For a non-chichi bakery -- there's Beralina in La Crescenta/Montrose. Good bread, fabulous cheese "pockets" (ie, danish) and their chocolate butter cream cake is memorable -- an not nearly as expensive as Sweet Lady Jane's.
Summer is in full swing, which (hopefully) means trips to the park or the beach. If you’re taking a picnic along, you should know a few food safety rules so you can pack, transport, and eat your meal without the threat of food poisoning. Liz Weinandy