Category : Torrance

City View Home For Sale!

Shima 0 comments 02.05.2018

Looking for an amazing opportunity to own a single- floor home in the highly desirable area of Hollywood Riviera, with access to TUSD, and did I mention... a breathtaking city view? Join us this Thursday, from 11-1 p.m. and Sunday 1-4 p.m. to take advantage of becoming a homeowner before interest rates go higher! 3 bed | 2 bath 1,598 sqft 12,462 sqft lot City view Asking price: $1,349,000

Contact me for a private showing: (310) 489-0929

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Seaside Heroes Park

Shima 0 comments 12.11.2017

In honor of Veterans Day weekend, today’s “Tourist in your own city” visit was to Seaside Heroes Park in Torrance.

This small park honors Army soldiers Cpl. Joseph Anzack, Jr., 20, Cpl. Micah S. Gifford, 27, and Capt. Matthew C. Ferrara, 24.

The three young men grew up in this area, attending Seaside Elementary Calle Mayor Middle, and South High Schools. As boys, they enjoyed scouting, baseball, track and field, wrestling and football but as young men, they all chose to serve our country.
They became members of the United States Army and all made the ultimate sacrifice, giving their lives while at war in Iraq (Joseph and Micah) and Afghanistan (Matthew).
They died within an eleven month period (December 2006 - November 2007). May everyone who visits this park realizes the sacrifice made by these Soldiers so that we may live in freedom, and may our "Seaside Heroes" be remembered and inspire future generations.
We may not know them all, but we owe them all.
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Shima 0 comments 28.10.2017

Have you ever walked around your own city and pretended you were a tourist? You’d be surprised how much there is to see and how little you probably know about the place you live. That’s why I’m excited to bring #touristinmyowncity back to my blog. It’s important to take time away from work and just enjoy LIFE.

I will be featuring a local place, restaurant, or nature trail weekly on my blog with a review. Today I visited Bowlero Torrance and was so amazed by the complete remodel.

Make sure you check out the neat arcade that even has Mario Cart, Candy Crush, and Pac Man! If you've had a long day, you wouldn't mind visiting their full-bar with a wood-burning fireplace and pool table.

The alley plays fun, upbeat music and even has TV projectors above every lane! The screens play funny videos, news, and music videos.

It is a great place to host an event, meet with friends after work, go on a date, or family.

Hungry? Consider their five-pound hamburger. This enormous burger will feed 5 of your friends & more!

I will rate this bowling alley 5 stars for its cleanliness, friendly staff, delicious food, and the wide selection of games, bowling balls, and music.

For more information, head to their website here.



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Top 5 Mexican Restaurants in SoCal

Shima 0 comments 30.04.2017

According to, Cinco de Mayo—or the fifth of May—is a holiday commemorating the date of the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). A relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations.

In honor of this holiday, I am sharing my TOP 5 favorite Mexican restaurants in the South Bay.


Relaxed, counter-serve eatery dishing up Mexican classics, including burritos, tacos & tortas.

1903 S Catalina Ave, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

(310) 791-2272


Creative, contemporary Mexican dishes are served in a down-to-earth, art-filled dining room.

1814 S Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

(310) 792-4120


Mexican chain featuring burritos, fajitas & a tequila bar in an informal setting.

100 Fishermans Wharf, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

(310) 376-0547


Since-1967 Mexican eatery dealing in tacos, enchiladas & drinks plus breakfast in rustic house digs. 

736 Bart Earle Way, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274

(310) 377-5660


767 Deep Valley Dr, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274

 (310) 377-0580

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Dogs Allowed!

Shima 0 comments 18.04.2017

If you're anything like me and love your dogs as much as I do, then you can agree that you want to take them everywhere with you!

To ease your troubles, I have shared below a few local restaurants in the South Bay that allow dogs to enjoy a meal with their families at their outdoor tables.



36 Pier Ave.

Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

Rock and Brews

6300 Pacific Coast Hwy
Redondo Beach, CA 90277


2647 Pacific Coast Hwy
Torrance, CA 90505

Lazy Dog Café

3525 W. Carson Street
Torrance, CA, US 90503

Scardino's Italian Restaurant 

4803 Torrance Blvd
Torrance, CA, US



20150 Hawthorne Blvd
Torrance, CA 90503


24445 Crenshaw Blvd
Torrance, CA 90505

Ra Sushi

3525 Carson St
Torrance, CA 90503

Five Guys Burgers and Fries

23240 Hawthorne Blvd
Torrance, CA 90505

California Pizza Kitchen

1815 Hawthorne Blvd
Redondo Beach, CA, US 90278


100 Terranea Way
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, US 90275=

Gum Tree

238 Pier Ave
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

Please be sure to verify in advance by calling your restaurant of choice!


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South Bay feeds the Homeless

Shima 0 comments 21.11.2016


Last weekend, my friend Josh and I gathered several locals from the South Bay with one goal in mind- PAY IT FORWARD. With the support of so many, we were able to feed 530 people and also aid them with clothing, blankets and pillows. We took four cars filled with residents of the South Bay, sandwiches- each containing a positive note.


As this cold weather is approaching, it is so comforting to know so many benefited from our donations. Thank you for everyone who contributed.

May this good deed transition for each and everyone of you.



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Tis’ the Season

Shima 0 comments 12.12.2015


For today’s “Tourist in my own city,” I visited one of South Bay resident’s favorite activities to do during the holidays- walk through Candy Cane lane!

If you grew up in the South Bay like I did, you know all about Candy Cane lane and look forward to visiting it annually. It is located in the 5000 block of Sharynne Lane in Torrance, CA.


During the holidays, several streets in South Torrance are decorated elaborately and free to the public for viewing unique lights. Homes in the area between PCH and Calle Mayor are lit up for locals to drive through or park their car and walk.

Personally, I love walking even if it’s a little chilly outside. I love to layer on sweaters and walk through the neighborhoods with family and friends. Residents of the area are often home with company. Many sell items such as hot coca and popcorn in front of their homes.


I love walking the neighborhood to see all the joy the children feel and the awe in their expressions as they see their favorite characters from movies used as décor such as, Frozen.

Many kids will pop their head out of their parent’s car and joyfully shout “Merry Christmas” as they go through the neighborhoods and it is adorable to hear the pure excitement in their voices.


It is nice to see how unique the decorations are from surfing Santa’s to gingerbread men with Hawaiian tshirts. I love how residents use the lights to express their passions such as musical notes, animals drinking from a pond to a house with a large picture of the world expressing world peace.


My favorite house to see each year is quite simply, but the meaning is huge to me. They wrap a large yellow bow over a tree with red, white and blue lights below it with an American flag flying nearby. The yellow bow is a symbol in honor of supporting our troops and it always hits home for me.

No matter how young or old you are, visiting Candy Cane lane is a must during the holidays.


For those unfamiliar with finding Candy Cane Lane, I suggest parking your car at Seaside Elementary located at 4651 Sharynne Ln, Torrance, CA 90505 and walk towards the residential area. Also, avoid entering from PCH. Instead, turn on Calle Mayor or  try turning on a side street like Carlow or Susana.


Dress warm and enjoy the lights and fun decorations!


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Christmas Tree House

Shima 0 comments 27.11.2015


Growing up, I remember the excitement and joy I felt when my mom would pull into the Christmas Tree House lot. I’d have a 100 acre smile plastered on my face, eager to see all the beautiful trees.

Christmas Tree House, located at 17520 Prairie Ave Torrance, CA 90504 is special to me because I grew up purchasing my Christmas trees there. I remember jumping out of my mom’s car uncontrollably as I ran through aisles of trees, determined to find THE ONE.

Granted I was so young, but I was convinced that I was the tree-guru and knew everything. The men working always gave me more credit than I deserved and agreed that I was right about “the perfect tree.”

Truthfully, as I’ve grown older, I value all the trees-in different ways. I love the Charlie Brown trees as much as I love the full, bushy ones. Over the years, as I have grown older, I’ve learned more about the variety of trees.


This is because of the knowledge, service and joy the employees have. I wouldn’t have known the difference between a Silver-Tip tree to a Noble one, but they were able to inform me of what makes one unique from the other. I also learned that a 6 ft. tree will take a minimum of 6 years to grow- wow!

Today, the lot has many more features than I remember from my childhood. They have an on-site jumper that is free for all the children to use, popcorn, wreaths, lights, mistletoe, and a small gift shop. In addition, snowmen and reindeer created with real wood are for sale.


The crew of men who cut and place trees on the cars for customers are sharp, polite, and efficient. But best of all, they have the Christmas spirit! It’s clear to see that they’re happy helping and make the entire experience worthwhile.

I’ve had to shop at other lots in the past, such as Home Depot, and it personally didn’t feel the same. I noticed that the employees were more focused on getting me inside their store to purchase new lights than help me pick the best tree.


At Christmas Tree House, they carry Douglas fir, Grand fir, Noble fir, Nordman, Turkish Fir and Silver Tip trees which are well taken care of as every tree on the lot is placed on a stand and in water. If you’re not aware of the difference, I highly suggest asking a member of the crew who will gladly educate you.


The lot opens at 7 a.m. the day after Thanksgiving and remains open until each last one is sold.

My favorite part of having a tree in my house growing up was always the smell. I still remember from a young age coming home to my house smelling like a walk through the forest. I’d read books under the tree, eat popcorn from the huge tins, and then place ornaments on while watching Home Alone 2.


The trees at Christmas Tree House are very affordable and greener than ever and stay smelling fresh until the very last day. I appreciate knowing this ahead of time and that’s why I continue to buy my trees there every year.

I am so grateful for all my family and friends who’ve supported my business this past year and in result, I’ve teamed up with my favorite tree lot to give 10% off to customers who mention


I hope that the season brings you as much joy as it does for me.

Happy Holidays to all!

To learn more about Andy and the Christmas Tree House, please refer to the website here.


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