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snowboarder at Tahoe PicmonkeyBoarder enjoys fresh snow this weekBy Daniel Pistoressi

March 10, 2016 - This winter's monster El Niño continues to deliver on the slopes of Lake Tahoe with this week's storm snowfall totals cresting the five-foot mark at summit elevations. Powder-coated skiers and snowboarders are currently reporting the best conditions of the entire season, an epic winter that has already seen more than 400 inches of snowfall, with another round of powerful storms on track to deposit multiple feet of snow over the weekend.

Crocker Edited PicmonkeyAllan Houser (American Chiricahua Apache, 1914–1994), Force, 1990. Vermont marble, 26.5 x 26 x 27 inches. Crocker Art Museum, promised gift of Loren G. Lipson, M.D.

By Matthew Guillory

February 11, 2016 - There is a lot happening at Sacramento’s Crocker Art Museum as it heads into the second half of 2016 - exhibitions include glass (from ancient Roman to contemporary American), photography, colonial art, sculpture and European drawings.

Talks, walks and the like are great ways to learn a little more about the art on display. At their monthly noontime “Lunch & Learn,” museum docents dive deep into a specific exhibition for 30-minute sprints. And Gallery Bites -- also monthly at noon -- takes a half-hour look at a different gallery each time.

Morro Bay Oyster Co PicmonkeyMorro Bay oyster harvesterTASTE News Service, January 14, 2015 - San Luis Obispo County, located halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco on California's breathtaking Central Coast, offers an assortment of locally-sourced and produced food and drink. The area's range of coastal and inland influences is demonstrated by its broad assortment of gastronomic treats ranging from fresh foods, innovative spirits, unique craft beers and much more. The destination is overflowing with an abundance of great products found only on the Central Coast.


Locally Sourced Foods Flourish in San Luis Obispo County

There are a wide variety of new and interesting farms and fisheries across San Luis Obispo County that specialize in unique foods including shellfish, meat, produce and dairy products supplying local restaurants and markets. You can taste the fresh farm fare from the producers below at one of San Luis Obispo County's restaurants or farmer's markets:

Morro Bay Oyster Company: Morro Bay holds a long-standing history as a thriving seaport with beautiful ocean views and a tranquil yet productive estuary. Morro Bay Oyster Company harvests Pacific Gold Oysters by hand directly from the pristine water, which are then sold to local restaurants and to the public at farmers markets and off its barge in Morro Bay harbor.

Tuesday, 05 January 2016 18:21

Winter Whale Watching in San Diego

Gray Whale breaching PicmonkeyA breaching Gray Whale

TASTE News Service, January 6, 2015 – Winter ‘til spring is the time to see Gray Whales. From mid-December until April, more than 20,000 gray whales make a 10,000 mile round-trip journey from Alaska to the lagoons of Baja California, where the females give birth to their calves. They typically spend several months in the warm Baja California waters, time for their young to grow strong enough to make the journey home, before making their way back north again in the Spring. It is the longest known distance any mammal migrates on an annual basis and is truly an extraordinary spectacle to observe.

Tuesday, 08 December 2015 20:06

Five Things You Didn't Know About Buena Park

Knotts Berry PicmonkeyTASTE News Service December 9, 2015 - Located just five miles from Disneyland, 10 miles from Huntington Beach and 20 miles from Los Angeles is the town of Buena Park. The city is home to entertainment, interactive dinner shows and one-of-kind shopping.

Here are a few facts about this Orange County city you may not have known:

1. The Boysenberry was born in Buena Park

In 1926, Walter Knott created the Boysenberry - a hybrid of the Loganberry, blackberry and raspberry. The boysenberry was first sold at his roadside fruit stand which eventually grew to a restaurant and later America's first theme park – Knott's Berry Farm. Today, Knott's honors their storied past with their annual Boysenberry Festival which features Boysenberry treats, food and beverages.

High Noon posterTASTE News Service, October 29, 2015 - From these classic movies --High Noon, The Great Race, Back to the Future III and Big Valley, to television series that brought the big outdoors into American living rooms such as Bonanza, Little House on the Prairie and Lassie, a small area in Northern California has played a big role: creating lifelike settings and story lines to recreate early America. For Tuolumne County, set against the backdrop of Yosemite National Park in Northern California, the job was easy.

As early as 1919, filmmakers recognized the area as a valuable and convenient source for location filming. Gold rush era buildings with wood plank sidewalks and slamming screen doors, Main Street with a Wells Fargo Express office, white picket fences and grand hotels stood ready for their close-up. The area is still rich in natural features and vintage architectural styles, big sky landscape, rushing rivers and lakes, and one key ingredient – abundant California light. Producers and directors discovered that almost any type of scenery in the United States and beyond could be replicated on film in Tuolumne County.

Friday, 23 October 2015 13:19

And the Award Goes To . . .

Pirates Dinner Buena Park PicmonkeyPirates Dinner is theater kids will enjoy

TASTE News Service, October 23, 2015 - Buena Park is a popular tourist destination that offers year-round mild climate and proximity to Disneyland, shopping and beaches. In fact, Buena Park's award-winning attractions, restaurants and hotels have earned it the distinction as one of the “Most Fun Small Towns” in America by Rand McNally.

Among the city's biggest attractions is Knott's Berry Farm. It has been honored with the prestigious Linsberg Applause Award, an accolade said to acknowledge the best amusement park in the world. Knott's attractions include one of the world's longest and tallest wooden roller coasters, Ghost Rider.

Sunday, 04 October 2015 15:15

Celebrate the Holiday Season at Yosemite

Vinters Holiday at Ahwahnee 2 PicmonkeyA lighter moment at Vintners Holiday tastingTASTE News Service October 5, 2015 – Winter in Yosemite and Mariposa County is an especially beautiful time to be outdoors enjoying a range of activities from horse-drawn sleigh rides, skiing at Badger Pass Ski Resort, ice skating, snow shoeing and photography.

The area is home to many holiday traditions, too. Among these are the annual Vintner's Holidays and the Bracebridge Dinner held at The Ahwahnee in Yosemite National Park. Other events, many with a family-friendly orientation, include gingerbread house decorating workshops, kids’ dinner with Santa, and Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve at the Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite, as well as many outdoor activities.

Thursday, 27 August 2015 12:36

Irvine’s Great Outdoors

Irvine Great Outdoors photo PicmonkeyPastoral scene at Irvine RanchTASTE News Service, August 27, 2015 - Irvine boasts the most open space in all of Orange County with 16,000 acres offering 54 miles of off-street bikeways, along with hiking trails.

Irvine boasts the most open space in all of Orange County with 16,000 acres offering 54 miles of off-street bikeways, along with hiking and horseback riding trails.

Much of Irvine's open space is part of the Irvine Ranch which encompasses 50,000 acres and has been named a Natural Landmark by both the U.S. Department of the Interior and State of California. The area, deemed by scientists as one of the world's biodiversity "hot spots," features hundreds of different species of plants and animals, including eagles, badgers, mountain lions, Tecate cypress trees, and many rare species of birds, reptiles and amphibians.

The Mountains to Sea Trail takes you on 22-mile journey starting in rugged, oak-filled Weir Canyon. The trail then takes you south toward the coast through five different cities and a portion of unincorporated Orange County – virtually guaranteeing that the only constant on this trek is an exhilarating change of scenery and topography.

Editor’s note:  It’s nice to find open spaces in otherwise populous Southern California. Unless you’re planning on camping out with the wild animals when you visit Orange County, you may want to consult Taste California Travel’s Resource Directory before leaving. In it are links to websites of hundreds of Lodging and Dining options, as well as links to Wineries and sellers of Craft Beer.

Thursday, 13 September 2012 12:52

Discover the Orange County Great Park

 Orange County Great Park PicmonkeyOrange County Great Park by night.

The Orange County Great Park (OCGP) in Irvine is becoming a popular year-round destination for enjoying free entertainment, sports, recreation, arts and culture.

Visitors can get a birds' eye view of Orange County aboard the iconic Great Park Balloon as it rises 400 feet above ground; take a ride on the hand-painted Carousel, play on Kids Rock, and stroll a Walkable Timeline that highlights 31 of the most significant events of the 1940s. In addition, the Palm Court Arts Complex features an art gallery and artists' studios.

The Flights & Sounds Summer Festival (August-September) offers world beat dance parties on Fridays and Saturdays feature main stage concert performances.

Additional events at the Park include Sundays Farmers Market; the Farm + Food Lab, a hands-on gardening experience; Movies on the Lawn; a Pumpkin Harvest; the annual "Growing the Park" anniversary celebration; a Family New Year's Eve Party, and numerous recreational and sports programs. Soccer fields will be added later this year.

The OCGP is a park for people of every generation, culture and interest. Nearly a million people have visited the Great Park and that number is growing daily.

The park is open seven days a week. All activities are free, with some requiring a parking fee.

About the Great ParkThe Orange County Great Park, with its more than 1,300-acre master plan, is the focal point of the redevelopment of the publicly-owned portion of the 4,700-acre former Marine Corps Air Station, El Toro. The Great Park features an iconic tethered helium balloon that rises 400 feet in the air, providing an aerial view of Park development. Other features include the Carousel, Farm + Food Lab, Kids Rock Playground, Walkable Timeline, Palm Court Arts Complex, North Lawn recreation area and historic Hangar 244. The South Lawn lighted soccer fields and Community Garden will be added in 2012. For more information go to www.ocgp.org


Sources at TravMedia.com contributed to this article.


Planning a visit to Orange County? Taste California Travel's Resource Directory has links to the websites of hundreds of Lodging and Dining options, as well as links to the many craft beer pubs in the area.


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