24th Street Café

City: Bakersfield, CA Address: 1415 24th St Date: July 26, 2015 Meal: Lunch Tales from my Travels: We left the Santa Clara area and headed southwest. My dad wanted to search for the site of U2’s Joshua tree in the Mojave desert as well as Death Valley. On our way, we stopped for lunch at Bakersfield. 24th Street Café is open for breakfast and lunch … Continue reading 24th Street Café

Banana Leaf

City: Milpitas, CA Address: McCarthy Ranch Market Place, 182 Ranch Dr Date: July 25, 2015 Meal: Dinner Tales from my Travels: It was a big day for me. It was the first professional football match I was attending after several years. It was an exciting one too (even though it was just part of the International Champions Cup): Barça vs. Manchester United. Even though my favorite … Continue reading Banana Leaf

Dishdash Middle Eastern Grill

City: Milpitas, CA Address: McCarthy Ranch Marketplace, 181 Ranch Dr Date: July 24, 2015 Meal: Dinner Tales from my Travels: This day was not particularly interesting. We basically drove all day to our hotel in the Santa Clara area. I was, of course, in charge of searching for a place to have dinner. I had several options but we decided for the Middle Eastern restaurant because … Continue reading Dishdash Middle Eastern Grill

29 Palms Inn

City: Twentynine Palms, CA Address: 73950 Inn Ave Date: July 23, 2015 Meal: Lunch & Dinner Tales from my travels: It was with somewhat of a heavy heart that I left the L.A. area and the city life behind after a wonderful day in Disneyland. We made our way through desert roads to the tiny town of Twentynine Palms. By the time we got to the … Continue reading 29 Palms Inn

Café Med

City: Los Angeles, California Address: 8615 W Sunset Blvd Date: July 21, 2015 Meal: Dinner Tales from my travels: I had a very good day finding the stars of my favorite (and not so favorite) celebrities on Hollywood Boulevard. We covered the Walk of Fame in its entirety even though I at first thought we weren’t going to. Then we drove to Sunset Boulevard. We … Continue reading Café Med

Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop

City: Los Angeles, California Address: 6201 Hollywood Blvd, Ste 120 Date: July 21, 2015 Meal: Lunch Tales from my travels: Finally, after hours of heavy city traffic we made it to Hollywood Boulevard. We left the car in a public parking and had lunch at a cute sandwich shop that was right by the parking. It is apparently a chain and have several locations in … Continue reading Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop

Aloha Steakhouse

City: Ventura, California Address: 364 S California St Date: July 20, 2015 Meal: Dinner Tales from my travels: After promenading through the delightful city of Santa Barbara and its wharf, we climbed back into the car and headed over to Ventura. After checking in at the hotel, my mom and  I went out to do the laundry (so much fun!) and returned for dinner. We … Continue reading Aloha Steakhouse


City: Santa Barbara, California Address: 209 E Canon Perdido Date: July 20, 2015 Meal: Lunch Tales from my travels: And so we arrived to the charming city of Santa Barbara. It was nothing like what I expected it to be. There was definitely a strong European influence and yet not European; it was unique in its own, indescribable way. I chose this restaurant, which boasted Lebanese … Continue reading Zaytoon

Manta Rey

City: San Simeon, California Address: 9240 Castillo Dr Date: July 19, 2015 Meal: Dinner Tales from my travels: To be perfectly honest, there isn’t much to do in San Simeon. It’s a tiny little town on the coast with a very poor internet connection (that’s another story). They do have the Hearst Castle, which we did not visit. We were also excited to see whales … Continue reading Manta Rey

Café Mare

City: Santa Cruz, California Address: 740 Front St Date: July 18, 2015 Meal: Lunch Tales from my travels: Having arrived at Santa Cruz, I was not much impressed by the unkempt streets and small buildings around our hotel. However, once we drove down to the beach my views changed completely. The boardwalk with its glittering amusement park, the beaches with beach volleyball courts, the wharf … Continue reading Café Mare