Want Some Candy? Visit Sweet Offerings Confectionary in Cambria, California!

Want Some Candy?

Visit Sweet Offerings Confectionary in Cambria, California!

While wandering around downtown Cambria we found a sweet candy shop!

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Sweet Offerings Confectionary in Cambria, California

NOTE: I’m a sucker for candy! And I love chocolate! So how could I not walk in to a little shop named Sweet Offerings Confectionary? And I’m really glad I did!

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Sweet Offerings Confectionary in Cambria, California

They offer a “FREE TASTE OF FUDGE” as bait to reel you in the door…

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Sweet Offerings Confectionary in Cambria, California

We tried a taste of the vanilla fudge and a taste of the chocolate fudge. We were also given a “on sale Easter egg” robin’s egg maltball to try and then a pretzel stick dipped in caramel dipped in milk chocolate was offered when we mentioned we were a travel writer.

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Sweet Offerings Confectionary in Cambria, California

Everything we tasted was delicious! And everyone should try the chocolate caramel pretzel stick (we let it get a little soft, but not melty, by leaving it on the car seat at the beach).

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Sweet Offerings Confectionary in Cambria, California

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The fudge and some of the chocolates are handmade on the premises, and other chocolates and the hard candies are from outside vendors. They have a nice collection of “Old Time Candies” that are sometimes hard to find and a lot of great gift items too.

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2 Kinds of Fudge (sea salt caramel & rocky road), a milk chocolate honeycomb and a sour apple hard candy stick (watermelon stick not pictured)

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Pretzel stick dipped in caramel dipped in milk chocolate for FREE!

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We bought 2 Kinds of Fudge (sea salt caramel & rocky road), a milk chocolate honeycomb and 2 hard candy sticks (sour apple & watermelon) for $15.43
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It’s FUN to be a kid in a candy store!

Big Thanks to Jan the owner for being so friendly and for the freebie. If you’re in Cambria we recommend you visit Sweet Offerings Confectionary!

Sweet Offerings Confectionary4070 Burton Drive #2, Cambria, CA 93428
805-927-9300 www.sweetofferingscandy.com

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Joy Flavor Summer Brunch at Madera Kitchen in Hollywood

Joy Flavor Summer Brunch

I got invited to a “Tasting Party” at Madera Kitchen in Hollywood!

Thursday, noon, Hollywood, Cahuenga & Franklin, street parking!

Madera Kitchen

Madera Kitchen on Cahuenga Blvd in Hollywood

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They offered hosted valet, which is always great, but I found a spot on Franklin and walked half a block to the restaurant. The party was called for noon, so I arrived at noon.

Madera Kitchen

Madera Kitchen

Madera Kitchen

Madera Kitchen – pretty flower centerpieces on the tables

They weren’t quite ready at noon, and I discovered it was also a tasting party for Joy Flavor, a flavored vaping oil company. The patio was set for a lot of people and they were setting up the vape table, with hand held vape pens filled with Joy Flavor oils.

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Madera Kitchen – setting up the umbrella on the patio

Madera Kitchen

Madera Kitchen – Patio dining with a few other “on time” guests.

Madera Kitchen

Madera Kitchen – Patio

Madera Kitchen

Madera Kitchen – Joy Flavor vaping oil tasting table

It was warm and humid on the patio (because the enclosure has no breeze or air flow and the sunroof is transparent), so I went inside and sat at the bar where it was cooler. They gave me 2 drink tickets, which I redeemed for Toast vodka & pineapple juice cocktails made by Tiffany, the beautiful and friendly bartender. I asked her if she wanted to make small talk and she said yes. We talked about where she was from, Arizona, her music, Urban Pop, China, her cute dogs, her tattoos and the two featured drinks they were offering at the brunch while I was waiting for the food.

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Madera Kitchen – Tiffany tending the Bar inside

Brunch at Madera Kitchen

Brunch at Madera Kitchen – Toast vodka and pineapple juice cocktail

Madera Kitchen

Madera Kitchen – the Bar inside

They were offering these featured drinks. Tiffany gave me a taste of the Blue Coup, which was too sweet for me, and then we discussed the pros and cons of lavender in a cocktail. (Tastes like the way my Grandma used to smell…I am not a fan of lavender in my drink)

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Madera Kitchen – featured drinks for the event

They have an interesting drink menu and a selection of wines by the glass and beer on tap in addition to their full bar. I originally wanted a Bloody Mary to drink, but there wasn’t any mix on Thursday although they have them for brunch on the weekend. I was also disappointed that they don’t have Stolichnaya vodka.

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Madera Kitchen

Madera Kitchen – Drinks, Wines and Beer menu

Madera Kitchen

Madera Kitchen – Try the wine.

The interior is an open “L” shaped space with simple decor. the bar runs the length of the long wall and the dining/seating area is furnished with booth seating and movable tables and chairs.

Madera Kitchen

Madera Kitchen

Because this is Los Angeles, when you call an event for noon, most people show up at 1:30 or later. So there was a long time waiting before the food was served and it wasn’t very crowded for the first hour and a half. They served the dishes “family style”, and I shared the food plates with one other person.

On the Menu:

Brunch at Madera Kitchen

Brunch at Madera Kitchen

Blueberry pancakes with orange curd, berries and whipped cream fraiche:

Brunch at Madera Kitchen

Brunch at Madera Kitchen

Crepes a la Carbonara with applewood smoked bacon, crepe linguini, cream, topped with egg yolk and pecorino:

Brunch at Madera Kitchen

Brunch at Madera Kitchen

Endive Salad with arugula, candied pistachios, blood orange, buttermilk and blue cheese

Brunch at Madera Kitchen

Brunch at Madera Kitchen

Cinnamon Donuts on a bed of marscapone and mixed berry sauce:

Brunch at Madera Kitchen

Brunch at Madera Kitchen

The food was good. I enjoyed the pancakes, pasta and donuts very much. I’m not a big fan of arugula or blue cheese, so the salad not so much. But it was a nice salad if you like the ingredients and my new dining friend said that it was good.

When I received the invite, I thought it was a promotional event for the restaurant. Surprise! Turns out it was also a promotional event for JOY FLAVOR! Flavored vaping oils in many different fun flavors!

Now the disclaimer: I don’t vape. I’m fine with you vaping if you want to. I’m fine with you vaping flavored oils with or without tobacco. I hate cigarettes! I hate cigarette smoke! Vaping is “reasonable” alternative to cigarettes, if you think so.

So, Joy Flavor set up a vaping oil tasting table, with vaporizers filled with the different flavors that had removable plastic “nipples” for each taster. However, it appeared to be a communal sharing event with the vape pens being handled and sampled by a lot of people. I decided not to partake in the vaping, but I did take pictures.

Madera Kitchen

Madera Kitchen – Joy Flavor assortment of flavored gaping oils

Madera Kitchen

Madera Kitchen – Joy flavor tasting table with vaping pens, “nipples” and promo swag

Madera Kitchen

Madera Kitchen – Joy Flavor vaping oil tasting table

Madera Kitchen

Madera Kitchen – Joy Flavor vaping oil tasting table

And they were nice and gave everyone a gift bag! There were three little bottles of Joy Flavor flavored vaping oil, 2 promo swag key rings and a promo t-shirt in the promo bag.

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Madera Kitchen – Joy Flavor gift bag

It was a nice lunch. A couple free drinks. I met some nice people and was introduced to Madera Kitchen, Joy Flavor and the PR Company that produced the event. I had a good time and it was a pleasant way to spend a Thursday afternoon.

NOTE: I want to go back and try their regular dinner menu.

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Ignition Gallery and Ala Kalika Rugs & Lamps in Ashland, Oregon

Ignition Gallery and Ala Kalika Rugs & Lamps in Ashland, Oregon

“In the Tiki! Tiki! Tiki! Tiki! Tiki Room!” All photos copyright 2015 JoshWillTravel.

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Ignition Gallery

Ignition Gallery

A very cool retail gift store specializing in Tiki “kitsch”, mugs, Hawaiian shirts, art, tropical decor, rugs & lamps and other stuff:

Ala Kalika Rugs & Lamps

Ala Kalika Rugs & Lamps

Ignition Gallery

Ignition Gallery

Ignition Gallery

Ignition Gallery – musical instruments and a light up glass and pink flamingo

Ignition Gallery - Tiki Mugs

Ignition Gallery – Tiki Mugs! Not cheap.

Ignition Gallery

Ignition Gallery – Gift stuff. Not cheap.

Ignition Gallery

Ignition Gallery – Hawaiian Shirts (Mostly new, not vintage)

Ignition Gallery

Ignition Gallery – Wall art and other stuff.

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Ala Kalika Rugs & Lamps

Ala Kalika Rugs & Lamps

Ala Kalika Rugs & Lamps

Ala Kalika Rugs & Lamps

Ala Kalika Rugs & Lamps

Ala Kalika Rugs & Lamps

Ala Kalika Rugs & Lamps

Ala Kalika Rugs & Lamps

Ala Kalika Rugs & Lamps

Ala Kalika Rugs & Lamps

Ala Kalika Rugs & Lamps

Ala Kalika Rugs & Lamps

Ala Kalika Rugs & Lamps

Ala Kalika Rugs & Lamps

Ala Kalika Rugs & Lamps

Ala Kalika Rugs & Lamps

Ala Kalika Rugs & Lamps

Ala Kalika Rugs & Lamps

Ala Kalika Rugs & Lamps

Ala Kalika Rugs & Lamps

Ala Kalika Rugs & Lamps

Ala Kalika Rugs & Lamps

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Ala Kalika Rugs & Lamps

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Flower of Life Crystal Gallery in Ashland, Oregon

Flower of Life Crystal Gallery in Ashland, Oregon

This store rocks! All photos copyright 2015 JoshWillTravel.

Who doesn’t like crystals? Here’s a retail store devoted just to crystals, rocks and jewelry:

Flower of Life Crystal Gallery - Ashland, Oregon

Flower of Life Crystal Gallery – Ashland, Oregon

Flower of Life Crystal Gallery - Ashland, Oregon

Flower of Life Crystal Gallery – Ashland, Oregon

Flower of Life Crystal Gallery - Ashland, Oregon

Flower of Life Crystal Gallery – Ashland, Oregon

Flower of Life Crystal Gallery - Ashland, Oregon

Flower of Life Crystal Gallery – Ashland, Oregon

Flower of Life Crystal Gallery - Ashland, Oregon

Flower of Life Crystal Gallery – Ashland, Oregon

Flower of Life Crystal Gallery - Ashland, Oregon

Flower of Life Crystal Gallery – Ashland, Oregon

Flower of Life Crystal Gallery - Ashland, Oregon

Flower of Life Crystal Gallery – Ashland, Oregon

Flower of Life Crystal Gallery - Ashland, Oregon

Flower of Life Crystal Gallery – Ashland, Oregon

Flower of Life Crystal Gallery - Ashland, Oregon

Flower of Life Crystal Gallery – Ashland, Oregon

Flower of Life Crystal Gallery - Ashland, Oregon

Flower of Life Crystal Gallery – Ashland, Oregon

Flower of Life Crystal Gallery - Ashland, Oregon

Flower of Life Crystal Gallery – Ashland, Oregon

Flower of Life Crystal Gallery - Ashland, Oregon

Flower of Life Crystal Gallery – Ashland, Oregon

Flower of Life Crystal Gallery - Ashland, Oregon

Flower of Life Crystal Gallery – Ashland, Oregon

Flower of Life Crystal Gallery - Ashland, Oregon

Flower of Life Crystal Gallery – Ashland, Oregon

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TGIF! Friday’s word of the day is FREE!

FREE!!! (the word of the day and today is Friday)

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1. ENJOYING PERSONAL RIGHTS OR LIBERTY
2. pertaining to or reserved for those who enjoy personal liberty
3. existing under, characterized by, or possessing civil and political liberties
4. enjoying political independence
5. exempt from external authority, interference, restriction, etc.; independent, unfettered
6. able to do something at will; at liberty
7. not subject to special regulations, restrictions, duties, etc.
8. NOT SUBJECT TO RULES, set forms, etc.
9. clear of obstructions or obstacles
10. not occupied or in use

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11. exempt or released from something specified that controls, restraints, burdens, etc.
12. having immunity or being safe
13. that may be used by or is open to all
14. engaged in by all present
15. unimpeded, as motion or movement
16. loose, not held fast; unattached
17. not joined to or in contact with something else
18. frank and open; unconstrained or familiar
19. unrestrained by decency, loose and licentious

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20. ready in giving; liberal; lavish
21. given readily or in profusion; unstinted
22. given without consideration of a return, as a gift
23. PROVIDED WITHOUT, OR NOT SUBJECT TO, A CHARGE OR PAYMENT

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24. at liberty to enter and enjoy at will
25. traveling without power; under no force except that of gravity or inertia
26. WITHOUT COST OR CHARGE
27. to exempt or deliver
28. to relieve or rid
29. to disengage; clear

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07-JUL-13: San Antonio Winery est. 1917 – Downtown Los Angeles

San Antonio Winery est. 1917 – Downtown Los Angeles

San Antonio Winery est. 1917 - Downtown Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

San Antonio Winery est. 1917 – Downtown Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

 

 

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Shameless Plug: Roy’s Restaurant – Hawaiian Fusion!

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Nowhere else will you find a culinary experience quite like the flavors, textures and colors found in Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine. Combining the freshest local ingredients with European sauces and bold Asian spices, each creation leaves you with the feeling that you’ve just found paradise.Roy’s restaurants feature the finest seafood, with a focus on delicacies from the oceans surrounding Hawaii. Tonight you may find Ono, Opakapaka and Onaga in addition to an array of hand-cut meats, sushi and fresh shellfish—not to mention an award-winning wine list that was designed to perfectly enhance every meal.Chef Roy has created many signature dishes that have become international favorites through the years. Many of these are featured on our menus throughout the country in addition to the uniquely designed offerings created by our local Chef partners, each of whom has been trained under the tutelage of Roy Yamaguchi himself.