Chef Adam Navidi, a leader in Southern California’s sustainable food movement, had an interesting idea: Grow his own produce on a 25-acre farm in Brea, about 30 miles/48 kilometers southeast of Los Angeles, to bring fresh, local food to his catered events. And so began Future Foods Farms. Chef Navidi’s massive, all-organic aquaponic greenhouse is a symbiotic relationship of aquaculture (used to raise fish) and hydroponics (growing plants in water without soil). During Navidi’s weekly tours and tastings (6 p.m. and 7 p.m., Saturdays in September), guests are treated to drinks and hors d’oeuvres while touring the new-wave farm and learning about Navidi’s food philosophies. Family-style tables are arranged in the greenhouse amongst the crops, and the celebrated chef—who has cooked for the likes of Jack Nicholson and Andre Agassi—creates multi-course feasts based on what’s in season. For an offsite alternative, check the farm’s website for dates for Chef Navidi’s pop-up restaurant, Oceans & Earth, on the farm grounds.
Whether it’s manicured beach towns or celebrated theme parks, all framed by oceanfront towns and luxury yachts, “The OC” stands out as one of the state’s most iconic destinations. The always-amazing Disneyland Resort, roughly a 1-hour drive south of L.A. and 2 hours north of San Diego, continues to be one of the best-loved theme parks in the world, while Knott’s Berry Farms and other OC attractions amp up the fun meter.
“Surfing is like golf. . . it keeps knocking you down. But when you stay with it and catch that wave. . . magic.” --actor Dennis Quaid
Shop at spectacular South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, or get the surfer look in Huntington Beach, aka Surf City, USA.
With nearly twice as many professional teams as any other state, California is big league all the way. But the state’s sports scene goes far beyond football and baseball, with a diverse line-up of...