Scenes from the South Pasadena Farmers’ Market and Farm to Table Tour

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The South Pasadena Farmers’ Market hosted Toyota’s Farm to Table Tour yesterday, and acclaimed local chefs got in on the act.
L.A. culinary icon Susan Feniger of STREET was something of a headliner for the event. Feniger — and eight other celebrated area cuisiniers — partnered with local farmers and vendors to design complimentary tastings for visitors.
All the small-bite dishes were created using using fresh produce from the market.
The nationally touring Toyota event supports the farm-to-table movement and local, sustainable food.
Nicole’s Gourmet Foods of South Pasadena presented an arugula salad, seen at top, with ingredients from Pudwill Berry Farms, Living Lettuce Farms, Bernard Ranch and Healthy Family Farms.

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The guide: Last-minute holiday gift ideas from Pasadena-area stores


 


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FOR ANYBODY
  • Gift cards (seen above), luxury candles and pretty much anything in stock at Lula Mae100 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena

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Cocktail culture comes east: 1886 bar opens at The Raymond in Pasadena




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Calling all cocktailians: Contemporary bar culture made a late but entirely fashionable entrance this week in Pasadena with the opening of 1886, the new watering hole at The Raymond Restaurant.

The Raymond’s management and owners partnered with mixology masters Marcos Tello and Aidan Demarest of Tello Demarest Liquid Assets to curate the much-anticipated, artisan cocktail bar. Tello’s lengthy CV includes crafting the cocktail selection at The Varnish and The Edison in downtown Los Angeles. Demarest, too, is an Edison alum and also noted for his libations at First & Hope.

Appealing to Pasadenans’ sense of tradition, the drink menu at 1886 incorporates sly nods to local history and lore.

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Shop the block: The Jane & Joe Shoppe, 1030 Mission St., South Pasadena

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Exercise your prerogative to shop local and support homegrown fashion designers, too, at The Jane & Joe Shoppe.

And these designer clothes come at astonishing, near-knock-off prices — a point of pride for owner Robin Guzman, who works hard to make it so.
The dominant themes in her shoppe are wearable and polished; comfort and style reign supreme. The elegant, woodsy motif of the boutique also makes for one very serene, down-to-earth shopping experience.
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Shop the block: Zinnia, 1024 Mission St., South Pasadena

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Zinnia calls itself a Space for Contagious Creativity. Indeed, the spacious artists’ store is an explosion of color, with peculiar discoveries just waiting to be made.
Take classes in an array of obscure subjects, like crafting sock creatures, assembling paper dolls, painting in the Tibetan mandala style and soldering charms.
Don’t expect to find an exhaustive array of traditional art supplies in this boutique; It’s not intended to be a stock-all warehouse, but a place overflowing with one-of-a-kind baubles and curios that have been assembled from thrift stores and flea markets and yard sales. To be precise, expect the unexpected.
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Shop the block: Boutique Jasleen, 1020-A Mission St., South Pasadena

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39792-RBLOG-SHOP-SECTIONHEADER.jpgFrom the casual to the glamorous, Boutique Jasleen continually carries a well-curated collection of seasonal and classic fashions.
Even the store’s mannequins sport ensembles that you’d actually love to don. Bold patterns and old-fashioned hats make for a striking, modernist blend of style, and extraordinary accessory pieces cinch the deal.
It’s a little bit of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” with a whole lot of Carrie-style “Sex in the City.”
Also look for carry-all purses that come just the way we like them: big enough to double as an overnight bag.
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Shop the block: Bellini Baby & Teen Furniture, 1020 Mission St., South Pasadena

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Bellini’s domain encompasses all types of furniture for babies and children, and the boutique on Mission Street is filled with exquisite cribs in decorated display vignettes.
Here you’ll find the perfect gift for a baby shower or for your own little one, from elegant armoires for storing away diapers and wipes to stylish, pint-size hair accessories by Sweet Caroline.
A portable playhouse for the whole family, the Makai Sport Hut is a lightweight, collapsible tent that pops open right where you need shade. The hut fits a family of four and comes in bold, cheerful colors.
Bellini is a chain retailer, but the South Pasadena store is populated with friendly locals who’ll remind you how welcoming it can be to shop in a charming town.
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Photos: Harvest a bounty from farmers markets in the Pasadena area

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Staff writer Caroline An set out to discover what produce is in season at the area’s best farmers markets.
Summer has arrived, and succulent favorites are ripe for the picking: strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, apricots, plums, peaches and nectarines.
Also, sweet white corn, summer squash, beets, avocados and fava beans are all up for your consideration as hot-weather culinary inspiration.
For something a bit more unusual on your summer menu, try cactus.
Read the full story in Rose Magazine, plus lots of delicious photos after the jump:

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Weekend guide: All the Doo Dah day; South Pasadena turns up the volume; and the Homestead Museum takes you back in time

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Saturday, May 1
  • Doo Dah Parade
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It’s that time again; Pull your crazy hat out of the closet for the 34th occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade. It’s the best free fun you could imagine, and by fun we mean hanging with the zaniest of the Pasadena underground as they shed their inhibitions (Ed. note: Did they have any?) kinda like your crazy aunt Margie did that one time after imbibing too much sherry on Thanksgiving. On Doo Dah day, they’re not-so-underground anymore, invading the normally-staid Pasadena streets in the form of more than 1,000 marchers, each of them wearing their wacky, wacky hearts on their sleeves. Take in your perennial favorites like the Men of Leisure and the BBQ & Hibachi Marching Grill Team along with the regal new Queen Erica Valentine, the Electric Squirrels, Martinis in the Morning and the Howdy Krishna. This year, the parade moves eastward for the first time in its colorful history.
Saturday, 11 a.m., kick-off at Colorado Boulevard between Sierra Madre and San Gabriel boulevards, free, (626) 590-1134, pasadenadoodahparade.info, live-streaming at doodahlive.com

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Shop the block: Marz, 1512 Mission St., South Pasadena

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This boutique is your ace in the hole for unique gifts.


When a social engagement presents itself, rest assured your gift for the hostess will surpass all the others; Present it with a demure smile, and watch the compliments roll in.
Owner Marcia Ellinger has a penchant for the uber-eclectic, and makes it her mission to stock novelties you won’t find anywhere else.
Gorgeous stationery, fine beauty products, original playthings for the tots: The shelves overflow with possibilities. ”That’s why people love coming here,” Ellinger says.
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