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Interesting Project: TreeMapLA

February 21st, 2015 Comments off

I came across this interesting project via a neigh or’s post on and wanted to share it here. I have signed up and already marked a few trees in my own garden to test it out.


What is TreeMapLA?

TreeMapLA is an ambitious collaboration of nonprofits, local governments, businesses—and you—to map every tree in Greater Los Angeles. By entering every tree’s location, species and current size, and updating its needs, we create a powerful tool to learn about our urban forest and its value, including specific environmental and economic benefits.

This information will help us to manage the well-being of our region’s urban forest and make our city more livable: shadier, cleaner, safer and more beautiful, and better able to meet climate change impacts including heat, flooding and drought. Users of this information include government agencies, arborists, landscape architects, planners, students, civic organizations, and everyday citizens.

With TreeMapLA, concerned citizens and tree enthusiasts throughout Los Angeles can learn, communicate, and take action on behalf of the trees around us.

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Food/Drink: MacLeod Ale Brewing Co Description Card – Great introduction to their products

February 9th, 2015 Comments off

I saw this new description card when I visited MacLeod Ale Brewing Co on Saturday. It gives a great introduction to all their brews.

Check out MacLeod Ale Brewing Company on Facebook

MacLeod Description v1

Click for full-sized PDF version

At the tasting room via my iPhone6 and Waterlogue app

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Free Sherman Oaks Tree Giveaway on Valentine’s Day – Plant a little love in your garden!

February 9th, 2015 Comments off

Just saw notice of this free tree giveaway on Valentine’s Day. Thinking I might chef out their fruit tree offerings for the front yard. I have a space that might actually work for an apple or orange tree.

Tree giveaway

Click for full-sized PDF flyer

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Photo: Einstein Statue at Griffith Observatory, Griffith Park, Los Angeles, CA via #instagram

January 8th, 2015 Comments off

Photo: Einstein Statue at Griffith Observatory, Griffith Park, Los Angeles, CA via #instagram


Previously in my Instagram Photos…

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Food: Made in LA Holiday Basket Now Available

December 4th, 2014 Comments off

Food: Made in LA Holiday Basket Now Available

Support 5 local businesses in one purchase! Introducing our MADE IN L.A. Holiday Basket featuring our friends in food, @coldwaterrondo @popcandyco @lebongarcon @theartofcaramel and our own PETIT S’ MORES! #lareppin Visit our website for more information. Discounts for bulk purchases and delivery available. 

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Food: Order your Buche de Noel for the Holidays at Creme Caramel LA

December 3rd, 2014 Comments off

Ok, I know this is a high-ticket item, but when you see the craftsmanship and love put into this cake, I think you’ll see what an impact it can make on your holiday table. The first time I saw this, all I could think of saying was “Wow!” If you are entertaining this holiday season, consider bringing home one of these Buche de Noel for your family and guests.

Food: Buche de Noel for the Holidays at Creme Caramel LA

Our #BuchedeNoel is now available to order for your special event. 72 hour notice for most orders.

What’s inside? Chocolate sponge cake rolled with sweet marscapone cream, covered in ganache, dark chocolate “bark”, meringue toad stools, almond pinecones, and cranberry holly sprigs.

Half (feeds 6-8) $45
Full (feeds 14-16) $80

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Food: Beer Education Night at MacLeod Ale Brewing Co., Van Nuys, California

October 17th, 2014 Comments off

Last night i headed out to our local MacLeod Ale Brewing Co to learn a little more about how beer is made and the ingredients that go into their wonderful brews. They’ll be offering more of these classes in the future, so foliow their Facebook page, MacLeod Ale Brewing Co, to be the first on the list for the next class.

BEER EDUCATION: Barley, Hops & Yeast 10/16/2014

Join MacLeod Ale Head Brewer, C. Andy Black, in an interesting and informative discussion about the basic ingredients of beer [barley, hops and yeast] and the particular varieties used in our traditional British ales. [Yes, there is also water in beer…but not likely to be covered this time around].

The seminar will be approx 45 minutes to 1 hour, and includes a tasting flight of 6 beers.

Andy enlightens us all on the ingredients that go to MacLeoad Ales

Click for larger images and click below for a slide show

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Video: Places LA: Stough Canyon, Burbank, California

October 14th, 2014 Comments off

Video: Places LA: Stough Canyon, Burbank, California

I have been trying to get back into hiking lately and with the son attending school in Burbank, it only made sense to locate a few trails in that area where I could walk before and after school. I have known about several trails in the Verdugo Mountains which abut Burbank, but i have never spent much time there. For my first trip up into the mountains I choose Stough Canyon. Along with the hike there is also a Nature Center to check out with the kids and family should you wish.

The Stough Canyon Trail is a nice loop about 1 mile on fire road and another mile on a smaller trail. For this first trip, I headed up the fire road and down the trail and that is probably what I would recommend for others, as the fire road, while steep in the beginning, seems less steep than the trail. This is one of those hikes where the distance is just about right for my abilities and condition. I huffed and puffed a bit early on — as you can hear in the video — but I reached the crest right about when I started wondering where the top might be. Another short climb too me to the trail head for the downhill journey which was, of course, a much easier — if slipperier trip. On clear days you get some wonderful views of the San Fernando Valley, Bob Hope Airport and even a glimpse of Downtown Los Angeles in the distance.

Stough Canyon via Google Earth

  34.213844° -118.307826° – Click to view in Google Maps

Photo: LA Friday Coffee Group from September 11, 2009 #tbt #throwbackthursday

October 2nd, 2014 Comments off

Photo: LA Friday Coffee Group form September 11, 2009 #tbt #throwbackthursday

The LA Friday Coffee gang from a 2009 meetup at Gelato Bar in Studio City, Tujunga Village.

Photo Album – Douglas E. Welch

Photo Album – Alex Bellanger

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Kiss Me, Kate at the Pasadena Playhouse – End of the Day for September 30, 2014

September 30th, 2014 Comments off

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Late night out tonight, so an abbreviated entry. We spent the evening in Pasadena first having dinner at Settebello Pizzeria Napoletana and then off to see Kiss Me, Kate starring Wayne Brady at the Pasadena Playhouse. The pizza was good and very Italian, using Peitro Forno/Legno fuoco (Stone Oven/Wood Fired) just as they do in Sicily. A simple Pizza Margherita is always a good test of any pizzeria and this one one was pretty darn good. I love the slightly burnt, crunchy crust that the high heat of a wood over gives the pizza while the center crust is so think it almost disappears. The crust was lightly dressed with sauce, cheese and basil, just as it would have been in Sicily. I’m getting hungry just talking about it. (LAUGH) We also had a Caprese Salad and an order of arancini, one of Rosanne’s favorite dishes which I don’t/can’t make at home. They must have been good, as I didn’t get a chance to taste even the smallest morsel. Hrrmph!

Pizza margherita


 Kiss Me, Kate Photo

The show was an excellent way to spend an evening. The acting was great and the voices — oh my, the voices! Strong, clear, bright and gorgeous, especially the female roles. There is a fun an playfulness (and a bit of bawdiness) in the show that makes it spritely and fun with a lot of catchy (if sometimes forgotten) tunes to send you out of the theater humming. The show plays through October 12, 2014.

The shows was especially fun to see after having seen the Independent Shakespeare Company’s production of Taming of the Shrew in Griffith Park earlier this sumer. Seeing them in such close proximity allowed us to enjoy this show even more. That, and the fact that we are all theater people, of course, and can relate a lot to the backstage (and sometimes, onstage) antics of the cast and crew.

More information on Kiss Me, Kate

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