Earth Focus: Vanishing Coral Comes to KCET

There’s so many fascinating things to learn and discover on land that I often forget there’s an equally fascinating world underwater. Luckily, here in SoCal I’m never too far from the ocean and I have several opportunities to learn about its rich environment. Recently, I learned about the fascinating yet endangered world of coral reefs […]

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 […]

Viewing The Maltese Falcon at The Art Theatre

Whenever I go to the movies I make a point of going to The Art Theatre in Long Beach. This Art Deco beauty dating to 1925 is independently owned and showcases a range of films. It could be an art film, a classic, an indie or even James Bond. Whenever it’s something I want to […]

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 […]

A Vintage Christmas at the Banning and Homestead Museums

It’s no secret I love a good historic home and when that home is all decked out for Christmas it’s extra special. Two of my favorite local museums are The Banning Museum in Wilmington and the Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum in the City of Industry and both recently held Christmas fairs. Of course, […]

Visiting Rubel Castle

In my explorations I’ve come across many unique and interesting places. There are some that I enjoy but don’t need to see again. There are others that I fall in love with and return to over and over. And then there are a select few that I’m so smitten with that they instantly become one […]

Visiting the Museum of Neon Art

A few years back I visited the Neon Boneyard in Las Vegas and it was fascinating to view the gigantic neon signs that once lined the strip but it would have been even better to see them lit. I have only vague memories of Vegas in its neon heyday and could only imagine what some […]

Enjoying the Honey Lavender Grilled Pork Chop at Mimi’s Cafe

I love lavender. I love the smell of it, the look of it and the taste of it. I think it’s a most delicious herb and have tried it in numerous dishes including lavender beer (yum!), lavender sprinkled french fries (not so yum) and honey lavender ice cream (the best thing ever). So when I […]