It’s All Happening in Pasadena
Annabel Inganni might not have grown up in Pasadena, but she’s put down deep roots in the southern section of the city, a subset of L.A. It’s where she lives, but also where she makes the pattern-embossed wooden games and housewares that make up her line, Wolfum. Here’s what Annabel gets up to when she takes a rare day off to hang in the ‘hood.
“These gardens are truly one of the most stunning spots in Pasadena, if not all of L.A. With sixteen different garden environments to explore, the grounds represent the diversity of California and all its beauty. The children's garden is magical to explore with little ones, the art exhibitions are always lovely and diverse, and the gift shop is a go-to for all my gift-giving needs.”
“For a lovely hike along the Arroyo Seco stream, enter by the San Pascual Stables and follow the river (when there has been rain, that is) up and back. There’s always wildlife to spot, and there’s a hidden archery field. Plus, you can walk until you are under the historic Colorado Street Bridge. For a bonus, stop into the barn on your way back to say hi to the horses.”
“You will find my family here most Thursday afternoons to pick up our fresh fruits, veggies, and flowers for the week and to munch on corn on the cob from Senor Corn and the most delicious pupusas ever (I'm not joking) from Deisy's Tasty Food. The energy and kindness of all the vendors and attendees feels like a small town, and, for non-locals, it is located right by the train stop, so it’s very convenient. There is always live music, and there are plenty of shady spots to sit—overall, it’s one of the most friendly places to be.”
“This small shop in Highland Park is a little hard to spot, but once in, you will find an amazing selection of vintage pieces. I especially love their vintage Levi's and have scored everything from a classic forties-style silk robe to chic summer dresses for any occasion.”
“For cocktails, we head to Good Housekeeping, a speakeasy bar located in the back of Cafe Birdie in Highland Park. It’s lively, yet not crazy loud or overly crowded, the cocktails are yummy, and the wine list is excellent.”
“Located in the heart of Old Town Pasadena, this intimate space is one of the best restaurants I've ever tried. The menu changes based on what is seasonally available, and the food is so fresh, so thoughtfully prepared. It is one of the few places where you don't feel rushed—they let you languish over your meal. They partner with local farmers and suppliers, so you have a direct history of everything you consume.”