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Psycho on the Road: Date Shakes at Shields (Indio, CA)

Phoenix has been a longtime hub for my family. My uncle moved there before I was born, so it was the regular vacation destination for my immediate family. With my aunt in California, it also proved to be a good meeting place for my extended family. Traditions and travel routines have morphed over the years, but Phoenix continues to be a spot that draws in both my immediate and extended family members. Coming from Michigan, my nuclear family always flew, but my aunt and her family (the Kayes) in Los Angeles were able to drive. They made those drives sound […]

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Psycho on the Road: Brothers Sushi (Woodland Hills, CA)

I was recently back in California, despite being out here for ten days in April.  After a couple of months back in Colorado, I had to once again scratch my West Coast itch, so I booked a ticket to see my aunt and uncle for the fourth of July weekend.  In April, my friend Jean and I breezed through their neck of the woods on our coastal road trip for one night.  The trip, while thoroughly enjoyable, proved to me that I am overall more of a Southern California girl, as opposed to a Northern California girl.  On our single […]

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Psycho on the Road: Mex (Bloomfield Hills, MI)

I have just returned to Colorado after a brief sojourn home to my native Detroit.  Well, I suppose referring to home as “Detroit” is a bit of a stretch, as I grew up about 20 minutes outside of the city, but even Metro Detroiters have a distinctive edge that is a result of existing near the blighted, battered (yet still magnificent) Motor City.  The concept of home always comes with distinct tastes, no matter who you are or where you’re from, but I think I can almost objectively say that Detroit has some seriously delicious eats.  It’s always a delight […]

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Psycho on the Road: Eureka, CA

Last stop in California: Eureka.  I can’t explain articulately why I wanted to go to Eureka so badly.  The decision was partially impacted by the mystique of Humboldt Bay.  If you’ve never studied it on a map, I think it’s worth looking up.  It’s a big bay with a tiny inlet.  Also, it’s the namesake for Humboldt Fog goat cheese, and we all know I’m a cheese fiend.  Additionally, I wanted to see the greatest giants of the Redwoods, and I figured it would be a good idea to aim for the Northern end of the state, and Eureka is […]

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Psycho on the Road: Fort Bragg, CA

Our time in Bodega Bay yielded itself to a winding drive up the coast, and a brief stop in Mendocino.  It felt a little too much like Boulder, which I more than get my fill of, so we kept moving north to Fort Bragg.  We were seeking inexpensive shelter, and the Internet lead us to a place called the Pine Beach Inn.  I immediately called for availability, and spoke to the “concierge,” who informed me that they did indeed have space, but she was very busy, and I would need to call back or she could call me  back in […]

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Psycho on the Road: Bodega Bay, CA

The only way I can justify the point to which I am overeating is by blogging about it.  That gives the illusion of there being a higher purpose to all this excessive intake of food and drink.  Last night, we stayed in Bodega Bay, which was a quiet little bayside town, where Hitchcock filmed “The Birds.”  It rained all night, which allowed for the best night’s sleep that I’ve had since being on the road.  In the morning, I had lots of blogging to catch up on, and I wandered down the street into a little coffee shop, providing me […]

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Psycho on the Road: Asian Street Food (Mill Valley, CA)

Thursday was an eventful day, despite spending the majority of the day in the car.  We left Big Sur, after having the complete local experience the previous evening at our motel bar.  We befriended a woman named Zosia, a stunningly beautiful local gardener, whom I am certain secretly runs Big Sur.  The next thing we knew, a gaggle of local Big Sur residents were swarming around us, competing for our attention.  After too many drinks during this incident, we were ready to book it out of town the next morning.  We stopped in downtown Monterey to have breakfast burritos packed […]

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Psycho on the Road: Nepenthe (Big Sur, CA)

Nepenthe seems to have somewhat of a mythical aura.  Dating back to 1949, the restaurant and bar is perched on a bluff over the Pacific Ocean in the heart of Big Sur, with a delectable view.  It has a relatively small, but meticulous menu; everything is fairly expensive and flawlessly executed.  My friend, Jean, and I arrived at Nepenthe on a sparkling afternoon after about 24 hours of rain.  In the aftermath of the rain, Big Sur glowed both blue and green, and we were ready to sink our teeth into the scenery and some great good.  We arrived at […]

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Psycho on the Road: Nachos, Grits, and Greens (Big Sur, CA)

My grandfather passed away on Tuesday morning; he was 95 years old.  While this can hardly be described as tragic, there is a lot of sadness and emotion around the loss of life, even for a man who had more than abundant time on this earth.  Not only was his life full in terms of its longevity, but his also accomplishments, and the love he felt for his wife and family.  After a few years of steady decline, it happened seemingly quickly Tuesday morning.  I was sitting at my aunt’s kitchen table in Los Angeles when I heard the news, […]

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Psycho on the Road: Yucking It Up at Monty’s Steakhouse (Los Angeles, CA)

I am currently in the midst of a massive Western exodus with a dear friend: a multi-state, 10 day, old fashioned road trip, with a focus on the California coast.  After blowing through Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and Nevada, our first stop in California was in Laguna Beach, where we were warmly welcomed into my friend’s mother’s beachside apartment.  After all of that driving, we enjoyed a great conversation, a few (i.e. many) drinks, and roasted vegetable pizza with our gracious host.  We then slept peacefully as the waves lapped the shore beneath our sacred, waterfront nest.  In the morning, we […]

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