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May the ‘Con’ be with you

You know those times when you look at something relatively simple that has become iconic and think “Man, I wish I had thought of that!”? I feel that way about Comic-Con.

California wines on the road less traveled

California wines on the road less traveled

Between the California coastal city of Lompoc and the town of Buellton, just west of the 101, lies 30,700 square acres of the Sta. Rita Hills.

A Lick the Plate guide to the Taste of Leucadia

A Lick the Plate guide to the Taste of Leucadia

Leucadia continues to grow as a destination for culinary enthusiasts and this year’s Taste of Leucadia, happening April 3 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. is a direct reflection of that.

Reminiscing on things past

Sure seems like there are a couple prominent times in our lives that we reminisce even more than other times.

Travel destinations an hour away from your doorstep

Travel destinations an hour away from your doorstep

Southern California is truly a destination for all seasons.

Out & About: Keeping it classy — A guide to the Cardiff dive bars

Cardiff-by-the-Sea has gone through some major changes in the last few decades. Just 20 years ago, it was nothing more than a laid-back surf town with no sign of sidewalk lighting or manicured landscaping.

In the alphabet soup of wines J gets an A

In the alphabet soup of wines J gets an A

In the wine tasting world, if you have a wine that starts with the letter A, you have a distinct advantage. Tasters have a “clean” palate and are starting fresh.

A staycation in downtown San Diego at the Marriot Marquis and Marina

A staycation in downtown San Diego at the Marriot Marquis and Marina

The whole concept of a staycation continues to resonate with me, especially as downtown San Diego continues to add dining and entertainment options.

Small, creepy bugs

Never mind the international strife. I’m convinced we are about to be taken over by small, creepy bugs. If it isn’t the head lice at school, it’s ants at my house, inside and out.

Odd Files

Sobering Signs In February, the Tennessee Supreme Court ruled that David Bell could not avoid being charged with DUI merely because he had been sober enough to pass all six “field sobriety tests” administered during a traffic stop. It was enough, the court said, that he had admitted drinking that night. A few days later, […]