afternoon tea

Happy birthday ate J! Went to Chado in Hollywood for an intimate little party. It’s been a crazy week so loved getting a dose of family time and celebrating a great cousin! Chado is a quaint tearoom with over 300 different teas from all over the globe. Especially love their “punjab” tea sandwich made of…

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mentryville

Read about a fun little “hike” through a ghost town near downtown Los Angeles. Turns out near downtown Los Angeles = Santa Clarita. Ha! Almost made me cancel my plans to go explore, but so glad I didn’t. Mentryville was an 1880’s oil boom town built around its oil well, Pico No. 4. Named for…

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mostly planes and some arizona

Went to Cave Creek, Arizona near Phoenix for a quick trip. Established as a gold mining town and stopping point for the U.S. Cavalry in the mid 1870s, it is supposed to boast a “Wild, Wild West” vibe. But didn’t really get to experience the local flavor, especially with the 100+ degrees going on (even…

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paradise cove

While there are lots of things about Paradise Cove that definitely falls under the “needs improvement” header, what other local beach can claim comfy beach beds and fruity cocktails…? Exactly. Plus, there is a bonus of a cute pier and a tide pool. The not so good? Food is whatevs and both food and parking…

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church family camp

Wasn’t really feeling church family camp, but went to be with my family. It was a trifecta and I would have been a jerk to miss it: mom’s birthday, father’s day and RJ’s (nephew) 18th. Whew! Ended up having a really nice time in Crestline, California at Thousands Pines. Got some nature in and good…

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marciano art foundation

Made it to the newest contemporary art museum in town brought to us by Maurice and Paul Marciano of GUESS? fame and their Marciano Art Collection. Housed in the Scottish Rite (like graduate school for Masons) Masonic Temple on Wilshire Boulevard, it definitely made for a fun Friday afternoon exploration. Featuring more than 100,000 square feet,…

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