• Greystone Mansion
    Los Angeles

    Greystone Mansion and Park (Los Angeles)

    Greystone Mansion and Park in the City of Beverly Hills has long been on my list of places to visit in Los Angeles. I found myself with some free time one beautiful November day and took a spontaneous trip there. I always saw my visit including a small picnic on the grounds of the park, but that was not to be on this day. Completed in 1928, Greystone used to sit on 12.58 acres of land owned by the Doheny family. Over the years, the property was subdivided and sold to various interests. In 1965, the City of Beverly Hills acquired the remaining portion of the property, including the mansion…

  • Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival
    Los Angeles

    Port of Los Angeles Lobster Fest

    [Insert food here] and tack on the word “festival” and I am there! The Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival and Music Weekend took place between September 18-20, 2009 at Ports O’ Call Village in San Pedro, California. We attended on Sunday, which has historically been the busiest day. $7 with a $2 off coupon downloaded from their website is a small price to pay for a day of celebrating this famed crustacean! ¬†Free samples from Laughing Cow and Coke Zero Eclectic entertainment such as Arturo Nakame’s one man band Saturday also happened to be International Talk-like-a-Pirate Day so there were plenty of pirates representing among us landlubbers.¬† For $31,…

  • Joshua Tree National Park
    Joshua Tree NP

    Weekend in Joshua Tree National Park

    Friday, May 22nd Matt and I decided about a week before the long weekend to take a roadtrip to Phoenix with a stop in Joshua Tree National Park. I left work a little early and hit the road to pick him up from work. It took me quite a while and we didn’t wind up leaving until around 4:30 in the afternoon after packing up the car. We decided to wait out traffic and went to Monterey Park to buy food and firewood and also have dinner at Little Fat Sheep. Little Fat Sheep is a Mongolian hot pot place. I don’t know what the difference between Mongolian and Chinese…