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CV! Part 155 – Oscar Weekend! (Saturday-Sunday-Monday)

CV! Part 155 – Oscar Weekend! (Saturday-Sunday-Monday)

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Saturday, April 24, 2021 – Saturday!

4:20am: We slept for a few hours and then we woke up early, before 4:00am.

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8:45am: We went back to bed.
The dogs got fed, the dogs went outside.
We drank a cup of espresso.


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We watched “History Detectives” – an episode we’ve seen before on Rock and Roll stuff.
It features Bob Dylan’s Fender guitar from Newport ’65, a couple of Beatles’ autographs, and a Frank Zappa art piece. Great episode.

SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT!


The 2012 episode found out that the airplane pilot’s daughter had the guitar in New Jersey, and after a legal battle, she sold the Stratocaster at auction. Indianapolis Colts owner and Rock and Roll collector, Jim Irsay bought Dylan’s Newport guitar in 2013 for $965,000.

Irsay also bought Jerry Garcia’s one-of-a-kind “Tiger” guitar, made by Doug Irwin, at auction for $957,000 in 2002, and spent Five Million Dollars on some of David Gilmore’s guitars when they were auctioned for charity a few years ago. He has an amazing collection.


10:05am: We took the dogs outside again. We made another cup of espresso.
And then we cut up a pineapple, and ate a couple pieces.

12:25pm: We are chillin’ in the Home Office with the dogs again.
We took them outside and now they’re napping.
We made another cup of espresso and ate brunch/lunch.
On the Menu: toasted onion bagel with lox and cream cheese, dill pickle,
celery & carrot sticks, Italian salami, and a black&white cookie
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4:45pm: We took a long nap with the dogs. Then we took the dogs outside.
And we just made a cup of espresso.

5:20pm: SO FUCKING TIRED OF THIS SH*T.
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5:55pm: We took the dogs outside. We fed the dogs.

Josh Daniel LIVE from Atlanta, GA (two sets!) – Celebrate Life Everyday!
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7:40pm: We took a shower! Aloha Saturday Night!
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23:33 (11:33pm): Chillin’ in the Home Office. We made some dinner.
We played with the dog. Now he’s sleeping.

On The Menu: Turkey and pepper jack cheese sandwich on a toasted egg bagel,
And a piece of fancy chocolate cake for dessert
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President Joe Biden and the United States:
Recognition of the Armenian Genocide at last! 
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The Armenian Genocide was the systematic mass murder and ethnic cleansing of One Million ethnic Armenians by Turkey (the Ottoman Empire and its ruling party, the Committee of Union and Progress) during World War I.


Sunday, April 25, 2021Sunday! Oscar! Oscar! Sunday!

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8:15am: Sunday morning. Dogs got fed. Dogs went outside.
We drank a cup of espresso and some orange juice.  Drink Coffee. Drink Water.
We ate a toasted onion bagel with cream cheese.

12:10pm: SUNDAY! SUNDAY! And we have liftoff.
We went back to bed and slept for a little bit. And then there was barking…..
We took the dogs outside. And now we are fully chill. But we are hungry too.
Choreboy is about to arrive, and now there’s some stuff to do around the house.

So, Choreboy did two loads of laundry and scooped all the poop.
He cleaned out the fridge, which was already pretty empty.
And then he did some dishes. He’ll be back tomorrow most likely for more.
It’s cold, and gray, and windy outside today.
We ate a toasted egg bagel with peanut butter and raspberry jam for lunch.
And we made some popcorn and drank a coke during the Oscars.


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On The Menu: Popcorn and a coke. Let’s do this.
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6:02pm: OSCAR! OSCAR! LIVE from Union Station on ABC7 in Los Angeles.
BLOGGING THE 93rd Academy Awards – THE OSCARS LIVE!
Regina King onstage. And now make it stop please…. so self-indulgent.
And never let writers speak in public. FFS. Just STFU okay?
5:15pm: Commercial break. Cadillac promo and spot.
Expedia spot…. good luck with that. ABC Sesame Street promo.
Another fucking long ad…. WTF? Oh, Verizon. YEAH THEY SUCK.
WOULD YOU BUY A CADILLAC?
We’re back with Laura Dern (in Bjork’s leftover swan dress?)
International Feature Film…. yeah, you didn’t see any of the nominees.
“Another Round” from Denmark wins. And the filmmaker is in the house.
Did anyone get the memo to STFU and just say thanks….. Yak Yak Yak….
HOLY SHIT! DJ Questlove from The Roots can you play him off please!
His daughter was killed in a car crash and now you’re going to hear about it.
WHO IS THIS GUY? GET THE FUCK OFF THE STAGE! Okay moving on.
Best Supporting Actor. OSCARS SO DIVERSE.
Oh shit, Laura Dern looks like she’s wearing the Goat Pants from “Dragnet”.
Daniel Kaluuya? British accent. Thanks to mumbles….  OH zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
Steven Speilberg’s “West Side Story” preview – December.
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M&Ms funny, Disney “American Idol” promo, local ABC7, DisneyBundle, SanDiego.org, Mercedes S-Class, ABC news promo
Don Cheadle in a brocade tuxedo jacket and silver bowtie – Make-up and Hairstyling
“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” – Oscars so diverse! BLACKLIVESMATTER!
and Costume Design “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” Ann Roth (is not there so, no speech!)
Verizon, Susan Sarandon – powertothepatients, Dr Pepper Zero Sugar,
Lancome – Julia Roberts, HULU promo for Handmaid’s Tale, and Cadillac again.
Bryan Cranston at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood and the Jean Herschholt Humanitarian Award goes to the Motion Picture Television Fund (MPTF) – and it’s their 100th Anniversary. Thanked everyone, and that’s the best speech of the night 
Best Director from last year speaking in Korean. And there’s a translator. Best Directing.
And now there are subtitles…more Korean. “Nomadland” we saw that one. It was boring.
David Fincher was nominated too. And Chloe Zhao wins for “Nomadland” of course. 
Okay, kitchen break during this speech……….
Rolex/Oscar best pictures, .., HULU promo for Nine Perfect Strangers”,
Another weird spot for Swarvorski crystal!, Mercedes AMG,
Rez Ahmed? Indian, with a British accent from “Sound of Metal” sign language….
Achievement in Sound award – get it? “Soul” we tried to watch it.
“Sound of Metal” wins…. he’s happy.
Now a foreign guy is reading a Thank You speech with an accent.
“and now I would like to say something more personal….” MORE RAMBLING.
Back to Rez. Live Action Short Film. Did you see any of them this year?
BRAVO! Our friend’s son co-produced “Two Distant Strangers” – BRAVO!
And now the speeches…. “Police will kill three people”  More self-indulgence.
MORE COMMERCIALS. Google. Sign Language. AARP. Over 50? Adidas. Beyonce.
Ashley Homestores. AppleTV+,ABC promo “The Bachelorette – Be a Katie”
Reese Witherspoon for Animated Short Film  – Okay did you see any of these? 
Time to feed the dogs. “If Anything Happens I Love You” wins. Cool music Questlove!
Gun violence….. thank you, thank you. Animated Feature Film. Good film clips.
And “Soul”, we saw some of that one. And it wins. Yay, Jazz! Thank you everyone:
and Questlove, Disney, and music teachers and art teachers, and Jazz musicians.
Commercials: Disney+, TJ Maxx/Marshalls/HomeGoods Lancome “Idole”, Subway app, ABC promo for “Home Economics”, and more Commercials, Lexus (black family), Visit California (interracial family), Hyundai Sonata.
Marlee Matlin (and interpreter) for Documentary Short Subject, did you see any of them? “Colette” wins. Now it’s really time to feed the dogs.
Documentary Feature Film. “My Octopus Teacher” wins, and we fed the dogs while they were giving the speech. The TV was on in the kitchen. And we took the dogs outside. Now we’re back in Home Office. That speech was WAY TOO LONG. 
More. Cadillac again….same commercial for the third time. Boring. 
Diversity in all the commercials too! Target “Black Beyond Measure”, Verizon Apple, FX promo for (black) “Pose”, ABC promo for “Rebel”, Verizon pandemic commercial, Verizon Oscars 5G promo
Asian guy presenter. Visual Effects. “Tenet” wins. Quick speech we didn’t listen to.
And now it’s Brad Pitt for Best Supporting Actress reading from the teleprompter.
Yuh-Jung Who? for what film? “Minari”, nope didn’t see it. Yuh-Jung Your is Korean.
Broken English, thank you, okay thank you, “don’t believing in competition, how can I win over Glenn Close?…. thank you so much, like to thank my two boys…… mommy work so hard”
Google – octopus (with Netflix and Youtube tie ins), Emgality migrane medicine Lilly Co., Julia Roberts Lancome, SNOOP! Zoe Saldana. Wassup? Corona Beer “the fine life”, HULU promo for “Handmaid’s Tale” shortie. Google. Oscars subtitles promo.
Halle Berry, and what happened to her hair? Best Production Design. Nice cleavage Halle.
“Mank” wins. Nope, didn’t see it. Might see it. Wasn’t sure, but now we might. 
And Best Cinematography. Phedon Papamichael is nominated. But “Mank” wins.
Amanda Seifreid is gorgeous in red. 
Lin Manuel-Miranda “In the Heights” preview. Another New York Broadway musical film.
More DIVERSITY. And more commercials: Blue Moon Light Sky Citrus Wheat, FreshPet dogfood, ABC “Big Sky” promo, more commercials, Honda, Spectrum wifi, Mercedes-Benz, ABC promos for AfterOscar and the NFL Draft. Back to Union Station.
Harrison Ford. Notes. Stupid editorial notes for “BladeRunner” from the studio. HAHAHA. Best Film Editing. “Sound of Metal” wins. Really? We didn’t see it, but, Really?
Another Danish guy! Danish Film School. Thanks everyone.
Shout out to the Deaf Community. Thanks everyone else. 
Viola Davis. Start by quoting Maya Angelou…. here we go.
Tyler Perry gets the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. Yay Tyler!
HOLLYWOOD NEEDS TO BOYCOTT GEORGIA!
And now a speech about a homeless woman and shoes, racism, civil rights, rambling now.
“Mother taught me to Refuse Hate.”  GOOD SPEECH. Very “Diversity”
Commercials…. Cadillac with Regina King, Oprah! “Super Soul” on Discovery+, Incognito by Morningstar Farms artificial meat, ABC Promos, Verizon Navajo Nation,
Zendaya. Yellow dress. Music. Original Score. “Soul” wins as expected. Trent Reznor (who was also nominated for another film), Jon Batiste – SUCH AN AMAZING ARTIST! – from Colbert’s show, and Atticus Ross onstage. Jon Batiste speech is rambling on, and it’s a good one. Yay Jazz! Zendaya is just sparkling! Music time.
Original Song (just clips, not full performances). FAIL. H.E.R. wins. “Judas and the Black Messiah” wins. “Fight For You” is the name of the song. Thanks to everyone. Very pretty in a blue sequined Hadjib dress?

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Questlove Oscar Trivia with Lil Rey
, play a game with the Oscar audience. Did “Purple Rain” win  an Oscar, and she swore on LIVE TV. No, the score was nominated, but none of the songs. THIS IS JUST AWFUL. Feeling really Diverse as they bulls*t on Live TV. Donna Summer for TGIF! “Let’s Dance” won an Oscar for “Thank G-d It’s Friday”. Glenn Close “Da Butt” and this must be set-up… she swore on Live TV too. Glenn Close just put the boogie in her butt!
“Glenn Close correctly identified a clip of Da Butt written by Marcus Miller and performed by the DC-based band Experience Unlimited (EU) from Spike Lee’s 1988 film, School Daze.”
Questlove is inspired. He directed the “Summer of Soul” documentary – short preview, and Zendaya for Lancome “Idole”, Flonase, Jeff Goldblum annoying you for Apartments.com, Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC Promo, ABC “The Good Doctor” promo, Diversity again, she’s jamming, for Grey Goose Essence, and now The Resorts World commercial! It’s weird.
Mercedes-Benz EQ, KABC news promo
Angela Bassett in a big red dress – very dramatic and SAD.
In Memoriam. COVID-19, inequality, hatred, racism poverty. Lot of people died.
And the list of celebrities is really long. RIP. We worked with a couple of them. SAD.
May the Four Winds blow them safely home.
Commercials: David Bowie “SpaceOddity” for AirBnB. Acura, HULU promo for “Handmaid’s Tale” again, Rolex Oscars “best picture” again,   
Electric Company theme! Rita Moreno. BEST PICTURE nominees now. Okay.
Anthony Hopkins clip. “Judas” clip. “Mank” clip with Gary Oldman. “Minari” clip.
And “Nomadland” which will win. “Promising Young Woman” clip, “Sound of Metal” clip, and “The Trial of the Chicago Seven” clip. And the Oscar goes to “Nomadland” of course.
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Chloe Zhao wins and Frances McDormand and a bunch of other peeps onstage. Chloe says thanks and then Frances takes the mic and howls….okay.
Commercials: man, we are tired of commercials, Verizon/Oscar bumpers, Verizon pandemic, Starbucks! FX on HULU promo
Rene Zellweger (in a peach dress). Leading Actress. Viola Davis, Andra Day, Vanessa Kirby, Frances McDormand, Carey Mulligan. And Frances wins of course for “Nomadland” 
– very short thank you speech
Joaquin Phoenix. Leading Actor. Anthony Hopkins. Rez Ahmed, Chadwick Bozeman RIP, Gary Oldman, Steven Yuen. And Anthony Hopkins wins.
And he’s not there. So no speech.
Questlove says thank you and goodnight. The End.
MUSIC WAS LIVE AND OFF THE HOOK!

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And it pretty much sucked, and wasn’t very entertaining.
If we weren’t blogging it. We would have turned it off at the beginning.
No surprises. And not very exciting. Just pretty standard awards format,
with the usual COVID-19 adjustments, Nice that there was live audience, but it was STUPID and NO MASKS just sets a bad example for the public and will probably affect PUBLIC HEALTH. But, hey, lots of commercials, and lots of DIVERSITY. See Oscar isn’t so white…..
YEAH RIGHT. Alright, we’re done . That sucked. It’s going to be a ratings disaster tomorrow.
The dogs are sleeping here in the Home Office and we are hungry for dinner. 

8:22pm: “Oscars After Dark” following the Oscars. ABC is so damn DIVERSE!
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Trent Reznor, Jon Baptiste, and Atticus “After Dark”


9:20pm: We stopped, took the dogs outside,
and then went into the kitchen and made dinner.
And it’s drizzling a little outside. They said it might rain and they were right.

On The Menu: Breakfast for Dinner! Breakfast Burrito!
2 eggs over easy, bacon, and a quesadilla with salsa verde 
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We took the dogs outside again. And then they fell asleep.
And then we fell asleep…..

NO END TO THIS BULLSH*T. NO END IN SIGHT.
WE WON’T BE AT YOUR PARTY ON SUNDAY NIGHT!
ZERO CONTACT IS STILL THE RULE!
DO YOU THINK THAT I’M A FOOL?
DO NOT PARTY! AND HERE’S WHY:
IF YOU PARTY, YOU MIGHT DIE!

NOTE: We stayed the fuck home, and watched the Academy Awards’ Train Wreck.


Okay, here’s one for #StorySunday (on Monday):
Way back in the mid 1980s, we started gambling in Reno, Lake Tahoe and Las Vegas. And then we started working in the Hollywood film industry in 1989, and we met Frankie Valli and a old school “Friend of Frank’s” comedian named Joey Villa. Joey was friends with Meshulam Riklis and his wife Pia Zadora. Riklis was a corporate raider who bought the Riviera in 1973. Our friend Joey was booking the comedy room at the Riviera and also appearing in the “Splash” Revue stage show for many years, so when we visited him in Las Vegas in 1991, it was all VIP fun and a big party with Perry Como in the Penthouse. It was Old School Vegas, with real mobsters, and black tie glamour, at the Riv. “And now it’s all gone” They blew it up and tore it down, and now it’s a parking lot for the expanded LV Convention Center. Vegas just eats its own. So, we have a matching set of souvenir Riviera mugs, and ashtrays, and matches and even mini shampoo bottles from the many hotel stays. And sometimes we stayed next door at the El Morrocco/La Concha Motel or at another Strip hotel. And so we found this mug when thrifting, right before they announced the closing and demolished the hotel in 2015. We have so many crazy Las Vegas stories. They moved the Crazy Girls bronze statue to Planet Hollywood, so you can still see rub their butts for good luck. (if you’re interested you can read more about Las Vegas, the Riviera, and Joey Villa in our previous JoshWillTravel Blog Posts)

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The “Crazy Girls” bronze relief statue at the Riviera Hotel


Monday, April 26, 2021 – PINK SUPERMOON TONIGHT (8:32pm PST)
Full Moon is named for the Spring bloom of the pink wildflower native to eastern North America: Phlox subulata (creeping phlox or moss phlox), also called “moss pink”

2:50am: Hello Monday morning, we’re up early. We fell asleep with the dogs for a little bit.
Not sure how long. It’s too early. So, we thought we’d update this Blog Post…. 

4:45am: Two hours later. And we decided to try to watch Disney/PIXAR’s “Soul” again.
Bob Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues”
Mystics Without Borders and Moonwind Stardancer on the brink of madness!
NOTE: “Soul” was great. It was beautiful. And it had a great Disney ending.
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11:55pm: Recapping Monday. Nothing happened.
We didn’t mean to take the day off, but it happened.
The dogs got fed. The dogs went outside. We got the newspapers and the mail.
The housekeeper came. We took a nap with the dogs. We drank espresso.
Drink coffee. Drink water.
It was a nice day outside. And now it’s overcast and drizzling a littlest midnight.
We ate a toasted bagel with cream cheese for lunch. And we just made dinner.
On The Menu: Mac’n’cheese just before midnight (and we are done now)
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Do not go to movie theaters, musical performances, shopping malls,

dance parties, sporting events, Las Vegas, or any kind of public gathering!
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TAKE this for what it is…. CONTRADICTORY!
ZERO CONTACT IS THE ONLY WAY TO BE SAFE!
If you can still infect someone and catching COVID-19 is still possible, and you should keep wearing your mask, because herd immunity is still far away…..2022.
HOW IS IT OKAY TO VISIT WITH FAMILY & FRIENDS (in small groups without masks)?

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“Mask Up America” is President Joe Biden’s “100 Day Masking Challenge”

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US Surgeon General recommends:
Wearing two masks can improve fit & give you better protection from
COVID19.
Wear a disposable mask under a cloth mask.

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HAPPINESS IS A FUNDAMENTAL HUMAN GOAL! BE HAPPY TODAY!
The three key aspects that will lead to our well-being and happiness:
an end to poverty, a reduction of inequality, and the protection of our planet.

Seek immediate help if you feel overwhelmed or unsafe!
If you, or someone you know, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others, get professional help immediately!
If your distress impacts your daily life for any length of time (a couple days or many weeks),
talk to a clergy member, counselor, or healthcare provider.

If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, get help right away!
Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255) to reach a trained counselor and press 1 to reach the Veterans Crisis Line.
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Happy Birthday Dinner at Mario Batali’s Carnevino at the Palazzo Las Vegas!

Happy Birthday Dinner at Mario Batali’s Carnevino at the Palazzo Las Vegas!

Dinner at Carnevino at the Palazzo Hotel on Friday night

Dinner at Carnevino at the Palazzo Hotel on Friday night

Friday night! We were celebrating in Las Vegas at the Palazzo Hotel and made a dinner reservation for 7:15pm. We arrived on time and were seated without having to wait.

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Dinner at Carnevino at the Palazzo Hotel on Friday night

Dinner at Carnevino at the Palazzo Hotel – The Carnevino Bar!

Dinner at Carnevino at the Palazzo Hotel on Friday night

Dinner at Carnevino at the Palazzo Hotel – The Carnevino Bar!

We had a choice of the Dining Room or a table in the Carnevino Bar with a view of the casino. We chose the Dining Room which was almost full, so we were seated at a 4top in the back of the house by the service doors (more about this later) and the entrance to the “group” and private dining rooms.

The Dining Room has a large metal cow in the center. We were sitting in the back of the house with a nice view of the cow’s ass. The space has an “old-world” rustic Italian theme. There are bottles of wine used as window display, and there’s a nice view of the Wynn and Encore hotels.

Dinner at Carnevino at the Palazzo Hotel on Friday night

Dinner at Carnevino at the Palazzo Hotel on Friday night

Dinner at Carnevino at the Palazzo Hotel on Friday night

Dinner at Carnevino at the Palazzo Hotel on Friday night

Dinner at Carnevino at the Palazzo Hotel on Friday night

Dinner at Carnevino at the Palazzo Hotel – View of the Wynn & Encore Hotels

The service was excellent and the large restaurant staff is very well trained and extremely well managed and monitored! There is a defined procedure for every step of the meal followed by the waiters, servers and bus people. The meal was perfectly timed, done to order and everything we ate was excellent!

Dinner at Carnevino at the Palazzo Hotel on Friday night

Dinner at Carnevino at the Palazzo Hotel on Friday night

White linen tablecloths, a great menu with lots of variety, tasting menus and an extensive wine list were on the table and available.  As I mentioned before, we were seated at a 4top in the back of the house by the service doors. There’s a very large staff and they move very quickly. They also have carving carts for table presentations and large group rooms beyond the Dining Room accessed through the back of the house. I know this because of the constant stream of traffic rushing by our table, and the carts trying to fit between the chairs. There was also a clown car length line of business people that walked past our table to get to their party in the group room, probably 50 or so people parading past our table. It was a little distracting, and almost annoying, but we were enjoying the food and this is really my only complaint about the dining experience. I would advise requesting a table away from the service doors and back of house to anyone eating here.

The food was terrific. Everything was cooked to order and prepared with care. The presentation and plating was clean and simple, the food being the focus. We made our choices and chose a glass of wine (rather than a bottle) from their extensive list. I really enjoyed each delicious dish, which is the sign of a great kitchen.

On The Menu:

Cheese puff appetizer starter, Grilled octopus appetizer, NY Strip steak (bone in, cooked medium), charred asparagus, mashed potato with poached egg & bacon, bread with butter & lardo, a glass of red wine and a coke.

Dinner at Carnevino at the Palazzo Hotel on Friday night

Dinner at Carnevino at the Palazzo Hotel – Cheese puff appetizer starter course

Dinner at Carnevino at the Palazzo Hotel on Friday night

Dinner at Carnevino at the Palazzo Hotel – Bread with butter & lardo (pork fat)

Dinner at Carnevino at the Palazzo Hotel on Friday night

Dinner at Carnevino at the Palazzo Hotel – Grilled Octopus in Limoncello

Dinner at Carnevino at the Palazzo Hotel on Friday night

Dinner at Carnevino at the Palazzo Hotel – NY Strip Steak (bone in, cooked medium)

Dinner at Carnevino at the Palazzo Hotel on Friday night

Dinner at Carnevino at the Palazzo Hotel – Mashed potato with poached egg & bacon

Dinner at Carnevino at the Palazzo Hotel on Friday night

Dinner at Carnevino at the Palazzo Hotel – Charred Asparagus

A fine wine: 2009 Ciacci Piccolomini d’ Aragona Brunello di Montalcino

Dinner at Carnevino at the Palazzo Hotel on Friday night

Dinner at Carnevino at the Palazzo Hotel – Fine Wine!

ROSSO DI MONTALCINO DOC – Tuscany, Italy
The Grape varietal of this wine is 100% Sangiovese Grosso; fermented & refined in stainless steel & glass concrete vats w/temperature controlled through cooling plates & jackets, aged roughly 12 months in 20-85 Hl Slavonian oak barrels. Rosso di Montalcino fruit-forward, spicy & floral. Red berry fruits notes are enriched by slight floral & spicy hints. Warm, soft on the palate w/great structure & round tannins.

The wine was a wee bit tannic at first, but was great with the perfectly cooked meat.

Dinner at Carnevino at the Palazzo Hotel on Friday night

Dinner at Carnevino at the Palazzo Hotel – a coke and a smile

For Dessert: Birthday tiramisu, peanut butter & chocolate torte with almond brittle and caramel sauce, an espresso and shortbread cookies with black currants to finish.

Dinner at Carnevino at the Palazzo Hotel on Friday night

Dinner at Carnevino at the Palazzo Hotel – Happy Birthday Tiramisu and an iced espresso

Dinner at Carnevino at the Palazzo Hotel on Friday night

Double Down on Dessert at Carnevino at the Palazzo Hotel – Peanut Butter & Chocolate Torte with Almond Brittle and Caramel Sauce! Like a Snickers on Crack!

Dinner at Carnevino at the Palazzo Hotel on Friday night

Dinner at Carnevino at the Palazzo Hotel – Shortbread Cookies with Black Currants to finish

Thank you Carnevino! Thank you for a wonderful birthday dinner! I really enjoyed the food and the service was terrific. I would definitely return and recommend it to my friends. It really is one of the best steaks in Las Vegas.

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Dinner at Carnevino at the Palazzo Hotel on Friday night

Dinner at Carnevino at the Palazzo Hotel on Friday night

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Vegas Leftovers!

Vegas Leftovers!

Vegas Tip! (or tip for any hotel stay): Request an in-room mini-refrigerator for a “special diet” or “medical reasons”! They usually provide them without a charge (ask them to waive the fee if there is one) and you’ll have a place to store leftovers, food you bring/buy outside the hotel, and a place to keep beverages cold (much better than the ice bucket). My Vegas leftover breakfast: cold NY strip steak, cold boneless buffalo wings with ranch dressing, pineapple juice, tiramisu, slightly stale donuts & a banana (not pictured)

Dinner at Sushi 2 U in Encino

Dinner at Sushi 2 U in Encino

There’s a new sushi restaurant in town and we decided to try it out. Sushi 2 U has “soft-opened” in the space formerly occupied by Sushi Hirosuke in the Plaza de Oro shopping center on Ventura Blvd in Encino. Welcome to the neighborhood and good luck!

Sushi 2 U in Encino (copyright 2015 JoshWillTravel)

Sushi 2 U in Encino (copyright 2015 JoshWillTravel)

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The DISCLAIMER on the window (enter at your own risk):

Sushi 2 U in Encino (copyright 2015 JoshWillTravel)

Sushi 2 U in Encino (copyright 2015 JoshWillTravel)

The space has been renovated and remodeled. The sushi bar is smaller and more central, the prep area and kitchen are “hidden”, the booths have been removed and there are many flat-screen televisions in the dining room. They also have the ability to play music (which was kind of a problem at the previous incarnation in this space).

Sushi 2 U in Encino (copyright 2015 JoshWillTravel)

Dining Room – Sushi 2 U in Encino (copyright 2015 JoshWillTravel)

Sushi 2 U in Encino (copyright 2015 JoshWillTravel)

New Sushi Bar (and prep area) – Sushi 2 U in Encino (copyright 2015 JoshWillTravel)

Sushi time! (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Old Sushi Hirosuke sushi bar & grill

ON THE MENU: Encino roll (spicy tuna, salmon and crab with avocado), Sushi2u roll (shrimp, soft-shell crab and salmon), California roll, spicy tuna hand roll, edamame, yellowtail/spanish mackerel/albacore sushi and a coke.

NOTE: We wanted to order a small hot sake, but they didn’t have their liquor license yet.

Sushi 2 U in Encino (copyright 2015 JoshWillTravel)

Edamame – Sushi 2 U in Encino (copyright 2015 JoshWillTravel)

The Encino and Sushi2U special cut rolls were both very good!

Sushi 2 U in Encino (copyright 2015 JoshWillTravel)

Encino Roll & sushi – Sushi 2 U in Encino (copyright 2015 JoshWillTravel)

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Sushi 2 U Roll – Sushi 2 U in Encino (copyright 2015 JoshWillTravel)

The spicy tuna was spice just right with chili oil.

Sushi 2 U in Encino (copyright 2015 JoshWillTravel)

Spicy Tuna Hand Roll – Sushi 2 U in Encino (copyright 2015 JoshWillTravel)

Imitation crab (as noted in the disclaimer) California rolls:

Sushi 2 U in Encino (copyright 2015 JoshWillTravel)

California Rolls – Sushi 2 U in Encino (copyright 2015 JoshWillTravel)

It was only their fourth day being open for business, so they were still working out the dinner procedures and routines. Also, it seemed the one waiter was still being trained so service was a little staggered. Everything was fine and we got everything we ordered or asked for, but it was because we asked him or the owner/managers for something.

They have a big menu of sushi, rolls, grilled items and drinks. We ate pretty tame stuff. There’s a lot of different things to choose from and the orders are large.

The space is very nice and there was a steady stream of customers while we were there. There are six other sushi restaurants (Okumura, Gyoro Gyoro, Yamato, Midori, Cho Cho San and Sushi Stop within 3 blocks on either side, and many more in the nearby vicinity (4to6, Katsu-ya, Crazy Tokyo, Octopus, and Sushi Iké) so we’ll see if they can compete.

They were very nice, the food was good, the price was very reasonable and I enjoyed my dinner. I might wait until they get the service routine worked out and their liquor license before going back, but I’m sure I’ll be back again soon.

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NOTE: The entrance “lobby” and bar upstairs on Ventura isn’t finished yet. It looks like it will be a nice space for waiting/drinking when it’s finished.

Sushi 2 U in Encino (copyright 2015 JoshWillTravel)

Sushi 2 U in Encino (copyright 2015 JoshWillTravel)

NOTE: The second time we ate there it was not good and we never went back.

Sushi 2 U – CLOSED in early 2016! Sushi Ganzo has opened in the same space.
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After the 4th of July…Midsummer’s Daydream and Dinner at CPK!

I hope you had a wonderful 4th of July holiday weekend!

Fireworks! Celebrate America with explosives!

Fireworks! Celebrate America with explosives!

Family, Friends, Food, and Fireworks! Did you BBQ?

We had a small family barbecue dinner at home in the valley. Chose not to travel this holiday weekend and happy with that choice. I was invited to a big street party in Hawthorne on the other side of LAX that sounded fun, but it was a drive down the 405 freeway and it’s a Highway Patrol “maximum enforcement” weekend. Also, I don’t like to leave my dogs alone after dark on the 4th of July for obvious reasons.

On The Menu: Hamburger, chicken sausage on a bun, dill pickle, avocado, tortilla chips, sweet potato tortilla chips, sea salt & vinegar potato chips, watermelon and a coke. And then a giant fruit tart cake for dessert.

4th of July BBQ (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

4th of July BBQ (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

There was also a selection of olives, macaroni salad, and potato salad.

4th of July dessert - giant fruit tart cake (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

4th of July dessert – giant fruit tart cake (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

I wasn’t happy with the hamburger, so I got busy later after midnight and made a double cheeseburger with turkey bacon.

Today was the Monday after the weekend, a day to recover from the celebration, and then dinner at CPK (California Pizza Kitchen) again. Enjoyed a very nice dinner at the same restaurant last week, and had a coupon good on our next visit, so we went back again tonight.

On The Menu tonight: 1/2 of a Chinese chicken salad and a Hawaiian pizza with pepperoni, sourdough bread and a frozen mango lemonade.

Drink - Frozen Mango Lemonade (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

New Drink – Frozen Mango Lemonade (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Tried the frozen mango lemonade last week and it was cold fruity goodness! So I had it again, but decided to have different food items.

Hawaiian Pizza with pepperoni (copyright 2104 JoshWillTravel)

Dinner at CPK – Hawaiian Pizza with pepperoni (copyright 2104 JoshWillTravel)

On The Menu last week: 1/2 of a BBQ chopped chicken salad and a BBQ chicken pizza (no cilantro and light onion), sourdough bread and a frozen mango lemonade.

CPK - Sourdough bread (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

CPK – New AND MUCH IMPROVED Sourdough bread (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

They recently replaced the dry white bread and butter with fresh baked sourdough bread and oil. It is such an improvement! Something that doesn’t seem like a big deal, really changes the dining experience.

CPK - 1/2 BBQ chopped chicken salad w/avocado (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Dinner at CPK – 1/2 BBQ chopped chicken salad w/avocado (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

CPK - BBQ Chicken Pizza no cilantro (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Dinner at CPK – BBQ Chicken Pizza no cilantro & light onion (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

CPKCalifornia Pizza Kitchen (many locations in Southern California)

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World Cup USA ’94 Pins – USA, Brazil and Italy; Gold and Regular USA ’94 & Los Angeles ’94

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LAX - Theme Building (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

LAX – Los Angeles International Airport Theme Building (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

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