L.A.’s favorite quirky-historic tour company, Esotouric, returns to the San Gabriel Valley this weekend for its popular Blood & Dumplings tour, hosted in conjunction with Vroman’s Bookstore. Departing from Vroman’s at noon on Saturday, the bus adventure cruises Alhambra, Temple City, Monterey Park, Rosemead and El Monte, with a stop for a picnic of dumplings from one of the region’s best dim-sum houses. You’ll hear true tales about (for starters) the mysterious Man from Mars Bandit, the battling neo-Nazis of El Monte, and the young bride who spent her wedding day buried under her parents’ house, and you’ll visit such sites as Phil Spector’s creepy castle and the little bar where James Ellroy’s murdered mother had her last drink.
Blood & Dumplings Bus Tour
Saturday, June 13, noon
695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena
Tickets $70; call 626.449.5320 to reserve a spot