Monthly Archives: April 2011
Apr 30 2011
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Apr 30 2011
Doo Dah Parade 2011 Pasadena Pictures

Here’s more pictures than you probably wanted of the Pasadena Doo Dah Parade. Some really good ones.

Enjoy these pictures of the Doo Dah Parade 2011. Held in East Pasadena near San Gabriel and Colorado.

Attendance is free and open to the whole family! Arrive early to find a good place to sit. If you can’t make it, be sure to check out their live stream at their website!

Congratulations to the 2011 Queen Red Rosie and Grand Marshal Ron Stivers.

Earlier today:
Preparations are happening now for the 2011 Doo Dah Parade held in Pasadena.
The parade starts at 11am and last about an hour or two, depending if there is any hiccup in the entries.
There’s no program, but the curbs and sidewalks of East Pasadena will be jammed with spectators looking to catch a glimpse of some special moments in Pasadena parade history.

Apr 30 2011
Golden Star Tea Co


Updated 1-24-11:
Attention Golden Star Tea Customers:
January 24, 2011
Due to inventory and distribution challenges we have suspended direct-to-consumer shipping indefinitely. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Update 5-1-2011:
We received a quick response from Edward Carden, CEO and Co-Inventor of Golden Star Tea Co. regarding the the current availability and possible misinformation. I asked if it was ok to share the letter and it was not a problem, so I wanted to help get the word out about this great product.

Here’s the response from Edward Carden:
“Thanks for your note Victor, and thanks for the kind comments on your blog!

We’ll be happy to dispel the rumor you’re referring to. The assertion that
Golden Star White Jasmine Sparking Tea contains preservatives is inaccurate,
which your contact Rodney Powers at Epic Wines can confirm. Our product
contains only three ingredients as you can see from the NLEA disclosure on
the back label: White Tea, Raw Cane Sugar, and Water. We are required by law
to disclose the use of preservatives or any other additives, and since we
don’t use them they’re not listed. The product’s stability is due to its
manufacturing process which applies a very fine filtration, pasteurization
which simply involves the heating of the packaged product for a brief period
of time, and also in some part to the antioxidant properties of white tea.

There will be a delay in the supply of our product to retailers due to some
production issues that have compelled us to redesign our packaging. We will
be re-launching with a new look and feel later this year, but the beverage
in the bottle will be exactly the same. One upside will be that we will be
adding a 250mL single serving size to our product offering, which we think
will make our product even more convenient for everyday enjoyment. We also
expect the retail price of our larger 750mL bottle to drop a bit.

Thanks again for your support and for bringing the misinformation about
preservatives to our attention.”

Update 4-30-2011: As of today I visited the Whole Foods Market on Arroyo Parkway and they do not carry Golden Star Tea because of preservatives that are added. I was not aware that it had preservatives added. We have reached out to the company for an official response. Stand by.



This past weekend I had an opportunity to try a Golden Star Tea Co. product. It was part of the Locavore event at Whole Foods and Cisco Home in Pasadena on Arroyo.

I want to thank Rodney Powers for sampling at the Cisco the Jasmine Sparking Tea. Rodney works for Epic Wines a distributor of Golden Star Tea and other fine beverages. is a wholesale fine wine distributor operating on a statewide basis. With qualified sales professionals covering a majority of the California market, Epic Wines products can be found in over 4000 retail and restaurant establishments (and a few corner markets).
For more info on Epic-Wines

What a great replacement for a non-alcoholic champagne option! Touch of sweetness, great taste. It was delicious and I can’t wait to get my hands on some more!

Golden Star White Jasmine Sparkling Tea (non-alcoholic).

Golden Star White Jasmine Sparking Tea offers an experience unlike any other non-alcoholic beverage. The complex flavors and lingering tastes endeavor to satisfy the most discerning palate. A perfect accompaninment to any meal or occassion, it pairs well with a variety of foods and cuisines.

Available at Whole Foods.
At the Pasadena store on Arroyo, the bottles are upstairs by the deserts.

Ingredients: an infusion of filtered water and organic silver needle jasmine tea, organic cane sugar.

You can also buy online here

(877) 440-4782
[email protected]
Mailing Address:
Golden Star Tea Co.
111 Industrial Rd. #6
Belmont, CA 94002

(650) 654-3444
For Immediate Release:
Golden Star’s White Jasmine Is First Sparkling Floral Tea.
Champagne’s Effervescence Pairs Well with Food and Is
SAN FRANCISCO — January 11, 2008 — Golden Star Tea Co. introduces
a fresh, new taste with its introduction of White Jasmine Sparkling
Tea, the world’s first sparkling floral tea. The tea is crafted with a
secret blending of heirloom teas with raw cane sugar, and then
fermented using intensely artisanal processes. The product is designed
to meet consumers’ desire for sophisticated non-alcoholic beverages.
Golden Star White Jasmine Sparkling Tea makes its debut this January
at the 33rd annual Winter Fancy Food Show in San Diego.
“White Jasmine Sparkling Tea is a healthy alternative to alcoholic or
high-caffeine drinks,” said Marketing Director and co-founder Joel
Rosenberg. “Moreover, it carries all the traditional benefits associated
with tea drinking with a flavorful, sophisticated taste profile—think of
it more like champagne, but without the alcohol.”
In fact, the taste of White Jasmine Sparkling Tea is already attracting
tastemakers themselves. “A tremendous product,” says Arnold Wong,
chef and founder of two great San Francisco restaurants EOS and
Bacar. “Sexy and hip,” enthuses Marie-Christine Kollock, founder of
Look Model Agency. The tea is appropriate for upscale venues and
events, and the company will be placing the product at the very best
restaurants, resorts, and catered gatherings.
Though it is an heir to a centuries-old history, White Jasmine Sparkling
Tea represents a new direction for white tea, employing a proprietary
fermentation process much closer to winemaking or brewcraft than
anything the RTD tea market has seen before.
Ingredients include Jasmine Silver Needle tea, organic raw Brazilian
sugar, and water. The end result is an all-natural drink infused with
subtlety and aromatic properties unique to the beverage. It boasts a
taste both intricate and refreshing with complex flavor tones.
“White Jasmine Sparkling Tea is an excellent substitute for premium
wine and champagne. We’ve designed it to go well with a variety of
foods,” says Golden Star’s CEO and Creative Director Eddie Carden.
“It’s subtle and aromatic with nice textures; the carbonated bubbles
replicate the feel of champagne, but without the alcohol.”
He recommends serving White Jasmine Sparkling Tea with lightly
flavored dishes, sushi or fruit-centric deserts. Pre-dinner, it can
accompany starters like salads and crudités. Use your best wine
glasses or champagne flutes to serve White Jasmine Sparkling Tea—the
aroma of the beverage will benefit from a traditional presentation.
“This is an elegant drink,” Carden says, “one we think people will
want to order at restaurants and serve at home.”
White Jasmine Sparkling Tea will be available in a champagne-sized
bottle (730ml) retailing for $12.95. One 8-ounce serving contains only
60 calories and 16 grams of carbohydrates. The tea will be rolled out
to fine food grocers and upscale supermarkets in the fall of 2008. The
tea is launching with specialty food and beverage retailers, onpremise
at upscale hotels and restaurants, cruise lines, caterers, and
cultural event venues, as well as anywhere consumers demand unique
food and beverage choices of the highest quality.
Golden Star Tea Company principals include Eddie Carden, CEO and
Creative Director; Joel Rosenberg, Chief Marketing Officer; Dean
Hampton, CFO and Business Strategist; Nora Vitaliani, Director of
Product Quality; and Betsy Haggerty, Director of Operations. The
offices are in San Francisco and Belmont, California.
For more on Golden Star and its White Jasmine Sparkling Tea, please
visit or contact Kimberly Charles, Charles
Communication Associates, at 415.701.9463 or
[email protected]

Apr 29 2011
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Apr 29 2011
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Apr 29 2011
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Apr 28 2011
American Idol Season 10 Top 5 April 28, 2011 Show @idol Casey Abrams sent home! Yikes

There are six in American Idol contestants in Season 10. Who will be in the top 5?
This is a huge milestone for the contestants where the top 6 becomes the top 5.

Last night was the Carole King night.
Each of the finalists performed their favorite Carole King song

James Durbin – safe
Casey Abrams
Scotty McCreery
Haley Reinhart
Lauren Alaina
Jacob Lusk

Apr 28 2011
2011 Chili Cookoff and Classic Car Show Thousand Oaks, CA May 1, 2011

The 2011 Chili Cookoff and Classic Car Show!
May 1st, 2011 at Conejo Creek Park in Thousand Oaks
10AM – 5PM ~ Janss Rd @ the 23 Freeway

Annual Chili cook off and Classic car show. Family fun activities as well as music,food and beverages. Sanctioned by the International Chili Society.
Enjoy some of the most fabulous cars in the world.Brought together by members of car clubs, collectors and celebs.
Cast your vote to Crown the all new “Miss Chili/Conejo Valley.
The all new VIP area will be air conditioned and will provide a comfortable environment to rest. This area is open to sponsors and VIP Ticketed guests.
Our stage will feature music from the Spare Parts Band. Lots of entertainment and fun will be scheduled throughout the day.

Location: Conejo Creek Park
Janss Rd at the 23 freeway Thousand Oaks
Gates open at 10AM and close at 5PM

Do you like hot chili?


Taco Bell
Silver Star Automotive Group
Allied Beverages
Conejo Awards
Thousand Oaks Inn
Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce
Ventura County star
Lister Rentals
California Lutheran University
Al Lowe Construction
Ben Bridges Jewelers
CR Prints
Miss Congeniality
Cornwall Security Services
Toay Productions
For More Information, Contact:

Susan Murata
PO Box 1225
Thousand Oaks, CA  91358
[email protected]

Additional Information
Cookoff URL:

Apr 28 2011
Museums of the Arroyo Day – Pasadena May 15, 2011

It’s fun, it’s festive and it’s only one day a year!

Join us for the 22nd anniversary of Museums of the Arroyo Day, where five museums located along the Arroyo Seco in Los Angeles and Pasadena open their doors free of charge from noon to 5 p.m. on May 15, 2011.

Each year, thousands of Angelinos have experienced the diverse mix of art, architecture and history of the Arroyo Seco area found in the five unique history-based museums that preserve and perpetuate early Los Angeles life.

The public can visit the MOTA museums during the day at no charge. This year’s MOTA Day theme is “Hats” and guests are encouraged to wear crazy, fashionable and sporty hats as they tour all five museums.

This year, MOTA Day is sponsored by YELP, the online review website that 45 million people visit monthly.  If you’ve been to MOTA Day in the past, you can let others know about your experiences here.

As always, we expect great interest in MOTA Day, so visitors are advised to arrive early.  We’ve added additional parking and you can easily use the Gold Line to get to MOTA Day, so click here for more information.

We look forward to seeing you.

Visit MOTA museums FREE from noon to 5 p.m. on
May 15, 2011!

Download our walking map


Apr 28 2011
Houdini – Art of Magic Opens at Skirball Los Angeles @Skirball_LA

Houdini – Art of Magic Opens at Skirball Los Angeles @Skirball_LA

The excitement has been building for months as many Houdini fans and those who love magic have anticipated the opening of the Houdini – Art of Magic at Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.

Today and every Thursday you can get in for FREE. Free Thursdays at Skirball and other cultural institutions around town, a great way to save some money and see some of the most amazing art and exhibits around.

Skirball Center is centrally located off the 405 between the 10 and 101.

I have two passes(each pass is good for two a $20 value) I will be giving away to those commenting below. Just leave a comment, perhaps something on your favorite magic trick. Who is your favorite magician?

The Houdini Exhibit at Skirball runs April 28 to September 3, 2011.

You can read more about the exhibit at the Skirball website:

Houdini: Art and Magic
April 28 through September 4, 2011

Masters of Illusion
April 28 through September 4, 2011


Apr 28 2011
American Idol Season 10 Winners 2011

There are six current winners in American Idol Season 10?
Last night was the Carole King night.
each of the finalists performed their favorite Carole King song
I have ordered the performances in the order I believe best down.

James Durbin: “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” – James has been “in it to win it”
Casey Abrams: “Hi-De-Ho That Old Sweet Roll”
Scotty McCreery: “You’ve Got a Friend”
Haley Reinhart: “Beautiful”
Lauren Alaina: “Where You Lead”
Jacob Lusk: “Oh No Not My Baby”

In the meantime The Voice on NBC appears to be going strong with a rebroadcast during Idol of their first episode where contestants start to perform and the judges are turned with their backs to the performers as soon as the hear something they like they turn around indicated they want to work with the performer, if more than one spins, they judges compete to see who can convince the performer to work with them.

where’s Waldo?
Penny Marsh was behind Randy

In the meantime where’s Pia?

Apr 28 2011
At Breakfast With…Business Media (Sponsored by SoCal Gas Company)

At Breakfast With…Business Media (Sponsored by SoCal Gas Company)
Wednesday, May 18 · 8:00am – 9:30am

* David Lazarus, Columnist/Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, KTLA-TV
* Roger Lindo, Staff Writer, La Opinion
* Edwin Chan, Reporter, Thompson Reuters
* Mark Madler, Reporter/Columnist, San Fernando Business Journal

Moderator: Raul Gordillo, PR Manager, Southern California Gas Co.

Join business editors and reporters from some of the most influential Southern California publications and TV stations. Learn about the latest business trends and insider tips to give you the competitive edge you need to win solid business media coverage. Continental breakfast will be served.

$10 for PRSA-LA/YP members
$20 for non-members
$5 for PRSSA student members

Payment at the door: Checks encouraged; cash accepted.
No credit cards.

RSVP: Advance reservations required.
To: Alfredo Padilla, Padilla Communications Group
Tel: 818-902-0074 or via email: [email protected] (Subject: Business)

Parking available next door to Latino Business Chamber of Greater LA
Latino Business Chamber of Greater Los Angeles 
634 S. Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014

Apr 28 2011
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Apr 28 2011
Early Bird Extension for the Real Food Symposium! Pasadena May 1, 2011

Exciting Announcement!

We are Extending the Early Bird Registration to Thursday, April 28th at Midnight! Registration will Still Include 1 Free Raffle ticket.  You may also purchase additional raffle tickets online or at the event.

Fabulous Raffle Prizes are Being Donated by our Wonderful “Real” Food Vendors and Speakers!

*  Titanium Cookware
*  10 Liter Ceramic Fermentation Crock
*  Delicious Sourdough Breads
*  Fresh Raw Dairy Products (Organic Pastures)
*  Grass Fed Beef (Dey Dey’s Best Beef Ever)
*  Pickl-It Fermentation Jars w/Culture Starters
*  Gallons of Kombucha and/or Kombucha Fermentation Kits
*  Nourishing Traditions Cook Book Signed By Sally Fallon
*  Gift Certificates to Grassroots Natural Market
*  Books – DVD’s – Tee Shirts
*  And Many More Prizes!

Also, Wonderful and Delicious Foods will be Generously Sampled out to All Who Come, as it is, and has Always Been….  All About the FOOD!

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Apr 27 2011
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Apr 27 2011
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Apr 27 2011
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Apr 27 2011
Apple iPhone Location Tracking – Can you access?

The story is very confusing coming from Apple. On one hand they say they don’t track, on the other they are releasing an update in coming weeks. The database is built and it is available. One update away from making it available to someone who really wants it.

Some of you are wondering, well how do I get access to this data for my own personal use, is there an app I can use that tracks my movements?

You can do it:

iPhone Tracker

This open-source application maps the information that your iPhone is recording about your movements. It doesn’t record anything itself, it only displays files that are already hidden on your computer.

Download the application

Read the FAQ


How do you feel about it?

Does this change how you feel about owning and having geolocation services turned on?

So Apple is releasing a patch?


This from Dow Jones Newswire:

Apple Inc. (AAPL) defended the location information-gathering process it uses via the iPhone and unveiled a planned software update to scale back such practices.

The company and Google Inc. (GOOG) have faced increased scrutiny for their practices involving the collection and storage of smartphone users’ location information. Last week, researchers found that Apple’s iPhones store unencrypted databases containing location information that sometimes stretch back several months.

The Wall Street Journal has reported that iPhones, as well as smartphones operating on Google’s Android platform, regularly transmit their locations back to the respective companies.

Apple said Wednesday it is not tracking the location to iPhones, has never done so and has no plans to ever do so.

“Users are confused, partly because the creators of this new technology [including Apple] have not provided enough education about these issues to date,” the company said in a statement.

Apple said it maintains a database of Wi-Fi hotspots and cell towers around users’ locations, a process that helps the phone calculate its location when such information is requested. The company downloads a subset, or cache, of the database on each phone. The cache is “protected but not encrypted,” and backed up on iTunes whenever users back up their iPhones, the company said.

Apple said it would release an iPhone software update in the next few weeks that reduces the size of the database cached on the phone, ceases backing up the cache and deletes the cache entirely when location services is turned off.

The statement came alongside announcements that the white iPhone 4 will be available Thursday, and that the second-generation iPad arrives in Japan, Hong Kong, and other new markets this week.

Google Inc. (GOOG) last week defended its information location-gathering practices. U.S. lawmakers have invited representatives of the companies to attend a hearing on privacy next month following the claims they regularly track users locations and store data.

-By Matt Jarzemsky, Dow Jones Newswires; 212-416-2240; [email protected]

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

April 27, 2011 09:12 ET (13:12 GMT)


Apr 27 2011
Free Sample of Nescafe Taster’s Choice Variety Pack

Free Sample of Nescafe Taster’s Choice Variety Pack
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Apr 27 2011
Le Bon Garcon Caramels at Spring Artisanal LA @artisanalla

Your search for delicious caramels is over once you have tried Le Bon Garcon caramels.

Le Bon Garcon was at the recent Artisanal LA Spring Show in Santa Monica Place.

Here’s a picture of the creator:

Justin pictured with his helper at the Artisanal LA 2011 Spring Show.

There are three flavors of caramels, which keeps things simple, Macadamia Nut, Mango-Passionfruit, and Salted and they are all very very good.

Available as separately or as an assortment. Prices are $5 for 2oz, $10 for 4oz and $18 for 8oz.

An assortment of all of our caramels–Macadamia Nut, Mango-Passionfruit, and Salted.

Place your order here:

Here’s some info on Justin from his site:

Hand Crafted in Los Angeles

In order to create the highest quality product possible, Le Bon Garçon uses only the best quality ingredients available and uses no preservatives. Le Bon Garçon uses Plugra butter in order to give its products the flavor and scent that is characteristic of high-quality European butter.
Le Bon Garcon hand-makes, hand-stirs, and hand-wraps its caramels in order to achieve the best quality product. From start to finish, everything is prepared in the artisanal French manner.

We hope you enjoy our caramels!



Justin’s passion for food started as a child, watching his Chinese-American mother in the kitchen preparing dinner. Justin grew up in Westlake Village, California, where there were no Chinese grocery stores. Out of necessity, Justin’s mother created dishes from ingredients that were available to her. His mother’s inventive style of cooking combined traditional Chinese food with American comfort food and gave Justin the creative instincts that make him a successful patissier.

Justin studied architecture at the UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design which provided him with the design skills and the attention to detail needed to be a successful pastry chef. Always feeling more at home in front of the oven than the drafting table, Justin found himself drawn to a career in the culinary arts. Justin took pastry classes for fun, and studied abroad in Paris. Inspired by the culinary work of Parisian greats such as Pierre Hermé and Gerard Mulot, Justin decided to take the leap as a pastry chef.


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