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Top Ten Places to Visit in Southern California

By Kasey Hamilton   Our vast community is filled with so much to see and do that the choices can be overwhelming — there are countless places to visit, but here are our top ten SoCal destinations.   Griffith Observatory The Griffith Observatory is one of California’s most cosmic getaways. For those interested in astronomy, the observatory has a planetarium, public telescopes, and other planetary exhibits. It also offers one of the top vantage points for viewing the iconic Hollywood sign. The observatory is also a featured location in many movies and television shows including the recent Oscar winner “La La Land.” 2800 E….

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in Food & Drinks

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…

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in Food & Drinks, Things To Do

Sweet and Savory in SoCal: National Waffle Day

By Maria del Cisne Vital   Waffles are a tasty treat so dynamic that they can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert! Whether you like your waffles drenched in syrup, topped with berries, or served alongside fried chicken, Southern California has you covered in the waffle department. Enjoy today, National Waffle Day, with a delicious meal! Check out these places for unique twists on the traditional waffle:   The Waffle Spot — San Diego The name speaks for itself. The Waffle Spot in San Diego is the hot spot for all things waffle! They have “specialties” like apple…

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in Pets & Wildlife, Things To Do

Get Up-Close and (Somewhat) Personal with Leopard Sharks

Every year, thousands of leopard sharks swarm the La Jolla waters in the largest annual leopard shark aggregation in the world. And, while the word ‘shark’ may elicit some form of panic, there’s no need worry. In fact, leopard sharks are known as the “friendly sharks” of the ocean. Their calm demeanor and beautiful spotted backs make them an intriguing site to witness whether you’re swimming, snorkeling, kayaking or diving. Biologists say that roughly 97% of these leopard sharks that come to La Jolla annually are female, and many of them are pregnant. They choose the calm, shallow and warm…

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in Food & Drinks, Things To Do

10 Things You Didn’t Know You Could See, Do and Taste in San Diego

San Diego may be best known for amazing beaches and year-round perfect weather, but curious visitors can find unusual, unexpected and unique experiences hidden around San Diego’s many corners. From bumping into ghosts and soaring above a nudist beach to sampling camel meat, here are 10 sensational experiences to see, do and taste in San Diego.   Hunt Ghosts – Built in 1857 by Thomas Whaley, the Whaley House Museum in Old Town San Diego holds notable local historic significance. In addition to being the Whaley family home, it also housed the San Diego County Court House, San Diego’s first commercial…

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