Friday, October 31, 2008

Your Halloween Costumes!

After putting out a request on Twitter--follow me!--your costume photos are starting to arrive...leave a comment and tell me what costume you think is best! Thanks! This is a great one to start with! Hahahaha! Love it!

Thursday, October 30, 2008


*I need to add this one on here...good one, Tim!*

Anonymous Tim said...

STEVE JOBS:*What we've done is create the best chicken you can own. It crosses the street up to five times faster than our previous chicken. It's able to cross streets for up to 20 hours while being our thinnest chicken ever. It's available today for only $1899.
One more thing: Today we unveil iChicken. With it, you can move your chicken across the street from any Macintosh computer.

October 31, 2008 1:20 AM

My best friend sent this my way and I liked it so much I thought I'd post it here to share! Enjoy!

BARACK OBAMA:* The chicken crossed the road because it was time for a change! The chicken wanted change! The chicken needed change! CHANGE!
JOHN MC CAIN: *My friends, that chicken crossed the road because he recognized the need to engage in cooperation and dialogue with all the chickens on the
other side of the road...
First Lady, I personally helped that little chicken to cross the road. This experience makes me uniquely qualified to ensure right from Day One that every chicken in this country gets the chance it deserves to cross the road. But then, this really isn't about me.
GEORGE W. BUSH:* We don't really care why the chicken crossed the road. We just want to know if the chicken is on our side of the road, or not. The chicken is either against us, or for us. There is no middle ground here.
DICK CHENEY:* Where's my gun?
COLIN POWELL:* Now to the left of the screen, you can clearly see the satellite image of the chicken crossing the road.
BILL CLINTON:* I did not cross the road with that chicken. What is your definition of crossing?
AL GORE:* I invented the chicken.
JOHN KERRY:* Although I voted to let the chicken cross the road, I am now against it! It was the wrong road to cross, and I was misled about the chicken's intentions. I am not for it now, and will remain against it.
AL SHARPTON:* Why are all the chickens white? We need some black chickens.
DR. PHIL:* The problem we have here is that this chicken won't realize that he must first deal with the problem on this side of the road before it goes after the problem on the other side of the road. What we need to do is help him realize how stupid he's acting by not taking on his current problems before adding new problems.
OPRAH: *Well, I understand that the chicken is having problems, which is why he wants to cross this road so bad. So instead of having the chicken learn from his mistakes and take falls, which is a part of life, I'm going to give this chicken a car so that he can just drive across the road and not live his life like the rest of the chickens.
ANDERSON COOPER, CNN:* We have reason to believe there is a chicken, but we have not yet been allowed to have access to the other side of the road.
NANCY GRACE:* That chicken crossed the road because he's guilty! You can see it in his eyes and the way he walks.
PAT BUCHANAN:* To steal the job of a decent, hardworking American.
MARTHA STEWART:* No one called me to warn me which way that chicken was going. I had a standing order at the Farmers Market to sell my eggs when the price dropped to a certain level. No little bird gave me any insider information.
DR SEUSS:* Did the chicken cross the road? Did he cross it with a toad? Yes, the chicken crossed the road, but why it crossed I've not been told.
ERNEST HEMINGWAY:* To die, in the rain, alone.
JERRY FALWELL:* Because the chicken was gay! Can't you people see the plain truth? That's why they call it the other side. Yes, my friends, that chicken is gay. And if you eat that chicken, you will become gay, too. I say we boycott all chickens until we sort out this abomination that the liberal media whitewashes with seemingly harmless phrases like the other side. That chicken should not be crossing the road. It's as plain and as simple as that.
GRANDPA:* In my day we didn't ask why the chicken crossed the road. Somebody told us the chicken crossed the road, and that was good enough.
BARBARA WALTERS:* Isn't that interesting? In a few moments, we will be listening to the chicken tell, for the first time, the heart warming story of how it experienced a serious case of molting, and went on to accomplish its lifelong dream of crossing the road.
ARISTOTLE:* It is the nature of chickens to cross the road.
JOHN LENNON:* Imagine all the chickens in the world crossing roads together, in peace.
BILL GATES:* I have just released eChicken2008, which will not only cross roads, but will lay eggs, file your important documents, and balance your checkbook. Internet Explorer is an integral part of eChicken2008. This new platform is much more stable and will never crash.
ALBERT EINSTEIN:* Did the chicken really cross the road, or did the road move beneath the chicken?
COLONEL SANDERS: *Did I miss one?

Monday, October 27, 2008

Leah's List of Los Angeles Restaurants for Out of Towners

After having my parents in town for a few days, I put together a list of the best places we went to get breakfast, lunch, dinner, or drinks. These are not your every day places as they will significantly hurt your wallet. But, if you're looking for some nice places to go that are unique to LA and can spend an evening wining and dining your guests, then these are my recommendations:


Aroma Cafe, Studio City, CA

This is my favorite place to go in the valley for a cup of coffee (soy latte for me, please) and breakfast/lunch. The food is fantastic, but even more so is the atmosphere. You'll be surrounded by creative people and a beautiful landscape. I suggest sitting in the back by the bird bath. For breakfast, I recommend the "Power Breakfast" if you're trying to stay fit: chicken breast, egg whites, with either toast, fruit, or greens. For lunch, I like the goat cheese & walnut salad, or the chicken & prosciutto panini. Be sure to take a walk through the house and check out Portrait of a Bookstore for some great reads and unique souvenirs. Very, very charming!

Caffe Primo, West Hollywood, CA

If you're staying near the West Hollywood area or happen to be driving down the Sunset Strip, Caffe Primo is an awesome Italian-style cafe to visit. Their Italian omelets are the perfect size for breakfast--I enjoy the spinach and goat cheese omelet, personally. Of course, their coffee is amazing and gives you the right kick to get through the rest of the day. Go back for lunch, too, and get some gelato while you're there. Buonissimo!


Jerry's Famous Deli, Studio City, CA

My parents got in late Wednesday night so we needed a late night spot that would be quick and good. Jerry's has one of the most extensive menus I have ever seen. Definitely something for everyone. Burgers, soups, salads, pasta, sandwiches, breakfast dishes, dessert, and the list goes on. This is a great spot to go if you're on a budget and in a hurry. Multiple locations.

Sushi Roku, Santa Monica, CA

After work Thursday evening, we headed over to Sushi Roku for some, well, sushi. It was delicious! We had: Edamame, Cruncy Spicy Tuna with Avocado, Salmon Sashimi, Chilean Seabass in Yuzu Butter (out of this world), Panko Crusted Salmon with Wasabi Cream and Tonkatsu Sauce, and a couple large glasses of Hot Sake "Ozeki". I'm a sucker for dessert, so we all shared a Chocolate Volcano "Sushi Roku" style with vanilla bean ice cream. Needless to say, it was a wonderful meal and broke down to about $40/person.

Rustic Canyon Wine Bar and Seasonal Kitchen, Santa Monica, CA

Yet another amazing Los Angeles restaurant that I highly, highly recommend going--with or without out-of-town guests! Order the Butternut Squash Soup with roasted apples and sage to start. The night we were there the Root Vegetable "Shepherds Pie" was 86'd, so I'm assuming it's outstanding. I went with the tortellone stuffed with goat cheese and mint--an incredible combination of flavor, let me tell you! We shared a bottle of Nipa Cabernet 2005, Paso Robles, which was a wonderful addition to the meal. Finally, for dessert, my mom and I shared a Poached Pear and Vahlrona Chocolate Crostata with toasted almonds and vanilla ice cream, while my dad--described as the Italian Tommy Lee Jones--enjoyed some old fashioned pumpkin pie. Of course, we all had cappuccino, too.

Cliff's Edge Restaurant, Silver Lake, CA

This is my favorite restaurant in Los Angeles. The food is always amazing, the atmosphere is gorgeous, the clientèle is chill, the management is accommodating and friendly. The restaurant is difficult to find if you've not been told of its location. Besides a small valet lot in front of a mystical wooden door and lots of greenery, its hard to tell there might be a restaurant back there. Sitting outside anywhere is a good spot, but especially if you can get the banquettes on the "second" level. With a tree so storybook perfect growing in the center of the space with fabulous lighting, you can't help but feel enchanted. For an appetizer, I suggest the Fritto Misto. My favorite dish is the Pumpkin Ravioli with Sage and Brown Butter. The Almond Encrusted Goat Cheese with Mix Lettuce is wonderful, as is the Roasted Beet and Mixed Green Salad with Herbed Goat Cheese (catching on that I'm a huge fan of goat cheese?). If you're a meat eater, then go for the Grilled Filet Mignon with Gorgonzola & Port Sauce, which comes with sauteed spinach and roasted garlic mashed potatoes. For dessert, their Tiramisu, Panna Cotta, and Blood Orange Sorbet with Cointreau are fantastic! As is their Flourless Chocolate Cake with Homemade Kumquat Marmelade, and their Profiterole with Vanilla Ice Cream & Chocolate Sauce.

Michelangelo Pizzeria Ristorante, Silver Lake, CA

Now in their new location, Michelangelo's is one of the best places to go for some authentic Italian pasta and sauce. All the waiters are dressed in Italy 1990 World Cup t-shirts, which is worth seeing in person. Their Eggplant Parmigiana is one of the best I've ever had. If you want a good pasta, try their Rigatoni all'amatriciana--buonissimo! WARNING: They currently do not have their liquor license since they moved to their new location, so make sure you bring a bottle of your own wine in the meantime!


Alright. There is my list...for now. Do you have a great place in LA you like to take guests? Or just a favorite joint in general? Share it here on The Dealio.

Buon Appetito!

Wickedly Wicked!

So I finally saw Wicked Sunday night at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles and it was phenomenal! If you haven't seen it yet, put it on your list of things to do before January 11, 2009. We decided to play the lottery and had one lucky winner in our group who got 2 orchestra seats for $50! Can't beat that! The rest of our seats were $45/each and really, really good for last minute--Row SS, Seats 301-304. Have you seen Wicked? What did you think?

Cannibal Flower and Unpoppable - Support Underground Art!

Saturday night Rybot and I decided to take my parents (who were visiting from Ohio) to an underground art show so they could see a different side of LA culture--they've been spoiled with nice hotels, beaches, and delicious restaurants.

If you've never been to a Cannibal Flower show, you definitely need to check it out. They are the last Saturday of every month:

Pictures & video soon to come, including the snake bar and the amazing balloon bass band--yes, I did write balloon bass--known as Unpopable:

Horror Movie Trivia featuring Stan Lee!