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Imaan Jalali

in Destinations & Landmarks

Southern California’s Signature Stairways

Southern California’s unique topographic contours have allowed for not only several “secret” outdoor stairways, but ones that wrap around, descend along hike paths, and surprise in sinuous fashion. Up until now, there have been eight stairwells in particular that were usually encountered by only land explorers, though are now revealed for all to revel in.   * La Mesa Public Stairs Located in La Mesa, CA on Windsor Drive (between Canterbury Dr. and Normal Ave.), this stairwell will test your endurance and leg/calf strength. It provides such a lower-body workout that personal trainers are known to bring their clients here. If you feel up to the challenge, not only will you shed a multitude of calories, but you’ll also appreciate the exclusive ambiance of the neighborhood that contains the steps.   * Hollywood Bowl/Broadview Terrace Stairs Comprised of around 420 steps and a distance of 2.5 miles, this staircase can be found on High Tower Drive (off Camrose Drive). It is very much in harmony with much of the cacti and fences of homes that embroider the path. For the sake of viewing Hollywood and the bright lights in the vicinity, these steps may offer the best views. If nothing…

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in Sports & Adventures

5 Top Golf Courses to Birdie, Bogie and Backswing in SoCal

WITH COOL BREEZES AND CONSTANT SUNSHINE, SO CAL IS THE PERFECT PLACE TO TEE OFF FOR SOME GOLF FUN. WHETHER YOU ARE AN EXPERT OR JUST LOOKING FOR SOME CASUAL PLAY, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA OFFERS A VARIETY OF COURSES DESIGNED TO FLAG YOUR INTEREST AND KEEP YOU HOOKED.   TORREY PINES GOLF COURSE William P. Bell, a celebrated course architect, designed and started this renowned golf course while his son, William F. Bell, completed it in 1957. There are two different 18-hole courses offered on the property, the North and South Course. The South Course offers lavish greenery with plush trees and rough sand for both viewing pleasure and an extra challenge while playing. This course also ranked third in Golfweek’s “America’s Best Municipal Courses” in 2009. The North Course drops lower to the ocean, which adds a more vast view of the coastline. In addition to the beautiful courses, Torrey Pines offers a variety of amenities that range from a restaurant, driving range and putting green. These courses are perfect for an individual looking for a stimulating game or for someone who just wants to enjoy the great weather and scenery.   SANDPIPER GOLF CLUB Sandpiper’s history dates back to 1938 when it was used by ARCO for oil production. Ken Hunter purchased it in 1972 and transformed it from an oil refinery to a refined golf club. Now,…

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in Food & Drinks

Go Green with So Cal Irish Pubs

  There is more than one reason to “go green.” One involves the year-round conservation of our planet. Another reason to wear the color happens only once a year on March 17—St. Patrick’s Day. If you’re a Southern California resident or traveler, So Cal Life Mag has you covered so you’re informed of five fabulous Irish pubs to visit and and indulge in the most heady Irish Car Bomb cocktails concocted! Do relish in the luck of the Irish, but please drink responsibly.   Dickie O’Neal’s Irish-American Family Pub & Restaurant 2155 N. Palm Canyon Dr. Palm Springs, CA 92262 (760) 325-2600, dickieoneal.com   If you’re looking for the slight unpredictability of a dive bar combined with the warmth of a neighborhood family environment, then this is the place to be! You can also order a delicious chicken pot pie to go with your drink, like a Black and Tan, or Bloody Mary, which is certified as being the best in Palm Springs!   Dargan’s Irish Pub and Restaurant 18 E. Ortega St. Santa Barbara, CA 93101 (805) 568-0702, darganssb.com   This establishment prides itself on attracting the blue-collar demographic, who can mingle and munch about while watching sports or…

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in Destinations & Landmarks

SoCal’s Magical Wisdom Tree

  Situated on the Cahuenga Peak Trail in Griffith Park, the “Wisdom Tree”—which resembles a bashful sprout of broccoli—should have been one of Mother Nature’s tragedies, but it has turned out to be a rousing success story.   For all intents and purposes, the tree should have succumbed to not only an unmerciful fire in 2007, but a land sale in 2010 that would have seen it felled without forethought. However, the inferno, though unrelenting as it was in destroying most of the vegetation around it, spared the limbs of the tree. And the potentially disastrous real-estate transaction was countervailed by The Trust for Public Land, which won out when a miraculous $900,000 check by Hugh Hefner sealed the deal and salvaged the tree’s fate.   After winning the “Save the Peak” sweepstakes, the tree has been since meditating on an additional 138 acres of public property, accessible to all visitors, who often hike by to bask in its sage vibe. The really inspired ones will pick up one of the many journals and pens placed at the feet of its bark (provided by advocate Mark Rowlands) and write a meaningful message for posterity.   Among all the Wisdom Tree…

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in Food & Drinks

Five Tasty Cupcake Shops

There’s nothing that quite hits the palate like a delicately crafted cupcake, replete with fluffy frosting and moist cake center. The right one will fill not only the stomach, but the heart, the very moment the tip of the tongue touches the billowy top. There are many a cupcake that satiates that unbridled urge to reach out at the elbow, but for fear of perilously high blood sugar, here are five Southern California-based shops—not named Sprinkles— for your perusal and consumption.

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in SoCal Trends

Words With SoCal Friends

Here in Southern California, we’re all practically one big clique of friends. We understand each other in ways East-Coasters can only dream. And do you know why? Because we have our own lingo and colloquialisms that are as “gnarly” as they are ergonomic. By truncating unnecessarily long words to mostly monosyllables, we make fewer facial expressions, and therefore maintain our immaculate and wrinkle-free skin. Crows feet are for losers.   If you’re not from So Cal, then you might be gnashing your teeth at the fact that, yes, we like to use “like,” “totally,” “hella,” “hecka” (for the pure-minded), “fresh,” “ballin,” “rad,” “poppin,” “psyched,” “trippin,” “sketchy,” “butt hurt” (figurative, not literal), “yolkin it” (a wry way of intimating steroid use without outrightly saying it) and the all-time classic “dude,” among many other words/phrases, in daily discourse.   For the uninitiated, “dude” spawned from surf culture, and “like” originated in the San Fernando Valley before becoming a worldwide phenomenon. The latter was originally inspired by our love of similes, but has since been used as a stopgap during conversational dead time to disguise dead brain cells. For that reason, or in spite of it, we are a joyous bunch, and have…

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