Saturday, November 6, 2010


photo via Sugar Fix

What's the best remedy for a sweet tooth craving? A sugar fix. While on an errand my friend Yoko and I were tempted by a plethora of baked delights inside the shop window of a corner bakery in Old Town Pasadena. We promised ourselves a walk-by later even if only to just satisfy our yearning hearts by pressing our noses up against the window. In the end we couldn't resist the temptation to pop inside. This turned out to be a fabulous idea as we would have otherwise missed the opportunity to sample some of their delectable sweets - scrumptious raspberry thumbprints and a slice of flaky lattice Peach Pie - yummmm...

Sugar Fix Desserts is a family affair launched this year by the Lew family. The bakery is inviting not just because of its colorful decor and tempting displays of cupcakes, fruit crustata, tea cakes, and breakfast treats but because of the gracious hospitality of the folks behind the counter. On the day we visited we had the pleasure of meeting mom & pop Lew. Pop bakes all the pies and the kids whip up the other long list of assorted pastries available on the menu. Do stop by if your burning to satisfy a sweet craving. Try their Apple Tarte Tatin - a customer favorite. Also, while your sampling their desserts don't forget to put in an order for your holiday pies.

Sugar Fix
63 South Raymond Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91105
Tel: 626-396-9402

Monday, November 1, 2010


"Only by going alone in silence, without baggage, can one truly get into the heart of wilderness. All other travel is mere dust and hotels and baggage and chatter." - John Muir in a letter to his wife Louie in July 1888

Riprap - gary snyder

Lay down these words
Before your mind like rocks.

place solid, by hands

In choice of place, set
Before the body of the mind

in space and time:

Solidity of bark, leaf, or wall

riprap of things:
Cobble of milky way, straying planets,

These poems, people,
lost ponies with

Dragging saddles--
and rocky sure-foot trails.

The worlds like an endless
Game of Go.

ants and pebbles
In the thin loam, each rock a word

a creek-washed stone
Granite: ingrained

with torment of fire and weight
Crystal and sediment linked hot

all change, in thoughts,
As well as things.

photos: j. kwon & s. winesett