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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]