Connecting the Dots

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

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

Fall Season Lets the Ghoul Times and Welcomes in Oom Pah Bands

October is a busy month with Southern California theme parks showcasing their unique take on the season of tricks and treats, from nearly a century of nighttime Halloween pageantry, to three local distinctive Oktoberfests that truly bring the spirit of Germany to the OC. At the Disneyland Resort guests will be thrilled by Mickey’s Halloween

Fantasy Comes to Life at the Oregon Country Fair

Often our anticipation exceeds imagination, but when imagination exceeds expectations, the fantasy becomes real. The Oregon Country Fair has captivated my imagination for nearly ten years. I have often wondered what could possibly make people simply light up when they thought of their days on the fairgrounds and whether or not I would feel the

Knott’s Ghost Town Brings History Back to Life with Ghost Town Alive!

Knott’s Berry Farm has always been my ‘backyard’ theme park, as I have many childhood memories exploring Knott’s with my family. Although many things have changed here, the core of its charming western heritage remains the same. During family visits I remember walking around the Old West Ghost Town and letting my imagination run wild

Visit the Sunny Fields of Solvang

The Little Mermaid is alive and well in the enchanting village of Solvang, (aka Dutch Town) in Santa Barbara County. Suspend your sophistication and allow this unique and charming village to captivate your fanciful imagination. The historic downtown facades, scrumptious pastries and many flavorful dishes carry the mark of the Danes who first arrived here in

What’s Cookin’ in Downtown Santa Ana

Chef Dave Larsen, of the locally famous C4Deli in Downtown Santa Ana is a natural cook and storyteller. He grew up learning how to be a skilled fisherman and home-brewer and paired those talents into a passion for cooking with authentic ingredients. Dave’s cooking style salutes classic dishes while adding a few innovative twists that

Meet Your Seoulmate this Valentines in Downtown Fullerton

Orange County foodies are flocking to Downtown Fullerton this week for the long anticipated opening of Seoulmate, a Korean fusion joint specializing in Mexi-style burritos. Having opened their first shack sized location in Long Beach three years ago, co-owners Jason Kang and Sean Butler’s Korean food with a Cali twist has become a local hit. These

Tips And Tricks for Getting The Most From the Upcoming Newport Beach Restaurant Week!

Let’s face it, restaurants like to show off their culinary prowess and unique dining venues. And what better way to razzle and dazzle their guests than to create innovative, multi-course and value-driven menus for Newport Beach’s 10th Annual Restaurant Week! I am going to share with you some tips, tricks, and a game plan for