Tag Archives: California

Travel Guide: San Francisco, California

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UPDATED September 2018

Heading to San Francisco?

I was just in SF awhile back with my sister and added a couple new to us spots to my original Travel Guide. Now that I have most of the tourist spots covered, it’s nice to go and find some super local places every time I visit. If you’re thinking of heading up to wine country, I also created a little guide from our trip to Napa and how we ended up going glamping in nearby Petaluma because the hotels were so expensive.

Also! If you’re considering making your trip part of a Highway 1 drive – see our road trip guide for trip ideas.

Here’s what I suggest for your next trip to SF! (more…)

The BEST Places to Eat in Venice Beach, California


UPDATED September 2018

We’ve been back in Los Angeles for almost 6 months now and I missed all the local spots I found during my time living next to Venice Beach. So I made a little list of all of my favourite places to eat – some of these lean towards the touristy side, others are local spots, and some of them are quick-serve places where we love to grab lunch.

If you’re heading to LA or Venice Beach, definitely bookmark these places for your next trip! Also make sure you see my list of Favourite Places To Eat in Marina del Rey.

Here’s what made my list: (more…)

Where To Eat in Marina del Rey, California

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Updated August 2018

Want to eat like a local?

I lived in Marina del Rey for almost two years and I have a few favourite restaurants that I go to over and over again. Since moving back to LA in March, Paul and I have slowly been hitting up all of our favourite places we missed while we were living in Portland. I thought I would share my choice picks with you in case you ever find yourself in this little community next to Venice Beach.

These are definitely not the fanciest places, but more of my local favourites. Here are my favourite places to eat in and around Marina del Rey: (more…)

Weekend Getaway Guide: Claremont, California

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I had no idea what to expect during my recent visit to Claremont, California. I had recently read about their craft brewery, the local food scene, and the re-imagining of an old citrus packing house into a food, art, and shopping space.

I was definitely intrigued, because so many of these things remind me of our time living in Portland, Oregon. Since Claremont was roughly about an hour or so away, Paul and I decided to make a weekend food tour out of it and get out of LA for the weekend. (more…)

Oh, Hi! from Ojai, California

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We just got back from a super fantastic trip to Ojai, California last weekend to celebrate our friends getting married. I have been dying to get out to Ojai Valley since we moved to LA in 2013 and just never ended up making the trip – until now!

This wedding was the perfect excuse we needed. So we booked BINGO a sitter via Rover and took Friday off to fully soak up a weekend in the sun. I’ve been eyeing the Ojai Valley Inn forever and since it was super close to the wedding we were attending – I decided to just go for it.

Here’s what we got up to during our weekend away and what I definitely suggest for your next trip to Ojai! (more…)

We Are Moving To California!

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We just found out last Friday that we were approved for a new US Visa – which means…


After spending almost 1.5 months putting together our business plan, visa application, funding and then launching Doing Good Digital, we were granted an interview and we are so grateful that we were approved on the spot.

It feels good to be doing this on our terms and for our own business.

We will be leaving in less then 10 days to drive BACK across the country with our pup BINGO while stopping to see a few clients on the way. It feels fast, but we’ve been back in Toronto since the start of December and we’re both super eager to get things started. (more…)

Where To Stay in San Francisco, California

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I had an amazing time meeting up with my sister in San Francisco recently! She had to fly in from Toronto for a conference and flights for me from Portland are $100 round-trip, so it was the perfect chance for us to hang out.

We got up to a lot of shopping, fun dinners and taking our time exploring the city. If you’re ever heading to San Francisco, I definitely recommend checking out the Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel – where we stayed!

The Location – We honestly couldn’t have asked for a better location for a weekend girls trip. The Sir Francis Drake Kimpton was smack dab in the middle of all the shopping action in Union Square. Which meant super easy walking distance to shops, restaurants, and cable cars.

On our first morning, we were able to walk to Chinatown for dim sum to go at Good Mong Kok and then over to Boba Guys for an Iced Match Latte. You’re also only about a 20-minute walk to the Embarcadero waterfront and for lunch at The Slanted Door inside The Ferry Building. See my previous San Francisco Travel Guide for more trip planning ideas!


Highway 1 California Road Trip Guide

Highway 1 California Road Trip Guide

A sponsored post.

Planning a summer road trip?

One of our favourite adventures is the drive along the California coast between San Francisco to Los Angeles. Paul and I flew into SFO and were able to hire a car that we later dropped off in LA at the end of our trip. It’s a great way to get on the ground and make stops whenever you like.

But what should you see? What shouldn’t you miss?

Here are 6 unique stops for your Highway 1 California Road trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles! (more…)

The 7 Best Things To Do in Los Angeles

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One of the many things I get emails from friends, family, visitors and readers are things to do in Los Angeles. First off, LA is a BEAST. It’s super spread out and can take an hour or more to get from the beach to Hollywood depending on traffic.

My best advice? Plan your visit by neighbourhoods and either uber or rent a car to get around. The transit system is getting better, but it can often take twice as long to get somewhere if you’re not staying near a station. So I’m breaking it all down for you on the favourite places I try to take people to, whenever they are visiting – enjoy! (more…)

Venice Beach Food Experience with Avital Tours


I’ve lived on the Westside of LA for almost three years now and there are restaurants and bars that I’m just beginning to discover for the first time. So when Avital Tours invited me for a progressive four-course culinary dining experience in Venice Beach – I couldn’t type YES into my reply email fast enough!

As a local, I pride myself on knowing where are the good spots are – beyond the tourist traps of life by the beach. However, it was super exciting to be introduced to a few new places and get a behind-the-scenes look with Avital and her company, Avital Tours.

Avital has been running successful food tours in San Francisco for five years and is bringing her cool food tour concept to Los Angeles starting this month! Here’s what we ate: (more…)