You’re Fired!

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Do you ever find yourself somewhere that you really enjoy, but hardly ever go? And you wonder to yourself, “Why don’t I come here more often?” That happened to Mr. and me yesterday. We went to Restauration for brunch. We’ve been there before, and it’s always been wonderful; we just don’t go frequently. Why? Not sure. No, it’s not in BS, but it’s like a $5 Über ride. Why should we miss out on it just because we can’t walk there?

If you haven’t been there (or haven’t been there lately,) you should go. Restauration is a farm-to-table restaurant that works closely with Farm Lot 59. In fact, a few years ago, Mr. and I attended a lunch that the chef from Restauration created at the Farm, right on the grounds. It doesn’t get any fresher than that! But, I digress. One of the things I love about this place is their wood-fired oven. They don’t just cook pizzas in it, but wraps, and frittatas, and they even roast veggies in it. It’s the perfect outside patio; covered to protect you from the rain (like today) with heaters, yet still open and airy. The sunshade works wonders in the blazing heat, too. The service is fantastic. And the food. The food! I can’t even describe it; you have to experience it for yourself. I have to confess, too: I kinda’ love a place that delivers your bottomless mimosas with a jug full of champagne, and a tiny carafe of juice (you can get OJ or grapefruit.) When they say bottomless, they mean bottomless! Needless to say, we left there in bliss yesterday. Pleased that we finally dragged our asses out of bed journeyed a bit out of BS, and reminded that Restauration needs to be put on the regular schedule…

 

 

 

 

 

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Meet. Eat. Repeat.

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Is there a restaurant in LB that you have always wanted to try, but just haven’t gotten around to visiting yet? Well, this week is the time to experience some new places, or just revisit your favorites. Dine Out Long Beach started this week (yesterday, actually) and runs through Saturday. You don’t need any kind of special passes or tickets. Simply dine at any participating restaurant and enjoy value-oriented prix-fixe menus at some of the city’s best restaurants. Brunch, lunch and dinner options will be offered. With all-encompassing delights from Latin American to New American, Italian, Seafood, Asian, BBQ, Cajun, and everything in between – and don’t forget the craft beers and handcrafted cocktails! – you’ll be able to dine out all week long. What are you waiting for?! Get out there and start exploring! Maybe I’ll run into you…

 

 

 

 

Roses Are Red

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Roses are red. This rain is wet. It’s sure to be the messiest Beach Cleanup yet!

All of this wind and rain is sure to cause a lot of debris to wash up on our beaches. Fortunately, tomorrow is the monthly C.A.T. 30-minute Beach Cleanup, followed by the Roses Are Red Poetry Contest. The cleanups occur on the third Saturday of every month (rain or shine) at 10:00 am at Granada Beach. The contest will take place after the cleanup; registration is FREE and there will be cash rewards! Refreshments and supplies will be provided, and you can get a free raffle ticket for door prizes. This is a family-friendly event, or gather a group of volunteers to help our environment and spread the love…

 

 

 

 

 

Nature Lover

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Love is in the air! And the earth, and the sea, and the sky. Love is all around, you just have to keep your eyes (and your heart) open for it. On this Valentine’s Day, love everyone. Whether you are celebrating with your spouse or partner, family or child, your pet or yourself (yes, this one especially,) your friends, or even strangers, love them. Nobody ever said, “there is too much love in this world.” Celebrate this not just today, but every day…

 

 

 

 

Mystic Pizza

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ahhhhh, pizza! Thin crust, deep dish Chicago-style, New York style, pan pizza, wood-fired, grilled, round, square, flatbread, red sauce, white sauce, no sauce, meaty, cheesy, veggified. Pizza rolls, french bread pizza, bagel pizza, pita pizza. Who doesn’t love pizza?! As if we need another reason to devour an entire pizza a slice, today is National Pizza Day! Guys, there are so many places in BS to get delicious pizza, and so many different varieties. You can head to what is probably the oldest restaurant in Long Beach, Domenico’s, and get their ground pepperoni pizza. If you want just a slice (and maybe a beer,) check out 2nd Street Pizzeria. Want deep dish? Head to the (relatively new) Rance’s Chicago Pizza. For more artisanal style pizzas, walk into or order delivery from zpizza. That’s my “healthy” pizza; they have vegan and gluten-free options, and use organic, non-gmo, preservative-free ingredients. Breakfast pizza? Simmzy’s. Mankoushe? Open Sesame. Flatbread? Saint & 2nd. Do you have enough choices yet? Then, get out there and eat some pizza! Because I could go on and on and on…

 

 

Soak It Up

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Sorry, I guess it’s time I talk about the weather. Sure, it’s not too bad today. But it has been awfully – well – wet. And there is another “cell” coming through. Enough is enough already. I know, I know! CA has been in a drought for so long. We really need it. But these rains this winter have made a significant difference. I want sunshine and warm weather. I guess I should be thankful I no longer live somewhere where it snows. But, it’s not supposed to rain this much here. As one person said on the news in an interview, “If I wanted to live somewhere it rained this much, I would have moved to Seattle…”

 

 

 

 

Sweet!

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mmmmmm chocolate! Who doesn’t love chocolate? I’m a fan of dark chocolate, myself. But this weekend will provide an opportunity for all types of chocolate lovers to come together and celebrate this sweet delight. The Belmont Shore Chocolate Festival takes place tomorrow (Saturday,) from 1:00 – 3:00. It’s $10 (cash only) for 12 tickets. There are over 25 businesses participating, and you can sample goodies like brownies, cookies and hot chocolate. There will also be some unexpected bites like chocolate chili, chocolate tamales, and more! Rounding out the tasting is a pie eating contest from 3:00 – 4:00. This pesky rain will be gone by tomorrow, and it will be a lovely day to get outside, support the local businesses, maybe have some adult beverages, and treat yourself…