California Posts

The TSA’s Top Finds

There’s no shortage of end-of-year top-ten lists going around, but we think this might be our favorite.

The TSA – which has a much more entertaining blog than one might expect – has published its list of the Top Ten ‘Good Catches’ of 2011.

From adorable wildlife to plastic explosives, after reading this, it’s hard to blame them for making us take off our shoes.

The Last Vacation You’ll Ever Take

Here’s something to get used to – there’s going to be a LOT of talk this year about the Mayan prediction that the world will come to an end on December 21, 2012.

One upside? It’s a terrific excuse to plan a once-in-a-lifetime vacation! The good folks at have come up with a list of 10 places to consider when deciding where you might like to spend your last days on earth.

(Yours truly is opting for the underground winery.)

Google Takes the Guesswork out of Navigating the Airport

Leave it to the geniuses at Google to turn their mapping powers on airports!

It’s just for Android right now, and only for a handful of cities – but anything that means not having to look at that maze of signage is a good idea as far as we’re concerned.

And they’re doing it for IKEA too.

We. Heart. Google.

Your Sneak Peek at LAX’s new Bradley West Terminal

While driving to the terminal at LAX this Thanksgiving, you may have caught a glimpse of the work-in-progress Bradley West International Terminal, scheduled for Phase 1 opening about a year from now.

But for you, dear readers, we’ve got an inside look at this badly-needed update to LA’s international travel hub.

(Even in its current state, it’s cooler than the one we’ve got now!)

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Now Serving LAX

It’s nowhere near as ubiquitous as Starbucks, but many who have found The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf can’t get their days started without it. As a New Jersey to Los Angeles transplant, I’d say it’s the southwest’s answer to Dunkin’ Donuts.

And now, sleepy travelers will be able to get their Coffee Bean fix at LAX.

Put an In-N-Out Burger next door, and it’ll be perfect.