Amici Trattoria and Recess in Glendale, CA

I spent a few days in L.A. last month. Spent some time with the family, went to a couple of restaurants. We had lunch at Recess in Glendale. It’s right down the street from my brother’s house and he goes there all the time so I wanted to try it. I started with some nice […]

Things to do in L.A.- visit history

Do like the locals and stay out of the tourist traps! Captions are links. One of the things I like to do when visiting is check out lots of old stuff- buildings, restaurants, neighborhoods. Most of the time I just drive around but since L.A. is so huge, you can check out some of the […]

Our budget-friendly Colorado Springs kitchen renovation for less than $5,000

  We bought our house as a HUD foreclosure in early 2011, and it had some issues. The kitchen was kind of a mess. It didn’t have any appliances except for the dishwasher. It had some old metal cabinets that had been painted with house paint. Junky baseboards, crappy laminate countertop, particleboard “backsplash,” peeling lead-based […]

Four Los Angeles cafes

I went to a bunch of really good restaurants when I was in L.A. over Christmas. First was Elements Kitchen Cafe in Pasadena. They have a great fresh menu. There are only about four tables in the tiny space, but a whole bunch of them outside on the sidewalk and behind the restaurant on a […]