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Friday Travel Ticker: Roses on the way

December 28, 2012|By Chris Erskine
  • Members of the Wisconsin marching band step off during last year's parade.
Members of the Wisconsin marching band step off during last year's… (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles…)

Trattoria Neapolis, a Cal-Italian restaurant on Pasadena’s South Lake Avenue is offering a special menu and drink in honor of Stanford’s appearance in the Rose Bowl. The Cardinal Cooler is made with hibiscus syrup, rose water, vodka and lemon, and runs $12. Bet you couldn’t get a Badger fan to drink that . . . . Look for LAX in flowers during this year’s Rose Parade. More than 7,000 roses and nearly 5,000 carnations will adorn a float created to replicate the new $1.5-billion Tom Bradley International Terminal opening in 2013 . . . . Pasadena has an active restaurant scene, but the best morning meal in town is still the $5.80 breakfast burrito at Lucky Boy Drive-In, a favorite post-party meal for college-age kids; 640 S. Arroyo Parkway . . . . Another affordable option for the college set: The $6.49 pastrami burger (called the Tops Special) at the Original Tops, 3838 E. Colorado . . . .  Mountain High’s East Resort officially opened Wednesday. Goldrush trail offers good coverage, and all beginner runs at both the top and bottom are open . . . . With storms hitting much of the country, Angie’s List urges consumers to take cell photos of their vehicles before hiring a tow truck to pull them from a ditch. That way, the company says, drivers have proof of damage should the tow outfit harm the vehicle . . . . Barbados, Cape Verde and Costa Rica top Ethical Traveler’s annual survey of the world’s most ethical tourism destinations. The nonprofit says the winning destinations have all demonstrated a clear and continuing commitment to environmental protection, human rights and social welfare. Details, click here  . . . . On the less-ethical front, airline staffs and wheelchair service providers at LAX report increasing numbers of bogus or inappropriate requests from able-bodied passengers for wheelchair assistance. At LAX, airlines provide wheelchair service to more than 460,000 individuals annually. In 2011, wheelchair providers estimate that 15%, or about 69,000, requests (an average 190 requests daily) were “bogus” or inappropriate . . . . U.S. passenger airlines employed 384,310 workers in October 2012, 1.3% fewer than a year before, the Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics reports. . . . Oxnard celebrates its Restaurant Week Jan. 21-31, with 18 participating restaurants. For deals, and a list of restaurants, go to www.visitoxnard.com . . .The Monterey Jazz Festival’s national tour stops by Cal State Northridge on Jan. 23.  The 55th anniversary all-star band features Dee Dee Bridgewater, Christian McBride and Benny Green, among others. Tickets start at $35; (818) 677-3000 or www.valleyperformingartscenter.org . . . . The Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center in Santa Rosa features a different professional cartoonist the second Saturday of each month. Next up, Jan. 12, Dreamworks story artist Dave Needham. Details, click here . . . . Travel quote of the day: “Take only memories. Leave nothing but footprints.” (Seattle, Suquamish chief)

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