WHERE TO STAY
Langham Huntington Pasadena, 1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena, CA 91106; (626) 568-3900, http://www.pasadena.langhamhotels.com. Twenty-three acres, 380 rooms, each at least 415 square feet. Building dates to 1907. Doubles from $189.
http://www.arroyvistainn.com. Nine rooms in a well-appointed hillside 1910 Craftsman house, atop a long, narrow driveway. Not set up for kids. Doubles from $157.
Bissell House, 201 Orange Grove Ave., South Pasadena, CA 91030; (626) 441-3535, http://www.bissellhouse.com Seven bedrooms, with private baths, in an 1887 Victorian mansion. Doubles from $155-$275. Pool. Kid-friendly.
WHAT TO EAT
Green Street Tavern, 69 W. Green St., Pasadena, CA 91105; (626) 229-9961, http://www.greenstreettavern.net. California comfort food with European influence. Lunch and dinner, brunch Saturdays and Sundays. Dinner main dishes $13-$19.
Din Tai Fung, 1108 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, CA 91007; (626) 574-7068, http://www.dintaifungusa.com. These are the only California outlets of a global dumpling-house chain born in Taiwan. Pork-and-broth-filled dumplings, (xiao long bao), a specialty. Lunch and dinner, no reservations, often a line. Most dishes $5-$9.25. Second location at 1088 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, CA 91007.
Julienne, 2649 Mission St., San Marino, CA 91108; (626) 441-2290, http://www.juliennetogo.com. French bistro style, pleasant sidewalk dining under arched arcade. Gourmet market inside. Breakfast and lunch. Closed Sundays. Lunch main dishes $12-$19.50. Long menu of food to go from the market.
Red White + Bluezz Jazz Club, 70 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, CA 91103; (626) 792-4441, http://www.redwhitebluezz.com. Dinner only. Live jazz nightly (no cover charge) and jazz brunch on Sundays. Dinner main dishes about $11-$30.
Lemonade, 146 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101; (626) 304-7700, ww.lemonadela.com. Lunch and dinner, cafeteria style. Opened in 2011 as part of a growing L.A.-area chain. Main dishes up to $11.75.
La Grande Orange (a.k.a. GLO Station Café), 260 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, CA 91105; (626) 356-4444, http://www.lgostationcafe.com. Lively dining in an old train depot. Dinner main dishes $12-$27. Lunch and dinner daily, reservations accepted. Also, there's an adjoining semi-separate pizza operation known as the Luggage Room Pizzeria, (626) 356-4440, http://www.theluggageroom.com, which also offers lunch and dinner daily, no reservations. Pizza $11-$15.
Auntie Em's, 4616 Eagle Rock Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90041; (323) 255-0800, http://www.auntieemskitchen.com. High-achieving comfort food in kitsch-hipster company. Sidewalk and indoor seating, sometimes a wait on weekend mornings. Lunch main dishes top off at $12.95. 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sundays.
Buster's Ice Cream & Coffee Stop, 1006 Mission St., South Pasadena, CA 91030; (626) 441-0744, http://www.busterscoffee.com. Coffee, ice cream, pastries, sandwiches and salads in a colorful corner storefront, beginning at 6:30 a.m. weekdays, 7 a.m. weekends. Closes between 7 and 9 p.m., depending on the night. Sandwiches usually $6-$6.75.
Heirloom Bakery, 807 Meridian Ave. Suite C, South Pasadena, CA 91030; (626) 441-0042, http://www.toolproject.com/heirloom. Breakfast and lunch, with salads, sandwiches and pizza. Prices up to $8.95.
Zona Rosa Caffe, 15 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101; (626) 793-2334, http://www.zonarosacaffe.com. A boho Latino coffeehouse. Coffee drinks up to $4.20. Live Latin music on Thursday nights in spring and summer.
Green Street Restaurant, 146 S. Shopper's Lane, Pasadena, CA 91101; (626) 577-7170, http://www.greenstreetrestaurant.com. California cuisine. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dinner main dishes $12.95-$24.95.
Little Flower Candy Co., 1422 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91105; (626) 304-4800, http://www.littleflowercandyco.com. Sweets, salads and sandwiches up to $9.50.
Bean Town coffeehouse, 45 N. Baldwin Ave., Sierra Madre, CA 91024; (626) 355-1596, http://www.beantowncoffeebar.com. A community fixture with old sofas, exposed brick, vintage signs. Coffees, breakfasts, sandwiches, soups, salads and wraps. Open 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays; 5:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Main dishes all under $8. Coffee drinks top off about $4.
Mother Moo Creamery, 17 Kersting Court, Sierra Madre, CA 91024; (626) 355-9650, http://www.mothermoo.com. Ice cream made fresh daily. One scoop: $3.50.