Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Intelligentsia Pasadena :)
Yeah! Intelligentsia finally opened in Old Pasadena this morning! Went exactly at 10 to find there was already a good hustle and bustle inside. Pretty impressive as they'd only announced the opening yesterday afternoon.
The place looks great. The decor is reminiscent of their Venice Beach branch, but with more seating; the staff was very friendly, and for Intelligentsia, strangely chatty. The guy at the cash register went on and on about their strained opening and how they had the wrong cables for their cash register and blah, blah, blah. The Pasadena branch offers the usual coffee and tea selection. In addition, they're offering individual siphon coffee makers. AND they're going to start making real food, like grilled cheese sandwiches and lasagna. Probably why they have all that lovely seating. Just what Old Pasadena needed.
I also noted that Intelligentsia was right opposite Baskin-Robbins, which means that you can order an espresso from Intelligentsia and then fly over to Baskin-Robbins for a scoop of vanilla so you can make an affogato!
More excitement as we drove home: just as we drove out of the parking garage, we got stopped at the intersection by a cop on a motorcycle. WTF, we asked? Turned out there was a police escort for two large parade floats. Can this town get anymore exciting?