Hogsmeade & Holly

Over the weekend Patrick and I visited Universal Studios for a festive day with friends to enjoy the sights, sounds, and sweets of the season in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, as the area got the holiday treatment for the first time! For the day my outfit was inspired by one of my favorite…

The Lost Art of Candy Cane Making at Logan’s Candies

In a world of mass produced everything, hand-made goods are becoming unicorns, but in the little town of Ontario, where they still put up various scenes of the life of Jesus in the heart of their downtown during Christmas, Logan’s Candies is like a beacon of glistening sugar. Since 1933 Logan’s Candies has become borderline…

Kicking Off the Spooky Season

It may still be September, but Halloween is in full swing down here in Southern California. Disneyland officially kicked off the Halloween season back on the 7th, I hauled out the Halloween decorations, and last night was the first night for Knott’s Scary Farm, the annual, multi-night event at Knott’s Berry Farm, which features a…

Marina Del Rey’s World Famous Warehouse Restaurant

Situated right on the shore of Marina Del Rey looking out upon the variety of boats moored on the water, is the Warehouse Restaurant. This weatherbeaten warehouse looks like it has stood on the beach since at least the 1920s, but turns out, it was built to look like that…in the 1960s. In 1969 former…

The World’s Oldest McDonald’s

Right here in Southern California, in the LA suburb of Downey (a place my father lived during part of his childhood), is the world’s oldest operating McDonald’s. It’s a unique claim to fame, and one some may pay no attention to, but, like it or not, fast food is an invention of America, and thus,…

Peek Inside America’s Oldest Puppet Theater

Recently we visited The Bob Baker Marionette Theater for a friend’s birthday. It was our second visit to what is the oldest puppet theater in the United States, and it was just as trippy and wonderful as the first time. For the afternoon we got the party room all to ourselves before the show, and…