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 The stay-at-home orders have been replaced by leave-your-home orders… OK, not so much orders as recommendations.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

New Experiences along the California Central Coast

The pandemic has people itching for new experiences after being cooped up at home. The American road trip has fueled peoples’ spirits in 2020 as a safer alternative for adventure.  Get reacquainted with California’s grandeur by leaving the big cities for California’s Central Coast. Just halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, the peace and calm of wide-open spaces, uncrowded white sand beaches, outdoor adventure, … Continue reading New Experiences along the California Central Coast

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

Italian Team Scores in Your Kitchen

Cooking Italian at home is such a unique and satisfying experience, it even has its own Spotify playlist. Few pleasures in life rival the heavenly aromas of a kitchen stove sauteeing traditional Italian ingredients like garlic, onion, and tomato. And if you’re like me, you consider artisanal sauces and pastas a form of currency, and a cupboard full of such items a virtual treasure chest. … Continue reading Italian Team Scores in Your Kitchen

Pacifique, your neighborly West Hollywood bistro – dishes, spirits, and mimosas to-go

The full moon in West Hollywood is not just outside but has been captured inside Pacifique, West Hollywood’s new romantic dimly lit restaurant den. A hint perhaps of their Asian-inspired cuisine but with a California French flair menu too. No need to cozy up now in a booth or meet new friends at their quaint bar, this luxe bistro remains open for delivery during this … Continue reading Pacifique, your neighborly West Hollywood bistro – dishes, spirits, and mimosas to-go

Dreaming of Santa Monica sushi – Sushi Roku offers curbside white glove service

In the last few weeks, I have learned how to make do with what’s in my home to make meals. I’ve learned to not waste items that can be reused in another dish, and now I feel deeply grateful for my dining-out experiences, something Angelenos often do many times a week. There has never been a lack of excitement in LA’s food scene. Today I … Continue reading Dreaming of Santa Monica sushi – Sushi Roku offers curbside white glove service

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

4 new ways to up your adult beverage game

Impress your friends, try a new theme for a dinner party, or build your meal or party around an alcohol of choice. Here are 4 new ways to up your adult beverage game. Martini & Rossi Frosé Pouches LaLaScoop’s new favorite drink for the backyard or beach – the Frosé pouch! So easy, no need to worry about mixing ingredients or planning far in advance, … Continue reading 4 new ways to up your adult beverage game

Daou Vineyard hosts wine pairing dinner at Santuari

California’s beloved winery DAOU from Paso Robles is hosting a wine pairing dinner at sexy new Santuari Restaurant, one of LaLaScoop’s favorite new spots in Toluca Lake at the Toluca Lake Tennis and Fitness Club opposite Warner Bros Studio. Besides the enchanting setting, the California cuisine with Mediterranean flair is the reason to dine in this historic location once frequented by Clint Eastwood, Farrah Fawcett … Continue reading Daou Vineyard hosts wine pairing dinner at Santuari