Descanso Gardens

A day at Descanso Gardens

Tanya has been feeling a lot better lately; so much better that she actually forgot to take the shots that she is usually counting down the days before she can use again. Trust me when I say, this is a very good thing. We have been tied up at home lately, Tanya especially as she has been doing some website design for a few new clients. Since she had some free time and the weather was in the mid-70’s, I knew I had to get her out of the house. My friends at BeersInParadise.com told me that Stone Brewing Co was going to be pouring their latest Enjoy By 04.01.13 at the Pasadena store, so I came up with the brilliant idea of heading to Descanso Gardens with a planned stop at the Stone Brewing store to pick up some Enjoy By to bring home and to try the tap version.

After visiting the Stone Brewing store for a while, Tanya decided we should eat, so we stopped by the Congregation Ale House which was a block away. They were having a Stone Week, which made it a challenge to find something for Tanya, but Congregation has a very wide selection of beers, so you can find one for just about anyone.

The watermark on these photos was donated to the Rheumatoid Patient Foundation, because not everyone with RA is able to enjoy days like today. Continue reading

Father’s Day 2012

It is Father’s Day, and it has been a very nice weekend. Thursday afternoon, my son called and informed me the family was headed towards the South Bay after attending the LA Kings’ Rally at Staples Center. He called asking for a good brewpub/gastropub locally that would have food for the kids as well as some nice craft beers. I named a few that we liked and he decided on The Rockefeller in Hermosa Beach. He then invited us to join them for a slightly early Father’s Day since he was working Sunday. The food, company and beer were outstanding.

Last night, Tanya had suggested that if I wanted to get her out of the house today I should find somewhere that she could take pictures of flowers. We had talked before about buying a membership at South Coast Botanical Gardens as their pass gives you access to 250 other arboretums across the country. Since the Descanso Gardens was included in those 250 locations, and there was a gastropub I wanted to try in Pasadena; combined with the fact that my daughter lives in Pasadena, today was the day. Continue reading

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