The New Bitter Lemons is Live at Socal.Bitter-Lemons.Com!

If you have somehow found yourself here, good, but we just wanted to make sure you know that we have entered our next step of evolution and are now live at www.socal.bitter-lemons.com. Huzzah! Or you can just do the regular www.bitter-lemons.com and that will get you to the new site as well. We’re expecting a […]

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