A Train Lover’s Guide to Los Angeles

Featuring Union Station’s 2017 Summer Train Fest

There is something about trains that captivates people of all ages. The clickety-clack of the rails, the whistle blowing, or the steam billowing. Whether they are full-size train engines and cars or detailed scale model train displays, trains fascinate many of us. Los Angeles, California has several places for train lovers to see trains up […]

How to See the Safari Park from the Sky!

Balloon Safari at the San Diego Safari Park

Up, up, and away! Magnificent views of safari animals roaming and rolling hills await when you embark on the Balloon Safari at the San Diego Safari Park. The Balloon Safari is an add-on experience that I had a chance to experience in late March on my birthday. Located in the picturesque San Pasqual Valley area […]

How to Enjoy Open-Air Concerts by the San Diego Bay

San Diego Symphony’s 2017 Bayside Summer Nights

While Los Angeles has the Hollywood Bowl for summer nighttime music under the stars, San Diego has its own summer music tradition that should not be missed. Each summer the Embarcadero Marina Park South near the San Diego Convention Center is transformed into an unforgettable venue to enjoy music by the bay. For over 30 […]

Charles Phoenix: Southern Californialand Show!

Celebrating the Architecture of Sun, Fun and Fantasy!

Have you heard of Charles Phoenix? He is known as the “Ambassador of Americana” and is a master storyteller and entertainer. Charles takes great pride in sharing his love of Americana, especially Southern California, and all things vintage and retro. A couple of years ago, I first learned about Charles Phoenix after a friend went […]

Knott’s Boysenberry 2017 Festival

It’s a Berry Good Time!

You know it is springtime when the annual Boysenberry Festival begins at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California. This festival runs from April 1 – April 23 in 2017 and is bigger than ever this year. Food – Entertainment – Activities – Shopping…there is something for everyone. It’s a “berry” good time! The boysenberry […]

The Science Behind Pixar

Special Exhibit at the California Science Center

Toy Story | Bug’s Life | Toy Story 2 | Monsters, Inc. | Finding Nemo The Incredibles | Cars | Ratatouille | Wall-E | UP | Toy Story 3 | Cars 2 Brave | Monsters University | Inside Out | The Good Dinosaur | Finding Dory PIXAR has become synonymous with state of the art […]

Exploring Old Sacramento’s Rich History

Sacramento, California

In early April we went on a road trip to northern California and we made a pit stop in Sacramento before continuing on to our final destination of North Lake Tahoe, California. The drive from San Diego to Sacramento via Interstate 5 is approximately 505 miles and took us about 9 hours to drive, including […]


Bubblefest 2016 @ Discovery Cube (Santa Ana, CA)

What is it about bubbles that invokes happiness? Is it the way bubbles remind us of carefree days? Is it how bubbles are uplifting as they float up in the sky? Or is it how bubbles reflect colorful rainbows when the light touches them just so? As one quote I found on the internet says: […]

Create-Your-Own Pizza Comparison & Review

Making Pizza Your Way on Pi Day (3/14) and Every Day!

“You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I’m not hungry enough to eat six.” – Yogi Berra Pizza is a classic comfort food for many Americans and the latest trend for pizza pies is casual “create your own” pizzerias. In San Diego, where I live, there are several different build your own “artisan” […]

How to Feed Your Inner Bear

Black Bear Diner Serving Up Home-Style Favorites Since 1995

Are you looking for yummy home-style cooking in a friendly atmosphere? Well, look no further than Black Bear Diner. Are you familiar with Black Bear Diner? If not, there’s a good chance one will be coming soon to your neighborhood. Black Bear Diner offers good food and generous portions at reasonable prices in a warm […]