Photos: Rose Magazine kick-off party with the Pasadena POPS

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Rose Magazine partnered with the Pasadena POPS and the Star-News to celebrate the kick-off of our summer dining and entertainment issue on Friday, June 18.
The party was held on the lawn adjacent to the Rose Bowl, which is the new concert venue for the POPS.
Guests enjoyed food and drink from Pasadena eateries like Porta Via and Polkatots Cupcakes.
Rose Magazine’s Woman of the Year, Nadine Washington, helped co-host the celebration and was honored with an official pin recognizing the commendation.
The festivities concluded with a working-rehearsal performance by the POPS and guest artists Cirque de la Symphonie, as they prepared to open their summer concert season the following night.
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Photos: Summer libations from Pasadena bartenders


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    ELEMENTS KITCHEN

37 S. El Molino Ave., (626) 440-0044, elementskitchen.com
Every Thursday is “liquid sketches” night, when the bartenders gear up for an Iron Chef-style challenge.
Read the full story by Claudia S. Palma in Rose Magazine. Plus l

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Michael Voltaggio on life — and restaurant concepts — after The Langham in Pasadena

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From the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, Colo., the “Top Chef” talked to Krista Simmons of the L.A. Times’ Daily Dish blog about yesterday’s announcement that he’ll be leaving The Langham in Pasadena to start his own restaurant venture:

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Krista Simmons: Because of your personality and your style of cooking, everyone was surprised that you stayed at the Langham for so long. Why leave now that they’re renovating?
Michael Voltaggio: I had to come to terms with the fact that I either stay in Pasadena and be at this restaurant being branded around me, or I can do something on my own outside of the Langham. I decided I want to make my own place. … At the end of the day I know that no matter what, that restaurant wasn’t mine.
KS: What neighborhoods are you scoping out? Is there a possibility that you might not even stay in L.A.?

MV: Restaurants don’t just fall out of the sky, so it’ll be a while. My goal is to stay in Los Angeles. I love L.A. and think it’s the most exciting food city to be in right now. … I’ll be looking in West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, places with a lot of foot traffic.

Full post here.

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Pictured: Chasing Vermeer at Monrovia’s Wild Rose Elementary

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Kate Ogilvie, 10, plays the role of artist Johannes Vermeer with his painting “The Milkmaid.”
At Monrovia’s Wild Rose Elementary School, GATE students in the fourth and fifth grade transformed themselves Tuesday into historical figures as part of the school’s Wax Museum exhibit. The young scholars researched their characters from the past and made costumes and props to display while interacting with classmates.
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Photos: Edible living arrangements at Pasadena’s Urban Homestead

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In the middle of the bustle of Pasadena lies the Urban Homestead, a self-reliant oasis for Jules Dervaes and his adult children, Anais, Justin and Jordanne.
The family lives and works on the property, where a tenth of an acre is devoted to gardening.
The average home-sized spot has yielded more than 5,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables annually for the past two years. It boasts more than 400 different types of produce, as well as nearly 2,000 chicken and duck eggs and 25 pounds of honey, which is sold to local restaurants, caterers and other clients and also finds its way to the Dervaes’ table.
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UPDATE: Celebrity chef de cuisine Michael Voltaggio is leaving The Langham to work on new projects


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“Top Chef” Michael Voltaggio will be leaving The Dining Room at The Langham Huntington Hotel & Spa when the restaurant closes for renovation on July 18, spokeswoman Elsa Schelin confirmed.

Voltaggio is leaving “to work on new projects.” Schelin said no further details about his departure were yet available.

Atlanta-based architecture firm The Johnson Studio will still manage the upcoming renovation of The Dining Room.

Here’s the full statement from Schelin:

“The Langham Huntington, Pasadena is grateful for our partnership with Chef Voltaggio this past year and wish him great success in his future endeavors. The Dining Room will close on July 18 to undergo a renovation, with an expected re-opening at the end of September. The restaurant will re-open with a new name and a more modern and stylish look and feel, designed by The Johnson Studio. Exact details regarding the restaurant’s name, design details, menu and launch date will be disclosed in the coming months.”


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Is ‘Top Chef’ Michael Voltaggio leaving The Langham in Pasadena?

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Rumors are building in the blogosphere that Michael Voltaggio is leaving the restaurant at The Langham Huntington Hotel & Spa, Eater LA reported earlier today.

The L.A. Times travel blog says the departure has been confirmed by Langham spokeswoman Elsa Schelin.
I have a line into Schelin asking for more details.
It was less than a month ago when I sat down with Voltaggio in The Dining Room and talked about plans to reinvent the restaurant. He was still very much at the center of the project, working with hotel officials and Bill Johnson of the architecture firm The Johnson Studio to bring the design of the space into alignment with his cutting-edge cuisine.

If true, Voltaggio’s exit from The Langham would change a lot of things, including parts of our latest cover story that focus on the chef.
Stay tuned for updates.
In the meantime, here’s a video we put together from that recent interview and photo shoot with the celebrity chef.

Video: Taste-testing the spiciest hot wings in the San Gabriel Valley

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Alondra Hot Wings says its atomic wings weigh in at a hefty three million Scoville heat units. (Compare that to the hottest pepper, bhut jolokia or the ghost chili, which is at more than one million Scoville units.)

Diners are required to sign a disclaimer before taking on the Alondra challenge of eating the wings, and reporter Stacey Wang was up to the fiery test.
Watch the video, below, and read more in Rose Magazine.

Shop the block: L&G Fashion Boutique, 302 S. Myrtle Ave., Monrovia

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This boutique is brimming with you-can-do-no-wrong ensembles for summer and beyond.
Draw them in with turquoise and sea-foam delights that can be worn afternoon or, paired with heels, at night. Indeed, the array of colorful fabrics and accessories on hand may make you dizzy with happiness.
Look out for some killer handbags in the feminine-Western vein that are almost big enough to accomodate every item you’ll score when shopping here.
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Shop the block: Verita Salon, 111 E. Lime Ave., Monrovia

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With its modernized art-deco space accented by dripping crystal pendant lights, Verita plays on the edge of luxury and elegance, while still offering that intimate small-town salon experience to puts you at ease among friends.
Verita stylists are masters of the Brazilian Blowout, a huge-right-now trend for tresses that softens and smooths curls and waves and allows you to blow-dry in a fraction of the time — so you don’t have to sacrifice either style. It’s also a gentler process and less dependent on harsh chemicals compared to other straightening formulas.
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