L.A. Street Food Fest trucks brave Carmageddon to bring locals gourmet treats

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With the 405 Freeway closure this weekend, the L.A. Street Food Fest in Pasadena is giving locals a reason to love being stuck in the area.

The summer tasting event on Saturday, July 16, will include an impressive list of more than 60 restaurants and food trucks, some of which are voyaging from the west side (the reason why the festival canceled its morning session), to bring gourmet street food to the Rose Bowl, located at 1001 Rose Bowl Drive.
A few favorites include Dim Sum Truck, CoolHaus dessert truck, CHAM Korean Bistro restaurant, The Oinkster restaurant and, even, Chef Farid Zadi (at the Test Kitchen Luxe Lounge). 
For those looking for a drink to pair with your foods, there is also a tequila tasting tent and beer garden, as well as a rum and gin bar.

Tickets, ranging from $60 and up, are still on sale for two sessions — Family Fun Day from 2 to 5 p.m. (all ages) and Date Night from 6 to 9 p.m. (21 years and over only). Admission includes food, drinks, photo booth portraits, entertainment and more.
Pasadena Star-News Staff Writer Brenda Gazzar has the details on tomorrow’s event.
(Staff file photos)

A special engagement at ArcLight Pasadena: Mayor’s State of the City address

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Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard delivered his annual State of the City address on Thursday, and the venue was the newish ArcLight Cinemas at the Paseo Colorado.
The theater marquee, seen above, displayed the special engagement alongside its regular movie showtimes.
The tone of the speech was largely sober, as Bogaard described the serious fiscal challenges facing the city. Budget constrictions have already forced city layoffs, and employee pay cuts are a likely next step.
Bogaard also touched on the $152 million Rose Bowl renovation and the city’s 125th anniversary.
Read the full Star-News report by Brian Charles on the State of the City address.
(Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz / Staff)

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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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.
More photos after the jump:

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L.A. Street Food Fest lands at Pasadena’s Rose Bowl in July

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Exciting news for Pasadena foodies: The original L.A. Street Food Fest is coming to the Rose Bowl on July 24.
There will be more than 55 food vendors, including all the top mobile-gourmet food trucks, old-school carts and stands, celebrity chefs and street-inspired dishes from L.A. restaurants. Added to the mix: Two beer gardens, cocktails and tequila tastings.
Ticket prices are all-inclusive, parking is free, and the proceeds benefit two great causes: St. Vincent Meals on Wheels and Woolly School Garden.

And, this time around, the food fest will be better equipped to handle the overwhelming demand that’s inevitable when every sought-after food truck is gathered in one locale — along with beer gardens, cocktails and live music. Organizers say they’ve worked out the kinks in the system that, at February’s event, created massive wait times and prevented some people from getting into the festival.
July 24, VIP preview, 4-5 p.m.; general admission, 5:30-9 p.m.; Tickets, $45; VIP, $65. Rose Bowl, 1001 Rose Bowl Drive

(Photo by Watchara Phomicinda / Staff)

Weekend guide: Seeing the ArcLight | Accessorizing with Wasabi | Queen (Anne Cottage) for a day


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Friday, May 7
  • ArcLight Pasadena
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ArcLight Pasadena has been open since Monday, and now the theater’s departure board is fully packed with movie-going action. If you’ve never before visited an ArcLight theater, there are no commercials run before the movie, and guests get reserved seating, so you don’t have to clamor for that perfect, middle seat — just book it in advance. There are also special screenings where the 21-and-up set can purchase beer and cocktails during films. Also check out the Randy Glass art exhibit in the lobby area. Glass is known for his stippled pen-and-ink portraits that run in the Wall Street Journal.
ArcLight Pasadena, 336 E. Colorado Blvd in the Paseo Colorado, (626) 568-8888, arclightcinemas.com
(ArcLight photos by Keith Birmingham / Staff)

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Photos: Los Angeles Walk Now for Autism Speaks at the Rose Bowl

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Organizers of Los Angeles Walk Now for Autism Speaks announced today that the Saturday event at the Rose Bowl raised more than $1 million.

Thousands of walkers turned out to raise money and awareness for autism research.

More photos after the jump.

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A sky-high bonus for BCS fans — and anyone who cares to look up

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A fun tip from the Twitter feed run by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory: The International Space Station will make a visible pass from 5:23 p.m. to 5:28 p.m. tonight, heading from southwest to northeast.

It’s just a stellar “added bonus for those attending tonite’s BCS game.”

If you can stand to look away from the early action on the field, definitely glance toward the sky during those five minutes for some extra excitement.

How will you know what to look for? Here are some guidelines from the Hayden Planetarium in New York:


“Because of its size and configuration of highly reflective solar
panels, the space station is now, by far, the brightest man-made object
currently in orbit around the Earth. On favorable passes, it can appear
as bright as the planet Venus …”

While the ISS looks like a moving star to the unaided eye, those who
have been able to train a telescope on it have actually been able to
detect its T-shape as it has whizzed across their field of view. Some
have actually been able to track the ISS with their scope by moving it
along the projected path. Those who have gotten a good glimpse describe
the body of the Space Station as a brilliant white, while the solar
panels appear a coppery red.
For evening passes, the ISS will usually start out rather dim and then
tend to grow in brightness as it moves across the sky.”

Want to know when other spacecraft will be flying overhead? There’s an app(let) for that.

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Quite a sight: The Ohio State School for the Blind Marching Band

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The marching band of the Ohio State School for the Blind will be welcomed to Pasadena during a special event tomorrow morning at Phoenix Decorating.

The band will be the first comprised entirely of blind musicians to march in the Rose Parade.

Their visit is timely: Jan. 1 also marks the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act signing.

The marching band was formed in 2005, when the Ohio School for the Deaf wanted a band to play at their sporting events.

The band members memorize all their music; Some of the musicians with “perfect pitch” can identify five pitches played simultaneously on the piano.

Check out the band’s online journal and photo gallery chronicling their journey to Pasadena.

Some more facts from Pasadena Public Information Officer Ann Erdman:

  • Each band member is paired with a sighted volunteer assistant who serves as a guide by placing a hand on the musician’s shoulder. (For example, two hands on the left shoulder means turn left.)
  • Band members range in age from 13 to 18.
  • The band raised $115,000 to cover travel costs to Pasadena for 72 people – marchers, assistants and support staff.
  • The musicians practiced by marching in three community parades in Ohio and have conditioned for the 5.5-mile Rose Parade route by marching on their school’s track and throughout its campus every Tuesday and Thursday for four months.
  • The band will also perform at halftime during the Rose Bowl Game, during which they will spell out a message in Braille.
(Associated Press image: The marching band reacts to news they were chosen to participate in the Rose Parade.)

Rose Magazine special parade issue available now

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Rose Magazine’s winter issue is now available around town. In addition to our regular feature stories and departments, you’ll find inside the ultimate guide to the Rose Parade, Rose Bowl and beyond. We also cover the best of local shopping, dining, arts and culture.

Pasadena Star-News subscribers received a copy of the magazine with their Sunday paper.

Additional copies are available in many city centers, including hotels, restaurants, the Convention Center and the Star-News office on Colorado Boulevard.

This commemorative issue will also be sold along the parade route on New Year’s Day.