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Linda Lang

in Food & Drinks

SoCal’s Celebrated Burgers

ONION OR NO ONION? WELL DONE OR MEDIUM? CHEESE, PICKLES, KETCHUP, MAYO — OR NOT? BURGER AFICIONADOS GENERALLY HAVE VERY DEFINITE IDEAS OF WHAT THEIR TASTE BUDS CRAVE. IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, WE HAVE A GREAT RANGE OF BURGER FARE EVERYWHERE. SOME OF OUR TOP FAVES INCLUDE:

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5 Most Heavenly Cupcake Shops on Earth

Cupcakes come in all colors, sizes and calorie counts. You see glorious cupcake displays at weddings, birthdays and lining bakery shelves. If you’re going to eat the whole thing, it’s probably best if it’s a cupcake rather than the three-tiered alternative. Here are five of the Southland’s best to tempt the palate and keep you relatively guilt-free.   Enjoy Cupcakes in Santa Barbara & Los Olivos Established in 2009 in Los Olivos and Santa Barbara in 2014, Enjoy Cupcake has so far created more than 650 Wine Cupcake recipes.  Baker Amber Joy Vander VlietI produces six flavors each week with input from chief executive taster/partner Kevin Vander Vliet. Creations include their signature Chocolate Blackberry Syrah — syrah-infused cake with dark chocolate fudge topped with blackberry frosting and a wine-soaked blackberry rolled in sugar crystals; Blueberry Lemon Chardonnay — chardonnay cake with creamy Meyer lemon filling topped with blueberry cream cheese frosting and wine-soaked blueberry; and Chunky Chocolate Salted Peanut Butter Caramel — chocolate chunk cake oozing with peanut butter mousse, topped with peanut butter chocolate chip frosting, caramel and pinch of salt. enjoycupcakes.com | 805.451.0284     Georgetown Cupcake in Beverly Hills In 2008, co-founders Katherine Kallinis Berman and Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne…

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The So Cal Celebrity Homes Tour

Grab your camera and get ready to go where other tour buses are forbidden to go!   The movie star mansions you may see are not just chosen at random. Each year, Starline Tours, Hollywood’s leading celebrity tour company, asks passengers what’s hot and what’s not in planning their itineraries.   Last year, Ellen DeGeneres’ home was at the top of the list and the Holmby Hills mansion Michael Jackson occupied at the time of his death was back on. Also hot were Katy Perry in the number No. 2 spot with the Playboy Mansion moving back to third and Simon Cowell in fifth. Beloved celebs like Elvis Presley (No. 7) and Lucille Ball (No. 8) remain fan favorites long after they’re gone. A relative newcomer to the list in the No. 9 spot was Justin Bieber whose antics kept him, his rental home and neighbors in the news for months.   While aboard one of Starline Tours’ buses, visitors get all the latest celebrity news and stories from skilled, experienced guides who know what’s been bought and sold, who is dating whom and who’s splitting from whom. In addition to celebrity mansions in Beverly Hills and Hollywood Hills, the…

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Discover the Temecula Valley ~ The Southland’s Premier Wine Country

Whether your first glimpse is by hot air balloon, bike, walking shoes or automobile, you sense there is something special about the Temecula Valley.  Its rolling vineyards, historic town, majestic parklands, and activities blend past and present into a laid-back SoCal inland lifestyle that thrives on nature’s riches and man’s creativity. An hour north of San Diego in southwestern Riverside County, the valley’s mild, year-round climate makes it ideal for week-end or week-long escapes any time of year.  Here you’ll find something for everyone starting with Old Town, which preserves its Old West heritage, miles of undulating hills and vineyards, and Pechanga Resort & Casino, the largest, most expansive resort-casino in California and one of the largest in the United States.   The Back Story   Temecula was home to the Luiseño Indians for at least 10,000 years before becoming a mission outpost, then a Mexican rancho, crossroads settlement, railroad town, and valley of vineyards to shape the Temecula Valley we know today.  Its name comes from the Luiseño Indian word “Temecunga” which the Spaniards interpreted as “Temecula.” Today, Temecula is the only city in California that still carries its Indian name.   The first known non-Indian to discover the…

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