Monthly Archives: January 2011

Ciao Tutti

It’s been a while since I have posted. Fiore is getting busier every day.  My time in front of a computer screen is limited to checking emails and updating my Pintrest site.

The cinnamon bread is still flying off the counter. We’ll have 20 loaves for Friday and 24 loaves on Saturday. Show up early if you want to get your hands on one. Olive bread is available every day.

Our hours will be extended to 8pm on Fridays and Saturday. The menu will be the same all day.

We have added an Asian Chicken Salad with our Ginger Sesame Vinaigrette to the menu.

Here are a few photos from the week. Hope to see you soon.

Have you tried the Macchiato Cacao yet?


Fiore’s Olive Harvest

We have two small olive trees. They are planted in two smallish pots outside the front door. We purchased them a few weeks before we opened. When we got the trees they were loaded with green olives. They survived the heavy rains and cold temperatures. Their color changed. In some cases the olives became a very deep purple. Other remained green.

The other day Michael, one of the music teachers from the South Pasadena Music Center stopped by to give me a few olives  he had cured. The olives came from his brother in northern Ca. Michael wrote down the instruction to curing olives on a yellow post it. I put it in my pocket and never went back to it. His instructions were very simple. Place olives in salt water and change the water every two days. After about 8 days taste them. When ready store them in olive oil.

The next day I harvested the olives off our two trees. They filled one of our white soup bowls almost to the top. I made the brine of salt and water and poured it over the olives. Immediately their colors brightened. It must have been the salt. Here are a few pictures of the olives.


Anne’s Cupcakes

Anne’s cupcakes are becoming very popular is South Pasadena. She makes a red velvet cupcake with a cream cheese frosting that’s extremely moist. Her chocolate vegan cupcakes are a hit around the theatre especially with Lissa Reynolds. She loves them. It’s Lissa’s birthday today. We tried to surprise her with a vegan cupcake, but we missed her. We’ll get her tomorrow.

Here are a few pictures from the week.

Friday morning we will have cinnamon buns.




Saturday Mornings

We started a new thing this past Saturday. We baked fresh blackberry scones. The blackberries are from Pudwill Farms. We will  offer a breakfast pastry on Saturday mornings along with our homemade cinnamon bread. We baked and sold 12 loaves yesterday. They went  quick. If you would like a loaf I suggest you show up early. We  also offer cinnamon bread on Fridays as well.

The rest of the week we will have limited quantities of our olive bread, There are 4 loaves available tomorrow.

We sell terrific jams from Lemon Bird. They are packed with flavor and go well with our homemade breads. We have Danish blue cheese and will receive a shipment of Parmagiana this week.

By the end of the week we will add a new piccolo sandwich to the menu. I’ss  proscuito and butter on a french banquette. Please don’t tell the Italians on me. They would never put butter on a sandwich.

We had a great write up on Eating LA. Take a look.

Hope to see you this week. Ciao for now.