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FREE GAS for you on Memorial Day!!

Helpful Honda Guy pumping free gas for you in Pasadena.

Helpful Honda Guy pumping free gas for you in Pasadena.

As gas prices continue to rise, the SoCal Honda Dealers want to reward Honda drivers in Southern California during this coming Memorial Day (5/27) by giving them free tanks of gas. The Helpful Honda Guys in their iconic blue shirts will be out at gas stations all over SoCal giving away free tanks of gas, pumping the gas, and washing windows- just one more way SoCal Honda is being helpful.

To find out where the helpful Honda guys will be pumping their free gas in Pasadena and around SoCal, stay tuned via Twitter @Mr_Pasadena and the following Facebook page:

Helpful Honda Girls are out there too!

Helpful Honda Girls are out there too!

 Also just to make things fun the first 5 people that Tweet me and say @Mr_Pasadena I read your blog post on #freegas  @HelpfulHonda thx for the heads up!” gets their choice of a Dodger Travel Mug, an LA GALAXY Jersey or a helpful Honda Guy Blue polo.

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Girl Scout Cookies Never Looked So Good!


Everybody loves Girl Scout cookies, right?  This season, Trattoria Neapolis is purchasing cookies from Girl Scout Troop 14201 from Willard School in Pasadena and using them to create an original dessert — the Tagalong Torta (Do-Si-Do Cookie Crust, Peanut Butter Mousse, Dark Chocolate Ganache, Blueberry Sorbetto, Tagalong Crumbles). 

They are also making a special addition to their housemade gelato and Italian cookie plate.  They’re taking two Samoa cookies and putting their own Toasted Coconut Gelato between them to make a delicious Girl Scout Cookie Sandwich.  (Served as Gelato Plate with Samoa Coconut Gelato Cookie Sandwich).

The desserts are available at Trattoria Neapolis starting TODAY.

 Trattoria Neapolis is proud to partner with Troop 14201 who will use their cookie proceeds to support Families in Transition (a non-profit providing service to homeless students in Pasadena schools) and The Humane Society of Pasadena. Both of these Girl Scout Cookie treats will only be on the dessert menu for a limited time starting today–Tuesday, February 19th.  Note each dessert is $9, $1 of which will go to local Pasadena Girl Scout Troop 14201.  We encourage everyone to support the Girl Scouts generously this cookie season.

Mama’s Health Precious Preemie Project


Highlighting restaurants and taking in a cheeseburger week in Pasadena is fun, but on a serious note my website is also focused on the city of Pasadena and all the amazing work that is done throughout the community by some of these hard working non-profits.  

 I recently sat down with my friend Raquel Hunter and talked about her involvement with Mama’s Health and Precious Preemies. Each month, they send hand-knitted hats to hospitals throughout the U.S. The donation of hats is their organization’s way of sharing hope and love to make premature babies’ lives and their families’ lives better. In 2012, they knitted and donated over 700 hats and they are off to a great start in 2013 having already mailed 140 hats. Their selfless act also comes with an encouraging note for the parents.

 I then asked Raquel what was it that made her decide to do this outreach for preemies. She said, “After the birth of my healthy baby girl at Huntington Hospital, I visited my hospital’s nursery and saw many premature babies fighting with everything they had to stay alive. I decided right then and there that I would do something to help these little babies! I did a little research and decided I would knit hats to keep their little heads warm. I watched some YouTube videos, taught myself how to knit, and gathered a few volunteers to help. These hats mean a lot to the parents who receive them. Especially for the little warriors who don’t make it. Often, the hats are one of a few pieces of clothing that their baby has worn so the hats hold lots of sentimental value.”

 I am sure that you can learn how to do just about anything from watching You Tube videos, but I was blown away that she taught herself how to knit.  After I recomposed myself, I asked her how can we help her and the Precious Preemie Project. She said “everyone can help by:

•           Donating yarn

•           Donating hats

•           Donating gift cards for us to buy yarn and knitting supplies

•           Or you can donate your own time by knitting hats for us

 Although their main focus is to donate hats to premature babies, if they receive blankets, booties, or handmade stuffed animals, they will donate them to one of their recipient hospitals that accepts those items.

 Precious Preemies knits hats for the following hospitals:

 Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles

Huntington Hospital, Pasadena, CA

The Tiny Miracles Foundation, Darien, CT

Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, Pomona, CA

Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth, Lebanon, NH

Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, Valencia, CA

Kaiser Permanente Panorama City Medical Center, Panorama City, CA

 Also, here is a link to a video which includes one of Precious Preemie donations to Huntington Hospital

 Mail donations to:

Precious Preemie Project  Suite 2170, 281 East Colorado Blvd.  Pasadena, CA 91101 


 Thank you Raquel for taking the time out of your busy day to speak with me, I hope that this blog post reaches out to new donors and to those that are interested in donating their time to knitting more caps for preemies. You have a wonderful program and I wish all the best in 2013. ~ Mr. Pasadena


2nd Annual Cheeseburger Week January 13th -18th


Come to Pasadena for a Cheeseburger Crawl as Cheeseburger Week Celebrates America’s Favorite Food

The second annual Cheeseburger Week celebration in Pasadena is January 13-18, 2013. Everyone is invited to Pasadena to celebrate the birthplace of America’s favorite food as we honor Lionel Sternberger for the invention of the cheeseburger at Pasadena’s Rite Spot in 1924.

This year, for the first time, the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce is providing suggested routes for Cheeseburger Crawls. “Last year, one of the phenomena of Cheeseburger Week was people who organized cheeseburger crawls,” said Chamber CEO Paul Little. “They got three or more of their friends together and went from restaurant to restaurant sampling burgers. People would order a burger and split it four ways, enjoy drinks and then go on to the next place and do it again. That way, in the course of an evening, everyone had a chance to taste the culinary excellence of four or more restaurants.”

Suggested Cheeseburger Crawls can be found at the Cheeseburger Week website at .  The Cheeseburger Crawls are suggested routes. Cheeseburger Week celebrants are encouraged to create their own, as well. Some suggested routes include a Traditional Pasadena Cheeseburger Crawl, an Old Pasadena White Table Cloth Cheeseburger Crawl, an East Pasadena Cheeseburger Crawl, an Alternative Cheeseburger Crawl, a South Lake Avenue Cheeseburger Crawl, a Beer and Burgers Cheeseburger Crawl and a Sliders Cheeseburger Crawl.

Cheeseburger Week celebrates the invention of America’s favorite food in its birthplace, Pasadena. From January 13-18, 2013, Pasadena salutes Lionel Sternberger for his mastery, insight, innovation and daring in placing a piece of cheese atop a hamburger for the first time in recorded culinary history at the Rite Spot in Pasadena in 1924.

Restaurants, burger stands, bars and lounges will celebrate Cheeseburger Week with special offerings, creative interpretations of the cheeseburger and cheeseburger alternatives. From lunch counters to white table cloth restaurants, the cheeseburger rules in Pasadena from January 13th to 18th.  Come to Pasadena for a Cheeseburger Crawl, take the Cheeseburger Challenge and celebrate Pasadena’s culinary legacy in the city where the cheeseburger was invented. For more information visit

Restaurants taking part in Cheeseburger Week from January 13 to 18, 2013 are:

Special menus, deals and discoveries, along with cheeseburger crawls can be found online at



Advance Preview of the 2013 Rose Parade floats


Phoenix Decorating Company has this amazing event/fundraiser they put on every December for the Pasadena PALS (Police Activities Leagues). The Pasadena PALS provides after-school and summer programs for Pasadena kids in middle school and high school. The program is educational, athletic, and recreational and is intended to develop and maintain a positive bond between police officers and the youth of our community. The Pasadena PAL staff of officers, youth advisors and volunteers help divert kids from boredom, apathy, loneliness and the countless problems of growing up today.

This Phoenix event gives you an exclusive look at the 2013 Rose Parade floats before the general public will see them. Not only are you treated to beer, wine and some small bites, but you are given a VIP tour of the facility by the Phoenix float docents. These docents have been a part of the Phoenix family for years and are able to answer just about any question you may have about Phoenix floats (both present and past). Without a doubt this is a great event for the whole family. Both young and old will marvel at the enormity of these great floats and be able to take as many pictures as you would like.
I encourage you to attend this event (possibly one of Pasadena’s best kept secret events). Because there is nothing like it in Pasadena or anywhere else in Los Angeles and now you are invited. So make plans to bring the family, take a few co-workers or just come and make some new friends because you don’t want to miss this event.

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DATE: DECEMBER 27th –Thursday TIME: 3-7pm
LOCATION: Phoenix Decorating Company 835 S. Raymond Ave.
Cost: Adults $25 – Kids $10 (15 and under) Purchase tickets online @

The 5th Annual Snow Days, Dec. 26-30

SnowDaysArt_200pIt’s going to be a winter wonderland at Kidspace Children Museum in Pasadena as 60 tons of snow is trucked in for the 5th Annual Snow Days winter celebration.  Snow Days at Kidspace takes place from Wednesday, December 26 through Sunday, December 30, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 pm. weekdays and 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekends.

SnowGirl_200pThough the sun may be shining on the rest of Pasadena and Los Angeles, the real snow at Kidspace will offer some cool winter fun for kids and families.  In addition to making snowmen, snow angels and snowballs, some of the many other activities scheduled for Snow Days are:

  •      Writing special holiday wishes to hang on the “wish-teria” vine
  • Interactive shows about the water cycle and the possibility of snow in Los Angeles
  • Learn about seedling trees and bring one home to plant in your own yard.
  • Cookie decorating
  • Learning how snow is formed and why we need snow to survive.
  • Winter Arts & Crafts
  • Holiday Story Readings
  • Ice Fishing
  • Dry Ice Experiments
  • Live Performances at 1pm Daily

–          Wednesday December 26: Enjoy a Glass Harp musical performance with Brien Engel.

–          Thursday, December 27:  Get your body moving at the rocking dance party with DJ Joey.

–          Friday, December 28:  Discover the mystery of Frosty’s Magic Hat with Franklin Haynes Marionettes.

–          Saturday, December 29:  Combine music and puppets for a funny wacky show with Groovy David and Friends.

–          Sunday, December 30:  Enjoy the art of dance with a performance from Ballet Folklorica Nuhuatzen.

Mr. Pasadena says ” There is nothing like having a winter wonderland in Pasadena. So if you are looking for something to do with the kids (because they are still on X-mas break) this is the place to be”

Holiday Photos On The Pasadena Trolley


                Looking for a unique setting for your holiday photo this year?  How about sending greetings from Pasadena, with a family photo in the Vintage Trolley prop at Pasadena Museum of History? I loved this idea so much that I had to take my Holiday photo there as well!

Decorated for the season in festive greenery and ribbons, the standup prop was created by photographer Steve Crise, co-curator with Michael Patris of the exhibition  Pacific Electric Railway, Then and Now.  Bring your family and your camera to the Museum at your convenience — the trolley is accessible seven days a week, from 12:00 Noon until 5:00 pm. at Pasadena Museum of History, 470 W. Walnut St., Pasadena 91103.

While you are at PMH, treat yourselves to the current exhibits:  Pacific Electric Railway, Then and Now and What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been: 35 Years of the Doo Dah Parade, open Wednesdays through Sundays, from Noon to 5:00 pm. The Museum Store is holiday-ready, too, full of great gift ideas as well as official Tournament of Roses merchandise.  Public tours of the elegant Fenyes Mansion resume on December 7 and will be offered every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 12:15 pm.  In addition, PMH will welcome one and all to our free Holiday Open House on Sunday, December 2, from Noon to 5:00 pm.  For a complete schedule of activities, admission prices, hours, directions, and more, please visit or call 626.577.1660, ext. 10.