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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Los Angeles, CA: Brunch at The Former Rectory of St. Vibiana

“I meant to ask you, have you ever been to Redbird?” I direct-message my friend-slash-fellow-journalist Kristin Vartan on Instagram. Aside from a knack for words, we also have a mutual respect for places with a past— museums, old residences, historic restaurants and cafes. Redbird, I discovered, is that sort of place, and as it turns…

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Los Angeles, CA: Art, Beer and Art Deco Architecture Near La Brea

Anyone who knows me will tell you that, more often than not, you’ll find me wandering the museum grounds at The Getty. I love art, and I love places that make me feel like I can cross continents and time periods through art. My second favorite art mecca? The Los Angeles County Museum of Art,…

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Orange County, CA: Exploring Orange County with Ayres Hotel

Not too long ago, I was approached by one of my editors to work on a guide to Orange County for Ayres Hotel Magazine. At face value, the task seemed easy enough. After all, there’s no shortage of things to do in the area. So, obviously, without skipping a beat, I said yes. After all,…

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What We Noshed on at Mercado in Pasadena

When we saw that this contemporary Mexican eatery made LA Eater’s “16 Best New Restaurants” list, we just had to pay a visit to see for ourselves what the fuss was all about. Because let’s face it—there’s no shortage of restaurants turning out stellar Mexican cuisine in Southern California, and it takes a lot to…

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