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Photos from Taste of the Nation LA

These photos are from Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation Los Angeles which was held Sunday at Media Park in Culver City, CA. Taste of the Nation, put on by No Kid Hungry, featured some of Los Angeles’ top chefs with more than 50 food options with everything from tacos and hamburgers to shrimp and tasty little desserts. To tell you the truth, there was far more food available than I could itemize. Judging by the lines and aromas emanating from the various booths, it was all pretty good. I was able to try a few samples, each of them quite well done. In addition to the various foods there were beer samples poured by some of my favorite local craft breweries, lots of wine options and even some specialty mixed cocktails. This was one of those events that it would be a good idea to have a designated driver.

Taste of the Nation has been fighting childhood hunger for 25 years by connecting kids to effective nutrition programs like school breakfast and summer meals. In addition, through its Cooking Matters program, the No Kid Hungry campaign educates and empowers low-income families to stretch their food budgets so their kids get healthy meals at home. In addition to ticket sales, a burger competition between top chefs along with live and silent auctions helped raise funds to support local recipients including the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, St. Joseph’s Center, California Association of Food Banks, and California Food Policy Advocates. It was a beautiful Southern California afternoon with several hundred attendees all having a good time supporting a good cause. You can learn more about Taste of the Nation and Share Our Strength at NoKidHungry.org Continue reading

Redondo Beach Pier & International Boardwalk

As the summer tourist season is approaching, I thought I might spend a little time wandering around the South Bay to photograph popular tourist destinations for those that might be coming to visit the Torrance and Redondo Beach area. Since the Redondo Beach Pier has been in the news lately due to it being the 25th anniversary of when the Redondo Beach Pier had a major fire that destroyed half of the Redondo Pier horseshoe, I decided I would start off with a walk around the Redondo Beach Pier and the International Boardwalk.

The Redondo Beach Pier is a really fun place to bring the family; in fact, even though I have lived here since the mid-1960’s it was a place that I took my kids when they were still in strollers and continued to bring them as they got older and could appreciate things like the Tilt-A-Whirl at the Redondo Fun Factory. Besides the games and rides at the Fun Factory there are a couple very nice restaurants, with my favorite being Tony’s on the Pier; also known as Old Tony’s because there was a Tony’s Fish Market Restaurant which, as I recall, was one of the restaurants that was destroyed in the fire of 1988. They have very good food at a fair price, but are probably best known for their Mai Tais. They are very tasty, even if you do not drink.

If you are planning a visit to the Redondo Beach area, I highly recommend you make a stop at the Redondo Pier and plan on making a day of it. The arcade games, various food stands as well as the great seafood offerings make it fun for the entire family. Even the locals come to spend time there, so that should tell you something. Continue reading

Bartels’ Ride to the Dunes for Child Abuse Awareness

On Sunday, Bartels’ Harley-Davidson sponsored a Ride to the Dunes to help bring about a greater awareness of the epidemic state of child abuse. The ride began at Bartels’ in Marina del Rey and took the coast up to Sycamore Cove State Beach. I had too much to do Sunday to take the day off, but I did head over to Bartels’ before everyone took off. They had music provided by Jukebox Zero and a couple sponsors there providing donuts and selling raffle tickets.

With Grand Marshal, Lorenzo Lamas leading the escorted group, I’d guess they had about 150 bikes headed out to Malibu where they were greeted with more music and a lunch. You can find more information about the event and the sponsors at http://www.ridetothedunes.org/. Continue reading

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