Out to Sea with Dana Wharf Whale Watching

Here’s the thing. I don’t really like boats. I have a propensity to get seasick and am kind of nervous out on the water. So when I was invited by Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching to take one of their cruises my gut reaction was to decline. But I’m not one to shy away […]

Enjoying Pedro’s Tacos in San Clemente

Funny how life is. A few months ago I shared a train trip I took to San Diego and briefly mentioned San Clemente, a town I had never written about before and rarely visited. Well, since that post I’ve made multiple trips to the quaint city by the sea and have learned more and more […]

Exploring Lompoc, CA

When I recently attended Wine & Fire it was my first visit to Lompoc. Long familiar with the Santa Ynez Valley I somehow had never wandered west to explorer the historic town just over the Santa Rita Hills. I aimed immediately to remedy that and any moment I had free from the festival I used […]

Avocado Ale Arrives at Angel City Brewery

Californians sure do live in the land of plenty. Take avocados. Several years ago my family was on vacation in Seattle when we stopped at Subway for a quick bite. My sister ordered a turkey sandwich with avocado and received the reply, “you live in California, don’t you?” Before that trip it had never occurred […]

Watching Cabaret at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Growing up I watched tons of musicals and would sing and dance along with Meet Me In St. Louis, Oklahoma, The Music Man and many more. As I grew older my love for the genre expanded to the theater. I remember a grade school field trip to the local high school production of Bye Bye […]

Spotlight on The Big Heat

When I heard about the Film Noir Blogathon hosted by The Midnite Drive-In I knew I wanted to participate. But I also knew that I wasn’t the film noir expert in my family. That would be my sister, Shannon, who’s a huge fan of the genre. So I asked if she would write a piece […]

Attending Wine & Fire in Lompoc

One of my absolute favorite spots in California is the Santa Ynez Valley. With rolling hills, fields of agriculture and quaint towns it’s the perfect place to spend the weekend. Nestled in the adjoining Santa Rita Hills is the town of Lompoc. Even thought it’s a mere 20 minute drive to Solvang, Los Alamos and […]

Watching Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round

It’s no secret I love a good film screening. Put me in a theatre with some classic on the screen and I’m pretty much in heaven. So when KCET invited me to the Aero for a screening of Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round starring James Coburn it was a no brainer. The film was screened […]

Taking the Roastery Tour at Blue Bottle Coffee

I’m a coffee snob. I hate to admit it but it’s true. I’m totally done with Starbucks, Peet’s just fell by the wayside and I’ve never been able to stomach the stuff in a can. But give me a coffee bar with a limited menu, high quality beans and, um, a higher price point and […]

A Weekend in Claremont, CA

Disclosure: I was invited to visit Claremont and received complimentary lodging, meals and entertainment. All opinion is my own. Claremont has long been one of my favorite SoCal cities. I have family in the area and we sometimes meet in town for a meal. Yet, in all the years I’ve visited I’ve rarely stayed more […]