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Solo Travel, L.A. Street Food, Olive Oil Tasting

A New York Times travel writer discusses the merits of exploring the world on your own

Can it be more rewarding to explore the world by yourself from time to time? Absolutely, says Stephanie Rosenbloom, author of a new book called Alone Time: Four Seasons, Four Cities and the Pleasures of Solitude. Rosenbloom, a New York Times staff writer, discusses the merits of solo travel with California Now Podcast Host Soterios Johnson, calling out a few key strategies for embracing this growing trend. (Pro tip: Don’t be shy about eating alone because nobody is watching you and judging.)

Also in this episode, Eater LA senior editor Farley Elliott lists his five favorite street food purveyors in Los Angeles, including the All Flavor No Grease food truck and Roy Choi’s pioneering Kogi BBQ. In the third and final segment, Thom Curry helps us understand California’s vibrant olive oil industry. The Temecula Olive Oil co-owner provides tips on tasting, offers up a proposed olive oil road trip itinerary, and shares a bit of historical context.  



Stephanie Rosenbloom explains the joys of solo travel, and offers a few strategies to get started.

Farley Elliott reveals his five favorite street food outposts in Los Angeles.

Thom Curry introduces listeners to the olive oil tasting experience in California.


About the Host

Soterios Johnson, formerly the local host of National Public Radio’s Morning Edition on radio station WNYC, moved from New York City to Davis, Calif., in 2016 and is just getting to know his surroundings. By combining his journalistic instincts with his personal curiosity, Johnson will use the California Now platform to develop a deeper understanding of his adopted home.

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