MONDAY! MONDAY! MONDAY!

Monday! Monday! Monday!
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Well, we haven’t posted a new blog in long time….
(There are a bunch of unfinished & private drafts are being worked on)
….and we just passed 39200 Hits.

So, here’s a new Blog for Monday! Monday! Monday!
(and check out our other Blog Posts:
“Monday. Blue Monday”, “Monday! Monday!” and “A Case of the Mondays?”)

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Monday. Blue Monday>
https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2017/01/23/monday/

Monday! Monday!>
https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2016/11/29/monday-monday/

A Case of the Mondays?>
https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2017/02/14/a-case-of-the-mondays/

 

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Adam West RIP (at the Dead & Co show in Boulder 6-10-17, not my pic)

 

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A Case of the Mondays?

A Case of the Mondays?

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Garfield don’t like Mondays.

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

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

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

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

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

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WAKE UP! 
SMELL THE COFFEE!

“Monday, Monday
So good to me

Monday morning
It was all I hoped it would be”

– the Mamas and the Papas

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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What’s Your Excuse?

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

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


POLITICS! POLITICS! POLITICS!

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

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John Oliver on “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver”

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

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Hey Trump and McConnell:

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

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

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

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

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#NotMyPresident

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

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Former National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis’ message regarding Trump:
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And now back to our regularly scheduled Monday Blog:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

– the Bearded Man, They Live

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

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

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

– the Mamas and the Papas

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Monday, February 13, 2017

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

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“F*ck it Dude, Let’s Go Bowling.”

Monday. Blue Monday.

Blue Monday.

Just take it easy…. (you’re not alone)

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The Puppies with Pink Bellies!

“Blue Monday, how I hate blue Monday/Got me workin’ like a slave all day
Here comes Tuesday, oh hard Tuesday/I’m so tired, I’ve got no time to play
Here come Wednesday I’m beat to my side/My girl calls, I gotta tell her that I’m out
‘Cause Thursday is a hard-workin’ day and Friday I get my pay
Saturday morning, oh, Saturday morning/All my tired has gone away
Got my money and my honey/And I’m out on the scene to play
Sunday morning my head is bad/But it’s worth it, all the times I had
But I’ve got to get my rest/Cause Monday is a mess”
– sung by Fats Domino, written by Dave Bartholomew

Blue Monday is typically the third Monday of January reported to be the most depressing day of the year…

Seasonal depression factors (bad weather, holiday bills, politics, etc.) are coming together this year on Blue Monday and additional concerns make 2017’s this Blue Monday even more depressing than other years.

“The deaths of so many celebrities, many in their 50s and 60s, has also worried people by reminding them of their own mortality.”

NOTE: The day after election day, November 9, 2016, overall happiness fell to around 55 points, the lowest ever recorded since the app began, and lower than any other Blue Mondays according to the Mappiness database.

“In almost six and a half years, there has been no day more miserable than Wednesday 9 Nov, the day the US election was called for Donald Trump.”

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Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. It affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems. You may have trouble doing normal day-to-day activities, and depression may make you feel as if life isn’t worth living.

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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“DON’T WORRY, BE HAPPY!” – Bobby McFerrin

“Here’s a little song I wrote
You might want to sing it note-for-note
Don’t worry, be happy
In every life we have some trouble
But when you worry, you make it double
Don’t worry, be happy Don’t worry, be happy now
Ooo-oo-hoo-hoo-oo hoo-hoo-oo-oo-oo-oo-ooo Don’t worry
Woo-oo-woo-oo-woo-oo-ooo Be happy
Woo-oo-oo-oo-ooo Don’t worry, be happy!”
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“Don’t worry, be happy
‘Cause when you worry your face will frown
And that will bring everybody down
Don’t worry, be happy!”

GET HAPPY!

MONDAY! MONDAY!

MONDAY! MONDAY!

Thanksgiving 2016 is done. No more leftovers!
“Black Friday” is past and it’s officially the Holiday Season.

Today is “Cyber Monday” the online shopping celebration!

HOORAY for American Consumerism! “SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP!”
Spend that money! Charge up those credit cards! Buy more stuff!

Buy American! Buy MADE IN THE USA! Support small businesses!
Don’t buy cheap sh*t “Made in China” and “Hecho in Mexico”!

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MONDAY! MONDAY! Remember MTV?

Before cellphones, before the internet, before iTunes and other digital apps, before YouTube, there was MTV (that’s MusicTelevision) on cable.

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NSFW! Here’s a little Neil Young & Crazy Horse music video I worked on long ago…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKaDCP-wKr8

And this one: Neil Young & Crazy Horse – “Mansion On The Hill”:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1WpgTzf8nk

And I just discovered that they shot this too while I was off set on runs! After almost 30 years… Neil Young “Farmer John” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXOeNLs0EBY

All three vids were shot at The Troubadour in West Hollywood to support the “Ragged Glory” album!

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MONDAY! MONDAY!

Be thankful for all you have! Be thankful for family and friends!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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Think about this:

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It’s Veteran’s Day! Thank you for your service and sacrifice!

USA! The United States of America!

Veteran’s Day in the USA! Don’t Mess with the United States of America!

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“Chef”, Sherman Oaks Galleria, ArcLight & Dinner at Versailles

“Chef” (the film) at the ArcLight Cinemas in the Sherman Oaks Galleria and Dinner at Versailles Restaurant in Encino!

Memorial Day Monday! It’s a national holiday!

USA! The United States of America!

Memorial Day! – USA! The United States of America!

I hung the American flag out front first thing in the morning, then changed my facebook cover and profile photo to reflect the patriotic nature of the holiday. I had bacon and coffee for breakfast, and then fried chicken, watermelon, strawberries, avocado, and an iced espresso for lunch. Later I munched on some popcorn and then went to the movies and saw “Chef” at the ArcLight Cinemas in the Sherman Oaks Galleria (it was very good, but don’t see it on an empty stomach). Then we went for dinner at Versailles Cuban Food Restaurant in Encino and had a great meal.

There are four parts to this Blog:

1. “Chef” (the film) starring and directed by Jon Favreau, with John Leguizamo, Sofia Vergara, and “the kid”. Great supporting roles performed by Bobby Cannavale, Dustin Hoffman, Scarlet Johansson, and Oliver Platt. There’s also a small but memorable cameo appearance by Robert Downey Jr.

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“Chef” the film

“Chef” – My Review of the Film: I liked it! It was a very good story, it was well written and well acted with interesting characters to care about. There was almost no CGI and no one got assaulted, murdered or blown up. It was well directed with a straightforward and low-budget “indy film” quality. It’s a feel-good, buddy movie/romance/father-son bonding story,  with (spoiler alert) a happy ending. The story was fun! It was made up of a series of both comedic and dramatic vignettes, about a middle-class, hard-working chef trying to manage both his career and his fractured family. There were several very clever creative choices both in plot and direction that explore social media (Twitter, facebook, vine, etc.) and it’s influence on our culture and society.

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Exploring the Influence of Social Media and Twitter in “Chef” the film

Jon Favreau does a great job as the title character, Chef Carl Caspar, including performing difficult knife tricks and cooking tasks with practiced skill. John Leguizamo is great as his sous chef, buddy and comic relief. I’m sure sales of corn starch are going to spike. Bobby Cannavale is good as the other sous chef, playing the wasted but capable second fiddle with his usual almost over-the-top “New York theatre trained” style. Scarlet Johansson plays the restaurant’s beautiful hostess and the chef’s “friend with benefits”, and in this case the benefit is pasta! Dustin Hoffman is terrific as the intractable restaurant owner. Sofia Vergara is gorgeous and shines as the chef’s ex-wife and romantic interest, remarried and divorced from a sleaze bag investor played by Robert Downey Jr., but sharing custody and co-parenting of their adolescent son. “The kid” did good job, and I gave him a pass on the few times he was “acting” it, because he was cute and his performance was both capable and pivotal to the storyline. And a tip of the hat to Oliver Platt for his performance as the food critic Ramsey Michel. There’s a lot of music, both soundtrack and live performance, in the film. I enjoyed the ethnic Cuban beat (made me miss Tito Puente), Gary Clark Jr.’s Texas blues, working in the kitchen, cooking good food, road-trip playlist and even enjoyed the sing-along to “Sexual Healing”. From the opening cooking sequence accompanied by Aiko-Aiko I found myself tapping my feet along with the music. And of course, as a film titled “Chef” necessitates, there was a lot of cooking and good food involved, so my advice is to go see it, but don’t see it on an empty stomach, because you’ll be hungry for something good (maybe a Cubano sandwich) by the time the credits roll at the end.

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The holiday adventure began with a drive down Ventura Boulevard at 4pm. Normally on a weekday, there would be a lot of traffic. Everyone must have left town or stayed home to barbecue, because there was hardly anyone on the road.

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No Traffic on Ventura Blvd going east to Sherman Oaks! (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

A short drive down the nearly deserted street brings us to the world famous SHERMAN OAKS GALLERIA (the second incarnation). Parking is available in the structure under and next to the Galleria Complex. Valet parking is located under the main mall structure and self-parking is located in the structure next to the bank, offices, restaurants and retail shopping. There is a charge for parking, but there are validations available at the theatre, the Starbuck’s, and in the restaurants. Parking in the structure can be crowded and difficult at times, so be sure to allow for traffic and a long wait to exit the parking structure and/or get your car back from the valet when there are a lot of people at the Galleria (or when all the movies let out at the same time).

Sherman Oaks Galleria (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Sherman Oaks Galleria (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

2. The Sherman Oaks Galleria at the intersection of Ventura and Sepulveda boulevards is a San Fernando Valley Landmark. Used as a filming location since it was first built in 1980, and featured in “Fast Times at Ridgemont High”, “Commando” and many other films and television programs. The original mall was damaged during the 1994 Northridge Earthquake and then repaired, but never fully recovered. It closed in April 1999 for a major renovation and remodel. It reopened in 2002 as a mixed-use open-air center, it’s second and current incarnation, a collection of office space, retail shopping, a few familiar chain restaurants, a Starbuck’s, a Ben & Jerry’s and the ArcLight Cinemas.

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Sherman Oaks Galleria – “The Wind Tunnel” Patio Area (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

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Sherman Oaks Galleria – Fuddrucker’s Hamburgers (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

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Sherman Oaks Galleria – The Water Wall in “The Wind Tunnel” (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

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Sherman Oaks Galleria – Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

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Sherman Oaks Galleria – covered walkway (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Sherman Oaks Galleria - P.F. Chang's Chinese Restaurant (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Sherman Oaks Galleria – P.F. Chang’s Chinese Restaurant (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

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Sherman Oaks Galleria – P.F. Chang’s Horse Statue (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

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Sherman Oaks Galleria – The Cheesecake Factory (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Sherman Oaks Galleria (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Sherman Oaks Galleria – El Torito Grill Mexican Restaurant (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The walk from self-parking (once you’ve found a space) takes you past the restaurants, retail shops, patio, courtyard and fountain. Continue through the “wind tunnel” and covered walkway, to the rotunda and the escalator and elevator. And be sure to leave enough time for parking and the walk if you’re going to the ArcLight Cinemas!

ArcLight Cinemas (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Sherman Oaks Galleria – ArcLight Cinemas (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Ride the escalator or the elevator (past the DSW Shoe Store) to the third floor and the ArcLight Cinemas lobby. There’s a fitness center and membership gym on the second floor, so just expect to see people in workout clothes anytime of day or evening and there may be a funky smell in the elevator.

NOTE: If you Valet Park, you can ride the elevator or the escalator up to the third floor without walking through the “wind tunnel” and covered walkway, but all you’ll see of the Galleria is the rotunda. There is an additional charge for Valet and as previously noted, you may have to wait awhile to get your car back. But on a positive note, you might meet a celebrity while you’re waiting! I said hello to Ice Cube last time I used the Valet.

Sherman Oaks Galleria (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Sherman Oaks Galleria – rotunda, skylight & glass elevator (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The ARCLIGHT CINEMAS in the Sherman Oaks Galleria

ArcLight Cinemas (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

ArcLight Cinemas in the Sherman Oaks Galleria (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

3. The ArcLight Cinemas in the Sherman Oaks Galleria was originally the Pacific 16, but was rebranded, renovated and upgraded in 2007 (with further improvements made even more recently). In addition to the traditional popcorn, candy & soda concessions, there are better food items available. They have a coffee, tea and espresso bar and a gift shop that sells Hollywood “movie-related” knick-knacks and other souvenir items.

ArcLight Cinemas (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

ArcLight Cinemas (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Box Office is inside the theatre, in the lobby, and you don’t need a ticket to visit the espresso bar, gift shop, concession stand, lobby exhibits or cocktail lounge.

ArcLight Cinemas (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

ArcLight Cinemas – Concessions Stand (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

ArcLight Cinemas (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

ArcLight Cinemas – Gift Shop (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Marvel Merchandising! Get your Spider-Man 2 lunchbox and Wolverine sippy-cup here!

ArcLight Cinemas (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

ArcLight Cinemas – Gift Shop (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

 “Double espresso with whipped cream, please.”

ArcLight Cinemas (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

ArcLight Cinemas – Coffee, Tea and Espresso Bar (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

And there’s a BAR & COCKTAIL LOUNGE AREA with a full liquor license in one corner of the lobby! Cocktails, beer and wine are available of purchase but can only be consumed in the lounge area!

ArcLight Cinemas (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

ArcLight Cinemas – THEY HAVE A BAR & COCKTAIL LOUNGE! (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

They had a large promotional display for Disney’s “MALEFICENT” with Costumes & Artwork in the lobby. (see my next blog with more pictures and details)

Maleficent! Costumes at the ArcLight Cinemas (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Maleficent! Costumes & Artwork at the ArcLight Cinemas (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The film was showing in a theater adjacent to the Bar & Cocktail Lounge Area, and it was a full house for a 4:30pm showing on Memorial Day Monday.

ArcLight Cinemas (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

ArcLight Cinemas – Full House for “Chef” the film (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

I wandered past the X-Men Days of Future Past lighted wall of marketing, and it was cool.

ArcLight Cinemas (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

ArcLight Cinemas – X-Men Days of Future Past wall of marketing (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Sherman Oaks Galleria (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Going Down at the Sherman Oaks Galleria (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Sherman Oaks Galleria (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Sherman Oaks Galleria- covered walkway (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Usually we like to hit the Cheesecake Factory after a film, when it’s not a total madhouse. The food is good and you get a lot of it, and the cheesecake is THE BOMB. It gets pretty slammed when the Galleria is busy and a there are good films showing, but that’s true of all the restaurants in the complex on high traffic days. I don’t care for the El Torito Grill, and P.F. Chang’s is pretty expensive for Chinese food. Fuddrucker’s is an okay burger, but it’s almost “buffet style”and there’s a FatBurger and In-N-Out not too far away if you want a real good burger. There’s a Sisley Italian Kitchen and an upscale Denny’s across the street within walking distance, or any number of good restaurants on Ventura Blvd just a short drive away. I recommend Cafe Bizou (east of Van Nuys Blvd) but you should make a reservation well in advance for dinner.

Well, after seeing “Chef”, the decision was made to have Cuban food. So, after the walk back to self-parking and a short drive back down Ventura Boulevard, we arrived at our dinner destination, VERSAILLES CUBAN FOOD RESTAURANT in Encino.

Versailles Cuban Food (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Versailles Cuban Food Restaurant in Encino (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

4. Dinner at Versailles Cuban Food Restaurant in Encino

If you want Cuban food, Versailles is the place! We’ve been eating here since they opened the Encino restaurant. The original space is in West L.A. at Pico and La Cienega, and there are also Culver City and Manhattan Beach locations.

Versailles Cuban Food

Versailles Cuban Food – The Dining Room (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Encino location is a large storefront dining room with floor to ceiling glass windows tucked into the corner of a small strip mall on Ventura Boulevard. The parking lot is small, but there is always metered street parking (8am-8pm) available nearby. They have a small bar area and there’s usually a sporting event on the television. It’s pretty much “no frills”, just good food, and when the dining room is full at peak dining times, it can get very loud.

Versailles Cuban Food (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Versailles Cuban Food – The Menu (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

They have an extensive menu of classic Cuban food, with a wide choice of chicken, pork, beef, fish and vegetarian options.  The food is consistently excellent! We usually pick up “take out” and our regular order is the house specialty, the garlic roast chicken served with steamed rice, black beans (or moros, a combo of dirty rice and black beans), onions and plantains. The roast chicken (and also pork, beef and fish) is marinated in their special Cuban garlic-citrus-vinegar sauce, which is also sold by the bottle at the bar.

Versailles Cuban Marinade - sold by the bottle at the bar

Versailles Cuban Marinade – sold by the bottle at the bar

Start with a glass of sangria and the bread with butter and garlic, choose an appetizer, an entree and later, if you are so inclined and not too full, a dessert. The entrees are large and easily shared by two people (or more), so bring friends and order a few different things.

Versailles Cuban Food (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Versailles Cuban Food – Sangria and a Coke (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Versailles Cuban Food (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Versailles Cuban Food- Bread w/chopped garlic & melted butter (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

ON THE MENU: I had the Bistec Empanizado (seasoned & breaded steak) and plantains served with steamed rice & black beans! Also had to have the bread with garlic and melted butter, a taste of pork tamale (with garlic sauce which I also drizzled on my rice), a glass of sangria, and a coke.

Versailles Cuban Food (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Versailles Cuban Food – Pork Tamales in Garlic Sauce (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Versailles Cuban Food (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Versailles Cuban Food – Bistec Empanizado with Plantains (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Versailles Cuban Food (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Versailles Cuban Food – Bistec Empanizado, the breaded steak (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Versailles Cuban Food (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Versailles Cuban Food – The Roast Chicken in Garlic Sauce! (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

I also recommend the roast pork in garlic sauce and the oxtail stew in tomato and wine sauce, which were also on the menu at our table.

Versailles Cuban Food (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Versailles Cuban Food – Shredded Pork in Garlic Sauce (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Versailles Cuban Food (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Versailles Cuban Food – Oxtail Stew in a Tomato & Wine Sauce (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The prices are very reasonable, and they have lunch and dinner “specials” with discounted prices on both food and drink items. You get a lot of good food for a decent price. The service is usually fast and efficient, but it can get a little chaotic in the dining room when the waiters are slammed or serving a couple of large parties at the same time.

We all enjoyed the food and drink, had a really good time, and when we finished the place was packed. So, if you like Cuban food, definitely try Versailles. It was a great dinner, but no one ordered a Cubano sandwich (see “Chef” the film).

"Chef" the film

“Chef” the film – Russell Peters and Jon Favreau recreate a scene from “Lady & The Tramp”

Versailles Cuban Food Encino – 17410 Ventura Blvd., Encino http://www.versaillescuban.com  818-906-0756 (and 3 other locations in L.A.)

Sherman Oaks Galleria – 15301 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks 91403 (on the northwest corner of Ventura Blvd and Sepulveda Blvd) http://www.shermanoaksgalleria.com ArcLight Cinemas (same address) – https://www.arclightcinemas.com 818-501-0753 

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27-MAY-13: San Fernando Valley Sunset – Memorial Day 2013

San Fernando Valley Sunset – Memorial Day 2013

Sometimes the best place to travel is your own backyard!  We had perfect weather all weekend long: sunny and warm with a nice breeze so it wasn’t too hot.

The view out my front door this evening:

San Fernando Valley Sunset  (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

San Fernando Valley Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Friday Night – Shabbat Dinner

On The Menu: Steak, Wild Salmon, Crudite’ (celery and cucumber with ranch dressing), Steamed Broccoli and Carrots, Corn on the Cob, Challah, and Haagen-Daaz Ice Cream for dessert.  And I did the cooking!

Friday night - Shabbat dinner (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Friday night – Shabbat dinner (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Friday night - Shabbat dinner (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Friday night – Shabbat dinner (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Friday night - Shabbat dinner (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Friday night – Shabbat dinner (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Friday night - Shabbat dinner (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Friday night – Shabbat dinner (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Friday night - Shabbat dinner (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Friday night – Shabbat dinner (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Friday night - Shabbat dinner (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Friday night – Shabbat dinner (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Friday night - Shabbat dinner (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Friday night – Shabbat dinner (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Friday night - Shabbat dinner (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Friday night – Shabbat dinner (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Saturday Morning – Meeting at the Corner Bakery (you can call it work, because it was)

Corner Bakery cafe (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Corner Bakery cafe (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Great meeting!  Then back home to get ready for the party:

Saturday Evening – Party on the Patio!  It’s National Wine Day!

Saturday Wine Party!  National Wine Day is May 25th! (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Saturday Wine Party! National Wine Day May 25th! (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Middle eastern buffet

Middle eastern buffet (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Falafel, chicken skewers, chicken and turkey meat for pita sandwiches, pita bread, hummus, tabouli, carrots, cucumber salad, tahini, green salad, olives, etc….

Middle eastern buffet (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Middle eastern buffet (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

OOOOOOHHHH….Cake.  And brownies from Sweet Lady Jane Bakery too.

Chocolate cake: THANK YOU

Chocolate cake: THANK YOU (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Chillin’ by the pool on Sunday afternoon.

Who wants to come swimming? (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Who wants to come swimming? (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Poolside

Poolside. (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Sunday night Breakfast for Dinner:

Cinnamon French Toast w/ butter & maple syrup with turkey bacon (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Cinnamon French Toast w/ butter & maple syrup with turkey bacon (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Getting some sun and waiting to BBQ. Happy Monday!

Poolside with the girls (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Poolside with the girls (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Monday Night BBQ Time!  On the Menu: Chicken, corn, tzatziki, veggies from the garden, bread and wine.

BBQ

BBQ Time!  Party on the patio again!  (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

BBQ

BBQ Time! Chicken, corn on the cob, tzatziki, veggies from the garden, bread and wine (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

It was a beautiful weekend!

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