Category Archives: Offbeat & Kid Friendly

Offbeat L.A.: Just a Few Miles Away- Snow in Los Angeles at Angeles Crest Highway

  Southern California winters are very close to perfection. Sure, we grumble when the temperature dips below 65º and try to be happy when the rains come, knowing that to complain of rain during a drought is truly looking a … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: Sauerkraut, Stout and a Side of Surreality… Old World Village in Huntington Beach

We are living in a time that is moving much too quickly. Technology is always one step ahead of us, and the gathering and processing of information comes at us from all directions, pretty much non-stop. Our outside environment, controlled … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: A Cherry on Top- Fosters Freeze, the History of California’s Original Soft Serve

  I scream, you scream, we all scream for… Soft Serve! Perhaps the words don’t roll off the tongue as romantically as ice cream, the much denser, higher milk-fat frozen treat that we all love and adore, but Soft Serve … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: The Bewitching Mosaic Sculptures of Queen Califia’s Magical Circle in Escondido, CA

It is not hard to enchant me. I am captivated quite easily by things of beauty, places of mystery, anything that calls to my heart, my soul and my imagination. And yet the spellbinding mosaic sculptures of French/American artist Niki … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: Cafe Jack- A Kitschy Boat Shaped “Titantic” Themed Restaurant in Koreatown

I must say, I live for programmatic architecture. Although its heyday of popularity has long passed, the inner child in me does a happy cartwheel for a giant donut or any other building shaped like the product it sells. And … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: Get on Your Pony and Ride – Sunset Ranch in Griffith Park

One of my very first adventures in sunny Los Angeles after I arrived, half a lifetime ago, from grey-skied Buffalo, NY was a horse ride up in Griffith Park at Sunset Ranch. It was the first time I said the … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: Six Halloween 2015 Picks… Kitschy, Campy, Creepy, Historic, Retro & Creative

Originally published October 18, 2015 at The Los Angeles Beat While autumn settles into the East Coast with cooler temperatures and multi-colored leaves in early September, we brave Angelenos often suffer our hottest heat waves well into early October. After … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A. Takes a Video Trip to the Historic & Cool Bob Baker Puppet Theater

Originally published July 26, 2015 at The Los Angeles Beat Bob Baker Theater is the oldest puppet theater in the United States. Its founder Bob Baker passed away in November 2014, but the show must go on. Come on a … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: Gone Fishin’…Troutdale in Agoura- Stocked Trout Ponds for Fun & Relaxation

Originally published July 25, 2015 at The Los Angeles Beat Tucked away in Agoura, on mountainous Kanan Road, between the 101 freeway and the Pacific Coast Highway, lies an unusual and peaceful sanctuary that has been a destination for pond … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: Come Fly With Me… Vintage Aviation History at The Flight Path Museum near LAX

Originally published May 25, 2015 at The Los Angeles Beat Ever since our dusty town, Los Angeles, was barely newborn, we have had our hands in bigger and better things- including the history of aviation. In 1910, seven years after … Continue reading

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