Monthly Archives: October 2012
Oct 29 2012
THURS 11/8 Pasadena Magazine Celebrates 1st Annual Top Chef Challenge



Pasadena CA,  October  29, 2012 –  Mark your calendar for November 8th! Join Pasadena Magazine at Pasadena City Hall for our November Hot Off the Press Party where you will have a chance to taste some of the best food and wine in town! Tickets are only $20 and a portion of the proceeds benefit the AIDS Service Center.


Pasadena Magazine’s fifth annual November Food & Wine issue features a behind-the-scenes look at our first-ever Top Chef Challenge, which spotlights not one but five fabulous local chefs! Culinary stars from Heirloom LA, Parkway Grill, Ración, The Raymond, and Vertical Wine Bistro each prepared a special dish for our celebrated team of judges: Pulitzer Prize-winning L.A. Times food critic Jonathan Gold, Top Chef Masters judge Krista Simmons, and The Royce’s Executive Chef, David Féau. All five chefs will be serving tastings of their delicious dishes at the event, where judge Krista Simmons will announce the winner.


Inside our November issue we get the scoop on the SGV’s thriving food scene, take a look at the Breeders’ Cup’s return to Santa Anita Park, and much, much more! Among this rich assortment we celebrate our fourth annual Top Attorneys, featuring the best of over 750 legal experts chosen by their peers, and meet the faces behind the area’s dining destinations in our Chef and Restaurant Profiles.


To RSVP for the November 8th event visit .



Based in the heart of Pasadena, Pasadena Magazine is designed to showcase the people, places, charities and events that define the beauty and heritage that is Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley. Featuring the finest of the region’s culture, dining, entertainment and business offerings, Pasadena Magazine caters to the interests of Southern California’s savviest readers.


Pasadena Magazine is available for purchase at all major newsstands, bookstores and grocers in the region and LA metro area.


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Oct 29 2012
Your Plate Our Farm Dinner at Muir Ranch

Your Plate, Our Farm Dinner

Muir Ranch – Good Food Festival

Friday November 2, 5-9 PM

Your Plate Our Farm Dinner at Muir Ranch Nov 2, 2012
$40.00 plus $3.19

Bring Your Plate and Kickstart the Culinary Innovation Center at

Pasadena’s John Muir High School

A field-to-table dinner in the field

benefiting the students of Muir Ranch and the Yes on Prop 37 Campaign


First Course: Self-Serve Appetizer Stations

*Tutti Frutti Organic Tomato Caprese Bar

-13 feet of Heirloom Tomatoes topped with

-3 choices of Basil from Muir Ranch

-3 choices of Peppercorn: Black, White, & Pink

-13 varieties of Salt sponsored by Hepp’s Salt Barrel

-13 varieties of Soledad Goat Cheese

with Special Guest: Hope the Blind Baby Goat

-3 choices of Local, Sustainable Olive Oil from Farmers’ Markets

-3 choices of Balsamic Vinegar by Gourmet Blends


*Weiser FAMILY Farms APPLEWOOD & Burkart Farms Peach, Plum, Apricot

WOOD FIRED Vegan Garlic-Herb Toast


*California Island Grilled Vegetables BAR (also wood fired) with Up to 30 Varieties



*LIVING LETTICE Hydroponic & MAGRATH FAMILY FARMS Organically Grown in Dirt Greens: Arugula, Lettuce Blend, Kale, etc. with foraged olives, cheese from Farmers’ Markets


Main Course:

Lindner Grass-Fed Bison Bolognaise made with Heirloom Tomato Marinara

Served with Gluten-Free Pasta & more of the Wood-Fired Toast

*Gluten-Free Toast per request through Mud


Dessert Bar:

Featuring Chocolate maker Patricia Tsai from ChocoVivo

Paired with Burkart Farms Fall Fruits: Persimmons (2 types), Jujubes (Chinese Dates), Grapes, Assortment of Dried Plums, Apricots, Raisins, and Peaches



The Orangecicle: Organic Pressed Orange Juice mixed with Coconut Crèeme Made by the famous Beverly Hills Juice Bar


California Island SunTea: Loose Leaf Tea with Organic Fruit & Bottled Water

Join us this Friday, November 2 @5pm for our first farm-to-table dinner! SUPPORT #local #healthykids #teenswithjobs #schoolgardens

John Muir High School
1905 Lincoln Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91103

Friday, November 2, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Oct 29 2012
Super Storm Hurricane Sandy Update

Our thoughts and prayers are with all the people being impacted by Sandy.
Check out the Google Crisis Map:

NY City preparing for the worse.
Virtually no cars in the city
No buses
The Big Apple is shut down.
Last night around 7pm, Grand Central Station was shut down.
Up to 90 mph, storm surge of what was seen with Irene.
Sandbags along doors in Manhattan,
CT and NJ is already seeing power outages.

Water running out, plywood also running out.
7000 flights cancelled
5 states declared state of emergency ahead of storm
Stock market closed
Amtrak trains
metro and subways are shutdown in many areas
Landfall tonight
Waves are coming in stronger and stronger
Largest threat to human life that many have ever seen.
Asbury Park, NJ, very windy
Winds expected at 85mph and higher in some area

Oct 29 2012
U.S. Equity and Options markets are closed Due to severe weather conditions – Superstorm Sandy

 Due to severe weather conditions impacting the northeast, the U.S. Equity and Options markets are closed Monday October 29th. Additionally, the Fixed Income markets are scheduled to close at 12:00 PM ET. Customer support and account information are available at 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or you may contact Customer Service at 1-800- ETRADE-1 (1-800-387-2331). Further information will be provided as it becomes available.  

Hurricane Superstorm Sandy – New York City region could face the worst of the hurricane
Read more:

Oct 29 2012
Good Food Festival & Conference LA @GoodFoodFestLA

Good Food Festival & Conference LA
November 2-4, 2012

Support the Movement That’s Transforming the Way We Eat
The Good Food Festival & Conference is a nationally-significant event connecting
the NGOs, businesses, and individuals who are driving the Good Food movement.
This November we’re back in Southern California with a big weekend celebration,
including panel discussions, entertainment and, of course, great food.
Produced by in conjunction with the Santa Monica Farmers Markets and LACMA.

John Muir High School – Pasadena
Urban Barn Raising

Join pioneering urban farmer and
MacArthur Genius Will Allen and
the students of John Muir High
School in a community barn raising.
The event includes workshops, and
an address from Will Allen, and a
farm dinner prepared by some of
LA’s top chefs.

LACMA – Los Angeles
Good Food Conference

The prestigious Los Angeles County
Museum of Art co-hosts a discussion
of issues integral to building organic
and sustainable food systems.
Panel discussions on Building Communities
with Food, Good Food = Good Jobs, and
Is GMO Labeling Coming to California?
Tours of works of art in LACMA’s
collection that reflect cultural
relationships with food.

Annenberg Beach House, Santa Monica
Good Food Dinner and Fundraiser
on the ocean: Annenberg Community
Beach House, Santa Monica
Featuring 30 of LA’s best chefs
paired with the Santa Monica
Market’s fabled farmers.
Celebrate the fall harvest at LA’s
local food party of the year!

About the Good Food Festival and Conference
The Good Food Festival and Conference returns to Southern California for
a second year as a multi-day weekend event featuring local and nationally
significant speakers, great food, and a community barn raising to build a hoop
house supporting an urban school garden.
Attendees are value-based consumers interested in organic food, artisanal food,
health issues, supporting local businesses, fair trade, nature, environmental
issues, and alternative health.
Contact us today at 708-763-9920 or for further details.

Good Food n./güd//füd/
1. Delicious, healthy, and accessible
food produced as close to home
as possible, by family farmers and
producers that use sustainable,
humane, and fair practices.
2. A rapidly growing movement
driven by strong customer demand.
3. A Festival and Conference
that promotes the growth of the


Produced by



Chef Demo Kick Off Event

Wednesday, October 24 — 10:00am to 1:00pm

Mark your calendars for the 2nd Annual Farmer-Chef Demo Day at the Market. Join author Amelia Saltsman (The Santa Monica Farmers’ Market Cookbook, The Santa Monica Farmers’ Market Cookbook Summer Entertaining E-Book) and Special Guest Emcee Suzanne Goin as they welcome farmers and cooks for a day of cooking demos, tastes, and conversation.

Come to the source, where cooks and farmers have found inspiration for over 30 years. Admission free.  Check back soon to see this year’s exciting line-up!

Amelia Saltsman, Chef. Photo courtesy of Hill Street Studios.

Oct 28 2012
Missing Wright Brothers Patent

Missing from the National Archives the Wright Brothers patent. That would thrill me to no end to recover the patent for the Flying Machine of 1903.
Discovered that the patent was missing in 2003, according to a story that aired on 60 minutes.

Oct 28 2012
Eagle Rock Juice Company

Eagle Rock Juice Co.

Eagle Rock Juice Co. is a fresh cold-pressed Juice Bar.
Our Grand Opening is on Thursday, October 18 2012. We offer fresh pressed juices, Raw Blends and wheat & barley grass.

We offer simple and affordable access to nutrient based drinks all made from local farm-grown fruits and vegetables.

Our menu will post the day of our opening.
Thank you for your patience.

Located at:

Eagle Rock Juice Co.
1565B Colorado Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90041

Accross from Trader
Tues – Sat 9-7
Cold pressed and raw
Eagle Rock Juice Company
1565 Colorado Blvd
Ste B
Los Angeles, CA 90041
Neighborhood: Eagle Rock

(323) 514-5253

Oct 28 2012
Verizon vs AT&T Coverage in Glendale Pasadena Burbank

After many years of being patient and waiting for AT&T to get their network upgraded to handle the smartphone demands, it is now time to cut the cord with AT&T, primarily due to the constant dropped calls and poor service issues in the Pasadena, Burbank, and Glendale areas.
AT&T claims to have the best network, but it does not hold true from personal experience including those that I know that also use AT&T, unfortunately after many years of being with AT&T, it is time to make the switch back to Verizon. Everyone I know who has Verizon, continues to claim that the network is simply the best. So we will report back on our experience after a few weeks.

Have you have a bad experience with Verizon in the Los Angeles area, are there spots where AT&T works and Verizon does not? I bet there are, because AT&T still has the Edge towers which are old, but at least still deliver some signal, probably in more remote areas.

Lets see what happens, the contract is for two years, so if in two years AT&T improves their network reliability then maybe we make the switch back.

When I hear other users canceling their AT&T service because of reliability issues, it only makes me wonder that we are not the only ones experiencing the issues. The only way these large companies learn is to reward companies that are doing it right, to give the business to the companies spending money on improving their service and reliability. It seems too often that companies spend too much on marketing when they should be spending most of that on improving the user experience, as that is the long term investment that marketing money cannot buy.

Here’s a map of the Verizon coverage in the Pasadena area.

Here’s a map of the AT&T coverage in the Pasadena area.

As you can see the both look at about the same, but when you experience them, they are not the same,  the map is not at all accurate on the AT&T network, if you talk to a representative they claim that the map you see online is not as accurate as maps that they use internally… really. I have heard this many times, and that alone is upsetting enough to make the switch. Why would a company post something online and then when you call them on it, tell customers that it is not accurate. That is wrong and companies should be held accountable for their claims. I am sure there is some lawyer itching to file a class action over something like this.


Oct 28 2012
Windows 8 – Get Your Google Back

Get Your Google Back

Want to make Windows 8 more familiar? It only takes a few minutes to put Google Search and Chrome on your Start page.

Oct 28 2012
Chord Buddy – World’s Best Guitar Learning System

World’s Best Guitar Learning System

Guitar Chord Buddy

Chord Buddy Guitar Learning System As Seen On TV – learning the guitar should be fun! Learning with Chord Buddy As Seen On TV is just that. From day one you are playing real songs with just the press of a button.

Using Chord Buddy’s patterned teaching system you will learn your right hand rhythm patterns first, while using the chord making tabs to make the chords for you. Once you have learned to strum, it is time to learn the chords. You remove the chord making tabs one at the time and learn the play the chords yourself. In about two months you are playing the guitar on your own!

The Chord Buddy teaching system comes with a key of “G” Chord Buddy, color coded song book with over 100 songs, two month lesson plan and DVD.

cost $9 to make $7 now.

in one month sold $150,000 in LA, lower Alabama.


His daughter Brady, inspired him to invent it.

On Shark Tank this past week.

100% USA made product

Could be in Guitar Center, or Sams Club




Chord Buddy Guitar Learning System

ChordBuddy Guitar Learning System And Practice Aid

ChordBuddy Guitar Learning System And Practice Tool The cool new Chord Buddy is your guitar teacher and buddy! This revolutionary device that attaches to the neck of a guitar, makes playing the guitar a lot easier. By forming the chords for you, Chord Buddy allows you to focus on the heart and soul of a song – the rhythm and the lyrics. So, within a few short minutes of clamping it on to your guitar, you can begin to experience the pride of making and playing music. Once you attach the Chord Buddy properly to your acoustic or electric guitar, you will be able to make music. After a few weeks, you’ll begin removing some of the tabs and making the chords all on your own. In only two months, you’ll be able to play the guitar with no ChordBuddy at all! Package Includes: ChordBuddy Instruction Book Companion DVD with a 2 Month Lesson Plan ChordBuddy Songbook with over 100 Songs Works on acoustic and electric guitars Helps you make the C, D, G, & E minor Chords NOTE : The ChordBuddy currently does not work on left-handed guitars, nor does it work on Classical or half-sized (Children’s) guitars. The ChordBuddy Songbook contains over 100 songs and shows you how to play them with and without the ChordBuddy . A Teenager in Love All Shook Up Amanda Amazing Grace American Saturday Night Are You Washed in the Blood of the Lamb? At the Cross Away in a Manger Bad Moon Rising Battle Hymn of the Republic Blue Suede Shoes Brown Eyed Girl Buffalo Gals Busted Bye Bye Love Cindy Clementine Cold Cold Heart Crying My Heart Out Over You Daddy Sang Bass Dang Me Do Lord Down by the Riverside Down on the Corner Fifteen Folsom Prison Blues Garden Party Go Tell It on the Mountain Golden Ring Great Speckled Bird Green Green Grass of Home Have I Told You Lately That I Love You He Stopped loving Her Today. He’s Got the Whole World In His Hands Heartaches by the Number Home on the Range Hound Dog I Walk the Line I’II Fly Away I’m Not Lisa I’m so Lonesome I Could Cry In the Sweet By and By Jambalaya Jimmie Brown, the Newsboy Just a Closer Walk with Thee Just Over on the Gioryland Keep on the Sunnyside King of the Road Kiss an Angel Good /Awning Kumbaya Let It Be Lil’ Liza Jane Little Rosewood Casket Long, Long Ago Make the World Go Away Mama Tried Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys Michael Finnigan My Elusive Dream New River Train Nine Pound Harnimer.. .643 Oh! Susanna Okie from Muskogee Old Dan Tucker Pick Me Up on Your Way Down Precious Lord, Take My Hand Precious Memories Proud Mary Ring of Fire Rock of Ages Roll in My Sweet Baby’s Arms Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town Saginaw, Michigan Sally Goodin She’s Got You Shortenin’ Bread Silver Bells Skip to My Lou Small Town USA Somebody Tou

ChordBuddy Guitar Learning System And Practice Aid


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