I was blocked from going onto the freeway, then I remembered there was a Freedom ride planned to go through the area. So I got out of my camera with my iPhone and not only took some cool photos, but I also got some cool video. This was awesome!!! Over 1,000 motorcyclists went by for sure.
The view from the room in Vail and the Cascade Resort. I want to get the grounds, but since I had other days I took this photo of the patio with the plate of fruit and cheese. I was also playing with the depth of field.
For breakfast today I prepared these quite tasty strawberry pancakes. Something about making pancakes with fresh in season fruit that makes them taste that much better. I actually made the strawberry syrup for them as well.
This time for dinner I decided to plate the food in a tribute to Italy, hence the colors. This is a gorgonzola spinach ravioli along side a simple marinara I made. The marinara is so easy and tasty more people should make it at home rather than buying jarred sauce.
Lunch today consisted of this awesome tex-mex/southwestern dish. Grilled salmon on top of chipotle mashed potatoes with a grilled vegetable pineapple salsa. I washed it down with a red sangria. Too bad I cannot eat more often like this. LOL
While out for lunch today I had to get a photo of the dessert. It was much more visually appealing than the meal itself. This dessert was vanilla bean ice cream on top of a chocolate fudge brownie. Then drizzled on top was a chocolate sauce and a dulce de leche sauce. Decadent!!!
Today I had the pleasure and privilege to go to the Annenburg Space for Photography. This is a place in which there is free admission to a variety of photography exhibits. World reknowned photographers give lectures each week and on this day they had the Photograhers of the Year works on display. Many were disheartening and breath taking because they were photo journalistic.
Today I was given a lesson on the value of serving beer in the proper glass. This was a hefeweisen from a micro-brewery in Pasadena. It was complex and had nice citrus notes to it. Also it has to be served in a pilsner glass.
Today I had to go to the Blood Donor Facility at Cedars Sinai hospital. Needed to donate blood for a relative that has leukemia so that it will be available for her next transfusion. I intend to do this regularly from now on since I fully understand the importance to those in need.
Breakfast today had a theme. Can you guess what that theme was? Two eggs over medium cooked in a white truffle infused olive oil and southern style milled white grits (not the instant junk) topped with a 15 month caved aged gruyere.
Today was the Google Teacher Academy. My role was to present the session on using Google Sketchup. I like the fact that my title was Lead Learner, because I did more learning than teaching. This cohort is going to be a welcomed addition to the GCT community. I had loads of fun and it is always refreshing when you can work with educators who are passionate and focused on their profession
Today went for a walk around the Marina Del Rey area. Among the many photos I took this is one of my favorites. I played with the setting on the camera and a little post production tone mapping revealed this.
Today I had to stop by the school district offices to take care of a mountain of paperwork. Of course there is no remote or electronic alternative. I cannot help but think they do that in part to save people's obsolete jobs
While at one of my favorite cafes that I have posted photos from before I noticed this beauty calling me from behind the glass. I was tempted to eat the entire thing, but I thought better of it and ordered one piece to go with my triple latte.
As I get more and more into photography I want to refine my use of various applications and tools. I am in the process of learning and comparing the major differences between Apple Aperture and Adobe Lightroom. I consider myself proficient with both, but I need to be as good as a professional.
Pizza pizza pizza. I was craving my favorite food so I had to pick this up. It had a slightly chewy and slightly crispy crust with a nice light texture. The cheese was gooey and good. My only criticism was the pepperoni was not as spicy as it should have been.
Since I was in the mood to cook something different I created this wonderful meal. Grilled pork tenderloin that marinated for 48 hours in a sweet vidalia onion and fig marinade. Add to that grilled asparagus, roasted beets with feta, and grits with shaved gruyere. It had a glass of Rose on the side too.
Lunch today consisted of this wonderful greek salad. You can tell this is a real Greek salad, because it has NO lettuce. I cannot stand restaurants that perpetrate calling any salad with feta and olives a Greek Salad.
This evening I decided to put on my pastry chef hat. I made an Indian Rice Pudding. It is considered Indian because of the consistency and the spices I used. I also use Carolina Gold Heirloom rice which is an amazing rice from North Carolina