I Drink Your Expensive Milkshake

Spent the afternoon in Pasadena with this handsome fella…

PicMonkey Collage

…since I was in the area, I swung by Great Harvest, hoping to pick up a loaf and snack on bread samples. But they had JUST closed. D’oh! (I mean, Dough!)


Checked my handy Yelp App to see what else was in the area, and noticed the Fair Oaks Pharmacy was down the street.


A real live drugstore, with nostalgia galore…




…and a Soda Fountain!





Grabbed a seat at the counter and ordered a milkshake to go.



The kid tried to talk me into a Peanut Butter concoction, but I was pretty adamant about the Chocolate Banana. (I call him “kid” because he kept calling me “ma’am.”)


This drink was #7 on LA Weekly’s list


…as you can see, it’s pretty thin, but highly delicious – with big chunks of banana going up the straw.


Crazy $$$, though. With tip, this little treat cost $10! I think if you order in, you get the overflow? I didn’t – even though I finished it while waiting for my credit card receipt.


Filling too – before bedtime, I snacked on a bowl of figs and frozen grapes.



What’s the most you would pay for a really good milkshake? And to think, all that hoopla over the $5 one in Pulp Fiction

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  • Karen

    That’s an overpriced milkshake!!

  • Anne

    Wonderful nostalgia, thank you for this! I grew up in South Pas, and my grandparents lived in Pasadena. (And now I’m in Astoria, Queens.) I remember being treated to shakes and ice cream at the Pharmacy. It was the 80s though, so I’m sure it was much cheaper…

  • http://living-learning-eating.blogspot.com Living, Learning, Eating

    That drugstore is so cute! And the frozen figs looks delicious. $10 sounds a lot, but I always price the experience more than the food item itself, so it would depend on the circumstances!

  • http://www.cksmetalart.blogspot.com Cindy


    I love a good ‘ole fashioned Milkshake, but $10 would have had me spinning on my stool. (yes…I see how that can be read another way) Kind of hope they are milking the grass fed cow out back for that moolah.

    If you’ve not given it a whirl, I totally recommend the Rootbeer float at Umami. One of the best I’ve had.

  • http://www.thevegtress.wordpress.com Emily

    That is quite the pricey milkshake! But if you enjoyed it, it was worth it.
    The drugstore is adorable. I love discovering little hidden gems like that throughout the city. Definitely a bummer that Great Harvest was closed though!

  • http://rachrachbobach.wordpress.com Rachel

    I think the last time I had a milk shake was when I was 16 and got my wisdom teeth out haha it was amazing at the time :)

  • http://www.chicagofoodiegirl.com/ chicago foodie girl

    Oh, that drugstore is so adorable! I love stumbling upon little places like that!

    The milkshake seems way overpriced, but then again, it’s more about the experience when it comes to those situations — if it tasted good and made you happy, then it was worth it! It’s not like you’re going there for a $10 shake every week, so I don’t think it’s a huge deal.

  • http://www.theletmeeatcake.com Let Me Eat Cake

    good as it may have been that is way to much for a milkshake! i have a hard enough time paying $6 for those tasty custard shakes from short order

  • http://j3nn.net j3nn

    Omfg, you are brilliant! I HATE being called ma’am, especially by people like 4 years younger than me. Referring to them as kid is just perfect, hahaha. Although, I’d rather be called kid, even if it’s a bit condescending. :/

  • Floey

    Are the milkshakes at Fosselman’s cheaper? Don’t they use the same type of ice cream at the Pharmacy? I

  • http://gobakeyourself.wordpress.com/ Choc Chip Uru

    I have never quite seen such an adorable drug store – it is so a la mode 😀
    And that milkshake looks worth $10, so delicious!

    Choc Chip Uru

  • kate

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    I loved hearing you on The Because Show. I know it was ages ago, but still…

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