Thursday, May 31, 2007
Dr Wang has taken up residence in my San Diego home, rather than in Palm Springs. He likes being close to the Pacific Ocean versus landlocked in the desert, but is learning to get along with Owen and Koshimi, who are also in residence midweek. A cat and a dog don't typically make ideal household companions for a Crown Tail Betta, but in these circumstances, Dr Wang has learned to accept his destiny.
Above: Dr Sidney Wang relaxing at home, contemplating the many mysteries of the Universe while his Booda statue looks on.
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Above left: The Hawaiian Tacos: tuna tartar, avocado, green onion tossed in ginger soy dressing, presented in a sesame miso shell & topped with tobiko caviar. Above right: Baby Lettuce salad with Pears, figs and Satsuma oranges.
Above left: Grilled "HUGE" Pork Chop with crispy bacon and 3 cheese polenta cake asparagus, tomato relish, pesto drizzle, clove honey sage & jus. Above right: Organic King Salmon, with sundried tomato & basil crust, broccolini
lobster & lemon ravioli, chardonnay emulsion
Above left: Wedge Salad with organic lettuce, grape tomatoes, blue cheese crumbles. Above right: Scallops and Shrimp
Above: Tandoori Breast of Chicken, filled with Shrimp & Mango over basmati rice
organic beans, pineapple salsa, with Thai curry sauce.
Sunday Dinner Party
On Sunday evening, our friends Gary & Pete hosted a casual dinner party for 12. We enjoyed a few cocktails and exchanged witty banter before dinner. Behind the bar, they had an unusual vase with the most beautiful birds of paradise; I just had to take a photo. After a sumptuous dinner, Gary served a delectable cheese cake covered in fresh fruit. It was delish!
Monday, May 28, 2007
Saturday, May 26, 2007
OK so here goes: Five reasons why I blog about the things on my blog:
1. Life in Palm Springs is interesting. Without sounding arrogant or obnoxious, I live a life that most people don't lead. My primary residence is Palm Springs, and I have a home in San Diego as well. Both are interesting cities for different reasons. Aside from our beautiful warm, dry climate, Palm Springs has a rich history of old Hollywood glamour, and still attracts the Hollywood crowd, athletes, CEOs from major corporations, politicians, and even royalty. My social circle mixes and mingles with this crowd, through cocktail parties, charitable events, fundraisers and private dinners. I meet lots of interesting people. So I like to share some of the stories, photos and anecdotes from my life in Palm Springs.
2. Writing is cathartic. I find writing helps me think, it soothes my mind, relieves stress, and grounds me in a way. After a stressful day I am happy to sit down at the computer and blog away. Blogging is actually an excellent outlet for people who enjoy "stream of consciousness" writing (or talking). It empties the mind and allows me to go to sleep with a clear head.
#6 Dame Shirley Bassey- This bewitching and beguiling Welsh singer is perhaps best known for recording and performing the themes to three James Bond films: Goldfinger, Diamonds are Forever and Moonraker. As the most successful recording artist in British history, Miss Bassey was honored and appointed as a "Dame Commander of the British Empire" on December 31st 1999 by Queen Elizabeth II. Top hits such as "Never, Never, Never", "Something", "Kiss Me Honey Honey" and "I am What I am" made her a fixture in pop song culture. She also recorded very popular versions of "Big Spender" 'As I love you", "Fool on the Hill", and Banana Boat Song". Her hit "I Who Have Nothing", was recently performed and popularized by American Idol winner Jordin Sparks. She has sang a variety of styles, standards, pop, disco and contemporary. Her ventures into alternate styles were wildly successful. Her all Spanish lyrics recordings for the film La Passione drew critical acclaim, and in 1997, she scored a #1 hit on dance charts with "History Repeating" (with British big-beat/electronica band The Propellorheads) and caused a major sensation in the UK and US. Shirley Bassey has a great style and sound. If you don't know her and like jazzy pop music, pick up one of her CDs.
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Stevie's voice was great, she opened up singing in a lower key than usual, as she warmed up, she transitioned over to her usual vocal range and she sounded almost as good as her first solo album, Bella Donna.
It was a night of mostly classic Stevie songs:
Stand Back- Dreams- If Anyone Falls- Rhiannon- Enchanted- Gold Dust Woman- I Need to Know- Landslide- Fall From Grace- Sorcerer--How Still My Love- - Edge of 17- Rock and Roll, and closed with Beauty and the Beast
Stevie enchanted the audience all night...
Below: Stevie always greets her fans, taking the time to move across the stage accepting flowers, teddy bears, and all sorts of things.
It was such a great show that I didn't even mind paying $40 for a Stevie t-shirt!
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
At one point during the game I watched in amazement as a rather large couple appeared and attempted to squeeze in their seats. They didn't actually sit into the chair, they sort of rested on the arms. But the poor people on either side of their seats had to lean in either direction, away from the large couple. Of course, they proceeded to consume several hot dogs and virtually anything that made its way past their row. But I digress....
Since I work for PETCO, (and live part-time in San Diego) I have become a Padres fan, but to be honest my heart just isn't 100% into the Padres. Maybe if they were the Palm Springs Padres...
For all you true MLB fans, the news of the night was the Boston Red Sox defeating the evil New York Yankees, 7-3. That old rivilry still evokes so much passion and excitment when they square off. Anyway, all in all, it was a fun night at the ballpark. Photo below: Fireworks go off at PETCO Park as the Padres hit their first Home Run.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
It will take less than 60 seconds to do this, I guarantee you will show someone else, it’s too funny not to!
Follow these steps:
1. go to www.google.com
2. click on "maps"
3. click on “get directions”
4. type “New York” in the first box (the ”from” box)
5. type “London” in the second box (the “to” box)
(hit "get directions")
6. scroll down to step #24 of the directions and read through
Saturday, May 19, 2007
#1 Frank Sinatra- In my view, this list must start with the great Frank Sinatra. Aside from his talent and charm, he had an attitude and presence that mystified audiences. I never heard a Sinatra song that I didn't like. His rousing style and punchy attitude put him in his own league. The rumors of his mob connections only made him more interesting to fans. All that aside, he had a great, versatile voice. There are too many to name, but "My Kind of Town", "New York, New York", "Summer Wind", "Strangers in the Night" are some of my favorites for sure. He owned several houses right here in Palm Springs, and his presence is still felt in this town.
#2 Michael Buble- (pronounced "Boo-Blay"). A more recent, young entry into this category, I am so impressed with the depth and power of his voice. I like the way he "kicks up" his voice to sound like he is singing at a noisy casino somewhere. It was actually my barber, Gary who turned me onto Michael Buble. One week he gave me a CD and I thought to myself: "Michael who??". Once I listened to his music, I was blown away with what I had been missing. He channels Frank Sinatra, yet still has a unique style and look. This Canadian kid is going far.
#6 Johnny Mathis- What needs to be said about Johnny Mathis? His signature songs include: "Chances Are" and "Misty". Could there ever be a more quintessential version of "The Christmas Song"? It is a classic. As a multiple Grammy winner, he had many top 40 hits, and sang many Broadway and movie classics including "Moon River". Even Frank Sinatra had this to say about him: "His voice is one of the most distinctive and instantly recognizable in the world. He epitomizes class and romance." Anyway I like him too. In an interview back in 1982 he confirmed that he was gay, but subsequently received death threats and never mentioned it again. (can you blame him?)
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