Happy Christmas 2017!

Happy Christmas 2017!
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It’s a small world. And we all live in it. (after all)

Let’s do this! Merry Christmas Y’all!
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“On the first day of Christmas…..”

Screw the Yule Log, I’ve been to Burning Man!
Merry Merry Very Cherry and Season’s Greetings!

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Burn Santa! Burn!

“Teacher says, Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.”
Fuggedaboutit!
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NOTE: We did not make a Christmas/Holiday music playlist this year,
so if you need to hear more seasonal tunes,
click and open the links to our 2015 and 2016 music Blog Posts:
2015 Holiday Music Playlist>
https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2015/12/24/christmas-countdown-playlist-2015/
2016 Holiday Music Playlist>
https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2016/12/25/holiday-music-playlist-2016/

Oh by golly! (this one’s for Phredd)

 

Mele Kalikimaka!
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Where’s Waldo?

Elf Lives Matter!

‘Tis the season Dude,
Eat, Drink, Be Merry and Watch
“The Big Lebowski”
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And once again,
someone spiked the punch at the Peanuts’ holiday party:

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That is all.
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“He wasn’t the messiah, he was just a very naughty boy.”

Ladyfingers Recipe for the Feast of St. Stephen and Boxing Day!
https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2016/12/26/ladyfingers-recipe-for-the-feast-of-st-stephen-and-to-celebrate-boxing-day/



Day after Christmas,

A cold December morning,
Happy Boxing Day!
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Dinner at Davenport’s in Encino

Dinner at Davenport’s in Encino

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Wednesday night we went for dinner at Davenport’s in Encino. We wanted to try a neighborhood restaurant we had never been to before. They opened last year in the space formerly occupied by Dupar’s and John L. Groats on Ventura Boulevard west of Woodley Avenue. And so, on a cold winter weekday evening we made a reservation for 7:15pm.

Parking is in the rear and the lot was full. There was a line at the host station, located just inside the front door and the restaurant was packed at the sushi bar, long bar, bar dining  area and dining room. The outdoor patio was empty because it was “effing” cold and there was a nice wind blowing through the courtyard that even the outdoor heaters couldn’t warm. We know this because the reservation was made for “Outside”, even though we didn’t ask for the patio. When we asked to sit inside, the hostess seating us said there was an hour wait for a table and we almost left and went somewhere else…

Instead we went inside and found the manager and explained the situation. He was very understanding and they found a nice table in the corner of the dining room for us in a very short time. BRAVO! 

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The restaurant is divided into different spaces as mentioned above: there’s a sushi bar, long bar, bar dining area and formal dining room/private party space where we were seated. the interior is very nice, albeit a little crowded when the place is packed. If you’ve followed my Blog you know there are more than 20 sushi restaurants in the neighborhood, so a restaurant with a sushi bar (and raw oyster bar) is nothing new and the prices for sushi and sashimi were higher than most. They were offering a combination sashimi and oyster plate for $42 when we offered the specials by our friendly waiter.

We decided not to have sushi or oysters, knowing that we were going to have a big meal and instead just started with their tasty cornbread and bread & butter. They have some nice appetizers but again we didn’t order any know the entrees were large. We did share an $11 Caesar salad, but ended up giving it to another member of our party because they added kale (WE HATE KALE) without mention of it on the menu.

We had the BBQ baby back ribs ($29 for a full rack) and they were delicious! Fall off the bone and cooked really well. The BBQ sauce was tasty and we substituted sautéed asparagus for cole slaw. The fries were tasty, but they weren’t served hot enough. We ate a few of the ribs at dinner and took the rest home and ate them with hot (reheated) fries for lunch the next day, and the ribs were delicious the day after too!

Or party also tried the lobster roll, lobster (Cobb) salad and the ribeye steak. We also tried a glass of red and a glass of white wine, which were both excellent choices. And everything they served us was very well prepared, visually appealing, very tasty and super quality food! We tasted the brownie sundae dessert which was shared by our party, and it was wonderful but we were full and didn’t want dessert.

NOTE: We LOVE dessert and the brownie sundae was good, but the meal service had taken a long time and we were tired of sitting, a little claustrophobic, and really ready to go before we even ordered dessert.

The service was good, just a little slow because it was slammed, crowded and the layout of the restaurant makes it harder to serve. We never had to wait very long for our waiter,  and he did an excellent job tending to our requests.

On The Menu: BBQ Baby Back Ribs with fries and sautéed asparagus, cornbread, bread & butter, Caesar salad, Lobster Roll, Lobster Cobb Salad, Brownie sundae and a coke

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All in all, it was a very nice dinner to celebrate the end of Hannukah and the Winter Solstice (see our previous Blog Posts) and we left happy, full and with leftovers in hand. It was a good dining experience at a restaurant we had never been to before, and we would definitely return for another meal.

Davenport’s16120 Ventura Blvd, Encino 91436 (at Woodley Av)
http://www.davenportsrestaurant.com

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Pretty Christmas Tree at Davenport’s!

 



 

Happy Winter Solstice! Happy Festivus!

Happy Winter Solstice 2017!
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Happy Winter Solstice 2017 in the Northern Hemisphere
(Yesterday!) December 21st at 8:28AM PST – also known as midwinter,
it’s an astronomical phenomenon marking the day
with the shortest period of daylight and the longest night of the year.

SEASON’S GREETINGS! FELIZ NAVIDAD! JOYOUS NÖEL! HAPPY KWANZAA!

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Happy Winter Solstice and Happy Festivus 2017!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS! MERRY CHRISTMAS! HAPPY HANNUKAH!
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Happy Festivus!

And my how the little girls have grown!

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Happy Festivus!
And Happy Winter Solstice!
Merry Christmas Dudes!

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And Christmastime’s A’Comin’!

So, we had an early Christmas dinner too last night.

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Happy Winter Solstice! Early Christmas Dinner!

On the Menu: Turkey breast, stuffing, green beans and cranberry sauce

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Have you been naughty or nice this year?

Why so negative?
That’s just your opinion, man.
Lump of coal for you.

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Brewery Artist Lofts & Studios in Downtown Los Angeles

Brewery Artist Lofts & Studios in Downtown Los Angeles

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Edison Steam Plant #3 in 1903 designed by John Parkinson

Do you like old buildings?

Built in 1903, originally it was the Edison Steam Plant #3 designed by John Parkinson

Then it was the Pabst Blue Ribbon Brewery and company headquarters
Pabst Brewing Company, founded in 1844, was formerly known as Phillip Best Brewing Company and changed its name to Pabst Brewing Company in March 1889.

Since 1982, it has been the Brewery Artist Lofts & Studios in Downtown Los Angeles

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NOTE: the Paradox Iron facade and signage is not original, it was a facade for the 1994 Bruce Willis film “Color of Night” and the interior was seen as the ACME Warehouse in “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” The Brewery has also been used as a filming location for many other film, television and video projects over the years.

 

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One of the oldest and largest artist colonies in the world for over 30 years.
16 acres with 14 “live-work space” buildings (~310 units).
~500 artists and businesses call The Brewery home.
Twice a year the studios are open to the public at The Brewery Art Walk.

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The Brewery Artist Lofts2100 N. Main St., Los Angeles 90031
(the building shown above is actually 650 S. Avenue 21 & 674, 676 and 678)

No dogs or musical instruments allowed. Artists only!

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First time in New York City?

First time in New York City — highlights?

NOTE: This is another long dormant “unfinished draft” that was originally posted on another site and now has been updated and posted.

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Manhattan, New York City, New York

Q: What would you recommend to do in the city for a first time visitor, and what deli would you say is the best?

A: What to do in New York City? It’s the Big Apple baby!
Start with Midtown and Lower Manhattan.

Put on your comfortable walking shoes, check the weather report, and hit the streets of NYC walking! There’s so much to see (people, places and things) and so much history on display as you walk around the city. We once walked from Central Park to Battery Park!

Visit Central Park! www.centralparknyc.org

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Alice in Wonderland – Central Park, NYC (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Take a NYC Taxicab Ride!

See the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center and Plaza,  Washington Square Park, SoHo, the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge, the Freedom Tower and the World Trade Center/9-11 Memorial, Wall Street and Battery Park

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“Prometheus” Rockefeller Center – NYC (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

See the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the New York Public Library and Grand Central Terminal

Visit Liberty Island and/or Ellis Island (ride the ferry, see the sights)

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Liberty Island & Ellis Island – New York/New Jersey (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

The world famous Carnegie Deli is closed. RIP 1937-2016

Katz’s Delicatessen (the “When Harry Met Sally” Diner)
205 East Houston Street,
on the sw corner of Houston & Ludlow on the Lower East Side
Zagat gave Katz’s a food rating of 4.5 out of 5,
and ranked the restaurant as the number one deli in NYC in 2016.

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Katz’s Delicatessen in NYC (photo by Alex Lozupone)

Also try Famous Original Ray’s Pizza and Zabar’s for classic NYC food experiences.

Visit Broadway and the Theater District!
See a big budget “Broadway Musical”
See Times Square and eat at Sardi’s (make a reservation) to complete the experience!

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TKTS Booth in Times Square, NYC (not my pic)

Same-Day Theatre Tickets at Up To 50% Off!
TKTS Discount Booths operates four TKTS Discount Booths in NYC,
including the flagship location in Times Square.
7th Ave, New York, NY 10036

See an Off-Broadway play (the weirder, the better) in a “black box” theatre.

and Ride the NYC Subway!

 

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NYC – View from the top of the World Trade Center (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

HAPPY HANNUKAH 2017!

HAPPY HANNUKAH 2017!

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Happy Hannukah 2017!

“Chag Sameach!” (Happy Holiday in Hebrew)

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Happy Hannukah 2017!

Wishing all my friends and loyal readers
a very happy, safe and celebratory holiday season!

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Happy Hannukah 2017! It’s beginning to look a lot like latkes!

How to make Potato Latkes (potato pancakes):
3 potatoes (peeled and grated), small onion (1/2 grated, 1/2 finely chopped). Add 2 eggs (beaten), 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp black pepper, 1/2 cup flour and 1/2 tsp baking powder. Mix ingredients well. Heat cooking oil to med high in large frying pan. Spoon 1 large tablespoon at a time into oil. Cook until crispy golden brown on each side. Drain and pat dry on paper towel and serve warm with applesauce and sour cream.

On the first night of Hannukah we also made a tasty meatloaf and steamed broccoli & carrots with our potato latkes for Hannukah dinner:

 

And then we sat down and ate our lovely meal while we watched the election results from Alabama come in.

And of course don’t forget your Jew attorney!*
(now time for some POLITICAL COMMENTARY!)

 

The Hannukah Miracle of 2017:
RACIST REPUBLICAN BIGOT AND PEDOPHILE ROY MOORE LOST THE ALABAMA SPECIAL ELECTION FOR THE U.S. SENATE to Democrat Doug Jones tonight!

Let’s review where the United States is now since the Russians stole the 2016 election:

 

*Trump endorsed a racist Republican pedophile for the United States Senate
(and the Republican party supported this criminal’s campaign).

Roy Moore’s wife Kayla’s election eve soundbite — “One of our attorneys is a Jew” — became an instant punchline, summing up “good ole boy” Republican Roy Moore’s long history of hate, bigotry, anti-semitism and racism.

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Kayla Moore: “One of our attorneys is a Jew”

“Fake news would tell you that we don’t care for Jews,” she told supporters, reading from notes as Roy Moore stood behind her. “I tell you all of this because I’ve seen it all, so I just want to set the record straight while they’re here.”

She waved to the reporters in the back of the room — many of them from New York and Washington — as the audience laughed, applauded and whistled, and Roy Moore smiled.

“One of our attorneys is a Jew” she said with a smirk and a sarcastic tone.

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Thank you Kayla Moore (you ignorant @#$*)

NOTE: Huge thanks to the African-American population of Alabama for coming out and voting to save the United States from a “cracker, ass, cracker” like racist Roy Moore.

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Happy Hannukah 2017!



 

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SUPPORT NET NEUTRALITY!

SUPPORT NET NEUTRALITY (only takes a few minutes)
1. On a computer, (not your phone!), go to:
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2. Enter under “Proceeding” the numbers 17-108.
3. In comments, say you support Title 2 oversight of ISPs. 
Also say that you support net neutrality.
*Fill in the form carefully; they’ve made it less friendly and impossible to fill in by phone, on purpose.
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Get Baked for Festivus!

Get Baked for Festivus! It’s National Cookie Day!

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JoshWillTravel’s Festivus Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Our Festivus Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe is entered in the
LA Times Holiday Cookie Bakeoff.
There is no prize, just recognition for the cookie.

Please check out the recipe and vote for me!
You can vote once every 24 hours! Thanks!

VOTE FOR Voting has ended.
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JoshWillTravel’s Festivus Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Festivus chocolate chocolate chip cookies with double vanilla ice cream sandwich!

 

Hawaiian War Chant

Hawaiian War Chant
(Ta-Hu-Wa-Hu-Wai)
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There’s a sunny little, funny little melody
That was started by a native down in Waikiki
He would gather a crowd down beside the sea
And together they’d play his gay Hawaiian Chant
Soon the other little natives started singin’ it
And the hula hula maidens starting swingin’ it
Like a tropical storm that’s the way it hit
Funny little gay Hawaiian chant
Hawaiian War
Au we ta huala
Au we ta huala
Tho it started on an island down Hawaii way
It’s as popular in Tennessee or Ioway
If you wander into any cabaret
You will hear this gay Hawaiian chant

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Au we ta huala
Au we ta huala
Tahuwai la a tahuwai wai la
Ehu hene la a pili koo lua la
Pututui lu a ite toe la
Hanu lipo ita paalai
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Au we ta huala
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Mahalo! We’ll be here all week.

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Halema’uma’u Crater on the Big Island Hawaii
Kīlauea Caldera in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park