My East Coast roots gave me great memories of good food and eateries from New York to D.C., all the way down to Florida. Having said that, I am now happily transplanted (forever!) into a secret garden area of Pasadena, California! The weather and beauty here satisfy my longing for rest and peace of mind. The beauty here is always clear, with natural hiking trails containing destinations of waterfall picnic sites, parks and beaches (and these always within reach, just a stop along the highway). The allure of biking and boating as recreation is always in view and is delightful. When I retreat here in the L.A. area, it satisfies my evergreen love of mountain landscapes, ocean views and more! Not to mention my love for a variety of delicious foods and locally grown produce : )
Another thing I love as a world traveler is the pleasure of having my favorite cuisine nearby! Whenever I hunger, there is one craving that I don’t have to be disappointed over! Right here in Pasadena, I have my soul food roots covered with a trip to Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles for sit-down dining or a carry-out place to go. When it’s hot and nothing sounds better than a really good picnic lunch or grabbing sandwiches for the gang, a snack before dinner for my Italian experience, or any time of the day, this foodie’s favorites are the authentic flavors from the nations I have visited. I have discovered many amazing choices. During the day’s of my international tours as “Peaches” with Peaches & Herb, I knew that exquisite dining is always a GPS address away if you know where the places are!
Which brings to mind a suggestion for the hot days of summer, especially if you are in the Pasadena area! For instance, for a hot day, lunchtime getaway, there is nothing more satisfying than good, no-fuss food.
The classic Italian sandwich from Roma Deli on the corner of North Lake and Mountain heading towards The Sierra Madre mountain range foothills is your quick, one-stop surprise for a New York deli-style market experience that will remind you of the corner neighborhood grocery stores of old in New York City.
When you’re ready to put your picnic or your own instant, easy meal together with all the trimmings, I guarantee you will never be disappointed with the Roma Deli’s corner market. Their ever-popular, ever-delicious Italian Sandwich, wrapped in paper to seal all the flavors together, is a classic. The most wonderful meats, imported olives, peppers and cheeses are flown in from New York regularly. The best olive oil and homemade Italian bread need no other seasoning. That’s up to you.
If you are extremely hungry, you will eat the whole thing and select just the right chocolates or cookies to satisfy that sweet tooth in your mouth before heading back to the rest of your day with a smile on your face.
A variety of fresh fruits are available to make an unforgettable picnic lunch for two, or for a few friends. Great selections of chilled drinks, beers & other bottled beverages are kept cold for your preference, or perhaps the occasion calls for a bottle of something sparkling, or maybe Chianti to sip.
My Italian father-in-law showed me how nice it is to to sip Port, or any good red wine, while enjoying (or dunking) biscotti cookies, which is also wonderful. Don’t forget to always carry a picnic blanket and basket/paper plates & napkins in your trunk! I promise you’ll thank me later!