When you find yourself wandering in L.A. make sure you explore Pasadena. After all it was featured in one of the Beach Boys songs : The Little Old Lady from Pasadena. I always enjoy walking around this area because it’s such a historic location.
Want to start your start your day with a perfect brunch ?Okay maybe I’m exaggerating just a little but honestly my first experience at Copa Vida was amazing.
The first time I came to this place was when I treated my mom out for some brunch. We both ordered two ‘Your Way’ dishes and it was incredibly delicious.
I should warn you though that the line is no joke. Brunch is served on the weekends until 11 am. This place also has an extensive list of tea options which is perfect for those who aren’t a fan of coffee. Copa Vida has a mix of different white, black, green, herbal, oolong, and milk combination teas. The drink Orchid Oolong that I ordered was light but it still managed to give me that boost that I needed. If you don’t want to wake up too early to make it in time for brunch , there is always the weekday menu that is available from Monday through Friday from 7 am-3 pm.
Side note: The Wi-fi password is cupofgrace which is also printed at the bottom of your receipt.
The hours to hike daily are from 9 am-5 pm.
Parking is free and isn’t usually busy on the weekends.
This hike takes you to a natural waterfall at the end of your hike and it is pretty easy to get to. By the time it takes you to get there the hike will be worth your while and also the perfect spot to cool down and relax. The way to the waterfall is pretty straightforward with the exception of having a few water crossings in between so make sure you bring your hiking shoes and not your regular shoes. The total distance round trip is around 3.5 miles give or take. Make sure you stay under the bridge instead of going into the canyon hills, once you see a stream you know that you are going in the right direction. This stream leads you all the way to the waterfall. The flow of the waterfall will vary according to the season that you visit. Once it starts to rain, the waterfall is breathtakingly beautiful. This trail is also dog friendly but make sure that your dog is secured with a leash.
Side note: If you decide to bring snacks along with you please make sure to pick up after yourselves. I’ve been on this trail quite a few times and it’s very heartbreaking to see trash that other people leave behind.
OLD TOWN PASADENA
First the bad news. Parking is a b****. It’s not free and sometimes the lots and parking structures are packed . There are several parking structures along the side streets where you can park with some offering free 90 minute parking. Street metered parking is an alternative but be careful, parking enforcement is very strict on parking here. Most people spend almost a whole day in Old Town Pasadena so paying $6 for all day parking is reasonable. Generally, it is a very safe place as the police patrol this area frequently!
Pasadena has a tremendous amount of on-street parking throughout the city. A majority of it is not restricted to a time limit during daytime hours, but please read any posted signs when parking. Parking is not permitted on City streets between the hours of 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. except where posted otherwise.
Old Pasadena or Old Pas as some people like to call it has been all renewed and except for the buildings themselves there is nothing “old” about it. Today, Old Town has completely transformed. Not only have the streets expanded out with stores but new up and coming restaurants have planted themselves here along with high end stores (including Tiffanys).
Now, having said that, it is a great hang out spot for families, friends, and couples. It is several blocks of walking and it is very clean and safe. I love walking around here! There are tons of good restaurants to check out, lots of shopping down Colorado Blvd, plenty of bars and lounges to choose from, and a great hang out spot for a full day. The coffee shops are a must, so please do not stop at a Starbucks when there are several little ones out there that are fun and better such as Home Brewed Bar, Jameson Brown Coffee Roasters, and Lavender&Honey Espresso Bar. This is my fav area to hang out for a day if I want to get out of the house on a beautiful day. I can stop by Forever 21, Heavenly Couture, or H&M for my shopping fix. Enjoy a nice walk around the block to find my favorite bookstore, Vromans, where I tend to loose track of time. If you’re a book lover like me this is the place for you 😉 Grab ice cream at 21 Choices, Pinkberry, and Ice Cream Lab.
Watch a movie at arc light. Check out a musical or play at the Pasadena playhouse or explore the Norton Simon Museum. The best time to come is during the holidays when the area and stores are decorated for Christmas and it can get pretty chilly at night so make sure you’re bundled!
Expect to spend a few hours there. There are great places to have dinner
DINNER AT OJI SUSHI
I came here on a Sunday night with my friend and it was the best experience I’ve had so far with eating sushi. They told us we had to wait like 15 minutes before we went inside which wasn’t too bad. We came during their soft opening promotion which meant that the classic sushi and the classic rolls were 50% off ! Unfortunately the soft opening has ended so now it’s normal price but I would still recommend trying it at least once because words cannot explain as to how good this sushi was. The interior was very trendy and had a nice vibe to it. The server was really nice, attentive and even complimented me on my eye makeup 🙂 but anyways back to the sushi lol
I’m giving this sushi a five star rating because it was that good. The portions sizes were on point and apparently from what I’ve heard is that they used good quality wasabi (which I didn’t try because I’m not a fan). The sushi looked very aesthetic so of course we had to take a few photos 😉 After we got around to eating this delicious looking food, it just melted in our mouths!