Chocolate, Art and History – A Valentine’s Day Celebration

If you’re looking for a unique way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your special loved one, here’s an event that’s sure to satisfy. Weaving together chocolate, art and history, Maite Gomez-Rejon, founder of ArtBites, will take you on a culinary journey that traces the history of chocolate as seen through LACMA’s collection of ancient Mayan, colonial […]

Hyperion Avenue Open Studio Tour and Making LA Fundraiser

This weekend some of LA’s foremost architectural talent working east of La Brea will welcome the public into their studios as part of the Hyperion Avenue Open Studio Tour. Organized by de LaB, one of my favorite local non-profits that brings Angelenos together who are passionate about and engaged with the city’s vibrant creative community, […]

Touring Silver Lake’s Mid-Century Modern Gems


I am always on the lookout for new ways to see Los Angeles and learn about its rich history. While I love exploring the city on my own and do that as often as I can, I’ve found that taking a tour is an equally satisfying way to go – not to mention a good use of my time. With a knowledgeable guide, I can learn more about a particular place in a short period of time than would be possible if I just went out and wandered.

Come Celebrate California’s First Sustainable Utility Campus


This weekend Burbank Water and Power (BWP) will host a community celebration and dedication ceremony to mark the completion of California’s first comprehensive, sustainable utility campus. Working with Los Angeles-based landscape architecture firm AHBE, BWP has transformed the facility from an aging industrial site into a state-of-the-art regenerative green space and a model for other public and private entities around the nation.

First Thursdays Art Walk – Laguna Beach


Throughout the year Laguna Beach art galleries and lodging establishments, along with the city itself, team up to host the First Thursdays Art Walk, which takes place, not surprisingly, on the first Thursday of every month. The self-guided tour is free to the public and a great way to spend a summer evening exploring Laguna’s thriving art scene.

Castle Green Opens Its Doors This Sunday for Public Tours


If you ever spent time exploring the area around Old Pasadena, you undoubtedly noticed the beautiful Castle Green, built in 1898 as an annex to the Hotel Green resort. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the National Archives of Significant Interiors, this seven story historic landmark was built by Col. George G. Green of the Patent Medicine Business in the Moorish, Colonial, and Spanish styles and is graced by ornate furnishings and an elegant ballroom.

Exploring East Los Angeles on the LA Latin Spice Tour


In March my wife and I ventured out in one of those rare southern California downpours to participate in the Old Pasadena Food Tasting Tour run by Melting Pot Tours. Despite the rain, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and looked forward to participating in another tour hosted by the same company. Little did I know an opportunity would present itself so soon.