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Even though I lived in the Los Angeles area for more than 2 decades, it was not until I moved away from the city that I visited its famous Grand Central Market. Situated in downtown Los Angeles (on Broadway), near many of the city’s massive skyscrapers and businesses, the market has been a landmark for 100 years (established in 1917).
The market has changed with time and it’s not like most of the markets you’ll visit. Sales of fresh and bulk food , while a component, are a small part of the operation. It seems these traditional market elements have been pushed out to make room for more restaurant vendors. People now go to the market to buy prepared food. …
From time-to-time I enjoy looking at some of my older photos to remember bygone adventures. It’s from one of these periods of reflection that today’s blog germinated.
When I lived in Southern California, I enjoyed spending time each summer exploring the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains — John Muir’s Range of Light. While much of California is hot as an oven in the summer, these mountains offer a pleasant climate and excellent backpacking opportunities. In the summer there’s enough water in the lakes that you don’t need to carry more than a day’s worth — very different and much easier than what’s required when backpacking in the Mojave desert. The weather is warm in the day, cool at night, and almost without …
When recently visiting Los Angeles I returned to one of my favorite places in L.A.’s Miracle Mile district, Canter’s Deli. Canter’s is an authentic Jewish deli which never closes. Besides ordering items from the menu, there are a wonderful assortment of fresh baked goods available for sale at the deli’s bakery.
When I was a resident at UCLA I’d eat at Canter’s from time to time with my peers. The corned beef and pastrami sandwiches are wonderful, as are the pickles, pickled onions and everything I’ve ever tried here. It seems the place hasn’t changed in the 30 years since that time.
Canter’s opened in 1931, was and remains very popular, although it has changed locations more than once. It’s now run by …
The finest aquarium I’ve had the privilege of visiting is in Monterey, California. Built alongside the old sardine canneries of Cannery Row (a site immortalized in John Steinbeck’s novella of the same name), you’ll find yourself fully immersed in the underwater world when you visit.
There’s dozens of great exhibits, but there are two that are my favorites — the jellyfish, and this one, the Kelp Forest tank. I’ve spent a lot of time watching this latter tank because there seems to be no end as to what’s going on. A giant shape approaches in the tank, only to be broken into thousands of individual sardines as the school splits apart. The moving light and shadows of the kelp, the sharks …
When many people think of “American food” they envision fast food — McDonalds, Burger King, Taco Bell and the like. These have their place — inexpensive, reasonable meals, quickly served and widely available. Those who have traveled with children know how handy stopping at a McDonalds with a play gym can be. Fast food is successful because people support these restaurants. That said, except when needing a quick meal while traveling, I rarely eat at fast food chains.
That’s because I enjoy reasonably priced, family-run restaurants which prepare great food, of which there are thousands in the United States. You might find some of these by searching “Yelp” or “TripAdvisor”, but by far the most useful website for me is …
I love spending time in Newport Beach, one of the Orange County beaches in Southern California. A major reason for this is beautiful Crystal Cove State Beach, a 3 mile stretch of natural beach just north of Laguna Beach. I’ve walked the length of that beach many times.
One time while walking along the cliffs overlooking the beach we came across this artist who was doing a rather nice job painting the rugged coast. The middle photo below shows his subject matter.
The Palm Springs Air Museum is located on the north side of the Palm Springs Airport. The Air Museum is housed in an expansive structure that includes the two main display halls and hangars, a theater, gift shop, research library, flight simulator and education center. It’s website indicates it’s been rated by CNN as one of the top 14 Air Museums in the World. The museum provides an up-close look at the legendary fighters and bombers of WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. The warm, dry desert climate is ideal for preserving planes, so in this regard the museum is well situated. What’s most amazing is that most of these planes are flight-worthy (27 flyable aircraft), making …
One of the most unique landscapes in North America is to be found in Death Valley National Park, in eastern California. It’s among the hottest and driest places in USA, but the park has some amazing landscapes ranging from magnificent sand dunes, to salt pans, to colorful mineral deposits. Many areas of the park are actually below sea level.
This is definitely a place to visit in winter (from late fall to early spring). Wild flowers are in bloom. Days are pleasant although nights will be chilly (so bring a warm coat). The terrible heat of summer is extremely unpleasant, even dangerous, and best avoided. A mechanical break down of your car in July could turn into a harrowing experience.