Category Archive: US

Jul 30

Do Your Travel Plans Always Work Out?

How many times have you created a travel plan, only to have it fall apart? Now I’m making travel intentions rather than travel plans.

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Jul 14

Camels, Street Art, and Famous Residents of Venice Beach

Venice Beach has always been this side of skuzzy and although two decades have passed since I first encountered this iconic Californian beach town it hasn’t improved much. I lived in different parts of this Los Angeles enclave over the years. Initially, I sublet a cramped one bedroom apartment that three of us shared for a …

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Feb 27

Another visit to Van Gogh’s Bedroom

A visit to the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena to view Van Gogh’s bedroom on loan from the Chicago Art Institute.

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Feb 07

Life Lesson: Avoid the DMV on a Monday Morning

Monday Morning diet of government bureaucracy and paying for the privilege of eating up my day. How I got my buttons pushed at the DMV.

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Jan 17

Weekend House Sitting with a Velcro Dog

Our latest dog sitting charge was a 1 year old Vizsla named Shogi, all she wanted to do was play catch and be loved. If only life were that simple for all of us.

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Dec 25

A Christmas Tradition: Perog or Coulibiac?

We’ve been cooking this dishes for subsequent Christmas Dinners, and just discovered it has a name: A Perog or maybe a Coulibiac?

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Nov 19

Remembering the Events of 9/11 in New York

No trip to New York is complete without a trip to the 9/11 Museum and Memorial. It’s tasteful, thoughtful, and inspiring.

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Nov 17

View of New York from the Top of the Rock

Autumn is the best time to take a trip up to the Top of the Rock, the Observation deck in the Rockefeller Center, to get a colourful view of Central Park.

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Nov 14

The end of the Line for Coney Island

Photo Essay of our out-of-season trip to Coney Island for a Boardwalk stroll and voyeurs view of Luna Amusement Park, Brooklyn.

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Nov 13

Subway Therapy Wall at Union Square NYC

The Union Square Therapy wall in NYC is the brainchild of Matthew “Levee” Chavez as a way for New Yorkers to get their thoughts and fears off their chest.

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Nov 12

RIP Empire Diner NYC

Back in ’89/’90 we had many a leisurely brunch and hurried late night snack at the Empire Diner in West Chelsea .. so it was with heavy heart that I discovered its demise during a Sunday Stroll in the old neighbourhood.

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Nov 10

The colours of Autumn in Montclair

Changing of the Seasons Growing up it wasn’t unusual to be blind to the beauty of the colours of autumn. They seasons came and went and after the novelty that was present in childhood faded, it was easy to just view the leaves falling to the ground as a sign that another cold winter was just …

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Nov 09

Oh America … I’ve missed your bagels

It didn’t take us long to discover a delicious bagel shop in Upper Montclair NJ, for a trip down memory lane with an egg bagel.

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Jan 31

Josh Reviews Obscure Gems & the Worst Movies of 2015

You’ve been waiting for this moment and here it is – Josh “The Movie Squabblers” Obscure Gems and and Bottom 5 movies of 2015.

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Dec 02

Excess Luggage at LAX to Luxury in Istanbul

Leaving LAX with excess baggage, and arriving in the lap of luxury at the Elite World Business Hotel in Istanbul for our first night of our new life in Turkey.

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Nov 30

Packing up and leaving Los Angeles

After 17 years living the LA dream, we sold, gave away and donated our belongings to start a new life in Turkey. Our life was whittled down to 11 pieces of luggage and two sleep deprived travelers.

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Oct 19

A poetic take on clutter and stuff

“Why do we hoard, and leave clutter untouched, When all that we need just isn’t that much.” The decluttering process inspired a poem about getting rid of your stuff, and starting a new journey. Includes a Pinnable image.

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Sep 16

US Background Checks for House Sitting

Find out how to request a Police or FBI background check if your home owner is requesting an additional level of security before they engage you as a house sitter.

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Sep 13

Spicy Pineapple Salsa with Pul Biber

Here’s my tried and tested SIMPLE recipe for Spicy Pineapple Salsa with Pul Biber. It’s a creative way to incorporate this hot Turkish spice into a fresh and fruity salsa.

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Aug 26

Half Moon Bay 4th of July Parade Photo Album

Photo Album of the 2015 Half Moon Bay 4th of July Parade. See the cast of characters parading down Main Street for the annual parade to celebrate the Independence from us Brits! I kept my accent firmly under wraps!

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Aug 19

Killing time before the Half Moon Bay 4th of July Parade

Killing Time before & after Half Moon Bay 4th of July Parade I went Horse Riding, ate at Main Street Diner and walked the dogs in El Granada’s Quarry Park. Head to Vista Point for a panoramic view of Pillar Point Harbour and Mavaricks Beach.

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Aug 12

Fitzgerald Marine Reserve at Moss Beach

Fitzgerald Marine Reserve is just north of Half Moon Bay. It’s famous for it’s tide pools and Seal Cove Beach. The best time to visit is low tide.

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Aug 05

A Stroll Down Half Moon Bay Main Street

I took a Stroll Down Half Moon Bay Main Street when I was dog sitting in Northern California. It’s a quaint old town, and it’s easy to see it’s mass appeal

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Jul 30

Point Montara Lighthouse & Cove Beach

Point Montara Lighthouse is nestled between San Francisco and Half Moon Bay. The Coast Guard Quarters are now a hostel for cheap California Accommodation.

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Jul 20

Dog Sitting in Northern California

I went housesitting in Northern California near Half Moon Bay looking after 2 adorable dogs. We had plenty of walks along Montara State beach in the sun and during the fog, which seems pretty prevalent this time of year.

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May 21

LA Screening for the Wireless Generation

Wireless Generation trailer from creators Drew and Christine from Almost Fearless. This travel blogging duo created a KickStarter project to showcase other bloggers and professionals who are global nomads and chasing their dreams in distant lands.

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Apr 27

Don’t let Clutter hold you back

If you have too much clutter in your life, there’s no room to chase your dreams. So get rid of it and start a new life with the help of the Declutter Clinic

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Feb 19

Josh Reviews Hollywood: 5 Worst Movies of 2014

To follow on from Josh’s review of the Special Mentions and Obscure Gems for 2014, and the 10 Best Movies of 2014 we’re scraping the bottom of the barrel and the Movie Squabbler is reviewing the 5 Worst Movies of 2014.

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Feb 09

Josh Reviews Hollywood: 10 Best Movies of 2014

Josh Reviews Hollywood’s 2014 Best Movies of the Year. As we run up to the Oscars take a look at some of the films that caught his attention. Read his Top 10 Best Movies of 2014.

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Feb 03

Josh Reviews Hollywood: Special Mention & Obscure Gems

Once again guest blogger Josh Reviews Hollywood: with his list of Special Mention & Obscure Gems. Did you watch these movies that made an impact in 2014?

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