Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, February 17, 2018

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Mountain View News Saturday, February 17, 2018 
Mountain View News Saturday, February 17, 2018 
Walking Sierra Madre…The Social Side 

by Deanne Davis 

“When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion!”
“You are always entertaining and delightful.” 
“Hear with your ears, but listen with your heart.” 
“This week, people in your life will be more 
cooperative than usual.” 
“You will soon be confronted with unlimited 
“Treasure what you have.” 

OK, I admit it, I save fortune cookie fortunes. 
How could one possibly throw away a piece of good 
news like any one of those above. Not to mention 
all the ones that say, “You will inherit a large sum 
of money!” The cashew chicken at Panda Inn is one 
of my weaknesses, as are all the steamed dumplings 
and firecracker shrimp at P F Chang’s. 

If you’re wondering what on earth my picture 
is this week, it is the hardware or something 
like the hardware which was inserted into my 
uncooperative, undependable, unreliable left 
knee last January 16th. I’m getting along fine, 
recuperating nicely, spending all my sitting time 
bending my knee to get it used to the idea that we 
are going to walk like a normal person again, not 
like Chester on “Gunsmoke.” In-home physical 
therapy with a charming young woman named 
Channing has helped tremendously and I can get 
up and down stairs, fix food, take a very cautious 
shower, make my bed, walk out to pick up the 
newspapers and do all the stuff that doesn’t involve 
driving. That’s coming soon and I’m counting 
the minutes! Daughters Leah and Patti have been 
wonderful about taking me places, i.e., a haircut 
and nails done. They’ve shopped for groceries and 
we’ve even been able to get out for lunch a couple of 
times. If I seem a little food obsessed this week, it’s 
because I’m dying to drive and get out more. 

Leah, son-in-law, Chuck, and I had lunch this 
week at Colette, which isn’t exactly in Sierra 
Madre, but just across the street on Michillinda 
in the center where Albertson’s used to be. We’ve 
driven up there a couple of times and have finally 
figured out that Colette’s is closed on Monday and 
Tuesday. We enjoyed everything we had and will 
be going back. Here are the dishes we tried: Leah 
had the Farmer’s Market Vegetable Bowl – Sauteed 
seasonal market vegetables served over parmesan 
cauliflower puree and topped with a warm radicchio 

and arugula salad. She devoured it all. Chuck went 
with the Reuben on Rye – Beef brisket, sauerkraut, 
Emmenthaler cheese and Russian dressing on 
rustic rye. This came with a really nice salad. I tried 
the Breakfast Quesadilla – scrambled eggs, bacon, 
melted sharp cheddar cheese, pico de gallo and sour 
cream. I’ve still got one piece left. That thing was 

We want to check them out for dinner: Clam 
fettuccine – house-made fettucine, Manila clams 
and white wine; Butter basted rib eye served with 
roasted roots, grilled scallions, candied shallots and 
a classic Bordelaise sauce. Is your mouth watering 
yet? Mine is! How about The Burger – grilled 8 oz 
Wagyu beef patty served with white cheddar, onion 
jam, roasted tomato, arugula and bacon. There’s also 
a kid’s menu featuring a grilled cheese sandwich, a 
burger and penne pasta with either marinara sauce, 
cheese sauce or butter sauce. 

The service was great. They have a nice wine list 
and the entire restaurant is currently festooned 
with hearts in honor of Valentine’s Day. Colette also 
has a special Valentine’s dinner deal. Speaking of 
Valentine’s Day, it’s Wednesday, February 14th, so 
if you haven’t gotten your sweetie a card yet, there’s 
still time! The following is a perfect Valentine 

“You’re not just my friend, you’re my love,
You’re not just my love, you’re my heart,
You’re not just my heart, you’re my life,

 You’re not just my life, you’re my everything.” 

Another dear friend has left us this past week, 
Donna Switzer, wife of Bud, the extraordinary guy 
who started the pumpkin carving on Alegria so 
many years ago. We send our love and prayers for 
God’s comfort for Bud and all the family. 

My book page: Deanne Davis – 
check out Noah & The Unicorns...or maybe The 
Vuillaume Violin 

Both available there, along with other goodies!

Star of Wonder the CD is now on TuneCore! Take 
a look! 


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