Some thoughts while wandering Old Pasadena on a lovely summer Saturday afternoon:
When a street parking spot opens before me on the weekend, I figure it’s a sign from God that I need to take it, even if I don’t need to buy, eat or drink anything.
As much as I decry the mallification of Old Town, I am sometimes grateful for the Gap and the Apple Store.
Is Gold Bug the coolest store in the entire world or what?
I wish I liked the food at Mi Piace more, but just seeing the sidewalk diners makes me happy.
I like to think I don’t care if I have money or not, but then I wander into Maude Woods and wish I had a lot of money.
My vote for Old Town: more street musicians, less meter enforcers.
Must try Bella’s Gourmet Pizza. Pasadena still doesn’t have a really good pizza place—I’m not optimistic, but maybe this is a contender?
The Real Madrid—L.A. Galaxy game brought a lot of beautiful European and Latin American families to Old Town. I hope they come back.
I would put 21 Choices above all other frozen-yogurt shops in Southern California even if my daughter wasn’t working there.
When Louise’s Trattoria took over the Rite Spot many years ago and painted over Kenton Nelson’s amazing WPA-style mural, I went in and told the manager I’d never eat there in protest. And I never have.
Scientologists in Old Pasadena? Really??
Intelligentsia Coffee may be a little twee, and it’s a (small) chain, but it’s way better than Starbucks and has lots of room to hang out in.
If you haven’t yet heard of Heart & Sole on Green Street, now you have. Their massage therapists may not be the most highly trained in town, but they have strong hands, and you get a full hour massage for a mere $25. You read that right. The lunch hour is full every day.
I also think redwhite+bluezz is great, but I hate the name.
Old Town restaurants I wish were better: Bar Celona, Villa Sorriso, The Kitchen, Cheval Blanc.
I’ve been meaning to try: 1810 Argentinean, POP and Quadrupel.
And one of these days I’m going to spend some time exploring the Rudolph Steiner Bookstore.
Chain restaurant I can’t help but love: Le Pain Quotidien. The best breakfast in town.
Fortune Chinese isn’t that great to eat in, but it’s wonderful for delivery, and it’s pretty healthy.
Not a week goes by that my husband doesn’t bemoan the loss of Jerry’s Deli. Will the forthcoming New York Deli fill the city’s desperate deli need? We’ll see.
I’m happy for the people who like Gold Class Cinema and think the $22 tickets are worth it, but I pine for the old Laemmle.
I marvel at the few “old” Old Town businesses that have survived, like Anderson Business Techology. Please don’t ever give up your space to a Cinnabon.