Monthly Archives: July 2021
Jul 27 2021
MASTERS OF TASTE RETURNS – The Fifth Annual Masters of Taste Returns with Host Chef Vanda Asapahu as L.A.’s Top Tastemakers Reunite to Sip, Savor & Celebrate on The Field of the Pasadena Rose Bowl! #EatMoreGiveMore


The Fifth Annual Masters of Taste Returns with Host Chef Vanda Asapahu

As L.A.’s Top Tastemakers Reunite to Sip, Savor & Celebrate

On The Field of the Pasadena Rose Bowl on Sunday, April 3rd, 2021!




(Los Angeles, CA), Tuesday, July 27th, 2021: Come celebrate and be part of the fifth annual Masters of Taste, as L.A.’s premier outdoor, luxury food and beverage festival returns and will be taking place on Sunday, April 3rd, 2022, from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm on the field of the Iconic Pasadena Rose Bowl with 100% of the proceeds going directly to benefit Union Station Homeless Services!


Masters of Taste is introducing Chef Vanda Asapahu as Host Chef of Masters of Taste 2022 which also happens to mark the 5th Anniversary of this celebrated event which had to be canceled in 2020 due to the Pandemic. Masters of Taste 2022 Culinary Master and Host Chef Vanda Asapahu is the chef and owner of Ayara Thai Cuisine and she has participated since its inception in April 2016. Asapahu went to college at UCLA and to graduate school at Yale, then she spent four years living, traveling, and working her way through Thailand before returning home to Los Angeles. During Asapahu’s stay in her native country, she took extensive notes, which included absorbing Bangkok’s street food scene and reviving old family recipes. After cooking with relatives and eating her way through the streets and countryside, Asapahu brought back these treasured old recipes and new flavors to share at Ayara Thai. While her mother Anna Asapahu still helms the family kitchen, Asapahu is the vanguard, taking up the torch of her family’s culinary tradition at Ayara Thai Cuisine, and in May of 2019 Ayara Thai Cuisine was named one of MICHELIN Guide California’s 2019 Bib Gourmands.


“I have had the pleasure of participating in Masters of Taste since its inaugural year,” states Asapahu. “As a proud UCLA alum (Go Bruins!), I’d give anything for the opportunity to cook, eat and dance on the field of the Rose Bowl. The most amazing thing about Masters of Taste is that 100% of the proceeds go directly to benefit Union Station Homeless Services and not many food festivals can say that. Union Station Homeless Services is committed to ending homelessness in Los Angeles.”


Masters of Taste 2019 was a sold-out event that attracted over 3,000 guests and garnered media attention all throughout Southern California and beyond. The fifth annual Masters of Taste 2022 is also expected to bring over 3,000 food and beverage enthusiasts together for one afternoon to celebrate this exhilarating festival, which will include the finest fare from over 100 Culinary Masters and restaurants, delectable sweets prepared by L.A.’s top Sweet Masters, top Beverage Masters who will be featuring signature handcrafted cocktail tastings from over 25 spirit brands and bars, a premier 50-Yard-Line Cocktail Bar featuring top Mixologists from four of L.A.’s most distinguished drinking destinations, select wineries, local craft breweries, cold-pressed juices, cold brew coffee, live entertainment and much, much more.


100% of the proceeds from Masters of Taste 2022 will directly benefit Union Station Homeless Services, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to helping men, women and children experiencing homelessness, rebuild their lives. Union Station is part of a premier group of human services agencies in L.A. County that are leading the way to end homelessness in our community. Union Station offers an array of services including street outreach, meals, shelter, housing, case management and career development. In the last four years Masters of Taste has raised over $2 Million in support of Union Station’s life-saving programs.


Mark your calendars and save-the-date for the return of the fifth annual Masters of Taste 2022!


Ticket Information: Masters of Taste 2022 will take place on Sunday, April 3rd, 2022, and this is a 21+ event. A VIP Power Hour will be held from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm and General Admission will be from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Tickets will go on sale Sunday, August 1st, 2021. For more information on Masters of Taste 2022, please visit

Jul 27 2021
LA’s Honey Man Victor Jaramillo Soriano Sells Honey at 97 Years Old in El Sereno @lataco

LA Taco has a story on Victor Jaramillo Soriano,. At 97 years old and having been a bee keeper for at least 46 years.


Read the whole story here

Victor sells his honey in El Sereno.

Victor’s Honey
5236 Huntington Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032
M-Sat. 9 to 5 PM

Jul 21 2021
City of Pasadena Issues Updated Health Order Requiring Indoor Masking, Regardless of Vaccination Status July 22, 2021

City of Pasadena Issues Updated Health Order Requiring Indoor Masking, Regardless of Vaccination Status

PASADENA, Calif.—The City of Pasadena health officer has issued an updated health order, effective at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, July 22, 2021, reinstating the use of masks for everyone in indoor public settings and businesses, regardless of vaccination status. The mandate comes as both Pasadena and Los Angeles County have seen an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.

Since June 15, when most restrictions from the state were lifted, the average daily incident case rate of COVID-19 in the City of Pasadena has increased by 586% to reach the “Substantial Transmission” level of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Indicators for Level of Community Transmission. The testing positivity rate in Pasadena has also risen to the “Substantial Transmission” level. In Los Angeles County where a large proportion of the people who work, visit, or patronize businesses in Pasadena reside, the rate of COVID-19 cases has increased to the “High Transmission” level, introducing even greater risk of transmission in Pasadena. Hospitalizations from COVID-19 both locally and throughout Los Angeles County have more than doubled.

In addition, the significantly more transmissible Delta variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus has become the predominant strain in the U.S. and has been detected in specimens collected from Pasadena residents with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19, from multiple unrelated households. Recent real-world evidence supports research findings that suggest authorized vaccines are highly protective against hospitalization and death from infection with the Delta variant, and people who are fully vaccinated are much less likely to be contagious or transmit the virus to someone else. However, data are still being gathered and analyzed for additional clarity on rates of infection among fully vaccinated individuals and their role in transmission, which is an important reason for everyone to mask indoors right now.

In considering options to stem this rapid increase in COVID-19 transmission, a continued increase in the vaccination rate is paramount, but additional measures are needed. Universal indoor masking is the least disruptive and most effective additional measure to take. All individuals, especially those who are unvaccinated or at higher risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19, should take personal measures to reduce risk in addition to masking.

“Everyone who is eligible should get vaccinated as soon as possible. Currently authorized vaccines have proven effective at preventing severe outcomes from the virus causing COVID-19, including the Delta variant. Getting vaccinated is one of the most important ways to help stop COVID-19 spread, especially as we prepare to welcome our school-aged children back to full-time, in-person learning in just a few weeks,” said Dr. Ying-Ying Goh, health officer and director of the Pasadena Public Health Department. “The vaccines are safe, effective, and are available at no cost to you.”

The new health order, available at later today, will require face coverings for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, in all indoor public settings, venues, gatherings and businesses.

Examples of these settings include but are not limited to:

  • Offices
  • Retail
  • Grocery stores
  • Restaurants, bars, pubs and breweries when not eating or drinking
  • Theaters
  • Gyms and fitness centers
  • State and local government offices serving the public

Businesses, individuals and venue operators or hosts of public indoor settings must require patrons to wear masks, regardless of vaccination status, and post signage at entry points communicating the masking requirement for all patrons.

Private gatherings are not subject to masking requirements and at this time, no capacity restrictions or changes to other business operations are included in the health order. The California Department of Public Health requires indoor masking for all everyone, regardless of vaccination status, in K-12 school settings. The longer you wait to get vaccinated, the greater the risk of contracting COVID-19, and infecting a friend, loved one, or coworker.

COVID-19 vaccines are available at no cost. People age 12 and older are eligible to receive the vaccine. For more information and to register for an appointment, visit or

Jul 19 2021
Apple Releases iOS 14.7

iOS 14.7 includes the following improvements and bug fixes for your iPhone:

  • MagSafe Battery Pack support for iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • Apple Card Family adds the option to combine credit limits and share one co-owned account with an existing Apple Card user
  • Home app adds the ability to manage timers on HomePod
  • Air quality information is now available in Weather and Maps for Canada, France, Italy, Netherlands, South Korea, and Spain
  • Podcasts library allows you to choose to see all shows or only followed shows
  • Share playlist menu option missing in Apple Music
  • Dolby Atmos and Apple Music lossless audio playback may unexpectedly stop
  • Battery service message that may have disappeared after reboot on some iPhone 11 models is restored
  • Braille displays could show invalid information while composing Mail messages


For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website:

Jul 19 2021
Neutrogena & Aveeno Aerosol Sunscreen Voluntary Recall

Neutrogena & Aveeno Aerosol Sunscreen Voluntary Recall Refund Form Johnson & Johnson Consumer 

  • NEUTROGENA® Beach Defense® aerosol sunscreen;
  • NEUTROGENA® Cool Dry Sport aerosol sunscreen;
  • NEUTROGENA® Invisible Daily™ defense aerosol sunscreen; and
  • NEUTROGENA® Ultra Sheer® aerosol sunscreen.

What is Benzene?

Benzene is classified as a human carcinogen, a substance that could potentially cause cancer depending on the level and extent of exposure. Benzene is ubiquitous in the environment. Humans around the world have daily exposures indoors and outdoors from multiple sources. Benzene can be absorbed, to varying degrees, by inhalation, through the skin, and orally.

Daily exposure to benzene in these sunscreen products at the levels detected in internal testing would not be expected to cause adverse health consequences.

Out of an abundance of caution, we are recalling all lots of these specific sunscreen aerosol products.

This product was distributed nationwide through a variety of retail channels. For a list of all lots impacted by this voluntary recall of specific aerosol sunscreens, click here.

Form here

Please complete the steps listed below if you would like to receive a refund for your purchase of the following products impacted by our July 14, 2021, Voluntary Recall: Aveeno® Protect & Refresh Sunscreen Spray, NEUTROGENA® CoolDry Sport Sunscreen Spray, NEUTROGENA® Beach Defense Sunscreen Spray, NEUTROGENA® Ultra Sheer Sunscreen Spray, NEUTROGENA® Invisible Defense Sunscreen Spray.

Step 1. In order to complete this form, you will need to provide:

  • Product name, size and quantity of items purchased
  • Proof of purchase (picture / scan of receipt or single picture of all items) for refund request of 4 or more units

Step 2. In the drop-down menu below (What can we help you with?) please choose “Concern or Complaint” and complete all fields.

A representative from our Consumer Care Center may email or call you to verify your information or request additional information such as proof of purchase.

If you have additional questions associated with this Voluntary Recall, please visit our website or call 1-800-458-1673.

By Submitting your information in this form, You agree that your personal information may be stored and processed in any country where we have facilities or service providers, and by using our “Contact Us” page you agree to the transfer of information to countries outside of your country of residence, including to the United States, which may provide for different data protection rules than in your country. The information you submit will be governed by our Privacy Policy.

Jul 9 2021
EV Electric Vehicle Choices for 2021

As the selection of electric vehicles increases there are some interesting entries into the marketplace.

This is a working list of EV’s that are coming soon or are already available. These are not listed in any particular order at this time.

  1. Stellantis – parent company of Chrysler announced an investment of over $35 billion in EV’s.
  2. VW – with the ID.4
  3. BMW – i3
  4. Nissan – Leaf – an early entrant now trying to catchup in the race for range and reliable battery chemistry – abandoned many early adopters with questionable marketing and disclosures. Batteries that went from 120 mile range to 50 miles or less in less than 4 years.
  5. Tesla – With the upcoming revisions and added Cybertruck and lower priced entrant Tesla will continue to innovate and lead EV technology.
  6. Ford – Mustang & F150 – Lightning – first editions, some are impressed
  7. Mercedes
  8. Toyota – new EV models coming
  9. GM – Chevy Bolt – a popular choice, in the US one of the top choices after Tesla, look for new developments from GM in batteries affect range and charge times
  10. Aptera – coming in 2022, reservations and investment opportunities are available.  Claiming to be a 1000 mile range with solar charging to deliver 40 mile range from solar panels on the
Jul 1 2021
Rosemead, CA – Zero Tolerance for Illegal Fireworks: News Releases

Covid-19 Update

Zero Tolerance for Illegal Fireworks

The City has a “zero tolerance” for illegal fireworks but allows for the sale and use of legal fireworks, identifiable by the California Fire Marshal’s “Safe and Sane” seal.  Legal fireworks may be purchased between June 28th through July 4th. Fireworks not purchased at a community sales booth are illegal.  Fireworks purchased in another state, over the internet, or from any other source may be illegal.  Any firework that launches into the air, propels across the ground, or explodes, is illegal to sell or possess and will result in a $1,000 fine and/or arrest.

The City of Rosemead wants residents to enjoy a safe Independence Day and ask that you remember the following:

  • The City has “Zero Tolerance” toward the use or possession of illegal fireworks;
  • Fines start at $1,000 (RMC Chapter 8.28.110 – Fireworks);
  • Property owners can be held responsible if illegal fireworks are used on their property or if illegal fireworks are in the possession of others;
  • Use of fireworks is prohibited in all City parks;
  • Possession of any fireworks by anyone under the age of eighteen (18)is prohibited;
  • The discharge of “safe and sane” fireworks must be in the presence of a responsible adult; and
  • The discharge of “Safe and Sane” fireworks are permitted only on July 3rd and July 4th, from 7:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.  Discharge of fireworks before or after this period is prohibited and subject to the issuance of a City citation.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the City will not be hosting an Independence Day celebration this year.  Please continue to abide by all the County mandates and practice social distancing. We encourage our residents to help us keep everyone safe this holiday by reporting any illegal firework activity, please click here and report under Code Enforcement: Illegal Use of Fireworks, or by calling Public Safety at (626) 569-2292. All reports are anonymous.

Jul 1 2021


This Sunday, July 4, we make our triumphant return following a 16-month hiatus due to you-know-what.  With over 5 acres of open space at the 100 year old 7th Street Produce Market inside ROW DTLA, Smorgasburg L.A. will return with over 80 food and shopping vendors, the I Love Micheladas family-friendly beer garden, and music from Dublab DJs, all in a completely outdoor setting.

Smorgasburg has always prided itself on being an incubator for new food businesses, and that’s never been more true coming out of this pandemic.  We are proud to say that the majority of our vendors will be back this Sunday, joining an exciting lineup of new bussinesses- many of which launched during the pandemic.

You can read all about our new vendors herehere, here, and here

Full vendor list below (* denotes new vendor)

Anarchy Seafood
*The Bad Jew
The Base
*Be Bright Coffee|
Black Sugar Ribs Co.
*Bridgetown Roti
Broad St. Seafood Co.
Burritos La Palma
Buttery Popcorn Co.
Cena Vegan
*Cheesesteaks by the Truffleist
Churro Boss
Donut Friend
Ensaymada Project
Evil Cooks
*Goat Mafia
*Go Go Bird
*Holy Basil
Jolly Oyster, The
Junbi (fka Sip)
Kill Sauce
Lade Slush
*Lei’d Cookies
*Little Fish
Little Llama Peruvian Tacos
*A Little Salty Pie Company
Los Cochinitos
*Los Dorados LA
Love Hour
Lula’s Goodies
Madame Shugah
Mama Musubi
*Man Eating Plant
Mano Po
Maya’s Brigadeiro Brazilian Sweets
*Mort & Betty’s
Mumu Bakery
Offshore Tea
*Picnic Sandwich
Plantae Bar
*The Puffs
The Ricans
*Saucy Chick Rotisserie
Shrimp Daddy
Super Frites
Sus Arepas
Sweet & Hollow
*Sweet Grass
Berbere by T&T Lifestyle
Tamale Shoppe
Tacos 1986
Todo Verde
URBN Pizza
*Veggie Fam
Wanderlust Ice Cream


Smorgasburg LA Grand Re-Opening
Sunday, July 4, 2021
at ROW DTLA, 777 Alameda St.
10am to 4pm. Free Entry. No Pets. Family-Friendly Beer Garden. Tons of Parking.