Can you virtually tour Ireland? I am — and here’s how it’s going

In southwest Ireland, there’s a circular scenic drive that contours the Iveragh Peninsula, weaving through lush coastal landscapes and itty bitty rural seaside villages. It’s called the Ring of Kerry, and it’s an iconic trek in Ireland — an open secret boasting some incredible vistas and glimpses of diverse wildlife. Tourists from around the world…

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Bakersfield, CA: Almond tree blossoms bring in spring

This is the first part of a three-part series on wildflowers and blooms in Southern California that focuses on almond tree blossoms in Kern County. Next up? The Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve. Every spring, the celebration starts. You can call it an annual gathering, with an invite date set to the final days of…

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Beverly Hills, CA: I tried Gucci Osteria da Massimo Bottura. Here’s my experience.

The truth is, I’ve been obsessing over Chef Massimo Bottura ever since I saw him on the very first episode of Netflix’s Chef’s Table. Massimo, with his strong ideas, knack for clashing flavors, quirky dish names and avant garde plating, is a force to be reckoned with in the kitchen.

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Solvang, CA: What is this Danish town like during COVID-19?

I need to preface this by saying that I thought long and hard about how I’d write this, or if I’d even write it at all. Here’s the reason. On the last weekend in August, I took a day trip to Solvang. If you haven’t heard of this town, dubbed the “Danish capital of the…

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Roundup: My favorite places to socially distance in Ventura

Ever since the pandemic broke out, I’ve been spending a great deal of time at home. When we do go out, though, it’s usually to a handful of places we know and trust. (Think: lesser-known beaches, wide-open picnic areas, gardens and hiking trails). When we do feel an urge to grab a bite to eat,…

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Paso Robles, CA: Sipping between the vines

“It’s miles and miles of empty, unforgiving desert before the earth’s cardiogram begins to slowly climb and fall again. We see the first signs of Paso Robles’ string of vineyards.”

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Los Angeles, CA: Pursuing Prosciutto at DTLA’s Charming French Cafe

I have a love-hate relationship with Downtown Los Angeles. I don’t mind admitting that. If you watch my stories on Instagram, you’ll often see me prancing around the city on the weekends, trying to find the best spot for brunch or coffee while constantly craning my neck and admiring the architecture. I love old, historic…

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Pasadena, CA: Coffee Run at The Burlington Arcade in Pasadena

For someone who’s never been to England (OK, there was this one time I had an eight-hour layover in London, but that barely counts), I’m a pretty diehard anglophile. Blame it on The Great British Baking Show. Or maybe even Love, Actually. Or more realistically, my European heritage. So when my fashionista friend, Kristin, told…

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Santa Monica, CA: Exploring Santa Monica Proper, The City’s New Luxury Lifestyle Hotel

The bartender gracefully slides a crisp menu under my nose. I scan the cocktails, most of which tout ingredients that make my head loll slightly to one side. Dimmi? Dolin Dry? Lillet? Linie? I feel a little uninformed and ill-prepared to order a drink, but I try to act cool because that’s what you do…

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Roundup: Where To Find The Best Parisian Bistros In LA County

It only started happening recently, but every single time I make brunch plans with a friend, I catch myself googling, “best French bistros in LA.” Then I stop myself. Wait. Why does it have to be French? In the past month, I’ve schlepped across town for baguettes and cheeses, and sat on more woven rattan…

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