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Generations of Southern Hospitality at Gus’s BBQ
Dining Delights

Generations of Southern Hospitality at Gus’s BBQ

By Brianna Chu John Bicos shares ownership of Gus’s BBQ with his brother, Chris. He had been coming to Gus’s since he was a kid, as his best friend (and indeed, the best man at his wedding!) was the great-grandson of the eponymous Gus, who started the restaurant with his relatives in 1946. Their family…

A Spring Getaway to Yosemite National Park
Travel

A Spring Getaway to Yosemite National Park

By Greg Aragon Spring is a great time to visit Yosemite National Park. Melting snow is causing cascading waterfalls, lakes are serene, wildflowers are blooming and the air is crisp and clean. I recently escaped to Yosemite and had a front-row cabin to all of this natural majesty. My getaway to Yosemite began when I…

A Pasadenan Seafood Cornerstone: Cameron’s Seafood
Dining Delights

A Pasadenan Seafood Cornerstone: Cameron’s Seafood

By Brianna Chu Owner Pete Gallanis, as you might guess, is not the first owner of Cameron’s Seafood. The eponymous John Cameron was an attorney who, when inspired by his friend Fred Duckett – owner of The Fish Market – opened his own restaurant in 1984. However, Cameron quickly realized that he liked eating at…

Spring is Here and the Hawaiian Islands are Calling
Travel

Spring is Here and the Hawaiian Islands are Calling

By Greg Aragon Hawaii is a great place to visit no matter the season. The islands are always warm and inviting, like a swaying palm tree. But one of my favorite times to go is spring, just before the big summer rush. With this in mind, I would like to talk a little about the islands…

Wildflowers and Wild Mammoths at Diamond Valley Lake
Travel

Wildflowers and Wild Mammoths at Diamond Valley Lake

By Greg Aragon Thanks to one of the wettest winters in recent memory, California wildflowers are experiencing a super bloom and are popping up along highways, meadows and trails. One of my favorite spots to see this colorful extravaganza is Diamond Valley Lake in Riverside County, where its seasonal wildflower trail is now open. And…

Masters of Taste: A Luxury Food Event for a Humanitarian Cause
Dining Delights

Masters of Taste: A Luxury Food Event for a Humanitarian Cause

By Brianna Chu Coming into its fourth year running, Masters of Taste is an exclusive dining event that brings together an incredible array of culinary masters, restaurants, pastry chefs, alcohol specialists, breweries, and mixologists from all over Los Angeles and Los Angeles County. The purpose? To raise money for a deserving cause. One-hundred percent of…

Exploring Santa Barbara’s Old Mission and New MOXI Museum
Travel

Exploring Santa Barbara’s Old Mission and New MOXI Museum

By Greg Aragon My recent trip to the Belmond El Encanto hotel (belmond.com) in Santa Barbara was highlighted by more than a luxury hotel, hidden in the hills; the getaway also introduced me to the historic Old Mission Santa Barbara and the new MOXI Museum. Founded by Spanish Franciscans on Dec. 4, 1786, the Santa Barbara…

Meat District Co. Unveils New Brunch Menu
Dining Delights

Meat District Co. Unveils New Brunch Menu

By Brianna Chu Some readers may already recognize Meat District Co. from last November’s feature on the restaurant in the Business Spotlight. If not, well… (*cough* You should go read it before you read my review. *cough*) If you’ve never been to the restaurant, it’s got a modern, industrial atmosphere with rustic, warm touches. You…

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