Old Town Pasadena is a lively shopping district filled with great restaurants and trendy clothing stores. It’s located in beautiful Pasadena, a charming city known for its craftsman cottages a wide tree-lined streets set beneath the hills North-East of Los Angeles. Old Town is also a designated historic district. Some buildings date back to the 1880′s – old for Los Angeles! When my parents moved to southern California in the 1970′s the area was considered very seedy, even dangerous, but in the early 1980′s money for redevelopment flowed in, tasteful refurbishment of the lovely 1920′s facades occurred, and now the area is revitalized and charming. Old Town is a favorite destination for the whole Fonseca family. When we’re not here with the kids my husband and I stop by together to try new restaurants and peek into the stores. There’s everything here from an Apple Store, to the foodie’s heaven Sur La Table, to the usual mall shops like Zara and The Body Shop.
This weekend my husband and I decided to try a new restaurant. Not knowing just where to go, we looked at Yelp for ideas. We wandered past neon purses at H&M and mannequins in peach outfits at American Apparel on our way to check out The Himalayan Cafe. As I entered the dining area delightful, spicy scents surrounded me and I knew we’d found a winner. We tried the house specialty: small meat filled dumplings called “mo-mo”. We also ordered some naan and a mixed tandoori plate. All were very good, but the eggplant curry was the best I’ve ever tasted.
I’m sure we’ll be going back for more.
- Jacket – Levis: borrowed from my husband’s closet
- Dress – Laundry
- Purse – Bagallini
- Sandals – Cole Hann
Have you ever been to Old Town Pasadena? Is there a Himalayan restaurant in your town?