Secrets to Southern California Travel, Part 1

LAX is a hub for many tourists. By all means, head to the original Disneyland in Anaheim. Make it a point though to include the Citadel Outlets or the Outlets at Orange on the itinerary. Especially if you love shopping and the victory of scoring multiple bargains on dreamy dresses, handbags and shoes. If you need an extra burst of energy, both spots offer scrumptious sushi, sweets shops, Jamba Juice and of course, coffee!

Traveling north to San Francisco or Santa Barbara? Stop at Camarillo Premium Outlets. Top designer brand stores (Coach, DKNY, Kate Spade, Karl Lagerfeld Paris to name a few) offer their creations at factory prices.

Need a second wind? Godiva, Starbucks and other luxurious ways to refresh are available.

If you’re staying in LA, you’ll probably visit the ever-famous Santa Monica Pier. Venture south to Venice to see the ginormous binoculars that stand in front of Google headquarters. (340 Main Street) Hang a left on Sunset Avenue and cruise past Gold’s Gym. It’s the workout place for world famous body builders, plus celebs from the sports and entertainment worlds. (Become a member; you’ll spot more than one or two stars.)

Across from Gold’s Gym, stands a plain Jane building at 320 Sunset Avenue. Don’t let appearances fool you.  Open the door and enter Bon Appetit recommended Gjusta Bakery. The restaurant / take-away joint bursts with ambience and yumminess! Gjusta is also a great place to people watch. It seems to be the happening place du jour. And the rendezvous spot of the cool kids of every age.  Despite its notoriety, order anything from the Gjusta menu and you’ll never be disappointed. Seasonal baked goods (lemon loaf slices, rhubarb pies) to savory California-style salads and sandwiches are all made with Mom’s loving homemade touch combined with the skills of Top Chef graduates.

Wishing you delicious travels in Southern California!