Monthly Archives: November 2014
Nov 9 2014
The Spice Factory Indian Restaurant Pasadena Opening #626food

Slated to open on November 12, 2014, The Spice Factory at 80 S Fair Oaks in Pasadena is sure to be the talk of the food scene if it isn’t already. In its soft opening the buzz has been good, now we wait for the opening on Wednesday.

This is the dream of Dr. Raj Pandita who puts is sweat and soul into creating one of the best Indian cuisine establishments in the area. With over 250 unique recipes and flavors that are traditional to Indian cuisine.

Pasadena has a growing Indian population and with that the opportunity to serve a growing audience.

The brain behind ‘The Spice Factory’, Dr. Raj Pandita, a Kashmiri Indian by birth, is the chairman of Aahaara Group, a non-profit organization. In over 20 years of his stay here in USA Dr. Raj, a food enthusiast, has travelled all over, in search of authentic Indian eateries. His desire is to eat at the places where he would relish Indian food that looks Indian, smells Indian and tastes Indian too.

The Spice Factory - - Pasadena, CA, United States
pictured: Dr. Raj Pandita at the front of the new restaurant.


The Spice Factory
80 North Fair Oaks Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91103
[email protected]

Other Indian Eateries in the Old Pasadena and nearby include, Akbar, All India Cafe, New Delhi Palace, Sitar Indian Cuisine, and the up and coming Chutney slated to open in the next several months.

Nov 9 2014
Old Pasadena Farmers Market Fall Harvest Festival Nov 9, 2014 @VisitPasadenaCA @oldpasadena


Farmers Market

Old Pasadena Farmers Market – Fall Harvest Festival

Join us for the first annual Old Pasadena Farmers Market FALL HARVEST FESTIVAL on Sunday, November 9, from 10:00am until 2:00pm. In addition to the weekly Certified Farmers Market on Holly Street, there will be live bluegrass music, a pie baking contest, square dancing, and much more! Our very own Mr. Pasadena Michael Calderon will MC the event!

Sunday NOV 9 from 10:00am – 2:00pm
FALL HARVEST FESTIVAL – FREE Events and Activities

10:00am       Apple Bobbing Contest
10:30am       Kid’s Activity – Butter Churning and Pressed Apples with                         Farm Style Cooking led by Sarah Seelinger
10:45am       Three-Legged Race
11:00am       SAWTOOTH Bluegrass Band
11:00am       Deadline for Pie Baking Contest Entries
11:15am       Pie Baking Contest with Prizes! Contest Rules
12:00pm       Egg Toss Contest
12:45pm       Corn Shucking Contest
1:00pm         Square Dancing with Dale Hoppers

All participants in the Pie Baking Contest will receive our popular canvas market tote bag. Download the rules here. Prizes will be awarded as follows:

  • Grand Prize $50
  • Second Place Prize $25
  • Best Children’s Entry $25

We are honored to have the following experts judging the amateur pie baking contest:

Farmers Market Vendor List

Nov 8 2014
Groupon Refunds for Closed Businesses Found Money @groupon

Let me preface this posting by saying, that I am fan of Groupon and will continue to purchase Groupons.

If you are like me you have been purchasing Groupons for several years and many have been redeemed. But what about those you purchased as an impulse buy and thought you would use but never got around to it. But beyond not using the Groupon, what if that business has closed.

I just went through My Groupon and out of the 130 purchases,  over half are used(Yeah), but of those not redeemed at least fifteen I could not use because the businesses are closed.

So far I have filled out the Groupon customer support form with all the necessary details, two have been credited, waiting for the others. Updated- Groupon has responded and it appears that most of the Groupon purchases I submitted for refund/credit have been processed, no apparently issues.

I the past when I have emailed Groupon has been pretty good about crediting the account so you can purchase another Groupon.

Take a look at your Groupon account and in particular those for expired Groupons and do a pass to check if the business is still open.

How big of a problem is this for Groupon when businesses run a Groupon and collect the money and then shortly thereafter close.

Would it be good practice for Groupon to notify others who have purchased a Groupon for a business once the business is verified closed?  It may mean that Groupon would be issuing Groupon Bucks for Groupons most likely forgotten by the purchasers.

Usually if the business is closed you will first receive an email from Groupon something like this:


Hi Victor,

I’m really sorry for the trouble you’ve experienced with your Groupon. Our Resolutions Team is here to help with these situations, so I’m letting them know what’s up. After they’ve looked into this, one of us will get back to you.

Thanks for your patience. We’ll be sure to let you know when we’ve got an update.


Dinesh U.
Groupon Customer Support


Then the next email a few hours later usually. (Groupon is especially responsive on the weekends via email)


Hi Victor,

I’m sorry for any trouble you’ve experienced with redeeming your Groupon.

Unfortunately, we are also having difficulty getting in touch with this business. At this point, we’ve decided it’s best for our customers to cancel this deal and offer a refund to anyone who was unable to redeem their Groupon. We’re in the process of notifying our customers, but I want to make sure you’re taken care of today.

I’ve just issued a $32 refund in Groupon Bucks to your account. The Bucks are available immediately, never expire, and automatically apply to your next purchase. You can see your balance in the top right corner of the page when signed into your account at

My apologies again for any inconvenience.


Soundar M
Groupon Customer Support


Hi Victor,

I’m sorry you weren’t able to enjoy this Groupon. I’ve just canceled this order and issued $5 in Groupon Bucks to your account. This credit will be available for you to use shortly, and you’ll receive an email as soon as it has processed.

Any Groupon Bucks you have will apply to a purchase automatically. You can see your balance in the top right corner of the page when signed into your account at

Please let me know if I can help you further.


Groupon Customer Support


As consumers and supporters of Groupon could we ask Groupon to notify those who have purchased a Groupon which the business has closed.  Even though the amount of money is substantial, I would guess in the whole picture the goodwill and re-engagement of customers who may not be as active could outweigh the cost to Groupon.   Thoughts?


Nov 7 2014
“Food Chains” Screening & “Food Chain Avengers” Comic Book Release! #Pasadena #626food @FoodChainsFilm

Farm labor doc produced by and narrated by . Hits theaters 11/21/14

 Actress Eva Longoria tells Bill Maher on Real Time about some of the shocking truths about US food production that she uncovered in her ‘Food Chains’ documentary, particularly human rights abuses for migrant workers and the pesticides that go into some of the produce.
Please join us for a special screening of the inspiring farmworkers documentary “Food Chains”, featuring FCWA member group Coalition of Immokalee Workers! Lupe Gonzalo, a CIW worker leader, will be there to answer questions after the screening, and Restaurant Opportunities Center of Los Angeles (ROC LA), Warehouse Workers United, and The L.A. Kitchen will also speak briefly after the film. At this screening, we will also release our new comic book “Food Chain Avengers” as we kick off International Food Workers Week!

Thanks to our community co-sponsors:
the Economic Justice Committee of All Saints Church, Fair Trade LA, Los Angeles Food Policy Council, LA Kitchen, & UCLA Labor Center

Brilliant explanation of the Fair Food Program and why you NEED to see Food Chains on November 21st.

Take 7 minutes to watch Eva Longoria said on Bill Maher right now:

at 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Laemmle Playhouse 7


Food Chains
15208 85th Dr
Jamaica, NY 11432

Nov 6 2014
Copenhagen Pastry Danish Bakery Opening Pasadena #pasadena #626food @CopenhagenPstry

Copenhagen Pastry Danish Bakery Opening Pasadena #pasadena #626food @CopenhagenPstry

Copenhagen Pastry Pasadena

We are so excited about the new store in Pasadena, but we still have a few city things to deal with. We hope to be open at the end of November and looking forward to see you at our new store.

Copenhagen Pastry has the freshest authentic Danish pastries for just under $2.00 each. Our small cakes are $2.35 and a loaf of our delicious rye bread is $6.

This is the storefront as of the last time Google Maps drove by the location which appears to be August 2014.

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The address is
3731 E. Colorado Blvd,
Pasadena, CA 91107
We are just East of Rosemead Blvd. on the North side of the street. There will be easy parking on the street and behind the building.

Have a great day,
Karen Hansen
Copenhagen Pastry

Karen Hansen city permits will cause the opening to be pushed back to the end of November.
626 will finally have access to the fantastic Danish pastries and rye bread

3731 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107

The Culver City location:
11113 Washington Boulevard, Culver City, CA 90232
[email protected]

Nov 6 2014
Reserve your FREE Buttermilk Pancakes now @cornerbakery

Reserve your FREE stack of 4 made-to-order Buttermilk Pancakes at Corner Bakery Cafe.


Corner Bakery Cafe - FLIPPIN’ AWESOME - Reserve your FREE stack!We’ve got a stack of 4 fluffy, syrupy, made-to-order Buttermilk Pancakes waiting for you. They’re fresh off the griddle and FREE. Just click below and reserve your time and location to enjoy your free stack. But hurry! There’s a limited number of spots available exclusively for our eCafe members.



Reserve your FREE Buttermilk Pancakes now @cornerbakery

Nov 5 2014
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Nov 4 2014
iHeartSilverlake’s EastSide Food Festival Nov 9, 2014 @LAeastsidefood


A benefit for PATH – People Assisting the Homeless, a non-profit organization

Sunday, November 9, 4-8pm – 25 of your favorite local east side culinary vendors along with LA based celebrity Chefs, Restaurateurs, DJs, and Guest Appearances

Celebrating the foodie culture that Los Angeles has become known for, iHeartSilverlake’s EastSide Food Festival is a gathering of the brightest culinary minds from LA’s gastronomic scene. This inaugural EastSide Food Festival focuses on sustainability, supporting the locally owned and operated businesses within the community that make LA thrive. The EastSide Food Festival will give attendees the rare chance to meet the purveyors and experience cuisine from hand-selected vendors including restaurants, celebrity chefs, and more – all local to the EastSide communities of LA.

iHeartSilverlake is a project brought to you by Mack Sennett Studios and features a series of events curated for the love of all that is local. In the past, iHeartSilverlake has included niche Los Angeles based fashion and craft fairs. With the EastSide Food Festival, Mack Sennett Studios joins forces with Castle Gourmet Dining and Food is the New Rock to bring you this celebration of all things food!

In addition to the culinary aspect, the iHeartSilverlake’s EastSide Food Festival will include music from popular DJs, food demos, discussion panels with artists and musicians, local celebrity chef demonstrations, a photobooth and other photo opportunities, and giveaways to attendees.

Buy tickets here.

Nov 4 2014
Lincoln Pasadena Bakery Now Open #pasadena #626food


Opening November 3, 2014 in Pasadena

From Christine Moore, founder of Little Flower Candy Co. comes LINCOLN on Lincoln. We look forward to trying out some of the baked goods.

Menu offers everything from morning buns, croissants, muffins, and scones to cookies, baguettes, and coconut macaroons.

Coffee comes via Stumptown

1992 Lincoln Ave Pasadena CA 91103

Contact Us:
Lincoln: 626.765.6746 Lincoln Store: 626.765.9995

Lincoln: Monday-Saturday: 6:30am-7pm
Sunday: 8am-4pm

Lincoln Store: Monday-Saturday: 10am-6pm
Sunday: 10am-4pm



Lincoln Pasadena

834 Broadway

Los Angeles, CA 90015

Nov 4 2014
DesignerCon 2014 Pasadena @DesignerCon

      logoDESIGNER CON 2014

November 8-9, 2014

DesignerCon Show at

Designer Con is an annual art and design convention that smashes together collectible toys and designer apparel with urban, underground and pop art. The two-day event will feature toys, art, apparel, art shows, exclusive products, panels, presentations and more than 300 vendors.

Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E. Green St.



Thank you for visiting the Secure Online Ticket Office for Designer Con 2014. Tickets online are only $5 for one day and $10 for two day, no limit. Children 12 and under are free and do not require a ticket to enter the show.

Show Hours:
November 8th, 2014 9am – 6pm
November 9th, 2014 10am – 5pm

Nov 4 2014
L.A.’s first distillery since Prohibition Tour and Taste @GreenBarDrinks

Love spirits? Soon you can see how they’re made. Come visit L.A.’s first distillery since Prohibition and taste some our handiwork. Bring your friends! (Leave your enemies.)

Greenbar Craft Distillery - Logo


Details, you ask?

  • $12 per person for a tour and tasting (about an hour)
  • By reservation (see below)
  • Tours are small and cancellation fees apply
  • Must be at least 21
  • Groups welcome
  • Guaranteed not to leave drunk (by law, we can serve up to six 1/4 oz servings per person per day)
  • Credit cards only (we have cool stuff!)
  • No llamas

Signup here:

For more info visit 

         $12/Person Tour+Tasting [1 Hour] Plan to arrive 10 minutes early. Please bring -Comfortable shoes -Credit/debit card [NO CASH payments] -State issued ID (must be 21+) Cheers!
2459 E 8th St
Los Angeles, CA 90021
Nov 4 2014
Xiem FALL Ceramic Art Fair and Studio Sale Nov 14-15, 2014
EVENT: Xiem FALL Ceramic Art Fair and Studio Sale
ARTISTS: Members of Xiem Clay Center and Invited Artists

DATES: November 14 & 15
HOURS: Friday, 14th: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday, 15th: 10:30am – 4:30pm

Click here for Directions

Parking: Please turn the wheels towards the curb to avoid ticketing.

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, November 14th, 6 – 8pm
All Welcome
CLAY DEMONSTRATIONS: Saturday, November 15th, 11:00am – 4:00pm
Steve Horn, Heidi Mollenhauer, Joan Mannos, Phil Hacker, Hiroyuki Tokimatsu



6:00 – 6:30pm – Toti O’Brien and her accordion
6:30 – 7:30pm – Eric Rosendahl – keyboard ramblings
7:30 – 8:30pm – Buzhard Dakota – guitar songs and stories


11:00am – 11:45pm – Toti O’Brien and her accordion

12noon – 1:00pm – Eric Rosendahl – keyboard ramblings
1:00pm – 4:00pm – Open Mic with Buzhard Dakota and Friends
All Welcome! Come Out and Play!

Nov 3 2014
Culture Club 101 and Real Food Devotee – Real Food Culture Kitchen #pasadena

This from our friends at Culture Club 101, don’t miss out on some of the perks for supporting this worthwhile venture. There are over 130 contributors to the campaign.

Dear Culture Club 101 Members and Friends,

Thank you so much for your love and support while we have been shut down. Your encouragement is taken to heart.

As most of you know, we have been working on a crowdfunding campaign to rebuild what we lost…and to create an even better resource center!

Our Kickstarter campaign has officially launched, and this next week is critical!

logo_rfckCulture Club 101 and Real Food Devotee are teaming up to create the Real Food Culture Kitchen, a SoCal community resource for traditional, nutrient-dense Real Food. We want to serve you better, and expand to help even more people. We cannot make this happen without your help and the help of our core community.

Let’s build the Real Food Culture Kitchen together:

  • a commercial kitchen for traditional Real Food preparation
  • a store where you can find all your Real Food pantry essentials, supplies and equipment-advice and troubleshooting included
  • a training, mentoring, and learning center
  • a cafe and tasting room for pop-up dinners
  • expanded product offerings and home deliveries

How will we make this happen?

  • Check out the Real Food Culture Kitchen Project and pledge your support.
  • Receive Real Food rewards for the pledges you make. (Tip: You can pick multiple rewards by using different email addresses.)
  • Share the link with everyone on your email list and all your social media contacts (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.) and with any who would benefit from a change in our food system.
This next week is critical because we are now in “Soft Launch” mode. If you’re able to support our new efforts, it will be most helpful to make your contribution in the next week or so.

The proven strategy is that if funds are already accumulating by the time we initiate the “Hard Launch” to the general public, they will see this as a worthwhile project-good for the community, worth following and supporting. People want to join a winning team!

But here’s the catch: If we don’t reach our goal by the end of November, we won’t receive any of the funds.

If you have any questions or need help navigating the KickStarterwebsite please don’t hesitate to call.

For those who offered to help get the word out, please contact us; we’re teaming up to make it happen now. Time is of the essence!

With Love and Appreciation,

Elaina and the Culture Club 101 Team

Nov 2 2014
South Lake’s 2014 Holiday Celebration! 12-5pm! @southlakeavenue

South Lake’s 2014 December 6, 2014 Holiday Celebration! 12-5pm!

Pasadena’s South Lake Avenue kicks off its holiday celebration at 12:00pm on Saturday, December 6th with family friendly activities around the district! Presented by the South Lake Business Association with fun for the whole family! Guests can enjoy:

  • Free Holiday Activities
  • In-Store Specials and Promotions
  • Photos with Santa
  • Holiday Characters
  • Live Music and Carolers
  • Holiday Crafts for the Kids
  • Free Parking available at the Corporate Center Pasadena parking structure located at 251 S. Lake Avenue (View Map!)


  • PRINTABLE FLYER Coming Soon!


  • Coming Soon!


  • Please call 626-792-1259
  • View pics of South Lake’s 201 Holiday Celebration!
  • Follow South Lake on Facebook and Twitter!

More details can be found here


Nov 2 2014
Plan Check Kitchen & Bar Opening Old Pasadena @plancheck

Plan Check Kitchen & Bar is Coming to Old Pasadena

Neighborhood Restaurants Located in West LA, Fairfax District & Downtown LA | Modern American Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails & Premium Beer.

Nov 2 2014
Contemporary Crafts Market Pasadena Free Pass

Contemporary Crafts Market Pasadena Free Pass

See some of the artists here.

See video here:


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