NBC Bay Area
California's deserts are definitely arid, but, beneath the soil? All sorts of sweet-smelling secrets ready to burst. We have several stretches around the Golden State that get their share of flowers come late winter. Beautiful Anza-Borrego is one such place.
Watching the Oscars (especially on a chilly mid-winter night) is the perfect opportunity for drinking, or even drinking games. The genius bar manager over at Foreign Cinema, Bryan Ranere, came up with cocktails inspired by some of the biggest movies of the year, appropriately named Black Swan (this is a strong one, folks) and True Grit.
Sometimes you want to venture outside the usual plate of carne asada tacos. To satisfy those urges to the extreme, drop by La Oaxaqueña, a legit bakery and restaurant that serves Southern Mexican delights like grasshopper tacos and fried tarantula tortas.
Owner Albino Carreno says the crunchy grasshoppers are rife with protein and vitamins. The tarantulas, which they're currently out of but will have again in March, are fried whole and sandwiched between fresh-baked bread. Their taste and texture? Akin to that of a softshell crab.