Dining at Benihana Downey

Full disclosure: This post was sponsored by Benihana. All opinions are my own. When I turned 17, my family celebrated my birthday at Benihana. Ordinarily, we celebrated at home with a favorite dinner, but that year we did something special and headed to the famed teppanyaki restaurant. My mom, dad, sister, aunt and grandma were […]

Indulging in Angel City Imperial Irish Red Ale

As much as I love Angel City beer I love whiskey even more. Give me an Old Fashioned or a Whiskey Sour and you’ve made my day. Last year I was happy to find out that famed distillery, Jameson, had partnered with the brewery to produce a limited edition ale aged in their whiskey barrels. […]

Fall Desserts with Friends at Stacked

As you know, I recently completed an epic road trip around California. When traveling one of my favorite things to do is to collect local culinary treats for friends at home. It’s a ritual between me and my best buds. Each time one of us travels we pick up fun local things for the other […]

Pairing Angel City Beer with Lawless Jerky

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Angel City Brewery. I love visiting the public house and their beer’s not to shabby either. Every once in awhile I’m lucky enough to get a surprise package from them and recently I found one on my doorstep. I eagerly opened it and discovered two bottles […]

Weekend Fun in Phoenix

full disclosure: I was invited to visit Phoenix and received complimentary lodging, meals and entertainment. All opinion is my own. As one who has a bad case of wanderlust there’s always a list of destinations I’m dying to visit and I must admit Phoenix wasn’t on it. This Arizona metropolis just a few hours to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Enjoying Angel City Brewery’s Peach Berliner Weisse

Good mail days are the best, aren’t they? I was out of town for a couple of days last week and when I returned there was a treat for me from Angel City Brewery – a sampling of their latest release, Peach Berliner Weisse, and a bottle of Angel City IPA. Woohoo! You can bet […]

Sunday Brunch at The Den on Sunset

As I’m sitting here writing I’m reminiscing about the delicious brunch I had last Sunday at The Den on Sunset. I don’t often brunch because, frankly, I’m too lazy on Sunday to get out of the house. But last week I was invited to try out the new brunch at The Den on Sunset and, […]