626 Night Market – Encore this weekend Sat/Sun 8/31 and 9/1

OK, its my little obsession, but its fun.  The 626 Night Market is CROWDED crazy, but fun.  Get there early while the food is still plentiful and Parking is easiest.  Prepare for crowds, but they are friendly and festive so its all good.  Prices are reasonable, not cheap but worth every penny.  Not much in the way of  ‘mericanized stuff, but thats a good thing.

Getting there is easy.  The Santa Anita is constricted due to construction for the Gold Line, I’d recommend exiting at Huntington 1 mile east and follow Huntington, a right turn heading west to Santa Anita Race Track and the 626 Night Market.

Deets Saturday 8/31, Sunday 9/1, 4PM to 1AM. 285 W. Huntington Drive,Arcadia, CA 91007 (Gates 3 or 5 off Huntington Drive; Gate 8 off Baldwin Avenue) MAP HERE. Free parking. Admission $2 4-6PM, $3 after 6PM.

Great little Italian Market in Arcadia

Claros Simple window display facing busy Huntington Drive in Arcadia
Claro's Simple window display facing busy Huntington Drive in Arcadia

For years I’ve heard about “a little Italian market in Arcadia”.  I never bothered to seek it out as I could get what I needed at an Toni’s or Pinocchio’s in Burbank.  Not seeking Claro’s out earlier was a mistake I quickly learned today.  Just getting out of the car I realized Claro’s Italian Market was going to be good.  I wish I had not put  off tracking Claro’s down as it is more of a market with a nice deli instead of the other way around.  The imported foodstuffs alone is worth the visit.

I can’t imagine where else in LA you can find a better selection of olive oils, tomato, cheese, polenta and who knows what else Italian, fobby or otherwise than here.  I was impressed.  The prices were good to outright cheap compared to regular chain stores in the area.   I’m about to be a regular there and can’t wait to sample even more of the fresh stuff as well as all the cheeses.

Details: Claro’s Italian Market. 19 1/2 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia CA 91006 626-446-0275

Turns out they have 5 stores total.  Locations and more info on their web site.  More pics and a little bit more on my finds today.  Continue reading “Great little Italian Market in Arcadia”

Betting the Farm at Santa Anita Park

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One of the most renowned horse racing tracks in the United States is right in our own backyard in Arcadia, CA. Have you been to Santa Anita Park?

With the suddenly-gorgeous weather, yesterday seemed like the perfect opportunity to head to Santa Anita. I’ve never been much of a gambler myself. But, there is something about the high class feeling of being at the track. Sure, you can head over in T-shirt and jeans, sit in the stands, and eat a hot dog as you bet away your hard-earned residuals. But, you haven’t really experienced the spectacle of Santa Anita until you class it up at the FrontRunner, with its floor-to-ceiling glass wall view of the San Gabriel Mountains. Sit at the bar with your Bloody Mary and crabcakes and pick your winner. Wil Wheaton will be glad to know that I used a lot of science to pick mine. I threw down a whopping $5 on a horse named Wheaton Hall to win the 4th race. He did.

If you want to check out Santa Anita on the cheap, this Saturday is your scene. It’s Dollar Day – where you pay just $1 for general admission, racing program, beer, hot dogs, soft drinks, and popcorn. Of course, you’ll have to sit outside with the commoners.

Take the 210 East from Pasadena.

Photo from santaanita.com