Saturday, October 30, 2010

La Brea Tar Pits Los Angeles

La Brea Tar Pits are a famous cluster of fossil sites in urban Los Angeles, around the Hancock Park area. Brea is the Spanish word for asphalt or tar, which has seeped up from the ground in the area for thousands of years. Over the centuries, animals that came to drink the water, which collected on top, fell in, sank into the tar, and were preserved as bones. The asphalt also preserved many very small "microfossils" such as wood and plant remnants, insects, dust, and even pollen grains. Scientists have used radiometric dating of the preserved wood and bones to estimate an age of 38,000 years for the oldest known piece from the La Brea pits. Read the full La Brea Tar Pits article.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Descanso Gardens La Canada Flintridge, CA

Descanso Gardens
Descanso Gardens is a botanical garden, located in the La Canada neighborhood of Los Angeles County, California. The 150-acre gem was developed as a year-round retreat for urban dwellers and highlights the beauty of nature through an internationally renowned botanical collection and seasonal horticultural displays. At one time, this property belonged to newspaper magnate E. Manchester Boddy who was the Los Angeles Daily News owner. Because of his love for botanical plants, he operated a garden at the location that supplied the local community. He wanted to preserve the site and gave it to Los Angeles County in 1953. Since then the gardens, woodlands and chaparral have been maintained for all to experience, and hosts thousands of visitors each year.
 Read the full article Descanso Gardens La Canada Flintridge, CA

Monday, October 25, 2010

Visiting Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park
Located in southeastern California is Joshua Tree National Park. The park has nearly 800,000 acres and is named after the Joshua tree forests that dot area. Over half of the park has been officially designated as a wilderness area. When entering the wilderness area or any other sensitive desert area follow the standard "Leave No Trace principles": Plan Ahead and Prepare, Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces, Dispose of Waste Properly, Leave What You Find, Minimize Campfire Impacts, Respect Wildlife, and Be Considerate of Other Visitors. If you plan to spend visit Joshua Tree offers an extensive network of trails of varying length and difficulty. The park has ten mountains greater than 5,000 feet in elevation if you like to climb. Or take a hike to one of park's fan palm oases. Other trails lead you to remnants of the gold mining mines and hidden canyons. Follow this link for Joshua Tree information.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Lindy and Grundy LA's Newest Meat Market

Photo by Jennifer May
Lindy and Grundy will be offering meat free of hormones and antibiotics to customers in and around Los Angeles. Lindy and Grundy make all of their own sausages, roast beef and pastrami in house. Their market will feature locally raised meats and both women been trained by top butcher Joshua Applestone of Fleishers in Kingston, NY.
Before Amelia and Erika decided to get into the meat market business their careers included floral design and cooking.
Lindy and Grundy will only sell meat that humanely treated right up until the time it ends up on your dinner table. The philosophy is to offer top notch products, to be a part of the community and to educate people about butchering and food. Before the two meat entrepreneurs settled down to the business of cutting beef they were married  in Connecticut while on their way to California. Starting this December the newly weds will be serving up some of the best meats in Los Angeles. Lindy and Grundy's: is located at 801 North Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90046. The store will be opening December 2010. For more information visit Lindy and Grundy website

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Outlet Malls California

With the holiday shopping season fast approaching this list of outlet malls in California is sure to come in handy. Most of California's outlet malls are located in Southern California. Central and Northern California have a few Outlet malls which are located near San Francisco and Sacramento. Outlet malls offer discounts on slightly damages goods, overstocked products and last years fashons. Savvy shoppers can enjoy savings over regular shopping malls however you need to be careful, in some case you may end up paying the same as a regular store.

Viejas Outlet Center
5005 Willows Road
Alpine, California 91901
(619) 659-2070
Tanger Outlets Barstow
2796 Tanger Way
Barstow, CA 92311
P: (760) 253-4813
Cabazon Outlets
Desert Hills Premium Outlets
48400 Seminole Drive
Cabazon, CA 92230
(951) 849-664
Camarillo Premium Outlets
40 E. Ventura Boulevard, Camarillo, CA
(805) 445-8515
Carlsbad Premium Outlets
5620 Paseo Del Norte # 100, Carlsbad, CA
(760) 804-9000
Lake Elsinore Outlets
17600 Collier Ave
Lake Elsinore, CA 92530-2633
(951) 245-0087
Citadel Outlets
100 Citadel Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90040
(323) 888-1724 ‎
Ontario Mills Mall
Mills cir
Ontario, CA 91764
(909) 484-8300
Gilroy Premium Outlets
681 Leavesley Road
Gilroy, CA 95020
(408) 842-3729
Pismo Beach Prime Outlet Mall
333 Five Cities Drive, Ste 100
Pismo Beach, CA 93449
(805) 773-4661
Tulare Outlet Mall
Folsom Premium Outlets
13000 Folsom Boulevard
Folsom, CA 95630
(916) 985-0312
Tracy Outlets
Vacaville Premium Outlets
321 Nut Tree Road, Suite 2
Vacaville, CA 95687
(707) 447-5755
Petaluma Village Premium Outlets
2200 Petaluma Boulevard North
Petaluma, CA 94952
(707) 778-9300
Napa Premium Outlets
629 Factory Stores Drive
Napa, CA 94558
(707) 226-9876

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Newport Beach Back Bay Loop Trail

The Back Bay area of Newport Beach describes the inland area, which connects the Upper Newport Bay with Newport Harbor. If you seek a peaceful retreat with a chance to observe nature without straying too far from the city, then this is the place for you. The Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve and Ecological Reserve spans a thousand acres of marshlands and immense bluffs, and is one the few estuaries left in Southern California. It’s the place where fresh and saltwater meets. Newport Beach Back Bay Loop Trail

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Newport Beach Day Trip

Newport Beach Attractions Things to Do in Newport Beach: "f you need a beach getaway but still need your creature comforts, then Newport Beach located in Orange County is a great place to spend a weekend. It offers a bit more calm atmosphere compared to the other tourists haunts like Huntington Beach, and that gives you a great chance to unwind and take in a bit of nature. Newport Beach has become one the richest U.S. cities by standard measures. A quarter of the households have an income greater than $200,000 and the area is filled with multimillion-dollar homes."