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Peet’s Coffee & Tea

Peet’s Coffee & Tea

Yeah, it’s a chain, but you can’t discuss Pasadena coffeehouses without mentioning Peet’s. It’s one of the most popular meeting spots in town, either on the outdoor terrace or inside, where the aroma of coffee can make you almost woozy. Its robust coffee, coffee drinks and teas are better than at the (much larger) competing [...]

Fox’s

Fox’s

There’s never less than a 30-minute wait on the weekends at Fox’s, and that’s for good reason. What’s not to like about the hearty omelets, rich French toast, burgers, sandwiches, fresh OJ, bottomless cups of coffee and folksy, woodsy, 1950s setting? And when you consider all the stuffed rodents – er, foxes – you can [...]

Mary Falkingham

Mary Falkingham

Mary does abby fabby custom work, especially for big occasions like weddings and charity balls, and her work is often showcased in posh magazines and venues like the Pasadena Showcase House. But she also does special one-off arrangements that will wow the lucky recipient. This is a small storefront shop with limited hours, so it’s [...]

Breakfast with Tiffany’s

Breakfast with Tiffany’s

If you love jewelry, seeing the work of talented interior designers, and the cooking at Pasadena’s premier caterer, The Kitchen for Exploring Foods, then you’re going to want to attend the free breakfast being hosted on Wednesday by swank South Lake condo development Granite Park Place. Paige Pomerantz, manager of Tiffany & Co. in Old [...]

Vroman’s Bestsellers 6/7/2010

Vroman’s Bestsellers 6/7/2010

Hardcover Fiction The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, Stieg Larsson Storm Prey, John Sandford Heart of the Matter, Emily Griffin State Fair, Earlene Fowler Strip, Thomas Perry Help, Kathryn Stockett Innocent, Scott Turow 61 Hours, Lee Child The Madonnas of Echo Park, Brando Skyhorse Island Beneath the Sea, Isabel Allende Hardcover Nonfiction Where’s My [...]

El Metate

El Metate

“The richest Mexican food in town” is the slogan at this storefront café, so dieters beware. The burritos are massive, the soups robust, and the huevos rancheros delicious; we also love the sopes and the fresh chips. It’s a real find near Lake and Colorado, with friendly people, low prices, a couple of sidewalk tables, [...]

Mike & Anne’s

Mike & Anne’s

We’re fans of this friendly Modern American bistro, which opened among Mission Street’s antiques stores just after Hometown Pasadena went to press; most recently, it expanded into the space next door and opened a full bar. Everyone wants to sit out on the twinkle-lit patio, not just because it’s so pleasant, but because on busy [...]

Los Tacos

Los Tacos

A reliable Pasadena haven, Los Tacos makes a tasty soft taco, a hearty menudo and all the taco-joint classics. The fish tacos (sautéed, not fried) are particularly noteworthy. The salsa bar includes an excellent verde that pairs beautifully with the carnitas. Note to locals: Los Tacos is a fine and affordable caterer. 1 W. California [...]

Howie’s Ranch Market

Howie’s Ranch Market

A trip to Howie’s is a trip back to a happier time, when grocers were grocers and service was always with a smile. This compact, all-purpose market is justly famed for three things: Alexander’s Meats, a terrific butcher with Harris Ranch beef, dry-aged prime cuts, excellent marinated poultry and meat (great asada); Lisa’s Bakery, a [...]

Free Breast Cancer Seminars

Free Breast Cancer Seminars

A panel of four doctors from USC Norris Cancer Hospital will be speaking at free breast cancer seminars at the Glendale Hilton on June 2 and and the Pasadena Sheraton on June 9. Each panel will include a surgical oncologist, a medical oncologist, a mammography radiologist and a specialist in plastic and reconstructive surgery. In [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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