I told the kids three days ago that we were going to Sea World on Monday…”I want to see the penguins” said Eleni, “I want to see the polar bears” said Quinn, “I want to see Shamu” said mom, “I’ve never been to Sea World, I’m so excited!” said Eleni’s friend Samantha. While I have been to Sea World several times since my youth and my children have been there a handful of times we were bursting with excitement to once… Continue
After a rainy week, Friday evening left me in need of some sunny skies.
So last night, my husband, Scott, and I went to Hawaii.
Ok, we didn’t actually hop a plane, but we did make the drive over to Billy’s at the Beach for the kick off of… Continue
My whole childhood was inundated with performance arts. When it came to dance, I had the full course of ballet, tap, and jazz. When I was seven-years-old, my mom added traditional Chinese dance to the mix of western disciplines. The transition wasn’t as hard as some would imagine. The key graceful controlled movements of Chinese dance echoed the composed forms found in ballet. But I didn’t learn the dances in a vacuum. I also grew up watching Chinese dances performances both on telecasts or… Continue
Tucked next to the busy tarmac at John Wayne Airport is a gleaming 30,000 square foot hangar housing the new Lyon Air Museum. The museum opened in December 2009 and is the vision of local homebuilder William Lyon. It offers a collection that brings the World War II era to life—from the planes that waged the air campaign in Europe and the Pacific; to WWII military vehicles and motorcycles; to planes and other vehicles that were in… Continue
You know what I love about lunch meetings? L - U - N - C - H. I'm a foodie at heart and getting to taste my way around SoCal is a job perk for sure. So last week I may have had to leave my cozy nest in… Continue
The 1992 blockbuster, Mighty Ducks, was my first PG movie. I know, MAJOR milestone.
Almost two decades later, I have ventured to my first hockey game, the Anaheim Ducks vs. the Dallas Stars at the Honda Center in Anaheim. I come apprehensive (how much fun can it be watching guys shuffle across ice? Answer: Umm, TONS of fun! )… Continue
An aging king, a noble son and prince, a love that refuses to give up hope and the foulest of treacheries.
This is the story of Medieval Times and a story it was my privilege to hear after so many years of wishing and waiting far away in the Midwest to see. I stood in the line giddy as a schoolboy, unable to stop shifting from one foot to the next. Yes, I was there to do a story and yes I came toting all manner of camera… Continue
Added by Dragon on December 27, 2009 at 4:00pm —
Growing up my parents spent a small fortune on Legos for my brother and me. Heck, we built a 12x12 foot replica lunar base in our bedroom as kids. Secretly I think my parents really enjoyed buying us boys a new Lego set. It was sure to guarantee them a few hours of peace and quiet while we feverishly worked putting it together.
Fast forward about 20 years and it’s now my turn to… Continue
Bistro de la Gare is the quintessential corner bistro, not two-hundred feet from the Metro Gold Line Mission Street stop in South Pasadena, snuggled between a horticulture nursery and a gourmet market and deli. For five years and counting, the Bistro has been serving the best French cuisine this side of the Seine.
Don't let any misconceptions about French restaurants get the better of you; this isn't a hoity-toity joint that won't let you in without a tie and tails. Cozy… Continue
Run on over to Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.in Anaheim’s Garden Walk Shopping Center for a fun family dining experience. Here is a unique restaurant with a playful, casual atmosphere paired with good ole southern cookin’.
Whether you are coming over from a busy day at Disneyland or walking over from the convention…
Cruising down the 605 freeway with my pops at the helm, I was still trying to wrap my head around the idea that an oasis of gambling thrived only a handful of minutes away from my house in Redondo Beach, and that all the while I had been ignorant to its location. I’ve visited a little known place named Las Vegas a few times out in the Nevada desert… Continue
Thousands of spectators and surfers are flocking to Hawaii's beaches to see the biggest waves in years crash ashore.
Heavy traffic backed up for miles yesterday along roads leading to Oahu's North Shore. Some of the world's most daring surfers took on the powerful and dangerous waves, which forecasters say could reach heights of 50ft (15 metres) by tomorrow.
The surf grew so large that a few beaches on Oahu and Maui were closed because lifeguards feared inexperienced… Continue
Added by Tare Waunch on December 8, 2009 at 2:42pm —
For many of us, December is defined by twinkly lights, iridescent-colored ornaments and the same nine Christmas carols played over and over again on the radio. For Orange County locals and visitors, the list ought to include one more thing: a visit to see a performance of the holiday fairy tale, The Nutcracker, by the Maple Youth Ballet.
When I was a girl, the tail end of every calendar year was marked by my mother pulling… Continue
When diners have grown accustomed to asking for their meals to be specially prepared to suit their individual tastes, FiRE+iCE Grill+Bar gives the guests full control to select all their own ingredients and sauces to create their perfect meal.
Four of us spent an evening tasting their various food offerings… Continue
Looking for a great place to see an awesome sunset with incredible vistas? You couldn’t find a better spot than Guna Peak, Laguna Beach. First off, the access point to this ¾-mile hike up to benches and an interpretive marker is less than 2 minutes above north Pacific Coast Highway.… Continue
Last Monday my husband and I were invited to the White House for dinner. (And yes, we were on the guest list!:))
The great thing is that dinning at the White House, the Anaheim White House that is, doesn’t require a cross-country flight! The restaurant, fashioned and structured just like its large-scale counterpart in Washington DC, is just minutes away from… Continue