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Explore The Gold Line – Del Mar Station

Discover the unknown of Del Mar Station as you venture off the track to find a few of Pasadena’s hidden gems.

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The Luggage Room Pizzeria

Enjoy of gourmet wood-fired pizza on your stop at the Del Mar Station. This elegant pizzeria invites you in with its crystal chandeliers, but keeps you coming back with its mouth-watering pizzas with equally as tasty toppings including roasted tomatoes, shaved fennel, lemon zest and homemade mozzarella.

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La Grande Orange Café

Kale is rising in popularity so there is no doubt you will find it on the menu at La Grande Orange Café. The shredded kale and quinoa salad is one of the best found around town. But, if you’re looking for something a little less healthy, try the tender short ribs, served on fresh, homemade tortillas, or in hash form with potatoes and two over easy eggs.

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Stone Brewing

Quench your thirst at one of Pasadena’s best-kept little secrets. Save the two-hour drive to San Diego for their notorious craft beer and get your favorite Stone Brew right here at the Del Mar Station plaza. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for this nondescript location; you won’t want to miss it.

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Stats Floral Supply

Get in to any holiday spirit by visiting Stats. They carry all your decorating needs from Halloween supplies to cute Christmas snowmen. If you’re looking to outdo your neighbor this holiday season, stop in and stock up.

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Distant Lands

Before your next big adventure, find all your essentials at Distant Lands. Whether you’re trekking through the mountains, venturing abroad, or going on a weekend getaway, this travel-centric shop has everything you need from maps to clothing.

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Incycle Bicycles 

If you’re looking to burn off a couple extra calories after the holidays try going for a bike ride as an alternative to the gym. A leisurely ride around Pasadena’s Central Park on a trendy cruiser is a fun and effective activity. But, if you’re looking for something a little more adventurous, Incycle also has both mountain and road bikes for the thrill seekers.

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Neon Retro Arcade

Play all your old gaming favorites likes Ms. Pac-Man and Donkey Kong at the Neon Retro Arcade. Bring in the whole family to show them what being a kid for you was like as you relive the memories. The best part about this arcade is that it’s “free play” for just $10 per hour.

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Flour+Tea

This stop is a tea house-bakery hybrid café that serves delicious teas in many flavors. It doesn’t stop there; they also have artisan cakes and mochi bread that are simply delightful. If you’re in need for a quick energy booster, stop in for their afternoon tea (Mon.-Thurs., 1 p.m.-4 p.m.), which includes a small tea with a cake slice or two cloud pastries, sure to get the job done.

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– Caitlin Pallotta

Jingle In the Holiday Season

 The holidays are always the best time of the year. Make this season one of your favorites by celebrating with the city of Pasadena at some of our special holiday themed events.

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South Lake Avenue Annual Holidayfest

Kick off the holidays with a family fun day at The Shops on Lake Avenue! This free holiday festival will feature in-store specials and promotions at over 50 South Lake Pasadena merchants, photos with Santa, roaming characters, horse and carriage rides, live musical performances, carolers, holiday crafts, kids activities, a themed scavenger hunt, giveaways and more! The special outdoor performances include indie synth group DWNTWN, and the unique bluegrass, blues soul collective The Dustbowl Revival. Don’t miss this event to start the season on Saturday, December 5th from 12-5 p.m. Visit www.southlakeavenue.org for more information.

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One Colorado Happy Holidays Party

One Colorado wants you to start your holiday season with them! Enjoy a night of dancing to live music from the Jazz band Leftover Cuties. There will be a photo booth to capture the holiday memories and mini cupcakes and milk for that sweet treat craving. The One Colorado Charles Cherniss Tournament of Toys collection drive, which provides gifts to 3,000 disadvantaged children throughout the San Gabriel Valley will also be kicked off that night, so don’t forget to bring a toy! You won’t want to miss this event on Saturday, December 5th from 6-8 p.m. Visit http://www.oldpasadena.org/ for more information.

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Artisanal LA Holiday Market

Join Artisanal LA in Old Pasadena to celebrate the holidays! Eat, drink, and be merry at this year’s Artisanal LA Holiday Market. This all-day market will feature 150 local makers and chefs that are European market-inspired to give you the best shopping and maker experience this holiday season. Bring friends and family to enjoy this day of fun and start the season with joy and happiness. This event will take place Saturday, December 5th from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Visit https://www.sponseasy.com/ for more information.

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Live on Green – Free Family Festival in Pasadena

Be one of the first to experience this free festival in the three days leading up to the Rose Parade! For the first time Live on Green will take place and feature different themed activities honoring the history of Pasadena, the Rose Parade, and the National Parks Service. Take the kids to The Family fun Zone and play games, watch street performers, and eat at the sidewalk cafes that have kid-friendly food and drinks. Don’t worry, there is also food and beverages just for adults provided by Chef Ben Ford and other special guests. Don’t miss the live entertainment: strolling musicians, sing-a-longs, flash performances, and bands recording songs in the Jam Van! Three days of fun starting Tuesday, December 29th from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Visit http://www.visitpasadena.com/ for more information.

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– Caitlin Pallotta

Eat Your Way To Health!

With fall surrounding us, we thought it would be nice to have a little recap of some healthy tips to keep you and your family healthy this holiday season. Here is some healthful trivia about fruits and vegetables and how you can use them to stay healthy.

An Apple a Day

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If you didn’t already know, the apple is one of the healthiest fruits, with over 7,500 varieties now cultivated worldwide. The apple is rich in the antioxidant polyphenols. Polyphenols are important compounds that reduce inflammation, and have proven effective in the prevention of cancerous cell growth. According to the Linus Pauling Institute, apples supply 22 percent of the phenols we consume, and increased apple consumption has been correlated with reduced risk of heart disease and diabetes. Additionally, phenols create antioxidant activity that reduces free radicals that cause cell damage and are believed to contribute to cancer.

More Than an Anti-Vampire Aide

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In 2009 there was a study that tested 34 vegetables against eight different kinds of cancer that created very different results. Although science hasn’t been able to identify a single vegetable that can stop cancer, there are many that have been able to reduce cancer cell growth. But which vegetable is the best? Studies show garlic to be the winner, displaying the greatest negative effect on cancer cell growth of all the 34 vegetables tested on seven of the eight types of cancer.

Now You’re Cookin’

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You’ve probably heard the myth that the only good vegetables are raw vegetables, but to prove this wrong, there are some healthy benefits when vegetables are cooked properly. Kale is a great example of this. Everyone’s new found love for this leafy green could only be thought of as a good thing when it comes to cholesterol reduction. When we eat kale, some fiber-related nutrients bind with bile acids and escort them out of the body without being absorbed in the intestine. The body then, recognizing this shortage of bile acid, draws on the existing supply of cholesterol to make more, thus lowering the overall amount of cholesterol. For a twist, studies have shown that cooking enhances this binding property!

The Most Powerful Vegetable(s)

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Want to know what the most potent vegetable is based on its “nutrient density?” A study at William Patterson University in New Jersey looked at 17 critical vitamins and nutrients to answer this question. The winner of this study was watercress, one of the oldest leafy vegetables known to be consumer by humans. Watercress had a nutrient density score of 100 and proved to be the most potent of all 41 foods tested. Chinese cabbage and chard took the last two of the top three spots, with a nutrient density score of 91.9 and 89.2 respectively.

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If you’re ever asked the question, “If you were stranded on a desert island and could only bring one thing, what would it be?” we have your fruity answer. There are so many things that come in to play when trying to distinguish what is the healthiest fruit, the main thing being what your definition of healthy is. Fortunately, Leanitup.com came up with a ranking of 30 different fruits based on a score comprised of 12 different healthful indicators, glycemic load being the most important. Your answer is BLUEBERRIES! Blueberries contain the most healthful composite profile of the 30 fruits tested.

Now you know what you should load up on when you head to the grocery store next!

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– Caitlin Pallotta

Explore The Gold Line – South Pasadena Station

Steps from the South Pasadena Metro Station, Mission Street is your go-to for unique boutiques and mom and pop establishments.

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Crossings

If you’re looking for some place to take that special someone this holiday season, Crossings is the place to go. This upscale eatery provides endless hospitality, delicious flavors, and artful displays that are sure to keep you wanting more.

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Mike & Anne’s

The delicious food at this stop is worth the wait for a table on the picturesque patio or inside their elegant interior. If you’re looking for something meaty try the juicy Angus beef burger or hearty mushroom risotto. They also have fresh tuna poke or the Mission Street Caesar salad for those looking for a lighter option. Enjoy these delicious entrees with a glass or two of your favorite wine.

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 Mix N’ Munch

Feed your junk food craving at this family-run local favorite. Customize comfort food classics, including their popular Breakfast Sammy, a cheesy cheddar delight with bacon, tater tots, and a fried egg, with over 25 mix-in choices. Mix N’ Munch is the perfect place for the whole family to enjoy – or if you’re an adult just craving your favorite childhood food.

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Buster’s

This hipster-esque café will leave you satisfied and caffeinated as you explore everything South Pasadena has to offer. The cozy and welcoming environment the staff creates has kept this classic coffee shop in business for 30 years. The best part about Buster’s? Their coffee is roasted in-house for each of their drinks. Don’t forget to indulge in a tasty banana split with all the fixings along with your latte.

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Mission Wines 

Stocked with some of the finest wines around, along with a rotating selection of craft beer on tap, Mission Wines will undoubtedly satisfy your needs. If you’re on a budget, they even offer a “10 and under” selection. If you’re not 100% sure on a bottle, head up to the tasting bar to sample wines before fully committing.

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 Mission Tile West

 Look no further when it comes to redecorating your space from floor to ceiling or for just adding a few ceramic details to a boring room. Mission Tile West has finely crafted ceramics in many styles, including whimsical and sophisticated. The design experts are there to help give you advice and opinions while providing outstanding customer service.

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 Vave Studios

This hybrid floral design and boutique shop is sure to keep you coming back for its many charming vintage and handmade goods. Stop in to browse through the soothing scented candles, soft robes, bath essentials and quaint signs for a little homey touch to any place you go. The creative owner duo even offers a variety of workshops and events to engage the community, like “Wine and Cheese Shopping Night” and “Flowers and Wine.”

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Trina Turk

If you’re looking for something bright, funky, and fabulous Trina Turk is a must go to. This boutique carries everything from silky caftans and eye-catching swimsuits to flashy gold jewelry fit for any occasion. Before any vacation or beach trip be sure to stop in to Trina Turk.

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-Caitlin Pallotta