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“The Rock” Alcatraz Island – San Francisco | Exploring, California

Alcatraz Island, AKA "The Rock", has seen several incarnations and has been reinvented over the last two centuries. This small island located in the bay of San Francisco was initially developed with a lighthouse, which is considered the oldest lighthouse on the west coast. It was also a military fortification and a military prison, from the… Continue reading “The Rock” Alcatraz Island – San Francisco | Exploring, California

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The Watts Towers of Simon Rodia – State Historic Park | Exploring Los Angeles, California

The first time I read about Watts Towers I was in grade school and living in Glendale, which is a suburb of Los Angeles. Even at a young age, I was intrigued by this public art work display and the artist behind it, Simon Rodia. Although I am not an artist, I have always had… Continue reading The Watts Towers of Simon Rodia – State Historic Park | Exploring Los Angeles, California

U.S. National Parks

Death Valley National Park | Exploring California

Living in Las Vegas has given me great opportunities to visit many national parks. We are a few hours from the magnificent parks in Utah and less than two hours away from Death Valley National Park in California. Over the past decade, I have taken various road trips visiting many of the wonderous natural sites… Continue reading Death Valley National Park | Exploring California

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Scotty’s Castle – Death Valley National Park | Exploring California

Scotty's Castle in Death Valley, California is an intriguing look into the luxurious lifestyle of the wealthy during the roaring 20's. What is even more intriguing is the story behind this classic Mission Revival style home in the midst of nowhere. It was the secluded winter hideaway for Chicago millionaires Albert and Bessie Johnson, from… Continue reading Scotty’s Castle – Death Valley National Park | Exploring California

Jetsetting

Tijuana “TJ”, Mexico | A Quick Trip Over the Border

It was not until I moved out of Los Angeles later in life, that I learned the only people who call Tijuana, "TJ", are those who grew up in California. When people asked me if I had ever been to Mexico, I would say "Yeah, TJ" and no one knew what I was saying. Not… Continue reading Tijuana “TJ”, Mexico | A Quick Trip Over the Border

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Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve | Exploring California

Wish you were here! If this surreal landscape of azure skies, peaceful blue waters and white rocky towers seems familiar, it is familiar. This is Mono Lake and it was featured inside of Pink Floyd's 1975, "Wish you were here" album cover. The Diver, which was a photo taken by Aubrey Powell of Hipgnosissh, features what… Continue reading Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve | Exploring California

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Yosemite National Park | Exploring California

Yosemite National Park is one of the most majestic and breathtaking valleys on Earth. It is more than a place to take photos for the gram (Instagram); Yosemite is a place to recharge and to be grateful that you are alive, and living on this planet. There are no words to truly describe this magical… Continue reading Yosemite National Park | Exploring California

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Bodie State Historic Park | America’s Best Ghost Town

Bodie, California- When I say the words "Ghost Town", what thoughts come into your mind? A piece of the American Old West that sits in decay, barren and dilapidated. A once thriving mining community with gun fights, bar brawls and brothels that now sits idle in the middle of nowhere, with an occasional tumble weed… Continue reading Bodie State Historic Park | America’s Best Ghost Town

Global Dining

Osetra Seafood & Steaks | San Diego, California

San Diego, California- Since 2006, Osetra Seafood & Steaks has been providing a sophisticated wining and dining experience in the heart of the Gaslamp District. This fine restaurant is perfect for those who enjoy the gastronomy facets of wine, craft cocktails, exceptional seafood and steakhouse quality beef. Additionally, Osetra has the only wine tower and… Continue reading Osetra Seafood & Steaks | San Diego, California

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Dinner, Friends & Wolfgang Puck | Hotel Bel-Air, Los Angeles

I have appreciated Chef Wolfgang Puck ever since he made his Los Angeles culinary introduction with Spago on Sunset, back in the 1980s. Thinking on those days, my friends and I would spend our whole 'part-time mall job paycheck' for dinners at upscale or trending restaurants. Spago was one of them and made a huge… Continue reading Dinner, Friends & Wolfgang Puck | Hotel Bel-Air, Los Angeles

Food Journals

What I Ate & Drank in TEMECULA, CALIFORNIA – A Food & Wine Journal

I had just returned from an almost month long trip to Greece and Egypt when a few friends and I rolled into Temecula, California for a 'Girl's Wine Weekend'. I believe that weekend was what they call a "Live Hard - Play Hard" trip. I added one more verse to that slogan and 'Crashed Hard'… Continue reading What I Ate & Drank in TEMECULA, CALIFORNIA – A Food & Wine Journal