EXEAT

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The Eatalian Group has three locations and the hidden gem is exEat located in Gardena, California. From the outside you would think you’re in the wrong place. The very industrial location and bars on the darkened windows imply “keep moving”. But the inside is completely different. A large space features an impressive espresso bar, gelato and pastry counter. Seating all around is casual and bright. Best of the all, the food is legit Italian and very affordable. It is quite a drive from Redondo Beach, but we’ll be back again. I’m taking my parents here since 40+ years ago they lived blocks from this area.

CONCERTS IN THE PARK

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What do local Southern California residents do in the summer? One must-do activity is attend some of the many free concerts in the park. Among the most popular in the South Bay is Manhattan Beach’s concert series held every Sunday night at Pollywog Park. This week Colour My World Tribute to Chicago was on stage. I am sure I would have enjoyed the music, but most of the concert was spent talking with friends and supervising the kids as they wanted to run around the playgrounds.

DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL

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Dragon boat racing started in southern China over 2000 years ago and is now quite a popular amateur sport. One of the largest dragon boat competitions in California is held every year in Long Beach. In addition to the races, the festival offers dance performances and delicious food. What we were not prepared for was the calm water “beach” which our girls were immediately drawn to despite not having bathing suits or towels. So next year we will be more prepared.

MORRO BAY

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One of our favorite places to visit on a road trip up north is Morro Bay. The quite impressive rock is the iconic landmark for this quaint beach town in Central California.
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Our daughters LOVE the beach, so when they had the opportunity to play in the calm waters of the bay they took it! You can spend the afternoon kayaking, paddle boarding or just sun bathing. Chloe and Keira gathered shells. The water is cold, but they didn’t mind.

FERNDELL NATURE PARK

This is a perfect hidden gem near Griffith Park. The trail is easy and shaded and parts of it boarder a stream filled with crawfish, guppies, turtles and other cool creatures. There is even a small playground and cafe.
This hidden gem near Griffith Park is great for kids! The trail is easy and shaded and parts of it boarder a stream filled with crawfish, guppies, turtles and other cool creatures. There is even a small playground and cafe along the path.

YES WAY ROSÉ ROSES

Sugarfina makes the most awesome rosé gummies. They are so good, there's a WAITLIST. But trust me it is worth it. Now I must keep Keira from eating my entire stash.
Sugarfina makes the most awesome rosĂ© gummies. Made with Whispering Angel RosĂ©, they are so good there’s a WAITLIST. But trust me it is worth it. Now what could top this? How about…
Bubbly Bears
Champagne gummy bears made with Dom PĂ©rignon! They come with or without the sugar crystals. I bought both just to make sure they’re legit.