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Noted: Above LA Timelapse video by Chris Pritchard

June 23rd, 2014 Comments off

Above LA Timelapse video by Chris Pritchard

Above LA Timelapse Video

Above LA is a love letter to Los Angeles and showcases my favorite way to view the city – from above. Whether on a rooftop, a hill, or a mountain, getting above the grind of the city allows you to appreciate it in a new way. Once you get even slightly above, the views and sounds begin to change dramatically.

Getting above it all has been instrumental in helping me get to know and appreciate Los Angeles. This piece was produced off and on over the course of two years, and the clips selected for this film are only a small percentage of what I captured during my quest to take in the city from different locations and in new ways. Some of the locations featured are popular and easy to access, others require some searching and hiking, and some are heavily restricted. But I encourage everyone – lifelong Angelenos, transplants, visitors – to hit the trails, drive the mountain roads, find a reason to get on top of a high-rise. From the basin to the valley, this city offers so many opportunities to rise above and look down. Never stop exploring.

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Noted: The Valley’s First Craft Brewery Opens Today (Sunday), Specializing In British Ales via LAist

June 22nd, 2014 Comments off

This new microbrewery is right here in my neighborhood. I decided to avoid the crush of opening day, but I will be a making a visit very soon to do some blogging-related tasting! (LAUGH) — Douglas


The Valley’s First Craft Brewery Opens Today, Specializing In British Ales

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Finally!

The MacLeod Ale Brewing Company opened its doors and tapped its casks for the first time today, allowing beer lovers in the Valley to not have to travel far to get the craft brews they desire.

The Van Nuys brewery specializes in British styles that are hard to find, even for craft brewers. This includes, pale ales, Scotch ales, and English-style bitters. The brewery is also serving the beers directly from the casks they are naturally carbonated in, meaning less carbonated brews served at “cellar temperature” between 50 and 57 degrees, according to the LA Times.

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Photo: Camping at Sycamore Creek, 2011

June 17th, 2014 Comments off

Sycamore Canyon Beach

Revisiting a photo from June 17, 2011 at Sycamore Canyon Beach

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Noted: Belt Out Tunes With A Crowd At The (LA) Music Center’s Friday Night Sing-Alongs via LAist

June 17th, 2014 Comments off

Belt Out Tunes With A Crowd At The (LA) Music Center’s Friday Night Sing-Alongs via LAist

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Shake off the stress of the week with The Music Center this summer. On Friday nights, gather with hundreds of others and sing your heart out to all your favorites, complete with lyric sheets and a backing band!
Each night has a different theme and this Friday kicks everything off with The Detroit Sound, a great chance to belt out some classics ranging from Motown legends to KISS.

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Photo: Water lilies at Skirball Cultural Center via #instagram

June 17th, 2014 Comments off

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See the original Water Lily photos on A Gardener’s Notebook

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Check out my Los Angeles Board on Pinterest and more!

June 16th, 2014 Comments off

Pinterest recently added location specific pins on their service, so I have been linking my Los Angeles (and Sicily and UK) pins to their geographic locations.

Looking for something cool to do in LA? Check out this Pinterest board!

Pinterest:DouglasEWelch:Los Angeles, California (and surrounding area)

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Noted: 10 great L.A.-meets-Naples Margherita pizzas via Los Angeles Times

June 16th, 2014 Comments off

10 great L.A.-meets-Naples Margherita pizzas via Los Angeles Times

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It’s hard to write about Los Angeles pizza without getting a little defensive. Non-Angelenos love to hate our city, and after they exhaust the topics of traffic and Hollywood, they accuse us of having no pizza. This is a preposterous accusation. Los Angeles may not have a storied regional style of pizza, but we have enough delicious pies to overwhelm any glutton with a Yelp account. The scene has become almost crowded with quality in recent years, with several new restaurants boasting wood-burning ovens and buffalo mozzarella. 

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Noted: The 10 Best Los Angeles Hikes For The Summer from LAist

June 13th, 2014 Comments off

The 10 Best Los Angeles Hikes For The Summer from LAist

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They’re close to L.A., they’re free or inexpensive, dogs are usually welcome and they won’t get kids begging for all the latest swag on the ride home. What are they? The hiking trails of Southern California.

L.A. might not be known for nature, but in a year-round climate, with elevations ranging from sea level to 10,000 feet, the great outdoors of SoCal provides many opportunities for exploration.

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Photo: Burghers of Calais, August Rodin, Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, CA

June 8th, 2014 Comments off

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Burghers of Calais, August Rodin, Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, CA

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Food: MacLeod Ale Brewing Co. Opening Soon in Van Nuys!

June 7th, 2014 Comments off

MacLeod Ale Brewing Co., 14741 Calvert Street, Van Nuys, CA 91411

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We were walking around Van Nuys, visiting the Post Office and dropping off a utility bill on Friday, so we decided to take a short detour by MacLeod Ale Brewing Co to see if there was any signs of progress. The door was propped open, so we stuck our nose in to get a quick look and say Hi!.

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Luckily Alastair, Jesse and Andy were taking a short break and invited us in for look around. They showed us the new tasting area and the brewing area where beers are already fermenting and racking away. They will be having some private, pre-opening meetings, but hope to be open to the public starting Sunday, June 22, 2014.

We are greatly looking forward to having a microbrewery in walking distance from the house. It is a great addition to the neighborhood and is yet one more sign that things are looking up here in our area of Van Nuys. I plan on having an LA Friday Coffee meetup at the brewery once it opens and I foresee other meet ups as the months progress.

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The brewers told us that they are planning for 4 regular brews and 4 seasonal brews each year, ranging from light ales for Summer to heavy porters (my favorite) for the holiday season.

You can follow the progress and events at MacLeod Ale Brewing Co. via their regularly updated Facebook page at MacLeod Ale Brewing Co.

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