Returning to Travel: San Luis Obispo

What a long, strange trip these last 15 months have been. At last, California is reopening and now it’s time for much more normal, pleasant trips. The stay-at-home orders have been replaced by leave-your-home orders… OK, not so much orders as recommendations. And perhaps the ideal place to begin your post-Covid adventures is beautiful San Luis Obispo. The Central Coast was hit hard by the … Continue reading Returning to Travel: San Luis Obispo

A Sustainable Lifestyle Is an Attainable Lifestyle

It wasn’t so long ago that a sustainable lifestyle implied by extension a luxury lifestyle. Sure, we could all shop with our cloth tote bags, drink from reusable water bottles, and make an effort here and there to purchase the sustainable option. But not everyone was able to run out and buy a Prius, or more recently, a Tesla. And sustainably sourced foods have generally … Continue reading A Sustainable Lifestyle Is an Attainable Lifestyle

Lanea: Tacos & Cocktails by the Beach

In honor of National Paloma Day (May 22, I’m sure it was on your calendar), I celebrated with a picnic at a favorite local park. And what’s better with an ice cold Paloma than street tacos? Santa Monica’s Lanea Cocktail Bar & Taqueria is the perfect place to enjoy both.  Lanea is just two blocks from the beach, so plan accordingly. It also has a … Continue reading Lanea: Tacos & Cocktails by the Beach

Dine & Drive at 917 (K)afe at Porsche Experience Center

Between the quarantining, business closures, and diminished travel opportunities, the pandemic has been the lifestyle equivalent of the morning commute on the 405. But with the new relaxed CDC guidelines and perhaps an end in sight, it feels like the road is as open as it was when we were first told to stay home. And now it’s time to give it some gas and … Continue reading Dine & Drive at 917 (K)afe at Porsche Experience Center

A Pair of Holiday Cocktails to Celebrate Surviving 2020

Enough downer stuff has been written about the year 2020, so I’d like to accentuate the positive. For starters, it’s almost over. And if you’re reading this, congratulations, that means unlike hundreds of thousands of our loved ones, you survived it. This is cause for celebration.  And there is much to celebrate besides our continued existence, there’s the fact that a vaccine is on the … Continue reading A Pair of Holiday Cocktails to Celebrate Surviving 2020

Tiato Kitchen and Garden: Paradise’s Patio

As the pandemic rages on, I feel an urgency to help support our most cherished dining establishments. The chain restaurants and their parent companies may take a hit to their stock price, but they’ll weather the storm. In the meantime, local eateries are just trying to tread water amid the latest wave — the second or third depending on how you’re counting — finding new … Continue reading Tiato Kitchen and Garden: Paradise’s Patio