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  • Art Exhibition in West Hollywood and Blossom Bash Pop-Up Market in Culver City

    Chanin Victor, LIfestyle and Travel Editor

    APRIL 17, 2024 BLOSSOM BASH AT THE SHAY IN CULVER CITY The Shay, a vibrant lifestyle hotel in the heart of Culver City, is set to host an exciting "Blossom Bash" pop-up market featuring a curated selection of local businesses and vendors. This lively event is open to the public and promises a dynamic atmosphere with a live DJ set and a pool table for entertainment. Guests can sip specialty cocktails at the hotel's Canopy Club while enjoying the sunset before exploring the pop-up market. The...

  • Terrenea Resort Announces the Return of Summer Favorites: Sips and Sunsets, Slow Smoked Sundays and Veuve Clicquot Terrace

    Chanin Victor, LIfestyle and Travel Editor|Apr 15, 2024

    Terranea's Exciting Spring Events Include a Food and Wine Festival, Cinco de Mayo Fiesta and Derby Day Celebration With the summer season quickly approaching, oceanfront Terranea Resort invites guests to revel in a seamless blend of luxury, relaxation, unparalleled service and awe-inspiring coastal vistas as they enjoy the resort's celebrated culinary events: Sips and Sunsets, Slow Smoked Sundays and Veuve Clicquot Terrace – all overlooking the sparkling Pacific Ocean. In addition to these s...

  • Layla: Santa Monica's Newest Restaurant

    Chanin Victor, Lifestyle and Travel Editor|Apr 15, 2024

    Santa Monica's dining landscape welcomes a captivating newcomer: Layla, conceived by Chef Chris Sayegh and the Boulevard Hospitality Group. Paying homage to his grandmother Layla, this enigmatic eatery draws inspiration from cherished family recipes and the conviviality of shared meals. Layla presents a fresh take on Middle Eastern cuisine with a menu infused with refined French techniques, crafting dishes that tantalize the taste buds and linger in memory. Doors officially opened on March 8,...

  • Taste the Flavors of California With 1 Pico's Spring Menu

    Chanin Victor, Lifestyle and Travel Editor|Apr 3, 2024

    Immerse yourself in the idyllic scenery of picture-perfect ocean views and the cozy ambiance of a crackling fireplace at 1 Pico, where the essence of California cuisine awaits. Nestled within the elegant yet relaxed atmosphere of Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica, 1 Pico invites you to experience the epitome of Californian fine dining and brunch. With its beachside location, 1 Pico offers a captivating setting enhanced by a seasonal, market-driven menu and an extensive wine list, ensuring...

  • Savor Easter Brunch Amidst Southern California's Stunning Backdrops

    Chanin Victor, Lifestyle and Travel Editor|Mar 31, 2024

    Spring is here, and as Easter draws near, Los Angeles is buzzing with anticipation for all the delightful brunch experiences that capture the season's essence. From traditional favorites to innovative creations, the city's top eateries are ready to treat guests to an unforgettable celebration. Explore the top Easter brunch occasions and menus in and around LA, promising a fabulous culinary journey filled with flavor and festivity. Make reservations soon, as Easter is celebrated on Sunday, March...

  • Inside the Hotel Fontainebleau Las Vegas Experience, As Las Vegas' Latest Resort Opens

    Chanin Victor, Travel Editor|Mar 28, 2024

    The Hotel Fontainebleau Las Vegas is the latest gem to adorn the illustrious Las Vegas Strip, integrating iconic Morris Lapidus Fontainebleau bow-tie elements - they are ubiquitous. This modern marvel brings a rich legacy and a nearly seven-decade commitment to excellence that will redefine the quintessential Las Vegas experience. As a sibling to the esteemed Fontainebleau Miami Beach, the glitz, glamour and sophistication you will find in Vegas are synonymous with the Fontainebleau name....

  • Limited Edition Dish Created by Chef Rob Rubba at 1 Pico: MARCH ONLY

    Chanin Victor, Lifestyle Editor

    Hope everyone had a great St. Patrick's Day! March 17th is always a fun day! This also means you only have two weeks left to experience 1 PICO and the limited edition dishes created by Chef Rob Rubba in honor of Frieze LA! ONLY FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH, and then this offer is gone forever. On February 29, Ruinart kicked off Frieze LA with an intimate VIP dinner at 1 Pico at Shutters on the Beach, Santa Monica's iconic oceanside resort, to celebrate this year's Ruinart Carte Blanche Program,...

  • Top 10 Spring Break Travel Recommendations Around the Globe

    Chanin Victor, Travel Editor & Travel Trends Founder|Feb 16, 2024

    Spring Break is the perfect time to embark on a cultural and mind-enriching immersive journey to some uncommon destinations. This year, the travel trend is to seek out uncommon destinations, vibrant cultures, and thrilling adventures. If you've got a family, Spring Break coincides with a school break, which is also the best time to plan a family getaway. Here are my top 10 recommendations for unique and life-enriching Spring Break travels. Central Macedonia, Greece Central Ma...

  • Videre Restaurant: Romantic Roof-Top Escape in the Heart of Los Angeles

    Chanin Victor, Food & Lifestyle & Travel Editor|Feb 14, 2024

    Suppose you just realized Valentine's Day is near, and you're stressing about reserving a table for a romantic dinner with your significant other. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Videre is the perfect under-the-radar gem – an intimate, private, and romantic roof-top hideaway, promising an enchanting ambiance away from crowded, mainstream choices. Crowning the Kimpton Hotel Wilshire, Videre creates an idyllic escape that transcends the ordinary. Open for just the past three months, this c...

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    Spaghetti Sundays at The Georgian Room: Savoring Nostalgia

    Chanin Victor, Food, Lifestyle and Travel Editor|Jan 4, 2024

    The Georgian Hotel in Santa Monica was recently renovated with meticulous attention to preserving its historic charm. It seamlessly blends classic architecture with contemporary luxury, creating a refined comfort. The hotel offers two dining options. The first is The Restaurant at The Georgian, spread across the lobby area with an outdoor terrace overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It also offers an indoor dining room and lobby bar area open seven days a week and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner....

  • Immersive Mediterranean Dining Experience at Mon Ami Santa Monica

    Chanin Victor, Lifestyle and Travel Editor|Dec 18, 2023

    Mon Ami, one of the many culinary sensations recently emerging in Santa Monica, is a testament to the city's evolving gastronomic landscape. Located on Ocean Avenue, across the street from the iconic Santa Monica Pier, you'd never know it was there. Walk past the Red O, down a romantic walkway and through a big wooden door to find this lush, vine-covered courtyard hideaway. It's truly a hidden gem, and only those in the know are aware that tucked away is a vibrant escape from the Santa Monica...

  • Whether it's Black Friday or Cyber Monday, Eat.Drink.Sleep Has Great Holiday Travel Destinations.

    Chanin Victor, Travel and Lifestyle Editor|Nov 17, 2023

    As the holiday season approaches, Southern California's premier boutique hospitality company, Eat.Drink.Sleep is making waves with its biggest sale of the year. Picture this: 25% off room rates at all five of its exquisite hotels, including renowned gems like Tower 23 and the Bellanca Hotel. While there, dine at Catalina Island's charming and scenic Naughty Fox restaurant. This Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the doors to a year-long adventure swing open, offering travelers an unprecedented...

  • One of the best fall foliage spots to see autumn

    Best Fall Foliage Spots: Discovering Southern California's Autumnal Beauty

    Chanin Victor, Travel and Lifestyle Editor|Oct 18, 2023

    As the warm embrace of summer transforms into the crisp chill of fall, nature unveils its vibrant masterpiece: the spectacular display of autumn foliage. The transition from green to fiery reds, oranges, and yellows paints landscapes in an exquisite palette, enticing travelers to embark on a leaf-peeping adventure. If you're based in Southern California or seeking a nearby autumn escape, fret not, for the West Coast, too, boasts breathtaking spots for witnessing fall foliage. We'll also...

  • paella dish at Manchego restaurant

    Spanish Tapas Fusion: Manchego Restaurant is Santa Monica's Hidden Gem

    Chanin Victor, Lifestyle and Travel Editor|Oct 18, 2023

    Manchego Restaurant is a cherished destination for Spanish cuisine enthusiasts. The owners, avid travelers to Spain, constantly enrich their menu with insights from their journeys, infusing the authentic Spanish spirit into their offerings. What sets Manchego apart is a delightful twist---a blend of Spanish authenticity with a touch of the Mediterranean breeze and a dash of Latin zest. Authentic Manchego-made solely from La Mancha sheep's milk-epitomizes true Spanish heritage. The restaurant,...

  • Women standing in front of Ocean Prime logo sign in restaurant in Beverly Hills

    Ocean Prime Beverly Hills: A Simple and Delightful Dining Experience

    Chanin Victor, Lifestyle & Travel Editor|Oct 18, 2023

    Ocean Prime Beverly Hills, nestled at the vibrant corner of Dayton and Wilshire, has long been a cherished dining destination. Renowned for its stellar seafood and steak offerings, the restaurant has recently added five new dining options, focusing on ease and simplicity in choices for an enhanced dining experience. We recently stopped by for a delicious lunch... Prime Lunch Menu: A Lunchtime Treat Made Easy: At Ocean Prime Beverly Hills, Lunchtime is now a delightful journey with their Prime...

  • Girl in front of dog-friendly The Maxwell Hotel with a bronze statue of a dog

    The Maxwell Hotel: Your Basecamp for Seattle's Coolest Experiences

    Chanin Victor, Travel Editor|Sep 11, 2023

    The Maxwell Hotel: Your Enchanting StayPineapple Oasis in Seattle Seattle, Washington, a city bursting with culture, innovation, and natural beauty, welcomes travelers from all corners of the world. And when it comes to finding the perfect home away from home in the heart of the city, look no further than The Maxwell Hotel-a StayPineapple property that exudes warmth, charm, and unmatched hospitality. Whether you're a solo explorer, a family on an adventure, or a couple seeking a romantic...

  • Top Ten Things To Do at The Calgary Stampede

    Chanin Victor, Travel and Lifestyle Editor|Jul 27, 2023
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    Every July, the vibrant city of Calgary, Canada, transforms into a thrilling western wonderland as the world-famous Calgary Stampede takes center stage. For ten adrenaline-fueled days, locals and visitors from around the globe gather to celebrate Alberta's rich cowboy heritage, indulge in exhilarating rodeo events, savor mouthwatering Stampede food, and immerse themselves in an electrifying atmosphere. As the "Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth," the Calgary Stampede offers an unforgettable experien...

  • Spring and Easter Happenings Around California--Some Fun Spring Ideas for your Bucket List!

    Chanin Victor, Travel Editor|Apr 3, 2023

    Spring is here! Southern California is always a perfect place to spend your Spring Break and we've got some amazing ideas for you to add to your bucket list. RENAISSANCE ESMERALDA RESORT & SPA PRESENTS LAVISH EASTER BRUNCH AT CAVA RESTAURANT With spectacular views of the Santa Rosa Mountains, Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa welcomes guests to Cava – its bistro-style eatery with a relaxing terrace and farm-to-table California ingredient-focused culinary offerings for Easter Brunch. - S...

  • A Tranquility Massage at Burke Williams: Make Time for Yourself This Winter

    Chanin Victor, Lifestyle Editor|Dec 21, 2022

    It's a cold, blustery day in LA. The kids are at school. I've got a million deadlines for work. The laundry needs to be folded, and there's a grocery store run on the to-do list. Don't even get me started about all the things I have to for the holidays! Sound familiar? With so much on my plate, you might call me crazy for booking a massage and skipping out on life for half the day, but I did! The new Tranquility Massage at Burke Williams was worth every single minute. Before I tell you all...

  • A polaroid photo of family attending an escape room in Los Angeles

    The NEW Escape Game LA in Century City is an immersive, 60-minute, real-life adventure game!

    Chanin Victor, SM Observer Editor|Oct 19, 2022

    Recently opened in Century City's Westfield Shopping Center, The Escape Game LA is a new way of experiencing storytelling, where you're actually a part of the story and living it in real time. Each escape room is designed to immerse you into an entirely new world that feels like you're starring in a Hollywood blockbuster. The games are designed for small groups from 2 to 12 people who can work together in a room full of hidden clues, secret passages and code breaking to try and escape within 60...

  • Woman next to a sign Welcome to the Celebrity Solstice Cruise

    Sailing on the Celebrity Solstice: The BEST way to see the Pacific Coast!

    Chanin Victor, Travel Editor|Sep 28, 2022

    Ready to set sail on an adventure down the Pacific coast? Look no further than Celebrity Solstice! This modern cruise ship features unrivaled vistas, plenty of activities to keep you entertained, and itineraries that will take you to some of the most popular cities in the Mexican Riviera. Setting sail from September 2022 through April 2023, the Celebrity Solstice will embark on five-, seven-, and eight-night itineraries from its homeport in Los Angeles, California. This modern cruise ship...

  • REVIEW: Animal Farm, George Orwell's Classic Beast Fable Reimagined With Song

    Chanin Victor, Observer Staff Editor|Sep 5, 2022

    Despite the 111-degree temperatures in Pasadena this weekend, the show must go on, and we're glad we braved the heat! The recently opened Animal Farm -the inaugural production of A Noise Within's 31st season-is a musical adaptation from Sir Peter Hall that even your middle school child would appreciate and could easily make heads and tails of; pun intended. George Orwell's novel Animal Farm, first published in 1945, is a satirical allegory in which the animals of Manor Farm rise up against...

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    Secluded Rainforest Hideaway Near An Active Volcano Offers The Perfect Escape

    Chanin Victor, Travel and Lifestyle Editor|Aug 31, 2022

    If you're not an adventurer at heart, then it's hard to imagine spending any amount of time near the most active volcano in the world, let alone sleeping near one. However, if you love nature and are looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, staying at the Volcano Village Estates on the Big Island will be an unforgettable Hawaiian experience. Located in Volcano – near the northeastern (Hilo) side of the island – and within walking distance of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, the...

  • A grassy field with people on it in fromt of a stage at Campland On The Bay

    Labor Day Weekend at Campland On The Bay is Summertime Fun!

    Chanin Victor, Lifestyle and Travel Editor

    Campland On The Bay in Mission Bay will be full of family-friendly, pet-friendly activities and live entertainment all Labor Day Weekend, Friday, September 2 to Monday, September 5, for resort guests. If you haven't already, book a campsite for a tent or bring your RV! Located on San Diego's Mission Bay, the nation's largest aquatic park, find 40 acres of RV resort with a secluded beach. If you've never visited Campland On The Bay before, you can read all about our experience here, Experience...

  • Girl on bike eating ice cream at the beach with a Campland sign.

    Experience Year-Round Family RV Camping at Campland on the Bay in Southern California

    Chanin Victor, Travel & Lifestyle Editor|Jul 13, 2022
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    Wondering where you can take the family for the best RV camping in Southern California? Campland on the Bay exudes summer and a recreational vehicle lifestyle offers something for everyone. Located on Mission Bay, the nation's largest aquatic park, the resort offers 40 acres of RV resort with a secluded beach just steps away. Kids will have a blast, and once the RV is set up and ready to go, parents will feel the carefree nostalgia they once had when they vacationed as kids. It's summer...

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