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 […]

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 […]

Sriracha Tours and Nutella Trucks

Oh man, this weekend is a hot one! Despite, the heat I somehow found myself exploring the area in search of culinary treats. First stop, Hyu Fong Foods in Irwindale¬† home of the celebrated Sriracha sauce. In celebration of its 34th anniversary and the start of chili season the company threw open its doors to […]

Spotlight on Arctic Zero

Summer’s just around the corner and you know what that means – ice cream! I love, love, love ice cream but my waistline won’t let me eat too much of it. Luckily, I discovered a great new frozen treat that won’t pop the button off my pants – Arctic Zero. Arctic Zero is based out […]

Touring E. Waldo Ward and Son

It seems that the most famous aspects of LA are the beaches and Hollywood. Granted the beaches are beautiful and Hollywood does make up a large part of the landscape but there’s so much more to the area. E. Waldo Ward and Son is a prime example. Tucked away on a residential street in Sierra […]

Having Lunch at The Apple Pan

It’s no secret that I love a good restaurant. I sure write about them enough. But there is one kind of restaurant that I prize above all others – the landmark restaurant. You know the kind…in business forever, revered throughout the area, serving up dishes just like the day it opened. One of my absolute […]

Spotlight on Real McCoy’s All Natural Snacks

A few weeks back I spent an entire weekend wandering the halls of the Anaheim Convention Center at Expo West. You may recall last year’s post about this natural foods convention. Well, this year it was even bigger! I wandered row after row sampling foods and seeking out local brands. I came across quite a […]

Wine Tasting at The Meat House

It’s funny how the world works. Once upon a time butcher shops were everywhere and it was the only way to purchase meat. Then came the supermarkets and everyone started buying their meat pre-packaged. Now, the butcher shop is back. It may not be as prolific as it once was but it’s increasingly becoming the […]

Dave and Buster’s Los Angeles Now Open

Last week the very first Dave and Buster’s Los Angeles opened. I know, right? I didn’t know it was the first one either. But it is and I recently got to check it out. Located at the The Promenade at Howard Hughes Center just off the 405 it’s a sleek modern showcase for all the […]

Having Dinner at Blue C Sushi Hollywood

One of my favorite intersections in LA is Sunset and Ivar. Amoeba Records on one corner and the Arclight on the other…it’s practically heaven for this music and film lover. Recently, Blue C Sushi invited me to come have dinner at their location here. Naturally, I headed right over! Blue C Sushi originated in Seattle […]