Marty Rodriguez Century 21 Real Estate
When you’re sitting down for a chicken dinner at Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant in Buena Park, you’re sitting down with history. From her little Buena Park tea room, which was attached to her and her husband Walter’s fledgling berry market, Cordelia Knott pulled out her wedding china and linen napkins and served eight people at [...]
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I had planned on going to Will Rogers State Park in Pacific Palisades off Sunset Drive, but the day got away from me and I ran out of time. So instead of walking and hiking and learning a little history in the state park, I continued west to the end of Sunset and turned north [...]
About a half hour from La Verne is Silver Lake, the No. 1 hipster community in the United States, according to Forbes magazine. Bordered by Los Feliz to the north, Echo Park to the east and south and Hollywood to the west, Silver Lake is hipper than San Francisco’s Mission District, Portland’s Pearl District and [...]
Okay, here’s why advertising pays off and better advertising pays off even more handsomely. While enjoying a tostada at the Rose Café in Santa Barbara, I pick up the local paper, the Montecito Journal (May 2-9), and on page 5 in the upper right-hand corner, I spy a quarter-page ad that simply shows a bronzed lemony [...]
It was as if everyone in the San Gabriel Valley had received the same memo: Spring has sprung, so hit the road and enjoy the great outdoors. And we did on Saturday (March 23, 2013) After packing a picnic lunch, my wife Colleen, my three sons Brett, Roger and Ryan, Ryan’s fiancé, Shannon, and I set [...]
Usually, I don’t like the word “clammy” as a description, unless you’re referring to Pismo Beach, a great California coastal getaway that once billed itself as the “Clam Capital of the World. While the clams — once so abundant that plows harvested them on the beach — are largely gone, the Splash Café still makes a [...]
If you don’t want to shell out for a room at the Waldorf-Astoria-owned La Quinta Resort in La Quinta, Calif., consider dropping in for dinner or happy hour at the Adobe Grill on the well manicured grounds of this special desert oasis.   For about $25, you can enjoy a couple of tamales and a signature margarita on [...]
I have a confession to make. My favorite place to grab breakfast is a short freeway hop on the 210 to Mary’s Market and Canyon Café in Sierra Madre. I used to go there regularly more than a decade ago when I was the managing editor of Sierra Madre-based American Bungalow magazine, but sadly, Mary and [...]
While the recession lingers, you may not be flush with dollars, but that’s no excuse to deprive yourself culturally, historically, artistically, scientifically, or musically. Los Angeles’ myriad museums offer free monthly or weekly visits. And some are free to visitors year-round.         LaVerneOnline provides a list below, but please check websites just in case changes occur. Share with [...]
I’ve always love cities with rivers, and our state capital has two of the best in the American (east-west) and Sacramento (north-south). While I’ve floated down or walked or driven over the American many times, I had not paid the same affections to the Sacramento River until this week. Upon leaving our state capital, I elected [...]