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The Summer of Love Revisited…be sure to wear flowers in your hair

Can you feel it in the air? Maybe on the soft breeze that brings in the scent of orange blossoms or the warmth of the California sun or the light that dances on green meadows of colorful flowers? It’s the 50th Anniversary of the “Summer of Love.” This social phenomenon occurred in 1967 when hippies, […]

Oh the Places You’ll Go… on ART

I love the thrill of riding Disney California Adventures’ California Screamin’ roller coaster. I love Georgia’s divine fried chicken in the Anaheim Packing House. I also love the colorful and eclectic Art Walk in Downtown Santa Ana. However, I don’t care for southern California traffic, or fighting for a parking space in a crowded parking […]

Farm to Table is Alive and Well in Monterey, California

Bringing the bounty of the garden to the plate is a little easier in Monterey County. This region is ideal for growing all manner of fruit and nut trees, rows upon rows of vegetables of every color and shape imaginable, as well as delicious wines that have long been making a splash on the vintner […]

Dishing out Entertainment Can Be a Drag

My friends and I wanted to celebrate a milestone at a place that would blow our minds…we found it at the Lipstick and Lashes show at the Velvet Lounge. Located in the Arts District in historic downtown Santa Ana, the Velvet Lounge is a friendly and colorful gay bar known locally for their extremely popular […]

Wow Your Valentine with these Creative Ideas

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! And this year with the 14th of February on a Tuesday, it is quickly becoming a week-long celebration—from the weekend prior, to Valentine’s and all the way through to the following weekend! Opening a beautifully wrapped present is always joyful. And in talking with many locals we found […]

Plan For Your Vacation Before Your Time Runs Out

We Americans need a wake-up call to take back all the benefits of a good life lost to our over-scheduled life and join the movement to #PlanForVacation. And just in time, Project: Time Off has planned January 31 as National Plan for Vacation Day. A vacation is a powerful thing. It has the ability to relax […]

June Lake Brewing: The Brewery the Community Built

There’s nothing like a cold one after hitting the ski slopes. In the Mammoth/June Lake area, one of the best places to get a tasty hop-forward beer made from fresh mountain water is June Lake Brewing (JLB). Open 365 days a year, JLB’s tasting room is an environment that creates not only great beer, but […]

The Dirt on the Farm: Going Beyond Farm to Table with Monterey Bay Aquarium Executive Chef Matthew Beaudin

Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Executive Chef Matthew Beaudin goes far beyond traditional farm to table principles to get as close as possible to the process and people who grow and harvest wholeness ingredients. His success is based on a desire to showcase everyone’s talent in the process from the farmer, fisherman, rancher to beekeeper. “My Executive Sous […]