Get to know Greater Palm Springs through unique dining experiences

The Greater Palm Springs food scene is hotter than ever. Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week (June 3 – 12, 2022) may be over but this annual event, now in its 14th year, is not the only way to discover new amazing dining deals and experiences in the desert.  From now until September 5, the Summer Eats Pass features even more ways for food lovers to get out … Continue reading Get to know Greater Palm Springs through unique dining experiences

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

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

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

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

BIG BIG Baja – 3 restaurants with below the border bites

After many years, I’m still thinking of one of the best lunches of my life in Baja California, Mexico, just outside Todos Santos at a restaurant called Jazamango by innovative creative Chef Javier Plascencia. Seated next to a lush garden, the restaurant offers up produce from a few feet away and seafood delights from the abundant and fruitful lands of Baja while the open outdoor … Continue reading BIG BIG Baja – 3 restaurants with below the border bites

Foodie Trail: Mesa, Arizona in 16 Sips and Bites

Mesa may be the next biggest star in the Phoenix metro, featuring over 300 days of sunshine and a whole lot of adventure; you can easily go from the urban center to wide-open spaces in minutes and experience a wide variety of activities. Come for the desert landscape. Take in a baseball game during Spring Training, where the Chicago Cubs made their home since 1952. … Continue reading Foodie Trail: Mesa, Arizona in 16 Sips and Bites

Find Your Summertime Oasis

The recent heat wave in the usually mild month of April portends sweltering weather come late summer. It got me thinking about a contingency plan should the mercury reach the triple digits. An evacuation drill was in order. The safety bunker would need to be someplace reachable within a couple of hours’ drive lest we risk some kind of vehicular breakdown under the scorching sun, … Continue reading Find Your Summertime Oasis