California Now Podcast
California Cuisine, Sonoma County, Yosemite
Hunter Lewis, editor in chief of Food & Wine magazine, explains what California cuisine is, how it took shape four decades ago, and where visitors can experience it today. After that, acclaimed rock climber Kevin Jorgeson shares some of his favorite things to do and places to go in his native Sonoma County, including spots in Petaluma, Sebastopol, and Santa Rosa. The episode ends with author Ann Marie Brown, who helps listeners hack their next visit to Yosemite National Park. Her best...
California Curiosities, Architecture, East Bay
Atlas Obscura’s Dylan Thuras gives us a tour of strange sites that are perfect for families or anyone young at heart. Architecture expert Sam Lubell shares his picks for the most impressive contemporary California structures built in the last decade. We end our journey with an insider’s guide to San Francisco's East Bay with Travel + Leisure Executive Editor Jesse Ashlock.
Solo Travel, L.A. Street Food, Olive Oil Tasting
Stephanie Rosenbloom, a New York Times travel writer, discusses the merits of solo travel. Eater L.A. senior editor Farley Elliott lists his five favorite street food purveyors in Los Angeles. Thom Curry helps us understand California’s vibrant olive oil industry.
Redwood Coast, Favorite Hotels, Sacramento Dining
Alison Bing explains why Lonely Planet named California’s Redwood Coast the top destination in the country. Next up, Travel + Leisure Editor in Chief Nathan Lump shares his top California hotels for best splurge, best oceanfront, best value, spectacular service, and more. Then Sacramento dining critic Kate Washington highlights splurge-worthy meals and up-and-coming ethnic spots in the Farm-to-Fork Capital.
Jonny Moseley, Orange County, Museum Hack
We begin with a conversation with Olympic Gold Medalist Jonny Moseley and his new video series Wildest Dreams. The always-engaging Moseley shares insights about a few of the locations he discovered while filming, including the beautiful scenery in Siskiyou County and the raw wilderness of Catalina Island.Then, Mission San Juan Capistrano Executive Director Mechelle Lawrence Adams takes us on a jam-packed tour around Orange County. And, the episode closes with Tasia Duske, CEO of Museum Hack,...
Rock Climbing, Best Campgrounds, L.A. Shopping
Kevin Jorgeson joins host Soterios Johnson for a breakdown of California’s best climbing—from pure beginner to expert-level adventures. Author Ann Marie Brown takes the outdoorsy theme up a notch by revealing her top five campgrounds in the Golden State. And, InStyle editor Ruthie Friedlander goes on a hunt for the best boutiques in Los Angeles.
Anderson Valley, L.A. Music Venues, Family Travel
Host Soterios Johnson and Travel + Leisure’s Nathan Lump take an audio road trip from Calistoga to the Mendocino Coast visiting friendly wineries, enjoying memorable meals, and walking in a majestic redwood grove. Rock critic Fred Schruers reveals his top five music venues in Los Angeles. And, Pauline Frommer offers up some family-friendly destinations in the Golden State.
Culinary Gems, Hidden Beaches, Napa Valley Wine
Eater LA Senior Editor Farley Elliott dives deep dive into California's culinary treasures--where to find authentic ranch cuisine, why Highway 99 has some of the country’s best Mexican food, and which California town he’d choose for his last meal on earth. Travel writer Ann Marie Brown shares her knowledge of lesser-known beaches and Food and Wine's Ray Isle discusses some of the emerging trends in Napa Valley.
Curtis Stone’s Culinary Tour, Lake Tahoe, Death Valley
When Curtis Stone decided to showcase Central Coast wines at Maude, his 24-seat Beverly Hills hotspot, he knew he had to hit the road. Stone and his culinary team ventured north from Los Angeles—tasting wines in Santa Barbara, visiting farms in San Luis Obispo County, and even riding along with a sea urchin diver. Also, host Soterios Johnson talks with Olympic Gold Medalist Jonny Moseley about his favorite experiences in Lake Tahoe and maps out the perfect Death Valley National Park...
Stargazing, Best Bike Routes, Mid-Century Modernism
Dennis Mammana lives in Borrego Springs, an International Dark Sky Community located two hours east of San Diego that just happens to be one of the best places in the world to experience the night sky. Former pro cyclist Phil Gaimon explains why California is his favorite place to ride (his rationale involves sunshine and dolphins) and architecture expert Sam Lubell raves about the Mid-Century Modern buildings worth visiting in the Golden State.
San Francisco Dining, Channel Islands, Luxury Hotels
What happens when an intrepid food critic is asked to consume 13 Michelin stars worth of cuisine in the space of four days in San Francisco? Amanda Frasier pulls back the curtain on Forbes Travel Guide’s influential luxury ratings program and describes California’s three triple Five-Star rated properties. Author Ken McAlpine shares insights on Channel Islands National Park, an archipelago off the Central Coast that’s rich in wilderness and isolation.
Atlas Obscura, Packing Tips, Wine
Episode No. 2 of California Now kicks off with a conversation with Atlas Obscura co-founder Dylan Thuras, a man who specializes in surfacing curious and wondrous travel destinations. Pauline Frommer offers up a few packing tricks she has assembled over a lifetime of travel as co-president of Frommer’s. Acclaimed wine writer Jon Bonné talks about his latest book on wine culture, The New Wine Rules and shares some of his favorite wine destinations in the Golden State.
Bucket Lists, Craft Beer, San Andreas Fault
Patricia Schultz, author of 1000 Places to See Before You Die talks about bucket list travel and offers up some Golden State destinations. The director of Craft: The California Beer Documentary, Jeff Smith, takes listeners on a road trip organized around some of his favorite craft breweries. Bob Schneider from Desert Adventures Red Jeep Tours discusses his company’s San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour, an experience that transports visitors into a world of geological marvels in Greater Palm Springs.
Big Sur, Waterfalls, Oakland
Samantha Brown, PBS host of Samantha Brown’s Places to Love talks about the gorgeous views along Highway One and raves about the area’s iconic destinations and also celebrates some of the hidden gems in the region and shares her insights about how to experience them. Outdoor expert and author Ann Marie Brown, offers essential advice on chasing waterfalls in the Golden State, including what to wear and where to go. And finally, acclaimed chef Tanya Holland takes listeners on a tour of her...