Masters of Taste Returns to the Rose Bowl

About a year ago I was lucky enough to attend the inaugural Masters of Taste at the Rose Bowl. Featuring food and drink from some of the top restaurants in Los Angeles it was a delightful way to spend a Sunday afternoon and I indulged in cocktails and canapes to my hearts content. Here’s a […]

Sampling the Spring Menu at True Food Kitchen

Here in Southern California we have a wealth of restaurant options. I could eat out every night and it would take me years to repeat a location. As such, I don’t get to some of my favorite spots as much as I’d like to. Like True Food Kitchen. I truly love it but there are […]

Fish Fridays at Rubio’s Coastal Grill

Growing up Catholic meant that Fridays during Lent we had to abstain from meat and if my family wanted to go out to eat we had two options – McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish and Long John Silvers. It was slim pickin’s back in the day. Though I’m not the most observant Catholic I still abstain from meat […]

Dining at TRIO Palm Springs

Recently my uncle was in town for a visit and we asked him where he wanted to go. I was pretty surprised when he mentioned Mt. San Jacinto as I didn’t think the it was well known outside of the state. Turns out it’s a key part of a Peter Gabriel song that happened to […]

A Day in Yosemite

When planning our Gold Country road trip last fall my family had decided to skip Yosemite. Thought I was the only one who had previously visited it didn’t quite fit into our travel route but as they say “the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry” and a few hours after departing […]

Enjoying Dinner and Art at Stripe Cafe and Palos Verdes Art Center

One of my favorite podcasts is You Can’t Eat the Sunshine from the folks behind the Esotouric tours. Delving deep into Los Angeles culture and history it’s a fascinating glimpse into the region I call home. In fact, in the last episode I listened to the hosts, Richard and Kim, interviewed Alan Hess who recently […]

House of Blues Returns to Anaheim

Last year the House of Blues at Downtown Disney closed after 15 years leaving a hole in the Orange County music scene. For me the location was memorable as the first venue I attended a Jamie Cullen concert. Have you heard of him? He’s not that popular in America for some oddball reason. He sings […]

Ice Cream Dreams on a Rainy Day – Visiting Stax Cookie Bar

In the last 24 hours SoCal has been hit with an intense rainstorm and I’ve been lucky enough to spend the bulk of it nestled inside my cozy abode. As much as I love wintry weather it does leave me pining for sunnier days. There’s nothing better than soaking up the rays and enjoying some […]

Exploring Lake Tahoe and the Eastern Sierras

Last week I wrote all about my family’s adventures through California Gold Country, the region of the state lying just west of the Sierra Nevada’s. We discovered a beautiful area rich in history but were also eager to discover the Eastern side of the mountain range. Luckily, we did just that as we made our […]

Enjoying a Holiday Meal at North Woods Inn

It’s no secret I love a landmark restaurant. If it’s existed over 50 years, looks like a time capsule and serves food rarely served anymore I’m there. Miceli’s, Tam O’Shanter, The Apple Pan, Dupar’s….I love ’em all. Once of the establishments long on my list to visit was North Woods Inn. With its signature log […]