36 Hours in Pasadena NESTLED in the San Gabriel Valley just 10 miles northeast of Los Angeles, Pasadena harbors a distinct, if at times chauvinistic sense of individual self.
Its old money past continues to flourish in the form of grand mansions and a vast array of museums and gardens, many underwritten by prominent local families. And newer money has helped transform Old Pasadena, in decline for many years, into an energetic shopping and dining destination, with quirky shops and new restaurants. While the tour guides can reinforce a certain preciousness, there is no denying the allure of this Craftsman style home, constructed in 1908 for David and Mary Gamble of the Procter Gamble Company by the architects Charles Sumner Greene and Henry Mather Greene. The hour long tours are $10 for adults; free for children under 12. Flat shoes are required to protect the floor, but they give you a pair of slippers if you got your Jimmy Choo on. 2) ROSE BOWL Well, you here, so why not see where it all happens each winter. 3) BURRITOVILLE There a depressing number of fast food restaurants in town, serving the same grub found in any American mall. But one standout is El Toreo Cafe (21 South Fair Oaks Avenue, 626 793 2577), a hole in the wall that serves terrific and inexpensive Mexican food. Try the carnitas burritos ($5.95) and chile verde ($5.95), with large helpings and authentic flair. 4) RETAIL HOP Many stores in Old Pasadena stay open late. Skip the chains o plenty and make your way down Colorado Boulevard, the central corridor and its side streets. 5) MORNING SWEETS All good vacation days begin with hot chocolate, so follow the California Institute of Technology students to Euro Pane (950 East Colorado Boulevard, 626 577 1828) and order a hot cup of the chocolaty goodness, along with fresh breads and flaky croissants, which are first rate. A counter filled with children books helps keep the young ones entertained. The Splash Dance Fountain is a winner. One price for all ages: $8. Go ahead and have a chicken pot pie ($11) which is beyond decent, or some pancakes if you feeling all vegan about it, but honestly, the burger ($6.25) is the way to go. It is a juicy concoction served up in old school paper liners, with the requisite Thousand Island dressing on the bun. Finish the whole thing off with a sublime slice of banana cream or cherry pie ($3.55). Just don tarry, there are bound to be jimmy choo flat sandals sale large groups of folks waiting to get their hands on a burger, too. There jimmy choo gold sequin shoes Degas Dancer Aged 14 Van Gogh of a Peasant Diego Rivera Flower Vendor. Natural light streams in from skylights, and a sensible layout makes this a pleasant place to while away the afternoon not to mention the star collection of western paintings and sculpture from the 14th to 20th centuries. Don skip the South Asian art downstairs, especially the Buddha Shakyamuni, which sits majestically outdoors. The guided audio tours are quite good. A totally local spot, it offers remarkably solid fare just down the road from all the hubbub. Couples, families and friends that seem to have just finished a day outdoors snuggle among the brick walls and small wooden tables, drinking wine from slightly cheesy Brighton goblets. Start it off with some warm roasted olives ($7.95) or a steamed artichoke ($8.50) and then move on to the country style Tuscan steak ($27.95) or caprese salad ($11.50). For dessert skip the leaden cheesecake and go instead for the poppy seed cake ($7), which is uncommonly tasty. 10) WINE AND JAZZ Pasadena is no night life town, but it does like its wines. Share a glass with the neighbors at 750 ml (966 Mission Street, South Pasadena; 626 799 0711), a cozy wine bar and bistro in jimmy choo heels online SoPas, as the area is known locally, near the railroad track. The communal tables are covered in brown paper, and low light emanates from vintage lighting fixtures. The place is owned by Steven Arroyo, known for his tapas spot, Cobras Matadors, in Hollywood. The wine list changes often and offers more than a dozen wines by the glass including a Ch Coupe Roses Minervois most for around $12. There are 120 acres of gardens, an enormous library of rare manuscripts and books, and three permanent art galleries featuring British and French artists of the 18th and 19th centuries. Here is a good plan for a morning: take a quick run through the exhibit of American silver. Ooh and ahh. Then pick one of the gardens to tour. The Desert garden, with its bizarre looking cactuses and lunarlike landscapes, is a winner, though the Japanese and Jungle gardens are close rivals. Top it off at the Children garden, where interactive exhibits can get kids dirty, which pleases everyone but the one stuck changing all the wet shirts. Stay jimmy choo price for tea; there no dress code in the tea room. THE BASICS JetBlue flies nonstop from Kennedy Airport to Burbank, Calif.
, about 15 miles from Pasadena. Fares start at about $299 for travel in April. Alternatively, you can fly into Los Angeles International Airport, which serves more airlines, but is about 30 miles away and means contending with Los Angeles traffic.
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