“What’s Up Doc?” It’s Bugs Bunny Day!

It’s Bugs Bunny Day! 

Bugs Bunny

Bugs Bunny Statue at Warner Bros Plaza in Burbank, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

It’s a windy Wednesday afternoon in the beautiful San Fernando Valley. It’s the last day of April 2014, so we’re a third of the way through the year. Tempus Fugit!

I’m left wondering “wha…happened?” Where did the month go? March 31st was my last official day with the travel agency and I decided to take a little time off…

Daffy Duck

Daffy Duck Statue at Warner Bros Plaza in Burbank, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

 

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Rockin’ in the Free World at CityWalk!

Universal CityWalk, Universal City, Los Angeles, California:

"Keep on Rockin' in the Free World!" Universal CityWalk (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

“Keep on Rockin’ in the Free World!” Universal CityWalk (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

TOURISTA! See the Giant Eddie Van Halen Guitar & Hard Rock Cafe at Universal CityWalk!

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April 23 – It’s National Cherry Cheesecake Day!

Grandma’s Cherry Cheesecake:

Grandma's Cherry Cheesecake (copyright 2012 JoshWillTravel)

Grandma’s Cherry Cheesecake (copyright 2012 JoshWillTravel)

That’s right, I baked it.

Photos copyright 2012 JoshWillTravel

GRANDMA’S CHERRY CHEESECAKE RECIPE!
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Dinner at Le Sanglier French Restaurant

Sunday Birthday Dinner for my Stepfather at Le Sanglier French Restaurant

Le Sanglier (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Le Sanglier (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Le Sanglier (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Le Sanglier (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Le Sanglier (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Le Sanglier (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Le Sanglier (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Le Sanglier (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Wine List:

Le Sanglier (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Le Sanglier (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

White Wine:

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Le Sanglier (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Red Wine:

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Le Sanglier (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

On The Menu: Traditional French Fare and everything was EXCELLENT!

Le Sanglier (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Le Sanglier (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

What shall we have for dinner?

Le Sanglier (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Le Sanglier (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Big Board: Starters, Specials and Desserts to order in advance:

Le Sanglier (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Le Sanglier (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Fresh baked bread and butter:

Le Sanglier (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Le Sanglier (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

French Onion Soup! Served piping hot.

Le Sanglier (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Le Sanglier (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Filet Mignon with three peppercorn sauce:

Le Sanglier (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Le Sanglier (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Potato, cauliflower puree, celery and cheese side dish

Le Sanglier (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Le Sanglier (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Endive salad with Roquefort cheese:

Le Sanglier (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Le Sanglier (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Duck l’orange:

Le Sanglier (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Le Sanglier (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Bouillabaisse

Le Sanglier (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Le Sanglier (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Rue and truffle toast for Bouillabaisse

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Le Sanglier (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Vanilla Creme Brûlée with sliced strawberry

Le Sanglier (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Le Sanglier (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Chocolate Souffle’ with whipped cream and chocolate sauce

Le Sanglier (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Le Sanglier (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Cappuccino.

Enjoying my coffee. (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Enjoying my coffee. (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Le Sanglier (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Le Sanglier (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Le Sanglier French Restaurant5522 Crebs Ave, Tarzana, CA 91356 818-345-0470 http://www.lesanglierrestaurant.com

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UCSC – 50 Years Old Today!

“In these lovely surroundings will be built the University of California, Santa Cruz, a new kind of university campus powered by new ideas that are already attracting the attention of the academic world.” ~UC President Clark Kerr, April 17, 1964

University of California, Santa Cruz

University of California, Santa Cruz

On April 17, 1964, nearly 2,000 people gathered to witness the dedication of UC Santa Cruz—the UC system’s newest campus. UC President Clark Kerr was on hand, along with founding UCSC chancellor Dean McHenry, then-Gov. Edmund G. “Pat” Brown, state senators, city and county officials, and many UC Regents.

UCSC logo

It’s been over 30 years since I made my first trip to Santa Cruz!

Take Highway 17 from San Jose through the Santa Cruz Mountains to the Pacific Ocean

Highway 17 to Santa Cruz! (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Highway 17 to Santa Cruz! (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Take Highway 1 along the coast from Half Moon Bay, Pacifica and San Francisco in the north or Monterey Bay, Big Sur, Castroville and Watsonville in the south

Pacific Ocean from Highway 1 (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Pacific Ocean from Highway 1 (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Monterey Bay from UC Santa Cruz

Monterey Bay from UC Santa Cruz (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

University of California, Santa Cruz Barn Theater - Santa Cruz, CA

University of California, Santa Cruz Barn Theater – Santa Cruz, CA

 

McHenry Library at UC Santa Cruz (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

McHenry Library at UC Santa Cruz (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

"The Art of the Grateful Dead"

McHenry Library – Grateful Dead Special Collections (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

 

This Old House, Santa Cruz, California (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

This Old House, Santa Cruz, California (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

 

Fiat Slug!

University of California, Santa Cruz Alumni Association

University of California, Santa Cruz

UCSC's Mascot Sammy the Slug!

UCSC’s Mascot Sammy the Slug!

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Enjoying my coffee.

Enjoying my coffee.

Double espresso with whipped cream (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Double espresso with whipped cream (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

At Universal CityWalk – Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

Universal CityWalk (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Universal CityWalk (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

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Good Yom Tov! First night of Passover!

Good Yom Tov! First night of Passover!

“Tradition!” Big party with family and friends.

 

Passover Seder (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Passover Seder (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Dining Room (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Dining Room (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Seder Plate (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Seder Plate (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Seder Plate for tasting (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Seder Plate for tasting (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Flowers (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Flowers (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Tulips (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Tulips (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Red Wine! Baron Herzog kosher for Passover & Margerum 5 (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Red Wine! Baron Herzog kosher for Passover & Margerum 5 (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

What's cooking? (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

What’s cooking? (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Matzoh ball soup (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Matzoh ball soup (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Matzoh ball soup (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Matzoh ball soup (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Matzoh ball soup (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Matzoh ball soup (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Brisket of Beef (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Brisket of Beef (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

BBQ Chicken (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

BBQ Chicken (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Asparagus (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Asparagus (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

 

Dessert! (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Dessert! (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Flourless chocolate cake with meringue and shaved chocolate (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Flourless chocolate cake with meringue and shaved chocolate (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Angel food shortcake w/buttercream, fruit& almond slices (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Angel food shortcake w/buttercream, fruit& almond slices (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

“We pour ten drops for the plagues upon Egypt…Each drop of wine we pour is hope and prayer that people will cast out the plagues that threaten everyone everywhere they are found, beginning in our hearts: The making of war, the teaching of hate and violence, despoliation of the earth, perversion of justice and of government, fomenting of vice and crime, neglect of human needs, oppression of nations and peoples, corruption of culture, subjugation of science, learning and human discourse, the erosions of freedoms.”

Jerusalem! And a Happy Easter week to all my non-Jewish friends!

12 Good films to watch this week: The Ten Commandments and Ben-Hur (the originals with Charlton Heston), The Prince of Egypt, Exodus, Raid on Entebbe, Spartacus, Glory, Schindler’s List, Jesus Christ Superstar, Monty Python’s Life of Brian, History of the World Part 1, and of course Scorcese’s The Passion of the Christ.

Under Construction – more pics to come

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Cuban Feast! Sunday night party and picnic on the patio.

ON THE MENU: Cuban Feast from Versailles!

A pre-Passover, Sunday evening party and picnic on the patio with a Cuban takeout feast from Versailles restaurant in Encino, California. Garlic chicken and onions, white rice, brown “dirty” rice, black beans and plantains. Served with white wine and bubbly water.

Garlic chicken and onions, white rice, brown "dirty" rice, black beans and plantains

Garlic chicken and onions, white rice, brown “dirty” rice, black beans and plantains

Versailles – 17410 Ventura Blvd., Encino, CA (and 3 other L.A. locations)  www.versaillescuban.com

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CHEEEBURGEEEEEEE! What’s on the menu?

ON THE MENU: (a new feature)

Dinner at The Habit Burger Grill in Encino. Great burgers, fries and onion rings!

Double BBQ Bacon Charburger with Cheese and Grilled Onions

Double BBQ Bacon Charburger with Cheese and Grilled Onions

I had a Double BBQ Bacon Charburger with Cheese and Grilled Onions (and lettuce, yellow mustard and BBQ sauce), shared fries and onions rings with my dining companions, and drank an ice cold lemonade.

The Habit Burger Grill – 17132 Ventura Blvd., Encino, CA 91316 (and other locations) http://www.habitburger.com

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A Beautiful Day in the Park!

Lake Balboa Park (Right Click on the pic to open the large pic in a new window)

San Fernando Valley, California – Thursday Afternoon

I took my dog for a walk in the park. It was a beautifull day!

Lake Balboa Park (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Lake Balboa Park (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

“I think i’ll go for a walk outside now, the summer sun’s callin my name
(I hear ya now!) I just can’t stay inside all day.
I gotta get out get me some of those rays!
everybody’s smilin’…sunshine day…everybody’s laughin’…sunshine day…
everybody seems so happy today…it’s a sunshine day!” ~ The Brady Bunch Kids

Cherry blossoms (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Cherry blossoms (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Checking out the park (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Checking out the park (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

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Cherry blossoms (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Cherry blossoms (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Lake Balboa Park (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Lake Balboa Park (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Lake Balboa Park (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Lake Balboa Park (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Lake Balboa Park (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Lake Balboa Park (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Resting in the shade (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Resting in the shade (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Tall Palm - Lake Balboa Park (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Tall Palm – Lake Balboa Park (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Bridge over troubled waters (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Bridge over troubled waters (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Lake Balboa Park (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Lake Balboa Park (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Lake Balboa Park (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Lake Balboa Park – Bridge to the dirt parking lot (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

 

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