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Dinosaur Farm

Dinosaur Farm

Our kids may be too old for toys now, but they still get misty-eyed when we pass this South Pas destination, where we bought so many birthday presents back in the day. Owner David Plenn has kept the store as fresh as ever, mixing the kid-staple basics (Legos, Thomas the Tank Engine, storybooks) with a [...]

Buster’s Ice Cream & Coffee Shop

Buster’s Ice Cream & Coffee Shop

From a sidewalk table in front of Buster’s, with a scoop of mint chip ice cream or a blended mocha in front of you and the South Pas street scene passing by, life is mighty fine. This colorful, funky neighborhood hub also showcases local musicians on weekend nights. 1006 Mission St., South Pasadena, 626.441.0744, Café. Daily from [...]

Billy’s Deli

Billy’s Deli

Established in 1949, Billy’s is an institution that runs on homemade pickles, towers of lox and pastrami, and lots of rye bread. A deli case, bakery case and sandwiches to go complement a dining room hung with huge sepia photos of a Glendale with Red Cars (and without high-rises or smog). The bill will be [...]

Marston’s

Marston’s

The cornflake-coated French toast is tasty and the omelets are generous, but we don’t get why people wait on the sidewalk for hour or more on weekends to have breakfast in this fetching old Pasadena bungalow. We come on Tuesdays instead, and go to Dish, Pie ‘n Burger or Café Atlantic on weekends. 151 E. [...]

Lola’s Peruvian

Lola’s Peruvian

Perhaps the best to-go chicken in the region—okay, in the world—is found at this Peruvian café. The birds are marinated in citrus juice, garlic and chiles and spit-roasted over a wood fire until crisp-skinned and incredibly juicy. Pair them with the homemade French fries (the Peruvians know their potatoes), and you will be deliriously happy. [...]

Tween Author at Motif

Tween Author at Motif

You might not normally think of shopping at Motif, an upscale gift and home store, for a good read for your 12-year-old, but you can do just that on Saturday. Jean Blasair, a playwrite and the author of many tween novels, will be in the store Saturday afternoon to meet fans and sign copies of [...]

Vroman’s Bestsellers 5/10/2010

Vroman’s Bestsellers 5/10/2010

Hardcover Fiction Dead in the Family, Charlaine Harris Help, Kathryn Stockett Innocent, Scott Turow Matterhorn, Karl Marlantes Island Beneath the Sea, Isabel Allende The Double Comfort Safari Club, Alexander McCall Smith Imperfect Birds, Anne Lamott This Body of Death, Elizabeth George Beatrice and Virgil, Yann Martel A Question of Belief, Donna Leon Hardcover Nonfiction Spoken [...]

99 Ranch Market

99 Ranch Market

The Gelsons of Asian supermarkets, except instead of having 60 kinds of breakfast cereal, it has 60 kinds of fish sauce. An absolute must-visit, with a dazzling array of Asian produce, sauces, noodles, kitchenware and ingredients, as well as terrific (and terrifically cheap) live seafood. It also stocks most of the American basics (milk, Cheerios, [...]

The Colorado

The Colorado

Think the Chalet fix is pretentious and wine bars are for posers? Then settle into a vinyl booth at the Colorado, order a Jim Beam or a pitcher of Bud, and put some Allman Brothers on the jukebox. This is a proper bar, where food means pork rinds and peanuts and real women can play [...]

Vroman’s Bestsellers 4/25/10

Vroman’s Bestsellers 4/25/10

Hardcover Fiction Hollywood Moon, Joseph Wambaugh The Walk, Richard Paul Evans Wild Child and Other Stories, T.C. Boyle Pearl of China, Anchee Min Help, Kathryn Stockett Matterhorn, Karl Marlantes This Body of Death, Elizabeth George Blame, Michelle Huneven The Double Comfort Safari Club, Alexander McCall Smith Lucid Intervals, Stuart Woods Hardcover Nonfiction Magnificent Desolation, Buzz [...]

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