Will Lexus Laceup Running get me jogging?

Now Lexus and LA Mag is trying to get me to run!!!  Is this a sign that I need to try to run again??? My motto has always been unless a zombie, Darth or the blob is chasing me I’m not running dammit!  But all these events look kind of fun so maybe millions of running fans aren’t ALL wrong???

 

Lexus LaceUp Running
Series Sweepstakes
Los Angeles magazine and Southern California Lexus Dealers introduce the first ever Lexus LaceUp Running Series throughout Los Angeles and Orange County that features individual and team half marathon, 10k or 5k races. Four races will take place throughout Southern California in Ventura (11/2), Palos Verdes (11/15), Irvine (12/6), and Riverside (12/13).

Runners and fitness enthusiasts are invited to enter the Lexus LaceUp Running Series Sweepstakes to win an invite to the exclusive kick-off party and free registration to one of the races.

Enter now!

B&N Free Fridays: Beneath a Navajo Moon + The Shoemaker and the Elves + Intruders

 

 

Free Fridays: Beneath a Navajo Moon + The Shoemaker and the Elves + Intruders

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Free Fridays: Beneath a Navajo Moon + The Shoemaker and the Elves + Intruders

FREE FRIDAY BOOK

September 5, 2014: Today’s Free Fridays book selection is BENEATH A NAVAJO MOON— a compelling novel of love, crime and tradition set against the iconic Navajo landscape.

Overview

What happens when danger and love collide under a Navajo moon? The search for a woman who disappeared in 1906 has lead cultural anthropologist Erin Dawson to Cedar Canyon, where the iconic terrain of red rock walls and mesas keep Navajo traditions — and maybe criminal evidence — well hidden.

When Erin’s search leads her to cross paths with tribal policeman Adam Silverhorn, it’s hardly love at first sight. But everywhere she turns, Adam is already there. Fighting their feelings for each other, the two are suddenly thrust into a battle far more dangerous — a common quest to rout an insidious drug cartel that has spawned the recent rise in gang violence on the reservation. Adam’s position of authority gives Erin a rare glimpse into Navajo life few outsiders like her ever see — and into a crime ring that no one dares to imagine.

As danger mounts, Adam and Erin begin to wonder if they will live to tell how they really feel.

FREE FRIDAY APP

September 5,  2014: Today’s Free Fridays app selection is  – the magical children’s tale brought to life with 20 pages full of interactive elements, original illustrations, narration, sound effects, and music! 

One morning the shoemaker wakes up and finds a new pair of beautiful shoes in his shoe shop, but he doesn’t know where the shoes came from! Read the story and solve the mystery of who makes the beautiful shoes at night while the shoemaker and his wife are sleeping.

September 5, 2014: Today’s Free Fridays video selection is the first episode of Season 1 of the hit BBC show, INTRUDERS.

Based on Michael Marshall Smith’s 2007 novel and written by Glen Morgan,INTRUDERS is a paranormal thriller about a secret society devoted to chasing immortality by seeking refuge in the bodies of others. Ex-cop Jack Whalen has escaped a dark, violent past for a seemingly quiet life with his wife, Amy. When she goes missing, Jack starts an investigation that forces him to confront his past.

FREE FRIDAYS AUTHOR RECOMMENDATION

Lisa Carter, the author of this week’s Free Fridays book selection, recommends ANGEL FALLSby Connie Mann:

“Connie Mann renders a vivid portrayal of the plight of street kids in exotic Brazil in a captivating adventure chock full of romantic tension, physical survival and emotional conflict. As the director of a Brazilian orphanage and an ex-Army Ranger team to save the life of one small child, they struggle to overcome their dark and broken pasts. The characters are riveting and complex. The non-stop, action-packed, page-turning suspense will grip readers until the heart-pounding conclusion.”

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Meet me at the LA Times the Taste

Are you meeting me this weekend at the LA Times The Taste?  I’m excited to taste some great food, meet new and old foodie friends but don’t forget the sunscreen you’ll be getting lots of sun with your food!  If you’re a subscriber to the LA Times you get $25 off!  It’s a great way to spend the holiday weekend with friends and family!  It’s all ages for the Sunday picnic but 21+ for the events from Friday to Saturday so make sure you have a designated driver or use Lyft, Uber, a cab or limo!

August 29-31, 2014 • Labor Day weekend
Paramount Pictures Studios
GET TICKETS >
Taste and drink in all the unique flavors this city has to offer as star chefs and
mixologists serve up imaginative and exciting fare that’s authentically L.A.

*Does not include Opening Night, Secret Cellar or Cocktail Lab.

Browse the full schedule of each event >   Programming is subject to change

Join me at the 2014 Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival DTLA

Come spend your weekend with me enjoying great food, wine, spirits and entertainment DTLA!  Check out my schedule from tasting to champagne my weekend is going to be exciting with world class chefs titillating my taste buds!  But don’t despair LA Food & Wine Fest has events going on simultaneously in Hollywood, Santa Monica and Beverly Hills with a selection of events over four days.   If only I could be in four places at once since I’d love to check out these events as well!

So come on and buy a ticket for the events and make sure to say ‘HI’ while we are wined, dined and get to enjoy great music!  Leave a note below to say what events you’ll be attending!

SOMM Epiphany Wine & Food Pairing hosted by Anthony Giglio

Richard Blais Cooking Demonstration
EVENT DETAILS Perhaps most recognizable as the winner of Bravo’s Top Chef All-Stars, Richard Blais is a successful chef, restaurateur, cookbook author and television personality. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America, Blais went on to train at French Laundry, Daniel, Chez Panisse, and el Bulli. This is a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with this young star and let him share some of the talent which has made him a successful restauranteur, chef and TV personality. 8/23/14, 10:30a – 11:45a DOWNTOWN: LA Center Studios Price: $50.00 $45.00
Tribute to Nancy Silverton
EVENT DETAILS A rare opportunity to recognize a woman who is acknowledged by her peers as a culinary icon. The recent recipient of the James Beard Outstanding Chef award, Nancy Silverton has delighted diners through many years of her ingredient inspired life. Very few seats are available to join us for an extravagant champagne reception followed by a five-course meal paired with exceptional wines. The chefs for the evening are Joachim Splichal of Patina in LA, Hiro Sone & Lissa Doumani of Ame in San Francisoco, Michael Chiarello of Bottega in Napa, Jonathan Waxman of Barbuto in New York and Michael Tusk from Quince and Cotogna in San Francisco. 8/22/14, 6:30p – 10:30p DOWNTOWN: Dining Room – Vibiana Price: $350.00 $315.00
One Pico Lunch with Sven Mede & Elizabeth Falkner Presented by Chase Sapphire Preferred
   EVENT DETAILS This year for the Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival, we’re planning an afternoon for a select group of diners to experience an unparalleled lunch with Chef Sven Mede & a Celebrity Guest Chef Presented by Chase Sapphire Preferred. Lunch at One Pico will feature a reception with passed hors d’oeuvres and bubbly, followed by a four-course meal with hand-selected, artisanal wines. 8/22/14, 12:00p – 2:30p SANTA MONICA: Dining Room – One Pico Price: $125.00 $112.50

 

 

 

 

Los Angeles Food & Wine, August 21-24, 2014

Ultimate Bites of L.A. Presented by Chase Sapphire Preferred Hosted by Graham Elliot
EVENT DETAILS Thursday night brings together chefs from Downtown, Westside, Hollywood and MidCity/Beverly Hills – to participate in the “Ultimate Bites of LA” walk-around tasting event presented by Chase Sapphire Preferred. Event guests will have the opportunity to sample dishes from several of the city’s most exciting culinary neighborhoods. VIP Access – Gets you early access a full 30 minutes before the General Admission and access to a VIP only cooking demonstration with Celebrity Chef Graham Elliot. Very Limited quantities are available. 8/21/14, 7:00p – 10:00p DOWNTOWN: Grand Avenue Price: $195.00 $175.50 VIP: $250.00 $225.00

 

Friday, August 22th

Asian Night Market Hosted by Iron Chef Morimoto
EVENT DETAILS The Asian Night Market will feature an abundance of unique tastings using Asian-inspired ingredients from some of the nation’s most influential chefs hosted by Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto. Join us as we re-invent the classic Night Market into a multi-sensory street food experience that brings the flavor of Asian night markets from Taipei to Kuala Lumpur to Grand Avenue! Serving up traditional as well as interpretive Asian street grub from both established restaurants and mom-and-pop joints, the Night Market recreates the celebratory chaos and delicious energy of the quintessential Asian Night Market experience with a distinct West Coast flavor. Along with tastings of street food from over 25 participating restaurants and eateries, admission includes custom cocktails, sake, shochu, beer and free-flowing wine. VIP Access – Gets you early access a full 30 minutes before the General Admission and access to a VIP only cooking demonstration with event host Iron Chef Morimoto. Very Limited quantities are available. 8/22/14, 7:00p – 10:00p DOWNTOWN: Grand Avenue Price: $125.00 $112.50 VIP: $175.00 $157.50

 

Saturday, August 23th

Pairing Cheese & Champagne with the First Lady of Fromage
EVENT DETAILS In addition to being a James Beard award-winning expert on cheese, Laura Werlin also has to be just about the nicest person in the food business. She’s published six books on cheese and her most recent entitled “Mac & Cheese, Please!” will have you rethinking this classic American staple in no time. A long-time friend of Pebble Beach and Los Angeles Food & Wine, Laura returns for our Fourth Anniversary to help you understand the world of cheese in a way that is informative and fun. Oh yes, there will be champagne, paired with Laura’s hand-picked cheese selections in a seminar that sells out each year. 8/23/14, 10:30a – 11:45a DOWNTOWN: Fifth Floor, Salon A – Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Price: $75.00 $67.50
Lexus Grand Tasting - Saturday
EVENT DETAILS The Lexus Grand Tasting at Los Angeles Food & Wine is the most spectacular opportunity to enjoy over 300 wines from some of the world’s most prestigious wineries. 25 Celebrity Chefs will showcase their culinary skills and provide delicious and decadent tasting samples of their cuisine. During this remarkable strolling event you will have access to book signings and photo sessions with some of the weekend’s biggest chef celebrities. Don’t miss this great opportunity to experience food and wine at its best. VIP Access – Gets you early access before General Admission and access to a VIP only Cooking Demonstration before the Grand Tasting. Very Limited Quantities are available. 8/23/14, 12:00p – 3:00p DOWNTOWN: LA Center Studios Price: $150.00 $135.00 VIP: $195.00 $175.50
Lexus Presents LIVE on Grand hosted by Michael Chiarello Featuring COMMON
EVENT DETAILS Lexus presents an unbelievable strolling reception, capped with an extraordinary musical performance by multi Grammy Award winning artist COMMON! 25 chefs and 200 wineries will serve up delicious tastings for you to enjoy while enjoying the Cityscapes of one of the greatest cities in the world. This is the culmination of a city-wide celebration of all things Food, Wine, Celebrity, Music and Los Angeles. VIP Access – Early access to the event. A private cooking demonstration and reception with Chef Michael Chiarello. Very Limited Quantities are available. 8/23/14, 7:00p – 10:00p DOWNTOWN: Grand Avenue Price: $250.00 $225.00 VIP: $350.00 $315.00

 

Sunday, August 24th

Lexus Grand Tasting - Sunday
EVENT DETAILS The Lexus Grand Tasting at Los Angeles Food & Wine is the most spectacular opportunity to enjoy over 300 wines from some of the world’s most prestigious wineries. 25 Celebrity Chefs will showcase their culinary skills and provide delicious and decadent tasting samples of their cuisine. During this remarkable strolling event you will have access to book signings and photo sessions with some of the weekend’s biggest chef celebrities. Don’t miss this great opportunity to experience food and wine at its best. VIP Access – Gets you early access before General Admission and access to a VIP only Cooking Demonstration before the Grand Tasting. Very Limited Quantities are available. 8/24/14, 12:00p – 3:00p DOWNTOWN: LA Center Studios Price: $150.00 $135.00 VIP: $195.00 $175.50

 

 

Not a match.com fan

Normally the match ads just pass over and are the usual bland not well done schlock you see all the time.  But this ad just rubs me the
wrong way on so many levels.  From the man who says a ‘girl I was interested in’ and the douche host shaking his fists urgh just makes me want to yell at the TV and say first of all I’m HOPING your dating women you look like your in your mid to late 30s so .. grow up and date a damn woman and not a girl!  Just the same as the ‘conversion’  <scream> conversion is just another word for a Peter Pan who doesn’t want to grow up and get in a relationship to justify playing  the field.  I watch this commercial and the entire time all I can think of is that this guy has this woman on hold as he keeps her as a ‘friend’ stringing her along as he decides rather he can ‘do better’.  By the time he realized NO she’s the best he can do she decided to stop wasting her time and looked around for someone who would choose her the way she choose him.  Not as someone who’s a backup or contingency plan or to be settled for .. rather that’s the impression they wanted to give it’s what I got from this commercial.  Or am I looking through LA Peter Pan dating eyeglasses?  Leave your thoughts below!

I’m running to Texas for Wendy Davis

I might be heading to Texas this year to work on Wendy Davis campaign for Governor!  I’ve been excited about her since watching her try to hold the line from a conservative legislature hell bent on stopping reproductive health for women!   I don’t know why they always are about how abortion is killing babies but they don’t want to take care of the kids on earth right now AND don’t want anyone using birth control it makes my head explode with this illogical circular logic (so to speak).   I recently read a report that young people in Texas don’t realize that AIDS is an STD that you get from sex!!! In what world is ignorance the way to combat unplanned pregnancy?   I see nothing wrong with abstinence I waited a long time before having sex for the first time (probably should have waited even longer not the best experience) but I knew sex education and how to prevent an unwanted pregnancy!   I’m hoping that Wendy will turn Texas purple and that all the people who’s rights to vote have been suppressed rise up and fight (in the voting booth) and kick the son of a bitches out (excuse my language).   I don’t hold with the theory of only ‘one god’ should be in charge of our legislature.  I think that the whole ‘separation of church and state’ is right since my religious beliefs aren’t yours.  Instead let’s rule our country with decency and respect for every from the smallest child to the oldest senior.  A country where we offer a helping hand to one another.  Where we all work together to get the economy back on track with revitalizing our nation with rebuilding the infrastructure to compete globally.   A country where ALL schools are able to educate the next generation to find a job in the world today.  Where innovation and research is supported.   So that’s why I’m supporting Wendy and all the progressive candidates that want to make our towns, cities, state and country great!  Run Wendy RUN!!!

Dear friend,

You’ve seen the recent poll, you’ve watched our ad, and you know the momentum is with this campaign. Now we need your help in recruiting folks to join our field staff and assist in our statewide effort to elect Wendy Davis Governor of Texas.

This is a terrific opportunity — no matter where you live now — to get some hands-on experience with an exciting political campaign. You’ll be an integral part of our grassroots organization by managing volunteers and supporters from all across Texas who are ready to work hard to bring a different kind of leadership to Austin.

All you need is a strong work ethic – preferably one that lasts for 12 hours a day 7 days a week, the ability to knock on doors and talk with potential voters, and a desire to elect a governor who’ll make sure every Texan’s voice is heard. You don’t need previous campaign experience. We’ll teach you how to talk to voters about Wendy and organize your volunteers towards a win in November.

If you want to be a part of history, apply now: Just click here for all the details.

Please feel free to forward this email to someone you think might be interested. Texas is a big state so we’re counting on Team Wendy to the cast a wide net.

I couldn’t be prouder of my staff and would love to add your name to the list.

Chris

Chris Turner
Campaign Manager
Wendy R. Davis for Governor, Inc.

 

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