Escape LA to the mountain town of Idyllwild

My curiosity about Idyllwild was piqued when I saw a travel writer friend hike to the top of Mount Jacinto in a weekend jaunt from LA several years ago. Always intrigued by her snow-filled woodsy photos, this small mountain town just a few hours from LA came back on my radar during the pandemic. We would have been in Europe this summer but instead, we … Continue reading Escape LA to the mountain town of Idyllwild

Greater Palm Springs Drinks and Dining – What is open and where you can dream to go soon

By the time we all get out of Covid-19 lockdown and can move free of fear, it may feel like the Roaring 20s all over again. You might want to hug a stranger, dance in the streets, or scream for freedom. Get to know Greater Palm Springs by sipping your way around the destination’s 9 distinct cities. Many establishments offer outdoor seatings, patios, gardens, rooftops, … Continue reading Greater Palm Springs Drinks and Dining – What is open and where you can dream to go soon

Dine around the world – Q&A with Nick Liberato from Restaurants on the Edge

If you haven’t watched both seasons of Restaurants on the Edge on Netflix, that what are you waiting for? Travel around the world from your own home and dream about where you want to jet post-pandemic. We can tell you Slovenia and Malta are now high on our list. Filled with travel, food, and design inspiration, the team (consisting of Chef Dennis the Prescott, Interior … Continue reading Dine around the world – Q&A with Nick Liberato from Restaurants on the Edge

Plant Nation – vegan delivery

During the pandemic, many companies and restaurants have had to shift gears and pivot to survive. The well known SBE Group and C3 introduced us to their brand new takeout concept – Plant Nation, a delivery-only service 100% plant-based. The entirely vegan menu created by Chef Martin Heierling features robust options for lunch and dinner like pizzas, salads, warm bowls, sandwiches, and more. We anticipate … Continue reading Plant Nation – vegan delivery

8 Ways You Can Support Local California Businesses from the Comfort of Your Home

You hear on the news repeatedly that everyone is in this together. You might wonder what you can do to assist during the COVID-19 pandemic. One superb idea is to support local businesses. It’s never been more vital to show some love to the folks who keep the world fed and stocked with unique products. These California companies are doing their part to keep people … Continue reading 8 Ways You Can Support Local California Businesses from the Comfort of Your Home

Venice Way Pizza – by the slab

UPDATED: Venice Way Pizza below Hotel Erwin is now open for takeaway from 11am-5pm. $4- Cheese and Veggie $4.50- Pepperoni & Daily Special $5- House Salad Pan pizzas $22 include 9 slabs. Before the coronavirus shutting down the world, we were outside Hotel Erwin at the brand new Venice Way Pizza savoring a beer and a slab. Instead of pizza by the slice, take out … Continue reading Venice Way Pizza – by the slab

Carmel, from the coast to the valley

Sometimes it takes an escape from city life to rejuvenate your spirit. Carmel – also known as Carmel-by-the-Sea – is one of those idyllic California seaside towns that can make you feel worlds away from urban chaos. The air here on the Monterey Peninsula feels more oxygenated and easier to breathe, the stars shine brighter, and the ability to sense things in nature is so … Continue reading Carmel, from the coast to the valley

A Paso Robles Weekender Primer

The cliché is that it’s what Napa used to be. But Paso Robles doesn’t seem to care for the comparisons with the long-established wine country to the north. Oh, they’re happy to provide fruit for those big “Napa Valley” Zins and Cabs, but appear happy to carve out their own distinct niche in the wine world. Less than four hours north on the 101 in … Continue reading A Paso Robles Weekender Primer

The Christmas Market in Cambria

It’s not L.A. — not the climate, not the urban sprawl, not the wealth disparity, not even the jerks — that makes celebrating Christmas here such a challenge. OK, maybe those factor in. But primarily, I find it’s difficult for many of us to get into the spirit of the season simply because we live here. The city is, for us, business as usual. And … Continue reading The Christmas Market in Cambria

9 Songs That Perfectly Represent LA

If iconic locations can inspire artistic majesty, then the City of Angels is pure magic. Few cities have inspired more songs about their wonders. From old school rockers to modern rappers, song mavens in all genres pay tribute to Los Angeles. These nine songs celebrate everything that makes LA unique. If it’s cold and snowy where you’re located, put in your earbuds, turn up the … Continue reading 9 Songs That Perfectly Represent LA