Camping and such by Paula

  Camping is one of the most popular forms of leisure and travel in the United States.  I’ve heard dozens of stories from friends about their camping experiences. It doesn’t even matter what time of the year it is! There are people who like to camp in the blistering cold snow, and others who like to embrace the hot dessert heat.  However, the most recognized form of camping would have to be in the woods, with big tall trees, lakes, mountains, hiking trails, and tents and sleeping bags.  Yet, I have lived in the United States for more than fourteen years and have never gone camping in my life.   I’ve always loved nature and would go hiking in Malibu whenever I had time.  But it wasn’t until now, that I’ve finally experienced my first American camping trip! How could I go camping without having any camping experience? Without any camping supplies?  Luckily, Escape Campervan made it extremely convenient and easy to go camping! Escape Campervan is a company that rents out customized vans that includes a queen size bed, a fully stocked kitchen (sink, stove, dishes, utensils, and REFRIGERATOR!), and everything that a person who has never gone camping (a noob) would ever need!  The company came to promote their vans to students studying English at EC Los Angeles and I was blown away at the packages they offer. An Escape Campervan representative named Phil offered a great deal for my friends and I for renting one of their vans. It was too good of an offer to pass up, so I made the decision to go camping for the first time ever! Phil suggested that my friends and I go to Big Sur and visit the Pfeiffer Beach! I Google’d it and it looked so amazing! Cool crisp skies, … Read more

Downtown Art Walk

Do you love art? Do you love food? Then join us every 2nd Thursday of the month to visit the Art Walk in Downtown LA! Downtown Art Walk is a monthly showcase and celebration of galleries, artists, restaurants, shops and small businesses. It is a self-guided tour located between intersections of 4th and 7th Street and Spring and Main Street in Downtown Los Angeles. The tour started in 2004 and now has over 50 galleries with over 25,000 people visiting every month! In comparison to Museums, the Downtown Art Walk is much more interactive and allows visitors to view art and art exhibits at their own pace while exploring the heart of LA. But wait! There’s more! The Downtown Art Walk also has FOOD TRUCKS! Food trucks are restaurants-on-wheels! It is a great way to explore the variety of ethnic food that LA offers with Angelinos’ flare and style! Sign up at the front desk today to visit this exciting event! Check out this picture from the Downtown Art Walk website!   http://downtownartwalk.org/downtown-artwalk/

Food Blog: Bay Cities Deli

Bay Cities (http://www.baycitiesitaliandeli.com/door/) makes some of the best Italian sandwiches in town! I didn’t discover it until recently and I am still mourning all the years that I lived without this deli in my life. Plus, you can eat there for under $10! How can you beat that? Read below some great advice by Elina Shatkin from the LA Weekly Blogs about what and how to order. “Bay Cities Deli makes two dozen sandwiches but the one for which they’re most famous, and justifiably so, is The Godmother. Stacked with no less than five kinds of cold cuts — that’d be Genoa salami, mortadella, coppacola, ham and prosciutto — and a slice of Provolone, the sandwich comes on dense, chewy, wonderful Italian bread. Should you get mustard and mayo on your sub? Purists will tell you — and we agree — NO! All it really needs is a dash of oil and vinegar. At Bay Cities, that means: order it with the works but ask for them to leave off the mayostard. You can get it small ($6.25) or large ($8.15), but even the “small” Godmother is a mother. It’s cool and salty, dense and filling, and definitely one of the better Italian subs in town.” (Psst… The Godmother is my favorite too!)