Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Altadena, the "New" Epicure Epicenter?


Local backyard farms and ranches have existed for years in these parts. It’s just now, everyone seems to know about it.




Excuse me, while I work on this hayseed. It's stuck between a rock and molar. Anyone got a penknife? A long fingernail will do ...

Is it funny or irritating that the media from outside Altadena are so jaw-droppingly dumbfounded to find we’re actually engaged in activities that coincide with a trendy movement?

“How can it be,” they gasp, “when Altadena is miles away from Silverlake!”

Yeah, well, we may not be Silverlake, but we're not exactly Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, either. (Not to cast aspersions on Moose Jaw, for all I know they may also raise their own chickens.)

Of course, the root of the problem is that those Altadenans who have always grown their own produce and hatched their own eggs never took the time to coin a word for it. More on Patch.

And my ever so sophisticated neighbor, Restless Chef, has a few words on the matter.

28 comments:

  1. There are people in Philadelphia row houses, with backyards the size of my dining room, who have chicken coops. I think the whole "locavore" thing is much more widespread than people would like to acknowledge, and people just don't talk about it.

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  2. Well, u know where I live and we have Lombardi's Ranch- which grow their own pumpkins and every type of veggie.. Lombardi's has been in this valley for eons... Every October every elementary school bombards them and buys pumpkins, also they participate in the Halloween activities... People who have moved out here aren't surprised by the home grown foods, in fact they join in and try to accomplish it on a small scale... As far as my knowledge of Altadena, I had no idea you were as 'cowboy' as us... tho its been years since I've seen horses ridden out on the dirt roads...

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  3. I have no idea what you are talking out.

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  4. Don't even get me started on Silverlake!

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  5. I still don't quite understand that you all seem disgruntled to be popular.

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  6. Margaret: Hmm, are we perhaps having a Jonathan Franzen moment?

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  7. Excuse me while I whip out my goat cheese frittatas.

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  8. @Margaret: I don't think 'popularity' has anything to do w/it... Maybe the fact that not many know that much about Altadena.. I know, I don't. In fact I didn't realize that its a place where horses can be ridden on streets... Where I live, the last time I saw a horse going down the road was back in the late 80's... Kudos to the people in Altadena that still raise chickens, have victory gardens, etc... I think more cities are changing their ways- santa monica, venice, ca. are just a few who are proactive in getting back to the basics.

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  9. They may have been back yard chickens here at one time, but now there's just a bunch of fat and sassy coyotes. All looking for more chickens...

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  10. This puts a whole new spin on "keeping up with the Joneses." Do I really need to get some chickens now?

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  11. Does this bode well for an alternate source of smelly cheese in the near future?

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  12. Oh happy day, Canada gets a, slightly backhanded, shout out.

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  13. Hey! Easy there with the Moose Jaw comments.

    Is it a good sign that I'm already getting territorial about my new province and I haven't even moved there yet? I'm thinking it's a good sign.

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  14. Locavores descend on Moose Jaw. Film at 11.

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  15. At least the Bon appetit piece mentioned Bulgarini, which truly is a treasure.

    Maybe not Oakland, but sounds like your Dena is getting kinda trendy.

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  16. And moose other parts too. The head to tail movement.

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  17. I'm way ahead. I've got house chickens that keep the spider population down. House cat that keeps the chickens in check, and a house pig that... sits in his chair drinking house beer.

    (atchoooo)

    Sawdust!

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  18. The media I saw on this--the Bon Appétit article I read this morning--didn't sound jaw-droppingly dumbfounded at all, Karin. They were quite upbeat and complimentary. In fact, Marion and I were going to congratulate you in an email--and then drop by for dinner. Here's the apparently offending article:

    http://www.bonappetit.com/blogsandforums/blogs/badaily/2012/08/best-food-town-la-altadena.html

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  19. Ok, Terry and Margaret, et al. Will reply later after Des and I knock back some moonshine. Found a nice bit of roadkill this afternoon, but don't tell Gloria and Steve. It might get me 86'd from The Institute.

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  20. I don't get hungup on trying to be a hipster. I have a garden. Some plants grow. Some die, even with my touch. Nuff said. Life goes on!

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  21. Just stopping by to wish you a pleasant weekend!

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  22. While I've never heard the word "locavore" I have heard of Jonathin Gold. Can you truly be surprised?

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  23. You're so jaded. The rest of us are panting to keep up and you just keep walking faster, Hiker.

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  24. All the time you thought you were an urban gardener exchanging produce with friends, you were actually a LOCAVORE? I don't expect to find locavores in Pasadena - the permit inspectors are like hawks. I expect that's what all the helicopter activity is about; they're looking for chicken coops and rabbits.

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  25. dahling I love you but give me Park Avenue. Wait, no, don't.

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  26. My neighbors have chickens and a vegetable garden. I could have lived my entire life without learning the word Locavore.

    We live the weekly haul from our local CSA box. Afraid if I had to grow our own food, we would starve.

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  27. it's popular with the smart in London to now grow your own or keep a chicken or two in the backyard...but the urban foxes are a tad too wiley....when I met my ex-husband he lived in Silverlake but it obviously wasn't so cool back then!!

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  28. Locavore??? Have I been out of the mainstream that long??? What the heck is a locavore??? And do you have to have chickens to be one???

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