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Taste of urban BBQ in Vista, California

  By Lora Chow Tom loves to barbecue and fondly thinks of the year he and 4 of his friends entered a Kansas City BBQ Society competition. We found out that our new hometown of Vista, CA hosts a KCBS sanctioned event.  Naturally, we had to check it out. If you are a fan of barbecue, be on the lookout …

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How to celebrate your Birthday on Catalina Island for “free”

By Lora Chow Southern California boasts endless stretches of gorgeous beaches, a lively array of entertainment options, and world-renowned cuisine. Yet, there are times we want to simply get away from it all. We celebrated Tom’s recent birthday with an escape to the quaint and charming Catalina Island. Birthday Specials You are in for a treat if you travel to …

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Seaside Elegance and Luxury at the Montage Laguna Beach, CA Review

  By Lora Chow Driving up to Montage Laguna Beach was an experience in itself. The valet driveway was lined with luxury vehicles and a well-groomed valet awaited our arrival. As we entered the entrance, an elegantly dressed host at the reception desk greeted us and checked us in. After registering, we were personally escorted to our room. Naturally, we …

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10 Surprising Barrel Aged Craft Breweries in San Diego County

  By Lora Chow Tom and I have been exposed to so many different foods, beverages, and activities since moving to San Diego County 6 months ago. One of the biggest surprises is CRAFT BREWERIES. We typically aren’t beer drinkers, but with over 100 options near home, we decided to explore the offerings. We learned that we love BARREL AGED …

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Spirits of Southern California

  By Lora Chow Since moving to San Diego County this summer, Tom and I have been pleasantly surprised by the beverage scene. Excellent urban wineries and craft breweries are plentiful. However, we noticed there are very few craft distilleries. During a search for craft spirits, Tom discovered The California Spirits Company in San Marcos, CA. Naturally, we had to go …

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Solterra Winery and Kitchen Discovery

There is no shortage of fantastic places to discover for food and beverages in San Diego County. Although we’ve only lived in the area for a short period of time, Solterra Winery and Kitchen in Leucadia, CA has become our favorite place to frequent for sipping on excellent wine and dining on fresh and delicious dishes. One beautiful sunny Southern California …

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Review Dining at Four Seasons Residence Club Aviara, CA

Recently, Tom and I experienced a fantastic visit to Four Seasons Residence Club, Aviara. Unlike a traditional hotel, the residence club amenities are exclusively available to the property’s guests. This lends a sense of community to these communal areas. Opened in early May 2015, Seasons Restaurant pays homage to the local area. California, farm to table cuisine is highlighted. When …

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Review Four Seasons Aviara Residence Club, CA

During a recent visit to Southern California, Tom and I stayed at Four Seasons Residence Club, Aviara. It is unique to Four Seasons as it is the only all-residence property within the brand. We were happy to check out this unique property that recently underwent extensive renovation of the lobby, spa, and restaurant, exceeding $6 million. Located in beautiful and …

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Review The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, CA

When we were planning our most recent trip to Southern California, Tom and I focused our accommodations search on unique luxury properties. One place that we kept on revisiting was The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, CA. Initially, we were hesitant to stay at the property. This comes from us having the preconceived notion that the brand is elegant but dated. After …

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