Photos: The party’s in Pasadena, and Paula Deen is bringing the cake

 
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When the Tournament of Roses this morning announced Paula Deen as Grand Marshal of the 2011 Rose Parade, we just knew she’d bring the goods — the baked goods.
Take a gander at the sugar rose-petal cake she whipped up for the occasion.
The members of the Royal Court keep their eyes trained on that delectable prize, in the photo at top.
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And the Star-News reports Deen is already serving up suggestions for your New Year’s Day party platter:
“Let me tell you, praline French toast, it’s out of this world, killer,” she said. “And some egg cups with Bearnaise sauce, or any kind of sauce.”
Check out the photo gallery from the Grand Marshal announcement.
(Photos by Sarah Reingewirtz / Staff)

Shop the block: Build up your Halloween reserves at Montrose Candy Co.

 
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Who, really, can resist the old-fashioned candy shop, with gleaming rows of clear plastic bins and shovel-sized scoops standing ready to deliver sugary goodness?
If that sounds romantic, you’re due for a visit to the Montrose Candy Co., which specializes in your childhood favorites, from the nostalgic to the hard-to-find. The store also stocks imported candies, including some that arrive from as far away as Britain, Italy, Belgium, France, Japan and the Middle East.
While holidays like Halloween and Easter are a boon for business, the shop is always a popular stop-off for patrons headed to catch a flick, and also for bakers and confectioners looking to candy-coat their creations.
Owner Linda Eaton says the candy boutique is also known for its salt-water taffy selection — more than 40 flavors — from Utah’s Taffy Town, and for its frozen treats, like Balboa-style ice cream bars and frozen bananas.
“Our goal was to bring a favorite vacation treat to the foothills and ensure it was authentic,” Eaton says.
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Pictured: Ecole de Cuisine Pasadena kicks things off with couscous

 
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How do we love our couscous? Let me count the ways: Hand rolled, steamed, or maybe prepared with shellfish and a touch of argan oil drizzled on top, as they do in the Moroccan port city of el Jadida.
This weekend’s Couscous Festival in Pasadena celebrated the traditional North African dish with food lectures, demonstrations and — of course — couscous and tagine samplings. Visitors to the epicurean bazaar got a taste of authentic Berber cuisine and an opportunity to learn expert technique from master chefs.
For the Star-News, Beige Luciano-Adams reports:
(Guests) wound their way through billowing clouds of smoke at outdoor grills, loading their plates with savory Maghrebi street foods.
Inside, a small army of assistants watched over carefully steamed couscous and tagines — the traditional North African clay cooking pots — brimming with spiced, soupy rabbit, seafood and chicken.

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2 Foothill cities, 2 wine and jazz benefits, this Saturday only

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And there’s no reason to miss either free-flowing, beat-filled soiree.
Organizers of the Pasadena Wine Festival will offer free admission to anyone who shows a ticket for the nearby Sierra Madre Wine and Jazz Walk benefiting City of Hope.
“As far as we’re concerned, the big wine event (this weekend) is in Sierra Madre, because it goes to a great cause,” said Russ Meek, sommelier and managing partner of redwhite+bluezz, which, along with Pasadena Entertainment, produces the Pasadena Wine Festival. “Anyone who goes to that (one) gets into ours for free.”
Meek said he hopes the offer will encourage festival-goers to “cruise around” to both events benefiting deserving causes.

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10 reasons to be excited about the L.A. County Fair at Pomona Fairplex

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1. FRIED EVERYTHING
It’s definitely best to tackle these bad boys with a group of adventurous eaters, that way the burden of consumption doesn’t rest solely on your shoulders. On my last trip to the Fair, I tried the fried White Castles, avocados and Pop Tarts. (The last was the clear winner among our group of novice taste-testers.) The Chicken Charlie booth is most iconic on the Fair grounds for concocting fried wonders. This year, he’ll be showcasing a new masterpiece: a deep-fried Klondike bar.

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Chef Q&A: Culinary inspiration with Tim Guiltinan of The Raymond Restaurant in Pasadena


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Interview by Claudia S. Palma
ROSE: What inspired you to be a chef?
Guiltinan: I watched cooking shows growing up. I started cooking at home, then I started working at a restaurant at 16 or 17 years old. I’ve worked from bartender to pizza delivery to management. I spent a year and a haIf as a prep cook and that was really good. It shaped who I am as a cook. I’m able to teach the new cooks coming out of school. I don’t do good following people, I gotta be at the top of the line. I worked at big corporation restaurants and they’re good for learning but not good for creativity. It’s very stressful and not rewarding. If you don’t get to reward yourself with the creativity side, you might as well sit in an office.

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Give a dog a bone birthday cake from Three Dog Bakery in Pasadena

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In an alleyway just off Colorado Boulevard, it’s not unusual to see people trailing their dogs on leashes as they zip in and out of this shop for canine baked goods.

When it comes to all-natural, oven-baked treats and fresh food for dogs, the international chain Three Dog Bakery is the bona fide (bone-ified?) deal, with a strong SoCal presence even beyond its Pasadena storefront. For your four-legged friend’s next special event, consider a fresh-made and customized doggie birthday cake.
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This East Pasadena pet boutique is more than garden-variety

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My Pet Garden does extremely well in balancing the practical with the whimsical.

Here, you’ll find safe, reliable essentials for your pet’s diet and grooming alongside the more indulgent stuff: rewarding toys and pet fashions — argyle-print tanks! — and even Bowser dog beer.
The pet shop in East Pasadena was created by animal expert Joel Tatum, a former zookeeper and producer of the DIY Network’s Pet Care television series.

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Pussy & Pooch: A coveted patch of grass for pets in Downtown L.A.’s urban jungle

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At the counter, Janene Zakrajsek is preparing a platter of lamb with pureed pumpkin, to which she adds dehydrated chicken and baked cheese, followed by a few dollops of “secret sauce.”
For the second course, she whips up a presentation of salmon with egg, brown rice and kale.
When the dishes are ready, Zakrajsek delivers one plate at a time to her eager, in-house diner. 
It could be the scene in any downtown restaurant — except this one is just a bit more eye-catching because Zakrajsek’s customer is eating his meal on the ground, four paws planted on terra firma.
The hungry guest is her dog Jaxxson, a 3-year-old Jack Russell, who is lucky enough to belong to the co-founders of the modern pet boutique Pussy & Pooch.

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Pictured: The LA Street Food Fest at Pasadena’s Rose Bowl

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Even though our staff was sweating under the pressure of deadline as we put together the August-September issue of Rose Magazine, I simply couldn’t miss out on the LA Street Food Fest on July 24 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.
File this Pictured entry under “Better Late Than Never,” as our photographer Sarah Reingewirtz captured these fabulous images, and I’m just now getting around to posting them here. Scroll on through, and let me know what vendor dishes were your favorites.

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