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Fun SoCal Spots to Spend a First Date

By Kasey Hamilton   It’s that awkward, official first date — a chunk of time spent as a couple determining if there’s enough chemistry between two people to warrant another rendezvous. The most common event couples often choose to spend this memorable time is over a meal, but sometimes that just turns into an obvious “interview.” For a more innovative activity, try the following options … and even if your date turns out to be a bore, you’ll at least have a great time!   Paramount Drive In Movie Theater www.paramountdrivein.com A drive in theater provides a fun, unique first date that will not break the bank. Daters go back in time for a fun trip while enjoying the privacy of being in their car. Traditional indoor movies can be tough for a first date because they do not give daters the chance to get to know each other. Drive-in movies, on the other hand, provide entertainment and a private space for you to be able to talk to your date without being shushed by other moviegoers.   Eclipse Chocolate Build-A-Bar www.eclipsebuildabar.com Chocolate and dates seem to go hand in hand, so why not give your date the ultimate chocolate experience by allowing them to…

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San Diego’s 7 Most Stunning Natural Wonders

With 70 miles of sparkling coastline, a pleasantly warm climate year-round and stunning natural wonders, San Diego’s beauty entices and enthralls travelers from around the world — yet many don’t know that San Diego is one of the most biodiverse regions in the U.S.  Home to a variety of habitats ranging from intertidal wetlands and chaparral-covered canyons to alpine mountains and pristine desert wilderness, San Diego teems with Instagram-worthy sites. The following are seven of San Diego’s top natural wonders—a bucket list of sensational sights sure to impress visitors of all ages. Nestled atop the scenic seaside cliffs of La Jolla, the 1,750-acre Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is one of only two places on earth where nature lovers can find the ancient Torrey Pine (Pinus torreyana), the nation’s rarest pine tree. Visitors can enjoy wind-swept sandstone formations, six hiking trails ranging from easy, family-friendly paths to more advanced trails, and striking sunsets over the Pacific. The reserve offers free guided walks on weekends and holidays at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., departing from the historic lodge-turned-Visitor Center. La Jolla is also home to postcard-perfect La Jolla Cove and La Jolla Underwater Park, the West Coast’s first underwater preserve, spanning…

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Top Ten Places for Afternoon Tea

By Benicia Lie   Craving that authentic English afternoon tea that everyone always speaks of after their trip in London? Well, there is no need to purchase that plane ticket to hop on a flight to Europe when we have various, exquisite tea shops in Southern California to satisfy your craving here.   First on the list is The Rose Tree Cottage, which is located in Pasadena, and features a cozy, ambient British afternoon tea experience that will entice your taste buds in a way never experienced. It is not just the dainty antiques tastefully decorated around the seating area or the delectable finger sandwiches and their special home-brewed tea that makes customers loyal fans, but it is the effort that the owners have poured their heart onto their establishment. The owners, Edmond and Mary Fry, painstakingly transformed a normal home into a serene tea shop that guests can enjoy an unforgettable experience. Their menu showcases their very own loose leaf English Village tea, a savory selection of scones, tasty Yorkshire pudding, and delicious desserts. It is these and the owners that keeps guests loyal fans of the establishment.   Next on the list is The Rose Garden Tea Room…

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 Southern California Slack Key Festival

Kala Koa Entertainment celebrates 12 years of bringing the biggest and brightest names in Hawaiian music to the mainland with the 2018 Southern California Slack Key Festival returning to the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center on Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. One of the most acclaimed Hawaiian concerts to ever leave the islands, the Southern California Slack Key Festival takes fans on a Hawaiian musical journey that showcases GRAMMY-winning slack key guitarists, the best hula dancers in the world, special guest performers and a free to the public Island Marketplace. The Southern California Slack Key Festival – the first of its kind anywhere outside of Hawaii – set a major milestone for Hawaiian music events on the mainland when it debuted in 2008 and has garnered a huge loyal following – creating, cultivating, and renewing interest in Hawaii and its music. This year’s Southern California Slack Key Festival’s line-up includes George Kuo, Kawika Kahiapo, Sonny Lim, Jeff Peterson, Jim “Kimo”West, Teresa Bright, Bobby Ingano, and Kunia Galdeira. What is Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Music? Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar (ki ho’alu) is truly one of the world’s great acoustic guitar traditions, considered to be one of the oldest music traditions to still be a viable (other than just historical) part of…

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SoCal Summer Beachfront Dining

By Samantha Schindler   We’re lucky here in SoCal to be able to enjoy delicious food while being swept up in some of the best ocean views. You don’t have to dip your toes in the water or press into the sand if you don’t want to. Our beachfront restaurants provide diners with some of the most beautiful coastlines that Southern California has to offer. Here are a few of our favorites where you can enjoy the ocean while being spoiled with amazing food. Geoffrey’s in Malibu Perched on a romantic Malibu hillside, Geoffrey’s offers a spectacular view of the curving Southern California coastline. Its flower-filled patio is a romantic spot for a candlelight dinner or Sunday brunch. To avoid disappointment, make reservations because it books up quickly, especially in the summer months. SALT Restaurant and Bar in Marina del Rey Situated at the end of Bali Way, SALT is surrounded by views of the marina and its beautiful yachts. The main dining room is indoors with a lounge section offering happy hour at the bar, outdoor patio or communal table. But the romantic terrace with sunset vistas is the place to sit. SALT Restaurant & Bar is an ideal…

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The Best Live Music Venues in Southern California

By Jennifer Anderson of GoodDeedSeats   Southern California and entertainment go hand-in-hand.  And it shouldn’t surprise anyone that SoCal has some of the best live music venues in the world. To compile a list of the best, three criteria were used to measure: The venue had to frequently host some type of live music event. It had to be both patron-friendly and performer-friendly. It had to cultivate a live music experience that’s memorable and enjoyable. Here’s a spotlight of some of the best venues with a capacity of more than 20,000.  (That’s why Staples Center and the Mattress Firm Amphitheatre didn’t make our list.) ANAHEIM Juke Joint “A place where friends can drink” 735 North Anaheim Boulevard (714) 778-1397 Monday through Sunday: 6am to 2am (subject to change, always call ahead) The Juke Joint is an award-winning downtown bar beloved by punkers, rockers, and those who like to have fun.  At the Juke Joint, you can enjoy live music as well as more than 50 beers (20 are on tap), Keno, and the big game/big UFC match. Getting There: Half mile from the Packing Plant Venue Facts Established in 1978 Three pool tables Internet dart boards Booking Examples: Guttermouth, Hot Rod Trio, Mindwarz…

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