Monday, December 5, 2011

Po'Boy Fest

It seems like I have spent the back half of this year driving and working. I needed a break so three weeks ago, Chris, Tami, Susanne and I went to New Orleans for the Po'Boy fest on Oak Street.

I love New Orleans, the buildings, the food, the people, the whole different than California vibe.

The Po'Boy fest was packed, almost claustrophobically so with people, bands and vendors. We got there early and had a chance to walk around and eat before it got too packed.

And the sandwiches, so many sandwiches. my personal favorite was the oysters rockafeller po'boy. THAT was good

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Art in the Streets

Interesting day. I made plans with Karen to see the newest show at the Geffin Contemporary at MOCA in downtown today. The show is called "Art in the Streets" and is an exhibition of of the history of graffiti and street art from the 70's to today.
I was pretty psyched to see the show and have say that it was a major letdown. I was expecting something different I guess.

This as the first weekend so it was crowded. Everyone was armed with a camera and where ever one turned, you were in some one's shot.
I thought the show would be a more linear exhibition of the history of street art and graffiti. Instead it was more abstract art by "street artists" and some performance art like the guy playing drums in the photo above. There were a few interesting exhibits, some of Shepard Fairey,Banksy, Keith Haring and JR. Others made Karen and I wince.
I met Karen at 3 pm but drove up early to spend time in the Toy district taking shots of the changing grafitti in the area.

I should have saved the $10 and just shown Karen my favorite walls.

The area I like to shot is east of Alhambra Street in the Toy district. Around Garey and 3rd Street are constantly changing walls.

This was part of a larger wall but I loved the colors and the Impala coming out of the tunnel. A lot of the graffiti in this area is about LA and the East LA scene.

This is part of a larger mural by Dabs/Myla/How/Nosm in LA.

We bagged the show and went to Bottega Louie for a late lunch.

At 7th and Grand in the old Brooks Brothers building. Good food that isn't overpriced. The only thing I don't like is that the bare walls and floor make having a conversation extremely difficult. We were sat by the pizza ovens and ordered one to share. Hit the spot. Usually mid morning is the best time here. Not a ton of people and a good breakfast.

Got some earl grey macaroons for the ride home

Tuesday, April 12, 2011


In Chicago for a few days for the refranchising of the market. Caught a great hotel deal off of Travelzoo for the weekend. I stayed at the Sax Hotel on the river for only $99 and free valet! Flew in on Saturday afternoon and got to walk around the area with my camera. The weather was spectacular for this time of year.
Only 75 degrees on Saturday. Sunday was a humid 85 degrees that I did not pack for. The wool sweater was not working although I think I lost some water weight.
Took this with my IPhone and used the effects features on one of my new apps. I like the way it turned out.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Thank you sir! May I have another?

Haven't posted for awhile, been busy moving and with work. I spent all last week with Safeway in Seattle doing operational meetings with the kiosk managers and field merchandisers. Karen was on Spring Break so we went up for the weekend. Unbelievable eating. I am a huge fan of Tom Douglas and no visit to Seattle is complete without a stop at Serious Pie. The special pizza on Friday was a panchetta, apples, caramelized onions and sheep's milk pizza. It tasted even better then it looked.
While we are there, the waitress told us about the Dahlia workshop on Westlake. The second Serious Pie is located there as well as a breakfast shop called the Dahlia workshop. The workshop serves biscuits in several alliterations. All fantastic. Karen and I decided to have breakfast there the next morning.
We had a brisk walk down Westlake along with some window shopping and made it to the biscuit mecca. I had the biscuits and gravy with fried chicken. It was sublime.
We spent the day walking off our breakfast. The weather was great. sunny and not a rain drop to be seen or felt. The sunset was beautiful. I caught the public market at twilight and was well pleased with the results.

On of the kiosks managers told me about a great sandwich shop on capital hill that is always named "the best of Seattle", Baguette Box. The shop is known for their "drunken chicken sandwich", Chinese food on bread. It was awesome. The rest of the menu looked great as well : but I was exceeding the calorie count for the year on this trip so I refrained. Here's the website:

Took these shots the last night from the pier facing the public market. Really a beautiful city.

Friday, March 11, 2011

King of Fling

Busy week and I am coasting on fumes right now. Spent most of the week doing divisional meetings with Vons to align everyone on the priorities and operational expectation. I stayed at the Roosevelt this week for the meetings in Burbank. we started at 7 am each day and I didn't want to fight traffic from Long Beach to be on time. Had a fantastic dinner with the Damianos and Tami's brother as well in the Roosevelt's new dinner house.

Yesterday, I had to meet with the Long Beach Convention Center for their upcoming opening. I had to check out the site in the convention center during the visit. Much to my delight, the bass fishing and boat show was in the house. I was walking back from the potential site when I passed this sign:

knife throwing show!!!
Jack Dagger?!! THE KING OF FLING?!!
how awesome would it have been to stay and see the show. I love the fact that someone can make a living touring the country throwing knives at someone else.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

highs and lows

Just got back from Denver tonight. I had meetings with Safeway and with the traditional franchise operator the past few days.
I forgot what I hated about Denver until the plane was about to land on Tuesday. The pilot announced that "it will be a little bumpy coming into Denver".
What he should have said was " the plane will shudder like God has it in his firm grip and is shaking the plane like a baby's rattle". THAT would be closer to the actual landing.

Once on the ground, I had a pretty good visit. Charles and I had breakfast at Little Anita's on Broadway. Potato and bacon burritos with green chili. That was good! I was gulping water for an hour after to control the burn in my gut.

Saw this driving through Littleton on our way to the Highland's Ranch store. I wonder if Idiot lane is close by. Jackass Hill could you imagine that as your address?

Saturday, February 19, 2011

thank you so much

To whoever adjusted the stop sign at Beachwood and Scenic, thanks so much. I can not get Steve Perry out of my head now. I hated that song in 1983 and I hate it now.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

I'll get that done later

I was suppose to spend this weekend packing up all my possessions for the impending move....

Suppose to but instead I grab my camera and spent Saturday taking pictures. I took the shot above in Silverlake. I've photographed this wall before but wasn't satisfied with the results. This turned out much better with the light and newer camera.

Liked this shot outside of the 101 cafe on Franklin. Felt like a paparazzi in the stealth shot. Most people today don't like getting their pictures taken. He didn't notice.
Still the best place to see a movie. Karen and I had dinner and then a movie on Friday. The King's Speech is playing in the dome. Not sure that should be seen in that large of a screen but ok.
Gave up on attempting to pack and have called a moving company to do the move next week.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Headed West

Preparing for my move to the beach and a new environment. I will miss my neighborhood. Been here for so long. I am spending the last few weeks just kicking around and making note of the things that I have taken for granted over the past few years. It always seems to be like that.

When I moved from Arizona, I panicked because I hadn't gone to the Grand Canyon in all the time that I had lived there. I went a week before I left.
When I lived on Miami Beach, I spent the last week walking around just looking at the buildings and beach that I really hadn't considered in the time I had lived there. Kind of like that Ral Donner song, "you don't know what you've got until you lose it".
On Sunset this afternoon and saw the signs above by the Palladium. Must be shooting a scene from Southland around the neighborhood.

Had to go to Phoenix on business yesterday. what seemed like a fairly simple half day gig turned into a long day and late flight back to Burbank.
This is what it felt like when I finally got off the plane at 10 pm.

Monday, February 7, 2011

This past weekend's highlights

Had lunch with a dog.
Chris and Tami's next door neighbors had a event at their house on Saturday to celebrate the new year. Lots of dancing and drumming. Very interesting to watch.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Crazy Good

I am in the middle of writing my annual performance review. I struggle with the process each year. Having to go through and rate my own performance and then recap my objectives and goals is not something I can do in one sitting. I made a vow though that this year I would get this done ahead of schedule and be very detailed on my performance. I am almost finished.
Took a break in the afternoon to get a quick bite. I was craving tacos so I went to one of my favorite local spots, Cactus Tacos #1 on Vine street. I love the al pastor tacos with cheese and avocado. The place is a dive and down the street from the Hollywood Mental health clinic so at times it can make for an interesting dining experience. Quiet today though. Back to my computer and this %$@! review.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Chapter 7: Chris and Sue happen upon a goldmine

A quite uneventful weekend that ended with a bang. I am in process of preparing for my move to the beach and had planned to go to Long Beach on Sunday but Susanne wasn't feeling well so that trip came to naught.

Plan B was to hang out with Chris for the afternoon in LA. The weather was crappy on Sunday so we thought a movie would be the best way to spend the afternoon. We got to the theater early, bought tickets and decided to have lunch and a drink before the show across the way.

If we had been in front of a slot machine and pulled the handle, it would have been all 7s.

The restaurant must have been short staffed so they threw a busboy behind the bar.
.... A busboy who apparently has never heard of the three count rule or a pour cost.
We ordered drinks and the afternoon was on. I took a sip and he looked at me and asked if the drink was OK." Fine", I managed to choke out.
Chris ordered a scotch and he filled it to THE RIM! This is it after a few sips. The busboy cum bartender then topped off the drink. It was awesome!

After the movie, Tami and Dante met us for dinner and conversation and a wee bit o' shopping. Dante picked out his dinner ensemble. This is the rugged boy miner look. Tres chic.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Wednesday morning commute

Spending the day in Santa Cruz with a franchise operator. This was the commute this morning. Drove down Highway One from San Francisco to Santa Cruz

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Chinese New Year

It was Chinese New Year in Las Vegas this past weekend. All of the casinos have set up areas that messaged the new year. This was the Bellagios's set up.
It's the year of the rabbit- my year apparently. I AM articulate, talented and ambitious and I do have good taste.

This was in the check in area at the Bellagio as well.