Author: Jackie Balestra

#OptOutside this Black Friday

November 29, 2019

Several years ago, REI decided spending time outdoors is more important than spending time shopping on Black Friday, so they give their employees the day off to #OptOutside.

We spend the majority of our time staring at screens… heck, you’re on one right now. But what if we looked up rather than down? Felt the cool breeze rustling through the trees rather than the cold slickness of our screens? More and more studies show the value of spending time outside. Not necessarily major excursions, but small jaunts to your local park, beach or wilderness area.

Happy Thanksgiving 2019!

November 28, 2019

Today, we give thanks….

I’ve mentioned before that Thanksgiving and the 4th of July are my favorite holidays….. maybe, because they’re uniquely American; maybe, because they revolve around family, friends and food; maybe, because it’s not about how much we spend; maybe, because I only cook a whole turkey once a year; maybe, because they both exemplify our desire for independence and freedom; maybe, because they remind us how much we have to be grateful for?

It’s all of that….AND, it’s a four day weekend! What’s not to love?!?

Thanksgiving Eve Party @ Hey 19

November 27, 2019

Silver: polished √
Glasses: sparkling √
Table cloth: wrinkle free √
Knives: sharpened √
Stuffing ingredients: chopped √
Pies: cooling √
Cranberry relish: stewing √
Turkey: brineing √

There’s nothing left to do tonight other than admire your handiwork…. and that will take all of three minutes.

Start a new tradition and head to Hey 19 for the annual Thanksgiving Eve Party featuring live music by Bishop’s Godmother.

Why should the turkey be the only one to get basted?

Hey 19 Public House is located at 4525 Calle Mayor, Torrance, CA 90505.

Lilly Swardstrom, PixelFish *ENCORE*

November 29, 2019


Listen to The South Bay Show: Manhattan Beach Chamber 360!

Our guest is Lilly Swardstrom, President of PixelFish and this morning, we’ll discuss what PixelFish does and the importance of quality content creation and the use of video in marketing. We’ll also learn what Lilly has done to be chosen as the Chamber Member of the Year award recipient at this year’s Best of Manhattan!

Listen to the program live at 8 a.m. or at your leisure

Nicola Lowrey, Medical Aestetics *ENCORE*

November 28, 2019


Listen to The South Bay Show: South Bay Spotlight!

Our guest is Nicola Lowrey, an NCCPA Board Certified Physician Assistant and this morning, we’re going to learn about the latest and hottest techniques in Medical Aesthetics and how Nicola can make you look your best. Don’t forget, the holiday season is just around the corner and you want to look fabulous!

Listen to the program at 8 a.m. or at your leisure

Free Holiday Parking in Hermosa Beach

November 26, 2019

To help you stay local and enjoy all of the festive events Hermosa Beach has to offer, the City of Hermosa Beach is offering FREE on-street parking in the commercial areas (at marked meters).

This year’s holiday parking program will begin Wednesday, November 27 and last through Wednesday, December 25.

Shop, eat and entertain locally in Hermosa Beach with family and friends this holiday season!

Final Days for The Great Pumpkin Hunt!

November 25, 2019

Can you believe how quickly November has flown by?!? And with it goes the chance to take on The Great Pumpkin Hunt at the South Coast Botanic Garden.

Soon it will be time for the pumpkins to leave the Garden and a new adventure experience will take its place. Don’t miss out on enjoying The Great Pumpkin Hunt and searching for all the clues that will take you to the fun of the Adventure Zone. The Great Pumpkin Hunt ends November 30.

See what others have said about their experience at

Marsatta Chocolate Remodel Finally Completed

November 24, 2019

Marsatta Chocolate had experienced several rough months. The building was being renovated and with all the scaffolding and construction, it looked like the chocolatier wasn’t open for business.

Good news, the construction is finally completed and the building has a clean new look.

With the holidays right around the corner, you might want to stock up on some of their fabulous chocolate!

For additional information, visit the website at

Marsatta Chocolate is located at 4604 Del Amo Boulevard, Torrance, CA 90503.

Freestone @ Hermosa Saloon

November 23, 2019

Hermosa Saloon presents Freestone tonight, Saturday, November 23 from 9 p.m. to midnight.

Freestone returns to the NEW Hermosa Saloon! The inside of Hermosa Saloon has been remodeled and now has great sight lines and a stage. It is the perfect place to rock out with The Stone!

For additional information, visit the Facebook event page at

Hermosa Saloon is located at 211 Pacific Coast Highway, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254.

Melissa Jane All Starz @ Hey 19

November 22, 2019

Hey 19 Public House presents Melissa Jane All Starz on Friday, November 22 from 8 to 11 p.m.

Melissa Jane will sing the night away with some of her most talented musician friends performing her favorite songs in the music styles she loves! The All Starz include Aragorn Wiederhold, Ivan Copelli and Willy Andresco.

This event is FREE to attend!

For additional information, visit the Facebook event page at

Hey 19 Public House is located at 4525 Calle Mayor, Torrance, CA 90509.

The Brews Hall Grand Opening

November 21, 2019

Earlier this week, I attended the Grand Opening of The Brews Hall in Torrance.

The Brews Hall is a food court concept conceived by a couple of the partners in Rock & Brews, Michael Zislis and Dave Furano, in addition to two new, yet very famous and recognizable faces, comedian George Lopez and sports analyst Colin Cowherd.

The space is huge, with communal high tops and giant TV screens throughout. There is also a large outdoor seating area with plenty of umbrella coverage for the warmer months. Behind the bar are gigantic vats where they make the two in-house offerings, George Lopez Brewing Co. and Buzzrock Brewing Co. There are three beers on tap right now (Buzzrock Golden Ale, Colin Cowherd Herd Pilsner and George Lopez Ta Loco Brewing Naranja Crema) but they’ll have twelve very soon.

There are four food stations to choose from: George Lopez’s Chingon Kitchen, Chicken T.W.I.L.I. (The Way I Like It), Rock & Fish Grill and Colin Cowherd’s The Herd. Basically, every bar food imaginable, only done exceedingly well.

Don’t let the name fool you – The Brews Hall has a full bar, along with craft beer and national beer brands. I had a Blackberry Margarita and it may have been the best cocktail I’ve ever had in my life, no exaggeration.

South Bay Jam

November 21, 2019

Barclay Roach presents South Bay Jam tonight, Thursday, November 21 at 9:30 p.m. at The Standing Room.

Every Thursday night, some of the South Bay’s best musicians gather for an evening of live improvisational music. The house band jams with various musicians playing an assortment of instruments and just about every music genre is covered – rock, blues, jazz, rap, disco, country and more.

Every week you’ll hear music played in new and unique ways. Can you think of a better way to kick-off the weekend?!?

For additional information, visit the Facebook page at

Destination: Art Celebrates Fifth Anniversary

November 20, 2019

I attended the Gala Reception for the fifth anniversary of Destination: Art this past Saturday night.

Mayor Pat Furey and Council Member Geoff Rizzo were in attendance for the ceremonial ribbon cutting.

In addition to the regular Studio Artists’ work, the event featured an exhibition by Associate Artists. Several of the artists also donated works for the silent auction. Guess who took a fabulous piece of art home with her?!?

For additional information, visit the website at

Destination: Art is located at 1815 West 213 Street, Suite 135 Torrance, CA 90501.

Kelley Haley, Homie

November 22, 2019

Listen to The South Bay Show: Manhattan Beach Chamber 360!

Our guest is Kelley Haley, Owner of Homie in Manhattan Beach. For Kelley, Homie creates a space that celebrates what is best about the community. She can remember a time when Manhattan Beach shop owners knew the local kids’ names and even ran tabs for them; a time when neighbors looked out for each other. It’s her goal to keep that spirit alive. This morning, we’ll take a stroll down nostalgia lane and learn how Homie is keeping it real!

Fall into Fashion Recap

November 19, 2019

I recently attended the Fall into Fashion event at Manhattan Village Shopping Center.

Hosted by Cachita Hynes of Style on the Spot™, stylish attendees enjoyed an afternoon of beauty tips, ideas and inspiration, in addition to a tote full of swag.

After checking in and consulting a map of participating stores, the LBD clad fashionistas were free to roam in any direction they chose.

The event featured sips, bites, activities, exclusive offers and samples at several retail shops including Macy’s Beauty, Origins, MAC, Sephora, Kiehl’s, Holly & Hudson Nail Salon and others, along with customized makeup bags.

Skilled beauticians and aestheticians offered complementary make-overs, mini facials, hand massages, oxygen facials and more.

After all the pampering, the well-coiffed group met on the patio at the new Mercado restaurant for specialty cocktails, appetizers and a generous raffle. Several lucky ladies won a variety of items and experiences, including a couple of $250 Manhattan Village gift cards.