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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 [...]

Magnolia Lounge

Magnolia Lounge

The red flocked wallpaper, crystal light fixtures and low velvet couches pay tribute to the speakeasy (Pasadena’s first) that purportedly thrived here during Prohibition. In this more licentious age, patrons freely enter the candlelit walkway that leads from the South Lake storefronts to the hidden world behind: an outdoor bar arranged around a massive old [...]

Vroman’s Bestsellers 5/24/2010

Vroman’s Bestsellers 5/24/2010

Hardcover Fiction 61 Hours, Lee Child Help, Kathryn Stockett The Ark, Boyd Morrison The Double Comfort Safari Club, Alexander McCall Smith Island Beneath the Sea, Isabel Allende Storm Prey, John Sandford This Body of Death, Elizabeth George Haunt Me Still, Jennifer Lee Carrell Private Life, Jane Smiley Strip, Thomas Perry Hardcover Nonfiction 101 Things I [...]

Attention Animal Lovers

Attention Animal Lovers

The Pasadena Humane Society is offering two summer workshops for kids, one for 10- to 12-year-olds and one for 13- to 14-year-olds. These are great opportunities for animal-loving kids to learn, earn community service hours, and explore a possible career in animal care. The younger kids have a morning session and the older kids, an [...]

Grace Center

Grace Center

A homegrown organization founded in 1996, Grace Center provides shelter, food, legal services and other aid (bilingual) to abused women and children in the San Gabriel Valley. It needs a lot of volunteer aid: courtroom translators, legal advocates, organizers of donated clothing and food, office workers, people who are good with children, even gardeners to [...]

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 [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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