Pasadena resident Julia Sherman may be commonly known by her social media handle @SaladForPresident, but don’t confuse this multihyphenate entrepreneur as only an influencer. Sherman, an artist, writer, cook, and photographer, runs saladforpresident.com, a popular blog that draws a meaningful connection between food, art, and everyday obsessions. Her soon-to-be-released second cookbook Arty Parties (available October 12) is part cookbook, part art book and serves as an inspirational guide for post-pandemic entertaining. Sherman is also the founder and creator of Jus Jus, a low ABV sparkling wine made in collaboration with natural winemaker Martha Stoumen. After a recent move to Pasadena during the pandemic, Sherman currently resides in a mid-century modern home with her husband and two young children. Here, Sherman uncorks her local favorites.
My husband and I lived in Highland Park in 2008 and we ended up moving to NYC so I could get my master’s degree at Columbia University, and it just took us a lot longer to make our way back. When we lived in Highland Park, we spent a lot of time in this area, walking the Arroyo and exploring. / We are currently living in San Rafael Heights. It’s a huge change for me, as a New Yorker. I am coming to love that it really feels like we live in nature. I have my vegetable garden in the front yard, and it attracts the friendliest people. I have conversations all day long with fellow garden enthusiasts, and that has been a beautiful way to ease into a new neighborhood. / I organize an event called the L.A. Fruit Share with Food Forward and The Fruitstitute, and it’s been a wonderful way to meet people and mobilize the community to make use of otherwise unused produce. It’s been so nice to see how people have responded, and how grateful they are to have a family-friendly, positive activity happening locally. / I will never not be blown away by The Huntington’s cactus garden. / We love Osawa for sushi. Everything is good! / The Saturday Pasadena Farmers’ Market and Thursday South Pasadena Farmers’ Market are great for picking up fresh produce. / The Norton Simon Museum and The Gamble House are two underrated places that are never too crowded and always fascinating. / Good Luck Wine Shop has great taste, it’s super well curated, and they sell my wine, Jus Jus. I also love Semolina for Italian specialty food.