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Mar 8, 2007 08:17 AM

Help fill my picnic basket in Pasadena ... ?

New to Pasadena, from San Francisco, and have yet to find the mom and pops I loved so much and go to Whole Foods way too much. Good cheeses, wines (I'm thinking dry French Rose' ) . Or any thoughts/ideas would be appreciated. Day off so don't mind a litle drive.

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  1. There's a place in Monrovia on Foothills (near Mrytle) called California Wine & Cheese. I haven't been there myself but maybe you can have some fun checking it out.

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    1. re: crystaw

      hey thanks. I'll check it out and let you know.

      1. Some people on Chowhound recently posted about this place, although I have never been there:

        Roma Italian Deli & Grocery - (626) 797-7748 - 918 N Lake Ave, Pasadena

        Here's the thread where people talk about it:

        I also saw an Italian grocer on Valley Blvd. in San Gabriel recently. I think this is it:

        Claro's Italian Market - (626) 288-2026 - 1003 E Valley Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776

        Cross Street:
        Near intersection of E Valley Blvd and Delta Ave

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        1. re: katkoupai

          I've been to Roma once and liked it very much. And thanks for Claro's. Heard about it but haven't been yet. What about that Italian deli in Glendale? Is it worth checking out?

          1. re: gofish_99

            I haven't actually been to any of the above places yet, but I've either heard about them on this site or driven by them. I usually shop at Ralph's or Trader Joe's. :)

            Sometimes, I shop at Gelson's, and recently I tried Wild Oats. All are good. I find a bag of groceries can add up very quickly at Gelson's. Trader Joe's is good for picking up a few items. Ralph's I like if I have to do a lot of shopping for everything. The other's (Roma, Claro's, Italian deli, and Farm Fresh Market), I have yet to try.

            Good luck, and if you find anything, anywhere that is really good, please post. I'd love to know what the picnic ends up being, foodwise. :)

        2. Two places come to mind near Pasadena (aside from TJ's of course) for stocking a picnic basket:

          Mario's Italian Deli
          740 E. Broadway, Glendale, CA 91205 (818) 242 4114


          2649 Mission Street San Marino, California 91108 (626) 441 2299
          with a great little market stocked with high end take away... also very good for breakfast (go early on Saturday to avoid the wait, by early I mean before 8:30 am)

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          1. re: chefsson

            Hey thanks, you just answered my question above ..

            1. re: gofish_99

              My pleasure. Mario's is quite good, with a great selection of cold cuts and cheeses plus sandwices, etc... it's a deli after all. Nice service too... gets very busy at lunch. Happy picnicing!

            2. re: chefsson

              If you go to Julienne's definitely get the couscous salad if they have it. It had cinnamon and raisins in it. Was so good I could not stop eating!

            3. There are also a few Trader Joe's, a Wild Oats Market, Gelson's and Farm Fresh Market in Pasadena, if any of those appeal to you.

              You can hit Trader Joe's and Wild Oats in one stop, since they are close to each other on South Lake.

              Gelson's is less than a mile away from those in the Paseo Colorado (parking under the building) at Colorado Blvd. and Los Robles.

              Farm Fresh Market is at 475 E. Orange Grove Blvd. in Pasadena, near Los Robles.

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              1. re: katkoupai

                Wow, this is great info. My girlfriend and I are driving to Petaluma for friends birthday bash, and we both can't do the fast food thing on the road. And just purchased a nice vintage picnic basket. So thanks for all the help.

                Where do you go for wines.,? I know my wines, and tend toward eclectic and inexpensive. Still haven't found that great store yet. Ideas?

                1. re: gofish_99

                  There are other people on this site who know way more about wine. I'm the kind of person that will basically drink anything, as long as it hasn't gone bad. Trader Joes has wine, I think. Ralphs must have wine. Some people mentioned cheap wine at Costco recently. Come to think of it, there is a recent thread just on this subject. I will find it, and post it for you, gofish_99. :)

                  1. re: katkoupai

                    Thanks, yeah, haven't done the wine search yet, but need to. Trader Joes I do goto a lot.

                    1. re: gofish_99

                      Here's one link, re. wine stores nearby in Hollywood, Glendale, Los Feliz and Silverlake:


                      I couldn't find the other threads that I was looking for (search "wine Pasadena," and you will get over 800 hits on Chowhound), but here's another local option for a variety of beverages:

                      885 S. Arroyo Parkway
                      Pasadena, CA91105US
                      Fax: (626)356-9464

                      I drive by all the time-- have never gone in.

                      Good luck. :)

                      1. re: katkoupai

                        I used to goto BevMo in SF all the time. Thanks for the reminder, because if you know what you like, whata great place.

                        1. re: katkoupai

                          Here's the link that I was looking for, earlier. It is about how different Costcos have different wine selections, but if you read the responses, there are recs for local wine shops too.


                    2. re: gofish_99

                      Try Mission Wines in South Pasadena
                      1114 Mission Street South Pasadena, CA 91030 (626) 403 9463
                      Very friendly and helpful

                      1. re: chefsson

                        for wine only, really. no food.

                      2. re: gofish_99

                        Try Heritage Wine & Spirits on Raymond between Holly and Walnut. They have parking (a few spaces) in the back or you can park for 90 minutes for free in the structure next door. Very friendly and they will help you.

                        Heritage Wine & Spirits
                        155 N. Raymond Av
                        Pasadena, CA 91103
                        (626) 844-9333

                    3. nicole's french gourmet, south pasadena
                      el centro at meridian

                      auntie em's, eagle rock
                      eagle rock blvd.

                      try a picnic in lacey park (you'll need to pay if you're not a san marino resi

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                      1. re: revets2

                        I'll third that suggestion on Nicloe's... fresh croissants on Saturday mornings a plus... nice cheese selection... small "chef-oriented" market too... weak coffee tho, sadly.

                        *Also* I recommend Euro Pane on Colorado Boulevard just east of Mentor for pastry num nums and great sandwiches. The pear tarts are fabulous.

                        1. re: chefsson

                          Euro Pane sounds like a must. Gotta try those pear tarts. Goly gee thanks.

                          1. re: gofish_99

                            closest thing to tartine in the SGV. maybe not quite as good and not as many choices and not as charming.

                            1. re: revets2

                              So true... eating there is not a tranquil experience, better to take away and enjoy in a more comfortable setting. Did I mention the great sandwiches?
                              :¬ )

                          2. re: chefsson

                            newish pasquini espresso machine at nicole's. coffee sitch much better.