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As strange as it sounds, one of Santa Monica's best-kept secrets is its most thrilling arts center. That's mostly because of its location: right by the freeway in a sort of nowhere-ville part of town...

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People come to LA often hoping for a brush with celebrity. But few know there’s a place in Santa Monica where you can not only meet Hollywood stars, you can also hear them talk about their work...

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I grew up with a Mexican mom who cooked hearty, authentic dishes from her homeland. With her cooking as my standard, I can be a tough critic when it comes to Mexican restaurants. Many of them — even those run by Mexicans — have adjusted their cooking to cater (quite understandably) to American tastes. But around Santa Monica, there’s one place that has stayed true...

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In Santa Monica, there's one thing that signals winter is upon us, even if the weather doesn't. It's ICE...

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Malibu is known for its multi-million-dollar mansions and its star-studded beaches but certainly not its nightlife. For a long time it was hard to recommend a place to my guests who were looking for a cool, casual drink at the end of a sunset drive up the coast. But that all changed...

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Soda Jerks on the Santa Monica Pier

It’s not very nice to call someone a jerk — unless they work at Soda Jerks on the Santa Monica Pier. A “soda jerk” is an old-fashioned term for...

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Lots of people know Muscle Beach in Venice, where famous bodybuilders have honed their biceps, including Arnold Schwarzenegger (long before he became the Governator).   But did you know that the original Muscle Beach was right here in Santa Monica?...

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Theatrical magic shows didn’t die with the days of Houdini — they are alive and well right here in Santa Monica...

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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"...