Archive for January, 2013

Water That Makes You Smarter Than A 5th Grader: Can You Believe It?

January 31st, 2013 No comments

15 Mile Walk

Believe the title?  Perhaps a Smart Water placebo may benefit you.  Actually, the pictured brand of Bottled Water was simply 1 of 4 bottles of Water (various brands) consumed during a 15 mile walk that started in Costa Mesa and ended in Buena Park.  Don’t ask why — I’m Fredericka Gump and it was a beautiful day.  The undrinkable Water is the star in this photo.

Chips Por Favor: Chili’s Best Standard And New 2 For $20 Picks.

January 30th, 2013 No comments

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We’re working our way through the best deals in town and Chili’s is alive and kicking.

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We’ve previously posted about Chili’s 2 for $20 deal here and here — And since it’s so good, we keep going back for more.  Recently added to the choices is the Mango-Chili Talapia (above) and we tried the Bacon Ranch Chicken Quesadilla and we’re still in HEAVY like, next.

Broguiere’s Farm Fresh Dairy Loves Huell Howser And So Do We.

January 28th, 2013 No comments

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Huell Howser, California’s Gold — Rest in Peace.  Broguiere’s says he’s their favorite visitor.

Quenching The Thirst Of The Funny My Friends: Dance The Talk.

January 26th, 2013 No comments

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Most Someecards are quite funny — Why not walk, talk, dance and drink the drink?

Cherish Every Moment In Sunshine And In Rain: Gather Around Folks.

January 25th, 2013 No comments

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It’s almost Christmas — I often laughingly say that in January.  It’s true.  Time flies by fast.  Celebrate abilities, opportunities, family, friends, food and fun every day with a Martini or Milk.

The Invention Of The Chocolate Milkshake: Well Helloooo There.

January 24th, 2013 No comments

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Introduce Chocolate to Milk and voila, or make their nuptials better with Vanilla Ice Cream (necessary) and Malted Milk Powder (preferred) — Chocolate Milkshake meet Chocolate Malt.

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Haven’t we met?  Hello Chocolate Malt — Shake it for me.

The Taste Awards At The Vibiana: Yes We’re RED-dee To Eat More.

January 19th, 2013 No comments

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At the 4th Annual Taste Awards with Cat Cora, an award presenter and recipient.

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This year I was one of numerous Judges — Award Winners were announced in December.

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Medals were handed out at The Taste Awards Ceremony at the Vibiana this January evening.  Flipping Out won for Best Home Decor and Design Program, as represented by Jenni (above).

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P. Allen Smith presented a few awards — A fine fellow we just met.

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All went well, no one slipped or tripped, but the sound could’ve been better.

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The Vibiana is grand and gorgeous — Inside it glowed in RED, pink and purple.

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Outside there was little food — We liked what we ate, but hoped for more.

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Can you guess the meat?

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It’s Goose for Goose Tacos — Plain looking and simple as can be, yet quite tasty.

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Above is a Potato/Chorizo appetizer of some sort from the Idaho Potato peeps.

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Plates with a hole for a drink glass (above) may be cooler than the people below.

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Champagne? Tequila? Thanks for offering.

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Too much Tequila for our Idaho Potato Guy — Had to chill on the bench for a while.

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Below:  Me on stage pretending to present an award after the show was over, and with my friend Michelle, pretending others are taking pictures of us — In between are Caramels by Amella and the address of the Vibiana.  Thanks for the invitation.  It was a good experience.

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I’m hungry, but happy.  Tommy’s or Pink’s sounds good.

Historical And Real Life Food At The J. Paul Getty Museum.

January 16th, 2013 No comments

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At The Getty Center in Los Angeles surrounded by works of art indoors and out.

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A tasteful way to spend a day B at the Get-TAY — It ain’t no ghetto. We sang… At the Get-TAY.

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A Banquet Piece by Pieter Claesz (1630), a favorite of our food related selections is pictured above — Others are woven between photos of pristine grounds and architecture, spectacular views, and surprisingly great Pizza.  Admission is FREE to see all.  Parking is $15.00.

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Flowering Maze over a reflecting pool — Go through it on a boat. JK, it’s just for viewing.

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Still Life Tea Set by Jean-Etienne Liotard (Circa 1781).

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City and ocean views are framed within 30-inch square grids of travertine — Beauty abounds.

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Still Life with Grapes and Other Fruit by Luca Forte (1630).

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There are endless angles to appreciate at The Getty Center.

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The Restaurant (below) offers Brunch and sophisticated Lunch and Dinner MENUS.

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And the Cafe at The Getty Center is located below it.

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The Cafe is somewhat cafeteria-style offering convenient, prepared and cook to order food.

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We opted for the Pepperoni Pizza, Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio.

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It (above) unexpectedly turned out to be one of the best Pizzas I’ve ever had.

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Cheers to the Pizza — I’m ready to go back for IT, more exhibits and new views.

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Still Life with Lemons, Oranges and a Pomegranate by Jacob Van Hulsdonck (Circa 1620).

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Just a few of the 360-degree available views.

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Still Life with Fish, Vegetables, Gougeres, Pots and Cruets on a Table by Jean-Baptiste Simeon Chardin (1769) is shown above, and more architectural wonder is modeled below — A photography student’s or wide-eyed explorer’s jackpot is at The Getty Center daily.

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Did you know that Vincent Van Gogh’s Irises (1889) is there too?

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Sit amongst courtyard fountains and well manicured trees — Nothing is out of place.

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The Museum Store is entertaining in itself with its unique items for play and purchase.

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We were at the Get-TAY at the right time to see one of infinity beautiful sunsets.

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And A Maid Milking a Cow in a Barn by Gerard Ter Borch (Circa 1652).

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Is the cow on the left looking at us?  I loved its face in person and miss him already. 😉

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We saw (and ate) some thaaangs!  Don’t miss it.

Dave & Buster’s: More Sports, Food & Entertainment For All.

January 14th, 2013 No comments

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Dave & Buster’s for the FOOD would be impressive enough, but no, they’ve got everything.

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Step inside to experience entertainment in numerous forms — It’s always fun there.

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The Eat+Play Combo’s are pretty good deals — Check ’em out before ordering.

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The Snow Cone with Cherry Vodka and Blue Curacao is a fun drink, though on the sweet side.

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This visit we ate and played really well together.

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In the restaurant, before play, we started with the Spinach Dip (above).

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And then had the Fire Grilled Salmon (top) and Chicken and Shrimp Rockefeller (above).

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The Dining Room at Dave & Buster’s in Irvine (above) is slated to be remodeled to fit in with recent changes in style and direction — Though I’ve liked it as is, I have confidence in what it might look like next, as D & B’s other transformations have been agreeable.

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Our food was excellent — The Chicken and Shrimp Rockefeller is especially awesome.

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Cheers to more SPORTS at Dave & Buster’s.

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Giant screens to watch favorite teams are scattered throughout.

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Walk and roll your way to fun and games.

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Pool tables, rooms for private parties, FOOD, Drinks, Sports and Games are to be had.

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Lots of GAMES to choose from — We had a blast playin’ for tickets to redeem at the…

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…Winner’s Circle for a variety of PRIZES.

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Save points and return to add-on more to aim for a top prize, or just see what you can get.

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It’s a place for adults (especially) and kids alike — Everyone has a good time there.

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It’s all fun and games until someone loses a tie. 😉

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Goooooooo Dave & Buster’s!  Thanks for being there for us.

There Ain’t No Way To Hide Your Watermelon Eyes: We Seed You.

January 11th, 2013 No comments


Watermelon carving at its finest — It’s ferocious Friday!  See other cool food photos here.

Unworthy Advertising Picks: Pistachios Got Some Cashews.

January 9th, 2013 No comments

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I like Pistachios, but its advertisers make me want Cashews — Ever seen a Cashew Tree?

Another 2 For $20 Deal To Be Had At BJ’s Restaurant And Brewhouse.

January 8th, 2013 No comments

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There’s another 2 For $20 Deal to be had at BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse.  We’ve been trying to find them all — Similar deals are at Chili’s, T.G.I. Friday’s and Applebee’s.  We loved BJ’s Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza, Pickles and all!  It really tastes like a Cheeseburger.

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Not sure how long you’ll get 2 Salads, a Pizza and Dessert for $20 — Hopefully really long.

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We toast to that — Please offer this deal forever BJ’s!

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We had an ideal Wedge Salad and Caesar Salad with no complaints.

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The previously mentioned Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza (below) is crazy good.

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One-upping other 2 for $20 Deals, BJ’s comes with Dessert.

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It’s called a Pizookie and ours was 1/2 White Chocolate Macadamia Nut and 1/2 Cookies N’ Cream — It’s a warm, baked Cookie that’s topped with Ice Cream and a dollop of Mousse.

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We happily dissected it pretty well — It’s a fine Trademark Dessert indeed.

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Photos were taken at BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse in Downey, California.

A True Candidate For The Good, The Bad And The Funny.

January 4th, 2013 No comments

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I marvel at the trees and have always been fascinated by the brain — And I’m keen on Broccoli and Nuts and Mushrooms of all kinds.  That about covers it (at least here now).  Chow Ciao. 😉

Creamy Preferred Over Stretchy When Melted: Cheeses Rules.

January 2nd, 2013 No comments


Creamy White American Cheese for a Melt or a cold chunk of Extra Sharp Cheddar otherwise.

God Bless 2013: On Track To Freely Cook And Eat In America.

January 1st, 2013 No comments

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It’s always a great year when it starts at the OC Fair New Year’s Eve Block Party.

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Happy 2013 — God Bless the USA with BBQ and liberty for all.

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Block Party entrance view from VIP/Media Lounge (above) and its satisfying food (below).

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Familiar OC Fair food like Bacon Wrapped Turkey Legs were found between food trucks.

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The Lime Truck, one of many Gourmet Food Trucks throughout an area of the OC fairgrounds.

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Queen Nation, one of several (1960’s, 1970’s, 1980’s & 1990’s) cover bands playing about.

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Young and old enjoyed the Game Room, Demolition Derby, rides and midnight confetti.

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After the fireworks, it was fun to gather and throw the confetti in the air like snow.

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We’d gladly attend every year!