NOVEMBER 2019

NOVEMBER 2019

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“Bladerunner” The Future is NOW!

Silence is the sound
Cold night, First of November
Waiting for the Sun

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Feliz Dia de Los Muertos!

November the third,
Did you fall backwards last night?
Daylight Savings time!

FALL BACKWARD! Get an extra hour…. daylight savings sucks.

BBQ Dinner at the Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, California

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BBQ Dinner at the Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA

On The Menu: BBQ baby back ribs, beer battered onion rings, fried mac’n’cheese, baked beans, pickled onion, bread (& mini cornbread muffins) and butter and a coke to drink.

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Bread, mini cornbread muffins and butter

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BBQ baby back ribs, beer battered onion rings, fried mac’n’cheese, baked beans, pickled onion, bread (& mini cornbread muffins) and butter and a coke

MONDAY! Read our previous Blog Post “Someone’s Got a Case of the Mondays”

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The Boys say “Good Morning!”

They erected a new statue on Santa Monica Boulevard in Beverly Hills and Ringo Starr was there for the dedication! “PEACE AND LOVE!”

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“PEACE AND LOVE!” Statue in Beverly Hills, California

And here in Los Angeles we remember the Borderline Saloon mass shooting and the Woolsey Fire that burned everything all the way to Malibu last year in November 2018.

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One Year Later – Remember The Things We Lost In The Woolsey Fire!

NOTE: Please read our previous Blog Posts about the Paramount Ranch and the fire.

We are WORLDWIDE! Here are all the places we’ve been Nov 3-7, 2019:

November 9, 2019 – (One More Saturday Night) Went to the WisDome in downtown Los Angeles for a VIP Experience “Dead in the Dome 2.0” with Melvin Seals, the Jerry Garcia Band, Steve Kimock and DJ Logic with art projections by Jerry Garcia.
Coming Soon to a Blog Post near you!

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“Dead in the Dome” 11-9-19

Veteran’s Day 2019 – We thank all those who have served their country.

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Veteran’s Day 2019! Wave That Flag!

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And it’s only the 12th…. TUESDAY! TUESDAY MORNING! TUESDAY AFTERNOON!

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“When lip service to some mysterious deity permits bestiality on Wednesday and absolution on Sunday, cash me out.” ~ Frank Sinatra

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“Enjoyin’ My Coffee”

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BBRRRRRRR! Arctic Blast!

August-September 2019!

August – September 2019! Rabbit, Rabbit!

AUGUST 1st – HAPPY JERRY DAY 2019!
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Jerome John “Jerry” Garcia
August 1, 1942 – August 9, 1995

“Don’t cry now, don’t you cry, don’t you cry anymore.
Sleep in the stars, don’t you cry, dry your eyes on the wind.”

Be Grateful. Be Kind.

NOTE: Yes, we are STILL working on the Las Vegas and Ashland Road Trip Blog Posts.
Just taking a long time and we’ll be sharing them soon. July totally got away from us! And so did August…. and now it’s September 2019 and we haven’t updated our Blog in two months. Sincere apologies for our recent distraction! WE ARE BACK! Really. No, really.

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Burning Man – Camp Envy 2014!

Vamos a la Playa? NOPE!
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We were looking for ONE TICKET and ONE VEHICLE PASS for BURNING MAN 2019 this year, and the Main Sale and the OMG sale sucked. And so we are not going. It was not meant to be. Too much work to get ready and not enough time.
We will be watching watched with CAMP ENVY again this year. (more later)
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Burning Man – Camp Envy 2019

It was THE DOG DAYS OF SUMMER here in Los Angeles. HOT! HOT! HOT!
And it continues to be hot into September.
Today it was only 90 degrees in the San Fernando Valley.
At least we don’t have Hurricane Dorian to contend with!
The stories coming out of the Bahamas are terrible.

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He is such a Happy Boy!

Another Birthday! And so another year flies by, and we get older.

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Happy Birthday To Me!

Happy Birthday! There was a lot of CAKE! And then a pumpkin pie.

On The Birthday Celebration Menu: Partying with Family and Friends!

Birthday dinner #1 – Sushi fest! Rainbow roll, spicy tuna cut roll, baked scallop California roll, albacore sashimi special, yellowtail special, eel & avocado roll, stuffed squid, veggie tempura, shishito peppers, green tea ice cream, hot sake and a coke. And then Ice Cream Cake for dessert!
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Birthday dinner #2 – Bone-in NY Steak, red potatoes, steamed broccoli, caesar salad, bread & butter, cran-raspberry-orange juice and Boston cream cake for dessert.

Birthday dinner #3 – BBQ chicken sandwich and corn on the cob with cran-raspberry juice. And then a birthday cheesecake for me! Four cakes in three days, so fat.

Birthday dinner #4 – Grilled filet mignon, corn on the cob, mac’n’cheese, cucumber slices with peanut sauce, bread & butter, pumpkin pie and a coke.
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And since we’re talking about food, we just had our annual Labor Day Barbecue Party!
With some killer Surf and Turf! Steak, lobster tail with melted butter, baked beans with bacon, corn on the cob, bread and butter, cornbread muffins, fruit salad, chips, tortilla chips and salsa, cheese and crackers, Mango nectar w/gin, cherry pie and vanilla ice cream

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And more cake. Chocolate cake. There was cake and then half of it was frozen, and then there was cake again. And it was really good.
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FlashbackFriday! 2 years since my iPhone was tragically destroyed! It was crushed between the door and the dashboard by Vanessa, my rental van.
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NOTE: We bought a replacement phone for $50 and transferred the chip, and we have a replacement iPhone, but we haven’t gone back from our cheap android model yet.

Are you ready for some advertising? NFL Football is On the Air!

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Why does the picture in the multi-screen layout keep getting smaller?

And so it begins! Starting this weekend and for the next 16 weekends (and Monday and Thursday nights) plus playoffs, championships and the Super Bowl, I will be watching NFL Football, drinking coffee and ignoring everything else. See you in February!

And on an interesting note, we can see the stats for this Blog, and we enjoy seeing where our readers are located (when they’re not pirating our pictures). So here’s the details for the last four days, WE ARE WORLDWIDE!>

Okay, we’re posting this at last. Watch for our future past due Blog Posts: Burning Man, Las Vegas, Ashland Road Trip, and more…. Thanks for playing!

Deep Elem Blues (acoustic) – Jerry Garcia and John Kahn
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Did you shop on Amazon today?
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DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE!
HAVE A DESIGNATED DRIVER!

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HaHaHaHaHa!

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MORE COFFEE TIME!

MORE COFFEE TIME! 

IT’S COFFEE TIME AGAIN!
Wake up and smell the coffee!
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Good morning! Time to make the brownies!

Take Another Break, Read this Blog About Coffee and Have Another Cup of Joe!

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~800 A.D. –  Shepherds discovered coffee in Ethiopia!
9th century goat herders noticed the effect “coffee berries” had on their goats: they would “dance” after eating the fruit. A monk made a drink with coffee beans, discovered it kept him awake at night, and the original cup of coffee was brewed!

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Welcome back to the dark side!
“Humanity runs on coffee.”

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Coffee was originally a food: coffee berries were mixed with fat to create an energy-rich snack ball. It was also drunk as a wine made from the pulp of coffee berries.
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A coffee bean is the seed of the coffee plant and the source for coffee. The “bean” is the pit inside the small rounded red or purple fruit often referred to as a cherry (aka “stone fruit”) about the size of a grape that grow in clusters on branches of the coffee plant.

Coffee tree bushes can live 60 to 70 years.

When you drink coffee, the caffeine reaches your blood in about 10 minutes. And just smelling coffee can wake you up! Scientists reported inhaling the aroma of coffee can alter brain activity of some genes, and reduces the effects of sleep deprivation.

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“Dontcha wish your coffee was hot like me?”

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Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner – anytime, Coffee is a Winner!

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Espresso has 1/3 of the caffeine of a cup of coffee due to serving size difference.

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“Our culture runs on coffee and gasoline, the first often tasting like the second.” 
– Edward Abbey

Coffee is the 2nd most traded commodity on earth: there are ~25 million coffee farmers in over 50 countries producing coffee. Oil is still the #1 traded commodity.

3 countries consume 65% of the world’s coffee: the United States, France and Germany.
The Netherlands is now the world’s largest per capita consumer of coffee, averaging 2.4 cups of coffee per person per day. Sorry Finland.

Global consumption is equal to about 2.25 BILLION CUPS OF COFFEE every day!

Water is the only beverage more popular than coffee.
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Approximately 54% of Americans over the age of 18 drink coffee every day.
Americans drink 400 million cups of coffee per day, equivalent to 146 billion cups each year, making the United States the leading consumer of coffee in the world!
The average American spends around $20 a week on coffee!

DECAF FUELS THE SODA INDUSTRY! Once the coffee beans are decaffeinated, some coffee producers sell the caffeine to soft drink and pharmaceutical companies.

NOTE: Decaf coffee is not completely caffeine-free! The decaffeination process removes 94-98% of the caffeine. The average 16-ounce cup of caffeinated coffee has ~188 ml of caffeine and the average 16-ounce cup of decaffeinated coffee only has ~9.4 ml.

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“Coffee should be black as hell, strong as death and sweet as love.”
 – Turkish Proverb

There are two types of coffee beans: Arabica and Robusta. 70% of coffee beans are Arabica. Robusta beans are slightly more bitter and have twice as much caffeine.
There are actually over 20 different coffee plants in the world, but these two are the most common commercially grown, processed and sold.

Coffee is actually a fruit. Coffee beans are actually the pits of a berry grown on bushes. Coffee is actually a seed, but it’s called a bean because of its resemblance to actual beans.

“I judge a restaurant on its bread and its coffee” – Burt Lancaster

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Pie and Coffee “To Go”

“Coffee is always a good idea” – Anonymous

Drinking coffee may lower your risk of depression. Drinking 2-4 cups of coffee daily has been found to reduce the risk of suicide by 50% compared to non-coffee drinkers.

A study in the Journal of Psychopharmacology finds having coffee before a conversation will actually make you focus better and feel better about the people you are talking to.

According to a study from the Netherlands, caffeine can increase your metabolic rate by as much as 11% within 3 hours after drinking it. So, coffee can help you lose weight!

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Iced Coffee and Cinnamon Rolls

Q: Why did the hipster burn his tongue?
A: Because he drank his coffee before it was cool

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WARNING! You can overdose on coffee!
You would need to drink over 70 cups of coffee to consume a lethal dose of caffeine
(the approximate amount of coffee needed to kill a 150-pound person).

Caffeine in coffee is a mild diuretic, but you won’t lose more fluid (water) than you take in drinking coffee, so it doesn’t dehydrate you.

Coffee contains over 1200 chemicals! Over half are responsible for creating the flavor.

Coffee is the biggest source of antioxidants consumed in the United States.
Bigger than fruits & vegetables! Brewed espresso has 2.5% fat, while filtered coffee contains 0.6% fat.

Coffee stays warmer when you add cream and cools about 20% slower than plain black coffee. When you add milk it weakens the effects of the caffeine because humans absorb coffee much slower when it has added milk fat, which decreases the stimulant effect.

NOTE: Drinking caffeine in the evening delays the brain’s release of melatonin and interrupts circadian rhythm by as much as 40 minutes. 50% of caffeine consumed clears from the body within 5 hours, it takes over a day to fully eliminate it completely from the system.
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Before coffee became widely available, the most popular breakfast drink was beer.

In the 17th century Ottoman Empire, drinking coffee was punishable by death.

The first American granted a coffee trader license was Dorothy Jones of Boston in 1670.

The American Revolution and the French Revolution were planned in coffee houses. 

Instant coffee first appeared in England in 1771. The first mass-produced instant coffee was patented in the United States in 1910.

The “coffee break” was an advertising ploy created to sell more coffee.

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Iced Espresso

“I put instant coffee in a microwave oven and almost went back in time.”
 
– Steven Wright

The word cappuccino comes from the drink’s resemblance to the robes of the Capuchin monks. The word espresso literally means “forced out.”

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The majority of the world’s coffee, 40% is produced in Brazil, twice as much as 2nd place Colombia and 3rd place Vietnam. Hawaii is the only state in the United States that grows coffee commercially: Kona coffee. Hawaii’s weather is optimal for growing Kona coffee beans because coffee grows best in climates along the equator.

All coffee is grown within 1000 miles of the equator.

The largest cup of coffee contained over 3400 US gallons and was created by De’Longhi (Italy) in London in November 2012. Black coffee was used and the cup measured 9 feet, 6 inches tall and 8 feet, 8 inches wide.

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The Largest Cup of Hot Coffee from the Guinness Book of World Records

The largest cup of iced coffee (over 3,700 US gallons) was brewed by Caffé Bene in South Korea in July 2014. Iced black Americano was used and the cup measured 10 feet, 10 inches tall and 8 feet, 7 inches wide!

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The Largest Cup of Iced Coffee from the Guinness Book of World Records

The first webcam was invented at the University of Cambridge with the sole purpose of checking the amount of coffee left in the coffee pot.

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Temperature & Timing Matter! Coffee flavor starts to deteriorate after about 30 minutes. Use an insulated carafe, to keep it tasty a little longer: 45-60 minutes.

“Coffee is a one-time use kind of deal. You make it, you drink it and if it gets cold, you make some more. Reheating reorganizes the chemical makeup of the coffee and totally ruins the flavor profile. Some things just don’t work to reheat, and coffee is one of them. It’s always best just to brew a fresh cup.”

Coffee roasting temperature can reach up to 527 degrees for as long as 30 minutes! When the correct temperature is reached the roasted coffee beans are quickly poured into a cooling tray to reduce temperature and stop the beans from cooking or catching fire.

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“What goes best with a cup of coffee? Another cup.” – Henry Rollins

One coffee bush yields slightly less than one pound of coffee per year.

More than 36 people touch every coffee bean through the more than 23 step process it takes to get from the coffee bush to your coffee cup.

WARNING! ~20% of office coffee mugs contain fecal bacteria!

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“I don’t need an inspirational quote, what I need is a freaking cup of coffee

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Peet’s Coffee & Tea in Berkeley (since 1966)

Peet’s Coffee & Tea is a San Francisco Bay Area based specialty coffee roaster and retailer founded in 1966 by Alfred Peet. He started Peet’s Coffee, Tea & Spices as a single store in 1966 on the corner of Walnut and Vine in Berkeley, California (where it is still located). Peet’s introduced the Bay Area and U.S. coffee retailing to darker roasted arabica coffee, such as French roast and grades appropriate for espresso drinks, and served as the model (and original coffee bean supplier) for Starbucks.

“Born March 10th, 1920 in the Netherlands, Alfred Peet grew up in the coffee trade before traveling the world. Upon landing in the United States, he was shocked at the poor-quality coffee Americans were drinking. When Mr. Peet opened the doors to his first Peet’s coffeebar in 1966, coffee enthusiasts gathered to appreciate his signature rich, dark roast.” – from the Peet’s Coffee webpage

The first Starbucks was opened in the historic Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington, on March 31, 1971, by three partners who met while they were students at the University of San Francisco. Starbucks Corporation is now the leading roaster, retailer and marketer of specialty coffee in the world. Its operations include more than 7300 coffee shops and kiosks in the United States, and around 3000 more in 34 other countries.

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Irish Coffee was invented to warm cold American plane passengers departing Ireland.
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There is a BLACK BEAR DINER in the San Fernando Valley!

Yes! There is a BLACK BEAR DINER in the San Fernando Valley!

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The Black Bear Diner in Tarzana, California

We were tired, hungry and driving down Ventura Boulevard last week, when much to our surprise and amazement, there was a Black Bear Diner in Tarzana!

Located in the space previously occupied by CoCo’s, Season’s and Bob’s Big Boy in Tarzana Square on Ventura Blvd just east of Reseda Blvd, we have a Black Bear Diner!

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We are a big fan of the Black Bear Diner and enjoy eating at the restaurant in Medford, Oregon when we are visiting in Ashland. They are located in California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, Utah, Idaho, and there’s also one in Midwest City, Oklahoma. They are currently adding new locations and will soon be opening in Katy, Texas (according to their website).

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We were so happy to see a Black Bear Dinner in the Valley and to have an easy decision on where to eat dinner. We pulled right into the parking lot and started taking pictures for this Blog Post. It was late and after the dinner rush and not very crowded at all. There were people at about 40% of the tables and they were mostly finishing up. The counter was empty and we chose to sit at a table at the back of the main dining room where it was quiet and there wasn’t any waiter traffic.

We were seated immediately by a young host/cashier and greeted promptly by our waitress (or female server if you’re particular about the job title). When we asked how long they had been open they told us almost three weeks. Our waitress had worked at the previous restaurant CoCo’s in the same location, which had closed long ago.

Everything was new and “fresh” with the familiar decor that is part of their brand and a constant throughout the chain. A large WELCOME sign and statues of Black Bears greet you out front and there’s a beautiful vintage-style jukebox available in the lobby for patrons to play classic American music of their choosing. They have a merchandise display and food products available for sale at the register too.

The board-of-fare is All-American “stick to your ribs” Food, and it’s breakfast, lunch and dinner all day. We decided to keep it simple and test the American cheeseburger basket.

On The Menu: American Cheeseburger with Fries (in a basket)

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As you can see, the burger and cheese were presented on the basket, not on the paper, which may sound particular (and it is) but it’s important for some customers (like us). We ordered it with lettuce only, but there was no lettuce on the burger and we didn’t want to wait for a server to come, get the lettuce and then bring it back, before eating….

The cheeseburger was fine, but not great and a little bland. The fries were great and served very hot. We only had water to drink and ate the food quickly because we were really hungry. We finished and paid at the register and we were happy and no longer hungry. The service was fast and aside from the food presentation and missing lettuce everything was fine and we will return again.

NOTE: Our waitress left after putting the order in and bringing us barbecue sauce and mustard, and another server brought us our food, but the lettuce was ordered and missing from the meal.

We didn’t have dessert, but they do have a great dessert menu (with pics):

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Desserts Under Glass!

Black Bear Diner – 18355 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana, CA 91356 
“Down-home chain serving all-day American comfort food & desserts in a woodsy setting.”
OPEN 6AM-10PM everyday of the week
We also asked if they were going to have late-night hours, but they didn’t know yet…

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Dinner at the Lakeside Cafe in Encino

Dinner at the Lakeside Cafe in Encino, California

NOTE: This Blog is still under construction!
Once again wordpress is acting weird, so we published before the Blog was finished!

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Dinner at the Lakeside Cafe in Encino, California

It’s Thursday night and let’s go out to dinner!
Chinese? Japanese? Deli? Where do you want to go?
I don’t know, someplace different.
Okay, ….

How about the Lakeside Cafe in Encino?

We went there one time for dinner a long time ago, it was soon after they opened in the old El Torito building on Ventura Boulevard (just east of Balboa Blvd) adjacent to Los Encinos State Historic Park with a fantastic view of the lake.

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El Torito Mexican restaurant had been in the same space for years and was an Encino “constant”! After they closed, a couple of other restaurant/bar/club ventures tried to make a “go” of it and failed. And now the tenant is the Lakeside Cafe, a combination coffee house and bar-restaurant and now also a performance space with live jazz and other music.

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El Torito Mexican Restaurant

We went there just for dinner at about 6:30pm. They have Valet Parking for $3.00 in a lot off Ventura and there’s metered street parking that operates 8am-8pm everyday except Sunday. We found a spot on the street and entered through the Valet lot entrance (there’s also an entrance on Ventura).

 

The “Front-of-House” on Ventura is set up like a coffee house.

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Lakeside Cafe “Front-of-House” on Ventura Blvd – Coffee House

 

You can enter the restaurant from Ventura Blvd through the coffee house area and center room. There is additional inside table seating here away from the bar area.

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Lakeside Cafe Center Room, Host Desk Entrance from Valet Lot, Additional Indoor Tables and the Waiting Area as seen from Coffee House side

If you enter through the Valet lot you walk into the center room and arrive at the Host desk and the waiting area. There are couches, a coffee table and benches for additional seating against the wall.

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There is a side guest table as well. Would you care for some literature?

Sunday Brunch, Happy Hour 3pm-6pm, Live Jazz on Saturdays and the Catering Menu are featured on the promotional material available on the guest table, on your table and inside the menu. Quality marketing and promotion is good business (direct to customer inside the restaurant).

The Dining Room, the Bar and the Outdoor Deck Patio on the Lake

The restaurant’s dining room is open to the elements because of the outdoor seating and deck. It was a lovely evening, the doors were open, but as the sun set it got cooler, and then colder due to its location on the lake. We knew this was inevitable and we decided to sit inside the bar area dining room away from the doors when we arrived.

There was a good crowd, but it wasn’t too crowded when we arrived. They have it set up as a “cafe” with wood 4-top tables and nice chairs in the dining room. On our previous visit we sat at a bar table on tall stools and it was not comfortable. The dining areas are wide open, so it has a cafeteria vibe where you’re eating with everyone in the room. Also, there are only hard surfaces indoors (wood floor and glass windows), so it gets really loud inside even when it’s not crowded. I would not recommend trying to have a romantic dinner inside, although it might be nice place for a rendezvous outside during the afternoon or on a warm summer night.

There is a small covered outdoor deck patio, which is separate from the other outdoor seating by the lake. It would be nice for having a small private cocktail or dinner party.

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They have a very nice bar, unfortunately it takes up a lot of space in the Dining Room area, and makes the dining room part of the bar area, adding a lot of traffic and noise to the room.

NOTE: There is a DISCLAIMER NOTICE in the menu!

 

 

Outdoor Seating – Dining Al Fresco on the Lake!

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The Lake and the Dining Room Entrance from the Outdoor Seating Area

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There’s outdoor seating by the lake, which is a beautiful place to dine al fresco on a warm San Fernando Valley day or night. Be sure to read the Disclaimer in the menu though!

The Dinner Menu and Bar Offerings:

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Cocktails $12?
It’s a nice place, but they have “westside” prices in the heart of the valley!
The food was good, but their food items and drinks are expensive compared to many other neighborhood restaurants, which is probably the reason we haven’t been back since the first time we ate here. We most likely would have ordered drinks otherwise.

On The Menu: fried calamari, a Santa Fe salad, fettucine chicken alfredo and a coke

The calamari was excellent, lightly fried and crispy/chewy! The Santa Fe salad was good, but The Cheesecake Factory’s salad dressing is the standard to which all other Santa Fe salads are compared. This one “not as good”. And the fettucine chicken alfredo was tasty, but just a little bland. The thin sliced chicken and pasta was cooked perfectly, which is sometimes hard to accomplish with a pasta sauce. The service was only okay, it was a little scattered and could have and should have been better. Our entrees arrived pretty soon after the appetizer (while we were still eating the calamari), which is good for fast service, but bad in relation to “timing the meal”. Nothing to really be upset about though.

According to the literature, they have Sunday Brunch and Happy Hour at the bar 3pm-6pm. They have live music on Saturdays and they do catering too.

Here’s their Catering Menu:

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Lakeside Cafe Catering Menu

Lakeside Cafe16817 Ventura Blvd., Encino, California 91436
818-616-2430  www.lakesidecafe.com @LakesideEncino

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A Case of the Mondays?

A Case of the Mondays?

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Garfield don’t like Mondays.

Monday is the first day of the week.
Monday is the day of the week before Tuesday and following Sunday.
Monday comes from the Latin diēs Lūnae “day of the Moon”.

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“Monday, Monday”…. A Case of the Mondays?

From THE URBAN DICTIONARY:
A phrase used to describe someone that has a bad mood
when he or she comes to work or school on Mondays.
OR
A phrase that someone uses if he or she wants
to get their ass kicked by their fellow co-workers or school mates.

(a study published by a team of psychologists at Stony Brook University
says a better turn of phrase might be “a case of the weekdays”)

Another Monday, Another Blog…. this one all about Monday.

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WAKE UP! 
SMELL THE COFFEE!

“Monday, Monday
So good to me

Monday morning
It was all I hoped it would be”

– the Mamas and the Papas

The Mamas & the Papas was an American folk rock vocal group. They recorded and performed from 1965 to 1968 and reunited briefly in 1971. They released 5 studio albums and 17 singles, six of which made the top ten, and they sold close to 40 million records worldwide. The members were John Phillips (1935–2001), Denny Doherty (1940–2007), Cass Elliot (1941–1974) and Michelle Phillips (born in 1944, the only member still alive).

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Their debut album If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears” was released in February 1966. It was their only album to reach number one on the Billboard 100. The third and final single from the album “Monday, Monday” was released in March 1966. It was the band’s only song to reach number one in the United States and it reached number three in the United Kingdom.

“Monday, Monday” won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals in 1967. It was also nominated for Best Performance by a Vocal Group, Best Contemporary Song and the Record of the Year.

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Garfield is a comic strip created by Jim Davis. Published since 1978, it chronicles the life of the title character, the cat Garfield (an orange tabby cat born in the kitchen of Mama Leoni’s Italian Restaurant), Jon his owner and Jon’s dog Odie (a yellow, long-eared beagle with a large, slobbering tongue). As of 2013, it was syndicated in more than 2500 newspapers and journals, and holds the Guinness World Record for being the world’s most widely syndicated comic. Garfield merchandise including clothing, toys, games, books, cruises, credit cards, coffee cups…. and of course the “plush toy” dolls sales earn $750 million to $1 billion annually!

Paws, Inc. located in good old Muncie, Indiana, was founded in 1981 by Jim Davis to support the Garfield comic strip and its licensing. It has a staff of nearly 50 artists and licensing administrators. In 1994, the company purchased all rights to the Garfield comic strips from 1978 to 1993 from United Feature Syndicate. The Garfield cartoons used in this Blog are for educational purposes only, no commercial use is intended here.

 

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Meatless Monday is a non-profit initiative of The Monday Campaigns Inc. in association with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for a Livable Future. Meatless Monday was founded in 2003 by marketing professional Sid Lerner. Reducing consumption of animal products and increasing intake of fruits, vegetables, and legumes have been linked to a host of health benefits.

 

“a diet higher in plant-based foods, such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds, and lower in calories and animal-based foods is more health promoting.”
– US Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, February 2015

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Wendy’s “Where’s The Beef?” Clara Peller RIP

“No-one in this country can ever pronounce my name right.
It..it’s not that hard. Na-yee-na-na-jar…Nayeenanajar.”
– Samir (“not gonna work here anymore”)

The tradition of taking Monday off known as “Saint Monday” has been common among craft workers since at least the seventeenth century.

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“MONDAY MORNING ABSENTEEISM”
Absenteeism is a habitual pattern of absence from a duty or obligation.

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What’s Your Excuse?

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“Let me ask you something.
When you come in on Monday and you’re not feeling real well,
does anyone ever say to you, Sounds like someone has a case of the Mondays?”

“No. No, man. Sh*t, no, man.
I believe you’d get your ass kicked sayin’ something like that, man.”


POLITICS! POLITICS! POLITICS!

“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” is finally back!
He let Trump have it for the entire show last night!
Watch him EXPOSE TRUMP’S LIES on HBO or YouTube!

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John Oliver on “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver”

While we try to keep this Blog POLITICS FREE (mostly) we must add our voice to the many other voices condemning the results of the 2016 election and the ANTI-AMERICAN actions of Traitor Trump and his advisors. Time to IMPEACH TRUMP!

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Hey Trump and McConnell:

“Yeah. You know what, yeah, I do. I do want to express myself, okay.”
– Joanna, Office Space

Trump’s Golden Rule: He who has the gold, makes the rules.

The United States has elected a CRIMINAL CON MAN with no morals or ethics. Trump is ignorant and can barely read. He doesn’t know history, politics, world geography, science or correct grammar. He surrounds himself with the worst people. He has ties to Putin and Russia. He is guilty of treason, fraud and sexual assault. Trumpsters take your victory lap today, because the future doesn’t look good for people who won’t wear a red cap and everyone else. Trump belongs in prison not the White House.

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SHUT THE F*CK UP DONNY! – 10 Reasons to DumpTrump:
Trump is an Ignorant, Racist, Sexist, Anti-Semetic, Pathological Liar!
Trump mocks the Disabled, war heroes, POWs, Veterans and Gold Star Families!
Trump disparages Women, Mexicans, Latinos, Muslims and African-Americans!
Trump sexually assaults women and is an alleged rapist!
Trump lies, cheats and steals from hard working people!
Trump insults world leaders and threatens our international alliances!
Trump has business dealing with Russia, China, Mexico, Cuba and Saudi Arabia!
Trump admitted to not paying Federal Taxes and still hasn’t released his TAX RETURNS!
Trump is responsible for the BIRTHER LIE and continues to insult President Obama!
Trump denies Climate Change and calls it a Hoax perpetrated by China!

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#NotMyPresident

“Loyalty to the Nation all the time, 
loyalty to the Government when it deserves it.”
– Mark Twain

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And now back to our regularly scheduled Monday Blog:

“Tell me why I don’t like Mondays
I want to shoot the whole day down”
– the Boomtown Rats

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Hey! F*ck you Monday.
Another week of weekdays.
When is the weekend?
-Monday Haiku
by JoshWillTravel

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“So I was sitting in my cubicle today, and I realized, ever since I started working, every single day of my life has been worse than the day before it. So that means that every single day that you see me, that’s on the worst day of my life.” –Peter Gibbons, Office Space

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Once upon a time… MY CUBICLE in West Los Angeles, California

“It’s not just about me and my dream of doing nothing. It’s about all of us….we don’t have a lot of time on this earth! We weren’t meant to spend it this way. Human beings were not meant to sit in little cubicles staring at computer screens all day, filling out useless forms and listening to eight different bosses drone on about about mission statements.”  – Peter Gibbons, Office Space

**OBEY, WORK 8 HOURS, SLEEP 8 HOURS, PLAY 8 HOURS, CONFORM**

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“They are dismantling the sleeping middle class. More and more people are becoming poor.
We are their cattle. We are being bred for slavery….The poor and the underclass are growing. Racial justice and human rights are non-existent.
They have created a repressive society and we are their unwitting accomplices.”

– the Bearded Man, They Live

**SUBMIT, NO INDEPENDENT THOUGHT, STAY ASLEEP, BUY, CONSUME**

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WHAT DO YOU THINK?
WHAT DO YOU KNOW?
WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU KNOW?

“Monday, Monday
Can’t trust that day
Monday, Monday
Sometimes it just turns
out that way”

– the Mamas and the Papas

 

 

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Office Space is a 1999 American “cult” comedy film written and directed by Mike Judge. It satirizes the everyday work life of a 1990’s software company, focusing on a few individuals fed up with their jobs. The film has a cult following and depicts ordinary workers in a sympathetic way and contains themes familiar to white-collar workers, the workplace, and the workforce in general.

“I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass…
and I’m all out of bubblegum.”
– Nada, They Live

“Every other day of the week is fine (fine), yeah
But whenever Monday comes/But whenever Monday comes
You can find me crying all of the time” – the Mamas and the Papas

What did you do today? Was it just another Monday?
We Wrote Another Blog…. this one all about Monday!
Published at 11:40pm on Monday, February 13, 2017

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“I asked for a Mai Tai and they brought me a Piña Colada….”

Only two more weeks until Fat Tuesday! Mardi Gras! Bon Temp Roulez!

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Monday, February 13, 2017

RECENT POSTS FROM 2017
(AS OF FEBRUARY 1ST):

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“F*ck it Dude, Let’s Go Bowling.”

COFFEE TIME!

IT’S COFFEE TIME! Wake up and smell the coffee!

Take a Break, Read this Blog about Coffee and Have A Hot Cup of Joe!

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Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Welcome to the dark side!

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Coffee Service – French Press Iced Coffee with cream

Coffee is a brewed drink prepared from roasted coffee beans, which are the seeds of berries from the Coffea plant. The plant is native to subtropical Africa and some islands in southern Asia. The plant was exported from Africa to countries around the world and coffee plants are now cultivated in over 70 countries, primarily in the equatorial regions of the Americas, Southeast Asia, India, and Africa. The two most commonly grown are the highly regarded arabica, and the less sophisticated but stronger and more hardy robusta. Once ripe, coffee beans are picked, processed, and dried. Dried coffee beans are roasted to varying degrees, depending on the desired flavor. Roasted beans are ground and brewed to produce coffee as a beverage. (from Wikipedia)

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Illustration of Coffea arabica plant and seeds

“Enjoyin’ my coffee. Finishing my coffee.” ~ Walter Sobchak in “The Big Lebowski”

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“I like cappuccino, actually. But even a bad cup of coffee is better than no coffee at all.”
~David Lynch

Coffee and Donuts.
Today is Flashback Friday!
Sugar High Me!

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“Buy Tuscany” event at the Italian Cultural Institute (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

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ESPRESSO:

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Noble Coffee – Espresso with whipped cream

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“Our culture runs on coffee and gasoline, the first often tasting like the second.”
~ Edward Abbey

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AM Coffee and Pastries in the Press Room at the 9th Annual Travel & Adventure Show – Long Beach Convention Center (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

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Enjoying my coffee. (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

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Coffee and Strudel at the Sugar Cafe in San Francisco (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

“I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.” ~ T.S. Eliot

Coffee is brewed by several methods: boiling, steeping, or pressure cooking. Brewing coffee by boiling was the earliest method, and Turkish coffee is an example of this method. It is prepared by grinding or pounding the seeds to a fine powder, then adding it to water and bringing it to the boil for no more than an instant in a pot called a cezve or, in Greek, a bríki. This produces a strong coffee with a layer of foam on the surface and sediment (which is not meant for drinking) settling at the bottom of the cup.

Coffee percolators and automatic coffeemakers brew coffee use gravity. In an automatic coffeemaker, hot water drips onto coffee grounds that are held in a paper, plastic, or perforated metal coffee filter, which allows the water to seep through the ground coffee while extracting its oils and essences. The liquid drips through the coffee and the filter into a carafe or pot, and the spent grounds are retained in the filter.

In a percolator, boiling water is forced into a chamber above a filter by steam pressure created by boiling. The water then seeps through the grounds, and the process is repeated until terminated by removing it from the heat, by means an internal timer/thermostat that turns off the heat when the pot reaches a certain temperature.

Coffee may be brewed by steeping in a device such as a French press (also known as a cafetière, coffee press or coffee plunger). Ground coffee and hot water are combined in a cylindrical vessel and left to brew for a few minutes. A circular filter which fits tightly in the cylinder fixed to a plunger is then pushed down from the top to force the grounds to the bottom. The filter retains the grounds at the bottom as the coffee is poured from the container. Within the first minute of brewing 95% of the caffeine is released from the coffee bean. Because the coffee grounds are in direct contact with the water, all the coffee oils remain in the liquid, making it a stronger beverage. This method of brewing leaves more sediment than in coffee made by an automatic coffee machine. 

The French press method’s sediment issue can be minimized by using the right type of grinder. For most brewing methods a burr grinder is superior because the grind is more even, the grind size can be adjusted and it uniformly grinds the beans into consistently-sized grinds, allowing the coffee to settle uniformly and be trapped by the press. 

The espresso method forces hot pressurized and vaporized water through ground coffee. As a result of brewing under high pressure, the espresso beverage is more concentrated (as much as 10 to 15 times the quantity of coffee to water as gravity-brewing methods can produce) and has a more complex physical and chemical constitution. A well-prepared espresso has a reddish-brown foam called crema that floats on the surface. Other pressurized water methods include the moka pot and vacuum coffee makers (Nespresso & Keurig machines).

Cold brew coffee is made by steeping coarsely ground beans in cold water for several hours, then filtering them. This results in a brew lower in acidity than most hot-brewing methods.

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Iced Coffee with Breakfast

“I never laugh until I’ve had my coffee.” ~ Clark Gable

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Iced Espresso with Chinese Food

“Without my morning coffee I’m just like a dried up piece of roast goat.”
~ Johann Sebastian Bach

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Starbuck’s Venti Mocha Frappachino with whipped cream

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Coffee and Dessert

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“Once you wake up and smell the coffee, it’s hard to go back to sleep.” ~ Fran Drescher

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Make Coffee, Not War

 

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How do you like your coffee?

Good Morning! Coffee & Donuts!

Good Morning! Coffee & Donuts!

Free coffee and donuts in the Service Department waiting room:

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Cappuccino!

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Assorted Donuts!

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Cappuccino – My Cup Runneth Over!

 

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The Waiting Room – What are you waiting for?

ENJOY IT!

I saw an accident happen the other evening and it happened right in front of me.

I was turning right, and the SUV in front of me turned right against the red, and the silver Honda turned left in front of the SUV turning right, and the SUV hit the Honda hard.

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Accidents will happen! A sad fact about living in Los Angeles.

NOTE: Thankfully, no one was hurt. The police were on the scene immediately, because it happened in front of the Police Station in North Hollywood. I stopped and did my civic duty, waited and gave my info to the driver of the Honda who was shaking pretty hard.

CHEEEEEEEEEEEEEBUUUURRRRGEEEEEEEEEEE!

Dinner at The Habit Grill: Double BBQ Bacon CharBurger with cheese, fries and a chocolate shake with whipped cream. Oh yes!

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The Habit Grill – Double BBQ Bacon CharBurger with Cheese and Fries

 

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Sunset Over The San Fernando Valley

MONDAY February 29, 2016 Leap Day!

Leap Day! MONDAY February 29, 2016 (published March 1st…)

Hey, it’s Leap Day. Tell facebook you’re excited about the extra day.

“It’s Leap Day. Real life is for March.”

A complete orbit of the earth around the sun takes exactly 365.2422 days, but the Gregorian calendar uses 365 days. Leap seconds (and thus leap years) are added to keep our clocks (and calendars) in sync with the Earth, its seasons and our calendar system.

NOTE: On February 29, 1940, Hattie McDaniel became the first African-American actor to win an Academy Award for her Best Supporting Actress role in “Gone with the Wind”.

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Did you watch the Academy Awards? #OscarsSoWhite or #OscarsSoWhat?
Did Chris Rock do a good job as host? Or did his lynching jokes go too far?
Who wore what? Who said what? Who won? Who lost? Who cares?

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Well? Chris Rock hosts #OscarsSoWhite

The rich and famous celebrating being rich and famous for our entertainment.

Having once been part of the “Hollywood Machine”, an entertainment industry professional and a talent representative, I had to care about the award ceremonies.
As an agent and manager for talent, I had to know everything about the industry:
read the Hollywood Reporter and Variety daily, scan all the entertainment news and websites online, follow the trade news and listen to the gossip just to stay current.

Watching the Oscars and the industry from the outside is a much healthier way of life! These awards don’t matter in the big picture. They are marketing and advertising wrapped up in a pretty package and spoonfed to the public by the media they own and control.
Minions and Toy Story (PIXAR) are ABC/Disney characters and were featured prominently in the Academy Awards telecast as presenters! The opulence, the extravagance, the parties, the black tie and designer gowns and jewelry, the “bling” and THE WASTE!

It’s good that it provides jobs and tax revenue for the city! There is definitely an economic impact from all that money spent. The film industry gets a big bump from the promotion and Pizza guys and Girl Scouts get a cash infusion thanks to the publicity.

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I’m LOVING the Periscope App! Last night I watched Elton John perform at the Oscar party in West Hollywood from the front row, then watched from the stage as Joe Satriani performed in concert at the Fox Theatre in Oakland, and watched my online friend LiterallyAnika riding in a Rolls Royce down “Sheik Street” in Downtown Dubai.

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Elton John perfoming LIVE at the Oscar Party in West Hollywood

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@ChickenfootJoe LIVE onstage at the Fox Theatre in Oakland

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@LiterallyAnika riding in a Rolls Royce in Downtown Dubai

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Last week I met an old friend who lives in New York for a drink at the Sherman Oaks Galleria in the beautiful San Fernando Valley. He had a meeting across the street so we met up at The Cheesecake Factory and went to the bar.

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Sunset at the fountain at the Sherman Oaks Galleria (Ventura & Sepulveda)

After a brief wait and a little maneuvering we got a couple seats at the bar, ordered a fried calamari appetizer and enjoyed an adult beverage and some food while catching up on the past in person.

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The Bar at the Cheesecake Factory at the Sherman Oaks Galleria

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Waving for a cocktail does work at the Cheesecake Factory Bar!

On the Menu: Stoli rocks with a splash of pineapple, my friend had a draft beer and a Manhattan straight up with Woodford Reserve, and we shared an order of fried calamari and the complimentary bread & butter.

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Stoli Rocks with a Splash of Pineapple Juice

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Fried Calamari

 

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The world famous Sherman Oaks Galleria in the beautiful San Fernando Valley

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And on the way out to the self-parking garage I stopped at the Starbuck’s in the courtyard and got a Venti Mocha Frappuchino with whipped cream to go.

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Venti Mocha Frappuchino – Starbuck’s Sherman Oaks Galleria

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Dinner Party at Cafe Bizou in Sherman Oaks

Dinner Party at Cafe Bizou in Sherman Oaks

A rainy Wednesday night and it was someone’s birthday! (not mine)

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Dinner Party at Cafe Bizou in Sherman Oaks

We were going to have Indian food and a party at the house, but I suggested Dinner at Cafe Bizou instead! We made a reservation last week for a party of nine at 6:30pm. When we arrived the table was ready and waiting. Of course, we didn’t arrive all at once…

They have convenient Valet Parking on Ventura Blvd and there’s also parking in the rear. It’s also possible to find street parking because they’re not in the middle of restaurant row and I’ve parked in the bank lot across the street after hours on occasion.

The first thing you’ll notice when you enter is that it’s in a house that’s been remodeled as a restaurant. There’s a nice bar but the bar area is small, also functions as the waiting area, and the path of service runs through the bar to the dining room. The large dining room is divided into two spaces and each has a difference ambiance, but also the same.

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Dinner Party at Cafe Bizou in Sherman Oaks

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Dinner Party at Cafe Bizou in Sherman Oaks

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Cafe Bizou in Sherman Oaks

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Cafe Bizou in Sherman Oaks

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Cafe Bizou in Sherman Oaks

They also have a “patio area” in front, which is enclosed, covered and heated at night. It’s a very nice place for an intimate and/or romantic dinner.

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Cafe Bizou in Sherman Oaks – “Patio Area”

The food is great. The food is reasonably priced. They have a good selection of wine at a fair market price and a very reasonable corkage fee if you want to bring your own bottle(s).

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On the Menu: Steak & Shrimp au poivre with baked potato, fried calamari, caesar salad, bread & butter, creme brûlée, chocolate covered profiteroles with vanilla ice cream and a coke. Also had a couple lamb chops that were orphaned and a taste of tiramisu.

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Fresh Baked Bread and Butter

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Fried Calamari

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Caesar Salad

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Steak & Shrimp with Baked Potato

And for Dessert: They brought the flourless chocolate cake with a candle for the birthday girl and half of us ordered dessert. I love their creme brûlée! I also had a little taste of the profiteroles and tiramisu, but passed on cappuccino or coffee.

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Creme Brûlée

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Chocolate Covered Profiteroles with Vanilla Ice Cream

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Tiramisu

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Flourless Chocolate Cake with Whipped Cream

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We really like Cafe Bizou! It’s a very comfortable environment and the dress code is casual to dressy without comment. Diners in jeans, shorts and t-shirts sitting next to executives in coats and ties is perhaps too common an occurrence, but the restaurant really all about the great food and pleasant dining experience.

The service is excellent! The wait staff and busboys are constantly in motion, well trained and pretty attentive to the tables and guests’ needs. Refills and requests are handled promptly and the courses are timed out for dining at a relaxed pace.

Again, it’s very reasonably priced for fine dining and they have a nice selection of food! (Check out the menu above)

They are open for Lunch, Brunch and Dinner.
Reservations in advance are recommended because “you never know”.

Cafe Bizou
14016 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423  (818) 788-3536

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