If you love cars, the Petersen Automotive Museum is worth a visit. If you don't, you're likely to be bored. This isn't a must-see museum, but it's not bad if you're looking for something new to see in Los Angeles. It might not be worth the $10 entry fee though. For more info you can check them out at www.petersen.org
Spectacular. You'll have to get a membership, or come with a friend who has one, but it's well worth it because you'll want to visit many times. Impressive collections and gardens, which you can stroll about. This is one of the most beautiful spots in LA, along with the Getty Center. And make an appointment for the tea room while you're at it.
If you want to give or send a nice gift basket, Harry & David is the best in the business. You never know what to expect with gift baskets, but everything you get at Harry & David is of consistently high quality. Hundreds of options to suit the occasion and your budget. Of course, it may not be necessary to go to the store; you can probably find what you're looking for on their website.
The Corner Bakey isn't quite sure whether it wants to be a restaurant, or a bakery, or a coffee house, but it's pretty good whatever it is. They have bakery items, coffees, and gourmet sandwiches on fresh-baked breads. They have plenty of outside seating in addition to somewhat limited inside seating. The Corner Bakery is a favorite spot for many Pasadena residents.
The North Woods Inn is kind of a landmark and, for some folks, a tradition. Its unique hunting-lodge architecture and dimly lit, peanut-shells-on-the-floor ambiance shape the dining experience as much as the food. Good steaks here, though the prices can be high depending on what you order. It's a decent restaurant, but I think it's also overrated.
If you grew up around here you probably know Jack In The Box; if not, it's a fast food chain similar to Carl's Jr. or Wendy's. But what you may not know about Jack In The Box is that they serve their tasty breakfast sandwiches 24 hours a day. For years I complained that the fast food restaurants only served breakfast in the morning--after all, the breakfast items are the best things on the menu. But you can come to Jack's to satisfy your breakfast sandwich craving at 7PM or 2AM or whenever. Also, their new pannido deli sandwiches are pretty good.
Fuller Seminary in Pasadena is one of the most highly regarded theological institutions in the country. You can go for a graduate degree in theology, psychology, or intercultural studies, or just take some classes. It's not cheap: Fuller is a privateinstitution, with tuition comparable to other colleges. But its good academic reputation and diversity make it a fine choice. I studied at Fuller for a while and it was a great experience.
The Salvation Army sells used clothing and miscellaneous items at very low prices. Of course, most of the merchandise is junk, and you'll need to spend a lot of time sifting through stuff to find something you want. They also have some used furniture, most of which isn't very good, but I found a rather nice set of couches there for a great price. This store is worth checking out once in a while; maybe you'll get lucky. And you can know that the revenue generated by the store goes to support a charity that does a lot of important work.
Costco has very good prices on items that are of consistently high quality. Great food items, but you'll need to buy in bulk. You also need to pay for a membership in order to shop here, but if you come to Costco regularly your savings will more thanmake up for the cost of the membership. They have a limited selection of clothes, books, video games, etc. They also have some of the lowest gas prices you'll find in LA, but if you want gas you have to pay with a card: no cash. Costco gets 4 stars instead of 5 because of long lines at the register, full parking lot, and lots of delays on the streets near it in Burbank, which combine to add a lot of time to your otherwise positive shopping experience.
Crate & Barrel sells all kinds of goods for the home, and almost everything they have is of high quality. This is a terrific place to make a wedding registry. The only thing I don't like about Crate & Barrel is their high prices. This one is locatedin Old Town Pasadena, and you can park for free in the structure on Delacey St (about a block Southwest of Crate & Barrel).