Dim Sum Sunday Brunch at Shanghai Rose in Studio City!

Dim Sum Sunday Brunch
at Shanghai Rose in Studio City!

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Shanghai Rose Chinese Cuisine & Dim Sum in Studio City

Sunday Dim Sum Brunch! Party time with Chinese food!

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On Ventura Blvd, Sunday street parking is FREE. The restaurant has a parking lot and they validate, so parking is pretty easy.

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Black and red lacquer design (is that traditional?) with lots of cool gold accents. There is a long bar area with a cool aquarium attached to the large dining room. Table and booth seating is available. For the Dim Sum Brunch there was a steam cart circulating and a big menu with lots of other choices available for “made to order” plates.

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The spicy chicken wings were our favorite thing, and the soup dumplings were nice and juicy! We ordered a lot of food, tried tastes of many dishes, and it was good, but not great. So, if you don’t want to make a trip to Chinatown or Alhambra for serious foodie Dim Sum, this is an option in the San Fernando Valley.

Shanghai Rose12229 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604
818-762-2542 http://www.ShanghaiRoseDimSum.com

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Sunday BBQ Dinner at the Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks!

Sunday BBQ Dinner at the Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks!

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The Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, California

We heard good things about this place via friends on the interweb.
We were originally going to have an Italian dinner at Gio Cucina Napoletano (read our previous Blog Post), but when we got there, they were varnishing the tables and chairs and so were closed for the night. A quick decision was made and we headed over to the Boneyard Bistro on Ventura Boulevard near Woodman in Sherman Oaks for some BBQ.

NOTE: There have always been great BBQ places in San Fernando Valley. Growing up there were places like Monty’s Steak House, The Oak Room, Houlihan’s, Charley Brown’s, Victoria Station, and Love’s BBQ. Recently, a lot of old time BBQ joints have closed down: the El Paso BBQ in Tarzana, and My Brother’s BBQ in Woodland Hills are now gone, the SmokeHouse BBQ in Van Nuys didn’t last long, there was once a Mr. Cecil’s Barbecue in almost the same location as the Boneyard, but it closed well over a year ago. And just recently the Tony Roma’s chain BBQ restaurant in Encino closed after many years and the location will soon be a crappy Norm’s Restaurant.

The Boneyard Bistro has Valet Parking in front for $6.00 + tip, but we were able to find street parking at a meter and it was Sunday night so you don’t have to pay. Parking is a major problem on Ventura, and there is Starbuck’s on the corner to compound the problem. Just sayin’.

The place was busy, as shown in the photos, the bar was crowded and the dining room was already more than half full. It was a chilly evening so the patio was almost empty.

Choose your seating: The Bar (high-top table), the Dining Room or the Patio.

We chose the Dining Room and were seated immediately at a table for two. The Sunday night football game was on the television (Dallas Cowboys v. Philadelphia Eagles). The service was good. We ordered our drinks and food. They brought us the drinks and in very short order, they brought us the food. We waited a little bit for the bread and fried corn muffins, and then before we could butter our bread, they brought out the entrees.

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Not sure how to describe the utilitarian design of the place, other than functional. From the street is has a “Chicago Diner” type facade with a glass enclosed patio and big block letters. High ceilings and hard surfaces with wood accents amplify the sound. There is a weird painting in the dining room that is the length of the full wall and it’s a skeleton in red heels holding a platter of fire. The skull and cleaver is their logo and brand.

We were seated by the kitchen doors and prep station, so there was a lot of activity passing us and all around the table, and the dining room is a little “close-quarters” even for the size, because of the number of tables and space between them. The noise level in the bar area was very loud and happily the dining room was not as noisy. Service throughout the meal was good, and all of our requests were handled quickly.

Go ahead and have a beer (or a cocktail from the bar):

We ordered the $9 flight of beers, served in four small glasses. It was a very good deal.

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The Special Stout Festival Beer Menu

ON THE MENU: BBQ baby back ribs, fries, baked beans, bread & fried corn muffins, a flight of beer, and a coke. Tiramisu Creampuff for dessert.

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It’s a good menu. There are a lot of things to try that look really good. They also have salads, but who has a salad at a BBQ place? We always judge a BBQ restaurant on their ribs, and we weren’t disappointed by theirs.

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It was an excellent BBQ dinner! We ordered off the Ala Carte Barbecue list. The dry rub on the baby back ribs was subtle, spicy and not too peppery. The pork was smoked for a long time, it was juicy and came right off the bone. The beef ribs were big and beautiful. They give you the option of “wet” or “dry” ribs, and their BBQ sauce is very tasty, both on the meat and “on the side”. Their homestyle baked beans have nice chunks of meat in the recipe and was an excellent side selection. They have shoestring fries, and the first order was not hot, so our waiter brought us another order just out of the fryer.

The portions are huge, so each entree is actually two meals, and good for sharing. We ended up taking a big bag of leftovers home, like most of their customers, for later.

They also have fabulous creative desserts (like banana puddin’ brûlée made with Nilla Wafers and chocolate chip cookie dough egg rolls with vanilla ice cream and chocolate ganache) but they were all a little too fancy (and too expensive = $11 per dessert), so we decided to pass.

We enjoyed the food, and will probably return soon when we have our next BBQ craving.

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The Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, California

NOTE: And so DESSERT? After a brief conversation in the car, we decided to stop and get something sweet on the way home at the Paris Baguette. My dinner companion had a craving for chocolate cake. I wanted tiramisu when we were originally going for Italian food, so of course, a Tiramisu Creampuff for dessert:

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Tiramisu Creampuff from the Paris Baguette bakery in Encino!

Boneyard Bistro13539 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423 (east of Woodman)
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11:11 on 11-11-11

**Goodbye 2014! Hello 2015!** – My Year in Review.

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2015! Should Old Acquaintance Be Forgot?

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“It is a new year!
What will you do different?
Will you be the same?”

Happy New Year! Balloon Drop San Francisco Civic Auditorium 1983

Happy New Year! Balloon Drop at Midnight – San Francisco Civic Auditorium 12-31-1983

Goodbye 2014! (Wow, this year went by fast!) Hello 2015!

“Wet earth and sunshine
You can smell it in the air
After the rain.”

Here’s my year in review. My Blogs (see previous blogs) and Facebook posts (Joshua Weisel & JoshWillTravel) have stories, details and cool pictures for most events! Please check them out by following the links at the bottom of the page.

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January

LA Times Travel Show at the Los Angeles Convention Center

Los Angeles Times Travel Show (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Los Angeles Times Travel Show (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Hosted Reception at the Sportsman’s Lodge in Studio City

The Sportsman's Lodge in Studio City, CA (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Sportsman’s Lodge in Studio City, CA (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

“Buy Tuscany” Event at the Italian Cultural Institute in Westwood

"Buy Tuscany" event at the Italian Cultural Institute (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

“Buy Tuscany” event at the Italian Cultural Institute (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

February

GUNG HAY FAT CHOY! HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR!

GUNG HAY FAT CHOY! HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR!

IsramWorld and Israel Tourism Event at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills

IsramWorld and Israel Tourism Event at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills

IsramWorld and Israel Tourism Event at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills

Japan Tourism Event at the Doubletree Hilton Downtown Los Angeles

Japan Tourism Event at the Doubletree Hilton Downtown Los Angeles

Japan Tourism Event at the Doubletree Hilton Downtown Los Angeles

Mexico Tourism Event at the Universal Sheraton Hotel in Universal City

Mexico Tourism Event at the Sheraton Universal in Universal City

Mexico Tourism Event at the Sheraton Universal in Universal City

Los Angeles 9th Annual Travel & Adventure Show at the Long Beach Convention Center

9th Annual Travel & Adventure Show - Long Beach Convention Center (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

9th Annual Travel & Adventure Show – Long Beach Convention Center (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

March

Four Seasons Event at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills

Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

On Rodeo on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Dinner at Cafe Firenze with Carrie and John in Moorpark

Dinner at Cafe Firenze (photo by Carrie Smith)

Dinner at Cafe Firenze (photo by Carrie Smith)

Sunday Brunch at On Sunset Restaurant at the LUXE Hotel On Sunset!

Sunday Brunch at the LUXE On Sunset (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Sunday Brunch at the LUXE On Sunset (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Travel Massive Los Angeles Event at The Roof on Wilshire

The Roof on Wilshire (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Roof on Wilshire (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Italian Dreams at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills

Beverly Hilton (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Beverly Hilton (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Joshua Weisel Departs Willett Travel (effective March 31st)

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April – May

Passover

Passover Seder (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Passover Seder (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Dinners at Le Sanglier French Restaurant (celebrated two birthday parties there this year)

Le Sanglier (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Le Sanglier (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Mother’s Day “The Lion in Winter” Matinee at the Colony Theatre in Burbank and Lunch at Bow & Truss in North Hollywood

Colony Theatre in Burbank (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Colony Theatre in Burbank (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Dinner at Fifty Seven in Downtown L.A.

Dinner at Fifty Seven (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Dinner at Fifty Seven (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Memorial Day “Chef” at the ArcLight Sherman Oaks and Dinner at Versailles in Encino

Sherman Oaks Galleria (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Sherman Oaks Galleria (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

June

World Cup! United States - One Nation One Team!

World Cup! United States – One Nation One Team!

Phyllis Patterson RIP – She Changed My Life!

Phyllis Patterson RIP (photo and costume by Vicky Nebeker)

Phyllis Patterson RIP (photo and costume by Vicky Nebeker)

“We’re fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.” ~Japanese Proverb

E. Caitlin Phillips RIP June 14, 2014 “May the four winds blow you safely home!”

E. Caitlin Phillips RIP

E. Caitlin Phillips RIP 2014

St. Paul’s Reunion in San Francisco! (and the Road Trip north and south)

San Francisco Civic Center (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

San Francisco Civic Center (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

St. Paul's Reunion in San Francisco

Old Friends! Stretch Limosine! St. Paul’s Reunion in San Francisco – June 2014

Return to the Paramount Ranch in Agoura 2014 – Visiting Old Ghosts!

Washing Well foreground, Twilziwop and DAW/SOB on the hillside

Paramount Ranch – Washing Well foreground, Twilziwop and DAW/SOB on the hillside

July – August

Summer “Staycation” in Los Angeles

San Fernando Valley #2 (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

San Fernando Valley #2 – A view from Mulholland Hwy (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Box Seats for Four Great Summer Concerts at the Hollywood Bowl! Joshua Bell & Friends, Yo-Yo Ma and a nice Dinner on the patio at Patina, Beethoven (with Dudamel and the L.A. Phil doing the 5th Symphony) and “HAIR!”

Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

A Celebration of Caitlin’s Life in Santa Monica

Celebrating Caitlin with Mardeen, Kevin, Janet & Bob in Santa Monica

Celebrating Caitlin’s Life and Memory with Mardeen, Kevin, Janet & Bob in Santa Monica

The Simpsons Marathon on FX

The Simpsons take the Hollywood Bowl!

The Simpsons! Every Episode in Chronological Order…

September

Burning Man! (via the internet)

Burning Man 2014

Burning Man 2014 (via UStream) Screen Capture

Burning Man 2014 "Embrace" burns!

Burning Man 2014 “Embrace” burns!

The Simpsons Take the Hollywood Bowl! EXCELLENT FUN!

The Simpsons take the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Simpsons take the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Simpsons take the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Simpsons take the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Happy Jewish New Year 5775!

Happy New Year 5775!

Happy New Year 5775!

Richard Edward “Ed” Whitchurch III RIP September 29, 2014 (a Vietnam Veteran)

“You can get anything you want, (exceptin’ Alice) at Alice’s Restaurant.”

“May the Four Winds Blow You Safely Home”

October

Road Trip! California-Oregon-Nevada (San Jose, Santa Cruz, Ashland, Reno, Lake Tahoe)

Going Home! US Highway 395 south in California

Going Home! US Highway 395 south in California

Great vacation! Saw old friends and family, visited UCSC and the Grateful Dead Special Collection, celebrated my father’s birthday and saw some great theatre in Ashland (“The Tempest”, “Richard III” and “The Cocoanuts”), partied in Reno, relaxed at Lakeland Village in South Lake Tahoe, and drove scenic US Highway 395 south to L.A.

(I’m still working on finishing the Road Trip Blogs! Please be patient.)

Lake Tahoe Sunset (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

South Lake Tahoe Sunset (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

November – December

Thanksgiving 2014 – The Feast! (Our annual family food fest)

Thanksgiving 2014 (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Thanksgiving 2014 – The Feast! (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Thanksgiving 2014 (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Thanksgiving 2014 – Dessert! (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Otis Redding RIP Dec 18, 2014 – Had to say goodbye to the old boy, very sad.

“He was a great dog. He had a good life. May the Four Winds blow him safely home.”

Otis Redding RIP

Otis Redding RIP

Dinner at the Border Grill & “Blithe Spirit” with Angela Landsbury at the Ahmanson Theatre

Los Angeles Music Center (copyright 2104 JoshWillTravel)

At the Los Angeles Music Center (copyright 2104 JoshWillTravel)

Hannukah!

Happy Hannukah!

Happy Hannukah!

Festivus, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Dinner with Friends!

Ho! Ho! Ho! It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Ho! Ho! Ho! Christmas in North Hollywood (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

“Another Year Gone!
Say Buh-Bye 2014…
A New Year Ahead!”

E. Caitlin Phillips RIP

E. Caitlin Phillips RIP 2014 (she was there in spirit this year)

“What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.” ~ T. S. Eliot

 

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Happy New Year 2015!

Happy New Year 2015!

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Baby New Year! She had a very good year too!

Baby New Year! She had a very good year too!

Rockin’ in the Free World at CityWalk!

Universal CityWalk, Universal City, Los Angeles, California:

"Keep on Rockin' in the Free World!" Universal CityWalk (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

“Keep on Rockin’ in the Free World!” Universal CityWalk (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

TOURISTA! See the Giant Eddie Van Halen Guitar & Hard Rock Cafe at Universal CityWalk!

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Enjoying my coffee.

Enjoying my coffee.

Double espresso with whipped cream (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Double espresso with whipped cream (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

At Universal CityWalk – Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

Universal CityWalk (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Universal CityWalk (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

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Hosted Reception at the Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City, CA

The Sportsmen’s Lodge at Ventura Blvd and Coldwater Cyn in Studio City

The staff at the Sportsmen’s Lodge invited our office for a nice cocktail reception and tour of the property.

The Sportsman's Lodge in Studio City, CA (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Sportsman’s Lodge in Studio City, CA (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Recently renovated, the Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City is a real San Fernando “Landmark”, the original lodge opened in the 1880’s.  Read more about the history on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sportsmen’s_Lodge 

The Sportsman's Lodge in Studio City, CA (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Porte Cochere at the Sportsman’s Lodge in Studio City (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Sportsman's Lodge in Studio City, CA (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Lobby and Reception at The Sportsman’s Lodge (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Sportsman's Lodge in Studio City, CA (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Lobby Bar at the Sportsman’s Lodge in Studio City (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Sportsman's Lodge in Studio City, CA (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Sportsman’s Lodge in Studio City, CA (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Sportsman's Lodge in Studio City, CA (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Cocktails at the Sportsman’s Lodge in Studio City (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Sportsman's Lodge in Studio City, CA (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Poolside at the Sportsman’s Lodge in Studio City (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Sportsman's Lodge in Studio City, CA (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Poolside at the Sportsman’s Lodge in Studio City (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Sportsman's Lodge in Studio City, CA (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Guest Hallway at the Sportsman’s Lodge in Studio City (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Sportsman's Lodge in Studio City, CA (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Renovated Standard Double poolside at the Sportsman’s Lodge (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Sportsman's Lodge in Studio City, CA (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Clean and simple bathroom at the Sportsman’s Lodge (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

There is 30000 square feet of Banquet, Party, Performance, Meeting and Event Space!

The Sportsman's Lodge in Studio City, CA (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Pond and Garden outside the event center at the Sportsman’s Lodge in Studio City (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Sportsman's Lodge in Studio City, CA (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Sportsman’s Lodge in Studio City, CA (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Sportsman's Lodge in Studio City, CA (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Sportsman’s Lodge in Studio City, CA (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Sportsman's Lodge in Studio City, CA (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Sportsman’s Lodge in Studio City, CA (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Sportsman's Lodge in Studio City, CA (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Sportsman’s Lodge in Studio City, CA (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Sportsman's Lodge in Studio City, CA (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Sportsman’s Lodge in Studio City, CA (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Sportsman's Lodge in Studio City, CA (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Sportsman’s Lodge in Studio City, CA (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The River Rock Bar and Lounge has been renovated and the Patio Cafe is currently “under construction”.

The Sportsman's Lodge in Studio City, CA (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

River Rock Bar at the Sportsman’s Lodge (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

In 2007, the Sportsmen’s Lodge was sold to developer Richard Weintraub for approximately $50 million. Plans to renovate the existing hotel and add as much as 300,000 square feet of retail space are ongoing.

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**Goodbye 2013! Hello 2014!** – My Year in Review.

Happy Holidays!  Season’s Greetings!  Merry Christmas!  Happy New Year!

Mr C. Hotel - Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Happy New Year!  The Champagne is Chilling! (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Another year in the history books, and since it’s my blog, here’s my past year in review.     (RIGHT CLICK the links and OPEN A NEW WINDOW to read my blog stories and see more pictures from each event!)

In December 2012, we got a new Cavachon puppy, so all year long it was the Year of the “Little Fuzz Ball”, as she grew up, was loved, learned to be good dog, caused (mostly minor) trouble, and was just plain adorable everyday!

My new puppy - 10 weeks old

My new puppy the “Little Fuzz Ball” – She’s 10 weeks old here and just too cute for words! (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

January – New Year’s Eve 2013: I kicked the new year off with a champagne toast at the annual New Years Eve Party with a few old friends in Burbank, California!

Champagne Toast - New Years Eve 2012-2013

Champagne Toast – New Years Eve 2012-2013 (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

January 11th – I saw a shooting star! I was outside and looked up at the clear night sky and thought “Gee, it would really be cool to see a shooting star”. And as if on cue, the most amazing shooting star I have ever seen came blazing from the heavens exactly where I was looking.  It was awesome and it kind of freaked me out too.

January Trip to Ashland, Oregon https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2013/02/25/my-january-trip-to-ashland-oregon/

Leaving on a (prop) jet plane!  Since this is a travel blog, I’m going to share my travel experiences from the past year.  Horizon Air – Alaska Air (codeshare) LAX to Medford, Oregon for a winter visit.  There was a little snow in the morning the first day I was there.

Horizon Air - Alaska Airlines at LAX (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Horizon Air – Alaska Airlines at LAX (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Ashland, Oregon Visitor's Map

Ashland, Oregon Visitor’s Map – https://www.facebook.com/theatreinashland 

Lithia Park - Ashland Creek - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park – Ashland Creek – Ashland, Oregon (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Ashland is incredibly beautiful in the winter.  The Oregon Shakespeare Festival runs February to November, so in December and January it’s relatively “tourist free”.

To kick off the New Year in 2014, I’m officially launching my new facebook page Food, Wine & Theatre in Ashland, Oregon with JoshWillTravel: Visit https://www.facebook.com/theatreinashland for more info!

FebruaryBIG NEWS! NEW JOB. 

Travel Advisor, Independent Travel Consultant & Travel Agent

I spent most of this year learning the travel business, working, meeting new people, making new contacts, traveling, and enjoying my new career and all the wonderful perks!

Launched the JoshWillTravel brand and started this BLOG in February 2012!

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From February until July, I posted a regular “Pic of the Day” featured photo on my blog daily, please look back and see them in my older posts!

Trade Day at the Los Angeles Times Travel Show https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2013/02/24/trade-day-at-the-la-times-travel-show-2013/

Los Angeles Times Travel Show 2013 at the L.A. Convention Center

Los Angeles Times Travel Show in February 2013 at the Los Angeles Convention Center (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Badges?  We don't need no....oh, yes you do!

Badges? We don’t need no….oh, yes you do!

Mom’s 70th Birthday Party at the house in Bel Air

Skyline - Century City and Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Skyline view from Bel Air – Century City and Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California
(copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

I baked a cheesecake! Grandma's Cherry Cheesecake (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

I baked a cheesecake! Grandma’s Cherry Cheesecake (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

A private performance by Janet Klein & Her Parlor Boys (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

A private musical performance by Janet Klein & Her Parlor Boys in the living room (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

March – A month of education that continued throughout the year: The Willett Travel Academy winter class of 2013 three nights a week, continuous online learning and webinar training, a lot of reading, and events and seminars to increase my industry and product knowledge.  I studied hard and earned special Travel Specialist designations with many of our suppliers, vendors, and other travel partners this year. RIGHT CLICK to see my new credentials: https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/about/im-a-travel-agent-luxury-travel-advisor-independent-travel-consultant/

AprilOpening night of “Assisted Living” at the Odyssey Theater and dinner at Nan Ban Kan in West Los Angeles  https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2013/04/06/dinner-show-nan-ban-kan-assisted-living-opening-night-odyssey-theater/

"Assisted Living" starring Paul Dooley & Winnie Holzman

“Assisted Living” starring Paul Dooley & Winnie Holzman

The Hollywood Expo (Hollywood Chamber of Commerce) at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood  https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2013/04/03/tuesday-night-at-the-hollywood-expo-in-hollywood/

Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel - Hollywood, California (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel – Hollywood, California (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Hollywood Blvd  Darth Vader, an Imperial Stormtrooper and Bumblebee the Transformer on The Walk of Fame in front of the Chinese Theater and the Disney El Capitan Marquee (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Hollywood Blvd – Darth Vader, an Imperial Stormtrooper, & Bumblebee the Transformer on The Walk of Fame in front of the Chinese Theater and the Disney El Capitan Marquee (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

I also attended great Hollywood Chamber of Commerce events at Fabiolus Restaurant in Hollywood, Spoonful Restaurant in Universal City, and the Infusion Lounge at Universal Citywalk in 2013.

Fabiolus, Cucina Italiana Verona - Hollywood, California (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Fabiolus, Cucina Italiana Verona – Hollywood, California (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Mixer at Spoonful (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Mixer at Spoonful (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Universal CityWalk Hollywood (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Infusion Lounge at Universal CityWalk Hollywood (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Return to the Paramount Ranch in Agoura, California https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2013/04/14/return-to-paramount-ranch-01-apr-13-part-1-western-town/

Paramount Ranch Park - Agoura, California (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Paramount Ranch Park – Agoura, California (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Paramount Ranch - Agoura, California (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Paramount Ranch – Agoura, California (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

A trip to the Renaissance Pleasure Faire in Irwindale, California to see old friends.

Old Friends at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire in Irwindale (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Old Friends at the Renaissance Faire in Irwindale (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

and The Brewery Art Walk in Downtown Los Angeles  https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2013/04/29/pic-of-the-day-29-apr-13-brewery-art-walk-downtown-los-angeles/

The Brewery Art Walk in Downtown Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

The Brewery Art Walk in Downtown Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

“A Comfortable Skin” Multimedia Art by Kristine Schomaker: www.kristineschomaker.net

Brewery Art Walk - Downtown Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Brewery Art Walk – Downtown Los Angeles  (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

MayWillett Travel Academy Graduation Celebration at The Six in Studio City  https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2013/05/03/celebration-at-the-six-restaurant-in-studio-city/  Six of us graduated, and at the end of the year only two remain (myself and Lena).

Celebration at THE SIX - Studio City, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Graduation Celebration at THE SIX – Studio City, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Road Trip to San Jose – Ann’s Birthday and UC Santa Cruz Friends Reunion https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2013/05/19/do-you-know-the-way-to-san-jose-reunion-roadtrip/

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Do you know the way to San Jose?  Road Trip! (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Annie's Birthday Cake! Santa Cruz Gang Reunion Party!

Annie’s Birthday Cake! Santa Cruz Gang Reunion Party!

Santa Cruz Gang Reunion 2013

Santa Cruz Gang Reunion 2013

My 30th High School Reunion at the Oakwood School in North Hollywood.

The Oakwood School 30th High School Reunion

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the Southern California Hotel and Lodging Conference in the City of Industry at the Palm Pacific Hotel Resort  https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2013/08/07/trade-show-time-socal-hotel-and-lodging-conference-at-the-palm-pacific-hotel-resort/

Pacific Palm Hotel Resort (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Pacific Palm Hotel Resort (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

and Memorial Day Weekend  https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2013/05/27/pic-of-the-day-27-may-13-san-fernando-valley-sunset-memorial-day-2013/

Memorial Day 2013 - Sunset in the San Fernando Valley (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Memorial Day 2013 – San Fernando Valley Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

JuneThe L.A. WineFest at Raleigh Studios https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2013/06/09/la-winefest-2013-in-hollywood/

Wearing the Hawaiian Shirt & Panama Hat! Working our table at the LA WineFest in Hollywood 2013. (Thanks Debrah!)

Wearing the Hawaiian Shirt & Panama Hat!
Working our table at the LA WineFest in Hollywood 2013. (Thanks Debrah!)

A Good Week in June!

Lunch at the Four Seasons Westlake Village https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2013/06/14/pic-of-the-day-13-jun-13-four-seasons-westlake-village/

Four Seasons Westlake Village (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Four Seasons Westlake Village (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Four Seasons Westlake Village (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Limo trip and Private Gulfstream 4 Jet at Santa Monica Municipal Airport https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2013/06/18/who-else-needs-a-limo-and-a-private-gulfstream-g-4-jet/

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Black Limosine and a Gulfstream 4 Private Jet at Santa Monica Municipal Airport (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

the Art Party in Beverly Hills  https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2013/06/24/saturday-evening-at-the-art-party-in-beverly-hills/

The Art Party In Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

The Art Party In Beverly Hills (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

T.H.O.R. Reception at the Mr. C Hotel in West Los Angeles  https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2013/06/20/pic-of-the-day-20-jun-13-mr-cs-hotel/

Mr. C's Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mr. C Hotel in West Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

and Opening night of “Absolutely Filthy” at the Hollywood Fringe Festival https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2013/06/22/pic-of-the-day-21-jun-3-friday-night-at-the-formosa-cafe/

Friday Night at the Formosa Cafe

Friday Night at the Formosa Cafe in Hollywood (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

The Best Play I Saw This Year: “Absolutely Filthy” at the Hollywood Fringe Festival.

Other notable Theater Perfomances this year: “Dreamgirls”, “Our Class”, “Assisted Living” at small theaters in L.A. and “The Liquid Plain” at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

JulyRoad Trip to San Jose, Santa Cruz, Pacifica, San Francisco and Ashland 

This Old House, Santa Cruz, California (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

This Old House, Santa Cruz, California (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Pacific Ocean from Highway 1 (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Pacific Ocean from Highway 1 (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

San Francisco from the Bay Bridge (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

San Francisco from the Bay Bridge (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Rogue Valley, Oregon

Rogue Valley, Ashland, Oregon (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Rogue Valley, Oregon (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Rogue Valley, Oregon (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

August – GBTA 2013 (Global Business Travel Association) convention in San Diego

Global Business Travel Association Convention 2013 (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Global Business Travel Association Convention 2013 (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Petco Park from above - San Diego, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Petco Park from Altitude Lounge – San Diego, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

GBTA 2013 - The Gaslamp District in San Diego (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

GBTA 2013 – The Gaslamp District in San Diego (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

GBTA 2013 – Monday’s Keynote Speaker: Jewel performs “Who Will Save Your Soul” live at the San Diego Convention Center https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=703198789706690&set=vb.337421319696080&type=2&theater (facebook video)

Eagle and Badge Foundation “Summerfest” at the Los Angeles Police Academy

Los Angeles Police Academy - Elysian Park, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Los Angeles Police Academy – Elysian Park, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

SoCal ASTA (American Society if Travel Agents) Premium Luxury Symposium and Showcase at the Montage Beverly Hills Hotel

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ASTA - Luxury at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills, California - Owner's Panel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

ASTA Luxury Symposium at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA – Owner’s Panel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

My Birthday Dinner at Melisse Restaurant in Santa Monica (the best and most expensive meal of the year) https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2013/08/27/dinner-at-melisse/

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday!  Dinner at Melisse! (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Other notable meals: Dinner at Mozza Osteria in Hollywood, Dinner at Beazy’s on the Creek in Ashland, Birthday Dinner at Arnie Morton’s, Sushi at Sushi Ichiban Kan and Okumura Sushi in the San Fernando Valley, Lunch at the Four Season’s Westlake Village and On Sunset at the LUXE on Sunset, Brunch at Bistro Gardens, and many great buffets and food presentations at the wonderful hotel events I attended this year (read about them and see the pictures in my previous blogs).  The “worst meal of the year” loser award goes to the dinner at the MGM Grand Buffet in Las Vegas, everything was overcooked and underseasoned.

I also attended a couple of great Concerts at the Hollywood Bowl this summer.

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Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Hollywood Bowl - Hollywood, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Hollywood Bowl – Hollywood, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Here are video samples (but you might have to be my friend on facebook to see them):

Itzhak Perlman and Cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot at the Hollywood Bowl 20-August-2013 with members of the L.A. Philharmonic and the Klezmer Conservatory Band perform A Yiddishe Mama (A Jewish Mother) https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=712946625398573&set=vb.100000497266600&type=3&theater

Overture! Cosi Fan Tutte by Mozart performed live at the Hollywood Bowl by the L.A. Philharmonic 03-September-2013 https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=721038357922733&set=vb.100000497266600&type=3&theater

Hollywood Bowl 20-AUG-13 (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Hollywood Bowl 20-AUG-13 (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

SeptemberI sold my car and got a brand new motor vehicle! Then I drove it to LTX (the Luxury Travel Exchange) at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2013/10/01/luxury-travel-exchange-ltx-trade-show-in-las-vegas/

Venetian Hotel - Las Vegas, Nevada (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Venetian Hotel – Las Vegas, Nevada (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Venetian Hotel - Las Vegas, Nevada (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Venetian Hotel – Las Vegas, Nevada (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

October The ARTA 50th Anniversay Gala Dinner at the Radisson LAX  https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2013/10/06/arta-50th-anniversary-gala-dinner/

ARTA 50th Anniversary Party (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

ARTA 50th Anniversary Party (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

The 90th Anniversary Party at the Millenium Biltmore in Downtown Los Angeles!   https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2013/10/10/the-90th-party-at-the-millennium-biltmore-hotel-in-downtown-los-angeles/

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

The best hotel party event of the year!  Dress in Black or White or Roaring 20’s.

and LWH Hotels presents “The Art of Hospitality” at the LUXE Hotel on Sunset https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2013/10/24/the-art-of-hospitality-lwh-hotels-event-at-the-luxe-hotel-on-sunset/

LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

“The Art of Hospitality” at the LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

November – Dinner at El Torito Grill in Torrance courtesy of AeroMexico, CostaBaja Resort, and La Paz, Mexico. I won a trip to the Sea of Cortez! https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2013/11/13/thank-you-aeromexico-costabaja-and-la-paz/

AeroMexico and La Paz dinner: I won a trip to Mexico at the CostaBaja Resort!

AeroMexico and La Paz dinner: I won a trip to Mexico at the CostaBaja Resort!

I also won hotel stays in Tempe, Arizona and Lake Tahoe, California this past year, so look for new blogs about the upcoming trips here next year.

Signature Sales Meeting and Trade Show at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2013/11/19/signature-sales-meeting-and-trade-show-at-the-mgm-grand-in-las-vegas/

MGM Grand in Las Vegas (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

MGM Grand in Las Vegas (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

MGM Grand in Las Vegas (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

MGM Grand in Las Vegas (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

and One Night at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas

The view from the 36th floor at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas (copyright 2013 JoshwillTravel)

The view from my room onthe 36th floor at the Rio All-Suites Hotel in Las Vegas (copyright 2013 JoshwillTravel)

and a Party at the InterContinental Hotel in Century City https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2013/11/24/party-at-the-intercontinental-hotel-20-nov-13/

Party at the InterContinental Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Party at the InterContinental Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Party at the InterContinental Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Party at the InterContinental Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Family Thanksgiving! (and Hannukah 2013)  Family, friends, football and a feast!

Thanksgiving 2013 (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Thanksgiving 2013 (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Thanksgiving 2013 (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Thanksgiving 2013 (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Finally got an iPhone!  Please note the improved picture quality.

December

GO BRONCOS!  It was a great year to be a Denver Broncos fan because it was a great year for the Denver Broncos and Peyton Manning!

GO BRONCOS!

GO BRONCOS!  www.denverbroncos.com

The Broncos clinched the AFC West Division with 13 wins, 3 losses and broke a new record every week including the record for the NFL’s highest scoring team during the regular season.  Peyton Manning has thrown a touchdown pass in 39 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the NFL.  https://www.facebook.com/DenverBroncos

Frank & Diane’s Annual Christmas Cocktail Party in Hawthorne

Christmas Cocktail Party in Hawthorne, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Christmas Cocktail Party in Hawthorne, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Christmas Cocktail Party Video (but you probably have to be my friend on facebook):  https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=788317794528122&set=vb.100000497266600&type=3&theater

The Holiday Party at Spark Italian Woodfire Grill in Studio City

Spark Italian Woodfire Grill in Studio City (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Spark Italian Woodfire Grill in Studio City (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Secret Santa at the office holiday party! (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Secret Santa at the office holiday party! (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Holiday Mansion Party in the hills of Los Angeles!

The Scene of the Crime!  Holiday Mansion Party in the hill of Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

The Scene of the Crime! Holiday Mansion Party!  (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Holiday Mansion Party - Los Angeles, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Holiday Mansion Party – Los Angeles, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

and a wonderful Christmas Dinner with a few old friends to celebrate the holiday.

Christmas Dinner: egg nog and bourbon, cheese and crackers, NY Steak roast, carved duck with cranberry sauce, potato and carrots, rice, green beans and red onions, biscuits, homemade apple pie, champagne and Martinelli's carbonated apple-cranberry juice

Christmas Dinner: egg nog, cheese & crackers, NY Steak roast, carved duck with cranberry sauce, potato & carrots, rice, green beans & red onions, biscuits, homemade apple pie, champagne, and Martinelli’s carbonated apple-cranberry juice

It was a good year!  A toast to all my friends and readers!  Wishing you and yours safe travel and a happy, healthy, and wonderful new year in 2014!

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“Well, God give them wisdom that have it; and those that are fools, let them use their talents.” ― William Shakespeare

p.s. She had a good year too!

My puppy the "Little Fuzz Ball" - 15 months old and still too cute for words!

My puppy the “Little Fuzz Ball” – Now 15 months old and still too cute for words!

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23-MAY-13: Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Mixer at Spoonful

Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Mixer at Spoonful

Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Mixer at Spoonful (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Mixer at Spoonful (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

I went to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Mixer at Spoonful.  It was fun.  The office is just a short drive down Ventura Boulevard.  And the restaurant is on Cahuenga Blvd West across the street from Universal Studios, Citywalk, and the 101 Freeway.

Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Mixer at Spoonful (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Mixer at Spoonful (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

I checked in and was given a drink ticket which I quickly exchanged for a Moonlight Madness (Apple Pie “Moonshine” corn liquor, vodka, ginger ale, granny smith apple garnish) served in a small mason jar.  There were tray passed appetizers: Olive, sundried tomato, basil and mozzarella skewers; Buffalo-ranch cocktail shrimp with toothpicks; and marinated and grilled meatballs with toothpicks which were delicious.

Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Mixer at Spoonful (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Mixer at Spoonful (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

There was a pretty good turnout, everybody was very social, and I met lots of new people.  It’s also great to put a face to the name on those emails you’ve been getting….

I want to come back and try a bunch of things on the menu.  Thumbs up for Spoonful!

Spoonful3413 Cahuenga Blvd West, L.A., CA  90068   http://www.spoonfulrestaurant.com 

UPDATE: Spoonful has CLOSED PERMANENTLY.

Another victim of the Cahuenga Curve!

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“Do you know the way to San Jose?” – The Reunion Roadtrip!

NOTE: This Blog was originally written as a virtual “Road Trip” to San Jose! There are many pictures of the journey north from Los Angeles to the Bay Area in California. We tried to capture the essence of the drive along with some good images. Please enjoy this Blog! Updated 20 May 2016

“Do you know the way to San Jose?”

Take a little trip with me at 70+ mph from L.A. to San Jose!

The Office – Friday 1:45pm

Ready? Had a few errands to run and then had to stop by the office in Studio City.

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Go!…Friday afternoon traffic leaving L.A. at 2pm.

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Friday Traffic on the 101 Freeway north (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

The Open Road at the Camarillo Grade

Camarillo Grade (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Camarillo Grade (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

The invitation came via facebook:  Annie (belated) Birthday Party and a Reunion of Old College (UCSC) Friends at Ber’s House in San Jose.  Okay then, ROADTRIP!

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It’s about the same distance from Los Angeles to San Jose on the 5 or the 101 freeway, but the 101 is much nicer during the day if you can time it right and avoid the traffic.  I was tied up at the office for about an hour, and got a later start than I wanted.  There was some afternoon traffic leaving the valley, but once I was passed the Camarillo grade it was a smooth ride and an absolutely beautiful day for a long drive.

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Great ocean views and blue skies from Ventura to Lompoc!

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101 north to San Francisco (Ventura, CA)

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It’s a beautiful day for a drive up the coast.

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Carpinteria (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Isla Vista, Goleta, Santa Barbara (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Airstream! (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Gaviota 3:45pm

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Rest Area in Lompoc (it was full and there was no parking available so I didn’t stop)

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Turning inland and driving through the Lompoc tunnel.  Speedtrap ahead!  Watch out for the CHP and Buellton Police as you travel downhill!

Lompoc Tunnel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Lompoc Tunnel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Lompoc Tunnel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Lompoc Tunnel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Vandenburg Airforce Base, Lompoc (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Buellton Speedtrap! (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Road Construction – one lane ahead (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Keep Right!  (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Lompoc, Buellton, Solvang and Chumash Reservation (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Lompoc, Buellton, Solvang and Chumash Reservation (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Keep an eye out for the CHP!  (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Wine Country (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Wine Country (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Pismo Beach (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Pismo Beach (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Pismo Beach 4:45pm

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Pismo Beach (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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San Luis Obispo (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Madonna Inn (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Cuesta Pass (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Atascadero (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Just a perfect day for a drive.

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Cambria (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Rest Stop (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Rest Stop 5:45pm

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Rest Stop (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Rest Stop – 101 Adjacent (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Rest Stop (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

On the road again…

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Horses (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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California River Aqueduct (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Los Lobos! (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Wine Country (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Moving! (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Moving! (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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San Lucas and King City (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Getting some nice vistas as the sun begins to go down!

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Speed Limit 70mph (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Wild Horse! (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

“I can’t drive 55!” (and I don’t have to)

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70+ Miles Per Hour (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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King City (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Greenfield  Speedtrap! (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Soledad (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Taco Bell – Soledad, California 6:45pm

Normally I don’t eat “fast food”, but i didn’t have lunch so I was starving.  Stopped and got a combo burrito, a bean and cheese burrito, and a Dr. Pepper then back on the road.  Watch out for the local police “speedtrap” and “stop sign” taxing the tourists on your way back to the freeway!

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101 North (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Sunburst! (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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It got cloudy along the way for almost 5 minutes near Laguna Seca…

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Laguna Seca (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

The way to San Jose!

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101 north – Monterey turnoff (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Oversized Load! (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Oversized Load! (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Castroville, Monterey, Watsonville and Santa Cruz (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Car dealership along the 101 (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Crazy Horse! (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Nice vista, but the camera didn’t get it… (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Gilroy (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Watsonville turnoff (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Gilroy (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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San Jose! 7:45pm

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San Jose city limit (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Sunset skies in San Jose (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Sunset in San Jose (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Enough with the driving already!  (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Power station (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Sunset in San Jose (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Next Exit: 101 – 280 – 680 junction (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Final approach (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Fill’er Up!  Valero Gas Station in San Jose (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Sunset in San Jose (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

San Jose! Friday 7:30pm – You have arrived.  397 miles.  6 hours later.

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You have arrived!  (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Let’s Eat! – Dinner at IHOP in San Jose:

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Chicken & Waffles w/country gravy & maple syrup (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Saturday – Ann’s Belated Birthday and Reunion Party with old college friends at Ber’s House in San Jose.  Afternoon BBQ and festivities into the night!

Annie's Birthday Cake! Santa Cruz Gang Reunion Party!

Annie’s Birthday Cake! Santa Cruz Gang Reunion Party!

Santa Cruz Gang Reunion 2013

Santa Cruz Gang Reunion 2013

Sunday – Woke up early and drove to Santa Cruz, my phone’s battery drained and the car charger didn’t work to recharge it.  It was another beautiful day and I drove back through Monterey to the 101 and home to Los Angeles.  I saw some amazing things but unfortunately there are no pics.

Highway 17 to Santa Cruz! (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Highway 17 to Santa Cruz! (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

I hope you enjoyed the ride!  It was a fun weekend.  I haven’t done a real roadtrip like this one in a long time, and there were no problems once I got past the traffic leaving Los Angeles on Friday afternoon.  Only paid for gas and food, because lodging was staying with friends, so it was relatively inexpensive.  I can’t say I would want to do it every week, but once in awhile when the weather’s nice, it’s a great California vacation!

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Celebration at THE SIX restaurant in Studio City

Celebration at THE SIX in Studio City tonight!

Celebration at THE SIX - Studio City, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Celebration at THE SIX – Studio City, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

On the menu: Chandon champagne, red wine, skinless fried chicken & mini-waffles w/spicy gravy & maple syrup, some onion rings and a coke. No dessert….too much food. There was banana cream pie, key lime pie and blackberry cobbler with vanilla ice cream, but I said “no thank you”. And the service was lovely!

THE SIX Covered Patio - Studio City, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

THE SIX Covered Patio – Studio City, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

 

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