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Over to Mel's Diner is West Hollywood for Breakfast.
Yes, I got their Eggs Florentine. It is my favorite breakfast.
Read the LA Times .
Then I went into West Hollywood for about a half hour walk, and I took some pictures.
I will be posting them over on My Flickr Page sometime soon.
Then I dashed over to The Arclight Theatres.
I decided today to see the movie Zodiac.
First, when I went up to the concession stand, the nice guy behind the counter asked me my name.
I said "Donna"
He said "Donna, I'm Joshua - I see you here all the time. You come here alot."
I said "Yes, I do."
He co-worker asked him "Why are you asking her for her name ?"
Joshua replied "She comes here all the time. Don't you" he asked me.
I replied "Yes I do. Where you here for AFI ? I was here every day for AFI."
As I walked away I thought to myself "I think I am seeing to many movies. Maybe its time for a new hobby."
I had put off seeing Zodiac, because it runs 2 hours and 40 minutes.
I wasn't sure that I could sit still that long.
But it has so many great actors in it - Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Edwards , Robert Downey Jr.
I am glad I went to go see it. The acting was amazing.
The only bloody parts were in the beginning. After that it was all detective work.
Three hours flew by - it didn't even feel like 3 hours. The length of the movie really allowed all the Details of the investigation to be in the movie.
Most of my friends know that I like the commercial cutesy movies. So I have been telling them "You know, I am really surprised that I liked Zodiac so much. It must be that the bloody parts were at the very beginning. And the rest of the movie focused on the investigation. It was really fascinating."
Here's a link:
Zodiac Movie Official Site
Books About the Zodiac Murders on Amazon.com
Why don't we celebrate anything on the Saturday before Easter ?
Something must have happened on this day.
I mean we have Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, the Easter Sunday ... what happened on Saturday ???
Maybe the Apostles were having a Pity Party Saturday. "Oh, no Jesus is dead, what are we going to do?"
Or maybe it was a Faithful Saturday: "Don't worry, have faith, something good will happen soon."
I am assuming they sat around kind of depressed that Jesus was crucified, and had no idea that Easter Sunday was just around the corner.
Either way, we should come up with a holiday and church service for this.
Today is Good Friday and I attended evening service at Hollywood Presbyterian Church .
It was a very solemn and meaningful service.
I especially enjoyed the song "Behold The Lamb of God", which the Cathedral Choir sang.
It is from the "Messiah" by GF Handel.
Black Swan Mousepad
First here's a link explaining Maundy Thursday .
In a nutshell, it is the day to remember The Last Supper, Garden of Gethsemane, the Washing of the Disciples Feet and the betrayal of Christ by Judas .
So, we are remembering the things Jesus did before he was taken to be crucified.
The term "Maundy" is a rough translation of a Latin and Old French word, that basically means "A New".
As in "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you"
In the past when I have visited Catholic church, the Mass for Maundy Thursday is very long. Presbyterian keep it at a regular service length.
I went over to Hollywood Presbyterian .
Two beautiful songs were sung tonight:
"Seekers of Your Heart" by Mel & Dick Tunney & Beverly Darnall
Because your heart was broken
Because You saw the need
Because You gave so freely
Because of Calvary
We can now be Called your own
Complete creations Filled with You alone
Where You There ?
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Oh! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Check out Cyber Hymnal.com
I love living in modern times ... all those old fashioned hymns out on the internet with midi's of the music.
Shopping at Trader Joes
Stopped off at Trader Joes after work.
It seemed like everyone else in the area had stopped off after work as well.
Wall to wall people. Trying to maneuver around the veggie aisle to grab a package of 4 little mini-artichokes was very difficult.
As I am wandering around the aisles, near the frozen foods - I see a guy in white starched suit, with one of those cell phones bluetooth things that plug right into your ear.
He is looking at an empty shelf of chips. And he's shouting into his phone: "This is NOT acceptable. Its the worst. Its the worst in the entire region. Completely unacceptable".
I continue on my way - and I discover one of the best things in the entire Universe:
Trader Joes Organic Cranberry Juices.
Organic Cranberry Apple Juice
and... the absolute best Organic Cranberry Lemonade
And And ! .... they are on Sale at only $2.99 for 64 fluid ounces !
Its time to stock up.
After that, I pick up another one of my favorite - dried organic cranberries
to mix with a package on unsalted mixed nuts.
Then I grab alittle bunch of flowers before I head on over to the check-out stand.
April 4 2007 Photos
|Cinnamon licks her paw. Click the pic to see it bigger|
The Coyote in Quiznos
I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, but I never saw a coyote anywhere around there.
However, once driving late at night, I saw a coyote on Franklin and Normandie in Los Feliz.
Thinking it was a run-away dog that needed help, I started to pull over.
Alittle closer, I was stunned - it was definitely an coyote.
I was amazed.
It saw me watching it from the safety of the car, and looked back at me with its long snout.
I figured since Griffith Park is around here, that might have been where it was from.
But now I am learning, with all the building we are doing, moving into wild areas, those wild animals have nowhere else to go. So they have to come down looking for food and water.
Here's the links to the video of the Beautiful Coyote in the Chicago Quiznos.
If I had been there, I would have wanted to feed it a sandwich, and pet him.
Such a beautiful animal.
They named him Adrian, and it suits him perfectly.
The Coyote in the Chicago Quiznos
The funny Coyote in Quiznos Song from Conan O'Brien
The humorous Press Release from Quiznos
Here is part of the press release:
"We've certainly been looking to expand our customer base and appeal to different demographics, and it appears that we have hit a chord with the animal kingdom," said Steve Provost, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Quiznos. "This has never happened before; we can only think that Adrian must have been attracted to our new Prime Rib on Garlic Bread and it's above average portions of meat. One thing is for sure, this coyote clearly has excellent taste."
Mr. Provost continued, "We will support the safety for Adrian and any other members of the wild animal kingdom who face severe challenges and unknown urban obstacles to find their way to Quiznos restaurants. We are pleased to donate $1,000 to Chicago Animal Care and Control, where Adrian currently resides."
I am sure Adrian the Coyote enjoyed his sandwich.
Cinnamon the Cat on a Greeting Card
Since I wrote in my last two entries about all the junk I ate over the weekend, I thought I would fix the situation and talk... Salads !
I usually like to buy a box of Earthbound Farms the Organic Herb Blend, along with a box of Epic Roots Mache (also known as lambs lettuce).
The organic Herb blend has yummy herbs like Dill. And the Mache is a cute little flowery looking lettuce with a sweet nutty flavor.
I mix them together in a bowl ... and then I usually top it with Fresh Gourmet Organic croutons.
Then for variety ::
Chopped yellow bell pepper or red bell peppers ... orange bell peppers
if the store has them
Organic low-salt kidney beans or garbanzo beans...I saw that S&W foods
is starting to make Organic kidney beans and garbanzo beans. I even sent them a nice email about how happy I was about their organic beans.
Then I will add either chopped broccoli or cauliflower, or sometimes alittle of both.
On the side of the plate, I will place either organic carrots or celery sticks, or sliced cucumber or zucchini.
Every once in a while I will live dangerously and use Tomatoes, but mainly small baby tomatoes or cherry tomatoes. They seem to be somewhat sweeter.
I like tomatoes - but they don't like me.
Tomatoes are the one thing that will give me such bad heartburn that I feel like I am in an antacid commercial with the buttons of my shirt burning off.
Friends even look at me funny when I peel the tomato slice off my sandwich
in restaurants - but that the way it has to be.
Just this week, at Mayfair Market in Los Feliz - they had package of little organic Heirloom Tomatoes .
Pretty little red tomatoes with white strips.
Purple Tomatoes and Yellow Tomatoes (both very yummy).
Funny bell-shaped tomatoes.
And there were green tomatoes of different shapes and sizes. I couldn't figure out what to do with these, so I left them until last, and they went soggy before I had a chance to experiment.
As for the tomatoes that I did eat, since they were very sweet, they didn't seem to bother me much.
Even less often will I use cheese. If I am over at Whole Foods, and I happen upon a Feta Cheese or Blue Cheese, then I will pick some up.
I try to limit my cheese because of all the hormones and antibiotics they put in it.
But I had a long talk with the person in the Cheese section of Whole Foods not to long ago. She told me it is very difficult to get Organic Cheese - they only have it once in a while. All of the cheeses at Whole Foods are Natural cheese, meaning that they do not use growth hormones or antibiotics on the cows that produce the cheese.
Sometimes when I am at Whole Foods, I will ask "Any organic cheese today?" Once or twice they have had some.
Very, very rarely will I buy Cheese at the Supermarket - if so, then I read the teeny tiny print to try to see if it was produced outside of the United States because most other countries do not use antibiotics.
If all of that works out, and there is cheese in the salad, thats usually when I used the Garbanzo beans.
After all those goodies are in place, I will add a type of fish.
Sometimes when I am in a rush, I will just add canned tuna or canned salmon.
But lately, I have been cooking salmon, shark, or halibut. Once they are cooled down, I flake them and add to the salad.
Organic Olive Oil, Organic Balsamic Vinegar, and Organic Garlic powder
or Marie's Dressing
or Newman's Own Salad Dressing.
The Whole Foods Private Label 365 also makes some good salad dressings.
As far as all the fixings go, I try not to skimp. I'll always buy organic if its available. And weird varieties and types that I haven't eaten before.
I figure when I do that, it helps cancel out all the times I eat at a restaurant and
decide to eat the greasiest thing on the menu.
Its very important to have both vegetables and fish in your diet.
Cinnamon the Cat on a Greeting Card
Lazy Day in Los Feliz
A lazy day, I had to return some library books. And I didn't get to the library before it closed.
So I figured I would just go into Los Feliz, and leave the books at the Los Feliz Branch of the public library .
Then, I head over to the Alcove Cafe .
It is packed with people - which is kind of fun.
I go up to the counter and order my food.
Its a pretty healthy place, and I order the worst thing on the menu
A Roast Beef with Horseradish Mayo. And Onion Rings.
The onion rings at The Alcove are amazing. The are like a crispy crunchy donut with an onion in the batter.
I probably feel like heavy food, because I haven't eaten all day.
As I read the Los Angeles Times, I see some one else with dessert.
I get half of my sandwich and onion rings to go, and I head back inside.
I order a white cake with cream cheese frosting, and all sort of fresh berries in the filling.
Berry Surprise ? Berry Sunrise ? Something like that.
When I hear the price, I can't believe how expense it is for one piece.
But the one piece was about four servings.
Then back home to finish my lazy day.
I have 1/4 of the slice of cake, with tea, while I post to my blog.
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