Showing posts from April, 2021

Cabrillo Beach and Around

Cabrillo Beach seems to be really off as you have to go cross two bridges and where the pier and ships are.  The beach itself is OK with one side, kinda "meh" because the view of the cargo ships while the other side is kinda nice with people wind surfing and there's a nice walk towards the jetty. Unfortunately, no food area around here. Not sure if the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium has a restaurant or two but it is closed due to pandemic. Crafted and Marketplace are situated at the Warehouse at the Port of Los Angeles. The marketplace sells nice crafts but I have really nothing to buy there.  The Crafted Brewery is spacious, not sure if they have some food but all I saw there was just beer. Cabrillo Way Marina is a nice area for seeing Yachts docked there and there's one restaurant there. But nothing much to do.

Balboa Beach, New Port, Orange County, California

  Balboa Village/ Beach - I actually enjoyed this place. Not as big as Newport Beach or Hungtington but quite quaint and nice.  There's a pier with Ruby's at the end, so I guess you can dine and wait for Sunset there.   There's a Pavilion that you can take ferry to an island nearby and even an auto ferry.  There's a nice small place with Ferris Wheel and "Fun Zone."  Not a lto of food options, but there are some tacos, pizza, bbq, funnel cakes etc.

Worsham Canyon Trail, Whittier, LA County

  Went down to Philadelphia Street to Park and climb up the Worsham Canyon Trail.  It was pretty steep to go up and it was extremely hot today at around 80 F.  But was rewarded with beautiful fields of white flower (sort of superbloom).  The entrance from Philadelphia was also closed but I saw a couple of hikers so I just went in as well.  I only met a couple for my entire 1.5 hours hike there.   Seems to be connected to another trail so you can go definitely for miles and miles.

Portugal Imports (Artesia, LA County)

If you are craving for some Bacalo, Pasteis de Nata, or Portugues goodies, then you can head down to Portugal Imports.  Apparently, they imported the Pasteis de Nata from Portugal and baked it here. You can also buy frozen ones for 6.99.   I bought 3 Pasteis de Nata and 3 Queijiada de Nata (their signature Pastry for 10 dollars).  They have a few more like Coconut, Almond, etc.   I also bought a pack of Frozen Pao de Quiejo for $10.

Paso Robles, CA

Downtown Paso Robles Winery Sculpterra Winery Tin City Tin City Cider Room Brewery Firestone Walker Brewery Downtown  Quite a nice area to walk around, with lot of nice restaurants.  This really feels like those nice downtowns in California like Napa and Sta. Rosa.   Some suggestions for things to eat and buy: Brown Butter Cookie Company - They only have shortbreads here and in their San Luis Obispo Branch.  Cayucos have cookies. Fish Gaucho - Mexican Food. Sculpterra Winery It's a nice winery, with a lot of really super nice sculptures.  There's also a hiking trail that you can walk around the vineyards.  Do reservations if you want to do wine tasting, otherwise, they are still ok for walk-ins and you can buy a bottle or a glass and walk around. I will have to try the Tooth & Nail Winery next time. Tin City It's off (like 10 minutes away) from downtown and seems like Crates and "Tin" Stores.   Not that big but has Brewery (Barrel House), Cider Room (Tin City