hors d’oeuvres.

And (in the not-free-but-still-lavender category) lavender manicures ($45), specialty cocktails, beauty products and jewelry will be available for purchase.

Reserve your manicure in advance: (626) 585-6414

If you can’t make it tomorrow, The Langham is continuing its discount on lavender manis and pedis through October.

Pasadena area real-estate and development roundup


  • A mixed-use project is being developed for the southeast corner of Colorado Blvd. and El Molino Ave. The new five-story office building will replace the two-story furnishings store. (Brigham Yen)
  • The 71-unit Granite Park (on Granite Drive, obviously) that’s being developed by Vornado Realty Trust will be finished in November with units starting at $975,000. (CurbedLA and Brigham Yen)
  • David Haskell teams up with producer Gale Anne Hurd to revamp up the 3-year-old Vertical wine bar on Raymond Ave. (EaterLA)
  • A group has formed to re-start restoration efforts of “Lucky” Baldwin’s adobe home in Arcadia. (Star-News)

Residential real-estate highlights via BlockShopper Los Angeles:

  • City of Hope doctor Ryotaro Nakamura and Megumi Nakamura have listed a four-bedroom, three-bath home in Arcadia for $1.098 million.
  • Stern & Goldberg lawyer Justin J. Lansberg has listed a four-bedroom, three-bath home in La Canada Flintridge for $1.689 million.

This cut is the deepest: Funding to foster care and treatment programs slashed



Cuts in state funding are forcing local foster-care and residential programs to reduce services — and beds — for children in need, reports Alfred Lee in today’s Star-News.

“The reduction took effect Oct. 1 and was approved by the state Legislature in an effort to fix the state’s budget gap.

Pasadena, Rosemary’s Children’s Services will lose out on $660,000 in
funding and is looking at cutting services, Executive Director Greg
Wessels said.”

Other local agencies are also reeling from the cuts:

  • Five Acres in Altadena: Will lose about $800,000 in funding
    per year, and has shuttered a six-bed
    group home and reduced staff. There could be further cuts in the number of children served.
  • Hathaway-Sycamores in Pasadena: Has closed six beds and made cuts at its residential center and to foster care. The agency will lose about $275,000.
  • Hillsides in Pasadena: Will lose about $450,000 and has made administrative cuts.

Rosemary Children’s Services held an open house on Wednesday at its Rosemary Cottage. The agency is seeking to close the gap with additional support from the community. Here’s a look inside the cottage, which is home to 19 adolescent girls in Pasadena.

On duty supervisor Rosemarie Chavez, right, and Jodi Kurata, a child welfare policy director
Tahra Goraya, district director for state Sen. Carol Liu
A shared bedroom at Rosemary Cottage
A Cottage resident’s bulletin board

(Photos by Sarah Reingewirtz/Staff)

Is there a doctor in the house? I’m overdosing on chocolatey goodness


By Claudia S. Palma

There should have been a doctor on standby at the third annual Los Angeles Luxury Chocolate Salon held this last Sunday,
Oct. 11, at the Pasadena Convention Center.

With over 40 participating chocolatiers, confectioners and other
sweet culinary groups offering tastings of their divine goodies, I
instantly felt the heat in my cheeks as my blood pressure rose with
each little morsel.

My tasting companion and I took a quick glance around the room
first, grabbed a courtesy cup of water and began the journey we hoped
would eventually lead us to sweet bliss.

Each participating table featured samples of their confections. We started with the Chocolate Traveler.
Advertising more of an easy way to tote your chocolate — wedges in a
round tin case — the quality of the chocolate was at par with many fine
chocolatiers. I tasted the creme brulee white chocolate from the international collection, which also featured tiramisu dark chocolate
and dulce de leche milk chocolate. The company also offered themed tins
from Thanksgiving to Valentine’s Day and even custom-made tins.

After trying chocolate-covered bacon at the Los Angeles County Fair,
I had to try the sizzling bacon bar from Christopher Michael
. The fun part of this bar was the bits of bacon and
popping candy in the chocolate that tasted good and sizzled in your mouth. This
was definitely better than the Fair. The chocolate company is fairly
new — it started in 2006 and is based in Newport Beach.


The Chocoveda counter was getting lots of attention. Taking more of an ayurvedic
route, these chocolates claim to be “infused with chakras.” I tried the Anahata
which was infused with green tea. I don’t know if there were any
“chakras” inside, but the green tea certainly made me breathe easier and
at peace and my heart felt more open. Apparently, the Anahata focuses
on the heart chakra, or energy forces in the body, and its Earth
element is air.


Not really knowing what the line was for, my companion and I waited
for what was apparently the Sterling Confections booth. While we waited
to get a slice of their beautifully decorated truffle bars, my
companion went over to the TCHO booth next door. They had pieces of
what was supposed to be different flavors of chocolate — fruity, sweet,
citrus — but we couldn’t taste the difference.

Finally reaching the front of Sterling Confections line, I asked for
a slice of pineapple ginger macadamia nut truffle and a slice of their
rocky road truffle. These bars were shaped into a round-edged triangle
and had layers inside to help create their flavor. They were
painted with splashes of different colors, like pieces of
abstract art. The pineapple ginger blended well with the macadamia, but
the rocky road tasted like I had a slice of real ice cream.

The salon also featured demonstrations, chef and author talks, wine
tastings and — for the first time — The Chocolate Chef Competition, wherein the salon attendees chose the winner.

In search of the wine tastings, my companion and I ended up in the
V.I.C. Lounge (Very Important Chocolate-lover), where the top chef
teams from the California School of Culinary Arts displayed their
competition entries.

Though the detail was not quite as advanced as others, I voted for Team 1 for
their version of a rich girl’s dream — shoes, boots and Louis Vuitton
hand bags. That’s probably the only way I would be able to afford
Chanel shoes — if they were made chocolate.


Team 2 featured a bookcase with books and a flower in a vase, which was the only thing not made of chocolate.


Team 3 won with their
African-themed display. It featured what can only be described as a
totem pole, with an African mask, flower and bird all made of
chocolate, sitting on top of a chocolate map of Africa.


Also in the lounge were chocolate mustaches and choc-Obama busts
and chocolate martinis. We didn’t find the wine, but we did find the
chocolate liqueur. Vermeer Dutch Chocolate Cream liqueur agents were mixing up
chocolate martinis with Blue Angel Vodka. We went with the
liqueur chilled and straight up. It tasted like a white Russian
cocktail and had enough alcohol content that we knew we didn’t need to
taste the martinis. Maybe next time.


Knowing we couldn’t take much more tasting, we hit up a few more booths
before leaving to detox ourselves of sugar and chocolate.

Clarine’s Florentines sliced almond brittle on bittersweet chocolate was tasty and not as
sweet as many brittles can be. They are based in Lafayette and hope to
distribute to local stores soon.

Plush Puffs Gourmet Marshmallows
were a perfect way to experience s’mores without having to rough it by
camping outdoors. These flavored marshmallows are ready for toasting or
melting into hot chocolate. No graham crackers needed. Flavors as
simple as vanilla bean to fun peppi-mint. There is also, of course, a s’mores
flavor. I tried the toasted coconut and was in sugar heaven. The
marshmallow itself was soft and fluffy and the flavor was intense. I’m
sure I could think of ways to toss these into some baking recipes. They
did mention they were available at Whole Foods in Pasadena.

Susie Norris had tastings of goodies you can find and make
yourself in her “Chocolate Bliss: Sensuous Recipes, Spa Treatments, and Other Divine Indulgences” recipe book. I tried the fudge brownie, which
melted in my mouth. So delicious. The book also features recipes for
sweet spa treatments. The book ($16.99) will be available Oct. 20
wherever books are sold.

(Photos by Claudia S. Palma/Staff)

Thanks, but no thanks: Will nude sushi models catch on in Old Pasadena?



File under: Only on Craigslist.

Eater LA draws attention to a conspicuous ad in the San Gabriel Valley section of food/beverage/hospitality job listings:

“Hi-end Sushi Fusion Restaraunt / lounge is looking for Nyotaimori sushi
models to serve sushi while lying on a table some what naked. … Please only apply if you are comfortable with your body with some coverings as this will be your uniform. … Locations is in Oldtown Pasadena.”

Abominable grammar and spelling aside, that’s a little too much hospitality for us. Ew.

To get our sushi fix, we’ll stick to following Fishlips around town like crazed seafood stalkers.

Scenes from the Korean heritage festival in Arcadia



At top, April Lee, 2, of Los Angeles plays a Korean disc-flipping game during the Korean Culture Festival at the Los Angeles County Arboretum on Saturday.

The Bethel Korean School choir from Irvine
Choir kids playing around in their traditional dresses

More kidlets in traditional Korean dress

Playtime at the Arboretum
Bethel Korean School choir
Dancers from Dreamland Children’s School of Koreatown
Ganggangsullae, a traditional harvest dance
(Photos by Sarah Reingewirtz / Staff)

Health by chocolate at the Pasadena Convention Center on Sunday




If you’re on a sweets-free diet, just go ahead and cancel it now.

Why? Chocolate. Wine. Enough of both to just about fill 16,000 square feet.

Sunday. Be there.

Our sugar high has already started.

Oct. 11, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Pasadena Convention Center, 300 Green St., $25 at door, $20 advance,

(Courtesy photos)

A little slice of Bungalow Heaven




The American Planning Association this week named Bungalow Heaven among
its list of America’s Top 10 Great Places
. It’s the only neighborhood in California on this year’s list.

Julianna Delgado, president of the Bungalow Heaven Neighborhood Association, tells the Pasadena Star-News:

“It was really quite stunning when we found out we’d made the finals, and I actually cried when I heard the news.”

Most of the Arts and Crafts bungalows in the neighborhood were built between 1905-1920. With more than 1,000 historic homes in the neighborhood, it’s Pasadena’s largest historic district, and it was listed on the National
Register of Historic Places
last year.

We combed through the archives to find some fav photos from the landmark district. All the photos are from 2006, save for the superhero in the window from 2002. Gotta relish the personality that comes through in the detail shots — it’s not the devil in there; just a little slice of (Bungalow) Heaven.

(Photos by Roy LaBomme, Walt Mancini and Sarah Reingewirtz)