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5 Best Southland Beaches to Visit in the Fall

Summer in SoCal is the best time to go to the beach, which is why most are so crowded. But the fall is even better because the beaches are just as spectacular, but much less crowded. If you’re looking for a little piece of peace, be sure to visit these secluded pockets of heaven. Trestles beach, or just Trestles, is a mystery beach for sunbathers but a home to surfers. It’s divided into sections; Church, Middles, Lowers, Uppers and Cottons; depending on surfer skill level. Located in San Clemente, the beach is known for taking a while to get to but being one of the most gorgeous in the area. After parking, take a hike through brush and trees, under Interstate 5, over a small hill and a straight trail walk before reaching the beach. During the hike, you’re likely to run into beautiful views and some wildlife, so have your camera ready. http://funorangecountyparks.com/trestles-beach-walk.html Since Laguna is a hotspot for beachgoers, weekends are often overcrowded. With Wood’s Cove, skip the hordes of people all together. The rocks on the shore make the beach less popular because surfing is too dangerous, but the water is more turquoise and the beach is…

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in Sports & Adventures

Kayaking Tips for Beginners

With summer officially here, Southern Californians are heading out into the ocean, in search of adventure. Kayaking is a great way to stay cool in the summer, get a fantastic workout and, in many cases, catch a glimpse of the local sea life.   Hold your paddle correctly. It’s important to hold the paddle correctly, with hands shoulder-width apart (or wider), with an overhand grip. Keep arms fully extended away from the body and don’t T-Rex! There are two sides to the paddle–scoop and spine. When paddling forward, keep the scoop side of the paddle facing towards you. When paddling backwards, have the spine facing towards you.   Don’t just pull the paddle or you will quickly tire out your shoulders. When pulling the paddle side in the water towards you, focus also on pushing the paddle side out of the water away from your body. This will help ensure you are using multiple muscle groups instead of making your shoulders do all the work. When paddling, remember to twist your torso into the movement. This will help maintain your center of gravity, produce more efficient strokes and utilize more of your body.   Getting in and out of the kayak…

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in SoCal Trends

Fields Market: One of LA’s Hottest Filming Locations

Today it serves as the backdrop for countless television shows and movies. But at one time, the small, local grocery store—a throwback to midcentury America—had almost seen its better days. “When we first took the place over in the early 1990s, the store was in pretty bad shape. It was like the worst house in the neighborhood type of thing; dirty, stinky, and the people who owned it were running it like a liquor store. It was in desperate need of a facelift,” says co-owner of Fields Market, Bill Rinck.

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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 in Southern California the temperature stays mild all year long. This suits us just fine. Whether you live in Dana Point or Irvine, here are 20 telltale signs you are an OC native.   1. You get really, unnaturally excited when it rains since it means your plants may live to see another day. (Dear Drought, you suck!) 2. You find Santa Ana winds alarming since they go hand-in-hand with fire season and really bad hair days. 3. You have a collection of sandals for every occasion: fancy, casual, and athletic. 4. Earthquakes don’t scare you at all, except for the imminent “Big One” you have been hearing about since you entered grammar school. 5. Someone or everyone in your family is a Trojan or…

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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 that the ever-changing conditions of the ocean make surfing not only a demanding physical activity, but also a mental challenge in determining how, when and where to hit the surf.   If the ocean is calling your name this summer, and you’re looking to take up surfing, below are tips on getting started:   Try Before You Buy. Surfing can be an expensive sport. So,before you go out and spend a large chunk of change on a beautiful high-performance shortboard from Firewire, check out your local rental shops and rent a nice big foamy longboard that’s 9’6 or longer—which is an ideal size for beginners. Thebigger the board, the easier it is to surf.   Get the Essentials. If you’re lucky enough to begin your surfing journey in warm waters, then all you’ll need is a…

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in Food & Drinks

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 carbonated, zero-calorie beverage featuring bold flavors, perfect for incorporating into summer cooking and cocktailing.               Coconut Pineapple Skewers Ingredients: 1 bottle Coconut Pineapple Sparkling Ice ½ cup olive oil + extra to brush pineapple 2 teaspoons harissa paste or other spicy chili sauce (like Siracha) ½ teaspoon salt 1 ¼ – 1 ½ lbs. chicken tenders 1 fresh pineapple – peeled, cut into 1½” chunks 2 cups cooked rice Toasted coconut for garnish, optional Cilantro for garnish, optional Special Equipment: 16 Wooden skewers for grilling Instructions: In large shallow baking dish combine Coconut Pineapple Sparkling Ice, olive oil, harissa, salt and stir to combine. Reserve 1/3 cup marinade for basting Add chicken tenders, turning to coat. Cover and let…

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