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Current Events, Flickr

Delicious ice cream isn’t hard to find in Santa Monica (I’ve already told you about Sweet Rose and N’Ice Cream). But I’m excited that a long-awaited Beachy Cream counter has finally come to town.

You may have noticed their organic ice cream sandwiches at a farmer’s markets or a Whole Foods in SoCal, or spotted the roving Beachy Cream cart out in Malibu....

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Red.Dahlia, Flickr

If you’re in the market for a summertime romance, Santa Monica has all the ingredients: Pacific Ocean sunsets, breezy evenings, and moonlit beach walks.

But in June, this town takes it up a notch with a series of “drive-in” movies on the Santa Monica Pier...

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The.Rohit, Flickr

I’ve already admitted that I have yet to try surfing. But, there’s another sport that seems to have taken over the waters recently, and which I just might have the guts to try: paddleboarding...

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The Aqualillies

From biking along the beach to jogging on the Venice boardwalk to playing beach volleyball, there’s certainly no shortage of ways to stay fit around Santa Monica. But I bet you’ve never tried synchronized swimming!  

That’s right: you can take a synchronized swimming class...

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Adams K, Flickr

Guests often ask me where the locals like to chill out and meet for a drink. Well, you’ll find many of our local beer connoisseurs at the Library Alehouse, which has one of the most impressive beer selections around...

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Spring is full of excuses to go for brunch: Easter, Cinco de Mayo, Mother's Day and Father's Day — who’s with me?

Here are my top recommendations for a leisurely Sunday brunch...

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You’d think in a place like sunny Santa Monica, outdoor movies wouldn’t be so hard to come by. During the summer, the pier usually hosts free outdoor movies, best enjoyed on a picnic blanket, with some buttery popcorn from a nearby concession.

But who wants to wait until summer?...

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Jasmine Star Photography

It’s no secret that I’m a shoe-aholic. (Read my profile to find out just how many shoes I have in my closet!) But there’s one brand that appeals to me for more than just its fashion statement...

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Muy Yum, Flickr

You may have seen their cakes in a glossy wedding magazine, or maybe you saw the one that won Food Network’s Cake Challenge? Vanilla Bake Shop has certainly hit the big time, but what I love is that...

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March 20 is the Los Angeles Marathon, and the finish line is right on the hotel’s doorstep. Running from Dodger Stadium to the Pacific Ocean, the marathoners will tear down Ocean Avenue on their homestretch while...