An Afternoon in Old Pasadena
Cuisine / 09 Jul 2014

This tree-lined enclave spans 22 historic blocks, with more than 100 world-class restaurants and 200+ boutiques. Spend a day in Old Pasadena & discover the wonders of this classic California haven.

EAT

Union is new to Old Pasadena. Thenorthern-Italian-meets-California-cuisine restaurant”, as the LA Times calls it, is getting big attention. Bold flavors, local cuisine, and sustainably sourced seafood are enhanced by house-made pickles & a laid-back, local vibe. Foodies are taking note. The LA Times just named Union executive chef Bruce Kalman the “Chef of the Moment.” Must be his one-of-a-kind menu and incredible chef pedigree (Kalman worked in New York with David Burke and in Chicago with Paul Bartolotta – talk about name dropping!). On his menu at Union are dishes such as mussels with guanciale, pea tendrils and fregola sarda; salmon crudo with olive purée and pickled purslane and house-made pastas.

PLAY

Old Pasadena Farmers’ Market

Well, this could be both an EAT & PLAY adventure. Dozens of local vendors bust out their best offerings of seasonal produce, gifts, and handcrafted treats. Every Sunday from 9am – 2pm, Old Pasadena Farmers’ Market takes over Holly Street at Fair Oaks Avenue. Social Paella is a local fave for fast, gourmet street food.

STAY

Sunset Magazine recommends Bissell House Bed & Breakfast – one of the oldest and most popular B&Bs in town. Says Sunset: “Located in South Pasadena on Orange Grove Ave. (often dubbed "Millionaire's Row"), the Victorian mansion boasts gardens, carved wood details, and traditionally decorated rooms, and makes an elegant, romantic getaway. And Pasadena's best cultural attractions are just a short drive away.”