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Fall for Each Other This Fall

By Maria del Cisne Vital Pumpkin spice, fall foliage, and cozy sweaters— these are a few of our favorite fall things! With summer coming to an end, now is the perfect time to take your significant other out for a fun fall date. Check below for some ideas that will surely get your date to cozy up to you: Apple Picking at Oak Glen Apple picking is a great way to bond with your date because it’s just you, them and a whole bunch of apples. Work as a team to pick that one apple that is out of reach! By the end of the date, you’ll have a basket full of apples and a heart full of love.  Oak Glen is a five-mile loop of farms, orchards and shops where you can pick apples, berries and more. If you’re of age, stop by the Oak Glen Cider Company for a hard cider to end your night. oakglen.net Oak Glen, CA 92399 The Tanaka Farms Pumpkin Patch Picking a pumpkin with your main squeeze is peak fall date cuteness. Starting in September, the Tanaka Farms Pumpkin Patch will be open for the public to peruse the acres of pumpkins— from…

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Family Comes First at These SoCal Wineries

By Maria del Cisne Vital Whether you prefer crisp Pinot Grigio, dry Chianti, or summer Rosé, California is the destination for any and every type of wine. The iconic Napa and Sonoma Valleys of NorCal are the titans of tannins. Meanwhile, SoCal can take pride in Temecula, Malibu and more growing wineries and vineyards. One feat that is hard to beat is the inviting and warm energy provided at SoCal’s family-owned wineries. With intimate settings and exclusive wines, check out these spots to feel right at home with a glass in hand. Carhartt Vineyard For three generations, the Carhartt family has grown with Rancho Santa Ynez and transformed it into what it is today— 22 acres of land meant for farming grapes and creating craft wines. Their “ground to glass” approach is what allows this Santa Barbara spot to distribute high quality and sustainable products. Stop by the Carhartt Cabin, a tasting room that has 20 different wines to try throughout the year (they only close on Christmas Day). The Carhartt family insists on keeping their business and customers close, so their wines are only distributed online or in their tasting room. 2939 Grand Ave., Los Olivos, 805-693-5100, carharttvineyard.com. Wilson…

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Wedding Trends

Wedding Trends that are going to be huge in 2019 Courtesy of Giant Invitations   Getting married this year? Don’t worry, we have got you covered with all the latest! Here are the top wedding trends for 2019 according to leading celebrity wedding experts:   Wedding Styling Colin Cowie, the party and wedding planner of choice for celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, Tom Cruise, Jennifer Lopez, Oprah Winfrey, Ryan Seacrest and Kim Kardashian comments: “I’ve never been one to do trends— I’m much better at creating them. When you work around your client’s unique DNA and cater everything guests smell, touch, taste, see and hear to that DNA, you end up with something unique that truly tells a story. Of course, being in the industry for as long as I have, I can quickly pick up on a few things we can expect to see in 2019: keep an eye out for the return of modern, contemporary, minimalist looks; this year, less is more. Out with the over-the-top floral walls and in with non-traditional florals composed of wheat or grass. Round ceremonies are something I’ve always enjoyed designing because they ensure friends and loved ones are no more than a few…

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Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken Makes Los Angeles Sweeter

Last month, D.C.-born Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken opens its latest location on Main Street in Santa Monica. The opening day celebration includes a free doughnut for each guest and one “Golden Doughnut,” offered every hour of the day, redeemable for free doughnuts for an entire year. The Golden Doughnut will be filled with edible gold filing and mixed in with the rest of the free doughnuts. Golden Doughnut winners will be selected at random once every hour throughout the day. The Main Street storefront is home to the city’s first CBD doughnut. Made with birthday cake batter and topped with a CBD-infused chocolate buttercream frosting, the new comfort food joins Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken’s list of seasonal and signature doughnuts such as their iconic Crème Brûlée doughnut, Maple Bacon and the new Hot Vegan doughnuts. The diverse all-day dining menu also features breakfast chicken sandwiches, a French Toast doughnut, bone-in fried chicken, fried chicken sandwiches, and vegetarian friendly items including Grilled Cheese sandwiched between savory doughnut buns, and Roasted Brussels Sprouts. “Santa Monica is the perfect location for Astro’s playful personality, and we’re excited to be a part of the local community,” said Founding Partner Elliot Spaisman. “We’ve…

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Food Hall Frenzy

By Maria del Cisne Vital   Indecisive eaters, unite! SoCal has seen an increase in food halls recently, reaching Orange County and Los Angeles. What is a food hall? Essentially, it is a food heaven for foodies that can’t pick just one thing to eat. With cuisines as wild as a burger with fried mac n cheese buns to some as typical as PB & J Sandwiches, food halls across SoCal have something for literally everyone. Snap a pic for the ‘gram, and dig in to the amazing food at the places below!   Anaheim Packing House Disney isn’t the only fun zone in Anaheim. Save your buck and visit the Anaheim Packing District to make all your foodie dreams come true. With decadent dessert crepes at The Coop or savory poutine at The Croft, there’s no wrong choice here. Need something refreshing? Fresh juices and popsicles are also available on the second floor to keep you cool this summer. With a food coma in your near future, the district has swinging chairs and ample table space to sit back, relax and enjoy your treats. For adults, there is a speakeasy hidden on the first floor and another bar on…

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