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Driving Down PCH

By: Maria Vital What better way to drive down SoCal’s iconic Pacific Coast Highway than in a brand new Lexus LS500? The Western Area Lexus Team organized a lovely drive down PCH that includes views, bites, and history. Starting at the luxurious, waterfront Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach, the Lexus LS500 awaits with extraordinary GPS navigation that will take you on the most efficient route. An added bonus: if you get too caught up in the views you’re driving past, state-of-the-art technology will keep you and your Lexus in your lane at all times.  Safe and sleek– two things everyone should want in a car. With the engine running, the first stop on the drive down PCH is Top of the World in Laguna Beach. During this drive, you’ll pass stunning views of the Pacific and downtown Laguna areas where locals and tourists alike shop around art galleries and sit out in the sun. Top of the World is also known as Alta Laguna Park. Here, you can see stunning views of the city and the beach. It is the perfect place to appreciate SoCal’s true beauty. People can drive by for a quick stop, or they can hike…

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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. Observatory Rd, Los Angeles, 90027 213-473-0800 www.griffithobservatory.org   Stearn’s Wharf Stearn’s Wharf, located at the end of the famous State Street in Santa Barbara, is the oldest wooden wharf still in use in California. It is home to 17 shops and restaurants, along with two museums. Water taxis as well as cruise ships use the wharf as a port for picking up passengers. 217 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, 93101 (805) 564-5530 www.stearnswharf.org   The Vineland Drive-In This drive-in theater opened 62 years ago with only one screen, and it has been going strong since then. The theater is open seven…

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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 theater and a school, among other things. However, the building’s tragic history, which includes the hanging of “Yankee Jim” on the location where the house was built and the suicide of Violet Whaley inside the residence, has surrounded the property with an air of mystery. According to the Travel Channel’s “America’s Most Haunted,” the property is the most haunted house in the United States. Visitors have reported supernatural encounters like hearing footsteps, capturing unexpected images in photos, and seeing apparitions of former residents including Thomas Whaley himself. Watch Penguins Swim with Sharks – Visitors can see penguins swimming and diving next…

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8 Steps to Get Your Mojo Back This Summer

By Dr. Sherrie Campbell New beginnings are the most exciting and energizing times in life. Summer is always a new beginning because it’s a new season. Now is a great time to get fired up, motivated, and start making changes to get to your next level of YOU. Mojo is that magical charisma you carry that makes you feel good and infectious to others. Most of you are great starters but not all are great finishers. If you have lost your mojo and want to be a better you for summer, commit to a new beginning right now. Here are 7 ways to get your mojo back and keep it flourishing: 1. Change your environment: Change the environments in your life which are now grey and uninspiring.  Do some of your work out of the office, redecorate your house and add more color, spend time on your patio, leave your cubical and go out for lunch. If you are getting tired, get up and move to another room. Add music or white noise to create something soothing. Changing the appearance and location of your differing environments helps you to think in more different and innovative ways. The more innovative you…

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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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SoCal’s Mindblowing Milkshakes

By Dustin Clendenen   California isn’t known for its dairy industry, but as the unofficial foodie mecca of the United States, we know how to spruce up classics with delicious twists. Milkshakes are an American staple, but some of these recipes are purely SoCal. Here’s a roundup of the best milkshakes in the region worth coming to the yard for.   Brian’s 24 828 6th Ave., San Diego, 92101 (619) 702-8410 Hailed the restaurant that never sleeps, Brian’s 24 is open 24/7 in the heart of San Diego’s bustling Gaslamp District. This is a “classic” diner, so it’s only appropriate that they serve classic shakes and malts. These gargantuan 32 oz concoctions come in three delicious flavors: vanilla, strawberry and chocolate, with a heaping serving of whipped cream. If that’s not enough to whet your appetite for 1950s nostalgia, they all come with two straws for sharing. Drink up, and maybe you’ll have enough energy for a good ole’ sock-hop!   Burger City Grill 8260 Firestone Blvd., Downey, 90241 (562) 250-3700 2064 Pacific Coast Highway, Lomita, 90717 (424) 250-1240 Good burgers are nothing if they aren’t served with good milkshakes, but Burger City Grill is all about great burgers. Their…

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