Uni, a Giant Garden, and Wine – Cat’s 30th

We like to go big for Cat's birthdays, and this year is a big one.  To start the festivities, we rented a car and drove up the coast.  Earlier in the year we had purchased a deal for an "Own Your Own Napa Vineyard" experience.  You get 2 grape vines that will eventually become Syrah.  More importantly, you are invited

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A Beachy Birthday for Mom

Sometimes Cat and I like to just get out of town for a night.  When the urge arises we often jump down to La Jolla for a night to enjoy some great food and our favorite "secret" beach.  So we thought it would be a great place to take my mom for her birthday, and show her some of our

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Glamping in Sequoia

We enjoyed our Sequoia camping trip so much last year that we decided to do it again with the same crew!  As some of us are not considered "outdoorsy", we took a different approach.  We brought along the amenities of a gourmet restaurant and the comfort of our living rooms.  With our chef on hand plus Rich's outdoor movie theater,

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Palm Springs

With the exception of Coachella five years ago, we had not spent much time in Palm Springs.  It seemed due time with it being only two hours away from Los Angeles.  We packed our swimsuits and hit the road to escape the city traffic.  The drive itself was interesting as we passed by windmills and dinosaurs.  This California dessert is a

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Museum of Ice Cream

I scream, You scream, We all scream for ice cream!  The famous Museum of Ice Cream came to Los Angeles.  Think Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory meets ice cream.  You get to scratch a banana wall where it smells like bananas - instantly, I mustered up by best pretentious Veruca Salt impression and voiced, "Snozzberries!  Who ever heard of a

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Havana, Cuba – Day 5 – Rain and Pizza

Last day in Havana!  We have to try and hurry and cram in everything that we didn't do!  Oh wait, we did everything that was on our agenda already.  And it's a good thing because today it is raining.  Jungle rain.  Buckets of water coming down as we head down to the lobby of the hotel to start our day.

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Havana, Cuba – Day 4 – Boxing, Beaches, Bands, and a Coco

Another morning spent wandering.  This is the third time that I have been out roaming Old Havana in search of the Rafael Trejo Boxing Gym.  I love boxing, and this is the oldest gym in Havana dedicated to the sport.  Prior to leaving Los Angeles I had promised my own boxing coach a t-shirt from the gym in Havana.  I

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