Randy’s Summery Recipes

Randy’s Summery Recipes

By Randy Graham

Hot fun in the summertime! I remember my summer of 1969 very clearly. I was 18 and had just graduated high school. I had also just gotten my driver’s license and could hardly wait to go to the beach with my friend Ron.

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Farm Stand Fans

Farm Stand Fans

Ojai’s country roads offer fresh-picked produce — and nostalgia for simpler times

By Hannah Little
All photos by Misty Hall

the Ojai Valley citrus trees bulge with juicy and delicious oranges, lemons, and Pixie tangerines. But thanks to the valley’s ideal growing conditions, you can find fresh fruit year-round in this corner of Ventura County.

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Central Coast Blacksmith melds old-world skill with modern-day art

Central Coast Blacksmith melds old-world skill with modern-day art

By Marlowe Hast
Photos by Hans Duss

The blacksmith trade dates back to 1500 BC. The craft has evolved dramatically since then, and pieces forged today in 2,000-degree heat have changed from simply utilitarian metalwork to works of art.

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On the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail

On the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail

Story and photos by Katherine McMahon

Years ago when I worked in Beverly Hills, my best friend Stacy would convince me to escape to wine country on our days off. She was a lover of life, laughter, and good wine, and got me out of my shell when I just wanted to be a sloth at home. Together we would drive up Highway 101, stop for the night in the Santa Ynez Valley, and spend the next day driving country roads, visiting wineries all afternoon, and finish with dinner at the Hitching Post to talk about our favorite moments.

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Summer Break at the Lake

Summer Break at the Lake

By Misty Hall

Central Coast lakes hold some of my best childhood memories. I think back to bathing suits worn all day, accessorized with fishing poles, wakeboards, and s’mores … eating messy popsicles, and riding bikes with a gang of friends … beating my dad in gin rummy while listening to classic rock on the radio … these were the moments I waited for all year long.

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