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, […]

Summer Cocktail Hour with Midori Melon Liqueur

It’s summertime! Time for a cocktail! Admittedly, I think any season is perfect for a cocktail but there’s just something about having a chilled drink on a warm summer evening. Recently, I was sent a bottle of Midori Melon Liqueur to try out on some new drinks so I headed over to my best buds’ […]

Celebrating the Launch of Strawberry Gose at Angel City Brewery

Last week found me once again at one of my favorite spots in Downtown LA – Angel City Brewery. There may be tons of breweries popping up all over the area but none beat Angel City when it comes to atmosphere. Its public house is one of the most inviting spots in all of the […]

Islands & Left Coast Brewing Debut the Hula Bay IPA

When I traveled through San Clemente on my recent rail adventure I thought to myself, “I need to explore this town more.” Lo and behold a few days later I received an invite to visit Left Coast Brewing Co. to celebrate the debut of their latest beer – an IPA collaboration with Islands Restaurants. Deeming […]

Enjoying Summer Treats at Ruby’s Diner

Well, Memorial Day has passed and it seems summer has arrived. I must admit, it’s not my favorite time of year. Despite living in Southern California I don’t care for the beach and I certainly don’t care for the heat. But I do like a good summery treat like ice cream, a milkshake and really […]

An Afternoon at District Wine

Long Beach is a place ripe for exploring. A surprisingly large city that often gets overlooked thanks to its neighbor to the north it’s filled with hidden gems. Recently, I headed there with the International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association for an afternoon of complimentary wine tasting at the charming District Wine. District Wine […]