How to Make the Most of Hawaii (the Big Island) in a few days

Screams of whooo and wheee and whoo hoo echoed around our boat of about a dozen people as iPhones were on full video mode and some of us just hoped to memorialize the experience in our minds. You may have thought we were at a concert as we sipped and cheers-ed our Kona Big Wave beers, but we were on a 25-foot inflatable zodiac in … Continue reading How to Make the Most of Hawaii (the Big Island) in a few days

Saving the Bay – One IPA at a Time

We’re all looking for ways to help the environment, and to be honest, it’s usually pretty tough work- it took many of years of neglect to get the planet to the state it is in today, and it will no doubt take even longer to restore it. During Earth Day weekend this year, Golden Road Brewing made it a bit more enjoyable to give back, … Continue reading Saving the Bay – One IPA at a Time

See another side of Southern California, the Conejo Valley

Just a mere 45-minute drive from Los Angeles, the Conejo Valley was a term new to me as of last week. Approximately 35 miles northwest of Los Angeles and 10-15 miles inland from the beaches of Malibu, the expansive valley is filled with outdoor recreation such as hiking, biking, and horseback riding with wide open land, idyllic nature preserves, canyons, and ocean views. Every day … Continue reading See another side of Southern California, the Conejo Valley

Eat your way through the new Gallery Food Hall in Santa Monica

The new Gallery Food Hall on Third St. Promenade in Santa Monica is our favorite quick eats destination on the west side. The ever-growing two-story food hall offers quick and easy lunch, dinner, and dessert options in a hip clean space. Guests can bring food on to the second-floor outdoor deck to enjoy the California sunshine or people watch down below on the promenade. Comfy Adirondack … Continue reading Eat your way through the new Gallery Food Hall in Santa Monica

Bocanegra makes its debut in budding LA beer scene

On a warm and bright summer day in June, strolling through the streets of Los Angeles, whether it be by fate or just the right decision, you can always end up walking into something unexpected. It’s one of the many qualities about Los Angeles that keeps me here, the ever-changing landscape being shaped by the wonderful mix of cultures and backgrounds constantly challenging the status … Continue reading Bocanegra makes its debut in budding LA beer scene

Let’s Really Care during Super Bowl LII

What were you doing during the Super Bowl this year? Perhaps you burned your finger while pealing out the frozen pizzas from your oven, or maybe you were dressed up in your team’s gear drinking a Bud light waiting for the show to start. Actually, you may have been in traffic with a platter of seven layer bean dip on your lap waiting to be … Continue reading Let’s Really Care during Super Bowl LII

Labor Day Party Essentials

Labor Day Weekend marks the end of summer and the beginning of fall. As climates in most cities remain the same, calendar happenings change as we shed the summer fun activities, and embrace to enter holiday season preparation. Most Labor Day outings consist of final beach visits for the weekend, or the blowout BBQ party leaving behind an unforgettable summer. Wherever your escape takes you, … Continue reading Labor Day Party Essentials

The Nickel Mine is a Touchdown for West L.A.

The Westside just got a major upgrade in the sports bar department. The Nickel Mine, a casual concept from the team behind Cocina Condesa and The Woodsman, fills a much-needed void in a neighborhood that is known as Little Osaka or the Sawtelle District or plain old West Los Angeles. Located on Santa Monica Boulevard, in the former Il Grano space, in an area heavily … Continue reading The Nickel Mine is a Touchdown for West L.A.

Eating and Drinking our Way Through Seattle

Posted first on WeSaidGoTravel. The beauty of a city is learning about its culture through food. My introduction to Seattle after 22 years included a necessary stop at a Chinese tea house at the edge of the famous Fish Market. After a bout with food poisoning, serious lack of sleep, and dragging our suitcases for at least a mile from from the Link light rail, … Continue reading Eating and Drinking our Way Through Seattle