CORONAVIRUS! Part 32 (Monday, Monday and Tues-Wed)

CORONAVIRUS! Part 32
(Monday, Monday and Tuesday-Wednesday)

Monday, May 11, 2020

8:00am: Good Morning! It is Monday. Monday, Monday.
(Read our previous Blog Posts about Monday!)

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We didn’t sleep. The dogs slept. We were up all night again.
And we woke the dogs up this morning, and went outside.
And they got fed, and went outside. And we got the newspapers.
We didn’t eat dinner, just some tortilla chips and banana bread.
We drank a double espresso this morning, so we might be awake.
We went back to bed with the pups and woke up and got the mail.
And then we were outside.

The construction continues across the street so there’s a bunch of noise when they’re working. They are moving fast, because now they are framing the new house, so there’s a lot of hammering. Also, it seems like there are always landscape technicians operating their noisy blowers and other gas powered equipment in the neighborhood when we are outside.

On The Menu: Mac’n’Cheese with Bacon for lunch

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Mac’n’Cheese with Bacon

BREAKING NEWS! (on Monday)
Trump just STORMED OUT of a press jerkoff after a clash with a female reporter.
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10:00pm: Where did Monday go? It was a nice day here and not hot for a change.
Dogs got taken care of. We had lunch, we had a nap, we were outside. We had a nap. They got fed dinner. We were outside. They were chillin’ in the office, now they are napping. Tonights first movie feature was the Guy Ritchie film “Snatch”. – which we have seen more than a few times actually – And so now we are thinking about dinner.

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On The Menu: Toasted egg bagel with hummus and cucumber, dill pickle, avocado, celery & carrots, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and cherries
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Tuesday, May 12, 2020 –
Breaking News: PUTIN STAFFERS HOSPITALIZED WITH CORONAVIRUS!

Good morning! It’s TravelTuesday and you’re not going anywhere.
It’s also TikiTuesday, so how about a classic MaiTai for breakfast?
(“I think, I think I need a drink.”)
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And so it’s just after 7:00am, the dogs are fed and have been outside on both sides.
We got the newspapers and now they’re chillin’. We are going to do chores now.

WAIT! IMPORTANT SENATE TESTIMONY HAPPENING TUESDAY MORNING!
7:30am: Dr. Fauci, Dr. Redfield, and other Health Officials
are testifying before the Senate via the interweb
about re-opening the country from Self-Quarantine!
And it’s like a bad “SNL At Home” sketch….
BUT THIS IS REAL!
82000+ Reported DEATHS in the United States!
Dr. Fauci just told Senator Bernie Sanders that the number is higher
(deaths not reported as caused by CoronaVirus)
the “consequences could be really serious” with re-opening too soon,
and that we should expect another wave later this year. (Fall and Winter)

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Questions about deaths, infections, containment, testing, contact tracing, testing and medical equipment, personal protective equipment, production, procurement, distribution, and a vaccine, etc…..
FUCK RAND PAUL. Say it again FUCK RAND PAUL! And FUCK SUSAN COLLINS!

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FUCK YOU RAND PAUL!

p.s. THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC IS NOT UNDER CONTROL!

THE COUNTRY IS NOT READY TO RE-OPEN!
There’s no testing. There’s no vaccine. People are dying everyday from this disease!
The CoronaVirus is still spreading! People are infected without knowing they are!
“Social Distancing” and Masks/Gloves are not a guarantee of immunity!

10:30am: We took a break from the Senate hearings and took the dogs outside. Then we cleaned up the dog poop. And then we cleaned and sanitized some other stuff too.
And we made and ate a cheese quesadilla with salsa verde.

Breaking News! New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Demands Federal Help!
And he is tearing the Trump administration and Federal response a new a**hole too!

3:30pm: We ate. We watched some news. We took the dogs outside.
Then we spent some time grooming the Little Girl. And back outside again.
The gardener worked in the front all morning and now he’s working in the back.
The dogs are down for a nap, because they alert and bark at the gardener.

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7:00pm: We showered and slept for a little. Woke up tired.
Dogs outside. Dogs fed. Dogs outside. Chillin’ in the Home Office.
A little more TV and interweb time now. Maybe it’s time for food….
right after “Two and A Half Men” and a little Neil Young LIVE.
And we got caught up watching “The Happy Days of Garry Marshall”
As a child of Television, Tuesday night “Primetime” on ABC
was “Happy Days” and “Laverne & Shirley” and then “Mork & Mindy” on Thursday.

On The Menu: Bacon, banana bread, and stuff. Dill pickle, cucumber, avocado, celery & carrots, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, cherries, and an espresso to drink

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We ate and watched Facebook live and youtube videos.
We watched “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” again (recorded).

SERIOUSLY WTF FACEBOOK?
This shit in our newsfeed creeps us out.
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Wednesday, May 13, 2020 – It’s a SPECIAL DAY JUST FOR US!

We fell asleep and woke up around 1:30am.

We used to be the wholesale and catering manager for Noah’s Bagels in Studio City.
So, sometimes at 3:00am in the morning the urge to bake comes over us:

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Chocolate Chip Cookies at 4:00am in the morning!

9:30am: We fell asleep again. Woke up, took care of the dogs morning stuff. We were all outside, and they got fed, we were outside again, and we got the newspapers and the mail. We were going to go to the market this morning, but maybe we’ll go tomorrow.

Get Ready! Today is the Day! Fighter Jets will flyover California!
Let’s waste some more taxpayer money on a public relations media stunt.
America Strong! Stroke that patriotism with a military demonstration!
USA!USA!USA!USA!USA!USA!USA!USA!USA!USA!USA!USA!USA!USA!USA!
Such a waste. Hope all you doctors and nurses and health workers are inspired!
They should spend the money on more Personal Protective Equipment instead!

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NOTE: WEDNESDAY MORNING LOS ANGELES FLYOVER CANCELLED!
The 144th Fighter Wing is a unit of the California Air National Guard based in Fresno.
They will only fly as far south as Santa Barbara today.
Air Force Thunderbirds are SCHEDULED FOR FRIDAY IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA.

12:00Noon: NEWS. (suddenly we are stressing hard again)
Los Angeles County Beaches reopen today with restrictions.
Cal-State Universities cancel most fall classes (remote education only!) today.
Hollywood Bowl 2020 season was cancelled today for the first time in 98 years.

We did a load of laundry. We were outside with the dogs. We don’t know what else.
We cleaned a little, and we watched TV and surfed the interweb, and the day went by.

GROCERY & FOOD PRICES ARE SPIKING! BIGGEST PRICE JUMP IN HISTORY!
And more food chain supply problems are expected!
This nation is dependent on immigrant laborers and foreign workers who pick, process, package, and transport our food. They are “essential workers”, not expendable labor!
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The CoronaVirus Pandemic has now killed more people in the United States,
in less than three months, than the 58220 Americans who died in two decades during the Vietnam Conflict. 84000+ United States Citizens are NOW DEAD!

34400+ Reported Cases and 1659 Reported Death in Los Angeles County!
71000+ Reported Cases and 2900+ Reported Deaths in California!
1420000+ Reported Cases and 84700+ Reported Deaths in the United States!

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

WHO (World Health Organization):
No one “can predict when or if” this virus is going to go away.

6:00pm: And we are awake again. We had our afternoon nap with the dogs.
Then we took them outside and then they got fed. And then we were outside again. Now they are chillin’. We only ate a toasted bagel with cream cheese and a chocolate chip cookie earlier today. So we are hungry and thinking about dinner now.
Let’s order a pizza!
On The Menu: Large pizza with sausage and meatball delivered.

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Pizzatime! (and we don’t have to cook anything)

We ate. We played with the dogs. We were outside.
We watched TV and played on the interweb.
And we fell asleep and woke up and it was Thursday morning just after 4:00am.

And so we made it through the Wednesday.

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83000+ REPORTED DEATH IN THE UNITED STATES as of May 13, 2020

Can you Trust Trump?
NO. NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO!
NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO!  NO.

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CoronaVirus hits the Federal Government!
Trump’s valet, Pence’s staffer – Stephen Miller’s wife!
SO EVERYONE IN THE INNER CIRCLE HAS BEEN EXPOSED!
They are willing to sacrifice members of the Secret Service and their staffers!
EVERYONE IN THE WHITE HOUSE PRESS POOL AND
EVERYONE IN THE MANY RECENT PHOTO OPS HAVE ALSO BEEN EXPOSED!

And speaking of phony Photo Ops by the Trump Administration,
In Case You Missed It, Jimmy Kimmel “apologized” to Trump and Pence again,
but this was a truly AWESOME burn session highlighting their failures!
THEY MUST APOLOGIZE TO ALL OF US FOR SO MANY CRIMES!

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CAN YOU TRUST THE INFO FROM THE CDC AND FDA?
Trump’s medical experts aren’t telling you the truth.

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 people not to wear masks?
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?

“This blindsided the world.” ~ Donald Trump on March 9, 2020

“I take no responsibility.” ~ Donald Trump on March 13, 2020 

Trump and the Republicans in Congress are a Clear and Present Danger
to Public Health and Safety! TRUMP’S LIES ARE KILLING U.S. CITIZENS!

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WEARAFUCKINGMASK! WEARAFUCKINGMASK! WEARAFUCKINGMASK!
STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME!

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

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Some key rules for State of California restaurant re-opening for dine in service:
(ripped from a friend who ripped it from EATER SF)

Some important highlights to note:
    • Restaurants must “provide disposable menus to guests and make menus available digitally so that customers can view on a personal electronic device, if possible. If disposable menus cannot be provided, properly disinfect menus before and after customer use.”
    • Restaurants must also “discontinue pre-setting tables with napkins, cutlery, glassware, food ware, etc. These should be supplied individually to customers as needed. Do not leave card stands, flyers, napkin holders, or other items on tables.”
    • Same goes for condiments: “Suspend use of shared food items such as condiment bottles, salt and pepper shakers, etc. and provide these foods in single serve containers, if possible. Where this is not possible, shared items such as condiment bottles, shakers, etc., should be supplied as needed to customers and disinfected after each use.”
    • “Takeout containers must be filled by customers and available only upon request.”
    • And tablecloths might become a thing of the past: “Dirty linens used at dining tables such as tablecloths and napkins should be removed after each customer use and transported from dining areas in sealed bags. Employees should wear gloves when handling dirty linens.”
    • Restaurants must also “discontinue tableside food preparation and presentation such as food item selection carts and conveyor belts, guacamole preparation, etc.”
    • And forget grabbing a mint on your way out: “Do not leave out after-meal mints, candies, snacks, or toothpicks for customers. Offer them with the check or provide only on request.”
    • Brewpubs, breweries, bars, pubs, craft distilleries, and wineries must remain closed if they don’t offer sit-down dining, but they can reopen if they contract with another vendor to…serve dine-in meals.”

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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!



 

 

 

 

JANUARY 2019!

JANUARY 2019!
Three weeks into 2019 already!
Tempus fugit! Time flies!
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It rained in Los Angeles for almost a week!

The rain has passed
So goes winter in L.A.
And here comes the Sun!

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The Seven Day Forecast (only six days left)

How’s the weather in your neck of the woods? FREEZING MUCH?
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Really enjoyed watching the documentary film “The Bill Murray Stories: Life Lessons Learned From a Mythical Man” on Netflix – HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

Sushi dinner on Thursday night! On The Menu: albacore sashimi, spicy tuna cut roll, Rainbow roll, shrimp & vegetable tempura, and a coke.

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Sunday! Sunday! The NFL Football Championships! Two Winners go to the Super Bowl.

Kansas City Chiefs v. New England Patriots – Los Angeles Rams v. New Orleans Saints

As a kid, I watched Pat Haden, Roman Gabriel & Joe Namath quarterback for the Rams at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. And after 22 years without a local football team, three years ago, the Rams came back! And then two years ago the San Diego Chargers announced they would be relocating to Los Angeles. NOW THE CHAMPIONSHIP AND THE SUPER BOWL ARE ONLY ONE GAME AWAY! GO RAMS!
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The Rams Win in Overtime is SWEET!
Pulling victory from the jaws of defeat, a lucky interception and a long field goal,
the Los Angeles Rams are going to the Super Bowl! GO RAMS!
Los Angeles Rams 26
– New Orleans Saints 23 (Final – Overtime)
NOTE: YES, the refs blew the pass interference call that would have changed the game.

And the New England Patriots also win in overtime, with a little help from the refs….
New England Patriots 37 – Kansas City Chiefs 31 (Final- Overtime)
NOTE: WE HATE CHEATIN’ TOM BRADY AND THE PATRIOTS.

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Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta, Georgia
Los Angeles Rams (NFC) v. New England Patriots (AFC)
Sunday, February 3rd, 2019 (Security concerns and Government Shutdown permitting)
Who you gonna root for?

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HIGHlight of the night

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On The Menu: Pizza with pepperoni, sausage and pineapple
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Chinese New Year 2019 is February 3rd-4th in the USA!
Happy Year of the Yin Brown Female Earth Pig!
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The Pig is the twelfth of the Chinese zodiac animals. According to myth, the Jade Emperor decided the zodiac by the order in which each animal arrived to a party. The Pig was late because he overslept, arrived last and ended up number twelve.

The Pig is yin. The Pig is associated with the Earth element and the hours 9–11 at night.
Pigs are a symbol of wealth. Fat faces and big ears are also signs of good fortune.

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Happy Chinese New Year 2019! Happy Year of the Yin Brown Female Earth Pig!

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

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

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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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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)
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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.