The Original Fish Company

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Posting about The Original Fish Company will shock my family. Mostly because we grew up NOT eating fish. In fact, a few of my siblings still avoid the stuff.

This restaurant, in Southern California, is excellent. And it has made me a convert. Their halibut is some of the best I have ever had.

The last visit included: Cesar salad, Warm Sourdough Bread with Butter, Grilled Halibut, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, and Grilled Vegetables.  It was totally mobbed with a 90 minute wait. So we went to the bar where they offer full menu service and ordered immediately.

If you are in the area, consider a visit. It really is excellent.

https://www.originalfishcompany.com/

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The Little Paris Bookshop

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The Little Paris Bookshop is a lovely novel written by Nina George. It tells the story of Perdu, who owns a Literary Apothecary on a barge in Paris. He is can see people’s souls and therefore offer the best book for them to purchase. He cannot, however, see into his own heart.

From amazon.com:

Monsieur Perdu can prescribe the perfect book for a broken heart But can he fix his own Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine he prescribes novels for the hardships of life Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs Perdu mends broken hearts and souls The only person he can t seem to heal through literature is himself he s still haunted by heartbreak after his great love disappeared She left him with only a letter which he has never opened After Perdu is finally tempted to read the letter he hauls anchor and departs on a mission to the south of France hoping to make peace with his loss and discover the end of the story Joined by a bestselling but blocked author and a lovelorn Italian chef Perdu travels along the country s rivers dispensing his wisdom and his books showing that the literary world can take the human soul on a journey to heal itself Internationally bestselling and filled with warmth and adventure The Little Paris Bookshop is a love letter to books meant for anyone who believes in the power of stories to shape people s lives.

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Dia De Los Muertos

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Dia De Los Muertos is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout the country, also know as Day of the Dead. It’s a beautiful and colorful event that goes from October 31- November 2.

From wikipedia: Day of the Dead (SpanishDía de Muertos) is a Mexicanholiday celebrated throughout Mexico, in particular the Central and South regions, and by people of Mexican ancestry living in other places, especially the United States. It is acknowledged internationally in many other cultures. The multi-day holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey.

There are many aspects of the holiday that have become recognized parts of the 3 day experience:

Cemetery visit
Alfeñiques (sugar candies)
Literary calaveras
Day of the Dead bread
Altars
Sawdust and grain carpets
Mexican marigold
Papel picado (paper craft)

At the core of the celebration is honoring the dead. Remembering them every year at this time. The holiday is growing in popularity around the world due to this message of rememberance.

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Blink

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From the blinkcincinati.com website: BLINK, October 12th to the 15th 2017, is expected to be one of the largest light, art and projection mapping events in the nation. The four-day event will feature large-scale projection mapping installations, murals, urban artscapes, media light and interactive art in Cincinnati, OH. BLINK will span 20 city blocks, from Cincinnati’s Banks to Findlay Market. Food and beverages will also be available. BLINK is free and open to the public – no tickets are required.

Had the fortuitous opportunity to witness this event on a recent visit to the Cincinnati area. My Aunt Kathy was determined to show me this and experience it herself. It was really cool and would seem to be the kind of event cities all over the world would like to have.

It is this massive digital projection art installation filled with incredible moving images and inspirational and thought provoking content. It really is simple in concept and epic in scope. Take a look at the videos and stories below for more information on this cool event.

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http://www.blinkcincinnati.com/

http://www.wcpo.com/news/local-news/hamilton-county/cincinnati/blink-cincinnati-will-the-queen-city-ever-be-this-lit-again

 

Today Tix

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Today Tix is a website and application based theatre ticket company. Basically you can get last minute tickets for shows at discount prices in a variety of cities including: New York, London, Los Angeles, Chicago, and more.

They have made it streamlined and user friendly. The options are usually listed for shows up to a 30 days in advance.

It elimiates the need to run to the box office, or TKTS. Especially convenient if you are out of town and traveling into town.

Another example of technology moving things forward, this time for us theatre nerds.

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Roulette

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On my most recent trip to Las Vegas I discovered Roulette for the first time.

And I won! (Just a little, but I did double my money!)

Of course it is clearly a game of luck and chance. The odds of a single number win are 35:1. And that’s what I did. Perhaps to never win like that again.

What I liked about it was the ability to randomly choose different betting scenarios. You get your own colored set of chips and can place them anywhere as long as your minimum is reached either insdie the grid or outside.

Here is the basic premise from Roulette30.com: The rules state that players are supposed to place their bets before the ball starts dropping, but it is possible to wager when the wheel is in motion. The dealer is the one who calls the end of the betting phase, and once the ball stops in its final resting place, the winners are paid and a new round begins

Source: http://www.roulette30.com/2014/04/how-to-play-roulette-beginners-guide.html

For someone who doesn’t enjoy all the pressure that comes with BlackJack or Poker, this provides a random, less pressure, fun option.

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New York Times

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The New York Times.

Had the fortunate opportunity in my life to live in NYC. While there the New York Times is arguably the only way true new yorkers get their news.

What I’m excited about is The New York Times really is a global leader in news. As much as we have been hearing attacks towards the news media, they really are the pillar of freedom and the First Amendment to the Constitution.

And worthy of our support.

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