Monday, November 29, 2010

lurching down memory lane...

In the Bay area for some meetings today and decided to have dinner at one of my old college haunts, Zachary's Pizza. Zachary's is a Berkeley institution off of Solano Avenue in North Berkeley. When I was at Cal in the early '80s, a great Friday night was dinner at Zachary's with a pitcher of beer and then a double feature at the Oaks cinema two doors up the street.
I think the apex of my movie watching was one night after dinner and a few pitchers of beer, I saw a double bill of Pretty in Pink and Delta Force. You wouldn't think that's the ideal double feature but after two hours of Molly Ringwald and Andrew McCarthy, Chuck Norris kinda kicks butt. Especially with the beer added in.
Charles and I had a nice dinner tonight,sans a pitcher of beer and then headed back to the hotel. No movie, I have to be in Fresno by 10 am tomorrow.

Monday, November 22, 2010

a necessary evil

Dinner with Karen the other night. We went to my favorite fall spot: the counter at Musso and Franks.Karen had never been so we went and had a nice night. I always snag a seat by the grill and watch the chef cook the chops brought over by the waiters and sip my vodka martini. The grill gives off a nice warm heat. I always order the pounded steak with gravy and lyonaise potatoes. One sip of that drink and all is right with the world. I can almost accept Cal's crushing defeat at the hands of Stanford....... Almost.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

things you don't see everyday....

Driving up La Brea this afternoon and was stopped at 3rd street when I saw this coming towards me. Kind of random but what a cool car! I thought maybe it was advertising something but it is apparently just an everyday vehicle with a little something extra.

Traffic was a little heavy as I approached Hollywood so took some side streets to get to Gower and saw this off of Santa Monica Blvd as well as the obigatory transvetite

autumn in the central coast

The grapes have been picked and soon the vines will be bare and not too attractive but for right now..what a glorious view as I wound down the 101 back to LA yesterday.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

driving up the central coast

Spent my Sunday driving up the coast for a early morning meeting in San Luis Obispo tomorrow. Laura, my franchise training manager flew into the Santa Barbara airport from Denver. Picked her up and we drove up to San Luis Obispo along the 101.
I really take this drive for granted and seeing the coast and the central coast through someone else's perspective was interesting. The vineyards are now lines of gold on the hills next to the 101. So beautiful. I know the leaves will be gone by my next trip. Should have taken a shot, maybe on the way back down the coast

We had dinner in Avila Beach at the custom house. Food was ok but the view was spectacular. It was 75 degrees today and warm and balmy this evening. Really nice day.

The sunset was amazing, lots of orange, red and purple in the sky.

Monday, November 1, 2010


Spent this past week in Houston for business. Not the most scenic of cities but the food was pretty darn good. I ate at Antone twice.Fried Oyster Po'Boy!! Delicious

The oysters were hot and juicy and nestled in a soft bread bun with mayo, tomatoes and chow chow mix. I got a side of jalapenos stuffed with Pimento cheese as a nod to my southern heritage.

Everyone in my group was sent to different cities in Texas to do in depth store visits. Matt and I were sent to Houston, Mary Jane to San Antonio, Charles to Austin and Rick and John went to Dallas. Everyone likes to eat and send each other shots of lunch or dinner and Pappasitos was a stop on every one's list this trip.
I have a soft spot for Pappasitos since it is the same concept that Chevys was when I first started working for that company in the early '90s. The Simmons family bought the catina concept idea from the Pappas brothers and opened up in the Bay area. The food,service, plating et al was exactly the same in a Chevys as it was in a Pappasitos when I started working for Chevys. A visit to the Pappasitos always brings back memories of what once was until Pepsico and others destroyed the concept.
Matt and I headed over on our last night for dinner and started with chips and salsa. Service was somewhat crappy but the food was terrific.

Half and half fajitas with guac and pico. The tortillas were wonderful as well,fresh, hot and just off the press. Rice and beans ala charra and I was a happy camper. Matt was too until he got a call from his credit card company the next day that someone at Pappasitos tried to charge $5000 on his card. That's a lot of fajitas.