more about: California

The giving season: How one California restaurant chain is making a difference

It takes a village … or maybe just a restaurant. Back in 2009, Tender Greens, a “fine casual” chain based in Culver City, California, began hiring teens who were too old for foster care but far from independence. In 2012, the company launched what it calls the Sustainable Life Project: an internship program for such kids that goes way beyond teaching them to cook. In a six-month stint, interns work in a Tender Greens kitchen, go on field trips to farms, learn how to manage […]

Free admission to the West’s state parks on Black Friday

This Black Friday, instead of squeezing yourself into crowded malls, download a free pass to see the redwoods up close and person. What a perfect day to trot that turkey off. 

The best craft-beer road trip

It took a Westerner, of course, to come up with the algorithmically perfected road trip that stops at the top 72 breweries in the country, as named by the experts at the website RateBeer.

Where to go this weekend: Temecula, CA

Fairy-tale vineyards, farm-to-table eateries, and hot-air balloon adventures elevate this emerging SoCal wine region.