Best Buys

Pick your chai

A chai tea should provide a cinnamon kick

“The temperature heat followed by the spice heat...I like it.”

Fancy flights over San Diego

A dramatic shift in perspective

"New Year, new perspective,” I told Patrick. “You’ve never seen your city from above, except through some scratched-up plastic window in coach. What about a hot-air balloon? No windows, scratched or otherwise. Just a balloon, ...

Wrapper's delight

Wrap your present like you care

“I wrapped one with the Sunday comics, one in an old map, one in a beautiful silk scarf...”

Airsoft gunplay around the county

Boys will be boys and shoot things

Boys like to shoot guns. I like children to remain uninjured. Airsoft, which involves shooting one’s friends but also involves plastic BBs and full facemasks, sounded like it might be a way to meet halfway. ...

A gift for a grieving friend

“I like necklaces — keeps the deceased close to the heart.”

This has been a rough year for funerals. We are attending more than I wish to acknowledge. This past week it was a dear friend’s mama. Besides the usual flowers and meal, which feel sort ...

El Niño is coming. How’s your chimney?

“We had to call animal rescue to remove a raccoon and her babies.”

Pay these people to banish the raccoons from your chimney.

A hot bowl of comfort

“It was the kind of soup that brings comfort right down to your toes.”

My friend Lorraine has a golden soul. She’s the type of person who surprises you with coffee deliveries at that exact hour of need, who sends supportive texts throughout the day, who drops off mountains ...

Where to get a great pumpkin

Make like Charlie Brown

“The largest pumpkin ever grown weighed over 2000 pounds.”

Pick an apple, any apple

Galas are sweet, Jonagolds are a little tart, and Grannies are really tart

It's not a bit like fall, but pick apples and pretend.

Rodents love barbecues

Hire someone to get up in your grill

"At least half of the barbecues I work on have rodent droppings where the burners are, and/or nests, and/or actual rodents inside. People are cooking rodent droppings along with their food. "

Bra help

Advice about over-the-shoulder boulder-holders

“No matter what gravity does to your boobs, I don’t think you’ll ever go to Walmart with them tucked into your pants.”

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