July 2008 Blog Posts (228)

Italian Cuisine with a New England Twist? Yes! Rialto Rocks Our World

This is easily one of the best hotel restaurants we've ever eaten at - Rialto, in the Charles Hotel. You must be saying to yourself...damn, that girl has a lot of "bests." Best this, best that. No joke, this whole dining experience was almost pure perfection from start to finish.



We take the elevator to Rialto on the 2nd floor and immediately when we walk out I… Continue

Added by alice on July 31, 2008 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

The best damn clam chowder ain't in a Chunky's can, it's at Legal Sea Foods.

Since 1981, this famed New England chowder has been served at every presidential inauguration. What makes it so good? You are about to find out.



So Sam and I had dinner reservations at Rialto for dinner but having such huge stomachs as ours means you we need to eat every few hours. Thank God we have pretty decent metabolisms or we'd be houses by now. We headed up to the third floor of Charles Hotel crossed a path and got to… Continue

Added by alice on July 31, 2008 at 7:30pm — 6 Comments

A Delightful New England Experience: The Charles Hotel, Cambridge MA

Forgive me for being away for a day. Sam and I made it safely to Boston yesterday afternoon and then zipped on over to Cambridge as a pit stop to visit Daddy Bob and Mom Judy in Maine. (You are probably thinking - a city girl like you in the woods?! Yeah, you and me both.) Daddy Bob and and Mom Judy are my sister Grace's husband's parents - they've built an awesome eco-friendly house in the woods. (I'm talking solar panels, people!)



We flew… Continue

Added by alice on July 31, 2008 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

Virgin America UFOs - Unbelievable Fare Opportunities - ends 8/7

Virgin America is at it again with its super low airfare deals. From LA, fly one way to New York for $139, San Francisco for $59, and Seattle for $79. I've never flown with Virgin America but have heard that it's a great experience.



Tickets must be purchased by 08/7/08. Travel must commence on or… Continue

Added by Eugene on July 31, 2008 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Trailer

Harry Potter takes a turn on the dark… Continue

Added by Eugene on July 31, 2008 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Black Maria Gallery - Two Sweet Exhibits: LA

Opening reception for both exhibits on Saturday, August 2: 7pm-10:30pm



The Black Maria Gallery is opening two very interesting exhibits this weekend. Both exhibits run from August 2nd through August 12th.



Get the Lead Out - features artist sketches, pen & ink drawings, watercolor and some sculpture. “Great art comes from deep in the depths of one’s imagination. This exhibition is about showcasing those ‘deep… Continue

Added by Eugene on July 31, 2008 at 11:00am — No Comments

WEEKEND EXPERIENCE - MOVIES OPENING 8/1

THE MOVIE REVIEWERS ARE POOPING ON

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

The trailer of this movie looks really good but Rotten Tomatoes reviewers have given it a 6% rating, which equates to 1 out of 17 positive reviews.



Explorer Rick O'Connell to combat the resurrected Han Emperor in an epic that races from the catacombs of ancient China high into the frigid Himalayas. Rick is joined in this all-new adventure… Continue

Added by Eugene on July 31, 2008 at 10:00am — No Comments

Sapori Ristorante - Italian: Marina Del Rey

Annie and I were looking for a good Italian place around town tonight. We decided to search on Yelp and found Sapori Ristorante which was rated 4.5 stars and right down the street! Located in Marina Del Rey, it was nice to visit a hidden restaurant that's also a hub for many yachts and sailboats in the area.

Sapori is small and can host a little over a hundred people, but it's the size that made it… Continue

Added by Eugene on July 30, 2008 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

MINI TAKES THE STATES 2008: Aug 1-3

Remember how we had the previous discussion about Mini and all of its awesomeness...(yes, I am a proud owner.) Well now you have the chance to test one out for yourself, "on an aggressive autocross course."



"Mini Takes the States" is back:



EVERYONE IS INVITED – EVEN IF YOU DON’T OWN A MINI



The net proceeds from registration fees help out a regional MINI Motoring Hearts ™ charitable organization. The event offers live… Continue

Added by Annie on July 30, 2008 at 10:00pm — 3 Comments

Tight Modern Space

Pieter Peerlings and Silvia Mertens of Belgium have recently completed a clever office, residence and studio for themselves in what they call “Antwerp’s narrowest house” located in Anwerp’s former red-light district. They took a 2.4-meter (7 feet 10 inches) wide space between two buildings, erected a steel skeleton in it and installed four wooden floors, one each for work, dining, relaxing and sleeping, plus a bath tub on the roof.



A… Continue

Added by Eugene on July 30, 2008 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

Open Sesame - Authentic Lebanese Cuisine: Long Beach

After a day of kayaking at Sunset Beach, Annie and I decided to try this Mediterranean restaurant after seeing it received four stars on yelp with over 250 reviews. Open Sesame is on East 2nd street, a street littered with little boutique stores, restaurants and bars - a fun street to walk around. Once seated, we ordered a couple Lebanese beers. It was little sharp but not bad. For our meals I ordered the Open Sesame combo plate that consisted of… Continue

Added by Eugene on July 30, 2008 at 10:30am — No Comments

THE WEEKEND EXPERIENCE - ART+CULTURE

Opening artists' reception on Friday, August 1: 8pm-11pm

Jessica Cooper



The La Luz de Jesus gallery in East Hollywood will be hosting its annual "Cream of the Crop" show this weekend - a summer annual show featuring six hand picked up-and-coming artists. The featured artists this year are Jessica Cooper, Jennifer Jelenski, Carl Lozada, Mike Sosnowski, Star27, and Magda Trzaski.



When:

August… Continue

Added by Eugene on July 30, 2008 at 9:30am — No Comments

The Peking Acrobats @ The Hollywood Bowl: Sunday, September 7 - 7:30pm

Since their debut in 1986, The Peking Acrobats have redefined audience perceptions of Chinese acrobatics. According to their website, they perform daring maneuvers atop a precarious pagoda of chairs, and are experts at treacherous wire-walking, trick-cycling, precision tumbling, somersaulting, and gymnastics. They defy gravity with amazing displays of contortion,… Continue

Added by Eugene on July 29, 2008 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

I am a Sucker for Inspirational Movies: "Flash of Genius" 10/17/08 Release

The true story of a college professor and part-time inventor Robert Kearns' (Greg Kinnear) long battle with the US automobile industry.



Not sure if the movie will be good but I love inspirational… Continue

Added by alice on July 29, 2008 at 4:00pm — No Comments

One Determined Young Man: Gnarls Barley's Music Video "Going On"



A determined man and his friends dance through a Jamaican town on their way to a secret multidimensional poral. He is determined to "go it alone" while dancers get tired in the sun and fall behind. One equally determined girl goes with this man to this sacred destination. Should she follow him?



The song has been added to the front page music… Continue

Added by alice on July 29, 2008 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Heat Sensitive Wallpaper by Shi Yuan

Shi Yuan created a fancy wallpaper that's heat sensitive and changes pattern when heat is applied through a radiator.





Shi Yaun's… Continue

Added by Eugene on July 29, 2008 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

This Goes Out To All You Twitterers: The Four Phases of Twitter

My friend Duc and I always talk about Twitter - a microblogging service.

I love this from everythingcu.com:



I’ve seen the pattern repeated over and over again when… Continue

Added by alice on July 29, 2008 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

John Seely Brown, Visiting Scholar at USC: On the Future of Learning

I'm still working with Susan Crawford on putting together an OneWebDay event in LA.

She mentioned John Seely Brown as a possible speaker.



Here is a part of his bio:

John Seely Brown is currently a visiting scholar at USC and prior to that he… Continue

Added by alice on July 29, 2008 at 12:00pm — No Comments

I'm all shook up!

Strong Earthquake Slams Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (AP) ― A strong earthquake has shaken Southern California.



The late Tuesday morning jolt was felt from Los Angeles to San Diego, and slightly in Las Vegas.







LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- A magnitude-5.8 earthquake has struck just east of Los Angeles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.



The quake's epicenter was about 2 miles southwest of Chino Hills and about 5 miles southeast of… Continue

Added by Kara on July 29, 2008 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

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