I was one of the unfortunate souls who were supposed to fly yesterday on American Airlines, and I lived to tell you about it.Read More
… I wish I’d had the foresight to take a photo. But I did not notice how pretty the weather was until late afternoon, when I was loaded down with reading material I had picked up at the Lifesavers Conference. Disclosure: I am attending the conference devoted to improving highway safety as a guest of Toyota, which is picking up my expenses. They will not be compensating me in any other way. I will be reporting what I have learned over at AskPatty.com. The automaker is treating its blogger guests like VIPs. We are staying at the Brown Palace Hotel, which has been the nicest place in town since it first opened in 1892. It is a lovely historic hotel, and my room is large and comfortable. But I did not sleep well on Saturday night, and the result was that...Read More
I like to travel. That is, I like getting out of Los Angeles and visiting other places. The problem is the part about “getting out.” Road trips are fun, but it’s hard to find the time to drive longer distances than between here and my sister’s place in Sacramento. Today, I had to travel to Denver – and that meant taking an airplane. I am not afraid of flying. I am, however, afraid of becoming one of those travelers from hell who ends up being walked off the plane by the Air Marshals. Flying these days means subjecting yourself to one indignity after another, beginning with the airlines’ crazy policy of making you pay for the privilege of bringing a suitcase. I truly admire people who have the knack for packing everything they...Read More
We were driving downtown last weekend, my husband recounted his latest conversation with his mum in the UK. “They’ve opened a new tea shop down the road from her,” he said. “They’re charging an arm and a leg for crap like ‘artisan’ bread and ‘locally sourced food’…” He shook his head, and repeated “… Artisan bread,” and shook his head. He’s not into the latest foodie trends. All he cares about is if it tastes good. And lately, if it is vegan. Fortunately, our destination, the newest Mendocino Farms sandwich shop, has a pretty nice variety of vegan dishes. I refrained from telling him that it is known for locally sourced and artisan foods, especially freshly baked bread. I...Read More
Just like San Juan Capistrano: We know it’s spring when the birdies come.Read More
As a native Angeleno, I have always been fascinated by our mythical, colorful, multi-ethnic city. And I jump at any excuse to go over the hill and experience it.
I am also something of a foodie. I love trying new dishes, whether in restaurants or cooking it myself. I am on a lot of travel site mailing lists, and I spend way too much time poring over the restaurant reviews in cities I know I will visit some day. This is why I love the idea of taking a food tour, where you learn about a city’s history from the primal perspective of how its residents EAT. Instead of traipsing through museums and climbing monuments, you stroll through farmers markets, snack on street fare and sample regional cooking in family-owned restaurants.
And the best thing is: You don’t have to be a tourist to enjoy a food tour. There are lots of great ones RIGHT HERE, which will allow you to learn something new about our great city — and eat well, too.Read More
My daughter won’t be TOO disappointed we did not buy her a car for her 17th birthday today. But she may not recover from the shock of receiving a mushy card.Read More