Monday, July 29, 2013

Southern California Adventure Part I: Union Station, Olvera Street, Tiki Ti!

Anyone who knows us or has been following this blog knows how much we love to make trips down to the Los Feliz and Hollywood area at least once a year. This past weekend we just made our second trip of the year (posts on our last trip in February can be found here and here)! This is the first time we did not drive and instead flew into Burbank. So convenient! I was excited as always to head down that way but even more so since this time, besides having some new places to visit, I was going to get to finally meet Missy from Technicolor Cutie!

Just before we left the gloomy July morning at home...

Our first stop after picking up our car was Union Station and Olvera Street.  I have spent my whole life taking trips down to LA since I used to have loads of family there but never knew about these two amazing destinations until reading about them in a post on Incendiary Blonde's blog.  I will forever be grateful to her for that since we enjoyed both places so much!  Union Station is beyond gorgeous and I wanted to buy everything I saw on Calle Olvera!  Of course I wanted some tooled leather wedges but it turns out they do not make them large enough for me.  I did speak to a woman who said they were trying to get size 10 since so many customers ask for them.  Hopefully by the next time I visit!

Union Station in all its glory...

Beautiful, historic Olvera Street...

Lunch at El Paseo Inn on Olvera Street...

How could I not get a snap of the wiener mobile?

After checking in to the motel it was on to Tiki Ti to meet Missy!

With the adorable and sweet Missy from Technicolor Cutie! She is such a talented seamstress and made the outfit she is wearing here.  I hope I can learn to sew like that one of these days!  Such a joy to finally meet her!

After leaving Tiki Ti we headed to El Cid for some tapas on the patio.  We really want to check out the flamenco show one of these days!
We ended the evening at The Dresden to catch some Marty and Elayne.  These two never get old no matter how many times we see them perform!

Well, that's it for day one.  Stay tuned for day two with a shopping spree at the Miss L Fire boutique that just opened in Los Feliz and an amazing Carlos Mejuto show at Viva Cantina with Missy and Chelsea!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Celebrating the 4th, Alameda style!

I just love 4th of July in Alameda! The past two years I was in the parade as a sailor on the Swell Bar float but since there was no float this year, I got to watch the parade. Love the small town feel it has. My absolute favorite part is all of the Mexican restaurants and their floats, usually consisting of a mariachi band and a ton of people on horseback. There were so many beautiful horses and costumes this year. Way more than I remember from years past. The other major highlight is the helicopter that does a flyby low along the parade route.

Of course I was dressed in red, white, and blue. I forgot to have Ben snap a photo of the entire outfit but you can see that I am wearing my Nudeedudee sailor top. I cannot say enough great things about Nudeedudee and the two tops I have bought (besides this one, there is the other I mentioned in a previous post and a third one on the way once it is made!). I continued the patriotic theme the next evening when we had a date night and I wore my Jitterbuggin’ Roseway blouse for the first time. I managed to create quite a few Jitterbuggin’ fans that evening! The ladies were loving the blouse!


So adorable!

One of the Golden State Warriors I think...

This car insurance float cracked us up with the car 
crashed through into the make shift living room...

Don't all 4th of July parades have a vintage hearse?
Got to represent the local mortuary...

Friday evening outfit...
Skirt: Years ago off eBay???
Shoes: Aldo
Bakelite earrings and bangles

Friday, July 12, 2013

An old Chevy with less than 10 miles driven?

Oh my goodness…for those of you who have not heard this story about the hundreds of new and used cars that have been stored in a boarded up Chevy dealership in Nebraska, check out this post by Messy Nessy Chic. Could you imagine owning a Chevy from the 50s or 60s with less than 10 miles on it?!?! This is an incredible story! To see plastic still protecting the seats and the dealership tags still in the window... I just cannot get over it!

Everyone better start playing the lottery so they can win enough money to buy some of these beauties when they come up to auction!

For the South Bay Beer Lovers…SV Beer Week!

My amazing friend Jen has organized the very first Silicon Valley Beer Week from July 28th through August 3rd! I sadly will not be around either weekend of it but am going to try and make it to one of the events during the week. Oh how I wish I could be at the closing event, KraftBrew Fest. We attended the Winter KraftBrew Fest back in February 2012 (see this post) and loved it so I am sure this one will be great as well! There are over 100 events to choose from! Find that complete list here. Many involve food pairing or tap takeovers by various breweries. I wish Jen all of the success she deserves from the very first Silicon Valley Beer Week!

Below is just a sampling of the more than 100 SV Beer Week events (though I am mostly listing San Jose, there will be events all over the area in other cities – please check the website for the most up to date information)… 

July 28 - Kick-off Party at Gordon Biersch in Downtown San Jose 2:00 – 6:00
July 29 - Lagunitas Keg Tapping Party & Fahrenheit Beer Week Pint Glass Night at Fahrenheit Restaurant & Lounge in Downtown San Jose 5:00 – 9:30
July 29 – Beer Social with Anchor Brewing at Liquid Bread Gastropub in Campbell 7:00 – 10:00
July 29 – Almanac Brewery Tap Takeover at Stanley’s Sports Bar in San Jose 6:00 – 9:00
July 30 - Pucker Up Sour Fest 2.0 at Original Gravity Public House in Downtown San Jose 5:00 – 10:15
July 30 - BYOV (bring your own vinyl) and Fermented Food Pairing at Good Karma Vegan Café in Downtown San Jose 4:00 – 10:00
July 31 - The Beerwalk Festival in Downtown Campbell 6:00 – 9:00
July 31 - New German Beer Release w/live music by the Flying Dutchmen at Teske’s Germania Restaurant in Downtown San Jose 5:00 - midnight
July 31 – Widmer Brothers Craft Brews at The Britannia Arms in Downtown San Jose 6:00 – 9:00
July 31 –Drake’s Specialties / Cask Beers at Harry’s Hofbrau in San Jose 5:00 – 11:30
August 1 – Craft Beer Tasting Menu at The Grill on the Alley in Downtown San Jose 4:00 – 11:00
August 1 – Sour Beer not Kraut at Gourmet Haus Staudt in Redwood City 6:00 – 10:30
August 1 – The Bruery Tap Takeover! At Steins Beer Garden in Mountain View 5:00 – 11:00
August 1 – San Francisco brings Speakeasy to San Jose at The Britannia Arms in Downtown San Jose 5:00 – 9:00
August 1 – Allagash (San Pedro Square Market Bar) Market Beer Company in Downtown San Jose 6:00 – 9:00
August 2 – Barrel Aged Bonanza Beer Tasting! At Beltramo’s Wine & Spirits in Menlo Park 4:30 – 6:30
August 2 – Dogfish Head Brewery tap Takeover at Francesca’s Sports Bar in Mountain View
August 2 – Green Flash vs. Ballast Point at Original Gravity Public House in Downtown San Jose 5:00 – 11:45
August 2 – Pliny the Elder Night at Tommy’s of Los Gatos 8:00 – midnight
August 2 – The Family Rue and the Beer They Brew at Good Karma Vegan Café in Downtown San Jose 4:00 – 10:00
August 2 – New Brewery Open House w/ Live Music & Food Truck at Devil’s Canyon Brewing Company in San Carlos 4:00 – 8:00
August 3 – Closing Event - KraftBrew Fest in Downtown San Jose 1:00 – 7:00 

photo Jen took of us at the 2012 Winter KraftBrew Fest in San Jose

Cheers everyone!