7 Hidden Gems to Discover in Balboa Park
Jan15

7 Hidden Gems to Discover in Balboa Park

Often referred to as the “Smithsonian of the West” due to its large number of museums, Balboa Park is the cultural heart of San Diego. At 1,200 acres, this National Historic Landmark is the largest urban cultural park in the U.S., beating out both New York City’s Central Park and San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park in size. With 17 museums, 16 gardens, multiple theaters, shops and restaurants, visitors have access to dozens of different...

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Antiques Shopping in San Fernando Valley
Jan15

Antiques Shopping in San Fernando Valley

If you’re in the market for a vintage cashmere fedora, an antique letter opener or a Heywood vanity that would have done any golden-era bombshell proud, Canoga Park is an absolute must-visit. The small, west Valley neighborhood that came of age during the post-war era has become the place for in-the-know antique collectors, interiors decorators and set designers. It’s choc-full of the kind of old-town flair that harkens back to the...

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So Cal’s Fab Coffee Bars
Jan15

So Cal’s Fab Coffee Bars

When you got to have it, you must have the best. Those who love coffee know exactly what that means. A cup from the thermal carafe at the gas station just won’t cut it. Lucky for us, Southern California has a solid group of coffee aficionados and an impressive collection of independent coffee houses to meet their strict standards of caffeinated excellence. There are so many from which to choose, but we thought we’d share a few of our...

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The Original Farmers Market: People Have Been Meeting at Third & Fairfax for 80 Years
Jan15

The Original Farmers Market: People Have Been Meeting at Third & Fairfax for 80 Years

Cheerful greetings of “Hi” and “Good to see you” in a sunny Irish dialect can be heard on any given afternoon from behind the counter at Magee’s House of Nuts at LA’s Original Farmers Market. The infectious salutations come from Doris Perez, who has been serving customers there for over 50 years. “I came here from Ireland in 1959 with the plan to stay for one year.” Perez (formerly Leach), who briefly worked as a nanny for an Encino...

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Romantic Coastal Escapes
Jan15

Romantic Coastal Escapes

  Southern California landscapes are among the most romantic in the world. Our coastline is rimmed with beautiful resorts overlooking glistening Pacific sunsets and wave-washed sandy beaches from San Diego to Santa Barbara.   If you live in or near San Diego, check out the award-winning Westgate Hotel’s offerings. It’s featuring French-inspired getaways in several price categories such as Je t’aime (I Love You)...

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