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Full-Service Gyms

Full-Service Gyms

Boutique workout programs may be all the rage, but most of us still need a good full-service gym. The offerings have changed in the last few years in Pasadena, ever since the closing of the much-loved PAC (Pasadena Athletic Club). Here’s where our team works out these days, with our personal lists of pros and [...]

New Workouts for a New Year

New Workouts for a New Year

Now that the holidays have passed and all the cheese, wine and peppermint bark have been consumed, it’s time to get in shape. We’re not talking about losing weight (although that might be a side effect), but getting healthy and strong. Yep, it’s time to commit to a workout program. Because it’s a new year, [...]

Holiday Gift Guide, 2010 Edition

Holiday Gift Guide, 2010 Edition

We’ve been doing some shopping again—not for ourselves, you understand, but strictly to spare you the trouble in your mad holiday dash for gifts. We’ve scoured the shelves of indie stores and chains alike (yes, a little break with tradition) to find you the newest, coolest and most sought-after gifts of the season, organized by [...]

Eating Through Eagle Rock

Eating Through Eagle Rock

In the spirit of local, seasonal Eagle Rock, we set out to sample the fall offerings of that stretch of Colorado Boulevard bounded by Eagle Vista to the east and Eagle Rock Boulevard to the west. In the last decade, many a restaurant has popped up there, anchored by Fatty’s at one end and Camillo’s [...]

Cemeteries

Cemeteries

Don’t worry, we’re not passing judgement on the “best” cemeteries in which to spend eternity—we just want to share with you our favorite cemeteries for strolling, exploring, pondering and exploring history… in this life. Forest Lawn Memorial Park The first in this swank chain of memorial parks (these guys thought up the term “memorial park,” [...]

Farmers’ Markets

Farmers’ Markets

It’s prime farmers’ market season—although truth be told, it’s always prime market season here in Southern California—so herewith is our guide to the best farmers’ markets in the San Gabriel Valley, organized by day. Every day but Monday brings at least one worthwhile market! TUESDAY Pasadena – Villa Park This offshoot of the big Saturday [...]

SGV Food Truck Roundup

SGV Food Truck Roundup

It’s been a few months since our last food truck update, and in that time many more trucks have ventured out to Pasadena and environs. Some of them are even making semi-regular stops, thanks in part to Vroman’s, whose privately owned parking lot is a way around Pasadena’s sometimes onerous parking restrictions (we’re pretty sure [...]

C’mon, Get Happy!

C’mon, Get Happy!

One good recent outcome of the economic downtown is the plethora of good-value happy hours around town. We’ve been doing our journalistic duty and trying them out; what follows are our current favorites. Note the late-night happy hours at a few places—great for visiting after a movie, play or concert. Dish Bistro & Bar Tuesday–Thursday [...]

Way Up on North Lake

Way Up on North Lake

If Randy Newman lived in Altadena, he’d write a song called “I Love North Lake.” Our stretch of Pasadena’s iconic avenue is in many ways the mirror image of South Lake. Where they have upscale chain stores, we have quirky mom and pop shops. Their spiffy houses on tidy lots contrast with our farmhouses, old [...]

The Unburger Burger

The Unburger Burger

The humble veggie burger, oft maligned by carnivores, loved by vegetarians… it’s a burger but not a burger. For vegetarians (myself among them) who miss some of the trappings of “real” burgers, but not the meat itself, veggie burgers are a staple. I am always searching for the new and different — anything but those [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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