Paris Baguette Bakery and Cafe

Paris Baguette Bakery and Cafe (in Encino)

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The Paris Baguette for dessert! They have pastries and cakes and all kinds of good baked stuff! And they have food (sandwiches, and other eats), and coffee too.
But it’s all about the pastries.

Located in Encino in the Encino Town Center (aka Town & Country) Shopping Mall, there’s a big parking lot that’s usually pretty busy.  But once you enter, it’s a cafe, clean, no frills, with lots of light inside. It also smells pretty wonderful with all the baked goods.

Outside there’s an open patio, raised above the level of the sidewalk that fronts on Ventura boulevard. Not really good for conversation because of traffic, but a good place to sit and people watch and also view the busy activity at the Encino Commons.

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Check out the amazing selection of wonderful looking treats!

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Tiramisu Cream Puff!

On The Menu: Tiramisu Cream Puff! (got the last one)

Paris BaguetteEncino Town Center  Ventura Blvd., Encino, CA and various locations

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Encino Commons – looking west on Ventura Boulevard

 

 

Super Bowl Sunday 2020

Super Bowl Sunday!
February 2, 2020 – Kickoff 3:30pm PST

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Groundhog Day is also February 2nd.
Punxsutawny Phil, the Groundhog and
The Punxsutawny Groundhog Club est. 1887
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“A popular tradition in the United States, Groundhog Day is also a legend that traverses centuries, its origins clouded in the mists of time with ethnic cultures and animals awakening on specific dates. Myths such as this tie our present to the distant past when nature did, indeed, influence our lives. It is the day that the Groundhog comes out of his hole after a long winter sleep to look for his shadow. If he sees it, he regards it as an omen of six more weeks of bad weather and returns to his hole. If the day is cloudy and, hence, shadowless, he takes it as a sign of spring and stays above ground.”

“Punxsutawney Phil’s prognostications have drawn the attention and praise of thousands of his faithful followers who now flock to Gobblers Knob each year from around the world.”
– from The Punxsutawny Groundhog Club website

UPDATE: Sunday, February 2, 2020, 0730am PST – Groundhog Day!
Punxatawny Phil did not see his shadow. Early Spring predicted!

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Punxsutawney Phil is betting on Kansas City!

SUPER BOWL 54
San Francisco 49ers – National Football Conference (NFC)
@ Kansas City Chiefs – American Football Conference (AFC)

The winning team receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy, created by Tiffany & Company, and made of sterling silver. The trophy is a regulation-size silver football mounted in a kicking position on a pyramid-like stand of three concave sides.
Height: 20.75 inches – Weight: 107.3 ounces – Value: In excess of $10,000

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The Halftime Show: Jennifer Lopez and Shakira

Hard Rock Stadium
Miami Gardens, Florida
Capacity: 65326
Parking: 26718

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Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

And now a quick message for the NFL (and all the closet racists out there):

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The Chiefs are slight favorites over the 49ers KC -1.5
The Chiefs Money Line: Kansas City -122, San Francisco +101
The Over/Under is currently 54.5

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“Football is like life it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice,
dedication and respect for authority. “
– Vince Lombardi

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“NED!”

Jeep Wins the Commercials!
Bill Murray and Groundhog Day!
(with Stephen Tobolovsky and Brian Doyle Murray)
Teaser: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhYVhnydQWg
Here it is! www.youtube.com/watch?v=AnhzGUcENWo
(released to the world at 6am on 02-02-2020)

The Halftime Show: Jennifer Lopez and Shakira
(we don’t think J-Lo likes Shakira….)
and it will probably SUCK. Wait for the reviews.

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“Her hips don’t lie and her lips don’t sing.” – Dave Siegel

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PARTY! PARTY! PARTY!

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NOTE: Face it, you don’t care about either team this year, so it’s all about
THE SUPER BOWL PARTY, the food, drink, and the Commercials, right?

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Drinking Rules for Super Bowl 54:
Take a sip of beer every time the broadcasters mention the Chiefs haven’t been to the Super Bowl in 50 years and every time they show Chiefs fans doing a tomahawk chop.
Take a sip every time they mention Colin Kaepernick, the controversial former San Francisco Quarterback.
Take a sip of beer. whenever the broadcasters mention that Chiefs Quarterback Mahomes’ dad, Pat Mahomes, once pitched for the New York Mets and every time the broadcasters mention Coach Andy Reid’s poor clock management.
Take a sip every time a well known celebrity or Jerry Rice appears on camera.
Take a sip anytime they show Joe Montana, or mention him playing for both teams.
Take a sip when Kansas City tight end Travis Kelce does his signature “Magic Mike” dance when he scores a touchdown.
Take a sip every time the broadcast shows an aerial view of South Beach.
Do a shot when Pitbull does his “surprise” cameo during the halftime show.
STOP DRINKING IF YOU FEEL DRUNK!

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POSTING THIS ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 31st at 12:05am.
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Our predictions for the Big Game:
(we are not liable for any gambling losses,
this is not an actual “tip” or “tout” site. For amusement only!)
*Kansas City will win. Final score 27-20, so take the Under.*
And always take “HEADS” in the coin toss.
Most of all just have fun and be safe!

UPDATE: February 2, 2020 1730pm (Halftime)
Well, the Over/Under shifted to my final score prediction!
And we’re tied at 10-10 at the Half.
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UPDATE: February 2, 2020 2010pm (Game Over!)
Final Score: San Francisco 20 – Kansas City 31
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NOTE: At the time we predicted the Under score the Over/Under line was 53.5
We would have won the Under Bet and our prediction KC 27 – SF 20 was pretty close!

“El Zono Finale.”

NOTE: “Where The Buffalo Roam” with Bill Murray and Peter Boyle is a classic film and a Super Bowl viewing must! Try to find it with the original music soundtrack.

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NOTE: We will continue to add and update this Blog Post
before, during and after the Super Bowl in Miami on Sunday!

On The Menu:
Friday evening, we made a big pot of thick and extra spicy chili for Sunday.
(we are also defrosting chicken wings, but we won’t cook them until Gameday)

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Start with a big pot of thick and extra spicy chili

Saturday evening, we cut up a pineapple and a watermelon, and we made a fruit infused lemonade (used fresh lemons right off the tree). We went to the market and bought food and supplies for the party: chips, hummus, dill pickles, celery, Persian cucumbers, raspberries, “beverages” and mixers, peanut M&Ms, ice cream and more.

Sunday morning we cut up the veggies, made some fresh guacamole (our recipe is in a previous Blog Post) and then we cooked up the hot wings.

Buffalo Hot Wings!
Ingredients:
Chicken wings (trimmed and cut)
1 cup all purpose flour
3 eggs
1/3 cup water
1 stick of Butter
1 bottle of Frank’s Red Hot sauce
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp salt
dash(es) Tabasco
dash(es) Worcestershire sauce
Vegetable oil (for frying)
Instructions:
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Heat 2″- 3″ of vegetable oil to 400 degrees in heavy pot.
Whisk flour, eggs, 6 oz of Frank’s Red Hot sauce, a couple dashes of Tabasco and Worchestershire sauce, garlic, and black pepper in a large bowl until it makes a batter.
Salt the chicken wings and add them to the bowl, Coat them thoroughly with batter.
Fry the chicken wings in hot oil for 5-7 minutes until cooked golden brown.
Remove the chicken wings from oil and drain on paper towels.
Melt butter in a saucepan on the stove, then add 6 oz of Frank’s Red Hot sauce, a dash of Tabasco and Worcestershire sauce and simmer quickly.
Place chicken wings in oven safe dish (PYREX or a metal pan) and cover them with sauce.
Bake in oven for 15 minutes. Remove and coat with heated sauce again.
Garnish with celery & carrot sticks
Serve with Blue Cheese and Ranch dressing

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Thick and Extra Spicy Chili (w/cheese, onion and crushed tortilla chips)

Words of Wisdom:

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SUPER BOWL SUNDAY!

“Ain’t no Hunter here! This is a party! Not a safari!”

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“Tickets, passes, and a key?”

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“Still not weird enough for me.”

Peyton coffee

“Everybody is going to be excited to play in a Super Bowl. When you still enjoy the preparation and the work part of it, I think you ought to be still doing that. I think as soon as I stop enjoying it, if I can’t produce, if I can’t help a team, that’s when I will stop playing.” – Peyton Manning

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Super Bowl 50, February 7, 2016, Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA

The Pregame Show was a NFL Football masterpiece!

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Marino, Montana, Brady, Manning, Staubach, Favre and Elway!

THE GAME!

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KC scores the first TD!

First Half: pretty even.
Both teams score a touchdown and a field goal.
San Francisco threw an interception.
Lots of good commercials!

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SF scores the second TD and ties the game at 10!

Third Quarter: All 49ers.
San Francisco kicks a field goal, then intercepts and drives for a TD! Score is 20 – 10

Fourth Quarter: All Chiefs!
Big Play! Touchdown! Interception! Touchdown! Chiefs Win!

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Touchdown Kansas City! San Francisco leads 20-17

After further review the play stands as called. Touchdown Chiefs! KC leads 20 – 24!

BIG KC DEFENSE! San Francisco turns it over on downs with 1:30 left on the clock.

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Game Over! Touchdown Kansas City! Chiefs now lead 20-31! Then they intercept the ball again with less than a minute left to play! Game Over Man!

The Kansas City CHIEFS WIN!
Final Score: San Francisco 20 – Chiefs 31

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PREMATURE CELEBRATION

A short RANT about the PREMATURE CELEBRATION:
This just needs to stop. The End Zone Exhibitionism should be penalized!
No TD dances! No group selfies! None of this “Jerk-Off” behavior!
How is this not “TAUNTING” the other team? It’s just Poor Sportsmanship!

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“I’m going to Walt Disney World!” Super Bowl and NFL League MVP!

Big Congratulation to 24 year old Chiefs’ QB Patrick Mahomes! He’s the Super Bowl MVP and the NFL League MVP (and the youngest player to ever win those awards) along with being the holder of a bunch of other new football records. He made some “rookie mistakes” during the game, but he played like a Champion and made the BIG PLAYS when he had to and led Kansas City to victory.

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Ok now its playtime.

 

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Check out our Super Bowl party recipes!
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“Don’t Drive Angry!”

DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE!
CALL A RIDE AND GET HOME ALIVE!



We had a weird. thought today (Friday) as the GOP Senate voted against witnesses and documents (i.e. evidence) in the Impeachment Trial of Donald Trump.
What if there’s a “false flag” event at the Super Bowl? Hmmm. Conspiracy theory much?

And don’t forget who controls what you see, hear and read:

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or just Watch the Puppy Bowl on the AnimalPlanet channel!
Team Fluff vs. Team Ruff: 96 puppies from 61 animal shelters and rescue organizations across the United States will compete, the highest number of puppies ever, making it the “biggest and most epic game in Puppy Bowl history,”
And all the puppies are available for adoption at www.animalplanet.com

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“Happiness is a warm puppy” – Charles M. Schultz

UPDATE: February 4, 2020 – Best Story of the Super Bowl!
Kelly Kay Green, 27, a Los Angeles Instagram model, who has more than 275,000 followers on her “Kelly Kay” Instagram page, tried to get on the field during Super Bowl LIV in Miami and was arrested on a trespassing charge and taken into custody. Green jumped over the northwest rail and onto the field in a restricted area. “Social media showed security and police taking her into custody near one of the end zones and leading her off the field. At one point, she appeared to lift off the back of her dress as she walked with her hands handcuffed behind her.” She was booked and later released on a $1000 bond.

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UPDATE: February 3, 2020
THIS IS A REAL TRUMP TWEET!
The Chiefs play in Missouri!
HE DOESN’T KNOW AND HE DOESN’T CARE!

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THIS IS A REAL TRUMP TWEET! The Chiefs play in Missouri!

SHARING THIS FROM OUR FRIEND:
“President Numbnuts strikes again!!!
Yes, he posted this then deleted it.
The Chiefs play in Kansas City MISSOURI!
Millions of people feel he should’ve been impeached, removed from office (and squished like a bug) for simply being an absolutely wretched human being with zero interest in:
-geography
-history,
-truth,
-leadership,
-honor,
-people,
-pets,
-veterans,
-veterinarians,
-women,
-men,
-children,
-Armenians,
-Americans,
– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – !!!
Fuck This World Class Asshole and get him out of the white house.
Oh, and Happy Groundhog’s Day.”
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Supper at Hash House A Go Go at The LINQ in Las Vegas

Suppertime at Hash House A Go Go at The LINQ in Las Vegas

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Hash House A Go Go at The LINQ in Las Vegas, Nevada

Just up the escalator from the casino at The LINQ hotel is a “trending” restaurant, the Hash House A Go Go, that we have heard talked about and wanted to check out. Monday afternoon we were hungry and cruising the fabulous Las Vegas Strip and decided to have an early dinner.

Hash House A Go Go has four locations in Las Vegas. They are originally from San Diego and they have single locations in Reno and a couple other states.

Celebrity autographed menus are framed and posted in the landing area/lobby/overflow waiting room at the top of the elevator, with a merchandise display and menu board. There is also a Selfie Machine that will take your pic and post it to social media for free.

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Hash House A Go Go Merch Display!

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Hash House A Go Go Lobby Menu Board

Sign at the Host Desk:

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“Twisted Farm Food”
They have a very large menu. Most everything is served 24/7.
And they charge La$ Vega$ $trip Ca$ino prices.
Definitely a “tourist trap”, but the food was good.

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THE SPECIAL LAMINATED MENU: (with cocktails and souvenirs for sale)

On the Menu: Burger with 2 patties stuffed with cheese, bacon, avocado, side of crispy fries and coffee to drink. We asked for BBQ sauce (and they charged us an additional $1 – TOTAL BULLSHIT charging for condiments!).

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Our friends shared the French Toast and a fruit plate, and we took the leftovers back to the resort after dinner and some more fun. And the service was not great.

The food was good and the portions are huge! The coffee was advertised as “bottomless” but the waitress didn’t come back to refill it, so we asked for a cup of coffee “to go” before leaving.

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Apple Mimosa served in a souvenir Leg!

and then later we had Monday Night Cocktails at Frankie’s Tiki Room!

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Monday Night Cocktails at Frankie’s Tiki Room in Las Vegas, Nevada!

Hash House A Go Go at The LINQ – Las Vegas

Frankie’s Tiki Room – Las Vegas

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NOTE: Souvenir Hash House A Go Go mug from the LINQ in Las Vegas.
It was only an extra $3 with a cup of coffee (cheap), and it came in a box that didn’t quite fit the mug because of the way it’s slanted. The coffee was served in a regular cup along with the food. But the mug doesn’t say “Las Vegas” on it, so what’s the point?

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Bought the mug “sight unseen” from the menu. Was bummed it didn’t say Las Vegas when we unboxed it the next morning. But then what’s $3 dollars more when you’re throwing your money around in Las Vegas? BIG THANKS TO FRANK!

 



 

 

 

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!

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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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“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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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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Pacific Palm Hotel Resort (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

“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?