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Ojai Travel Diary

WHERE WE STAYED: Ojai Valley Inn is an Ojai staple. The grounds are gorgeous and sprawling, and because it was around the holidays, it was decorated with a pumpkin patch! I cannot tell you how much joy and buzz and excitement I experience around the holidays here in the states, how much I appreciate that American enthusiasm for festivities, and how happy that makes my idealistic little heart.  I couldn’t tell you the first thing about the golf course, other…

Mirage | Palm Springs Travel Diary

The other week, I spent a balmy Sunday out at Palm Springs. Palm Springs is a super convenient two hour drive from Los Angeles, while serving up a completely different laid-back desert vibe, and it was strategically chosen so that I would be able to make it to any unexpected acting auditions (read on to hear how that one back-fired 😉 ). There is a long-running joke within the acting community that if you are experiencing a slow season with…

Glen Oaks, Big Sur

Where the San Lucia mountains rise up out of the Pacific Ocean, the Pacific Coast Highway winds its way north through forest and along jagged rocks to San Francisco. Needing to get away from the hustle in LA for a bit, I spent Christmas among the redwoods, at Glen Oaks, a cluster of cabins, far from cell reception and decent internet. Progress as an actor is difficult to definitively measure, and I had had a difficult time adjusting to life…

Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman

On the recommendation that this place had amazing dessert pies, we decided to go see what the fuss was about. I personally love the idea of eating what is normally a savoury food item as dessert. There was a place in Newtown, Sydney called the Pie Tin where I used to get late night oreo pie when the craving struck, and this was the first time since then I’d heard of somewhere known for its pies. It was at least…