I'm not a big fan of most of the art collection (though the arts and crafts house is well worth checking out), but the grounds are a great place to walk around and find a quiet place to read a book and get (sort of) away from the hustle of Los Angeles.
The rose garden is spectacular. The Japanese garden is also something in particular to take a look at, but during the weekend it is usually very crowded.
Admission is free on the first Thursday of the month.
PROS: Beautiful grounds
Steve's Pets is not the place to go for a great selection of fish, reptiles, birds, small mammals or other more "unusual" pets. They do have a fairly limited selection of cats and dogs, however. In addition they have a pretty reasonable selection of pet supplies at okay prices.
Steve's Bike doesn't have a great selection of bikes or components in stock, but if you need a tune-up or some other work done on your bike they're the place to go. They have friendly service and excellent prices.
PROS: Good, cheap repair work
CONS: Very limited selection of parts in stock
Lindsey's Liquors has a small general store in back in addition to their liquor selection. They have a pretty good range of liquors, but the real star here is their selection of malt beverages. Their prices aren't great, but are competetive for the area, and the staff is nothing special.
As this is a surplus store, the selection varies a lot from week to week, so if you find the item you need make sure to get it that day or have it set aside for you. They do have a huge selection, but it's not organized very well, so you have to do a lot of searching. Overall, a pretty good place to look for a hard to find item, but probably not the best.
Combine high prices with only an alright selection and an uncaring, stuffy salestaff and Pasadena Cyclery is what you get. In general the staff is unhelpful, and when you ask what you think are reasonable questions (such as "where are the tubes") you get condescending answers. It's a convenient store for those in the Pasadena area, but I'd suggest going elsewhere.
The CSCA is a good way to get a leg up in the competetive cooking industry. It will help you develop a lot of basic skills beyond cooking that are necessary to be successful in the cooking industry. The classes cover a wide variety of subject, again going beyond just strictly cooking. However, the instruction quality varies a lot from instructor to instructor, so if you want the most out of the school you have to go to the registrars office and bug them to get the chef you want.
Bamboo Tea House has quite a wide selection of high quality teas, but don't expect to find you're favorite brand here, they're all a private brand. In addition, this cozy shop has a decent selection of tea pots, cups and other accoutrements. The staff is friendly and helpful and quite willing to talk about tea.
Irwindale is a nice spot to go for a night of racing and all that that entails. They don't have a huge track, so expect to see more local races, but it's still fun. They have a wide variety of events from drag racing to demo derbies and figure-eight racing. The enterance fee is a little steep, but it is a very fun place to go.
This store has a good selection of high and medium quality cigars and lighters. The staff is helpful and quite knowledgeable about the subject. The smoking room is quite classy, and an excellent place to go sit back, relax and smoke a nice fat cigar. The prices aren't great, but are okay. Overall a nice experience