Breathe deep in San Marino

Smell the flowers while you bask in the botanical oasis of a San Gabriel Valley town

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Julienne This cafe offers patio seating and a mean breakfast (try the crème brûlée French toast with fresh strawberry sauce). But we recommend something even more alfresco: Order lunch to go from its adjacent market, then picnic in 30-acre Lacy Park (free Mon-Fri, $4 Sat-Sun for nonresidents; 1485 Virginia Rd.; 626/300-0790). $$; closed Sun; 2651 Mission St.; 626/441-2290.


Simply Fresh Buy patio furniture and garden items to create your own home oasis at this indoor-outdoor shop. Closed Sun; 2628 Mission; 626/441-7250.

San Marino Toy and Book Shoppe Designed for the child in everyone, the store offers a thoughtful array of toys and books, even kids' gardening tools. 2424 Huntington Dr.; 626/309-0222.



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