PPuerto Vallarta is just close enough to LA that after finding a cheap flight and hotel, you can just do nothing for a few days (or 20) and feel very refreshed. Great place to walk around/ lounge around. Many restaurants, shops, bars, and miles of beaches! If you go to Puerto Vallarta you have to […]
Jameson Brown Coffee Roasters An incredible place for your morning coffee. Nice atmosphere with brick walls/fireplace and open coffee kitchen. The roastery just beyond the prep area smells devine. They are always roasting a variety of beans, from African Tanzania Peaberry Kilimanjaro to Indonesian Sumatra Mandheling. Their Lavender Latte hits the spot and oh so creamy. Take […]
Seeing all this rain we are getting here in Los Angeles and the freeways suddenly turning into rivers, my thoughts turned to the Kamogawa River in Kyoto. Summer is traditionally the month when eating and drinking places along the banks of the Kamo River build large wooden platforms, called “yuka”. This past summer I experienced it for […]
K eurig Green Mountain, the company best known for its K-Cup coffee, is being bought (Dec.2015) and taken private for about $13.9 billion. You may not be familiar with the buyer, JAB Holding Company ( their portfolio also includes Peet’s Coffee & Tea, which recently acquired two smaller coffee brands, Stumptown Coffee Roasters and Intelligentsia), the […]
Historic Union Station is the most accessible destination in Los Angeles and one of the county’s busiest and most beautiful transit hubs. Built in 1939, the station houses multiple transportation providers offering local, regional and long distance service. Travelers passing through Union Station will enjoy its authentic Spanish Colonial Revival and Mission Moderne architecture. Not to […]
8 Tips To Take Better Travel Pictures A Post By: Valerie Jardin Ever noticed how some people’s vacation pictures are often an imitation of the postcards they could have easily bought at the airport on their way home? Whether it’s the Eiffel Tower or the Sydney Opera, it’s common to try to capture those iconic […]
A little over a mile from downtown LA, where East First Street, Boyle and Pleasant Avenues come together, the Plaza is named for the mariachi musicians who have gathered here in their elegant charro suits since the 1930s, ready to be hired to play in restaurants, at private parties or community events.
This year’s Nisei Week parade was really special here in Los Angeles. Not only was there the usual dance groups from Japan and the local taiko groups but the featured float was a traditional from Japan, known as NEBUTA. Painstakingly crafted and painted by artisans from Aomori prefecture, this beautifully decorated float was lit from inside […]