12/17/2013 We Stopped To Say Goodbye To Our Dear Friend Herb
Herb was at the VA and we stopped to pay our respects
We lost our dear friend at 5:00 PM after a valiant fight - God Bless
When All That's Left is Love-Rabbi Allen S. Maller
To Seasons 52 For A Fantastic Lunch Before The Play
The early arrivals....
Greg and Sue examining the menus
Did You Know? - The Seasons 52 menu is seasonally-inspired with the fresh appeal of the farmer’s market. It represents a unique blend of art and science, with creative offerings designed to excite and surprise the palate. We feature dining choices that are thoughtfully prepared and in appropriate portion sizes. So our guests feel the freedom to indulge in a complete dining experience, including our custom flatbreads and signature mini-indulgence desserts, while still feeling good about themselves and their dining choices.
We use natural cooking techniques such as wood-fire grilling, brick-oven cooking and caramelizing vegetables to let the natural flavors shine through. And we execute precision with seasoning, and oil with control and care to ensure just the right amount is used to bring out the great flavor profiles. An added benefit to this style is that our menu items are naturally lower in calories. In fact, we make a promise that nothing on our menu is over 475 calories. The result is great tasting, highly satisfying food that just so happens to be good for you!
Lisa came in from San Diego
Yeah! Theo makes his appearance
Lisa and Jen came to dine and shop.... Or was it shop and dine??
Our room was perfect ... Impeccable service and fantastic food
Standing up on the chair worked
We be all here
Jen gots the giggles
Michele could not believe no more than 475 calories per entree
"...and for you young man???"
Jen gets to meet the rest of the crazies in this family
(Jen is Lisa's roommate at CSULB)
The wine glasses never went empty... Well, except for the girls and boys
Lisa and Jen were smart... Order something different and share
What was this delightful bottle of wine doing sitting alone??
...another one... and the ones we love... What's happening???
Annie really got us this time... How very very thoughtful!
What a treat! Thank you so much!!
Three more bites and they will not have to wash the dishes....
The boyz.... Theo, Nick, and Bob...
New Christmas tie and super hat....
Did You Know? - The tradition of Santa Claus entering dwellings through the chimney is shared by many European seasonal gift-givers. In pre-Christian Norse tradition, Odin would often enter through chimneys and fireholes on the solstice.
In the Italian Befana tradition, the gift-giving witch is perpetually covered with soot from her trips down the chimneys of children's homes. In the tale of Saint Nicholas, the saint tossed coins through a window, and, in a later version of the tale, down a chimney when he finds the window locked. In Dutch artist Jan Steen's painting, The Feast of Saint Nicholas, adults and toddlers are glancing up a chimney with amazement on their faces while other children play with their toys.
The hearth was held sacred in primitive belief as a source of beneficence, and popular belief had elves and fairies bringing gifts to the house through this portal. Santa's entrance into homes on Christmas Eve via the chimney was made part of American tradition through Moore's A Visit from Saint Nicholas where the author described him as an elf.
What is that... A dessert tree!
A dozen healthy selections...
The girls are going to try one of each
...as long as Paul gets the Rocky Road
Did You Know? - Rocky Road was invented in Australia in 1853 as a way of on-selling confectionery spoiled by the long journey from Europe. Gold miners in towns outside of Melbourne, such as Ballarat, were wealthy but uncultured. Unscrupulous businessmen took advantage of these men, mixing the spoiled confectionery with low quality chocolate and other 'filler' ingredients, such as locally foraged nuts. The name Rocky Road is derived from the 'Rocky Road' travelers had to take to get to the gold fields.
Theo gets down to some serious flirting
Our waitress lends some suggestions
Oh the stress....
Everybody is moving to grab their dessert first
Notice the kids (and Big Lisa) are woofing them down!
The boys got a candle so they have to blow it out
"Hey... we are off to the show!"
To South Coast Repertory For "A Christmas Carol"
Jen and Greg enjoying the heat!
Bob and Lisa await the ride
Snap.... We are ready to go! The girls rode
with us to the theater (across the street)
The rain stopped for a few minutes
We head to the theater
Our bartender at work.... A democrat working???
Grandma likes were hat
Champagne is delightful in the afternoon
Greg always gets the beautiful girls
No No... Not the beautiful girls!
"Have you been good little girls???"
Great play... Great afternoon
OK... Crazy faces
Time to go home
To the parking lot
Theo... You are going the wrong way
But Not For Long... Nightlighters Here We Come