Super Bowl 50 – BRONCOS WIN!

Super Bowl 50 – DENVER BRONCOS WIN!

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It’s Monday afternoon, the day after. Did you go to work today?

I have a massive headache.

I guess it’s a good headache. I celebrated the Broncos winning Super Bowl 50!

(Read the previous Blog for the “set-up” on the Denver Broncos and Super Bowl 50)

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I predicted the Broncos would win 27-17, the final score was 24-10.

And there was much rejoicing! The Denver Orange Rush – Orange Crush 2.0 DOMINATED! Fans celebrated into the night and early morning, both in Denver and around the world. Peyton Manning got another ring, drank a lot of Budweiser and went to Disneyland today!

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We had a party and watched the game.

On the Menu: Baked Buffalo wings, crudité plate with ranch dressing, garlic hummus & fresh made guacamole with tortilla chips, pistachio nuts, Doritos cool ranch chips, lightly salted peanuts, mini twist pretzels, pepperoncini kettle chips and MEGA peanut M&Ms. NOTE: It was a non-alcohol day, so orange/pineapple/cran-raspberry juice, iced espresso and coke were the beverages of the day. And of course there were Oranges!

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ORANGE! GO BRONCOS!

Halftime Show (for better or worse)

Coldplay just sucks. Pop music that doesn’t matter. Someone asked when they saw the rainbow motif, “Are they gay?” Other really snarky comments were tweeted. Then Bruno Mars got uptown funky, and was the highlight of the Halftime show, you can’t not like him. And then we were treated to Beyonce’s crotch! I think I like her old stuff better. Nothing wrong with a little “booty-shaking” at the Super Bowl though! It was better than “Up With People” or the New Kids On The Block. I was entertained (for better or worse).

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Bruno Mars getting’ uptown funky at Halftime!

 

BRONCOS FOR THE WIN!

Big Congratulations to everyone involved! I thanked them in the previous Blog, and I’ll thank them all again! This win was sweeeeeeet!

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“Now I’ve won the Super Bowl…”

And then Peyton thanked Budweiser, G-d and Papa John…

Here’s the real CHAMPION of Super Bowl 50:
Assistant Coach of the Year Wade Phillips!

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Assistant Coach of the Year Wade Phillips, defensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

And he can take a hit: (RIGHT CLICK AND “OPEN IN NEW WINDOW” TO SEE VIDEO) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAMJ2zXS19Q 

The Denver Defense won the game! They dominated all season long. The “Orange Rush” was the deciding factor in every game they won, and the secondary was exceptional.  the Orange Crush 2.0 excelled at pressuring the QB, executing pass coverage and making big plays when needed. And all three were key factors in the Broncos victory.

MVP Von Miller

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Von Miller earned the Super Bowl MVP with 2.5 sacks and two forced fumbles on Carolina Panther’s quarterback Cam Newton.

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The Empire State Building in New York City Lit Orange & Blue for the Broncos Win!

Aqib Talib?

Now I’m going to talk about Aqib Talib and his OUT OF CONTROL BEHAVIOR. He should have been ejected (or benched by Denver) in the first quarter! He should have been traded after the eye poke against the Colts in November! He cost the Broncos 35 yards in penalty yards in the first quarter of Super Bowl 50 with two personal fouls, including an INTENTIONAL FACEMASK!

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WTF? Personal Foul 15 yards, Automatic First Down!

Late in the fourth quarter the Indianapolis Colts had pivotal third down, but Talib was hit with an unnecessary roughness penalty for INTENTIONALLY POKING Allen in the eye. He cost the Broncos the game against the Colts and was suspended without pay for the next game against the Kansas City Chiefs for his eye-poke of Colts tight end Dwayne Allen. After the game, Talib didn’t even remember poking Allen. “I don’t even remember, man,” he told USA TODAY “Just mad. I can’t even remember, man. I don’t know.”

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This was an INTENTIONAL FACEMASK! Personal Foul 15 yards, Automatic First Down!

Here are Aqib Talib’s 2015-2016 Stats:

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What the F*ck? Is Aqib Talib’s play so valuable that he should be allowed to cost the team a win and give the Broncos a black eye along with the other team’s player? Do we need a player who commits intentional penalties and deliberately injures other players? If the Broncos had lost, there would have been a lot of questions about his first quarter play!

And what about Cam Newton? What a LOSER! He got beat. He got punished. He was sacked six times and he fumbled in the fourth quarter with four minutes left when Von Miller threw him to the ground. Not only did Newton not go for the loose football, he jumped back after the Broncos’ defenders dove for it.

After his behavior this year and all his trademark celebrations: his dabbing and dancing, his fake jump shots after touchdowns, he completed 18 of 41 passes for 265 yards and ended the game with one interception and two fumbles. He was throwing a tantrum on the sideline and in the end zone during the fourth quarter, showed little respect to the winning opposing team and then acted badly after the game.

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Cam Newton’s New Dab! What a Baby!

Cam Newton only spent five minutes an the post game press conference before bolting. “They just played better than us. I don’t know what you want me to say. I’m sorry. They made more plays than us, and that’s what it came down to. We had opportunities. It wasn’t nothing special that they did. We dropped balls. We turned the ball over. We gave up sacks, threw errant passes. That’s it. They scored more points than us.”  After the constant beating from the Broncos Defense, poor sportsmanship, bad behavior and a bruised ego was all he had left after the game.

 BRONCOS WIN! FIRE PHIL SIMMS!

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Only a few of the Tweets from the AFC Championship Game:

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And only a few from Super Bowl 50:

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Well, it was a VERY GOOD DAY! The Broncos won the Super Bowl! I am very happy.

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Oh Yeah! The Denver Broncos Win Super Bowl 50!

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This just in! Dead & Company headlining at Bonnaroo 2016 in Manchester, Tennessee on June 9th and will hit the road for a summer tour starting June 10th!

Dead & Company Tour Dates 2016
June 10 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
June 16 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
June 17 – Noblesville, IN @ Klipsch Music Center
June 20 – Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion
June 21 – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
June 23 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
June 25 & 26 – Flushing, NY @ Citi Field
June 28 – Hartford, CT @ Xfinity Theatre
July 2 & 3 – Boulder, CO @ Folsom Field
July 7 – Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
July 9 & 10 – East Troy, WI @ Alpine Valley Music Theatre
July 13 – Pittsburgh, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion
July 15 & 16 – Boston, MA @ Fenway Park

The jam band is also scheduled to appear on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on February 18th.

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Super Bowl 50 at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, California

SUPERBOWL SUNDAY!!!! GO BRONCOS!!!!

SUPERBOWL SUNDAY!!!! GO BRONCOS!!!!

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Denver Broncos – AFC Champions 2016!

Well, it’s 3:30am on Superbowl Sunday, kickoff is twelve hours away, and I’m so excited I just can’t sleep! GO BRONCOS! My team is in the Superbowl again!

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GO BRONCOS!

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I stated it before the season started and there are live breathing witnesses who heard me say loud and proud, and without hesitation, “The Broncos are going to the Superbowl.”

Thank you Peyton Manning! Thank you John Elway!

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GO PEYTON!

Thank you Brock Osweiler! Thank you Brandon McManus and Britton Colquitt!

Thank you C.J. Anderson, Ronnie Hillman, Juwan Thompson, Vernon Davis, Owen Daniels, Virgil Green, Jordan Norwood, Andre Caldwell, Bennie Fowler, Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders! Thank you to the entire offensive line!

Thank you Orange Crush 2016! THE DENVER DEFENSE DOMINATED EVERY GAME!

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New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (12) is hit by the Denver Broncos outside LB Von Miller (58) and called for a late hit penalty after being sacked by Broncos DE Vance Walker (96) during the 2nd half of the Nov. 29, 2015 game in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

They penalized us, they fined us, they suspended players and the Denver Broncos still made it to the Big Game. Many of the penalties were due to STUPID out of control behavior, and at least one cost us a win. Late hits and personal fouls are just wrong. However, some of the penalties were just bad calls and we’ll never know what really happened with a certain officiating crew in question. Record fines were issued to Denver players and suspensions were ordered (again some for questionable offenses and some were absolutely well deserved) by the NFL, and still the Broncos were triumphant!

Thank you and congratulations Wade Phillips! (Assistant Coach of the Year!)

Thank you Gary Kubiak! Thank you to the entire Coaching Staff, Crew, Employees, Volunteers, Groundskeepers, Security and Office Personnel! Thank you to the Sponsors!

Thank you Denver Broncos Cheerleaders! Best dance team in the NFL! Thank you Sam!

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The Denver Broncos Cheerleaders!

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I’ve been a Broncos fan for 40 years and have the pictures to prove it!

I went to the market and I’m ready for the big game, now only eleven hours away.

I told a friend earlier tonight (yesterday) that this time tomorrow (today after the game), I’ll either be very happy or very sad. I’m betting on HAPPY! Enjoy the game!

GO BRONCOS! FIRE PHIL SIMMS!

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GO BRONCOS!

p.s. FIRE PHIL SIMMS! Here are just a few comments from the last few games on CBS:

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READ THE #FIREPHILSIMMS COMMENTS>

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FIRE PHIL SIMMS! Thank you @PhilSimmsQuotes & @PeytonMForehead!

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THIS JUST IN! Puppies predict the Denver Broncos will win Super Bowl 50!

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Puppies predict the Denver Broncos will win Super Bowl 50!

My prediction Sun 9:35am pst> Final Score: Broncos 27 – Panthers 17 GO BRONCOS!

“He became a man the day of the greatest game he ever played. Everything he ever knew about common decency and morality he learned that day in December from Alan “The Horse” Ameche; and today in the Superbowl he would earn his wings. The crowd had assembled; a crowd of America’s elite. Toyata salesmen from all around the country — orientals and even those suspected of being orientals — stacked on the thirty yard line watching him sweat and wipe caked blood from his face. The Gallow brothers — Ernest and Julio — party guys who had skinned a few Mexicans and forced them to carry them on their shoulders down to the pre-game tailgate parties at the colosseum. The Pepsi and Coca Cola bottlers of America — Coke adds life; It’s the real thing — bombarded by missiles; flying flaming matchbook covers. The waterheads from General Motors up in the top seats where they belong; getting the worst of the pollution. All sorts of weird motherf*ckers were at the game.”-“Where the Buffalo Roam” Bill Murray as Hunter S. Thompson.

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Bill Murray & Peter Boyle in “Where the Buffalo Roam”

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“Tickets, passes and a key? Must be some sh*t goin’ down somewhere.”

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Remember! Don’t be this guy at the party!

GO BRONCOS!

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St. Paul’s Reunion in San Francisco – June 2014

At last! Here’s the Blog about the St. Paul’s Reunion in San Francisco in June 2014!

Throwback Thursday! My post from last week was the St. Paul’s Reunion Brunch at Perry’s on Union in San Francisco. I realized that I never finished the Blog about the weekend gathering in the city of old friends from the Renaissance Faire.

The reunion was a year ago. The pictures needed to be posted and the story need to be told. Actually there are a lot more pictures, some have been seen here on my Blog before, others were previously posted on facebook and Twitter, and still others will remain hidden from the eyes of both friends and strangers alike. There’s also more to the story, but those sordid details will have to remain private to protect the innocent (and not so innocent).


First, a little history:

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Guild of St. Paul’s – Ringout at the Renaissance Faire – Agoura 1983

Once upon a time, back in the 1980’s, there were a group of friends who all worked at the Renaissance Faire and Dickens’ Christmas Faire. They were street actors and members of the Guild of St. Paul’s (the thieves’ guild) and their close friends. Eventually, many would join the CREW and/or find other gigs at the Faire, but the bonds of friendship built during the “Crazy 80s” always remained strong. Over the years, some of the members moved away, disappeared or died. And so it was that a reunion was planned for June of 2014 in San Francisco.

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Castle St. Paul in Pig’s Gulch – Agoura 1983

Great weekend in San Francisco with old friends!

Highlights of the festivities included Lunch at Bubba Gump’s at Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf, Sushi Dinner in the Omakase Room at Yoshi’s, the “Pub Crawl” (Limo ride with stops at Smuggler’s Cove, Knuckles at the Wharf, the Pig & Whistle, and Tommy’s Joynt), Coffee at Sugar Cafe and a Sunday Champagne Brunch at Perry’s on Union.

Friends came from New York, Indiana, Delaware, Arizona, northern and southern California to attend this long overdue reunion of the Guild of St. Paul’s from the Renaissance Faire!

San Francisco Civic Center (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

San Francisco Civic Center – San Francisco City Hall (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

I drove into the city of San Francisco on a beautiful Saturday morning, and after a stop downtown at the Civic Center, the California Statue and United Nations Plaza, I headed for Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39 to meet my old friends.

California Statue in San Francisco (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

California Statue in San Francisco (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Simon Bolivar Statue in San Francisco (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Simon Bolivar Statue in San Francisco (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Read my previous Blog about the Simon Bolivar Statue>> http://wp.me/p3dhVM-1eH

Saturday at Fisherman’s Wharf!

After spending time walking around Grosvernor’s Square and the Civic Center, I drove down to Fisherman’s Wharf. Probably the most touristy thing you can do on a Saturday in San Francisco! There was a lot of traffic and a lot of tourists. Oh, and PARKING SUCKS!!!

Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

RANT!!! PARKING SUCKS! TRAFFIC SUCKS! Let me repeat: PARKING SUCKS!

There is a parking structure at Pier 39 but it costs a lot to park! They do have discounts and “first hour free” type offers on certain days. But, IT WILL TAKE YOU 30 MINUTES TO PARK and at least 30 MINUTES TO GET OUT OF THE PARKING STRUCTURE….SO DON’T DO IT! There is metered parking nearby and it costs a lot too. (~$4-8 per hour).  Park for free or for a reasonable rate far away and then take the trolley, bus or a shuttle.

p.s. There are huge crowds on weekends, visit midweek for a less crowded experience.

NOTE: Driving in San Francisco has gotten impossible! What’s with all the traffic and construction? People just stop and double park in lanes of traffic with cars behind them. Trucks double park and triple park to make deliveries. Pedestrians walk right in front of oncoming traffic and take their time crossing in front of cars. $10 per hour to park at meter? $30+ to park overnight? Just a driving nightmare, I don’t recommend it.


Meet at Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf

After the parking experience, I walked down to Pier 39. The views of the city and the bay from the parking structure bridge were wonderful in all directions!

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Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf – San Francisco

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Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf & Alcatraz Island – San Francisco

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Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf – San Francisco

Pier 39 at Fisherman's Wharf - San Francisco

Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf – San Francisco

Pier 39 at Fisherman's Wharf - San Francisco

Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf – San Francisco

We met on Pier 39, and after 20+ years, at first, even in the “age of facebook”, it was a shock to see young friends grown old, in person.

Meeting up with old friends after 20+ years at Pier 39 in San Francisco

Meeting up with old friends after 20+ years at Pier 39 in San Francisco

Meeting up with old friends after 20+ years at Pier 39 in San Francisco

Meeting up with old friends after 20+ years at Pier 39 in San Francisco

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Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf – San Francisco

Pier 39 at Fisherman's Wharf - San Francisco

Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf – San Francisco

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Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf – San Francisco

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Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf – San Francisco

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Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf – San Francisco

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Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf – San Francisco

Pier 39 at Fisherman's Wharf - San Francisco

Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf – San Francisco

Pier 39 at Fisherman's Wharf - San Francisco

Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf – San Francisco

Pier 39 at Fisherman's Wharf - San Francisco

Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf – San Francisco

Late Lunch & Drinks at Bubba Gump’s Shrimp Co. at Pier 39

Bubba Gump's at Pier 39 in San Francisco

Bubba Gump’s at Pier 39 in San Francisco

We decided to get drinks at Bubba Gump’s, and after grabbing a couple tables in the bar, and avoiding the line of waiting tourists, Anchor Steam Beer and Maker’s Mark shots were consumed to begin the party! Soon, we were joined by more old friends, food and more drinks were ordered and consumed, friendships were renewed, and we made a few new friends with the restaurant’s staff.

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. at Pier 39 - San Francisco

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. at Pier 39 – San Francisco

Meeting up with old friends after 20+ years at Bubba Gump's at Pier 39 in San Francisco

Lunch & Drinks at Bubba Gump’s at Pier 39 in San Francisco

Lunch & Drinks at Bubba Gump's at Pier 39

Lunch & Drinks at Bubba Gump’s at Pier 39 in San Francisco

Beer and Maker's Mark at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. at Pier 39 (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Beer and Maker’s Mark at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. at Pier 39 (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

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Getting Animated at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. at Pier 39

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Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. at Pier 39 – San Francisco

Making friends with our waiter at Bubba Gump's at Pier 39 in San Francisco

Making friends with our waiter at Bubba Gump’s at Pier 39 in San Francisco

Making friends with our waitress at Bubba Gump's at Pier 39 in San Francisco

Making friends with our waitress at Bubba Gump’s at Pier 39 in San Francisco

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Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. at Pier 39 – San Francisco

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Pier 3939 Pier, San Francisco CA 94124 415-781-4867

We walked back to the parking structure and found the car. As previously mentioned, it took forever to get out of the lot and it was really expensive to park for a short time! It is definitely another example of the City of San Francisco “fleecing the tourist” at every opportunity. We spent a few hundred dollars on lunch, drinks and souvenirs and then got taxed again on the way out!

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Wyland at Pier 39 Parking Structure Bridge at Fisherman’s Wharf – San Francisco

View from Parking Structure Bridge at Pier 39 - San Francisco

View from Parking Structure Bridge at Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf – San Francisco

Coit Tower, TransAmerica Building and San Francisco

Coit Tower, TransAmerica Building & San Francisco Cityscape from Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf


As I mentioned previously, driving in the city is impossible, even for a native of Los Angeles  who has driven in the worst traffic imaginable. It took a really long time just to make a right turn out of Fisherman’s Wharf. There is no pedestrian or traffic control and there are just too many people and cars on a Saturday afternoon. I almost lost my mind trying to get to the hotel and then found a parking lot down the street, around the corner and down an alley near the hotel. After negotiating the “cash” rate with the attendant ($30 overnight – THAT’S CHEAP in SF!), I grabbed my bag and walked to the Hotel Beresford on Sutter, wondering if my car would still be there tomorrow.

Hotel Beresford - San Francisco

Hotel Beresford on Sutter – San Francisco

Hotel Beresford - San Francisco

Hotel Beresford – San Francisco

My friend made the reservations and I was invited to share the room, and to be honest I really had no previous experience or knowledge about the hotel.

We checked in, went up to the room, rested a little and then got ready for dinner at Yoshi’s and the “Pub Crawl” to follow. Requested (optional) dinner attire: wear a Hawaiian shirt!

Hotel Beresford  635 Sutter St, San Francisco CA 94102 415-673-9900

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Hotel Beresford –  Welcome to San Francisco!

The White Horse Restaurant & Pub at the Hotel Beresford - San Francisco

The White Horse Restaurant & Pub – San Francisco

We called for a cab and taxied over to the restaurant, another experience in San Francisco that’s different from anywhere else. You just put your life in someone else’s hands and hope you arrive at your destination.

Taxi!

Taxi POV! Put you life in someone else’s hands in the city of San Francisco…



As scheduled, the gang regrouped at Yoshi’s for dinner, and we were joined by more friends who hadn’t made it to the gathering at Pier 39. Dinner, drinks and dessert were enjoyed and a very good time was had by all.

Read Dinner at Yoshi’s (right click open in new window) http://wp.me/p3dhVM-1ba

Dinner at Yoshi's in S.F. (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Dinner at Yoshi’s in S.F. (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Dinner at Yoshi's in S.F. (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Dinner at Yoshi’s in S.F. (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Dinner at Yoshi's - San Francisco

Dinner in the glass Omakase Room at Yoshi’s – San Francisco

Dinner at Yoshi's in S.F. (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Dinner at Yoshi’s in S.F. (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Read Dinner at Yoshi’s (right click open in new window) http://wp.me/p3dhVM-1ba

Yoshi’s – 1330 Fillmore Street, San Francisco 94115

NOTE: Yoshi’s in San Francisco is now CLOSED, Yoshi’s in Oakland is still open.



Limo and “Pub Crawl” – Saturday Night in San Francisco!

After dinner, there was a shiny stretch Limousine waiting for us outside the restaurant.

Limo! Our designated driver for the Pub Crawl

Limo! Our designated driver for the Pub Crawl

Limo! Let the Pub Crawl begin!

Inside the Limo! Let the Pub Crawl begin!

It was “close quarters” inside the limo but we all fit. The plan for the “Pub Crawl” was not mine. I was just along for the ride and it was great fun! The limo was fully stocked and had music and LED lights. It was like riding through the streets of San Francisco in a VIP booth filled with friends with bottle service at a trendy nightclub.

Map of St. Paul's Pub Crawl on 22 June 2014

Map of St. Paul’s Pub Crawl on 22 June 2014

Limo! Let the Pub Crawl begin!

Inside the Limo! Let the Pub Crawl begin!

Our first stop was the world famous Smuggler’s Cove! One of the best bars in America, or so they say, I couldn’t tell you because it’s a tiny 3 level Tiki bar that packs them in like sardines. It was still very early and light outside, but the place was absolutely filled with too many humans…and then they let all of us in too. We made our way to the bar, but a few of us just couldn’t hang with the lack of seating (due to injuries and old age) and a lack of personal space.

Smuggler’s Cove – 650 Gough St, San Francisco CA 94102 415-869-1900

Smuggler's Cove - San Francisco

Smuggler’s Cove – San Francisco

Smuggler's Cove in San Francisco

Very Crowded at Smuggler’s Cove (at the bar) – San Francisco

Another limo ride and we reached our second stop Knuckles at the Wharf, at the Hyatt. I’m told it’s a great sports bar, but it was pretty empty on Saturday night. We sat at a long table in the “dining area” and ordered drinks from the waiter. It was really nice to be able to talk with my old friends and catch up on the past 20 years (a little).

Knuckles at the Wharf – 555 North Point St, San Francisco CA 94133 415-486-4340

Knuckle's at the Wharf in San Francisco

Knuckles at the Wharf in San Francisco

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Knuckles at the Wharf (at the bar)  – San Francisco

Knuckle's at the Wharf - San Francisco

Knuckles at the Wharf – San Francisco

Knuckle's at the Wharf - San Francisco

Knuckles at the Wharf – San Francisco

Stoli on the Rocks with a lime

Stoli on the Rocks with a lime at Knuckles at the Wharf

After a round (or two) of cocktails, and some good fun, we called for the limo. We all agreed that Knuckles was very nice, but too nice for our purposes and so we instructed our Driver to take us to our next stop, the Pig & Whistle!

“Get in the Limo!” at Knuckles at the Wharf in San Francisco

Limo! The Pub Crawl continues!

Inside the Limo! The Pub Crawl continues!

The Pig & Whistle is a dark place with an English Pub theme and it was a perfect place for our third stop. We took command of a few tables and ordered the next round of drinks from our hippie waiter. We took a few group pictures and got a little bit “wild”. We were also forced to remind one of our friends PLEASE NO FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY!

The Pig & Whistle – 2801 Geary Blvd, San Francisco CA 94118 415-885-4779

The Pig & Whistle - San Francisco

The Pig & Whistle – San Francisco

The Pig & Whistle - San Francisco

The Pig & Whistle – San Francisco

The Pig & Whistle - San Francisco

The Pig & Whistle – San Francisco

Please, NO FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY!

Please, NO FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY!

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SERIOUSLY, NO FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY!

After more drinks and fun, around midnight we all climbed back in the limo and rode to our next stop. By this time, it seemed like we had been driving in circles all over the city and it turns out we had!

Limo! Our designated driver for the Pub Crawl

Limo! Our designated driver for the Pub Crawl

Limo! The Pub Crawl continues!

Limo! The Pub Crawl continues!

Back in the Limo after drinks at the Pig & Whistle

Back in the Limo after more drinks at the Pig & Whistle

After dinner, drinks, three stops, and another limo ride we arrived at our fourth stop, Tommy’s Joynt! Late night-early morning drinks and food were on the menu. There’s a full bar on one side and an order & pickup restaurant on the other side of the main room. It’s pretty well known for it’s sandwiches and other tasty food and for being open very late.

We got our food and took over a few tables in the upstairs dining area. I had a meaty pastrami sandwich, which I remember was really good. We had some more fun and made a little trouble, but not so much as you’d notice…because we’ve all gotten old and mellow.

After a leisurely meal and some serious (drunk) conversation, we called for the limo and took a few more group pictures before stumbling back in to our rolling disco lounge.

Tommy’s Joynt – 1101 Geary Blvd, San Francisco CA 94109 415-775-4216

Tommy's Joynt - San Francisco

Tommy’s Joynt after midnight – San Francisco

Tommy's Joynt - San Francisco

Tommy’s Joynt (at the bar) after midnight – San Francisco

Tommy's Joynt - San Francisco

Tommy’s Joynt – the “carving station” from upstairs – San Francisco

Tommy's Joynt - San Francisco

Tommy’s Joynt – San Francisco

Tommy's Joynt - San Francisco

Upstairs at Tommy’s Joynt – San Francisco

Best Pastrami Sandwich in San Francisco at Tommy's Joynt

Best Pastrami Sandwich in San Francisco at Tommy’s Joynt

Selfie with Pastrami Sandwich at Tommy's Joynt

Selfie with Pastrami Sandwich at Tommy’s Joynt

St. Paul's Reunion in San Francisco

St. Paul’s Reunion Saturday Night “Pub Crawl” in San Francisco – A good time was had by all!

Return to the Hotel Beresford

Limo back to the Hotel!

Limo back to the Hotel Beresford!

We dropped almost everyone off at their different hotels on the way back to the Hotel Beresford. We enjoyed the amenities and the space inside the limo as our friends departed along the way. I’m not sure exactly what time the rest of us finally got back to the hotel, but there was a lot of noise on the street from the crowd leaving the club and pub up the block. We paid and tipped our driver (who did a really great job running us all over the city on a Saturday night), collected our belongings and stumbled upstairs to our rooms. The street noise was clearly audible in our hotel room, but it didn’t matter.

Limo back to the Hotel!

Limo back to the Hotel Beresford!

And so a great time was had by all on our San Francisco Saturday night adventure. Everyone got home safe and just a little worse for wear. Good food was eaten and many drinks were imbibed. Our 30+ year friendship was renewed in person and there was much shared fun and mischief throughout the evening.

“May the Four Winds Blow Them Safely Home”  

NOTE: Missing friends were mentioned and remembered. Some are MIA, some were not able to make the reunion, and unfortunately others have passed on. The recent loss of a couple of our friends is one of the reasons this party was planned. Throughout the night, there were bittersweet moments as we toasted absent friends and friends we’ve lost.

The Guild of St. Paul's - Agoura 1982

The Guild of St. Paul’s – Agoura 1982


SUNDAY! SUNDAY! (the morning after)

Sunday morning I woke up too early! We packed our stuff and checked out of the hotel. I walked my bag back to my car, which was where I parked two blocks away at Cosmo and Ophir. I could have valet parked at the hotel for $27, but then you don’t know where they put your car. Our friends Erik and Sharon were late to brunch because they had to file a police report…the valet at a different hotel allegedly stole Erik’s Bluetooth from the car when he parked it.

On Sutter in San Francisco

On Sutter in San Francisco

On Sutter in San Francisco

On Sutter in San Francisco

Urban Blight! In the space of two blocks, I passed four or five seriously “homeless” people. Desperate, dirty, drug addicted and mentally damaged humans who now claim a piece of sidewalk as home. The walls along the major streets as well as the alleys were covered in graffiti and they were just dirty and littered with trash. It made me sad.

Graffiti in San Francisco

Urban blight! Graffiti tags on the (repainted) walls in San Francisco

Then we met up for Coffee and Espresso at Sugar Cafe, just up the street from the hotel, before getting a couple taxis to drive us to brunch.

Sugar Cafe - San Francisco

Sugar Cafe – San Francisco

Coffee and Strudel and Sugar Cafe in San Francisco (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Coffee and Strudel and Sugar Cafe in San Francisco (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Morning After! Coffee at Sugar Cafe

The Morning After! Coffee at Sugar Cafe in San Francisco

Sunday Champagne Brunch at Perry’s

Perry's - San Francisco

Sunday Brunch at Perry’s on Union – San Francisco

Sunday Brunch at Perry’s on Union in San Francisco!

At 11:40am we all taxied over to Perry’s on Union for our Brunch reservation at noon.

Sunday Brunch at Perry's in San Francisco

Sunday Brunch at Perry’s (at the bar) in San Francisco

Sunday Brunch at Perry's in San Francisco

Sunday Brunch at Perry’s in San Francisco

Jones, Party of 10! We were taken to the back room and seated without waiting again. I brought a bottle of champagne to the reunion, and since we didn’t drink it in the limousine the night before, we brought it with us to the restaurant. There’s was a $15 corkage fee, and we spent another $12 on fresh squeezed orange juice in little teapots, so we all had MIMOSAS with brunch!

St. Paul's Sunday Brunch at Perry's in San Francisco June '14

St. Paul’s Reunion – Sunday Brunch at Perry’s on Union in San Francisco – June ’14

Champagne Brunch - Mimosas all around

Sunday Champagne Brunch at Perry’s on Union – Mimosas all around!

Sunday Brunch at Perry's in San Francisco

Sunday Brunch at Perry’s in San Francisco

Sunday Brunch at Perry's in San Francisco

Sunday Brunch at Perry’s in San Francisco

Sunday Brunch at Perry's in San Francisco

“The Bird” at Sunday Brunch at Perry’s in San Francisco

On The Menu: I had eggs benedict with their special bacon instead of ham/canadian bacon and shared a fruit plate with a couple friends. My brunch included potatos and I also ate one of my friend’s side of toast with butter and jam because they didn’t want it.

Egg's Benedict for Sunday Brunch at Perry's on Union in San Francisco

Eggs Benedict for Sunday Brunch at Perry’s on Union in San Francisco

Perry’s Restaurant – 1944 Union St, San Francisco CA 94123 415-922-9022

After Brunch we taxied back to the Hotel, said our goodbyes and went our separate ways. I walked over to The Pub on Sutter on the corner, had a beer and waited for the World Cup game to start.

Pub on the Corner - San Francisco

The Pub on Sutter on the corner – San Francisco

Pub on the Corner - San Francisco

Watching the World Cup at the Pub on Sutter on the corner – San Francisco

After the game I jumped in the car, made my way through traffic and drove out of the city and back south towards San Jose.

THE END!

THE END!

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Sunday Morning in Lithia Park in Ashland, Oregon

Sunday Morning in Lithia Park in Ashland, Oregon.

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Another trip through Lithia Park! After breakfast at the Morning Glory Cafe on Sunday, I took a little walk. It was a beautiful slightly overcast morning, and the slow and even pace of drumming from the yoga group provided a very cool soundtrack for the beginning of our hike.

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park – Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park – Ashland, Oregon

There was a guided tour group beginning to gather. Guided tours with park naturalists are offered at 10am on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday (May through September) and also on Saturdays in July and August.

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park – Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park – Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park – Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park Bamboo – Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park – Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park Dogwood – Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park Duck Pond – Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park Duck Pond – Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park Duck Pond – Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park Duck Pond – Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park Duck Pond – Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park – Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park Duck Pond and Yoga on the Lawn – Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park Yoga on the Lawn – Ashland, Oregon

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Lithia Park Yoga on the Lawn (Drummer) – Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park Yoga on the Lawn – Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park Yoga on the Lawn – Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park Lawn – Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park Lawn – Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park Lawn and Playground – Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park Lawn and Playground – Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park Playground and Public Restrooms – Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park Playground – Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park Playground – Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park Playground – Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park Playground – Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park Playground – Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park – Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park Hiking Trail – Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park Walking Path – Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park Walking Path – Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park Ashland Creek – Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park Ashland Creek – Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park Ashland Creek – Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park Ashland Creek – Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park Ashland Creek – Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park Ashland Creek – Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park Flowers – Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park Tall Tree – Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park Western Red Cedar – Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park Tree – Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park Ashland Creek – Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park Ashland Creek – Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park NO FRISBEE GOLF IN THE VICINITY OF THIS GROVE – Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park Butler-Perozzi Fountain – Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park Butler-Perozzi Fountain – Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park Butler-Perozzi Fountain – Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park Butler-Perozzi Fountain – Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park is the largest and most central park in Ashland, Oregon. It consists of 93 acres of forested canyonland around Ashland Creek, stretching from the downtown plaza up toward its headwaters near Mount Ashland. Its name originates from the lithium oxide found in the stream water.  The park has two large green area, a bandshell for public musical performances, two duck ponds, a large playground, tennis courts, community buildings and, in winter, an ice skating rink. It also offers picnic areas and miles of hiking trails.  The park was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.

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May Morning at Ashland Creek in Lithia Park

May Morning at Ashland Creek in Lithia Park

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Ashland Creek in Lithia Park in Ashland Oregon (copyright 2015 JoshWillTravel)

Sunday Morning in May at Ashland Creek in Lithia Park in Ashland, Oregon (copyright 2015 JoshWillTravel)

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Sunday Brunch at the LUXE Hotel On Sunset

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

Big Thanks to the LUXE Hotel On Sunset, the On Sunset Restaurant and LWH Hotels for the wonderful brunch! I was lucky and won brunch for 2 at the Tokyo Cerulean Hotel Reception at the LUXE On Rodeo (see past blogs, it was a great event!). I had to wait until after football season for a free Sunday, so today we went to collect my win and try their well reviewed Brunch.

I love this hotel. It’s a beautiful property! You can take the full photographic tour in my other blogs, there are a couple of links at the bottom of this page. This blog is just about the brunch and the delicious food and drink that we enjoyed today.

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

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

I made a reservation and we had a lovely table reserved for us on the restaurant patio.

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

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

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

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

Cold Table: seafood – crab claws, crab legs, shrimp, oysters, bagel, lox and grav lox, cream cheese, sushi, scallop ceviche, fish ceviche, herring, meat plate – salami, turkey, 3 kinds of cheeses, crackers, tomatos and mozzarella, salad, muffins, danish, coffee cake and all kinds of bread.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hot Table: chafing dishes – bacon and sausage, roast potato, mexican rice, mashed potato, roast peppers and vegetables, fish in sauce, pancakes, french toast, waffles, blintzes, eggs benedict, and more.

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

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

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

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

Omelets, crepes and prime rib. Oh my!

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

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

Prime Rib carving station. With Au Jus and horseradish sauce.

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

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

Crab legs, crab claws, shrimp, and oysters.

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

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

Bloody Mary, fresh squeezed Orange Juice, Iced Tea and Coffee to drink.

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

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

Cold Plate: sushi, crab legs, crab claws, shrimp, scallop ceviche, bagel, lox, grav lox, and cream cheese.

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

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

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

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

Cold plate; cornbread muffin, chocolate danish, salami, turkey, pepperjack cheese, bread, and a california roll.

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

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

Prime rib au jus with horseradish sauce, eggs benedict, and cheese blintzes with berry sauce.

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

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

Bacon, sausage, french toast, roast potato, and mashed potato.

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

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

Fruit: pineapple, watermelon, strawberries, blueberries, Dessert: mini fruit tart, flourless brownie, and a chocolate mouse cake roll.

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

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

Many tempting desserts and a fruit platter.

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

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

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

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

You can dine indoors in the dining room or bar area or on the restaurant patio or bar patio.

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

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

Today’s brunch was accompanied by music from a wonderful jazz trio.

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

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

LUXE Hotel On SunsetSunset Blvd (at the 405 freeway), West Los Angeles, CA

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

San Fernando Valley Sunset – Memorial Day 2013

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

The view out my front door this evening:

San Fernando Valley Sunset  (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

San Fernando Valley Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Friday Night – Shabbat Dinner

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

Friday night - Shabbat dinner (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Friday night – Shabbat dinner (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Friday night - Shabbat dinner (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Friday night – Shabbat dinner (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Friday night - Shabbat dinner (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Friday night – Shabbat dinner (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Friday night - Shabbat dinner (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Friday night – Shabbat dinner (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Friday night - Shabbat dinner (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Friday night – Shabbat dinner (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Friday night - Shabbat dinner (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Friday night – Shabbat dinner (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Friday night - Shabbat dinner (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Friday night – Shabbat dinner (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Friday night - Shabbat dinner (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Friday night – Shabbat dinner (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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

Corner Bakery cafe (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Corner Bakery cafe (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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

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

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

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

Middle eastern buffet

Middle eastern buffet (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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

Middle eastern buffet (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Middle eastern buffet (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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

Chocolate cake: THANK YOU

Chocolate cake: THANK YOU (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Chillin’ by the pool on Sunday afternoon.

Who wants to come swimming? (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Who wants to come swimming? (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Poolside

Poolside. (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Sunday night Breakfast for Dinner:

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

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

Getting some sun and waiting to BBQ. Happy Monday!

Poolside with the girls (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Poolside with the girls (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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

BBQ

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

BBQ

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

It was a beautiful weekend!

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Sunday Brunch at Bistro Garden 21-APR-13

Sunday!  Sunday!  Sunday Brunch!

Up Escalator (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Up Escalator (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

The party was called for Noon.  Traffic was light and I was early.  It was a beautiful day in Studio City.  Street parking was easy and it’s free on Sunday.

Bistro Garden (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Ventura Blvd and Coldwater Canyon (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Sunday Brunch at Bistro Garden at the Center at Coldwater on Ventura Boulevard just west of Coldwater Canyon.

Bistro Garden (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

The Center at Coldwater (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Bistro Garden (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

A Beautiful Day in Studio City (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Bistro Garden (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Down Escalator (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Bistro Garden (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Almost Noon….  (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

BISTRO GARDEN, Studio City

Bistro Garden (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Bistro Garden (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

It’s a beautiful restaurant space, light and airy with very high glass ceilings.  We commented that it feels like “New Orleans” or “Disneyland” inside (I was reminded of the River Belle Cafe or Union Plaza restaurants).

Bistro Garden (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

The Dining Room at Bistro Garden (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Bistro Garden (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

The Bar at Bistro Garden w/live Piano Player (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Hats off to the Piano Player!  He played beautifully all through the brunch, the tunes were familiar, but it was never obnoxious.

Bistro Garden (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

The Dining Room at Bistro Garden (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

We were a party of Ten and the service was very good.  The waitstaff was attentive and very professional.

Bistro Garden (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Champagne or Mimosa Starter at Bistro Garden (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

They offered champagne or a mimosa as a starter, along with baskets of bread.  There was sourdough, banana bread, muffins and mini-cinnamon rolls to eat.

Bistro Garden (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

The Brunch Menu at Bistro Garden (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

They have a nice brunch menu.  We skipped the appetizers and I ordered Eggs Benedict with Canadian Bacon, potatoes, and substituted fresh fruit for the tomato slices.  I also pre-ordered a chocolate souffle’ for dessert.

Bistro Garden (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Eggs Benedict with Potatoes and Fresh Fruit at Bistro Garden (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Bistro Garden (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Chocolate Souffle’ with Fresh Whipped Cream at Bistro Garden (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

The eggs benedict was good, but not great.  The baked goods and the souffle’ were excellent.  The dining room was a little warm where I was sitting because of the sun shining thorough the glass ceiling.  We had a good time and ate a lot of food.

Bistro Garden (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

The Sun Through the Glass Ceiling at Bistro Garden (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Bistro Garden (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

The Dining Room at Bistro Garden (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

The restaurant is well established and the clientele is definite “older” and was mostly female.  I was reminded of the “ladies who lunch”, which is a distinct class of patron in Los Angeles, and most everyone was celebrating a special occasion too.  I enjoyed the party, the company, and the service.  The menu was standard brunch fare and the food was good, if not great.  It was a very nice party.

 

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31-MAR-13: Easter Sunday!

Easter Sunday!
HAPPY EASTER!

Backyard Roses:

White Roses. (copyright 2012 JoshWillTravel)

Backyard Roses. (copyright 2012 JoshWillTravel)

 

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Sunday Brunch on the Patio in Bel-Air

Sunday Brunch on the Patio in Bel-Air

Sunday, Sunday!  Just another beautiful day in L.A.

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

Skyline – Century City and Beverly Hills – Los Angeles, California
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