I was not impressed by the food or the service. From my estimation, this will probably be more of a fad restaurant in the Pasadena area. The original in LA is great, but I was very disappointed with my visit to the Pasadena location. It is currently on of the hip places to go, but there are much better places to go for basic or more upscale Mexican in Pasadena that have nicer atmospheres and cuisine.
This Blockbuster is a bit small and the parking lot is even smaller. I normally drive around once and then take off if I can't find parking. The selection is ok, but the parking situation is quite a hassle. The only problem for Altadena residents is that the nearest one is in Hastings Ranch.
Bed Bath is a great store for the home and kitchen, and let's face it, we're all a sucker for those 20% off coupons that come in the mail. Assuming you collect those as I do and take a fist full when you go into the store, BBB is a great deal as well.The have a vast array of kitchen stuff, some of which is great quality. I don't spend as much time in their home section, but it does take up 75% of the store.
Altadena Hardware is a neat throw back in time, but with modern conveniences. It is not Home Depot, nor does it try to be. If you are working on something at home and need a few odds and ends, this is much more convenient than trekking all the way down to a larger store. The folks here are very friendly and knowledgeable and will take the time to work with you and get exactly what you need.
The upside of Bristol Farms is the quality and selection, but the downside is the price. If you are having a dinner party, and you simply can't skimp on certain essentials, for example, the quality of fillet you're serving, than Bristol Farms is a great place to go. I usually only shop there for specialty items as they are a bit pricey, but they have things that I can't find elsewhere.
A lot of folks really like Ikea, and I have tried, but I really haven't found much stuff that I like. I can usually find similarly priced stuff (or stuff that is a wee bit more expensive but is of much greater quality) at other stores, so I don't see the appeal here. There are certain things like some of the household items on the lower floors that are reasonably priced and worthwhile. Be sure to check out the kitchen and miscellaneous stuff on the lower level as well as the discount furniture section right before you check out.
This is probably my favorite Target - I always find something on clearance in this store that is super cheap. A while back I found some killer lamps for $3, no joke. They have some food, but I mainly use them for miscellaneous household purchases. I've never personally bought clothes there, but my sister seems to find some pretty sweet deals from time to time.
Everyone in Pasadena knows that Marston's is not about the food. With a location convenient to city hall it's no surprise that a few important folk will dine there from time to time. Now don't get me wrong, it's not a chain place and the food is somewhat decent, but I contend that most folks don't get out for breakfast or brunch as much as they do other meals, and I would hate to see them waste an opportunity to go to one of the other great places in the area. Marston's has started serving dinner within the last couple of years, but I've never been.
Mo's is a great lunch joint near Warner Bros. Studios. It is packed during lunch, but worth the short wait. I normally stick to the salad menu and complement it with fresh lemonade. Parking is tough sometimes, and they do take out and deliver if you live within a certain distance. Mo's has a great atmosphere with wood paneling.
This is a decent Nordstrom (well, aren't they all). I found the staff at the perfume table to be especially helpful and courteous. On a whole the store is very conveniently located in the Glendale Galleria and has a decent selection of stuff. The only downside is the prices are a bit steep at times, but the annual sales are a good deal.