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Chocolate chip cookies by The Cookie Guru

In this day and age of fancy doughnuts and cupcake boutiques, sometimes I crave something simpler — like good old-fashioned milk and cookies...

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Santa Monica’s star chef, Ray Garcia, is on a culinary mission: to serve meals with locally grown ingredients. In case you need proof, there's Garcia's popular farm-to-table series, “Farm Dinners"...

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There’s a rather curious museum in the heart of downtown Santa Monica where everything is miniature. I’m talking the people, the furniture, even the fixtures. Few locals even realize it exists...

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Who’s ready for Shark Week?!

The Discovery Channel’s wildly popular programming event is a summer tradition we don’t miss in my home. This year it kicks off July 31. But in addition to watching the powerful predators on the tube, I will be having my own close encounters of the shark kind...

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A duck etched into the froth at Urth Caffe

Santa Monica boasts plenty of noteworthy shops that brew good coffee. But being that coffee is one of the world’s most chemically treated crops, coffee houses are increasingly looking to serve up healthier stuff....

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The Lobster

In a beach town like Santa Monica, there’s one food that’s often on my guests’ minds: seafood. As you would expect, there are plenty of restaurants putting their own spin on the catch of the day, but I’ve got the inside track on three of the best...

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tarotastic, Flickr

Exercise? Pretty much never. My calorie burning comes mostly from running back and forth between the concierge desk and the back office. But this summer, three innovative fat busters in Santa Monica have piqued my interest...

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ghirson, Flickr

In an outdoor paradise like Santa Monica, there’s always demand for al fresco dining. But why limit yourself to a restaurant’s patio when Santa Monica has more than 20 public parks that provide the perfect backdrop to a gourmet picnic...

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Gnoslis Media, Flickr

You can pay good money for a concert under the stars at the Greek Theater or the Hollywood Bowl, two of Los Angeles’ outdoor amphitheaters. Or, you can keep that cash in your wallet (and your butt in a beach chair) while still enjoying the same world-class musicians right on Santa Monica Pier...

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Stacy Lynn Baum, Flickr

My friends with kids in Santa Monica are big fans of Color Me Mine, the do-it-yourself ceramics shop, and it’s an especially popular hangout for the 12-and-under set.

But not everyone knows that on Wednesdays this crafty spot goes grown-up...