From the historic places, national landmarks, and local eateries, here are a few of the local faves.
Built in 1922 the Rose Bowl ranks as the 17th largest stadium in the world.
While it’s best known for hosting the annual American football Rose Bowl Game it’s also the home stadium for my alma mater’s football team the UCLA Bruins. The venue has also hosted several soccer events including the 1994 FIFA World Cup Final, the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final, and the 1984 Olympic Gold Medal Match, as well as numerous CONCACAF and United States Soccer Federation matches.
But the most important event of them all happens the second Sunday of every month. The Rose Bowl Flea Market is one of the best places to score mid century modern furniture, décor, and rare finds.
The story goes that industrialist Norton Simon was looking for a space to house his massive collection of “European art from the Renaissance to the 20th century and a stellar collection of South and Southeast Asian art spanning 2,000 years.”
Around the same time the museum formerly known as the Pasadena Art Institute and the Pasadena Art Museum was facing financial hardship. They approached Simon for help.
In exchange for using 75% of the gallery’s space to house his personal collection Simon agreed to take over the gallery’s financial obligations. And, of course, he wanted his name on the building.
Among the most celebrated works he collected are Branchini Madonna, 1427, by Giovanni di Paolo; Madonna and Child with Book, c. 1502-03, by Raphael; Still Life with Lemons, Oranges and a Rose, 1633, by Francisco de Zurbarán; Portrait of a Boy, c. 1655-60, by Rembrandt van Rijn; Mulberry Tree, 1889, by Vincent van Gogh; Little Dancer Aged Fourteen, 1878-81, by Edgar Degas; and Woman with a Book, 1932, by Pablo Picasso. Highlights from the Asian collection include the bronze sculptures Buddha Shakyamuni, c. 550, India: Bihar, Gupta period, and Shiva as King of Dance, c. 1000, India: Tamil Nadu; and the gilt bronze Indra, 13th century, Nepal.”
This 16-block area is home to more than a thousand historic bungalow style homes.
And through the years the neighborhood has earned the bragging rights to many impressive titles. In 1989 the area became Pasadena’s first historic Landmark District. In 2008 the district was listed by the United States Department of the Interior in the National Register of Historic Places. Which then led to Bungalow Heaven being listed in the California Register of Historical Resources. And in 2009 the American Planning Association named Bungalow Heaven Landmark District as one of the 10 great places in America.
Pretty impressive, right?
Using olive oils, chili peppers, and caviar Sushi Roku rocks tradition and delights your palette. Located in Old Town Pasadena this joint serves an array of salads, hot and cold specialty appetizers, and a wide selection of hot entrees all in a modern, zen style setting.
iPic Theaters provides the most luxury movie going experience in Los Angeles.
Yes, your movie tickets costs more but it’s absolutely worth it. With your dairy-aire comfortably planted in a plush, over sized leather recliner, seat side waiter service at your beck and call with wine, beer on tap, and dinner all come to you.
Complimentary popcorn, blankets, and pillows are included.
Pasadena is located in the Verdugos region of Los Angeles County. Just 15 minutes from Downtown LA the neighborhood is surrounded by Altadena, Angeles Crest, Arcadia, Eagle Rock, East Pasadena, East San Gabriel, Glendale, Highland Park, La Cañada Flintridge, San Marino, San Pasqual, Sierra Madre, South Pasadena, and the Tujunga Canyons. Pasadena’s zip codes include 91101, 91103, 91104, 91105, 91106, 91107, 91030, and 91031.