The Rye Truck

Did you know that stressed spelled backwards is desserts? When I have a long day ahead of me, I love to start my mornings on a sweet note. However, as a firm believer in eating healthy, how do I justi...

DŌ, Cookie Dough Confections

What would you do for New York’s best cookie dō? Would you wait in one of New York’s infamously long lines? Would you take a car, train and subway in one day? I would, I did and here’s why you ...

Alfred’s Tea Room

Tea for two & two for tea! No, this isn’t a tribute to Doris Day and her 1950’s hit “Tea for Two”…this is a tribute to really good tea. As my Jeffrey Campbell booties clunked along t...

Five Leaves

This week’s Secret of SoCal is Five Leaves. As I strolled along the cracked sidewalk on a muggy, Sunday afternoon, I felt dubious that I would get a table at the trendy brunch spot… New York b...

Magnolia Bakery

There is no better way to celebrate the end of a work week than with a cupcake or some banana pudding! As I walked along 49th street on this muggy afternoon, I eagerly approached my destination and th...

Bagels and Brew

Today’s Secret of SoCal is Bagels and Brew! Bagels and Brew was just your typical café until last weekend when they released a new bagel, the Unicorn Bagel, and overnight became SoCal’s...

Grateful for Gratitude

“Why are you grateful today?” A simple question, yet one that caught me completely off guard. This is one of the many routine “questions of the day” that our waitress, Sabrina, and other staff...

Joan’s on Third

Here at Secrets of SoCal, we (and by ‘we’ I really just mean ‘I’) strive to provide honest testaments about trending and adventurous locations around SoCal. So when I tell you that I ...

Goodbye Starbucks & Hello Philz Coffee

Someone wise once told me, “you will never find the right if you do not let go of the wrong.” In other words, goodbye Starbucks and helloooo Philz Coffee! This week’s Secret of SoCal is Philz Co...

Wine About It.

I’m not trying to wine about the cold weather in California, I am just trying to find adventurous things to do in the rain! Last weekend, I found the perfect rainy day activity that everyone (21 an...