Spring fling

Blooming gardens brighten the foothills city of La Cañada Flintridge

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For a bite to eat, try one of the many restaurants along Foothill Boulevard. Dish ($$; 734 Foothill Blvd.; 818/790-5355) updates old favorites with a modern twist, such as a grilled rib-eye steak with blue cheese and red wine sauce. Penelope's Cafe, Books & Gallery ($; closed Sun; 1029 Foothill; 818/790-4386) serves light sandwiches and pastries inside among mix-and-match antiques and outside on a flower-ringed patio.

Or try the killer scones at the Turnabout Teacup ($$; tea Thu-Sat, by reservation only; 1432 Foothill; 818/790-3342), which tucks its small tearoom next to a store with vintage-style gifts.

Think green

La Cañada Flintridge ( www.lacanadaflintridge.com or 818/790-4289) is nestled at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains, 13 miles northeast of Los Angeles off I-210. Foothill Blvd. is the main street.

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