Author: Jackie Balestra

October 5, 2011

Just a couple of thoughts today….If you read something on the site that you enjoy or find especially useful, please use the ‘recommend’ button. It gives me a better idea of the type of content you’re interested in, particularly the restaurant selections. Also, have you taken a look at the calendar lately? You may not realize it but there are farmers’ markets every day of the week somewhere in the South Bay.

October 4, 2011 (Free Women’s Self-Defense Class)

Three women I know have been victims of burglary or assault in the last three weeks. With the state of the economy, I’m afraid we’ll be hearing more of these horror stories. I regularly post reminders about the free women’s self-defense class offered every Monday morning at Triton Mixed Martial Arts Center. Check out the calendar link for all the details and take this class.

October 3, 2011

Hope you all had a fabulous weekend! The weather was wonderful in a weird sort of way – a little thunder, lightning and rain on Friday, heat and humidity Saturday and blue, blue skies Sunday. Get the week off to a good start and visit Triton MMA (at Gold’s Gym) for a free women’s self-defense class this morning at 9:00 am.

October 2, 2011 (Girl’s night Out)

Last night was girl’s night out in the South Bay and no place in Southern California offers a wider variety of options for a night on the town. A drink at the new Strand House was in order – just to start the evening off. Then it was off to Shade Hotel where Lana, Angel and I noshed for a couple of hours from the fabulous small plate menu at Zinc Lounge. Then a quick hop to Pier Avenue in Hermosa where we ran into our big, buff, buddy, Mondo who graciously escorted us to Shore and then Ocean Bar for a little dancing. Good times.

October 1, 2011

September kinda flew by, huh? Well, that’s what happens when you’re having fun! September was a busy month with lots of great events here in the South Bay and October is shaping up to be just as fabulous. Check out the calendar to get a jump on what’s going on this first weekend of the new month.

September 29, 2011

If you’re reading this at a very early hour, be sure to tune into the internet radio broadcast I’m co-hosting every Thursday, The South Bay Small Business Hour , at 7:00 am on Blog Talk Radio. If you’re reading this later in the day, you can listen to the show at your leisure from the posted link on the webpage.

September 26,2011 (Rods, Rides & Relics)

Yesterday started out foggy but cleared up just in time for an afternoon stroll along the Redondo Beach Pier to check out the 8th Annual Rods, Rides, and Relics Car Show. Afterwards, we went to Kincaid’s for a bite to eat and sat on the patio enjoying the sun. As the car show ended at 3:00 pm, we sat and watched as all the exhibitors revved up their engines and drove off the pier. It was quite the scene.

September 25, 2011 (Zamperini Biography)

The weather was so lousy yesterday we didn’t make it to Lobsterfest as planned….but there’s always tomorrow! Instead, I curled up at home with a new book titled Unbroken and it’s all about the exploits of one Louis Zamperini. That name should be familiar to you South Bay locals – Mr. Zamperini is from Torrance and our local airfield is named after him – with good reason. It’s an amazing story, so if you get a chance, pick it up.

September 24, 2011 (Adia Open House)

Last night I attended the open house event for Adia’s new offices in Torrance. This company, and it’s much needed services, is briskly expanding to keep up with the demand for high quality, in-home, assisted living programs. If you have a loved one that wants to live independently in their own home, you should look into the tailored services Adia provides. Afterwards, I met Dawn and her husband Chris for our last fried chicken excursion at LA Food Show. Stay tuned for the full, feature story!

Treat Fido to Lunch @ Nelson’s

Many places claim to be dog friendly – hotels, parks, shops, even entire towns – but when it comes to dining, there are few and far between that actually practice what they preach. Fortunately, for our furry friends that frequent the South Bay, there is an establishment that encourages inter-species dining.

Nelson’s at Terranea in Palos Verdes is a casual dining venue, one of seven restaurant options at the resort. The freestanding structure is situated on a bluff overlooking the Pacific with magnificent views of Catalina.