Eat "The Sandwich"
In Pasadena, there is only one sandwich worth eating, and only one man who can make it: 78-year-old Rosario Mazzeo, who still sits behind the meat and cheese counter at his Italian deli and grocery, Roma Market. "The Sandwich," the only go-to item on offer, might seem like just a simple pile of mortadella, capicola, salami, and provolone, but it's so much more than the sum of its parts -- you'll just have to find out why for yourself.
For most of the year, the Levitt Pavilion is an empty bandshell at Pasadena's historic Memorial Park. But every summer, the mini-Hollywood Bowl throws off the cobwebs with 50 concerts featuring Grammy-winning Americana, blues, jazz, and Latin acts, from Dean Torrence of surf-rockers Jan and Dean to LA's Latin-fusion Quetzal. Oh, and one last little detail: All the concerts are 100% free.