Category: Travel

[road trip] papa z’s / fountain valley – orange county, ca 2

[road trip] papa z’s / fountain valley – orange county, ca

Over Labor Day weekend this year, we made another trip up to Huntington Beach for the annual Civil War reenactment in the park next to the Huntington Beach library. This time around we took Jake’s oldest son, T, along for...

cabin in the woods – stargazing in julian 4

cabin in the woods – stargazing in julian

This will be a semi-foodie post! But mostly a review of a super cute cabin we stayed in Julian a couple of weekends ago. I’ve been really hung up on the idea of getting out of dodge to view the...

clementine gourment marketplace & cafe / palm desert, ca 8

clementine gourment marketplace & cafe / palm desert, ca

 Jake and I stayed in Palm Springs only one night – so after a very peaceful and restful night at the Riviera, we got started early to try and beat the heat of the day. Originally we went over to...

a quest for date shakes at shields date garden / indio, ca 4

a quest for date shakes at shields date garden / indio, ca

The weekend before we went to Palm Springs, Jake and I went to the Bacon Fest at the fair. Normally when I go to the fair I have a whole list of things I want to get, one of them...

[hotel review] riviera palm springs / palm springs, ca 5

[hotel review] riviera palm springs / palm springs, ca

When Jake and I were discussing what route to take to Palm Springs, he was pretty adamant about not going over the mountain to get there. I didn’t know why exactly, I had a vague recollection of the drive and...

circa 59 at the riviera palm springs / palm springs, ca 9

circa 59 at the riviera palm springs / palm springs, ca

Palm Springs is a place that I visited briefly once many moons ago when I used to be friends with a guy named Bill. Bill was a punk rock loving banker who didn’t like his job and he was an...

civil war in huntington beach + johnny reb’s bbq in orange, ca 2

civil war in huntington beach + johnny reb’s bbq in orange, ca

It’s no longer a secret that I like Civil War stuff. Well, it was never really a secret to begin with. But it’s kind of one of those things I’m shy to share about myself – seems like kind of...

great bao – las vegas, nv 11

great bao – las vegas, nv

For our final meal in Vegas, I wanted to go somewhere a little off the beaten path – at least, off of the beaten Strip path. After we checked out of the hotel and got everything together, we headed over...

top of the world at stratosphere – las vegas, nv 3

top of the world at stratosphere – las vegas, nv

At the top of the Stratosphere hotel in Las Vegas, there’s a restaurant called “The Top of the World”. It rotates very slowly around the top, giving you a tip-top view of the entire city in just over an hour....

sugar factory american brasserie – las vegas, nv 3

sugar factory american brasserie – las vegas, nv

The Sugar Factory American Brasserie actually wasn’t on my “to-eat” list for Vegas. I had wanted to go to a burger place but I saw an ad and a coupon for the Sugar Factory and my interest instantly peaked at...