Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, August 25, 2018

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, August 25, 2018 

TABLE FOR TWO by Peter Dills


My favorite Sahara has been sold , so here is my good 
bye !!!!

 No Cheeseburger Cheeseburger But Great Middle 
Eastern Food

 Writing reviews on restaurants is subjective, as is 
drinking and wine . I love mom-and-pop restaurants 
that you’ve probably driven past 100 times. I always go 
to the restaurant at least three times before ink hits paper 
in the form of a review (I do take recommendations). I 
love Parkway Grill, Panda Inn and Houston’s, but you 
know those already!

 Sahara Restaurant in central Pasadena is one of my 
go-to spots for both takeout and sit-down dining. I 
probably eat at Sahara at least three times a month. I 
was born in Athens, Greece, and though Sahara leans 
towards Lebanese cuisine, Middle Eastern foods are 
universal in menu selections. They don’t have Lebanese 
beer (the owner’s son said they don’t have their home 
brew because they’d drink it all!), so I have my meals 
with Heineken. The interior is somewhat plain with 
pictures of Lebanon, and the tables and chairs could be 
from any diner in the area. But, the food is the highlight 
of this show. The kitchen is open so you can watch your 
food being cooking on mesquite, and it’s ably run by 
two brothers and their sons - it’s a family affair. 

 They offer plenty of standard Middle Eastern dishes 
like kebabs, shawerma, and falafels. I love the lulu 
kebabs (ground seasoned lamb and beef ($11.25), and 
for those of you who can’t decide, get the combination 
($14.75) which has a little of everything. For you 
vegetarians the falafel is a crowd pleaser ($8.25). Order 
a side of babaghanouj (eggplant) ($4.50) - they tell me 
it’s the real deal. My buddy Mike Bingley from the tv 
show Straight off the Menu swears by the by the chicken 
kebab. I like it but others seem to be juicer. All dishes 
come with feta cheese, a remarkable starter of pita 
bread, cucumber and your choice of lentil or cabbage 
salad. The cabbage is salad is great, and often I’ll put it 
aside for my next days lunch. Two enthusiastic thumbs 
up for Sahara! Get here early - it’s posted close time 
8:30, but many times Sebestain says bro “we were busy 
we sold out on the food, just like a BBQ joint in Texas” 
- when it’s gone, it’s gone. If you were a fan of Burger 
Continental 20 years ago, you will love Sahara. 

 Sahara 2226 E. Colorado Blvd Pasadena Closed on 
Sundays (626) 795-6900

 Going to miss you !!! follow my podcasts on and


Last year, physicists at MIT, the University of 
Vienna, and elsewhere provided strong support for 
quantum entanglement, the seemingly far-out idea 
that two particles, no matter how distant from each 
other in space and time, can be inextricably linked, 
in a way that defies the rules of classical physics.

 Take, for instance, two particles sitting on 
opposite edges of the universe. If they are truly 
entangled, then according to the theory of quantum 
mechanics their physical properties should be 
related in such a way that any measurement made 
on one particle should instantly convey information 
about any future measurement outcome of the other 
particle—correlations that Einstein skeptically saw 
as “spooky action at a distance.”

 In the 1960s, the physicist John Bell calculated 
a theoretical limit beyond which such correlations 
must have a quantum, rather than a classical, 

 But what if such correlations were the result not of 
quantum entanglement, but of some other hidden, 
classical explanation? Such “what-ifs” are known to 
physicists as loopholes to tests of Bell’s inequality, 
the most stubborn of which is the “freedom-of-
choice” loophole: the possibility that some hidden, 
classical variable may influence the measurement 
that an experimenter chooses to perform on an 
entangled particle, making the outcome look 
quantumly correlated when in fact it isn’t.

 On Jan. 11, 2018, in a new experiment to test 
quantum entanglement, MIT’s David Kaiser and 
other team members gathered on a mountaintop in 
the Canary Islands and began collecting data from 
two large, 4-meter-wide telescopes: the William 
Herschel Telescope and the Telescopio Nazionale 
Galileo, both situated on the same mountain and 
separated by about a kilometer.

 One telescope focused on a particular quasar, 
while the other telescope looked at another quasar 
in a different patch of the night sky. Meanwhile, 
researchers at a station located between the two 
telescopes created pairs of entangled photons 
and beamed particles from each pair in opposite 
directions toward each telescope.

 In the fraction of a second before each entangled 
photon reached its detector, the instrumentation 
determined whether a single photon arriving from 
the quasar was more red or blue, a measurement 
that then automatically adjusted the angle of a 
polarizer that ultimately received and detected the 
incoming entangled photon.

 “The timing is very tricky,” Kaiser says. 
“Everything has to happen within very tight 
windows, updating every microsecond or so.”

 The researchers ran their experiment twice, each 
for around 15 minutes and with two different pairs 
of quasars. For each run, they measured 17,663 and 
12,420 pairs of entangled photons, respectively. 
Within hours of closing the telescope domes and 
looking through preliminary data, the team could 
tell there were strong correlations among the photon 
pairs, indicating that the photons were correlated in 
a quantum-mechanical manner.

 The team performed a more detailed analysis to 
calculate the chance, however slight, that a classical 
mechanism might have produced the correlations 
the team observed.

 They calculated that, for the best of the two 
runs, the probability that a mechanism based on 
classical physics could have achieved the observed 
correlation was about 10 to the minus 20—that is, 
about one part in one hundred billion billion—
outrageously small. 

 Sorry, Professor Einstein—it looks like “spooky 
action at a distance” is proving to be a reality.


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