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Cuisine, Culture and Cool Beach Vibes in Oceanside
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Cuisine, Culture and Cool Beach Vibes in Oceanside

By Greg Aragon Oceanside is more than a classic California beach town with a groovy surf vibe and a walkable downtown. The city is also full of history and fascinating architecture, while also boasting eclectic restaurants, boutique hotels, exciting waterfront adventures and more. I took a recent trip to the city and had the opportunity…

Authenticity and Hospitality at Osawa Pasadena
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Authenticity and Hospitality at Osawa Pasadena

By Brianna Chu Fumi and Sayuri Tachibe opened their first restaurant together on April 18, 2013. Osawa is a passion project for the Tachibes, one that had been on their minds for a while. After about 30 years of Fumi having working at Chaya, he transitioned from working as a chef at a large, corporate…

A Day at the La Brea Tar Pits & Museum
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A Day at the La Brea Tar Pits & Museum

By Greg Aragon Los Angeles has many fascinating sights, but nothing can match the history or mystery of the La Brea Tar Pits. This area of bubbling asphalt along Wilshire Boulevard has intrigued scientists and visitors since it was discovered more than 100 years ago. As of today it is the only actively excavated Ice…

Bello Forno Will Always Have a Pizza of My Heart
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Bello Forno Will Always Have a Pizza of My Heart

On a recent Keys 2 the Coast trip to Italy, I had the opportunity to explore Sicily, Venice, Florence and Portofino. While every moment was wonderful, every bite of food delicious and the scenery magnificent, it did not escape me that some of the magnificence of Italy is similar to what we have here on the California Central Coast. Specifically,…

Summer Loving in La Jolla, Calif.
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Summer Loving in La Jolla, Calif.

By Greg Aragon Paradise comes in many forms. Recently it came by way of a charming suite overlooking the Pacific Ocean, a secluded beach and a delicious, 40-day aged cut of prime steak. In other words, I spent a night at the historic Grande Colonial in La Jolla and dined at the property’s renowned Nine-Ten Restaurant & Bar. A…

Summer Fun and Adventure in Big Bear Lake
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Summer Fun and Adventure in Big Bear Lake

By Greg Aragon Summer is upon us and for me that means it’s time to plan a getaway to Big Bear Lake. The place is a summer paradise. From hiking, mountain biking and rope climbing in the forest, to relaxing on the lake or in a charming, rustic cabin, the alpine area has got it…

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