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The Pueblo of Desert Hot Springs
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The Pueblo of Desert Hot Springs

By Greg Aragon Desert Hot Springs is yet another oasis in the Palm Springs area. Set atop ancient hot and cold aquifers, the town is known for its abundant resorts and mineral spas, its world-class drinking water, secret celebrity visitors, and as I recently discovered, a few other hidden gems. One of the most fascinating…

Sweets from the Heart: Mignon Chocolate
Dining Delights

Sweets from the Heart: Mignon Chocolate

By Brianna Chu When you walk into Mignon Chocolate, you don’t just walk into a chocolate store: you walk into a business with a rich, multi-generational, and cosmopolitan history. The Ter Poghossian family business starts with Mignon Chocolate owner Joe Ter Poghossian’s grandfather, Hovsep Ter Poghossian Sr., who opened and operated a bakery in Ukraine…

Generations of Southern Hospitality at Gus’s BBQ
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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…

Distill My Beating Heart
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Distill My Beating Heart

By Donna Polizzi Keys 2 the Coast set out for a daytrip to explore the best places to go in Buellton, California. Buellton is one of the five distinct areas that make up the Santa Ynez Valley. Solvang, Buellton, Santa Ynez, Los Olivos and Los Alamos, are all a haven for great restaurants, bars, breweries…

A Spring Getaway to Yosemite National Park
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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…

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