Summer Cocktails to Beat the Heat

In the olden days, a singular variety of cocktail apparently sufficed for the whole year. Your parents and grandparents can no doubt attest to a time when the bartender would ask some variation of “What’s your poison?” Or, if you were a regular, there’d be no need to even ask. And that concoction – usually a spirit enhanced by a liqueur or a mixer – … Continue reading Summer Cocktails to Beat the Heat

Relive California’s past with 5 reimagined hotels

The pandemic spurred an even greater love for far-flung destinations away from city life. These areas breathe air/life back into your soul and quite frankly, they may not have been on your radar until the pandemic. The great California Road Trip is having a bit of a renaissance and the Golden State features hundreds of unique escapes. We went on the road and off the … Continue reading Relive California’s past with 5 reimagined hotels

Not Just 4/20, But Also For the Rest of 2022: The Latest and Greatest in THC and CBD Products

A little more than a month has passed since the celebration of all things cannabis that is April 20th- but that doesn’t mean we should be settling into our old weed ways! If you’re anything like us, you used the holiday as an opportunity to sample some of the newest offerings in the marijuana market and incorporate them into your routine. We’ll highlight a few … Continue reading Not Just 4/20, But Also For the Rest of 2022: The Latest and Greatest in THC and CBD Products

Get Back into the Swing of Things in Cabo

Maybe it’s been a while since you’ve hopped on a plane and left the country. It was for me. I hadn’t boarded anything larger than my own vehicle since the ol’ pre-pandemic days. So when I received an opportunity to fly down to Cabo and stay for a few days at one of the finer resorts in all of Baja, I figured it was high … Continue reading Get Back into the Swing of Things in Cabo

Good Times at Nostalgia Bar and Lounge in Santa Monica

Run, skip, skateboard, scooter, cartwheel, or ride your Big Wheel or BMX bike to Santa Monica’s new playful cocktail lounge tribute to the ’80s and ’90s. The cocktail masters here are amplifying your childhood flavors with exciting whimsical mixture medleys like we’ve never seen done before.  Nostalgia Bar and Lounge may conjure up notions of that push pop you craved as a kid, chocolate-y Yoo-hoo, … Continue reading Good Times at Nostalgia Bar and Lounge in Santa Monica

Explore Santa Barbara, the American Riviera

This article was first published in Malibu Coast Lifestyle print and Conejo Valley Lifestyle print (June 2021). After more than two years apart due to the pandemic, I found myself reuniting with my East Coast mother in Santa Barbara. Known as the American Riviera, Santa Barbara boasts temperatures in the 70s year-round and has about 80 cloudy days a year. Even though we arrived during … Continue reading Explore Santa Barbara, the American Riviera

Best Restaurants in LA 2022 – See LaLaScoop’s article on Lonely Planet

Read the full article HERE. Los Angeles is a city is exploding with new eateries. Brave chefs and hospitality workers have been knocked down over and over the last few years. Many had to reinvent their menus to survive.  But this is a resilient city where culinary creatives from all over the world continue to flock and test out inventive ideas – often bringing diverse cuisines … Continue reading Best Restaurants in LA 2022 – See LaLaScoop’s article on Lonely Planet

Get to know LA through Tacos – See LaLaScoop’s article on Lonely Planet

Explore Los Angeles through its best tacos MELISSA CURTIN Lonely Planet Writer 29 APRIL 2022 – https://www.lonelyplanet.com/articles/best-tacos-in-los-angeles LA LA has one of the most exciting taco scenes in the US © Melissa Curtin Tacos are a Southern California way of life. For many Angelenos, searching out tacos is a love affair – and often a quest to sample as many varieties as possible.  LA has … Continue reading Get to know LA through Tacos – See LaLaScoop’s article on Lonely Planet

Cook the perfect steak this Memorial Day Weekend with First Light Farms Wagyu

A First Light Farms Fire open fire cooking experience with Chef Kevin O’Connor Since being introduced to First Light Farms 100% grass-fed wagyu in LA, I’ve become obsessed with the richness of the boeuf, especially the rib eye. The beautifully marbled meat tastes like no other I’ve ever sampled. It is truly the Rolls Royce of beef – sweet, tender, juicy. And who doesn’t want to only … Continue reading Cook the perfect steak this Memorial Day Weekend with First Light Farms Wagyu

Newport Beach Wine & Spirits Festival returns this Memorial Day Weekend at Balboa Bay Resort

It is an exciting time when events return! After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, Newport Beach Wine & Spirits Festival is back on Memorial Day Weekend at the opulent Balboa Bay Resort making a splash with three days of Epicurious adventures at Newport’s most luxurious waterfront retreat, surrounded by jaw-dropping yachts, elegant architecture, and splashy sunsets. On Saturday, May 28, and Sunday, May 29, experience … Continue reading Newport Beach Wine & Spirits Festival returns this Memorial Day Weekend at Balboa Bay Resort