Friday, June 22, 2007

Checking-out Pasadena California

No one thinks about the city of Pasadena, California, unless it is Rose Bowl or Rose Parade time, except for Los Angeles County residents and people who hear the song "Little Old Lady from Pasadena". Every New Year's Day, except when that holiday falls on a Sunday and the Rose Parade is held on January 2nd, millions of viewers around the world enjoy the Rose Parade and think about Pasadena, California.

There is a spot in Pasadena, California that gives you all that and more. Mijares Mexican Restaurant is a family owned restaurant and is located in it's own hacienda style building at 145 Palmetto Drive, Pasadena, California. This restaurant is located at 80 West Green Street, Pasadena, CA 91105 on the corner of DeLacy and Green streets, kitty corner from the Twin Palms Restaurant and at the edge of the Pasadena Old Town district.

If there are just two of you, you may wish to try eating on their rather small patio and do some people watching, or you may want to eat at their kitchen table which holds up to six people, which of course is in the kitchen. Every once in a while someone will tell me that the food here is not authentic Mexican cuisine (most of these people, by the way, are not Mexican or Hispanic and have never been to Mexico). While the citizens of Pasadena enjoy an income that is well above average, there are numerous other areas surrounding the city, such as Flintridge, Glendale, La Canada, La Crescenta, San Marino, Sierra Madre, etc.

Mountains, ski resorts, beaches and the desert as well as Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Magic Mountain, The Aquarium Of The Sea, the Getty Museum, etc. This flea market is worth the price of admission. Parking is plentiful and free and admission prices are as follows: "Rose Bowl Flea Market and Market Place regular admission starts at 9am for the general public at $7.

The museum provides both private tours and monthly free public tours of their collection conducted by Museum Educators. The collection, which includes works by van Gogh, Picasso, Rembrandt, Rodin and Fragonard consists of over 1,000 works, including paintings, etchings (by Rembrandt, Goya, etc. The following is a partial list of areas, activities and event hosts that make the city of Pasadena a great place to visit.

Due to the foregoing the city hosts an inordinately large number of restaurants, coffee shops, fast food places and specialty restaurants. Park in one of the parking garages, on some of the side streets or avail yourself of the valet parking offered on the street in front of several of the restaurants and businesses and then walk to any place in Old Town. This place is not in a ritzy glitzy building, is not in Beverly Hills, Manhattan or on the Loop, does not have a fancy entrance with expensive cars parked in front and you can walk or drive past it every day without knowing it is there.

The Raymond is also a good establishment to take Afternoon Tea with its large selection of teas, Champaign, sherry, sparkling cider, scones, tea pastries and finger sandwiches. Old Town Pasadena is fast becoming one of Los Angeles County's largest attractions. Go to the movies or take in a play, have a romantic dinner at JJ's (one of the best steakhouses around) and then go dancing at one of the nightclubs.

Pasadena is one of the older cities in the Los Angeles County. Some of the freeways on ramps were built during the early 1900’s. You have about 40 feet to do 0-60 miles an hour, in order to merger with the current freeway traffic.

On your next trip to California, stop by and visit Pasadena.