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20 Telltale Signs You Are an OC Native

I lived in Orange County long before The OC and The Real Housewives franchise put it in the spotlight. Often out-of-towners ask me if those shows accurately portray life there. Well, I shrug, they embellish a little, but it is as charming in real life as it is on television. Practically any time of year you can swim in the ocean, sail in the harbor, or hike along picturesque trails. Some people prefer seasons, but…

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in Sports & Adventures

5 Tips to Taking up Surfing

Just in time for International Surf Day on June 21, Duke Jarboe, brand manager at SoCal lifestyle and ocean adventure company Everyday California, has provided tips for taking up surfing.   Surfing can be a spiritual experience, offering an intense connection to the ocean. There’s nothing truly like it out there. It can be serene and peaceful, and is also a great way to stay active while enjoying the outdoors.  It is also important to understand…

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3 Recipes for National Barbecue Month

May is National Barbecue Month! There’s no better way to celebrate the beginning of summer than heading outdoors for a cookout with family and friends. Grilling is one of America’s favorite pastimes during the summer months, with a recent survey showing that 75% of U.S. adults own a grill or smoker, and that they prefer cooking out over eating out to save money (71%).   To celebrate National Barbecue Month, here are some cookout-ready recipes courtesy of Sparkling Ice – a lightly…

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in Food & Drinks

Find a Fabulous Meal in Malibu

  Although best known for its beaches, laid-back lifestyle and celebrity sightings, Malibu has evolved over the years to include “world-class dining destination” to its list of credits. About two decades ago only a handful of fine restaurants could be found in Malibu, but now, even the most finicky foodie can be wowed by the eatery options along this magical beachside community. Here are a few you may want to visit next time you find…

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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…

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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…

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