As Angelenos, with all the technological advances and luxurious amenities we have at our fingertips on a day to day basis, it's pretty hard to imagine that a few short hours outside of the city limits, there are massive farms and ranches filled with livestock, nature, and people who actually know how to tend to these things. I often think of farms as being maintained by cowboys in Texas or Missouri, not by cowboy-hat donning California natives who've been doing this for generations. But take a quick drive North to Alisal Ranch in Solvang, and you're transported back(no Delorean needed) into the old west. Alisal is both an amazing well-kept secret and an iconic California property. The 1800's-era fully-functioning dude ranch is complete with horseback riding, a 100-acre lake, 2 golf courses, a spa, tennis courts, fine dining, and Western themed accommodations. Though it's perfect for families, it neatly doubles as an adult summer camp experience, but less raucous and more in-touch with nature. I was lucky enough to experience their Sip, Saddle, and Spa package recently, allowing me to really experience what this unique place is all about.Read More
Finding time to workout is honestly one of the biggest hurdles to getting healthy. Setting aside the time to go to the gym or a fitness class can be a challenge, especially for those of us with busy, on-the-go lifestyles. So I partnered with Lisa Natale, one of my favorite spin instructors and certified personal trainer from BeatBike, to show you how to do a full-body workout that you can do everyday at home, even if all you have is 15 minutes. The workout is easy, quick (but still challenging!), and perfect for all levels. All you need is a band, and you're ready to go! If you like this video, please subscribe to my Youtube Channel and give the video a thumbs-up!
There are days (many of them, in fact) in which putting on anything more than jeans and a tee seems like an impossible task. I mean, who has the patience for skirts and dresses and fancy blouses? Especially in LA, we live in our jeans and t-shirts, but sticking to this classic outfit formula doesn't have to mean compromising on personal style. Think of the combo as your basic foundation which you can build upon to create an outfit that is uniquely you. Endlessly versatile, you can also bring your jeans and tees from day to night...if you know what you're doing. And this Fall, I'm having a lot of fun playing with these separates by injecting a bit of the season's biggest trends into the look.Read More
Walking into The OP Cafe, a minimalistic, hole-in-the-wall cafe with beachy vibes, one would hardly suspect that it was a. open after dark and b. housed one of the city's most exciting culinary pop-ups. I guess that whole never-judge-a-book-by-its-cover thing rings true sometimes, right? The kitchen has been taken over by Liason's Chef Nick Barainca, who is creating a $49 5-course tasting menu during the evenings from Thursday through Saturday. An exploration of California's raw materials, climate and landscape, gargantua uses all local products (no further than Santa Barbara) to produce food that is unpretentious, uncontrived, and refreshingly creative.Read More
Venice is home to some of the best culinary destinations in the city-- Gjelina, Gjusta, The Rose, Scopa, to name a few. But though it's stacked with fast-casual joints and ultra-hip, crowded, upscale restaurants, it still had a major hole in its culinary scene; namely, a casual-chic spot to grab a low-key dinner and drinks with friends. Which is where Neighbor comes in. The neighborhood hangout is helmed by Venice locals and offers a focused, seasonal menu in addition to a slew of creative cocktails, providing Abbot Kinney with a desperately-needed cocktail bar. Neighbor's design is modern and airy, with comfortable, plush lounges and long wooden communal tables that are perfect for big group celebrations. And of course, try to get a table on the back patio, the beautiful outdoor space that Venice needed.Read More