One of the largest Asian populations in America sits two hours north of San Diego, and it’s the new, hot destination. Hipsters are exploding on the scene of LA’s Little Tokyo, Koreatown, and Chinatown, opening businesses which rival their Eastern counterparts. Gentrification of the ethnic nabes has prompted a burgeoning celebrity chef food scene, restored

Recently, I laced up my Nike Pegasus and embarked on an 800-mile walk to visit California’s 21 Spanish Missions along the El Camino Real. I divided my peregrination into 10 months, taking four days each month to cover approximately 80 miles, with Amtrak as my chauffeur to and fro. Google maps and Ron Briery’s book,

As soon as we stepped off the Econoline at Esh’s Amish farm, the serenity of the setting was palpable. Two boys in black pants and bright shirts were helping their father, Jacob, milk cows in the barn. The machines and fans run off hydraulics” Jacob Esh said matter-of-factly to those of us on The Amish

My husband says I collect collections. Perhaps there’s a bit of truth to his statement, given my penchant for Fiesta dinnerware, milk glass, ornamental elephants, et al. The first and largest of my collections started 30 years ago at Neil’s restaurant in Wildwood, N.J. Their oyster-shaped matchbooks caught my eye. I picked up a pack

In this era of Twitter, Facebook, and smartphones, it may surprise you to know many hotels, especially upscale ones, still offer letterhead stationery for guests. Before the arsenal of modern-day electronic gadgets kept us constantly connected, Americans regularly penned their messages on hotel stationery. Correspondence that now takes seconds to deliver once took days. Times have changed…

Temecula has become a wine lovers’ destination. It’s no longer necessary to trek to Napa or Paso Robles for award-winning varietals. Riverside County has thrown its hat in the ring and is competing with the big boys, with much success. Grapevines, orange groves, and tasting rooms line Rancho California Road, De Portola Road, and a

Where else in America does a posse of pooches hang 10 in a surfing competition? Loews Coronado Bay Resort pioneered the annual fundraiser in 2005 after an overwhelming response their Su’ruff Camp pup package. What started with 25 salty dogs and twice as many spectators, has blossomed to more than 60 canine curl riders and their humans…

San Diegans love their pets, and rightfully so. An increase in pup pampering has fueled local businesses to roll out the red carpet and embrace Fido. Here are a few favorites: Loews Coronado Bay Resort & Spa: Loews was the first luxury chain to permit pooches. “Pets are family members” said Anne Stephany, Loews director

The last thing many Americans need is more stuff. Contrary to the popular notion that those with the most toys win, it isn’t necessarily so. Experiences, not things, often can be more meaningful.  With the major gift-giving season upon us, perhaps it’s time to rethink the piles of tchotchkes we bestow upon our loved ones