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THE TAPPAS BAR
« on: February 11, 2008, 12:25:00 AM »

Well, you've read the notes, the notes had variety and also the hollywood reporter, and now it is time for you to post until the cows come home - they're currently in a tappas/tapas/topless bar enjoying themselves as only the trendy cows do.
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« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2008, 12:26:08 AM »

And the word of the day is: PHILIPPIC!
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« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2008, 12:30:22 AM »

And now - Dino at the piano.
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« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2008, 12:38:47 AM »

BTW, i just spotted the cows in trendy garb over at "The Aquarium"

or should that be Cowarium....
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« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2008, 12:38:55 AM »

It is now my Next-Best-Thing-To-Coma time.  Many thanks to Mr. Bruce, MBarnum, Adriana & Cason for a fabulous evening.
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« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2008, 12:46:43 AM »

TOD:  

FAvorite Restaurants....
Santa Lucia (They have tiramisu that is absolutely wonderful)
Saffron (Indian)
Thai Orchid
Thai Cuisine
Monte's
Yoki Hana
La Campana

Bad Restaurants.....
House of India.... I hate cold food
Pear Tree
Benigans in Fargo. The Moorhead one is not too bad
Most fast food joints especially McDonalds
Mexican Village - if they served the food hot instead of lukewarm it would not be that bad
Acapulco -- REALLY, REALLY BAD!

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« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2008, 12:59:50 AM »

Just for DR FJL:

But Alive!
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« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2008, 01:13:02 AM »

Oh, and one more:

Sondheim's re-write of Weill's "The Saga of Jenny": The Saga of Lenny, written for Leonard Bernstein's 70th birthday bash here.
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« Reply #8 on: February 11, 2008, 01:15:46 AM »

singdaw, you are on late...
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Mischief is where you are old enough to know better but young enough to try!~~ DakotaCelt, 2004
If a man loses something and he goes back and looks carefully, he will find it ~~ Sitting Bull
Noodles Grow... Meat Shrinks... Oh the beauty of cooking!
"Humility is probably the most difficult virtue to realize." --Thomas Yellowtail, CROW
Continue to contaminate your bed, and you will one night suffocate in your own waste. ~~ Chief Seattle, 1854

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« Reply #9 on: February 11, 2008, 01:20:01 AM »

Oh, and one more:

Sondheim's re-write of Weill's "The Saga of Jenny": The Saga of Lenny, written for Leonard Bernstein's 70th birthday bash here.

I remember watching this when it was originally on. :)
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« Reply #10 on: February 11, 2008, 01:22:07 AM »

singdaw, you are on late...

Au contraire , I've slept and am starting my day!  :)
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« Reply #11 on: February 11, 2008, 01:28:04 AM »

Well, my day is finally ending. ;)

Good night, Singdaw, Dakota and Der Brucer. :)
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« Reply #12 on: February 11, 2008, 01:40:12 AM »

Good night, DR George!!!  Sweet dreams!
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« Reply #13 on: February 11, 2008, 01:49:17 AM »

Comments on the notes:

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In any case, I know tapas bars have been around for many, many years in Spain, but why have they suddenly become the hip and trendy thing in LA? Because it had become the hip and trendy thing in NY?

LA maybe just late to the party. The Algeria Tapas Bar opened on Pine Ave. in downtown Long Beach in the fall of 2001 and and has been going hot and heavy ever since. Since both Woody and I like to surf-and-nosh, the Tapas enviroment is a real treat.

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I find it decidedly peculiar that they would raze office buildings built in 1962 and replace them with car dealerships, but that seems to be what happened.

In California, considerable chunks of municipal dollars come from their share of the Sales Tax. It is decidedly to a community's advantage to replace non-sales tax generating properties like office buildings with big revenue engines like car dealerships and big box stores. Community Redevelopment Agencies often use tax-dollars to lure enterprises like car dealerships into their corporate boundaries.

Redevelopment Zones also allow a municipality to capture a goodly chunk of real estate taxes that would other wise go to the state - the trick is that the taxes have to be on "new properties" - so it is to a community's financial advantage to tear down perfectly good structures (both commercial and residential) and replace them with more up-scale structures and pocket all the Real Estate Tax increment dollars. I think about 75% of the entire city of Long Beach is divided up between various Redevelopment Zones. The sales-tax sharing puts constant pressure on communities to replace non-retail commercial and low-value residential units with shopping plazas and strip malls; and the lure of Real Estate Increment tax dollars puts pressure on communities to replace low value housing with up-scale units. (This is also the reason why Planning Boards discourage the construction of "affordable housing" - better to require apartment structures with lots of indoor parking, lofty atriums with commissioned art works, and a maximum number of out door amenities like BBQ areas.)
 

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« Reply #14 on: February 11, 2008, 01:50:39 AM »

Au contraire , I've slept and am starting my day!  :)

And just how long do you take to put on your face?

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« Reply #15 on: February 11, 2008, 02:05:27 AM »

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« Reply #16 on: February 11, 2008, 02:30:26 AM »

And just how long do you take to put on your face?

Unfortunately, entirely too long for a lady of my age!   :-\
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« Reply #17 on: February 11, 2008, 02:32:33 AM »

Glad for the safe arrival of DR MBarnum and a great par-tay last evening!

Glad that the Vixter enjoyed Rent!

Glad that DR Cillaliz is pleased with her new television!
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« Reply #18 on: February 11, 2008, 02:33:45 AM »

***HEALTH VIBES***[/size][/color]
for the DF of DR DakotaCelt[/size][/color]
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« Reply #19 on: February 11, 2008, 02:34:33 AM »

***SAFE & EASY TRAVEL VIBES***[/size][/color]
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« Reply #20 on: February 11, 2008, 02:35:48 AM »

Did someone from Color Me Beautiful for Men tell DR JoseSPiano that pink was his color?
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« Reply #21 on: February 11, 2008, 04:31:36 AM »

Good Morning!

I'm up, I'm up... And I'm squinting at the screen since I don't have my glasses on yet...
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« Reply #22 on: February 11, 2008, 04:33:29 AM »

Did someone from Color Me Beautiful for Men tell DR JoseSPiano that pink was his color?

DR singdaw - Well, how else do you think I found out I was a "Winter"? -Seriously(?), I did/do have a copy of that book, and one of my friends in college was a "Personal Colors Consultant", so.... Just sayin'... ;)
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« Reply #23 on: February 11, 2008, 04:34:02 AM »

Thanks for the Travel Vibes - I shall put them to good use about 12 hours from now.
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« Reply #24 on: February 11, 2008, 04:34:48 AM »

~~~~~HEALTH AND COMFORT VIBES fOR THE DF OF DR DAKOTA CELT~~~~~
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« Reply #25 on: February 11, 2008, 04:38:55 AM »

Tapas Bars have sort of been trendy in L.A. for a while.  However, most "tapas" places in L.A. preferred to labeled as "small plates" places.  Of course, in NYC right now, instead of a place being labeled an "Italian Tapas" or "Greek Tapas" or "Indian Tapas", they're all starting to be called by their actual ethnic-snack names: stuzzi, mezze, etc.  I'm guessing L.A. will pick up the trend in another 10 years or so.  ;)
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« Reply #26 on: February 11, 2008, 04:40:19 AM »

Oh... And then there's the continuing boom of "wine bars" and the food that accompanying said pours of wine.
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« Reply #27 on: February 11, 2008, 04:42:21 AM »

Oh... And I still find some places cross-labeling themselves in order to clarify their style, more or less: "It's like Spanish (or Indian or Mediterranean) dim sum."
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« Reply #28 on: February 11, 2008, 04:48:31 AM »

In any case... As for the Topic of the Day...

The restaurant trends that I don't like include:

-smaller and smaller tables (with big and bigger plates)
-tin ceilings and hard floors to "promote" noise level
-upping the price of "comfort food" just because they know people will buy it
-using Sriracha (Rooster Sauce) as a plate garnish on every plate - that can come as a surprise at times!
-daily specials only being recited by the server and not listed anywhere else
etc., etc., etc.

As for cuisine trends and gimmicks, well, it's all part of the fun of dining out.  If they're meant to last they will, if not, the place will shutter pretty quickly nowadays.
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« Reply #29 on: February 11, 2008, 04:49:40 AM »

Well, I need to finish getting ready for my day, as well as finish packing my bag for my trip back later this afternoon.  -And I also need to stop squinting since I still have yet to put my glasses on.  In any case... I'm sure I'll be checking back in here on my lunch break.

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