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The Pie Hole Offers Fare from Original Recipes
Dining Delights

The Pie Hole Offers Fare from Original Recipes

By Brianna Chu and May S. Ruiz The Pie Hole, located at the Indiana Colony in Old Pasadena, serves up the kinds of pies that are not found at regular cafés, diners, or restaurants. That’s because the items on its menu were created by Becky Grasley who comes from a long line of bakers and…

Day Trippers in Wrightwood and Jackson Lake
Travel

Day Trippers in Wrightwood and Jackson Lake

By Greg Aragon I love going to the mountains, but sometimes I don’t want to deal with all the narrow, winding roads. For these times I like to visit Wrightwood, a hidden gem in the Swarthout Valley, at the eastern end of the San Gabriel Mountains. Located at an altitude of approximately 6,000 feet, the…

Celestino: Creating Memorable Sicilian Dining Experiences
Dining Delights

Celestino: Creating Memorable Sicilian Dining Experiences

By Brianna Chu and May S. Ruiz Celestino, at the South Lake Avenue District, has been a celebrated restaurant among diners looking for authentic Italian cuisine. For over 20 years, it has attracted locals and visitors to Pasadena with its seasonal fares made with the finest and freshest ingredients. Owner Calogero Drago, one of the…

Ireland in Fall
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Ireland in Fall

By Greg Aragon Ireland is a magical place of castles, green hills, idyllic towns and rolling rivers. It is also modern and lively and full of energy. I recently returned from a week in the Emerald Isle and the memories are still dancing in my head. My getaway began at Dublin Airport, where a friend…

New Mushroom and Truffle Menu at Pasadena’s Celestino Ristorante
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New Mushroom and Truffle Menu at Pasadena’s Celestino Ristorante

Truffle here, truffle there, truffle fungi everywhere. Celestino Ristorante in Pasadena is truly bringing the goods this season with their new seasonal mushroom and truffle menu created by owner and Executive Chef Calogero Drago. “Mushrooms add a deep, earthy flavor to anything you prepare with them, which makes them perfect for our hearty fall Italian dishes,” says Drago. “Celestino…

Summer Kayaking Around Santa Cruz Island
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Summer Kayaking Around Santa Cruz Island

By Greg Aragon Thirty feet beneath my kayak, a school of bright orange Garibaldi swam past a reef of purple sea anemones. Beside me, a shiny black seal basked in the sun on a large rock island and appeared uninterested. Standing guard on a crag 100 feet above this tranquil aquarium, a garrison of curious…

Why Do I Go to a Poke Restaurant for Smoothies?
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Why Do I Go to a Poke Restaurant for Smoothies?

By Hansol Hwang Most people would go to a burger joint to munch on their famous cheeseburger, loaded with onion rings, a special sauce and a 100 percent wagyu beef patty. And most people would go to a poke restaurant to devour diced raw fish covered in ponzu and spicy mayo sauce, surrounded by freshly…

Cruising the Western Caribbean Aboard Holland America
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Cruising the Western Caribbean Aboard Holland America

By Greg Aragon The Mayans lived in the area of Costa Maya between 200 B.C. and 900 A.D. During this period they traded goods, such as fabrics and jade, and built historic cities along the Mexican coast. Today the ruins of this fascinating ancient civilization remain scattered about the beautiful, ocean-front town. Earlier this year, while cruising through…

Safety First Can Keep Halloween Hazards From Haunting
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Safety First Can Keep Halloween Hazards From Haunting

Smart choices, planning and placement of decorations are the safest ways to prevent electrical and fire accidents By Paul Netter, Southern California Edison Your Halloween decorations might be considered the best, the scariest or even the most realistic looking. But are they the safest? If light strands or electrical cords are thrown into trees or vegetation near power…

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