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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Primavera II

Apparently it's my tradition to post a photo of Timothy Rutt for the annual Primavera celebration. Tim is the brains behind Altadena's powerhouse Altadenablog, and Primavera is the San Gabriel Valley Blogger potluck Tim hosts along with Altadena Hiker Karin Bugge, Susan Carrier of Open Mouth Insert Fork and Cancer Banter, and Debbie Swanson Patrick of Altadena Above It All and Altadena Daily Photo. Thanks, you guys! We had a wonderful time.

I took this photo early, before things got crowded. Later on we had about 45 people, says Tim. Maybe we'll see more pictures of the picnic on their blogs. The food was great and the people were even better.

If you weren't there we missed you.

32 comments:

Laurie said...

So glad it was a success. Wish we could have been there!

Cafe Observer said...

How I missed that food this time around. Wish we could have been there!
Are those lemon bars next to TR's right cheek? Btw, any leftovers lemon bars? Just asking.

Dina said...

This is so great how a virtual community becomes real life friends.

Kim said...

Looks wonderful! Sounds wonderful! No doubt IS wonderful! What a great regional blogging community you guys have.
-Kim

Petrea said...

Laurie, I looked for you!

Cafe, when I ate my delicious lemon bar, courtesy of the Restless Chef, I thought of you. We missed you.

Dina, we've been fortunate. So many bloggers here, and many are eager to be supportive friends.

Kim, it is a wonderful community! I'm going to have to change my blogroll, though. It's no longer representative. There are so many blogs I can't keep up.

pasadenapio said...

I missed out on the lemon bars, but just as I was getting ready to leave, Liz arrived with...lemon bars! Yum!

It was fun to catch up with our "regulars" and visit with a few bloggers who were new to me.

And of course Boz stole the show!

Bellis said...

Thank you for organising this great event, Tim, Karin, Susan and Debbie. Delicious food and sangria, lovely people to talk to, children, dogs, and no membership dues collected. My kind of blub. But I did miss The Phoebe and Albert newsletter.

Petrea said...

Ann, I got some darling pics of Tim's kids petting Boz. Maybe I'll post one next week. Boz enjoyed himself.

If you don't know what Bellis is talking about, read the Altadena Hiker's 3/19 post.

Susan C said...

Now I'm reliving all of that fabulous food!

Mister Earl said...

It was great fun. CO, there was leftover allkindsofsweets. PasadenaPIO suggested that the homeless shelter on Raymond would love the food, and they did. Great to see people I knew and meet people I didn't.

Petrea - I want to see your "under the table" photo!

Colleen said...

So sorry I missed it. I really thought I'd get there, but my life is just too complicated right now. Next year for SURE!

Katie said...

So glad to hear you had a fun blog picnic. How could you not with all the delightful local bloggers! And look at that amazing food -- I'm now desperate for a lemon bar. Next year I'll definitely try to make it.

Petrea said...

Susan, isn't that nice that we got to have the fabulous food and Mr. Earl was kind enough to drive it over to Raymond St. so others got to have some, too? Thank you, Mr. Earl. And we shall see about the photo. I might enter it in Abstract Altadena instead of posting it...

Colleen, for all the people who were there just as many were missed, and you were one of those. I hope to see you soon.

Petrea said...

Hi Katie. There's been so much discussion about those lemon bars. I think I should introduce you to Desiree, the Restless Chef. Give her recipe a try. They're uncommonly good.

Cafe Observer said...

U no wat this means of course: de Restless Cheff needs to bake another large batch of Lemon Bars.

Soon!!!

TheChieftess said...

Great picture Petrea!!! A Tenin perspective at it's best!!! Thanks for passing along information about the picnic yesterday...it was great fun!!!

J+P said...

If you bake it, they will come.

The Sage of Altadena said...

Lemon bars were definitely a highlight .. but there were so MANY highlights! Great food, great company, it was good to see some of the old stalwarts and meet some of the new people. We have an interesting and creative online community, we do, and it's nice to connect with everyone in reality!

The major thought I was left with was: we are all planets, but Petrea is our sun.

Petrea said...

Oh, now, Sage Tim, you are too sweet and I'm going to get a big head (which would make me more like a moon). Hiker has the goods on me and you'll tempt her to use them if I'm not careful.

It was a delightful party. Kat mentioned how welcoming the blogging community is around here. I told her my take on it--it's not a competition but rather a supportive group of artists and communicators. I think we enjoy seeing each other succeed. I also think we genuinely like each other. It's just plain fun to get together, and it's just plain fun to blog.

Margaret said...

I'm so ashamed. I forgot.

Amy said...

It sounds and looks like a delightful time, I wish I could have been there!

Petrea said...

Margaret, you were so, so missed.

altadenahiker said...

Ah, that's ok; so long as I can choose my planet.

Pasadena Adjacent said...

Nice photo of Tim.

Are those your clementines on the table?

Petrea said...

Oh hi, Amy! I wish you could've been there, too.

Karin, I happy to spin in your orbit, or just carry your bags.

Keith said...

Lots of really good people out there and it sounds like y'all know how to throw a party. What is it about those lemon bars that's got everyone talking?

Desiree said...

Thanks for posting the link Petrea!
I'll be chatting about it tomorrow, too--

Lori Webster said...

The lemon bars were excellent, with a short crust that was to die for.

It was a lovely day for the picnic and both Scott and I had a great time meeting old and new friends! Thanks so much to the fab four organizers and all who came....you're all supernovas in your own right.

Petrea said...

Keith, why don't you ever come? Everyone wants to meet you. You are cagey. It looks like you should check on Desiree's blog tomorrow to find out about the lemon bars.

Excellent, Des.

Well said, Lori.

Petrea said...

PA, almost missed you in the ether. No, our clementine tree is through for the year. Finished at least a month ago if not more, though it was prolific this year. They were delicious, too, and as I said it was your comment on Susan C's blog that got me researching about the bees. I'm pretty sure that's why ours have seeds, and I also think the bees are the reason ours are tastier than the ones in the store. Not genetically modified, basically, just left to their own devices. Next year, a basket of clementines for you so you can corroborate.

The Sage of Altadena said...

I have to second what you said about the supportive community of bloggers we have. Competition isn't a question, because we each farm our own little plot of ground and delight in what our neighbors cultivate, too. I would be lost trying to put up a new picture every day (like Petrea), or writing so deeply about food (like Susan), or just ripping off a four or five paragraph gem of perfect prose that leaves you breathless, like Karin. Makes me glad that these ladies are my friends.

Just give me a fire or a flood to handle, and I'm good.

Petrea said...

What does that make you, Zeus? I'm good with that.