Dad Feeling a Bit Better

Tuesday, 31 Aug 2004 | Family

Toni, Erin and I went to see my dad at the hospital this evening. He was having a solid meal with a grilled chicken sandwich, salad and angel food cake. He had a good appetite. They had given him an anti-nausea medication IV yesterday which promptly cured his nausea. Unfortunately, earlier today he was only allowed a clear liquid diet and he was quite hungry. They performed an ultrasound last night and will perform another tonight. They found that his kidney function is abnormal, but it's not uncommon with patients who have had a dye administered in conjunction with a balloon angioplasty like he had recently. They are monitoring him and plan to go on with the scheduled angiogram this Friday. He was in good spirits and had regained his strength. They are giving him a potassium drip to replenish his potassium levels.

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Coffee on the Go

Tuesday, 31 Aug 2004 | Food, Restaurants


I Wana Moka Drive-Thru Coffee Stand

When I was in Bellingham in Northern Washington, I noticed that there were these little coffee to go huts everywhere. In Seattle there was a Starbucks on every corner it seemed, which makes sense since Starbucks originated in Seattle. But it was interesting to me that Washingtonians needed their coffee fix so much that these little guys abounded too.

Now you don't even have to leave your car to get your java fix. What convenience! Maybe it would be nice to have some in Southern California as well. :)

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My First Ferry Ride

Tuesday, 31 Aug 2004 | Travel


A Mom and Daughter on the Elwha

We rode the Washington State Ferry, Elwha, from Anacortes, Washington to Sidney, British Columbia and back when we visited Victoria on our trip. We took our rental car along with us for the trip. It was the first time I had ridden on a ferry. The ride was more comfortable and relaxing than I had imagined it would be.

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Dad Admitted to Hospital for Tests

Monday, 30 Aug 2004 | Family

This afternoon at Riverside Community Hospital Emergency Room, tests indicated that my dad was dehydrated and had low potassium levels due to his nausea. The doctor decided to admit him into the hospital to conduct more tests to rule out any possible problems with his kidneys. He's scheduled to have an angiogram this Friday at the same hospital. We need to take care of this problem before the angiogram can be performed. He wasn't in critical condition. They just wanted to ensure that the nausea isn't a symptom of a larger problem.

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Dad's Lab Tests

Monday, 30 Aug 2004 | Family

My dad went in this morning for routine lab tests prior to his angioram scheduled for this Friday. After these tests, he spoke to his doctor. He has been very nauseated for the past week, so his doctor has referred him to the emergency room at Community Hospital for an ultrasound and further diagnostic tests specifically to determine the cause of his stomach upset. His doctor felt that going to the emergency room would be the best way to expedite the tests since they need to remedy his nausea in order to proceed with his angiogram this Friday.

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A Nice disneymike Review

Sunday, 29 Aug 2004 | Internet

I want to acknowledge and thank Marsden for a very complimentary review of my blog at The Blog of Blogs. I think it's great that he takes the time to review blogs of interest he has discovered.

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Meet Taffy

Sunday, 29 Aug 2004 | Pets


Taffy at 11 Weeks in Erin's Arms

At Sabado Gigante, we looked at the puppies at my sister-in-law Lisa's house and found them to be so adorable. After some time viewing their behavior, I decided that Ghost (due to her lighter color compared to her siblings), now renamed Taffy had the best temperament to work out for us. We have two cats, Sheba and Muffin. I was quite concerned how they would react to Taffy when we got home. I was expecting a very bad reception and a trying night. But we were all pleasantly relieved that the cats didn't take too much offense to the new canine in the house. She was my brother-in-law Michael's favorite puppy, so it was a bit uncertain if he would let Ghost go. But in the end, he decided we would give her a nice indoor home and acquiesced.

Taffy was exactly eleven weeks old yesterday. She was born on Saturday, June 12th, 2004.

Taffy slept cuddled up with Erin all night. She was so cute with her head lying on the pillow just like a little human. I got up in the morning and took her out in the front yard. She promptly did her business and we were back inside. Great job girl!

Today we are off to PETsMART to get Taffy a collar, leash and some Science Diet Canine Puppy food. It looks like she's gonna work out just fine as a new family member. Toni has wanted a dog for a long time, so she is especially happy.

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Angels Game with Dad

Saturday, 28 Aug 2004 | Family, Sports

On Tuesday evening, Toni, Erin and I treated my dad to an evening at Angel Stadium of Anaheim for an Anaheim Angels game. The Angels are our favorite Major League Baseball team. My dad is always excited to attend one of their games.

We played against the Kansas City Royals and won the game 7 to 5, so we were all jazzed about that. We had a great time. I drove straight from work to meet them and take one car to the game. I commuted a total of 4 hours and 45 minutes that day for work and the game. I was tired the next day, but it was worth it.

The following night, the last game of the three game series against Kansas City, the Angel won with an astounding score of 21 to 6. What is this? Football? That night, Jeff DaVanon became the fourth Angel in history to hit for the cycle.

The official MLB site has a list of common baseball terms and definitions.

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Sabado Gigante!

Saturday, 28 Aug 2004 | Family

Sabado Gigante is what I have coined as the name for today's family celebration because there are so many people attending (not out of the ordinary) and we are celebrating so many things (out of the ordinary). I thought it was appropriate since it is the name of a Mexican variety show of huge proportions aired every Saturday. In Spanish, Sabado Gigante literally means Huge Saturday. We normally have a minumum of 20 to 25 people at our parties because my wife's Mexican family is so large and we celebrate every immediate family member's birthday and wedding anniversary as well as all the major holidays together.

Well, this time we've bundled numerous occasions into one huge party and are celebrating:

1. My sister-in-law Diana's birthday
2. My mother and father-in-law's anniversary
3. My birthday
4. My niece Christina's birthday
5. My father-in-law's birthday
6. My brother-in-law Michael's sister Cindy's birthday

Now, did you get all that? LOL

I'm sure it will be one hum-dinger of a celebration! :)

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Mrs. America Gift Presentation

Friday, 27 Aug 2004 | News


Mrs. America 2004

The fifty-one Mrs. America 2005 delegates accompanied by the reigning Mrs. America 2004 and Mrs. World 2004 came to the City of Palm Springs Council Chambers to present Mayor Ron Oden gifts representing their states and the District of Columbia.


Mrs. Oregon Presents the Mayor with a Gift of Wine

The Mrs. America Pageant will be aired from the Riviera hotel in Palm Springs on PAX, September 27th, 2004.

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Panda Express for Lunch

Friday, 27 Aug 2004 | Food, Restaurants

I went to Panda Express for lunch today to get my favorite, Orange Flavored Chicken. I just love the sweet, sour and slightly spicy flavor of this Panda Express original dish. It's delicious when it's just made, but it gets kind of tough and chewy if it has been sitting too long. I am so concerned about getting it fresh off the wok, I have been known to let people go in front of me in line so I can ensure a new batch.

Being half Korean, I notice that when most Americans order steamed rice, they seem to always put soy sauce all over it. I guess they feel like it's too bland otherwise. But to me and I think most Asians, it's alright that the rice is bland. It's supposed to be that way so it contrasts with the flavor of the foods eaten with it. Oh, and in America the rice is supposed to be seperate if it's perfect. Asians prefer their rice sticky and I do too, at least when it comes to steamed rice. Also, it's a lot harder to eat American rice with chopsticks because you have to pick it up a few grains at a time.

Panda Express
425 South Sunrise Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 864-6216

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ABC Primetime Preview Weekend

Thursday, 26 Aug 2004 | Disneyland, Television

Disney's California Adventure at the Disneyland Resort will be hosting their 3rd Annual ABC Primetime Preview Weekend on September 10th-12th where you can see your favorite stars in person.

Stars Scheduled to Appear:

NYPD Blue - Dennis Franz, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Henry Simmons
Desperate Housewives - Teri Hatcher, Nicolette Sheridan, Felicity Huffman
Less Than Perfect - Sara Rue, Eric Roberts, Patrick Warburton
According to Jim - Jim Belushi, Courtney Thorne-Smith
8 Simple Rules - Katey Sagal, David Spade
The Benefactor - Mark Cuban
George Lopez Show - George Lopez, Belita Moreno, Constance Marie
Complete Savages - Keith Carradine
Extreme Makeover Home Edition - Ty Pennington, Constance Ramos, Paul Dimeo, Michael Moloney
Rodney - Rodney Carrington, Jennifer Aspen, Nick Searcy
Lost - Matthew Fox, Evangeline Lilly, Dominic Monaghan, Harold Perrineau
Life As We Know It - Sean Faris, Chris Lowell, Kelley Osbourne

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Happiest Celebration on Earth

Monday, 23 Aug 2004 | Disneyland

Disneyland, where it all began back on July 17th, 1955 as a realization of Walt Disney's dream of a place where families could escape the cares of everyday life, will be hosting an 18-month birthday celebration beginning on May 5th, 2005.

You'll find a list of what's new at the Disneyland Resort for Disneyland's 50th Anniversary festivities below. I'm looking forward to Disneyland's golden anniversary celebration with much anticipation. It's so nice to live in Southern California where I can enjoy Disneyland throughout the year. Disneyland fans, start planning your trip today! :)

Disneyland Park


Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Park

Happiest Faces on Earth...A Disney Family Album - Thousands of guest photos create Disney character themed collages throughout Disneyland Park and Disney's California Adventure.

Sleeping Beauty Castle - Come be amazed by the transformation of Sleeping Beauty's Castle with a dazzling light show at night and jewels, golden accents and banners by day.

Walt Disney's Parade of Dreams - Enjoy this all new parade where characters greet guests and floats transform into shows replete with surprises and special effects.

Space Mountain - Enjoy a thrilling new Space Mountain experience complete with shooting stars, celestial satellites and new special effects.

Disneyland Park: The First 50 Years - Take a behind-the-scenes look at Disneyland Park's first 50 years where you'll learn Disney secrets, see attractions that were never realized and enjoy interactive exhibits and games.

Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters - Become a space ranger as you blast Emperor Zurg's evil forces with your personal laser canon as you careen through space aboard your Star Cruiser.

Remember...Dreams Come True - Jiminy Cricket hosts a fireworks extravaganza with awesome music synchronized pyrotechnics where Tinker Bell flies like you've never seen her fly before.

Disney's California Adventure


Paradise Pier at Disney's California Adventure

Block Party Bash - Dance and sing with your favorites characters at a lively block party celebration on the streets of Disney's California Adventure.

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Happiest Faces on Earth

Monday, 23 Aug 2004 | Disneyland, Photography

To commemorate Disneyland's 50th Birthday next year on July 17th, 2005, they are hosting Happiest Faces on Earth...Disney's Family Album. Disney will be collecting over a million guest snapshots to create a series of collages for the anniversary festivities next year.

Called Happiest Faces on Earth ... Disney's Family Album, the art project incorporates photographs submitted by guests into a series of murals of Disney characters. Seen from a distance, a mural will depict, say, a colorful image of Pinocchio. Closer inspection will reveal the tens of thousands of individual photographs that create the overall image. A shot of a family riding the Mad Tea Party teacups in 1972, for example, could wind up as part of the feather in Pinocchio's cap. The huge collages will be displayed throughout the resort during Disneyland's 18-month-long anniversary celebration, which begins May 5, 2005.

So, if you're a Disneyland lover like me, send in some family snapshots and be a part of Disney history! You can send your pictures by mail or electronically. The deadline for submission is December 31st, 2004.

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Dad's Angiogram Appointment

Monday, 23 Aug 2004 | Family

My dad called to inform me his coronary angiogram is scheduled for September 3rd. He should be able to go home the same day as the procedure, the following day at the latest. Please keep him in your prayers for a good outcome. :)

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Braun Synchro Shaver

Monday, 23 Aug 2004 | Family, Products

My dad got me a new electric shaver for my birthday that I'm quite happy about. It's a Braun shaver, which has been my preferred brand for some time. My old shaver was on its last leg, not holding a charge. This one gives me a closer, better shave. But what is neat about it is that it cleans and lubricates itself automatically. You just put it back in the smartly designed base. The razor is cleaned using a liquid cartridge that is replaced every month and then dried for a perfect shave every time. I simply love it. Thanks dad for a wonderful gift that I love using everyday!

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Experience Music Project

Sunday, 22 Aug 2004 | Travel


The Gleaming Exterior Architecture of EMP

We simply loved Experience Music Project in Seattle. It is an interactive music museum enclosed in a futuristic and beautiful Frank O. Gehry and Associates designed building. I love the fluid lines of the exterior as well as the interior. EMP was Erin and Toni's favorite attraction in Seattle. They both thought it was one of the coolest things ever.


Second Level View to the Lobby


The Stairway to the Main Level

The first display we saw was a giant tower of guitars that Erin thought was absolutely great. It was quite impressive indeed.


The Roots & Branches Sculpture

Toni and Erin got MEG players, digital devices that play additional dialog and music as you view the displays. I didn't get one because I was too busy taking pictures as usual. They loved the MEGs. Toni wanted to listen to every bit of material and read every display; so much so, that we spent six hours at EMP!


Erin Modeling Her MEG Player

The Guitar Gallery was neat. It showcases the evolution of the guitar from the 1770s to the present. There are actual guitars on display along with a video presentation of famous stars playing guitars in a variety of genres.


Erin Watching the Video at the Guitar Gallery

One of the coolest and most enjoyable exhibits is the Digital Lab, where visitors get to play keyboards, drums and guitars. Toni loved the keybords and Erin loved the drums the best.


Erin on Drums

If that wasn't enough, there were exhibits tributing the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and Nirvana. There were also costumes and memoribilia including outfits worn by Britney Spears, KISS, Michael Jackson, Beyonce, Kurt Cobain, Christina Aguilera, Jimi Hendrix and many others. There were so many things to see and do, we were challenged to experience it all in one day!

The Turntable Restaurant on the first floor of the Experience Music Project was a fun and delicious place to eat. We all enjoyed our food very much. I had the French Dip, Toni had the Fish and Chips and Erin had the New York Thin Crust Cheese Pizza. Toni and I shared the Green Fried Tomatoes appetizer. It was absolutely yummy! We had never tried fried green tomatoes before, so this was a treat for us. It came with a black-eyed pea slaw and a bottle of Tapatio Hot Sauce. I loved it and would recommend it highly. It was a refreshing change to experience a really good restaurant at a tourist attraction. Not only was the food tasty, you can watch rock and roll videos on plasma flat panel televisions as you dine!

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Macrina Bakery & Cafe

Saturday, 21 Aug 2004 | Food, Restaurants, Travel


Macrina Bakery & Cafe at Queen Anne

After Erin and I got up at 4:00 am to get those early morning Seattle skyline pictures from Kerry Park, we decided to check out a neat bakery I had read about in Queen Anne called Macrina Bakery & Cafe. We arrived at the bakery at about 6:30 am, but was disappointed to find they didn't open until 8:00 am on Sundays. I was told by a worker to come back to try their morning rolls, a swirl of yeasted croissant dough sweetened with vanilla sugar & baked to a golden brown. The smells emanating from the restaurant along with the sight of freshly baked breads in the window taunted me. So, we decided to go back to the hotel to return with Toni.

We returned to Macrina at 10:00 am to be greeting with a throng of patrons. I was so dissapointed to find that the morning rolls had gone very quickly and none were to be had. So, I had quiche, which was very good, Toni had an apple tart and Erin had a low fat banana ginger mufin. Their coffee and cafe mocha were very good. We enjoyed our breakfast. It was yummy.


Macrina Bakery & Cafe Cookbook

Undaunted, I was determined to try the morning rolls in some manner. I found they had a signed Macrina Bakery & Cafe Cookbook containing the recipe for their famous morning rolls along with many other goodies. So, I purchased a copy for my cookbook collection and hope to try them in my own kitchen soon. :)

Macrina Bakery & Cafe
615 West McGraw Street
Seattle, WA 98119
(206) 283-5900

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Salumi

Saturday, 21 Aug 2004 | Food, Restaurants, Travel


Armandino Batali in the Curing Room

I made it a point to hit Salumi while in Seattle for two reasons. The first, because it is owned by the father of famous TV chef Mario Batali. Armandino Batali is a very hospitable host. Second, because he cures his own authentic Italian meats and sausages.

Salumi is a tiny restaurant open for lunch only. Lines often form into the street by noon. You walk in the narrow front corridor to order your meal at the counter. There are only a few tables with serve yourself wine bottles. Be prepared to eat with strangers as the seating is family style and first come, first served.

Toni ordered the prosciutto, fig confit and goat cheese sandwich. They make their sandwiches to order on freshly baked bread. Erin had the meatball sandwich. I ordered a cappo, a spicy Italian cured meat, sandwich. Everything was delicious. The meatball sandwich was very tasty; the best I've had. While eating, Armandino came by to check on us. I asked if he would allow me to take a picture. He said sure and that he would take us to view the curing room in the back. He was so kind and patient to let me get his picture during his busy lunch period. I highly recommend Salumi. Get there when it opens to avoid the lines.

Salumi
309 3rd Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 621-8772

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Dad's Coronary Angiogram

Friday, 20 Aug 2004 | Family

On Wednesday, my dad and Toni went to see his cardiologist. The cardiologist said he'd like to perform a coronary angiogram to make sure the original blockage had not become constricted again before scheduling a balloon angioplasty. Dad should get a call from the cardiologist's office on Monday with a date for the coronary angiogram. I'll update you on Monday.

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A Fond Farewell to Julia Child

Wednesday, 18 Aug 2004 | Food

With a heavy heart, I say goodbye to a wonderful icon of the cooking world. Julia Child passed away last week two days shy of 92. I remember watching her PBS series growing up much before I became interested in cooking. She will always have a place in my heart. I loved her gusto for life and wonderful sense of humor. My favorite quote from Julia is "If you're afraid of butter, use cream."

If you're at all interested in cooking, I suggest you get at least one of the following two cookbooks by Julia Child:

Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume 1
The Way to Cook

Both are excellent books and I own both. The first is great if you're interested in French cooking and the other is a great primer for American cooking.

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Canada!

Friday, 13 Aug 2004 | Travel

It was the first visit for Toni, Erin and me to Canada! Our friend Lori accompanied us for the day. We took the Washington State Ferry to Sidney, British Columbia leaving from the Anacortes ferry station. We rode on the Elwha both to and from Sidney.


Elwha's Car Deck on the Ferry Ride Back to Anacortes

It was pretty nippy in the morning when we were waiting for our ferry. We lined up our car since we were taking it with us on the trip. I found it interesting taking a vehicle on a boat. The sailed around two and a half hours each way through the San Juan Islands, which were very beautiful.

While on Vancouver Island, we visited the beautiful Butchart Gardens, celebrating its 100th anniversary and experienced afternoon tea at the Fairmont Empress hotel in Victoria.


A Bee and Flower at Butchart Gardens

It was quite a long day for all involved, but we experienced many new things.

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Lori & Emma

Wednesday, 11 Aug 2004 | Friends, Travel

I went out to dinner with my friend Lori today to try out the infamous Pollo con Crema at a Mexican restaurant in Bellingham.


Lori at Her Mom's House

Yesterday I met Lori's daughter Melissa and Melissa's daughter Emma in Bellevue.


Emma at Two and a Half Months

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Pike Place Market

Sunday, 8 Aug 2004 | Travel


Fish Tossing at Pike Place Market

We went to Pike Place Market in Seattle today. They are world famous for throwing fish when they are purchased. There is continually an audience there to watch these men as they fling Sockeye Salmon to be wrapped and packaged. It is quite a spectacle to behold.

We drove to Issaquah in the afternoon to have dinner.

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Kerry Park

Sunday, 8 Aug 2004 | Travel


Seattle at Dawn from Kerry Park


Mt. Rainier Looms Beyond Seattle's Skyline

Erin and I got up at 4:00 am to rush off to Kerry Park to photograph the Seattle Cityscape this morning. I took a bunch of pictures and am pretty pleased with what I got.

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Safe in Seattle

Saturday, 7 Aug 2004 | Travel

We arrived safely in Seattle this afternoon. We picked up our rental car and easily found our hotel thanks to the Hertz Neverlost GPS system in our Nissan Maxima rental car.

It was a very nice birthday since it was the first day of my vacation. We went to The Cheesecake Factory for dinner. The food was yummy. And we all shared a slice of their cheesecake for dessert. Toni told the waiter it was my birthday, so they came over and sang me a somewhat embarassing version of happy birthday.

Erin and I are waking up at some crazy hour of the morning to reach Kerry Park before morning light so I can set up my camera and tripod to get a shot of the Seattle skyline. I'm hoping for some nice pictures. I'll also try to catch the city at dusk.

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Na Hoku Hanohano Awards

Thursday, 5 Aug 2004 | Music

I bought numerous Hawaiian music CDs during my stay in Hawaii, furthering my love for Hawaiian music. While perusing the Hawaiian music sections at the NEX at Pearl Harbor and Tower Records, I noticed that some CDs had a sticker indicating it was a winner or nominee in the Hoku awards.

I found out the formal name was Na Hoku Hanohano Awards. The award is presented by the voting members of The Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts (HARA) annually for the best in the music of Hawaii.

Hawaiian CD retailer, Mele.com has a list of Na Hoku Hanohano Award winners that can help to select your Hawaiian music.

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Hawaiian 105 KINE

Thursday, 5 Aug 2004 | Music

While in Hawaii with my dad last month, we both enjoyed listening to Hawaiian music in the rental car each day as we travelled from place to place.

I had forgotten which station we liked so much, so I asked my dad today if he recalled the call letters. He told me that it was KINE. I think KINE refers to slang for kind, as in "You know da KINE." Well, I took the liberty to look the station up on the web so I would remember where to tune when I get back to Honolulu someday.

You can find out more about them at Hawaiian 105 KINE. They have an on-air broadcast at their site. Or better yet, if your travels take you to Oahu, make it a point to take a listen. It'll get you in the island mood and you'll be hanging loose in no time. ;)

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In-N-Out Burger

Wednesday, 4 Aug 2004 | Food, Restaurants

In-N-Out Burger is a privately owned hamburger restaurant from California that has enjoyed great success. It's Erin's favorite fast food restaurant, hands down. :)

They have a simple menu that consists of hamburgers, fries, shakes and other beverages and not much more. It's very basic, but it works because they do what they do very well. Just ask the scores of fans that flock to In-N-Out for their favorite fix.

Secret Menu - If you want to order like a pro, then ask for one of these items not found on the menu. Don't worry, they'll know what you're asking for.

4 x 4 - Four meat patties and four slices of cheese

Hamburger, Animal Style - Lettuce, tomato, extra spread, pickles, grilled onions, and mustard fried into the patty

Fries, Well Done - Fries cooked to a crisp, golden brown

Grilled Cheese Burger - Similar to a hamburger but does not contain the meat and add two slices of cheese

Neapolitan Shake - A blend of chocolate, vanilla and strawberry shakes

Wish Burger - Similar to a hamburger but does not contain the meat

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W3 Schools

Wednesday, 4 Aug 2004 | Internet

W3 Schools is a web site that has super neat tutorials for budding web authors.

If you want to learn HTML, XML, XHTML, CSS, JavaScript, VBScript and much more to hone your web-building skills, this is a great site. And the best part is the lessons are free, well written and include quizzes to test your knowledge.

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Fatburger

Tuesday, 3 Aug 2004 | Food, Restaurants

I went to lunch at Fatburger yesterday. I really love their hamburgers and especially their onion rings. The grade of beef and the perfect crispy batter coating on the onions dipped in ketchup are wonderful. They make everything to order after you order.

Why Is It Called Fatburger? - Most people think that it's called Fatburger because the burgers are fattening or laden with fat. Although burgers are certainly not diet food, Fatburgers are made with a better grade of ground beef which is also leaner than the meat used at most fast food restaurants. The reason for fat in the name comes from the use of the word when the restaurant first opened. Back in that day, the word fat was used to refer to something neat, cool or groovy. It was a good thing to be called fat.

On the Char - If you are being health conscious, you can order yours charbroiled instead of grilled. Just say, "Fatburger on the Char." That's the special Fatburger lingo. Or you can order your burger made with ground turkey if as George Foreman says, you really want to cut the fat. If you love french fries more than onion rings, no problem. Just let them know if you prefer fat or skinny fries. ;)

Fatburger
451 South Paseo Dorotea
Palm Springs, CA 92264
(760) 323-1492

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Miss Teen USA 2004

Tuesday, 3 Aug 2004 | Entertainment

I was offered a pair of free tickets today at work for the 2004 Miss Teen USA Presentation Show at the Palm Springs Convention Center. I asked my dad to go along with me to the show. It was a dress rehearsal including a judged swim suit and evening gown preliminary competition. Neither of us had been to an event like this before. It was very professional and interesting.

I'm looking forward to the 2004 Miss Teen USA Pageant to be aired on Friday evening at 9:00 pm on NBC. I want to compare how the evening gowns look on TV versus in person. The girls ranged from age 16 to 19, but they all looked so mature and grown up. I'll be rooting for Miss California because that's where I live and Miss Texas because that's where I was born. A few others seemed very nice too, but I'll have to see who end up my favorites when I watch the broadcast.


California :: Stacey Beltran


Texas :: Magen Ellis

Hey, it's my pictures!
The 2004 Miss Teen USA Pageant web site has a Macromedia Flash intro advertising the event. I just noticed that four of the photos used are mine! :)


San Jacinto Mountains Clearing After a Rainfall


Downtown Palm Trees


Cactus at City Hall


San Jacinto Mountains and Desert Floor

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Jessica's Biscuit

Sunday, 1 Aug 2004 | Products

I found a neat site for cooking enthusiasts like myself called Jessica's Biscuit, aka eCookBooks.com.

It's a really neat site if you love collecting cookbooks because that's what they specialize in. Cookbooks and food related books and that alone. Well, ok, they sell coffee too and some other food related stuff, but mainly it's cookbooks. They have discounted prices which are very competitive. Check them out. Their selection is excellent! :)

Tip - You can perform searches for James Beard Award Winners and Nominees by using their Advanced Search.

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Mission Inn Restaurant

Sunday, 1 Aug 2004 | Food, Restaurants

After church, I took Toni and my dad to Sunday Champagne Brunch at the Historic Mission Inn in Riverside, California.

We had a nice sampling of the numerous offerings at the buffet. They had the largest baron of beef I've ever seen as well as baked ham. They had made to order omelettes and fresh pancakes and Belgian waffles with strawberries. They also had a nice selection of fresh fruit and seafood too. The freshly squeezed orange juice, champagne and coffee were delicious. A table of yummy desserts finished it all off.

My dad tried creme brulee for the first time and loved it. I was amazed how quickly the creme brulee was going. I'll have to make creme brulee for him sometime now that I know he likes it so much. I love using my propne torch to carmelize the sugar to a golden brown on top. The cruncy sugar contrasts so nicely with the vanilla custard! :)

The Mission Inn Restaurant
3649 Mission Inn Avenue
Riverside, CA 92501
(951) 341-6767

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