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Gus’s Fried Chicken Hits Los Angeles

When my friend (shout out to Amber) told me she wanted to grab some fried chicken for Sunday lunch at a local spot that had, as she described, the best fried chicken she had ever had, I was skeptical. Then, I quickly remembered that my buddy is from the south, so I decided to give it a try. The spot was Gus’s Fried Chicken. Touted as world famous…and the chicken may just live up to the hype.

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Hotel Review: Hampton Inn & Suites Temecula

I am an accommodations snob. There, I said it. I always try to book great accommodations at a reasonable rate. So when I learned that I was staying at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Temecula, courtesy of Visit Temecula Valley, for a wine-tasting excursion with my dad for Father’s Day, I was hopeful—yet admittedly, a bit nervous—about whether the property would meet my typically high expectations.

It far exceeded them.

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Mazda6 Grand Touring Review

For a drive down to Temecula for wine tasting with my dad, I wanted something fancy for the weekend. So I was super excited when DriveShop provided me with a 2016 Mazda6 Grand Touring—in cherry red—for the roadie. DriveShop provided me with this car in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Temecula Wine Country: A SoCal Wine Gem

This whole trip came up as a last minute change of plans. For Father’s Day, I had planned to go wine tasting with my dad in Santa Barbara. Then, Santa Barbara caught on fire. So frantically, on the day of his arrival, I started looking into other options so as to salvage the wine weekend. After some quick searching, I came up with and decided on Temecula for our wine tasting weekend.

And I am so glad I did.

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Yellow Tomato Catering review

Chef’s Tasting: Yellow Tomato Catering Review

I ate three helpings of the kale salad.

I don’t think you are understanding what I’m saying. I ate three helpings of kale salad. It was absolutely fantastic… And I don’t even like kale. That is the beauty of Yellow Tomato Catering. They made me like kale.

Yellow Tomato Catering is a family-owned, mobile catering and foodie business based in Pasadena. They specialize in clean yet deliciously unique meals and Yellow Tomato was just featured in LA Travel Magazine. I had the amazing opportunity to sit down to a chef’s tasting with Alexandria Dotson, owner of Yellow Tomato, and I was not disappointed.

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Southern California Spas Never Felt So Good

We all know life can get hectic at times. Between work, family, school, household obligations and finances, its easy to feel like everyday functioning is stressful business.

One of my favorite remedies is an excellent spa treatment. What could be more relaxing than a luxurious spa day where someone else pampers you from head to toe? And where better to indulge than in SoCal, the perfect relaxation destination? And while there are a number of larger, well-known Southern California spas, there are also a number of unique one-off locations that offer can a memorable experience and much-needed perks.

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Paris Meets L.A.: Diner En Blanc 2015

“The fondest memories are made when gathered around the table.” 

~Author Unknown

 

We were in a panic.

The event date came out two and a half weeks before the dinner. Our registration was a mere week before the dinner. And we got in. And promptly panicked.

Diner en Blanc, an annual tradition that started in Paris, is shrouded in mystery. Thousands gather for a giant pop-up picnic at a secret location not disclosed until you are on the bus to the event.

Needless to say, I was intrigued. And needless to say, we were strapped for time. We had to rent tables, find pullies (because the table and chairs were heavy), get our all-white outfits together, figure out accessories, and figure out the food. Not to mention the rest of life that continued occurring with no regard for our time crunch. My friend Tyra (yep, two Tyras) and I scrambled to get our lives together in time. And by the day of the event, we were both kind of over it. All of this trouble for a dinner… Was it really worth it? We figured no, but we would go along for the ride.

We were totally wrong.

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