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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 [...]

Bean Town Coffee Bar

Bean Town Coffee Bar

We’d live in Sierra Madre just for Bean Town—it’s pretty much the perfect coffeehouse. The coffee is robust, the furniture funky but comfortable, and the crowd diverse and cheerful: book clubs, retired guys, moms ‘n’ strollers, teens, dogs—sooner or later, everyone goes to Bean Town. Extras include live bluegrass and folk on weekends, WiFi, board [...]

Pasadena Confidential: The Bargain

Pasadena Confidential: The Bargain

Our friends at the eclectic bus-tour company Esotouric are offering our readers a deal on their next Pasadena Confidential tour on May 1st. Just send a message through Esotouric’s website, or call the number below, and say the secret phrase “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead,” and you can go on the popular tour for [...]

Summer of Song

Summer of Song

A while ago we profiled Sierra Madre principal and musical theatre maven Gayle Bluemel; now we’re back to sing her praises again, because it’s time to sign up for her Pasadena Musical Theatre summer program. Subtitled “You need more drama,” the intensive and intensely fun six-week program covers acting, voice, dance and stagecraft, culminating in [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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