Windy City Media Group Frontpage News

THE VOICE OF CHICAGO'S GAY, LESBIAN, BI, TRANS AND QUEER COMMUNITY SINCE 1985

home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2021-06-09
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
Donate

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

TRAVEL Everything comes up roses in Pasadena
Special to the online edition of Windy City Times
by Jerry Nunn, Windy City Times
2018-07-10

This article shared 1692 times since Tue Jul 10, 2018
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


Pasadena is peaceful city located just 10 miles northeast of the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles. The name "Pasadena" comes from the Chippewa word meaning "crown of the valley," describing the area at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains.

The flight from Chicago is a breeze and upon arrival The Westin Pasadena offers a luxurious property for relaxation. The top notch staff will even shuttle guests to surrounding destinations. The rooftop jacuzzi, pool and exercise room all add to the experience overlooking the city.

Hungry from breakfast? Start off with Lincoln, at 1992 Lincoln Ave. The buttermilk pancakes are a good choice and the egg breakfast sandwich should satisfy the early riser. Be prepared for long lines as the cashiers take their time with each guest and appear to be in no rush.

Another breakfast place with an even more expansive menu is Central Park Restaurant, located inside a 100-year-old flower warehouse. Say "buenos dias" to huevos rancheros, breakfast quesadillas and the big breakfast burritos containing a choice of meat, scrambled eggs, sour cream and avocado.

Hungover or had a late night? The Raymond is dark, cozy, and secluded all in one casual setting. Create an omelette or devour a griddle cake presented by Chef Tim Guiltinan.

Walk off the calories by shopping in Old Pasadena with some of the chain retail stores that surround the area. Definitely stop by Crossroads Trading Co., a vintage clothing store where customers can both buy and sell items.

While a bit overwhelming, the Rose Bowl Flea Market hosts more than 400 vendors and up to 20,000 bargain hunters each month digging through 2,500 booths. Bring your own water and plan on walking while rummaging through the merchandise.

Just wandering around to see Victoria-era bricked buildings and beautiful architecture could keep one busy all day. Frank Lloyd Wright and Richard Neutra are among the architects who have contributed works in Pasadena. The city is divided with the Civil Center District landing between Old Pasadena and the Playhouse District.

For lunch places, try La Grande Orange Cafe set in a Santa Fe Railway depot. The deviled eggs were heavenly and the short rib tacos were messy but worth the work.

The Parkway Grill is a more upscale lunch experience with options such as the roasted Mary's chicken or the whole ginger fried catfish that is simply a showstopper. Check out the wood-fired oven to the place that is often described as "the Spago of Pasadena."

Say "aloha" to the new Crackin' Kitchen with a mix of Hawaiian and cajun seafood. Who knew clam chowder would pair nicely with french fries? Just by tasting the cuisine, you will know a Michelin Star chef created it. Chef Takeshi Omae knows what he's doing and it shows.

Before dinner explore some of the massive museums Pasadena has to offer. The Norton Simon Museum features seven centuries of European art including classic masterpieces from Monet, Picasso, and Van Gogh, among others. Explore the garden outside with beautiful sculptures and a reflecting pool that should relax your spirit.

Put on your walking shoes before hitting the trails at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens and give yourself plenty of time to take in the scenery.

Swing by the Gamble House, or the Heritage Square Museum before sampling more delicious cuisine.

For dinner head to the heart of Old Town Pasadena in the historic One Colorado Courtyard area and find Prawn Coastal Casual by Mark Peel. The employees are welcoming and the clam chowder is served piping hot. Custom order a grain bowl with quinoa and mix in veggies with choice of protein for an unforgettable healthy option.

The small but mighty Maestro Restaurant serves modern Mexican food by Chef Elena Vega. The chicken enchiladas were filling, the grass fed arrachera had just the right marinade, and the mezcal campfire cocktail washed everything down.

Also try The Arbour who uses regional ingredients to pull off dishes like a duck breast that really smokes. Husband and wife team, Ian and Nancy Gresik earn points for creative experiences such as the spicy beef chili that's served with an edible beef fat candle.

For entertainment the Rose Bowl Stadium hosts not only sports, but outdoor concerts such as Ed Sheehan on Aug. 18 and Beyonce on Sept. 22 and 23 in 2018. A 10-year agreement was just signed with the LA Galaxy for future soccer games.

For late night options there is only one gay bar in Pasadena with The Boulevard smartly named after the address at 3199 East Foothill Blvd. Karaoke is very popular there after patrons have summoned up some liquid courage. Drag shows, a pool table, and people watching are all part of the fun in this local haunt.

While some may think of Pasadena as just a suburb of Los Angeles, it really deserves so much more credit as a perfect travel destination. The people are welcoming, there's lot to see and do, plus the weather alone will give Chicagoans a nice change of pace. VisitPasadena.com for more tips on festivals, hotels and nightlife to explore in this part of the West Coast.


This article shared 1692 times since Tue Jul 10, 2018
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Passenger claims rainbow mask was banned; airline responds 2021-07-29
- On his flight out of Los Angeles International Airport earlier this month for a 46th birthday vacation in Greece, gay West Hollywood resident Scott Schmidt donned a rainbow-colored surgical mask in order to adhere to the ...


Gay News

Soapbox travels to Chicago to raise hand-hygiene awareness 2021-07-21
- Clean beauty company Soapbox unveiled the world's biggest bottle of soap in New York City's Times Square on July 15, marking the launch of a multi-city tour aimed at raising awareness for the importance of hand ...


Gay News

SAVOR Lincoln Park spot Mesa Urbana 2021-07-04
- More than four years ago, I traveled to a small Glenview strip mall to visit the Mexican fusion spot Mesa Urbana—and was bowled over by dishes such as shrimp farfalle, pechuga de pollo (chicken with onions ...


Gay News

STAYCATION 21c Museum Hotel's 'Love Is Love' package 2021-06-27
- The 21c Museum Hotel—a chain of mid-size hotels known for being in medium-sized cities such as Cincinnati, Ohio; and Louisville, Kentucky—took a leap in early 2020, opening its largest hotel here in Chicago (at 55 E. Ontario ...


Gay News

Ten incredible places to visit in Armenia 2021-06-27
- Armenia is one of the most fascinating places in the world, with rich millennia-old history, ancient monuments, majestic countryside, lush highlands and much more. I just came back from this country. It was my third time ...


Gay News

STAYCATION Rating The Godfrey Hotel Chicago's Pride Month package 2021-06-21
- The Godfrey Hotel Chicago (127 W. Huron St.; https://www.godfreyhotelchicago.com/) is currently offering a Pride Month hotel package for June that includes overnight accommodations, a table for two at the I/O Godfrey rooftop, a massage at the ...


Gay News

Pride Journey: Palm Springs 2021-06-10
- Palm Springs is my happy place. The city and the surrounding area provide me with the perfect mix of relaxation and entertainment. Having been to Palm Springs numerous times prior to this visit, I wanted to ...


Gay News

Essential tips for your COVID-free travel 2021-06-10
- COVID-19 will make travel a bit more complicated this summer. Going to Europe? Taking a cruise? Visiting Hawaii, San Juan or St. Lucia? Or maybe you are planning a road trip? The rules for traveling responsibly ...


Gay News

SAVOR Talking with new Travelle Chef de Cuisine Qi Ai; Profile of Travelle's breakfast 2021-06-09
- Travelle Chef de Cuisine Qi Ai Travelle at the Langham (330 N Wabash Ave.; https://www.travellechicago.com/) has undergone a major change during the COVID pandemic: New Chef de Cuisine Qi (pronounced "tee") Ai was promoted from sous ...


Gay News

Pritzker announces 'Time for Me to Drive' campaign to jump-start Illinois tourism 2021-05-12
- Gov. JB Pritzker joined the Illinois Office of Tourism and industry leaders to kick off "Time for Me to Drive"—a new campaign to promote the return of travel across the state. In its first new campaign ...


Gay News

Essential tips for your COVID-free travel 2021-05-08
- COVID-19 will make travel a bit more complicated this summer. Going to Europe? Taking a cruise? Visiting Hawaii, San Juan or St. Lucia? Or maybe you are planning a road trip? The rules for traveling responsibly ...


Gay News

NATIONAL Black trans candidate, travel case, trans death, CEO fired 2021-05-02
- RuPaul's Drag Race alum Honey Mahogany—who currently holds a vice-chair seat in her local County Central Committee—announced that she will be seeking the role of chair of the San Francisco Democratic Party when current Party Chair ...


Gay News

Warrant issued for Joliet teacher accused of inappropriate communication with teen boy [UPDATE] 2021-05-01
- Joliet police issued an arrest warrant for a former Catholic school teacher accused of inappropriately communicating with a teenage boy, a. Fox32Chicago.com item reported. Jeremy M. Hylka is facing charges of traveling to meet a child ...


Gay News

Former, current Chicago aldermen facing multiple charges 2021-04-29
- On April 29, former 22nd Ward Ald. Ricardo Munoz was indicted on federal charges alleging he spent cash from a political fund he controlled on sports tickets, travel, meals and other personal expenses, The Chicago Tribune ...


Gay News

WORLD Namibia ruling, U.S. embassies, Kenya refugee camp, trans teen 2021-04-25
- Namibia's High Court ruled against a gay couple battling to obtain travel documents for their twin daughters, born to a surrogate in South Africa, after authorities refused to do so on the basis the infants were ...


 



Copyright © 2021 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS







Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Donate


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.