L. A. Confidential

Thoughts from a quick jaunt to the Southland:

— The Australian filet mignon at CUT inside the Beverly Wilshire is outstanding, justifying its high price. The service, as always, is impeccable.

–Manhattan Beach is always a treat, with big waves, beach volleyball and great restaurants. The blackened chicken sandwich at the Shellback Tavern is superb, and it’s a great place to watch sports.

— USC football is back, but the size of the crowd at the win over Washington State was disappointing.

— Breakast at S.A.L.T. at the Marina Del Rey Hotel continues to impress.

The Quinquagenarian Traveler: Three Reasons to Visit Falmouth on Cape Cod

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The Maui Mats are a blast at Old Silver Beach in Falmouth.

1) Liam Maguire’s. An array of beers is on tap (try the Cape Cod Blond); the Woods Holier Burger with portobello mushrooms is an excellent choice. You may even be able to hear a guitar-strumming entertainer at the Irish pub.

2) Old Silver Beach. The sand bar stretches out for at least 50 yards, making it a perfect spot for kids. See who can stay standing on the floating Maui Mats – large enough to fit at least half a dozen youngsters.

3) Falmouth Commodores. Aside from Major League Baseball, the sound of wooden bats has almost disappeared. But it’s still audible at the home of the local squad in the Cape Cod Baseball League, where greats such as Sid Bream and Tino Martinez played.