January 8, 2013 |
It's medlar season. Which means Mother Moo Creamery in Sierra Madre is making medlar ice cream again -- a rare ice cream from a rare fruit, available for a limited time. The medlar's a special fruit, related to apples and pears, but most closely to hawthorns. It's hard, dry and astringent when immature, but after a ripening process (called bletting) its pulp turns custardy and tastes like sweet-tart winy apple butter -- with a little cinnamon, even. Mother Moo owner Karen Klemens this year got her hands on some directly from Ruff House Ranch -- late this season because there wasn't a frost on the ranch until early December.
June 1, 2012 |
CULIACAN, Mexico - For generations, the extended Hernandez family tended fields of marijuana high in Sinaloa's western Sierra Madre highlands. They sold their crops to representatives of the Sinaloa cartel for a fraction of what the drug would bring at the U.S. border and eked out a pittance. Barefoot children never went to school; they just helped their dads with the planting and harvest. Women washed clothes in the river. They burned pine sap for light at night because there was no electricity.
April 1, 2012
The Pinney House was built in the late 1800s as a hotel where visitors from the East could stay while making land purchases. The structure's three-story tower offered a view of the railway station, a mile away, so the proprietor would know when the train had arrived. Later a sanatorium, a boarding house, apartments and a filming location, the property is now a single-family house restored in keeping with the period ambience. Location: 225 N. Lima St., Sierra Madre 91024 Asking price: $2.795 million Previously sold: In 2002 for $1.3 million Years built: 1887-88 Architects: Samuel and Joseph Cather Newsom House size: 10 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, 10,000 square feet Lot size: Nearly half an acre Features: Living room, dining room and parlor fireplaces, library, sun room, first floor studio, loft-like attic living quarters, front veranda, English-style garden.
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February 7, 2011 |
Fifteen feet beneath his home, in a dirt cavern bolstered by wood beams and concrete, Jeff Hildreth sees his dream. Here in this shadowy hole, light will one day filter through stained-glass windows. There will be a baby grand piano and a wall for storing vintage clarets and sauvignons. Patrons will come for the roar of the stone fireplace, the whisper of water gliding down a wall of polished rock ? and everyone will marvel over the Sierra Madre wine bar and art gallery built by the owner into a pocket of earth.
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January 8, 2011 |
Detectives have identified at least 282 victims of credit card fraud at a Sierra Madre gas station and are working to find the business' owner and a man photographed allegedly using a cloned card at a Montebello bank. With losses now topping $82,000 and the investigation extending to a second gas station in the city, Sierra Madre Mayor Joe Mosca said the U.S. Secret Service, which specializes in card fraud scams, is joining the probe. "The nature of this crime and the number of people it has affected is highly unusual in Sierra Madre," Mosca said.
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December 24, 2010 |
Gertrude Stein may have felt that a "rose is a rose is a rose," but not Jacob Maarse. Maarse, the venerable Pasadena florist, knew the particular pleasures of thousands of roses, from the innocently pink Bride's Dream to the flamboyantly red Dolly Parton. His favorite was Yves Piaget, a frilly, hot-pink number with a powerful scent. "It's a rose that wants to be a peony," he once told The Times, speaking with the familiarity that came from decades of nurturing two huge beds of the variety in his three-acre Sierra Madre garden.