Porto's Precision Bakery

It doesn't happen often. But every once in while, someone takes a familiar concept and makes it better.Such was the case in my latest reconnaissance to Porto's Bakery & Cafe in Downey, California....more

(Updated With Photos) Elisa, Erin, and I Went to the GRAMMYs. Here's What It Was Like.

"It's the day of the show, ya'll!" -- Waiting for Guffman It's the day of the GRAMMYs. It's the day of the GRAMMYs! Primping has commenced, a dress has been selected and will be slithered into, and it's time to get started with the onslaught of music royalty! I'm here with Elisa Camahort Page and Erin Groh of BlogHer -- back in Los Angeles just a week after I left "for good."...more
You ladies all look so fabulous! Fun to live vicariously through you ;)more

I Just Said Good-Bye to LA. But Now I'm Back ... for the Grammys!

Today I am full of questions I never thought I'd ask myself: What will life be like now that I've left Los Angeles? Will I be able to really let the hope of returning to my acting career go? How do I process being back in the City of Angels... the city I left just seven days ago... and what the hell am I going to wear to the freaking GRAMMYs? Yes, you read correctly: G-R-A-M-M-Y-S. ...more

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I Came for Cupcakes and Made a Brownie Detour

As some of you may recall, my latest cupcake reconnaissance took me to The Oinkster in Eagle Rock, California, an eatery better known for its burgers and pastrami sandwiches. During my visit, I ordered another dessert, their Nut Brownie....more

So I Walk Into a Burger Place for a Cupcake...

You never know where the search for great cupcakes will take you. In this case, following the recommendation of LA Weekly, it lead me to an eatery in Eagle Rock, California better known for its burgers and pastrami sandwiches, The Oinkster....more

Down Home Cupcakes

As I explore the bakeries of Southern California, one of the true joys is finding cupcakes that taste like they were handmade in a small kitchen. Nothing against gourmet cupcakes; however, there's something evocative about homemade quality....more

Rainforest Hike in Los Angeles

Hiking the trails of Fryman Canon will lead you to the Rainforest, who knew? The surprisingly easy hike begins off Mulholland Drive in Studio City. It's no surprise that most LA residents had never heard of this trail, there aren't any signs leading there until right before you enter paradise....more

How to plan a Wine Tasting trip from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara

 How to plan a Wine Tasting trip from Los Angeles to Santa BarbaraWhen I think of Santa Barbara, the first thing that comes to mind are the beautiful beaches and scenery. It lies between the Santa Inez Mountains and Pacific Ocean with a climate often compared to that of the Mediterranean.  My friends and I often talked about wanting to go to SB to taste wine, a vineyard sounded exciting but expensive. Well, they have the most charming wine bars that will make your  Santa Barbara dreams come true....more