since moving back to la in summer of 2017, i often feel like i tourist even though i lived here the first 17 years of my life. there are so many new spots that popped up while i was living in the bay. when one of my close friends from high school recommended a local spot for us to meet for breakfast, i had not heard of it. once i arrived, i realized that it is literally a few steps away from the barre studio i go to. let me introduce you to roots & rye.
roots & rye is tucked away in a little alley in old town pasadena off of colorado boulevard and is the absolute cutest. if you are person that enjoys a fresh and filling breakfast or are in need of a pick me up post workout, this is the perfect place for you. they have açaí bowls, smoothies, milkshakes, ice cream and toast. absolutely everything is dairy free. one of the things we enjoyed most were the unlimited toppings/add ons.
my friend had a medium sized bowl and i had a smoothie and avocado toast.
everything we had was delicious. her bowl was overflowing with goodness and flavor and was only $9. my smoothie was blended perfectly and i could really taste the fresh berries – it is also a great way to get a serving of greens in without even having to taste it (i added kale to mine). and lastly, the avocado toast was to die for. you have the option of getting it with or without chili flakes. because i love a kick, i asked them to mix in extra. when they brought it out, i thought about asking for salt but figured i should take a bite first. i am so glad i did because it did not need anything! it was seasoned well and was zesty (due to whatever fresh squeezed citrus was added). i enjoyed every bite. and for $5? you really cannot beat that.
if you are in the pasadena area, i highly recommend roots & rye. there is also an echo park location. it was the perfect breakfast on a hot summer day.