Oh, back to reality. This past week I was off exploring the twists and turns of Pasadena and Hollywood after work. Now I’m back at my office thinking about the adventures and delicious food I had. After all, isn’t one of the best things about traveling the food?
Shopping in Old Town Pasadena
My shopping addiction doesn’t stop when I travel. Old Pasadena is known for its incredible line of shopping. For conscious shopping, I was able to pop into Eileen Fisher, Lou & Grey, Saje Natural Wellness, antique shop, and Madewell. As for non-conscious shopping, I wandered into Sugarfina and Banana Republic. I ended up purchasing this shirt from Madewell and this feminist shirt from Lou & Grey.
Where to eat in Pasadena
Sunlife Organics. The first day of my trade show didn’t start until 12 so I was able to wander a mile from the Sheraton hotel to pick up an acai bowl from Sunlife Organics. But this smoothie bowl wasn’t just any smoothie bowl. It was loaded up unicorn tears and leprechaun gold. But for real, I got the Samurai bowl which had blended acai, strawberry, banana, raw cacao, raw chocolate plant protein and hemp milk topped with granola, young Thai coconut meat, banana, raw cashew butter, goji berries, bee pollen, and raw honey. Talk about a game changer.
Majares. My co-worker grew up in Pasadena and actually had her wedding rehearsal dinner at Mijares. Since I’m always down for Mexican food, I was incredibly eager to try out authentic Mexican food. I ended up getting the fajitas and they were just as good as they look.
Seeing the Walk of Fame
Since we were so close to Hollywood, my coworker took me to see one of the most sought-after attractions: the Walk of Fame. Over 2,500 stars illuminate the walkway of Hollywood. Alongside the Walk of Fame are countless tourist shops that are begging for your attention. Other than seeing the Walk of Fame and the imprints in front of the Egyptian Theater there isn’t much to Hollywood. I really preferred seeing Pasadena over Hollywood. Nonetheless, here are some of the stars I was able to see.
Seeing the Hollywood Sign
There are so many different points you can see from the Hollywood sign. Before I traveled to California the one thing I really wanted to see was the Hollywood sign. I scouted high and low on Pinterest and found it so hard to find the right information on how to see the Hollywood sign. I ended up ubering from my hotel near the Burbank airport to Lake Hollywood Park. At the park, dogs of all sizes were running around for frisbees with the Hollywood sign shining down on them. From there, I was able to walk up the hill and see incredible views of the sign and all of L.A. I’m still not sure how you get behind the Hollywood sign so if you know the answer please let me know for when I go back.
Where to eat near the Burbank hotel
On the last day of the trade show, I ended up switching my hotel to the Burbank Marriott so I would be close to the Burbank hotel. Attached to the hotel was a restaurant called EDB (Eat, Drink, Better) and man was it good. I ended up getting a veggie burger, truffle fries, and a cucumber mint mule. The veggie bugger now rivals one of my favorite veggie burgers with this one from London being my favorite.
The next morning, I continued the smoothie trend I went to Robek to get another Acai bowl. This one wasn’t as good as Sunlife Organics but it was a good quick meal before my flight.