Being a California native I always have explored new cities and towns in the state. When I was little my parents would take me on weekend road trips up and down the state a couple times a month. Now as an adult I still do that but I forget to explore the cities around LA but I decided to change that. I spent the weekend in Torrance which is a beach side community that has the charm of an old town. I checked into the Bluestem Hotel that is a really cute and centrally located boutique hotel. It has a coastal vibe with cute fire pits on the patio. A living wall in the lobby and a really great staff. The service at the hotel was so great. The rooms are bright and modern. I love how comfy the bed was and the room felt really cozy which made not…

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If you live in Southern California and want a mini vacation you need to head down to Temecula. I spent one night there recently and it was too short of a time. I will go back to spend more time in Temecula, it’s a great getaway that is only a short drive away. I did see a lot while I was there. Old Town Temecula has been around since the 1880’s and still has areas with wooden sidewalks. Which keeps the charm of the area. Temecula is known for it’s wine country but if wine isn’t your thing there are so many other things to do there. You can enjoy fabulous resturaurants, go to the spa, golf, walk and shop around old town and enjoy a brewery. I started my day at Extraordinary Artisan Table. We had coffee and donuts created by Chef Leah. The donuts I tried were vegan,…

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Downtown LA has it’s newest hotspot and it’s Joey which is a restaurant that comes from Canada. There are 27 locations across Canada and the US. I’m always looking for new restaurants to go to and I loved everything that I tried at Joey’s. The menu is globally inspired. You can have everything from Ramen to Surf and Turf. Their cocktails are also really great and they use the freshest ingredients. The Executive Director of Culinary is Top Chef’s Canada winner, Matthew Stowe. The DTLA menu will have some dishes that are inspired by Los Angeles and the diversity that we have in our city. Some of the dishes that I really loved are the Ceviche, Tuna Salad, Sushi Cones, Korean Cauliflower and Lobster Grilled Cheese. There are also dishes that are regionally exclusive to California like the Sake Glazed Chilean Seabass and Mezcal Drink. Which I need to back…

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