Tio's Tacos

Just down the road from the historic Mission Inn is another Riverside landmark, Tio's Tacos. When you first arrive at Tio's you are greeted by owner Martin Sanchez's unique artwork that takes recycling to another level. Giants, fountains, skeletons and a host of other characters created by Sanchez over the years all created from what most people would consider garbage. While at first, the city wasn't a big fan of Martin's eclectic art, over the years it has become a cultural landmark in Riverside's downtown.

The most important piece to Sanchez is the chapel, which he built as a gift to his wife, it's even been consecrated by the Catholic Church and had its fair share of weddings and quinceaneras hosted within the tiny chapel.

No matter how many times you visit you always find something you never saw before. But his artistic endeavors also extend into Tio's kitchen where flavors are bold and portions are generous. If you are in Southern California Tio's Tacos is worth the drive for some fun folk art and some amazing tacos.

Tio's Tacos is located at 3948 Mission Inn Avenue Riverside, CA 92501.
(951) 788-0230

Land Rover and the Winter Equestrian Festival

Land Rover North America is proud to announce its continued partnership of the Winter Equestrian Festival, and support of the Land Rover Wellington Eventing Showcase. The Winter Equestrian Festival is held over 12 weeks, from January to April, with the Land Rover Wellington Eventing Showcase held Week Four, February 3 – 4, 2017.

Land Rover North America has been at the heart of equestrian sport for over two decades and has an established repertoire of prestigious events across the U.S.

The Land Rover Wellington Eventing Showcase is held in the unique setting of Wellington, Florida (Palm Beach County) and attracts equestrian’s most talented eventers who will battle it out across two days for the $100,000 prize money on offer. Included in the line-up is top U.S. Eventing Team Rider, Boyd Martin, who returns as defending champion for the second year running having won this competition in both 2015 and 2016. Great Britain’s William Fox-Pitt, who miraculously recovered from a life-threatening head injury in late 2015, plus eventing legend from New Zealand, Sir Mark Todd, will be hoping to end Boyd’s clean sheet and claim his first victory in Wellington. The horse and rider combinations will not only have to demonstrate their skills in the dressage arena and the show jumping ring, they will also have to navigate a challenging cross-country course which includes galloping through the VIP hospitality tent.

“We’re thrilled to continue our support of the Winter Equestrian Festival and to support the Land Rover Wellington Eventing Showcase during Week Four this year”, said Kim McCullough, Vice President of Marketing, Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC. “WEF is one of the biggest events on the equestrian calendar and offers a unique backdrop for us to showcase our latest Land Rover line-up. Land Rover’s long standing commitment to the equestrian community is firmly established and WEF provides the ideal opportunity for us to interact with the active equestrian audience that attends this incredible event year-after-year.”

Mark Bellissimo, CEO of Equestrian Sport Productions, the management company for the Winter Equestrian Festival, commented, “Land Rover is synonymous with the eventing discipline in equestrian sport and is the perfect partner of the Wellington Eventing Showcase. We are so pleased to welcome them back and are truly grateful for their continued support this year.”

Along with the Land Rover Wellington Eventing Showcase, world-class show jumping will also be on offer with highlights including, the Great Charity Challenge, presented by Fidelity Investments®, benefiting local Palm Beach County charities, which takes place on Saturday evening and will raise $1.5 million to raise the eight-year total of more than $10 million donated, and on Sunday, 5 February, the $216,000 Ariat® Grand Prix CSI 4.*

Land Rover will have its full line-up of vehicles on display at the Winter Equestrian Festival including the Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, Range Rover Evoque, Discovery Sport and the recently debuted 2017 Land Rover Discovery.  The all-new Land Rover Discovery SUV features unparalleled versatility, seating for seven adults and offers very unique optional activity features including Advanced Tow Assist*, which makes the task of towing a trailer as simple as possible and makes full use of the new Discovery vehicle’s towing capacity of up to 8,201 lbs.

To learn more about the Winter Equestrian Festival and the Wellington Eventing Showcase please visit:

Double D and Peyote Bird Design

Double D Ranchwear, Inc. has entered into a license agreement with the jewelry manufacturer Peyote Bird Designs of Santa Fe, NM.  Peyote Bird is recognized as the premier curator of Southwestern jewelry and has been creating unique artisan-designed sterling and turquoise jewelry since 1973. The DOUBLE D RANCH Jewelry Collection will be divided into two assortments.

The Traditions Collection is based on vintage pieces inspired by the DOUBLE D RANCH personal archive of 27 years.  Heritage icons such as squash blossom necklaces, chunky turquoise cuffs, ketohs and signature earrings are the definable cornerstone of the “Double D Ranchlook”.

The Seasonal Collection will closely coordinate with DOUBLE D RANCH apparel offerings and will be color and trend driven.  Southwestern ID tags, drops, chokers, bracelets and earrings will update twice a year to follow DOUBLE D RANCH apparel.  Prices for the Traditions Collection range from $225 to $1,800.  Prices for the Seasonal Collection range from $88 to $900.

The DOUBLE D RANCH Jewelry Collection will debut in January at the Denver WESA Market in the DOUBLE D RANCH corporate showrooms.  DOUBLE D RANCH Jewelry Collection will also be available through DOUBLE D RANCH & Peyote Bird Design’s sales representatives. Double D Ranchwear, Inc. is looking forward to our new partnership and would like to thank our wholesalers, customers, employees and family for their continued support.

Madison Flowers

The Garden of the Gods is an amazing place, we caught up with Colorado Native and NXT Model Madison Flowers to check out some great looks from Original Cowgirl and Ariat.

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Greeley Hat Works

In the small town of Greeley, Colorado is a hat company unlike any other, here a small team of craftsmen and women make some of the finest western hats in the world. It's no wonder that Rodeo Queens, Celebrities and even Presidents of the United States have ordered hats from Greeley Hat Works.

Greely Hat Works blends the latest technology with traditional hat making techniques to produce some of the most unique and innovative hats in the industry. Owner Trent Johnson is the driving force behind Greeley innovation which has lead to partnerships with major western brands and retailers.

In 2016 Double D Ranch partnered with Greeley Hat Works to launch a collection of unique western hats with styling that has set the trend in the western fashion industry. With unique distressing, tattoo like appliques, bold decoration, and style each finished by hand.

Photo via Double D Ranch
Greeley Hat Works not only does production hats, but if you have the imagination, time, and budget, they can make just about any custom hat project of your dreams come true.

For more information or to order your own Greeley Hat Works Hat visit their official website HERE.

More photos from the shop

Zzyzx Road

by Mike Satterfield

If you have ever driven from Los Angeles to Las Vegas you pass by a road with a strange name, Zzyzx. Like many, I have driven by the sign a number of times. But on my last trip, I decided to take that off-ramp, just south of Baker and see where Zzyzx road goes.

The story is a radio personality and self-proclaimed doctor and minister Curtis Howe Springer built is own health resort, on the claims that the mineral water there had rejuvenating powers. But it turns out that Springer didn't own the land and when the Federal Government caught wind of his plan to sell plots for people to build homes on the property was seized, and he went to jail for falsely advertising his miracle cures.

The Feds turned the property over to the California State University system to use as a desert research center. Today you can visit for free during daylight hours and are free to explore the property, so long as you follow the posted signs and don't bother the students and researchers who live there.

The City of Baker off in the distance

Get directions to Zzyzx below

Beautiful Boho Dresses From Bridal Fashion Week

Dress by Rivini

 Do fringed skirts, lace tiers and frilled sleeves make you swoon? If so, you'll want to see these boho-chic wedding dress options straight from the Bridal Fashion Week runways.


Dress Naeem Khan

    Dress by Theia

Dress by Alvina Valenta

Dress by Madison James

Dress by Reem Acra

Thai-inspired Butternut Squash Soup

Savor this Thai-inspired soup, with a base of creamy coconut milk, rich butternut squash, a hint of spicy peppers and succulent shrimp. For a shortcut, look for peeled and cubed butternut squash in the produce department. Serve over rice or noodles if you like.

2 teaspoons expeller-pressed canola oil
1 small yellow onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh ginger
1 teaspoon red curry paste, more to taste
2 teaspoons light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 medium butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces, about 4 cups
2 cups low-sodium gluten-free chicken broth
1 (14-ounce) can coconut milk
1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 cup shredded coconut, toasted (optional)
Lime wedges

Heat oil in a large soup pot over medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic and ginger. Cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant and onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in curry paste, sugar and salt and cook 1 minute longer. Stir in squash, broth and coconut milk and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until squash is tender, 20 to 25 minutes.

Stir in shrimp and simmer just until cooked through, about 2 minutes. Stir in cilantro, sprinkle with coconut and serve with lime wedges on the side.

Nutritional Info:
Per Serving: 250 calories (60 from fat), 7g total fat, 3.5g saturated fat, 175mg cholesterol, 480mgsodium, 26g carbohydrates, (6 g dietary fiber, 7g sugar), 23g protein.