Flash Your Feathers at the Arboretum!!!

In this day and age, it’s so easy to fall in the vanity trap. Our celebrity-obsessed culture has conditioned beauty standards and fueled the expectations to be pretty and young forever. To escape the Hollywood pressure, one might think that a short trip to the LA Arboretum could cure any insecurity for a while. After…

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Cinco de Mayo (May 5th) commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). A relatively minor holiday in Mexico, Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage in the United States, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations. Cinco de…

Downton Abbey – L.A. Style

My favorite TV show, Downton Abbey, takes place in the English countryside at the beginning of the 1910s and evolves around the lives of an aristocratic family and their servants in the magnificent setting of the Highclere castle. The abundance of characters belonging to these two opposite classes offers juicy story lines and intrigues that…

My Coachellas

It’s that time of the year again when festival season kicks off with fun celebrations all over California and the country. The king of all festivals is Coachella, a three-day event located in Indio just a few miles east of Palm Springs. Through the years, I saw Coachella evolving from a small indie festival into…

Herb Ritts at the Getty

The Getty is the best place to go on a date or impress a guest. Always a great and pleasant destination, it’s so unlike any other museum and when I’m there, I don’t feel like I’m in L.A. at all. From the shuttle that takes visitors from the parking structure to the top of the…

Highland Park Fun

Not many Angelenos know Highland Park and rightly so; this part of town, up until recently, was poor and sketchy and mostly overrun by gangsters. The evolution of Highland Park began about four years ago with the opening of The York — an awesome restaurant with delicious food and a large selection of drinks — on York Boulevard. Since…

Sunnylands

While in Palm Springs last week, I was able to visit the Camp David of the West Coast: Sunnylands. This former private estate has been the playground for several U.S. Presidents, politicians, and dignitaries. (Even Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh also stayed here in 1983!) Sunnylands was the home of the fabulously…

P.S. I Love You

If you’re looking for a quick getaway destination that looks incredibly exotic, but it’s located within short distance from L.A., look no further than Palm Springs. This Mojave desert oasis is my favorite place for R&R and poolside fun. I recommend staying at the Korakia, if you’re longing for a faraway country. Once you enter…

White Arrowhead

This past weekend we got invited to stay at a Arrowhead chalet rented by our friend Dominic. We couldn’t leave L.A. until Saturday evening, as I had prior commitments during the day.  The Weather Channel forecasted rain here in the city, but several snow storms in the nearby mountains, so we bought some tire chains…

WonderFall Yosemite

With its spectacular granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams, giant sequoia groves, and biological diversity, Yosemite is so magical and unique and, in my opinion, can’t be compared to any other mountains or national parks. It takes about five hours to get there by car from L.A. and the drive through the Central California prairies and little…

Magical Mexico – Sayulita

Despite all the warnings of the potential dangers of traveling in Mexico, caused by the many drug cartels that have bloodied the borders and shook the nation in the last few years, I felt pretty safe even when we drove through the smaller towns north of Puerto Vallarta to reach a little fishing village called…

Magical Mexico – Puerto Vallarta

Last December, I joined my friend Steven in Puerto Vallarta to celebrate his birthday and the end of  the year in style. Some friends flew in from L.A. and we rented a Spanish colonial style apartment overlooking the Marina and the boardwalk. It was so sunny and warm that, apart from the Christmas decorations adorning the…