CORONAVIRUS! Part 18 – Easter Weekend!

CORONAVIRUS! Part 18 – Easter Weekend!

Saturday, April 11, 2020 
Taking the day off from Blogging the TRUMP CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC crisis.
and It’s National Pet Day!

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National Pet Day! My Quarantine Buddies!

STAY HOME! – STAY HEALTHY!
DON’T PANIC! – REMAIN CALM!

AND GO WASH YOUR HANDS!

3:00pm – After we woke up last night, we were up most of the early AM. We finally fell asleep, but had to wake up for the dog’s morning feeding. Took care of that and went back to bed…. slept until about 11am. We are still very much on edge emotionally.

It’s a beautiful day here in the San Fernando Valley and we’re not going to worry about sh*t right now…. NO NEWS IS GOOD NEWS FOR REAL!
There was a little something in the NY Times about Trump today……

Spent time in the backyard with the dogs and then totally cleaned and sterilized the kitchen. We ate leftover pizza around 5pm (call it lunch).
Fed and played with the dogs of course.

7:30pm One More Saturday Night! (started at 5:30pm, replay available on youtube)
Tonights concert: Dead&Co. 11-14-17 Madison Square Garden in NYC
Nugs is replaying Dead&Co concerts from the past every Saturday night as a Fundraiser for MusiCares COVID-19 Relief to aid musicians affected by the CoronaVirus Pandemic.

AND ANOTHER DAY IS DONE…. Hey Saturday Night!

8-9:00pm And then we joined a “ZOOM around the burn barrel”
with Professor Pickle (and a real burn barrel with real fire)
and two other peeps for an hour of Burner socializing online!
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That is us on ZOOM on Saturday night from the Home Office in Los Angeles.
And it was LIVE with human beings, and also fun and entertaining!
Our third ZOOM experience, so amazingly weird… wearing our burner hat.

NOTE: This is a whole new world of internet participation.
And so we are considering clearing our back desk and creating a scenic background.
Or just go with the virtual background (if we can figure out how to do that)?

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FACIAL COVERING IN PUBLIC IS MANDATORY NOW!

 

And we ate some of the leftover Chinese food for dinner around 11pm.

“Leftover pizza for lunch. Leftover Chinese food for dinner.
Leftover is the Jewish holiday that comes after Passover.”

DO THE FIVE – HELP STOP CORONAVIRUS!
1 – HANDS – Wash them often
2 – ELBOW (OR SLEEVE) – Cough into it
3 – FACE – Don’t touch it
4 – SPACE – Keep safe distance (6 feet or more)
5 – HOME – Stay home if you can (or if it’s mandatory)

Sunday, April 12, 2020 – HAPPY EASTER SUNDAY!

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Woke up at 3:30am, so we slept maybe an hour and a half, and now it’s 5:40am.
I HAVE RISEN! Did a little youtube viewing in the past 2 hours.
We were considering going to the Supermarket…
There is a list of stuff to get, but we have everything we need to go another day,
and the Supermarket will still be there tomorrow (most likely, but no longer 100%).
So, now the decision must be made…. and NO. We are not going today.
We will face the paranoia tomorrow or Tuesday morning and venture out later.
Today we will chill with the dogs again.

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“Conan the Barbarian” with Arnold was just starting this morning!
A film about killing false prophets…how appropriate.
And Conan gets crucified and resurrected too!

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Arnold as Conan the Barbarian

We also watched and HIGHLY RECOMMEND
the “Saturday Night Passover Seder”

THIS WAS INCREDIBLE!
You don’t have to be Jewish to love this.
Happy Passover everyone!

5:00pm – Recap the afternoon, shall we?
So, we played with dogs inside and outside.
We did a little “Spring cleaning” at the Home Office.
We did a little “gardening” outside too.
Yesterday was beautiful with blue skies.
Today was just overcast and “gray all day” in L.A.

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We had a toasted bagel with cream cheese, orange juice and an espresso for breakfast this morning, and we had a bite of leftover orange beef and a bite of brownie around 4pm.
And we are drinking another espresso while writing this with one dog at our feet and two asleep on the bed. Our big dog is hanging out somewhere else today.

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7:00pm We fell asleep with the dogs for an hour and a half.
Woke up and fed the dogs and took them outside.

Easter Dinner for one.
On The Menu: Leftover Chinese food (day 2) – Orange beef and fried rice with an iced espresso. And then we baked banana bread. Mmmmmm….Banana Bread!

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Leftover Chinese food (day 2) – Orange beef and fried rice

Baking and cooking is good for relaxation. It can be meditative too.
The Zen of Making! And the end result is the instant reward.

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Baking and Making Banana Bread!

Read the previous Blog Post “Baking Banana Bread” for the recipe and video!

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Mmmmm…. Warm Banana Bread!

The Easter Weekend Trifecta (a classic triple feature):

And the BEST EASTER FILM EVER:

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And….. “Always Look On The Bright Side of Life!”

Just a quick reminder:

DONALD TRUMP on
February 26, 2020:
“The 15 (cases in the US) within a couple of days
is going to be down to close to zero.”
and
“We’re going very substantially down, not up.”

March 9: “This blindsided the world.”

March 13: “I take no responsibility.” (YES HE REALLY SAID IT!)

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115000+ Reported Deaths as of Monday, April 13, 2020 at 6:20am PST

EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! – EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! –
EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! – EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! –
EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! – EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE!

Trump was briefed about Coronavirus almost 3 months ago!
He called it a hoax, a conspiracy theory, and then chose to ignore and lie about it!
TOTAL FAILURE! Trump fired the NSC Pandemic Team in 2018!

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Why did the United States refuse the World Heath Organization test kits?
Why did the Trump Administration wait to act?
Why did the Trump Administration tell the Washington state doctors not to test?
Why did the GOP Republicans call it a “Democratic Hoax?”
Why didn’t the CDC test kits work?
Why did they wait to get new test kits from Roche? (~400000 available soon)
Why did he put Mike Pence in charge?

THERE IS NO POSITIVE SPIN FOR A GLOBAL PANDEMIC AND THE TOTAL FAILURE OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC HEALTH!
THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS FAILED TO PROTECT THE UNITED STATES!

WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING!
DO NOT FOLLOW MEDICAL ADVICE FROM TRUMP! HE IS NOT A DOCTOR!

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HAPPY EASTER FROM OUR GANG!

Easter Egg Hunt Anyone?

And it’s 4-20 all month long! Happy Easter!

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“Nobody F*cks With The Jesus!”



City of Los Angeles “Safer-At-Home”> coronavirus.lacity.org

California Senior Citizen Help Hotline: 1-833-544-2374
Help for Senior Citizens during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Carry A Spear in Public! – “Social Distancing” from the past

REMEMBER to DISINFECT and SANITIZE frequently-touched surfaces like:
cell phones, computers (keyboard & mouse), door handles, faucets, keys. credit cards, wallets, purses, tables, desks, countertops, light switches, knobs, dials, etc.

YOU DON’T KNOW WHO IS INFECTED!
YOU REALLY DO NOT KNOW! HAVE YOU BEEN TESTED?
ZERO CONTACT IS THE ONLY WAY TO BE SAFE!
THERE WON’T BE MEDICAL CARE AVAILABLE!
STAY HOME! STAY HEALTHY! DON’T PANIC! REMAIN CALM!
IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS STAY HOME! CALL YOUR DOCTOR.

THIS IS NOT A HOAX! “DON’T BE AN A**HOLE!”
THIS VIRUS MAY KILL YOU OR SOMEONE YOU CARE ABOUT!

STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME!



 

 

 

 

CORONAVIRUS! Part 4 (Monday)

CORONAVIRUS! Part 4 (Monday)

STAY HOME! STAY HEALTHY!
DON’T PANIC! REMAIN CALM!
AND GO WASH YOUR HANDS!

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AND NOW WE HAVE A NATIONAL EMERGENCY!
Coronavirus cases reported as of Monday, March 16, 2020 at 9:15am PST:

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As of Monday, March 16, 2020 at 9:15am PST

THIS IS NOT “BUSINESS AS USUAL”
and THIS IS NOT “THE NEW NORMAL”
The “media frenzy” is driving public panic and panic buying. 24/7 Coronavirus!
The amount of stupid sh*t coming from celebrities on TV/Twitter is unbelievable!
The morning “news” is having “haha” fun with this disaster and shilling for Trump.
He lies. He lies all the time. They broadcast soundbites that make him look good.
Fox News is trying to put a positive spin on the pandemic, comparing it to the flu,
(like it’s no big deal) and ALWAYS shilling for Trump….

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As of Monday, March 16, 2020 at 11:15pm PST

THE STOCK MARKET (Dow Jones) DROPPED 3000 POINTS MONDAY (that’s 13%)!
The Stock Market dropped 2200 points at the open and trading was immediately suspended! It was another really bad day on Wall Street,
the biggest one day loss in history…. you might even call it “HISTORIC”
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And then there was another Press Conference…..
(remember how he praised the stock market on Friday, Saturday & Sunday?)

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“WHITE WASHING”

The longer Trump talked, the more the stock market dropped on Monday!
And why do all the doctors behind him look really scared?
But, someone must have slapped him awake, because he didn’t mumble today.
3000 points! Hannity and his Money Men must have called.
He said “maybe a recession” and BOOM. (Someone must have spanked him!)
“It’s not under control” and BOOM. And then more incoherent rambling.
MORE LIES, MORE PATTING HIMSELF ON THE BACK, MORE THANK YOUS,
and “We’re going to have a big celebration.” BOOM!

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They’re talking economic relief for the airlines, hotel and cruise companies,
even the casinos are asking for a government bailout today!
Bars, clubs, restaurants, retail stores, and other businesses are closing.
Some won’t be back. Some will be bankrupt. Employees won’t get paid.
There weren’t any retail executives or corporate shills at the conference today.

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And California is closed, Washington is closed,
Oregon is closed, New York is closed, and more states are closed.
Curfews, Executive Orders, State and Local Regulations for the Public Good!
San Francisco is on LOCKDOWN for 3 weeks! People can’t even go outside.
MGM and other hotel/casinos in Las Vegas have closed, but some are still open!
(Open: Caesars Resorts, Treasure Island, Tropicana, Venetian/Palazzo and the Strat)
Walt Disney World had a big closing night party with a huge crowd! BOOOOOO!
Ohio Health Dept cancelled the Tuesday Primary Election – postponed until June!
Canada and Europe instituted TRAVEL BANS (but not on US Citizens of course).
The Royal Shakespeare Company cancelled all shows! (London, Stratford & touring)
The 146th Kentucky Derby postponed from May 2nd to September 5th, 2020!
Most everyone else cancelled or postponed events today, if they hadn’t already yet.
Trump ordered “health screenings” at the major airports without a plan!
Huge Crowds! People were lined up for hours at the airports in close proximity! 

AND THE UNITED STATES IS NOT PREPARED FOR THIS CRISIS!

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Norway Throwing Shade at the United States Health System!

*Mitt Romney thinks each adult American should receive a one-time payment of $1000 for economic relief and stability during the Coronavirus emergency.*

CHARTS and GRAPHS! (because a picture speaks a thousand words)

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THIS IS VERY SCARY! STAY THE F*CK HOME!

How many people should be allowed to gather together?
1000, 500, 250, 100, 50, and now 10. The number should be ZERO!
Anyone you contact might already be infected!
The Coronavirus is contagious before the host shows symptoms!
Nobody has been tested…. unless they’re already really sick!
You might just get a mild case, but you might infect someone who might die.
STAY HOME! STAY HEALTHY! DON’T PANIC! REMAIN CALM!

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STAY HOME! STAY HEALTHY!

There are more than 4500 reported cases of Coronavirus and 87 people have died in the United States of America. 48 of the deceased are from the state of Washington. 

 

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MONDAY NIGHT AT THE HOME OFFICE!
Rainy day in Los Angeles and everything is closed. F*ck, we don’t want to go out.
Tuesday is actually DAY SIX of our self-isolation!
We had a general appointment at the hospital last Wednesday and there were a lot of sick people there, and that was a week ago. We decided to social distance ourself after that experience, and have only been out twice since to pick up food and run an errand.
Monday night we cooked dinner.
On The Menu: Big pot of chili, served with cheese, chopped onion, tortilla chips and a raw veggie plate, with cran-raspberry-orange juice to drink – stay home, stay healthy!

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Big Pot of Chili with Beans on Monday Night

Social Distancing
Trapped in my peoplebox
I am so alone

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“Return of the Swallow” (Mission San Juan Capistrano)
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“The future’s uncertain, and the end is always near.” – The Doors

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STAY THE FUCK HOME!

It’s not the Zombie Apocalypse!
PLEASE STOP HOARDING. PLEASE STOP PANIC BUYING!

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WHO BOUGHT ALL THE TOILET PAPER? AND WHY?

Thank you Lewis Black! “The Rant is Due” 3-14-2020 (go to Lewis Black Live)


 

 

CORONAVIRUS! Part 3 (Fri-Sun)

CORONAVIRUS! Part 3 (Friday-Sunday)

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DON’T PANIC!
REMAIN CALM!
CHILL! YOU MUST CHILL!
OHMMMMMM…….

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BUY ALL THE TOILET PAPER!

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WTF? Really? The United States declared a national state of emergency!

Why did the United States refuse the World Heath Organization test kits?
Why did the Trump Administration wait to act?
Why did the Trump Administration tell the Washington state doctors not to test?
Why did the GOP Republicans call it a “Democratic Hoax?”
Why didn’t the CDC test kits work?
Why did they wait to get new test kits from Roche? (~400000 available soon)
Why did he put Mike Pence in charge?

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WHY CAN’T HE TELL THE TRUTH?

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WORLDWIDE CASES THAT HAVE BEEN CONFIRMED:
(this Johns Hopkins University data does not include people who
are already infected and don’t know and/or have not been tested yet)

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As of March 14, 2020 at 1:30am PST

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As of March 14, 2020 at 5:30pm PST

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As of Sunday, March 15, 2020 at 5:30pm PST

 

Right now Trump, his grifter children, and Jared Kushner
are working hard to profit from this disaster!
WE HAVE THE BEST RETAILERS! GREAT CORPORATIONS!

THEY’LL MAKE BIG PROFITS OFF THIS DISASTER AND DEATH!
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THE UNITED STATES DECLARED A NATIONAL EMERGENCY!
At Trump’s White House Rose Garden news conference on Friday, executives from Target, Walmart, CVS and Walgreens said they would provide space in some of their parking lots for drive-through testing locations. AND YES, TRUMP LIED AGAIN!

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TRUMP CANNOT TELL THE TRUTH!

Saturday morning  Trump hijacked Pence’s Press Conference and went off the rails again, praising himself, his cronies, the great job he was doing, BLAH BLAH BLAH!
TOTAL BULLSH*T! He says he’s responsible for the stock market bump…..
(it’s just “pumped up” at closing on Friday, watch what happens on Monday)

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THEY AREN’T CALLING IT A “HOAX” ANYMORE!

The “TrumpVirus” Timeline:
January 22: “We have it totally under control. It’s one person coming in from China. It’s going to be just fine.”
February 2: “We pretty much shut it down coming in from China.”

February 24: “The Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA… Stock Market starting to look very good to me!”
February 25: “CDC and my Administration are doing a GREAT job of handling Coronavirus.”
February 25: “I think that’s a problem that’s going to go away… They have studied it. They know very much. In fact, we’re very close to a vaccine.”
February 26: “The 15 (cases in the US) within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero.”
February 26: “We’re going very substantially down, not up.”
February 27: “One day it’s like a miracle, it will disappear.”

February 28: “We’re ordering a lot of supplies. We’re ordering a lot of, uh, elements that frankly we wouldn’t be ordering unless it was something like this. But we’re ordering a lot of different elements of medical.”

March 2: “You take a solid flu vaccine, you don’t think that could have an impact, or much of an impact, on corona?”
March 2: “A lot of things are happening, a lot of very exciting things are happening and they’re happening very rapidly.”

March 4: “If we have thousands or hundreds of thousands of people that get better just by, you know, sitting around and even going to work — some of them go to work, but they get better.”

March 5: “I NEVER said people that are feeling sick should go to work.”
March 5: “The United States… has, as of now, only 129 cases… and 11 deaths. We are working very hard to keep these numbers as low as possible!”

March 6: “I think we’re doing a really good job in this country at keeping it down… a tremendous job at keeping it down.”
March 6: “Anybody right now, and yesterday, anybody that needs a test gets a test. They’re there. And the tests are beautiful…. the tests are all perfect like the letter was perfect. The transcription was perfect. Right? This was not as perfect as that but pretty good.”
March 6: “I like this stuff. I really get it. People are surprised that I understand it… Every one of these doctors said, ‘How do you know so much about this?’ Maybe I have a natural ability. Maybe I should have done that instead of running for president.”
March 6: “I don’t need to have the numbers double because of one ship that wasn’t our fault.”

March 8: “We have a perfectly coordinated and fine tuned plan at the White House for our attack on CoronaVirus.”

March 9: “This blindsided the world.”

March 13: “I take no responsibility.”

Brownie, youre doing a heck of a job.” – George Bush during Hurricane Katrina

NOTE: The House passed the economic relief bill for the coronavirus 363-40 on Friday.
It will provide billions for paid sick leave, unemployment insurance, free testing,
and other measures to help those people impacted by this emergency.

Trump’s European “Travel Ban” added the United Kingdom and Ireland on Saturday.
The other Cruise Companies have cancelled all sailings.
The airlines have cancelled most international flights and are cancelling
and/or changing capacity on domestic flights.
Trump has mentioned a possible “domestic travel ban” more than once.
Las Vegas hotels and casinos are closing their restaurants, buffets, clubs, and spas.
Conventions are cancelling. Major Ski Resorts are closing for the duration.
Museums (including all of the Smithsonian Institute museums) and Zoos are closing.
All sporting events, concerts, major events, music festivals, parades and parties:
Everything is CLOSED, Cancelled or Postponed until April at the earliest…..
even the Los Angeles Card Clubs and Casinos are closing for the duration.

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THE UNITED STATES WAS UNPREPARED FOR THIS DISASTER!

There hasn’t been enough testing (if any at all) to get accurate numbers, information, and/or correct data on the number of people already infected!
As of March 14, Only ~15000 people have been tested so far,
according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Marc Lipsitch, who directs the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics at Harvard’s School of Public Health, says testing is needed at emergency rooms in every major metro area across the country. That would offer statistically significant sampling to get reliable estimates on how many Americans actually have the coronavirus”

Hospitals are not prepared!
There is no vaccine and no cure for Coronavirus.
They do not have tests. If they do have tests, they don’t have enough.
They don’t have enough protective equipment for their staff.
Sh*t, THEY DON’T HAVE ENOUGH STAFF!
They don’t have proper procedures for dealing with an outbreak like this!
But DON’T PANIC! WASH YOUR HANDS!

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The letter Senator Sherrod Brown sent to Trump 2 years ago asking why he shut down the National Security Council (NSC) Pandemic Team and Global Health Security Office:

 

 

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Avoid Unnecessary Travel!

Corona? Or Coronavirus? Can You Taste the Difference?
NOTE: You CANNOT get the Coronavirus from drinking Corona beer!

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SUNDAY MARCH 15, 2020

SUNDAY MARCH 15, 2020 – STAY HOME AND STAY HEALTHY!
California Governor Gavin Newsom and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti both issued “executive orders” that everything must close…. which should have been done last week!

“We’re all going to be great — we’re going to be so good,” Trump said in another rambling press conference on Sunday, before running offstage without answering any questions again, and leaving Pence to tell us what a great job they were doing as people are dying.

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WASH YOUR HANDS!

“SOCIAL DISTANCE” and CHILL.
PROTECT YOURSELF! PROTECT OTHERS!

STAY HOME! Watch past episodes of “Doomsday Preppers”
and films like “Outbreak” on Netflix or “Twelve Monkeys” on cable.
Check out the episodes of “Pandemic” while you’re there!
Other Films to Watch: “The Cassandra Crossing”, “The Andromeda Strain”, “Contagion”,
“Restoration”, “Bubble Boy”, “The Boy In The Plastic Bubble”, “Shaun of the Dead”,
“Stephen King’s The Stand”, “I Am Legend”,
and of course, “The Omega Man”
NOTE: Coronavirus is not really the zombie apocalypse or Hollywood, it’s REALITY.

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USE THIS BOOK!

PANIC BUYING, HOARDING, and PRICE GOUGING!
Water, hand sanitizer, rubbing alcohol,
Lysol (and anything labeled “anti-bacterial”), bleach,
cleaning products, paper towels and toilet paper!

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“NOW THEY WANT TO SOCIALIZE MEDICINE!
WHAT IS THE WORLD COMING TO?”

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“TRUMP-CARE” FOR EVERYONE!

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Caesar:
Who is it in the press that calls on me?
I hear a tongue, shriller than all the music,
Cry ‘Caesar!’ Speak; Caesar is turn’d to hear.

Soothsayer:
Beware the ides of March.
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Really Downtown Los Angeles?

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Sunday! Sunday!




 

CORONAVIRUS! Part 1 (Wednesday)

CORONAVIRUS! Part 1 (Wednesday)
2019 Novel Coronavirus
2019-nCoV
(now called severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, or SARS-CoV-2)
On January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared
the COVID-19 outbreak a public health emergency.

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MARCH 11, 2020 – Coronavirus has spread to more than 100 countries!
Coronavirus declared a Pandemic by the World Health Organization!
Over 1,000 known cases in the United States and authorities report 31 deaths.
At least 38 states have reported cases, 19 have declared emergencies.

We posted this on our Facebook page on February 28, 2020:
TRAVEL ALERT!
Dear Friends, there is a lot of fear about the coronavirus. The Govt is lying about this emergency. The protocols have already been compromised and there is news that people were exposed to potential carriers (March and Travis AFBs) and then allowed to return to the general population. There is news that people are arriving from foreign countries without being screened (Milan, Italy to NYC) when entering the USA! Expect the number of cases in the United States to explode in two weeks…. prepare and plan for the worst because they are not prepared to help you and people will die.
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PANDEMIC! (of a disease) prevalent over a whole country or the world.
An epidemic (a sudden outbreak) that becomes very widespread and affects a whole region, a continent, or the world due to a susceptible population.
A true pandemic causes a high degree of mortality (death)

What is the Coronavirus?

  1. 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a virus (a coronavirus) identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China.
  2. Many of the patients in Wuhan, China reportedly had some link to a large seafood and animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread.
  3. A growing number of patients have not had exposure to animal markets, indicating person-to-person (community) spread is occurring.
FACTS

As of March 7, 2020

“This is the most egregious level of incompetence in an administration that I think we’ve witnessed at least in my memory,” Dr. Irwin Redlener, Director of Columbia University’s National Center For Disaster Preparedness says. “The absolute gross, amateur hour incompetence coming out of the White House — it’s actually stunning.”

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TRUMP visits the CDC
“The president’s statements to the press were terrifying. That press availability was a repudiation of good science and good crisis management from inside one of the world’s most respected scientific institutions. It was full of Dear Leader-ish compliments, non-sequitorial defenses of unrelated matters, attacks on an American governor, and—most importantly—misinformation about the virus and the US response” – Wired (.com)

MAJOR OUTBREAKS: Seattle, WA; San Jose, CA and New Rochelle, NY!

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BREAKING NEWS!
“The White House overruled health officials who wanted to recommend that elderly and physically fragile Americans avoid flying on commercial airlines because of the new coronavirus, a federal official tells The Associated Press.” – APNews

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Conservative Republicans were exposed at CPAC!
(the Conservative Political Action Conference Feb 26-29 in Maryland)
Some of the president’s closest advisers, allies, and a cabinet member contacted the infected individual. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Matt Gaetz (R-FL), and Doug Collins (R-GA) announced they would “self-quarantine out of an abundance of caution.”
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NOTE: THEY AREN’T CALLING IT A “HOAX” ANYMORE!
But Trump continues to 
minimize the seriousness of the virus!
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Press Conference on March 9, 2020 with Trump, Pence, the Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams, Alex Azar the Head of US Health and Human Services, and Dr. Anthony Fauci the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
NOTE: You should avoid touching your face, nose, mouth and eyes!

 

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SXSW (SouthxSouthwest) Festival in Austin, Texas – Cancelled!
Coachella and Stagecoach Music Festivals in Southern California – Postponed!
St. Patrick’s Day Parades and Parties have been Cancelled!
Colleges, Universities, and other Schools in the U.S. Suspend Classes!
Concerts, Festivals, Parades, and other Large Events have Cancelled!
Sporting Events have been Cancelled, postponed and played without spectators!
“Jeopardy” and “Wheel of Fortune” will tape without a studio audience!
MGM Resorts in Las Vegas is closing their buffets until further notice!

“Social Distancing” is the Order of the Day….

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“Wash your hands like you’re cooking for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg!”

CHINA IS ON LOCKDOWN! ITALY IS ON LOCKDOWN!
There are 12462 reported cases in Italy, and 827 people have died.
SOUTH KOREA and IRAN have uncontrolled OUTBREAKS!

 

March 11, 2020 7pm PST
THIS JUST IN! “The NBA is suspending game play following the conclusion of tonight’s schedule of games until further notice,” it added. “The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.”
NOTE: The Utah Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder players are under quarantine in Oklahoma after Rudy Gobert, a player for the Jazz, tested positive for the coronavirus.

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Trump reads to the United States on Wednesday March 11, 2020

Trump just announced a 30-day TRAVEL BAN from Europe to the United States!
(TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE! THE DAMAGE IS DONE!)
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson announced they tested positive for Coronavirus in Australia.

The total number of coronavirus cases worldwide now stands at 126,135, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University. These are the highest infection figures globally:

  1. China: 80,932
  2. Italy: 12,462
  3. Iran: 9,000
  4. South Korea: 7,755
  5. France: 2,284
  6. Spain: 2,277
  7. Germany: 1,966
  8. US: 1,311
  9. Switzerland: 652
  10. Japan: 639

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Coronavirus infects the lungs and respiratory system.
Symptoms are a fever, a dry cough, shortness of breath or other breathing problems.
Other symptoms are fatigue, body aches, vomiting, and diarrhea.
COVID-19 can lead to severe respiratory problems, kidney failure or death.
It takes 5 days on average to begin showing symptoms, but some people will get symptoms much later than this, and may be very contagious before showing symptoms.
The World Health Organization says the incubation period lasts up to 14 days, but some researchers say it may be longer, up to 24 days.

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MORE TO COME………….

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WASH YOUR HANDS! (Too soon?)

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SONGS TO SING WHILE WASHING YOUR HANDS:
Istanbul was Constantinople
Now it’s Istanbul, not Constantinople
Been a long time gone, Constantinople
It’s a Turkish Delight on a moonlit night
Every guy in Constantinople
Knows it’s Istanbul, not Constantinople
So if you’ve a date in Constantinople
She’ll be waiting in Istanbul.
Even old New York was once New Amsterdam
Why they changed it, I can’t say
People just liked it better that way
So take me back to Constantinople
No you can’t go back to Constantinople
Been a long time gone, Constantinople
Why did Constantinople get the works?
That’s nobody’s business but the Turks.

 



 

Tuesday Night Dinner at Fabrocini’s Italian Kitchen in Tarzana, CA

Tuesday Night Dinner at
Fabrocini’s Italian Kitchen
in Tarzana, CA

We are back! We wrote a new restaurant Blog post. Enjoy!

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Fabrocini’s Italian Kitchen in Tarzana, CA

We were just going to go to CPK (California Pizza Kitchen) but the parking lot was full, which indicated the restaurant would be crowded and busy, so we detoured to Fabrocini’s Italian Kitchen just two blocks away on Ventura Blvd (near Reseda Blvd) in Tarzana and we were glad that we did.

We really like this restaurant! We’ve been here before and it’s always really good. Good food, good service, good atmosphere and pretty good prices. They have free parking in the rear and there is ample metered street parking (8am-8pm everyday except Sunday).

We arrived without a reservation and were seated immediately. The dining room was busy and there were several large family parties, but unlike CPK, the noise was not a factor at all. It’s not a very big place occupying two store front windows, with the open kitchen on one side and the dining room on the other. They do good business (lunch, dinner, catering and delivery), and they also have beer & wine on premises.

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Fabrocini’s Open Kitchen and Dining Room

There are pictures of all things Italian on the walls and the Dodgers game was on the television in the dining room (as reflected on the pic below).

NOTE: We are still boycotting the Dodgers and Time-Warner/Spectrum/SportsNetLA (see the previous Blog) but it was on and we didn’t pay attention because we currently don’t care about Major League Baseball until we can watch the Dodgers games on television FOR FREE.

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Leaning Tower of Pizza!

The Menu:

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On The Menu: Caesar salad, fresh baked bread with olive oil, pasta fusilli with broccoli in a garlic sauce (a little too salty tonight), meat lasagna and a coke.

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A GOOD dinner!  The service (waitstaff & busboy) was excellent and the management strives to make sure everything is beyond satisfactory. We should add that although our intention was to eat at CPK, the experience at Fabrocini’s was much better! We still like CPK, but the difference in the quality of food, service and care between a family owned restaurant and a huge corporate chain is exemplified in this comparison. And we should also mention, the cost wasn’t very different and there wasn’t a “loyalty club” discount involved, so we didn’t have to show them our phone or give them a code.

NOTE: Don’t fill up on bread and salad or appetizers, because the entrees are large and delicious! They also have good desserts but we didn’t indulge this time.

Fabrocini’s Italian Kitchen18608 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana, CA (west of Reseda Blvd) http://www.fabrocinistarzana.com (818) 342-4490​

Lunch: 11:00am – 4:00pm Closed for Lunch on Sunday
Dinner: 4:00pm – 9:00pm Sun-Thurs 4:00pm to 10:00pm Fri & Sat

Fabrocini’s Beverly Glen2960 Beverly Glen Circle (at Mulholland) (310) 475-7404

 

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They have great pizzas too!

Pizza Time! Mulberry Street Pizza!

Pizza Time! Mulberry Street Pizza!

Richie Palmer’s Mulberry Street Pizzeria of Beverly Hills est. 1991

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Pizza from Mulberry Street Pizzeria

Thursday night pizza delivery for dinner: $33 + $1.50 tip (~$4.25 per slice)
Not cheap! High quality very large pizza and it was delivered “on time”.

On The Menu: Pizza with pepperoni, sausage and extra cheese.
(and they only have one size – very large)

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Pizza from Mulberry Street Pizzeria

Real New York style thin-crust pizza with pepperoni, sausage and extra cheese!

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Pizza with Pepperoni, Sausage and Extra Cheese from Mulberry Street Pizzeria

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Mulberry Street Pizzeria 17040 Ventura Blvd., Encino, CA 818-906-8881
(there are also other locations in Sherman Oaks and Beverly Hills)
http://www.mulberrypizzeria.com 

 

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They also have a line of Mulberry Street retail food products
available for purchase in-store or online:

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We haven’t written a new restaurant Blog in a long time.
We have written a lot about food lately:

Where’s the Beef
Superbowl 51 with recipes for chicken wings & meatballs

Fun Cooking Recipes posts and Pages (see sidebar)
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Sushi Dinner at Cho Cho San http://wp.me/p3dhVM-20S

Sushi Time at Okumura http://wp.me/p3dhVM-1Xm

Dinner at the Valley Inn in Sherman Oaks http://wp.me/p3dhVM-1Pp

Dinner at the NoHo Diner in North Hollywood http://wp.me/p3dhVM-20z

Dinner at Uncle Bernie’s Delicatessen in Encino http://wp.me/p3dhVM-31l

Dinner at Taj Mahal Cuisine of India in Encino  http://wp.me/p3dhVM-13W

Dinner at Mucho Mas Mexican Restaurant in NoHo http://wp.me/p3dhVM-2Vc 

Dinner at Uncle Bernie’s Delicatessen in Encino http://wp.me/p3dhVM-31l

Great Pizza at Barone’s Italian Restaurant in Valley Glen

Dinner at the original Barone’s Italian Restaurant in Valley Glen, established 1943.

“Serving Southern California’s first thin crust rectangular Neopolitan style pizza”

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Barone’s Italian Restaurant in Valley Glen, California

Thursday night and time for dinner! We went for a drive to Barone’s in Valley Glen, which used to be Van Nuys/Sherman Oaks/North Hollywood. Valet parking is available ($3.50) and street parking is difficult at best, so we advise valet parking or get your food “to go”.

The restaurant’s exterior is designed like a rustic country house. Then you enter through the modern glass and metal box entryway and the wooden front door into the lobby/waiting area and an “old school” interior complete with red leather booths, faux stained glass and a beautiful long wood bar. The main dining room is very large, the side dining room is also very large and the restaurant as a whole is very large inside.

NOTE: The side dining room (which is also used as a private event space) was empty except for a large party. There’s also a small outdoor front patio that faces Oxnard Street.

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They have a beautiful long wood bar in the main dining room:

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The Bar at Barone’s Italian Restaurant in Valley Glen, California

It’s like stepping back in time! There aren’t a lot of restaurants in the San Fernando Valley that have managed to retain this kind of “old school” charm. It has a real “New York Little Italy” feel. The booths, the bar and even the paper Italy placemats give it that retro style.

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Paper Italy Placemat at Barone’s Italian Restaurant in Valley Glen, California

And it’s good Italian Food! (not cheap or inexpensive, but real good Italian)

The Menu:

Barone’s has a classic Italian menu with great pizza and pasta, and then nice steaks, veal, chicken, shrimp and seafood entrees grilled on the broiler. They have a lunch menu, sandwiches, a children’s menu and a variety of desserts offerings as well.

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Pizza at Barone’s Italian Restaurant in Valley Glen, California

On The Menu: Barone’s Pizza (medium size) with pepperoni & sausage, 1/2 a Caesar salad, bread & butter and a coke. We also ordered penne pasta with broccoli and the grilled shrimp and chicken parmigiana entrees.

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Barone’s Thin Crust Rectangular Neopolitan Style Pizza with Pepperoni and Sausage

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The food is good. We enjoyed our dinner. We’ve been here before and enjoyed it. They are consistent in the quality of their food and they make a GREAT PIZZA! The service was only okay on the night of our visit. They must have been understaffed, because our server said it was busy but the restaurant wasn’t really crowded. The large party in the other room and the dinner rush at 7:30pm may have “slammed” them, but our server was absent from the dining room for long periods of time and the bussers/servers seemed distracted by the Copa Mundial soccer game between Mexico and Jamaica on the televisions at the bar. It wasn’t bad service, but it could have been much better.

Barone’s13726 Oxnard St. (just west of Woodman), Valley Glen, CA 91401
818-782-6004 http://www.baronesfamousitalian.com

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Barone’s Italian Restaurant at Night in Valley Glen, California

MOZZA! Dinner Party at Osteria Mozza in Hollywood

MOZZA!  Dinner Party at Osteria Mozza in Hollywood

Tuesday evening and time for another Dinner Party!

At one of the finest restaurants in Los Angeles, California, the USA and the World!

101 Freeway to Hollywood. Exit Highland and down to Melrose. Valet Parking $12…

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Dinner Party at Osteria Mozza in Hollywood

Nancy Silverton is a co-owner, with partners Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich, of Osteria Mozza Italian restaurant and Pizzeria Mozza in Los Angeles, Newport Beach, San Diego and Singapore, as well as Mozza2Go and Chi Spacca in Los Angeles. She also founded the La Brea Bakery and the recently closed Campanile Restaurant before opening Pizzeria Mozza.

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Osteria Mozza Co-Owner Nancy Silverton (CherryBombMag)

Early in her career, Nancy was named Food and Wine Magazine’s “Best New Chef”. She was also awarded “Pastry Chef of the Year”, “Who’s Who of Cooking” and “Outstanding Restaurant” for Campanile by the James Beard Foundation. Bon Appetit awarded Silverton Best of Food & Entertaining “Food Artisan”. She recently received the James Beard Foundation Award for “Outstanding Chef” and is listed as one of the Most Innovative Women in Food and Drink by Fortune and Food and Wine Magazine. She has authored eight cookbooks: Desserts (1986), Breads from the La Brea Bakery (1996), Pastries from the La Brea Bakery (2000), Nancy Silverton’s Sandwich Book (2005), Twist of the Wrist (2007) and the Mozza Cookbook (2011).

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Dinner Party at Osteria Mozza in Hollywood

We’ve been to Osteria Mozza before and thoroughly enjoyed eating here previously, but we haven’t been back in a long time, and they have a new Executive Chef. The decision was made and once again we are happily just a passenger on a “foodie journey” to Hollywood.

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Dinner Party at Osteria Mozza in Hollywood

We arrived early. The restaurant was pretty much empty, but they have a policy to not seat a table until the entire party arrives, so we waited at the bar and ordered cocktails. Our bartender was very friendly and very patient, and since we were the only customers she had time to explain the single malt scotch selection and suggest a tequila-rum punch drink with cucumber and jalapeño for the guest of honor. We declined a pre-dinner cocktail knowing that there would be a lot of great food and a little wine coming soon.

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The Bar at Osteria Mozza in Hollywood

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The restaurant is a beautiful space. Osteria Mozza is next door to Pizzeria Mozza, and in addition to the alcohol bar, there is a mozzarella bar in the large front dining room. There is a smaller adjacent dining room and a larger dining room (often used for private events and parties) with a wine bar and many stored Italian wine bottles in the back.

At our request, the manager made an exception to the rules, and we were seated at a table in the “private” room before our remaining dinner guests arrived, and we were the only table seated in the back room for the entire length of our dinner! We didn’t have to wait very long before our party was complete and the food service began.

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Mozzarella Bar & Front Dining Room at Osteria Mozza in Hollywood

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The Wine Bar in the “Private” Back Dining Room at Osteria Mozza

The Menu:

They have a very fancy and creative menu! Start with a nice selection from the Mozzarella Bar, then have an appetizer, followed by a first course (pasta), and then a second course (meat or fish) and finally dessert with coffee drinks and/or aperitifs. We chose to have only the appetizer and not the first course, instead eating bread and mozzarella before enjoying our entree choice and saving some room for their wonderful dessert.

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Wine, a Coke and the Menu at Osteria Mozza in Hollywood

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NOTE: The menu changes daily depending on what fresh ingredients are available!

The Meal (Wednesday May 17, 2016):

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Mozzarella Tasting (3 Kinds), Burrata & Grilled Asparagus with Garlic Bread

On The Menu: Mozzarella tasting (3 kinds: bufala, smoked and burricotta) with salted garlic bread, Burrata and grilled asparagus in melted butter with toasted almonds and bread crumbs, Mozzarella with stewed zucchini sampler, Grilled Octopus appetizer, Porcini-rubbed Rib Eye Bistecca (charred & medium rare), Fried Potatoes with rosemary, Snap Peas & Romano Beans, bread & butter, a coke, Aetneus Etna Rosso 2008 red wine, espresso and Cannoli di Gelati (pistachio, caramel & espresso) for dessert. Yeah baby!

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Porcini-rubbed Rib Eye Steak, Fried Potatoes, Snap Peas & Romano Beans

Other members of our party ordered tequila-rum punch, single malt scotch, the rabbit con salsiccia, grilled yellowtail, roasted beets, squid ink pasta, another pasta, the grilled whole orata fish, cappuccino, coffee, chocolate cake and the sautéed strawberries.

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NOTE: As usual, we try to take quality pictures of our food quickly and without interfering with the service or disturbing other diners. We managed to get a lot of good pics without being annoying, but didn’t get pics of all the dishes due to the size of the table.

We also ordered a fine bottle of wine, an Aetneus Etna Rosso 2008 red that was recommended by the sommelier. She “primed” our wine glasses by lightly washing the inside with a small splash of the wine before bringing them to our table. It was “fruity”, “mellow” and complemented both the grilled octopus and steak very well.

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Pour the Wine! Aetneus Etna Rosso 2008

ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS DINNER!
EXCELLENT FOOD! TASTY WINE! SWEET DESSERT! GREAT SERVICE!

We really enjoyed the dining experience at Osteria Mozza. The only complaint we had about the food was that the octopus was a tad overcooked and a little too chewy (and it could have used more lemon). It was still good, but just a touch overdone. We shared the “market price” rib eye steak ($105.00) which was really delicious and cooked perfectly to order, but it’s also a lot of money for a plate of grilled meat for two. We realize how lucky we are and we are truly thankful for the privilege to enjoy such fine and expensive food!

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Dinner Party at Osteria Mozza in Hollywood

BIG THANKS!!! Thank you to the Staff, Kitchen Crew, Managers, Hosts, Servers and Bussers who made this meal and party possible. Special thanks to our server Kelly, who did an excellent job and was extremely friendly and personable.

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Osteria Mozza Executive Chef Elizabeth Hong (Brian van der Brug/LA Times)

Elizabeth Hong’s family settled in Los Angeles and opened Park’s BBQ, a Korean barbecue restaurant in Koreatown in 2003. Hong enrolled in Le Cordon Bleu in Pasadena and completed her cooking courses. Needing an externship to graduate, she applied to Osteria Mozza. Now Hong is 31 and has been at Mozza for as long as she has been cooking professionally: she first worked at the mozzarella bar, then moved to Pizzeria Mozza, where she became sous chef and then chef de cuisine. When longtime chef de cuisine Matt Molina left Osteria Mozza last year, Hong took over and she is now the Executive Chef.

From the Osteria Mozza website:
Hong’s first (paying) kitchen gig was alongside Nancy Silverton behind Osteria Mozza’s mozzarella bar. By quickly mastering each station in the kitchen, Hong worked her way to Chef de Cuisine at neighboring Pizzeria Mozza. As Executive Chef of the renowned and beloved Osteria Mozza, Chef Hong carefully adheres to Nancy’s words of wisdom: “Make it nice or make it twice.”

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Executive Pastry Chef Dahlia Narvaez (Mozza website)

NOTE: Big Congratulations to Executive Pastry Chef Dahlia Narvaez for recently winning a James Beard Award. The desserts were excellent! She has been thrice-nominated for the James Beard Foundation’s “Outstanding Pastry Chef” Award. Her work has been celebrated in the LA Times, LA Weekly, New York Times, Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, GQ and Metropolitan Home.

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Brooks Cherries al Forno, Perugian Tart, Yogurt Gelato & Dried Cherry Brittle

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Cannoli di Gelati: Pistachio w/cherries, Caramel w/marshmallow & Espresso w/chocolate

NOTE: Seriously, save some room for dessert!

After dinner we picked up our leftovers at the host desk and made it to the valet just in time! Three large parties exited just after we did and there was a sudden rush on the valet stand after we got there. Also, $12 is pretty steep for valet parking at a restaurant even in Los Angeles! There is street parking nearby, but it’s difficult to find a space and there have been some unpleasant “incidents” in the immediate neighborhood after dark, so we recommend valet or street parking on Highland or Melrose.

Osteria Mozza6602 Melrose Ave (at Highland) Hollywood, California
323-997-0100 http://www.osteriamozza.com
Open Mon-Fri 5:30-11pm and Sat & Sun 5-11pm

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We took a couple pics of the interior of Pizzeria Mozza through the window while we were waiting at the valet.

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Dinner at Gio Cucina Napoletana Italian Restaurant in Encino!

Dinner at Gio Cucina Napoletana Italian Restaurant in Encino, California

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Berry Panna Cotta & Berry Sorbet at Gio Cucina Napoletana Italian Restaurant

Thursday evening and time for another happy birthday dinner! Neapolitan Italian Food at Gio Cucina Napoletana in Encino. We’ve eaten here before and the food has always been excellent. Tonight’s dinner was a lovely dining experience and the meal was great.

The restaurant is located on the 2nd Floor of a small shopping center/mini-mall on Ventura Blvd and in addition to the small storefront dining room and kitchen there is a large outdoor patio available for dining.

There is limited free parking in the shopping center’s front and rear lots and metered (8am-8pm) street parking available.

The restaurant has been here for years and the food is made with only fresh ingredients. The pasta and gnocchi is made from scratch. They offer rice pasta as a substitution for the “gluten free” diner and have a number of vegetarian options on the menu.

There’s a nice selection of appetizers, vegetable soups and fancy salads (and they have a Caesar Salad that’s off the menu but easily ordered with or without anchovies). There’s pizza, pasta, meat and fish entrees on the menu and always creative daily specials on the whiteboard in the dining room. If you like lasagna, try their beef or chicken lasagna.

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Gio Cucina Napoletana Italian Restaurant in Encino

We got there early and chose to sit inside. We had the dining room all to ourselves for most of our meal. It got busy inside just as we were finishing up.

Everything is made to order and you can almost watch them cook from across the dining room. Fresh baked bread and olive tapenade are offered as a starter. They have a nice selection of wine by the bottle or glass to choose from and their desserts are very tasty.

This picture and cutout from Valley Magazine was above our table in the dining room and provides a wonderful description of the restaurant and the dining experience:

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Dinner at Gio Cucina Napoletana Italian Restaurant in Encino

“Gio’s Cucina Napoletana is a tiny restaurant with a big heart. Toques off to chef and owner Roberto Castellanos, who cooks with olive oil rather than butter, makes pasta from scratch and bakes mini-loaves of killer bread for each table.From his minuscule open kitchen, Castellanos presides over a menu of variety and quality. His dairy-free pureed vegetable soups have deep, rich flavor. His radicchio, endive, fennel and shaved Parmesan salad could pass muster at a  far fancier restaurant. And his homemade spaghetti with seafood in white wine-tomato sauce with roasted garlic is hearty, tasty,old-fashioned fare. I’ve yet to try the cracker thin pizza, but it’s next on the list. Prices are reasonable, making it easy to go back.” – Valley Magazine May-June 2008

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On The Menu: Meat Lasagna, 1/2 Caesar Salad, fresh baked bread with olive tapenade, fried calamari with marinara sauce, berry panna cotta & berry sorbet, tiramisu and a coke

NOTE: There was also lobster & vegetable risotto and mushroom & vegetable pasta as the other entrees (not pictured). Both dishes received excellent reviews!

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Meat Lasagna with pasta and sauce made from scratch!

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NOTE: We sent the fried calamari back. It was pan fried, not deep fried, in a very light batter and two of us were fine with the preparation, but two of us didn’t like it.

Here’s a pic of one of the best dishes we ordered at a previous dinner: Hawaiian Prawns with spaghetti, garlic and olive oil:

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From a Previous Dinner: Hawaiian prawns with spaghetti, garlic & olive oil

Gio Cucina Napoletana Italian Restaurant15826 Ventura Blvd., 2nd Floor, Encino
818-905-7446

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Dinner at Gio Cucina Napoletana Italian Restaurant in Encino

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Gio Cucina Napoletana Italian Restaurant in Encino at Night

 

Updated December 29, 2016
A nice dinner at Gio Cucina Napoletana
Fresh baked bread, fried calimari with marinara sauce, beef lasagna and a coke

 

Updated Friday, April 7, 2017
Dinner delivered!
Spaghetti bolognese with parmesan cheese and fresh baked bread: Excellent!

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Spaghetti Bolognese with parmesan cheese and fresh baked bread

 

UPDATED Friday April 28, 2017:

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Beef Lasagna at Gio Cucina Napoletana

My old college friend Kent came out to the valley and took me to dinner. We went to Gio Cucina Napoletana and had some great Italian food. Carpacchio, fresh baked bread and olive tapenade, fried calamari, Caesar salad, beef lasagna, tiramisu, red wine (cabernet sauvignon) and a coke. So much fun.

Dinner at Frankie’s Italian Kitchen

Dinner at Frankie’s Italian Kitchen

Wednesday night in the San Fernando Valley, let’s go out to eat!

We were going to go to CPK (California Pizza Kitchen) in Tarzana, but there were a bunch of people waiting in the small reception area when we arrived. The confused looking hostess told us there were six parties in front of us and there would be a 35 minute wait to be seated, even though we could see more than ten empty tables on one side of the restaurant through the floor to ceiling glass windows that line the front.

After considering our options, we decided to go to Frankie’s Italian Kitchen a few blocks away on Reseda boulevard.

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Dinner at Frankie’s Italian Kitchen on Reseda Blvd in Tarzana

Frankie’s has been in the same location since 1993, and I have fond memories of meeting my Grandmother (of blessed memory) here for their “early-bird” special. I hadn’t been back in long time. They renovated and upgraded the decor, and enlarged the front patio, but they still serve the same Italian classics, and they still have an “early-bird” special menu before 6pm Monday-Thursday.

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Dinner at Frankie’s Italian Kitchen – open prep area, cashier & host desk

It’s not a big space, but not small either. There’s an open prep area behind the cashier and host desk as you enter and the dining room to the left. They have regulars and there are groups that meet here for both lunch and dinner, and even when it’s crowded, it’s not loud. Dine indoors or al fresco on the patio which is inside the Gelson’s parking lot and not actually on Reseda Blvd., so there’s a lot less traffic going by.

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Dinner at Frankie’s Italian Kitchen – Dining Room

The menu is classic Italian fare. Pizza, pasta, chops, and even a selection of veal dishes. Normally I would have had fried calamari and lasagna, but instead opted for a pasta entree with a side salad. We didn’t order any appetizers, drinks or wine and instead drank ice water. Yes, I know, but we’re trying to save money and calories this month.

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Dinner at Frankie’s Italian Kitchen – Dinner Menu

On the Menu: buttered garlic rolls, caesar side salad and chicken fettucine alfredo. We also ordered a broccoli fusilli pasta (it was split and a 1/2 order is pictured below).

And for dessert they were all out of tiramisu….

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Dinner at Frankie’s Italian Kitchen – Buttered Garlic Rolls

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Dinner at Frankie’s Italian Kitchen – Caesar Side Salad

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Dinner at Frankie’s Italian Kitchen – Chicken Fettucine Alfredo

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Dinner at Frankie’s Italian Kitchen – 1/2 Order of Broccoli Fusilli Pasta

The food is very good. Italian classics done right! The fresh baked rolls are served hot and covered in butter and garlic. So good in fact, I requested a second basket of rolls. The chicken fettucine alfredo and broccoli fusilli pasta dishes were delicious. I’ve had the lasagna and can definitely recommend it.  And as I mentioned, they were out of tiramisu! It’s real good stuff, and they must have had an “early bird” rush, but an Italian restaurant should never run out of tiramisu! Very disappointed, but I left the restaurant very full and happy with some leftover rolls and pasta for the next day.

Frankie’s Italian Kitchen – 5538 Reseda Blvd. Tarzana, CA 91356 (818) 705-1295
and 267 N. Pass Ave. Burbank, CA 91505 (818) 567-2288  www.frankiesonline.com
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