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18th Street Arts Center to hold artisanal wine, art & food tasting event

The 18th Street Arts Center is holding their first annual CRUSH, an artisanal wine, art and food tasting event on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at the 18th Street Arts Center located at 1639 18th Street, in Santa Monica, CA. The fundraising event will run from 2:00-5:00 PM for general admission; with VIP ticket holders getting in an hour earlier, 1:00 PM.

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CRUSH Wine Festival

In addition to the over 50 unique wines, specialty cocktails, and food tastings from the best restaurants and chefs in Los Angeles, there will be live music, tours of various artists’ studios and a preview of the collaborative exhibition Forêt Intérieure/Interior Forest by Alexandra Grant. All proceeds go to benefit the 18th Street Arts Center, a Santa Monica 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Continue reading

Celebrating Tanya’s birthday & health

Wednesday was Tanya’s birthday and since she has been feeling much better over that past couple of months, combined with the fact that she has been working pretty hard lately, we decided to take a couple days off to celebrate her birthday.

We started off on Wednesday at Matsuyama Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar and had a couple friends join us. Anyone that has been following this blog for a while knows that we are huge fans of Matsuyama Sushi, so that was a good start to the day. We then decided to go out to Palos Verdes to see if we could find any whales to photograph. We spotted one swimming mammal, but I don’t know if it was a whale or a dolphin; we did not get a chance to photograph it. We then headed down to the Redondo Beach breakwater to catch the sunset and ended the day with a visit to Sophie’s Place for a slice of birthday carrot cake. If you like carrot cake and live in the South Bay, Sophie’s is where you want to go. Continue reading

A visit to Babe’s Bar-B-Que Brewhouse & Alpine Beer Co

Last week I had a trade show to photograph out in the Phoenix, AZ area, so I had an opportunity to visit a couple brewpubs during my travels. We decided to leave on Tuesday evening and drive out to Indio to get out of the city and have an easier drive into Tempe the next day. We set our sights on Babe’s Bar-B-Que & Brewhouse in Rancho Mirage. To be honest, we targeted Babe’s for their peach pie; I had completely forgotten they were a brewpub. Naturally I got a flight, and each selection seemed perfectly suited for the desert. While we were there our server told me Alice Cooper and Cheech Marin were there so I went up and asked if they had a problem with my taking a photo; they didn’t. We chatted a little as we had some connections, in a couple of ways. It was pretty cool and they were very nice guys.

On the way home from Arizona on Sunday, we took a detour on I-8 and stopped in Alpine, CA at Alpine Beer Company. I have only been able to try Alpine’s brews on a few occasions, at special events, so it was a treat to be able to visit the brewery and get a flight of samples. Everything they do that I have tried is really good. It is a nice place to visit with some pretty good food; I know we will be back. Continue reading

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