Sriracha 101: Dispelling myths and misinformation about Sriracha

Huy Fong sriracha (source: NPR) As much as I try to resist the urge to be a know-it-all (and recognize the fact that I don’t, in fact, even know that much – especially about the very things most worth knowing), occasionally I have to get all Bobby Fletcher (the famous checkersmaster) and drop some science of the … Continue reading Sriracha 101: Dispelling myths and misinformation about Sriracha

Nobody Drives in LA — Exploring Along the Orange Line Extension

With bicycles, buses, ferries, planes, rideshares, sidewalks, subways, taxis, and trains at Angelenos’ disposal, why would any sane person choose car-dependency? Nobody Drives in LA celebrates sense and sensibility in transportation. ***** The Metro Orange Line extension opened on the 30th of June, less than two weeks after the opening of the final two stations (Culver City and Farmdale) of … Continue reading Nobody Drives in LA — Exploring Along the Orange Line Extension

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Altadena, the Community of the Deodars

INTRODUCTION TO ALTADENA   When people hear the disyllabic sounds, “alta” and “dena,” I would wager that most of them think of the well-known City of Industry-based Alta Dena Dairy, which was started by the three, Missouri-born Stueve Brothers in Monrovia, California in 1945. Oddly, more than five minutes of internet research hadn’t helped me figure … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Altadena, the Community of the Deodars

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Pasadena, The Crown City of Roses

INTRODUCTION TO PASADENA Well, I can now admit (now that I’m finally done with it) that I honestly waited and prayed that another neighborhood or community would pass Pasadena in the polls. At the time of writing, Bunker Hill (in Downtown Los Angeles), El Monte (in the San Gabriel Valley),Lincoln Heights (in The Eastside) and Mt. Washington … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Pasadena, The Crown City of Roses

California Fool’s Gold — A Santa Monica Mountains primer

WEST OF THE WESTSIDE — THE SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS The Santa Monica Mountains are a traverse mountain range that stretches from the Pacific Ocean 64 kilometers east to the flood plain where the Los Angeles River is fed by the Verdugo Wash. The southern side of the eastern end of the range is almost always … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — A Santa Monica Mountains primer

Happy Birthday, Tim Cappello (The Original Sexy Sax Man)

Tim (or Timmy) Cappello is heavily-muscled, oiled and pelvis-thrusting American saxophonist, whose saxual stylings can be heard on the Tina Turner tracks “We Don’t Need Another Hero” and “One of the Living” from Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, as well as his cover of “I Still Believe” from The Lost Boys. Cappello was born 3 May 1955 … Continue reading Happy Birthday, Tim Cappello (The Original Sexy Sax Man)

California Fool’s Gold — A San Gabriel Valley Primer

GABRIEL’S HORN DOES SOUND — THE SAN GABRIEL VALLEY Invariably when one speaks or hears of “The Valley,” the valley in question is the San Fernando (despite the fact that there are at least six major and loads of minor valleys in Los Angeles County). For the same reasons that I’m mildly annoyed when people refer … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — A San Gabriel Valley Primer

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring South Pasadena, Where the Past is the Present

SOUTH PASADENA Today’s blog entry is about the city of South Pasadena. Pendersleigh & Sons‘ Official Map of South Pasadena INTRODUCTION TO SOUTH PASADENA South Pasadena is a small town of roughly 24,000 citizens located at the westernmost edge of the San Gabriel Valley. Situated north of the San Rafael Hills and east of the … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring South Pasadena, Where the Past is the Present

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Mar Vista

  Pendersleigh & Sons‘ Official Map of the Westside INTRODUCTION Mar Vista is a westside neighborhood surrounded by Santa Monica, Sawtelle, Rancho Park, Palms, Culver City, Westside Village and Venice. CHARACTER AND DISTRICTS      Pendersleigh & Sons‘ Official Map of Mar Vista   Within Mar Vista are several smaller neighborhoods, including Westdale (between National … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Mar Vista