SoCal Staycation at Westin Carlsbad Resort and Spa

Get to know Carlsbad  That signature yummy white tea scent that Westin pumps in all their hotels greeted and energized us upon arrival to the soaring Christmas tree lobby. The clean and refreshing fragrance with notes of cedar and vanilla even permeated our face masks. After passing the expansive outdoor pool and jacuzzi, we had checked in at the perfect time because soon after, the … Continue reading SoCal Staycation at Westin Carlsbad Resort and Spa

Thumbs Up for The Rosy Oyster Pop-Up

Celebrating its 90th anniversary, Old Hollywood’s most classic, historic hotel – The Hollywood Roosevelt – now offers a brand new, ever-exclusive hang just in time for the summer season.  Tucked away in a private poolside nook that only those “in the know” will even know is there, The Rosy Oyster is a cool, contemporary art-inspired wine and fresh oyster bar, filling L.A.’s dire need for … Continue reading Thumbs Up for The Rosy Oyster Pop-Up

The Albright: Eating Lobster with a Vegan

Due to the hustle and bustle of the touristy Santa Monica pier, I had not stepped foot on the pier in some time. I was curious to check out this seafood restaurant called The Albright, established in 1977 right on the pier on the left hand side. After getting knocked by one too many strollers and kids, I contemplated my desire to ever want children, but … Continue reading The Albright: Eating Lobster with a Vegan

The Oyster Will Be Your World

“It’s completely out of your hands,” proprietor Mark Reynolds of Torrance’s Jolly Oyster Market says about the travails of mollusk farming. And yet Reynolds’ hands are scarred by cuts acquired from years of oyster shucking. These are the same hands that were once defined by the manicured digits of a high-finance banker. The African-born Englishman, who had spent time working in Dubai and Hong Kong, … Continue reading The Oyster Will Be Your World