On Rodeo: You Know the Dinner is Good When it’s Four Hours Long

06.11.14

Last week I was invited to On Rodeo, the restaurant and lounge inside (and outside) the Luxe Hotel on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. They are adding baked goods to their offerings and have wisely begun with a chocolate soufflé.

I don’t typically attend events like this but I’ve had several lovely lunches at the Luxe Beverly Hills and my daughter is bugging me to have a sleepover (and possibly a Sweet 16) there so I figured I’d put on my best eating dress and head out for some soufflé before dinner at 5pm.

We had passed appetizers, champagne and the soufflé along with an explanation of the sourcing of the chocolate and a reminder that Beverly Hills and Cannes are sister cities. I sort of paid attention but mostly I was enjoying the dessert. I enjoy the occasional sweet but given the option of cake or a cheese plate I’m pretty religiously going to choose savory over sweet so I was delighted to find that the soufflé was full of chocolate flavor and missing that overly sugary finish that too many desserts seem to have.

Once you’ve had dessert you might as well stay for dinner. So I did. There were wine and tequila pairings and great company at the table so I instagrammed the meal because I wisely knew that I’d forget each and every thing.

We started with roasted tomato soup which tasted like warm tomatoes from the garden.

Next was Ahi Tuna with fresh citrus there was a white wine pairing that was delightful.

Beet salad with candied walnuts

Do not miss the shrimp (and I don’t love shrimp) paired with a sip of tequila

Pan seared salmon on a bed of cauliflower with a sauce you don’t see.

Our second dessert was bread pudding because everyone needs a second dessert when you’re on your fourth hour of dinner.

bread pudding

And their dessert cocktails are spectacular. My favorite is the Key Lime Pie Martini. It’s delicious.

on rodeo key lime pie martini

If you’re looking to sit outside, to see and be seen be sure to request table 81. You’ll be smack dab in the center of Rodeo Drive. We ate and drank and laughed until 9.30. Just in time for a midnight snack, right?

Y’all Told Me You Wanted to Know About Shopping

06.4.12

Jane had a soccer tournament in Santa Barbara this weekend. Well, it’s actually in Goleta on the UCSB campus, but that’s splitting hairs. I’m not crazy about traveling to soccer tournaments. This is what happened to us in last year’s tournament season.

It wasn’t pretty and I wasn’t prepared to stay at a roadside motel in Santa Barbara so I called ahead to the Bacara Resort and got a couple of rooms for us and for our friends.

Jane played four games. I saw one. Here’s the thing… I’ve watched approximately 4,000 volleyball matches this year and a few soccer tournaments. The kid either wants to play soccer or not. She can’t really enjoy it more with me there. She’s 13, time for a little intrinsic motivation.

Oh, also there was tennis at Bacara. I ended up playing a round robin with a really nice group of men. Two of them had played together in high school and in honor of the French Open one had come to town to visit the other (who lived in Santa Barbara) and they had a weekend full of playing tennis on clay courts at Bacara and eating French Food.

These are my people.

On Friday night we had a fabulous dinner on State Street and then went for a stroll. Alexander and Mr. G ended up slot car racing in one of the hobby shops and Jane brought me to Free People where she moaned to me about how she couldn’t afford any of the clothes there. I suggested getting a job and was met with an eyeroll. She held up the world’s softest poncho and made me try it on.

Since it was a size small and it fit me nicely I bought it “to share”. Jane knows I’ll buy just about anything that fits me in a size small, no matter how overpriced or tacky it is.

I later found out “to share” is code for “Mom buys it and Jane wears it.” It’s expensive and poorly made with a portion of the proceeds undoubtedly going to Romney’s campaign fund, but I don’t care. It made my daughter very happy and I remember having a poncho just like it in 1977.

Oh, except my poncho didn’t have shredded sleeves and cost about $15.

free people poncho longer in backfree people poncho

Alexander picked up a pair of sunglasses at Old Navy. He loves them. They were $5 and will probably last him a year.

On the way back into town we stopped at the outlets to search for Mr. G’s shoes. No luck for him but I was able to grab three pair of crocs (NEVER to be worn out of the house) and a pair of grade B UGG Boots for $120. They’re tall chocolate. I’m wearing them in the horrible picture above. crocs are ugly

I feel like this weekend’s shopping reads like a cautionary tale and I should never be trusted with a credit card.

1% Problems

02.14.12

I just got an email that reads:

This is friendly update to let you know that Alexander’s application for grade 06 is complete at this time and ready for review. Decision letters for Middle School will be sent on Friday, March 23rd. Please continue to check our website for [redacted] happenings!

Alexander blew his ISEE tests, but if they look at his grades and see the A’s or at his ERB scores and see the 95th percentiles they’ll see a kid with strong academic successes. If they don’t, then I guess he’ll reapply next year or maybe look at other schools.

Of course I’m worried that he will get in and Mr. G won’t want him, but I think that was an abstract and now that he’s seen the school he’s head over heels as well.

What I do is trick myself and worry about the 1% problem, which would be the problem of Alexander getting in. What I don’t do is worry about the 99% problem which is the absolute absurdity of it all and the fact that in my lifetime California schools have gone from the top in the nation to some of the worst. The 99% problem is that our kids are failed in every way, from funding to academia to safety.

I really resent that I’m on pins and needles waiting to make a decision about the next six years of my son’s life when I live in one of the most affluent cities on the planet. I should be walking him down the street to the local school. I don’t even know who to blame, it’s like a well run team and everyone who touches a tax dollar has some part in wasting it on things other than education.

So I’m going to continue my life as an ostrich, put my head in the sand and focus on the 1% problem. You may begin judging me now.

Assemblyman Tim Donnelly Buys Signatures in Hopes of Repealing the DREAM Act, Charming

11.28.11

From the Pasadena Star News we find out that  Assemblyman Tim Donnelly spent black Friday bribing constituents with the chance of winning a gift card.

Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Hesperia, tried to make the most of the spend-and-save frenzy on Black Friday – urging “patriots” to sign his petition to repeal the California DREAM Act.

Promising that the effort can “put money back in the taxpayers’ pockets,” Donnelly also plied constituents with the chance to win a $505 gift card from Target or Best Buy.

“To qualify this measure for the ballot, we must engage in `retail politics’ – literally,” Donnelly wrote on his petition campaign website.

AB 131, the meatier part of the California DREAM Act recently signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown, allows some undocumented students to qualify for government funding, after documented students are served.

Donnelly held a Black Friday drive at the Colonies in Rancho Cucamonga to collect signatures and is now urging people to mail their signatures in by midnight on Monday.

Donnelly has until Jan. 6, to submit nearly 505,000 petition signatures to county election officials, according to the Secretary of State.

Read more:http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/news/ci_19413163#ixzz1f24g7EhC

I understand that not everyone likes the Dream Act, but the fact of the matter is that it has been signed into law.

As an FYI the Dream Act allows the children of undocumented migrants to attend college in California. You can protest all you want but the undocumented are here and they are part of the beautiful fabric of my community.

I’m not an attorney, much to my father’s chagrin, I’m a blogger. Are there any attorneys who can confirm that this is an illegal action?

It’s My 14th Anniversary and the Only Man Fucking Me is Jerry Brown

06.29.11

Jerry Brown Beats the Hell out of California

Today is my 14th anniversay and my husband is in New York on business. I was kind of bummed about being alone on our anniversary but we spent last weekend in a resort so plush that I didn’t think I’d have the ability to be bugged about anything for a year.

Until this. You see in the next few days Jerry Brown is poised to sign  the Affiliate Nexus Tax and 2 related nexus bills: AB 153, AB 155 and SB 234. They will go into effect immediately upon signing, and he must sign before July 1st, 2011.

These bills would require bloggers like me (and you) to collect and pay sales tax on purchases made through the ads on our site. These absolute idiots who prance around our capitol with not one shred of business sense believe that collecting these miniscule taxes will somehow right our budget.

Not only will the sales taxes not be collected, but publishers and businesspeople will (rightly) continue to flee California and set up shop in states where businesses aren’t cuckolded. If Jerry Brown and his compatriots were reasonable and actually interested in balancing the budget AB 153, AB 155 and SB 234 wouldn’t get that silly rubber stamp. Instead they would reduce small business taxes in our state and put people to work.

I get that Best Buy, Target and Walmart don’t like businesses like Amazon and eBay existing, but the reality is that businesses like Amazon and eBay give a lot of opportunities to a lot of small businesses.

So thanks Jerry, it’s an awesome anniversary. I feel like I’ve been fucked now.

A letter from Amazon:

Hello,


For well over a decade, the Amazon Associates Program has worked with thousands of California residents. Unfortunately, a potential new law that may be signed by Governor Brown compels us to terminate this program for California-based participants. It specifically imposes the collection of taxes from consumers on sales by online retailers – including but not limited to those referred by California-based marketing affiliates like you – even if those retailers have no physical presence in the state.

We oppose this bill because it is unconstitutional and counterproductive. It is supported by big-box retailers, most of which are based outside California, that seek to harm the affiliate advertising programs of their competitors. Similar legislation in other states has led to job and income losses, and little, if any, new tax revenue. We deeply regret that we must take this action.

As a result, we will terminate contracts with all California residents that are participants in the Amazon Associates Program as of the date (if any) that the California law becomes effective. We will send a follow-up notice to you confirming the termination date if the California law is enacted. In the event that the California law does not become effective before September 30, 2011, we withdraw this notice. As of the termination date, California residents will no longer receive advertising fees for sales referred to Amazon.com, Endless.com, MYHABIT.COM or SmallParts.com. Please be assured that all qualifying advertising fees earned on or before the termination date will be processed and paid in full in accordance with the regular payment schedule.

You are receiving this email because our records indicate that you are a resident of California. If you are not currently a resident of California, or if you are relocating to another state in the near future, you can manage the details of your Associates account here. And if you relocate to another state in the near future please contact us for reinstatement into the Amazon Associates Program.

To avoid confusion, we would like to clarify that this development will only impact our ability to offer the Associates Program to California residents and will not affect their ability to purchase from Amazon.com, Endless.com, MYHABIT.COM or SmallParts.com.

We have enjoyed working with you and other California-based participants in the Amazon Associates Program and, if this situation is rectified, would very much welcome the opportunity to re-open our Associates Program to California residents. We are also working on alternative ways to help California residents monetize their websites and we will be sure to contact you when these become available.


Regards,

The Amazon Associates Team