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The Best Blueberry Donuts in Orange County…

are sitting fresh, hot, and pretty for you at M&M Donuts, a little gem nestled in Anaheim, moments away from Disneyland. The donuts are temples of calories, but it’s ok to reward yourself every now and then. And when the dessert tastes THIS good, it makes it all worth it! Even with odd operational hours, you can expect lines at just about any time. It’s open from 9p to 2a and then 5a to 12p, so it’s perfect for night owls and early birds alike. The kiosk is run solely by one man (with the […]

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Caffeinated in California: 3 Favorite Coffee Shops in Orange County

It’s a sad state of affairs when it comes to gourmet coffee in Orange County. Want a Starbucks frappuccino? No problem, you’ll find one on just about corner of every block. But Starbucks coffee can hardly be considered gourmet coffee, and oh yes, I did just say that. Nothing thrills me more than finding a quaint cozy independently-owned coffee shop that brews its own coffee beans. There may not be that many great coffee shops in Orange County, but there are a few that I enjoy and happily visit time and time again. So let […]

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Photo Essay: Sweet Nostalgia at South Coast Plaza, Orange County

It’s hard for me to get excited about Orange County, considering I was born and raised here. Ever since I left the house, a decade ago, the only real reason for me to return is my family.

Though I often complain that nothing ever changes when I come back, I’m secretly glad one thing remains the same: the Christmas decorations at my favorite shopping destination (yes, just a fancy way to say mall), South Coast Plaza. Crazy as it may be to give such significance to a mall, South Coast Plaza evokes a sense of sweet nostalgia for […]

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5 DOs and DON’Ts in Los Angeles

I love Los Angeles. I love Hollywood. They’re beautiful. Everybody’s plastic, but I love plastic. I want to be plastic. 

A pioneer of American pop art, Andy Warhol paints only one version of my darling hometown, Los Angeles — a city of extremes, where the opinions are as diverse as its demographics.
Before you ignite a passionate affair with the City of Angels, there are some things to take note of to maximize your Angeleno experience.
1) Eat from a gourmet food truck.
The concept may not have started in LA, but […]

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Photo Essay: Best of Autumn 2015

It’s the first day of winter, and not to mention almost the last week of 2015! I’m currently in Los Angeles visiting family for the holidays, so I can’t say there’s even a semblance of a white Christmas, but it’s charming in its own way. Autumn is by far my absolute favorite season, with winter being a close second. Autumn 2015 took me all around the United States and parts of Canada — many places for the first time.
If you follow me regularly on Instagram, you’ve probably seen these, but in case you missed […]

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Photo Essay: Best of Summer 2015

Today is the first day of autumn! FINALLY.
Summer 2015 has been a few wanderlust-fueled months! Though summer is my least favorite season of the year, it was somehow tolerable this year as I was fortunate enough to spend the bulk of the season in fabulously cool Iceland, where the temperatures never rose above 70*F — perfection. If you follow me regularly on Instagram, you’ve probably seen these, but in case you missed them, here are some of my favorite picks from summer of 2015.
Summer 2015 travels: Seattle, Los […]

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Brewing in the Big Smoke: 3 Favorite Coffee Shops in London

The Brits have masterfully perfected the art of tea, weaving it into the daily cultural fabric of British society and establishing it as an iconic cultural institution. In recent years, thanks to its diverse demographics, serious coffee culture has surged in London, and while there’s still way too many neighborhood Costa Coffees and Starbucks, Londoners are increasingly becoming more demanding of gourmet coffee in the city. If you ask, you shall receive…

I’m an avid, avid lover of the afternoon tea tradition and adore a calming cup of camomile tea or an energizing cup of Earl Gray tea […]

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The Cultureur 25: 25 Things to Do in Los Angeles

In honor of my recent move from Los Angeles to Seattle, I thought I’d compile a list of 25 things to do in the City of Angels, so I joined forces with Enterprise Rent-A-Car to bring you my favorite things to do, see, eat, and experience in my beloved hometown of Los Angeles. Enterprise is all about encouraging people to go out there and #SeeTheWorld, and I couldn’t agree more!
Considering it’s Los Angeles, renting a car is simply a must. Whether you’re looking to stay local in Los Angeles or heading south to […]

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Sunday Snapshot: Corona del Mar, USA

A coastal gem, Corona del Mar in Orange County, California is known for its magnificent sunsets, cliffside views, and quaint village shops […]

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[Review] Hornblower Cruises’ Champagne Brunch in Newport Beach, California

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. | Marcel Proust

Hornblower Cruises — As I ascended the spiral staircase of the 140-feet Endless Dreams luxury yacht at Newport Harbor, I watched people behind me usher flowers and presents into the dining room, waiting to celebrate anniversaries, birthdays, and other special occasions. While staring at the glorious Moët et Chandon bottle resting on the table, it dawned on me that I, too, was celebrating a few things: 1) it was my post-birthday weekend 2) it happened to […]

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