About

Why? What’s The Goal of Cafe Pasadena? If it can only be one thing let it be our desire to bring the residents & others who spend much of their time in Pasadena a bit closer together. To build connectedness & interconnectedness and therefore, enhance community well-being. We may never reach this goal, but let us assist in getting us all closer. In this regard, an emphasis will be toward giving “Free PR” to locals: bloggers, events, businesses.

If I could achieve a 2nd goal with this site it would be to make my readers more familiar with our local Pasadena History. Pasadena history & restaurants are the main interest here. For photography, I would also add female fashion as a favorite subject along with architecture and food.

You can thank (or blame!) Pasadena blogger Jill Davis Doughtie (my “Blog Mom”) for getting me started in blogging, long ago, at the now long gone Metropolitan Tea & Coffee. We were both much younger & barely out of our teens back then! 😉 JDD patiently answered all my blogging questions, even about photography & cameras. But then she said, “Stop! Enough questions. Just go DO IT!” Thanks, Jill.

Some of my postings here by me, or guest writers, comments on other blogs, will be intentionally provocative in an attempt to stimulate thought/conversation or look at “the other side of the coin.” Thus, those words may not necessarily be my own personal views but rather serve as a spark to consider all “sides of the coin.”

I hope we can share on this blog in a civil, understanding, manner, understanding the value of each individual.

PS: I rarely get paid for this. I do this FREELY in the hope you all can benefit in some way & give some “PR” to the good people in the city who make Pasadena great. I’m not a professional (paid) writer who has time to write & re-write (or is it edit & re-edit), so understand any typos,  grammatical errors, etc., are not to be taken personally.  So, if you catch yourself  thinking,  “Did he really say that?!”  Well, maybe not!!  
Thanks for reading.

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41 responses to “About

  1. Hello Cafe Pasadena!

    When researching the best blogs for Pasadena, I came across you and positively love the main goals of this blog.

    I wanted to let you know about an event on October 21 & 22 that we would be honored for you to include on your blog. We are having our 5th Annual Film Festival at the Laemmle in Pasadena featuring long and short form international documentaries about pressing issues of our time. We would love for you to attend as well.

    To find out more about the festival: https://unapasadena-filmfestival.squarespace.com

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to let us know.

    Best,
    UNA Pasadena Chapter
    info@unapasadena.org

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  3. Hello,
    A quick introduction from my end-Iam Chinmaya from Bangalore,India. The reason for my mail is that I understand that the “Sons of the Desert” are having their next convention at Hollywood later this year and would want to know if you are attending it. You may check this for more details- http://www.laurelandhardywood.com/ .

    Incase you or anyone whom you know are,please let me know as there are somethings that i want to discuss regarding transport and accommodation.My id is chimayaprakash@gmail.com Else,you may ignore this.

    Regards and best wishes,
    Chinmaya

    • Chinmaya, although I “live in Hollywood”, unfortunately I have no plans to attend that Laurel & Hardy convention. What did you want to know about travel & accommodations, or maybe you’ve already received your answers?

  4. Hi Mike,

    Wow, I’m surprise that I just stumbled upon this now, it’s such a great resource for Pasadena.

    Um, I have a question, there will be a TEDtalk this Saturday and I was wondering if that is something you’d be interested in posting to notify your viewers of the awesome experiences this Saturday.

    Thanks so much!!

  5. Hi Mike,
    You have a great blog! If you want to write about any local art schools, please let me know. I’m an owner of a new Art School in Pasadena and I would love to be featured on your site. My program is all about giving back to the community!

  6. May I suggest you include “Pasadena Now” (www.PasadenaNow.com) in your links? Next to the Star News, we are the most-read website about Pasadena. Updated daily for 8 years, we have the largest & best-used Calendar of events (#1 in Google for 5 years), even a daily Spanish-language edition! Thank you.

  7. My camera’s an Olympus SP350. It’s a low-end digital camera I’ve had for about 2 years. Nothing fancy. Has automatic settings and apparently manual settings too, which I’ll learn about now that I’ve finally printed out the 200-page manual. I’m slowly plowing my way through it. I try to be creative with shooting, but haven’t learned much about the camera itself yet. Onward and upward!
    +1

  8. It seems my browsing paid off because I stumbled upon your intriguing CP blog while browsing for pages that mention this American life. I operate a small manufacturingestablishment in Spring, Texas that makes political gifts. Check out my site sometime. Keep up the good work with your blog!

  9. Thanks for commenting on my Euro Pane blog post. It’s something that the East is seriously lacking. Hoping to be back next year to try the croissants and interview Chef Chang.

    I love food and appreciate your blog initiative. Keep up the good work!

  10. My camera’s an Olympus SP350. It’s a low-end digital camera I’ve had for about 2 years. Nothing fancy. Has automatic settings and apparently manual settings too, which I’ll learn about now that I’ve finally printed out the 200-page manual. I’m slowly plowing my way through it. I try to be creative with shooting, but haven’t learned much about the camera itself yet. Onward and upward!

    • Thanks, Michelle! I have an RSS on the right column for content & comment. But, if you have a better subscription feeder then I’m all big dog ears for you! You & Irina have such great websites I wunder how you have time for your real jobs! :

  11. Thanks for swinging by my blog and commenting, and for doing so on Masterpiece Together too! You’ve been added to my Google reader. Kudos to you and the role you play in bringing Pasadenian bloggers together!

  12. Well well, you have a home! Lovely blog and the fact you’ve put yourself in the, ”a little unusual”, category makes me think I might just stop by from time to time….that is one trait I can relate to.
    All the best, have a great day!
    ~Miss Stubborn

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  14. ginab continued: Mike, Petrea’s site still does not accept my login. I have queried the Google help group, which did not have helpful answers. I have great confidence in your expertise; if you can, please let me know what little thing I have missed. Thanks.

  15. You commented on Petrea’s blog that you could probably easily sove my problem. Here’s your chance. I created a blog account (ginaburchard.blogspot.com) and a blogger identity (ginab) so that I could post comments on pasadena daily photo. Now what?

  16. I have owned several cannon cameras, and highly recommend them. They always seem to have the most features for the least amount. I never had a problem outside of what I have caused (I am really ruff on stuff) They really seem to take a beating. Any model seems good, check cnet’s comparison chart to find the right one for you. Keep shooting.

  17. Aha! You may be the answer to a semi prayer, a manifestation, what my goldfish told me yesterday.

    I have ideas brewing. Soon, I shall send you an email with the crazy plan.

  18. Hi Mike,

    I had no idea you were here! What a gorgeous blog.

    Do you know about the San Gabriel Valley bloggers get-together this Saturday, 6/28? email me if you want the information.

    My camera’s an Olympus SP350. It’s a low-end digital camera I’ve had for about 2 years. Nothing fancy. Has automatic settings and apparently manual settings too, which I’ll learn about now that I’ve finally printed out the 200-page manual. I’m slowly plowing my way through it. I try to be creative with shooting, but haven’t learned much about the camera itself yet. Onward and upward.

    I notice you put me on your blogroll. Thanks very much. I haven’t created a Pasadena Blogs Blogroll yet but I’ve just gotta. I find a new one almost every day.

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