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 […]

A Walk Through Palisades Park

Last week I mentioned a recent visit to the Santa Monica History Museum – a hidden gem in the heart of town. After I was done with my visit I wasn’t yet ready to head home so I decided to go for a walk. Luckily, I had my handy copy of 10,000 Steps a Day […]

Visiting the Santa Monica History Museum

A couple months back I was scrolling through Twitter when I noticed a post advising the Santa Monica History Museum would be offering 50 cent admission to celebrate the city’s anniversary. My first thought was, “wow! 50 cent admission? I’m there!” and my second was, “there’s a Santa Monica History Museum?” Yes, this history nerd […]

Dine Out for No Kid Hungry at The Habit Burger Grill

As I’m often on the go I’m frequently in need of a quick meal. Unfortunately, I don’t really like fast food which leaves me with few options. Luckily, there’s The Habit Burger Grill. With their freshly grilled Charburgers and tasty sides it’s the perfect spot when I’m in a pinch. Recently, they invited me to […]

The Kinney Hotel Opens in Venice Beach

Venice is fast becoming THE place to be in LA. With tech giants moving in and a wide variety of hip dining spots and fashionable stores it’s one of the coolest corners of SoCal. I now I find myself there quite frequently and sometimes think it would be awfully nice if I could just stay […]