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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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.
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!
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.