Golden afternoon: Rosé tasting in sunny Malibu

You are now entering wine country

California may be known for its wine (if you haven’t seen “Bottle Shock” about how Napa Valley made a name for itself, stream this movie on Netflix after reading this entry) but who knew that Malibu has vineyards too? Less than an hour outside of Los Angeles and about 15 minutes from the beach, the rambling, hilly side of Malibu (which I always forget about—the beach is such a spotlight hog) is home to a handful of gorgeous wineries that produce some pretty delicious vino—especially the rosé…

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Shave Ice is the new Frozen Yogurt

In the land that launched the frozen yogurt revival (Los Angeles is home to Pinkberry, after all—but let’s face it, the original frozen yogurt craze probably started in Southern California too), there’s a new way to chill out: Shave Ice. In storefronts that used to house Red Mangos (a Korean Pinkberry competitor that lost), “shaveries” are grinding icy treats Hawaiian-style or into super-thin, fluffy sheets of ice cream (how they probably serve ice cream in heaven). Leagues beyond your basic childhood snow cone, these ice palaces will soon be taking over the rest of the country, just wait and see. Continue reading