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Baseball Game Craves & Savors

4 Apr

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What’s not to love about baseball games? Watching America’s favorite past time has always been enjoyable, especially growing up when the San Francisco Giants played at Candlestick Park and bleacher seat specials were $1. In addition to being able to bring in our own drinks and snacks into the stadium, vendors walked around selling red vines, malts, cracker jacks, and cotton candy. The quality time with family and friends at the game and the food made watching the actual game that much more enjoyable. Now-a-days, prices for seats are not quite as ‘special,’ but everything else still has the same appeal.

My bf and I attended the last game of the opening series at the LA Dodger’s stadium, where Big Time Timmy Jim Lincecum was the starting pitcher. We had awesome seats behind the Giants dugout, between home plate and first base, which also gave us access to the Stadium Club, where food options are a little less pretzels, fries, and nachos and a little more salads, cheeses, and veggies. After the third inning in which the Giants scored 4 runs, including 3 runs that came in from a home run by Pablo Panda Sandoval, we headed to get some food for the next three innings where we sat out in the patio of the Stadium Club that overlooks the field, and has TVs plastered everywhere inside the bar and dining areas. We both ordered the Famous Chef’s Table (buffet). I filled two plates full of food, including the tomato wedge salad, roasted beet salad, sauteed broccolini, classic caesar, faurot farms crunch salad, quinoa salad, asian noodle salad, couscous salad, shrimp cocktail, salmon en croute, garlic roasted mashed potato and mushroom ragout pizza. For dessert, we had the banana cream pie, which I was craving after seeing it delivered to a neighboring table. We savored the sweet dessert, while witnessing Buster Posey hit one over the wall for another home run. We headed back down to our sets, in time for the seventh inning stretch. The Giants proceeded to win the game 5-3, and won the series 2-1, which allowed us to also savor sweet sweet victory. “For it’s root root root for the GIANTS, if they don’t win it’s a shame, ‘cuz it’s one, two, three strikes your out at the ol’ ball game!”

Saving At Melrose Trading Post

4 Mar

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Where is a fun day to spend a Sunday with friend? Melrose Trading Post in Los Angeles on Fairfax and Melrose. Like any flea market, there’s an opportunity to haggle with vendors, some will even broker a deal on a coin flip. So when it comes to savings, anything goes, depending on the day and what we’re looking for. MTP is smaller than the Rose Bowl Flea Market, but the entrance fee is also smaller, 2 bucks! There is plenty to see from art, to furniture, vintage shoes and boots, shorts, clothes, jewelry, etc. While time is needed to sift through it all and a lot of it all may not strike one’s fancy, but one man’s junk is another man’s treasure so if treasure hunting is the name, bargain hunting is the game.

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I walked away with some pretty cool gems. I’m obsessed with midi rings, so I picked up three really cool ones: a claw, a unicorn, and a spike with diamond. I also got a few pendant necklaces and a bracelet at $5 a piece, and a mini black SWAN harmonica on a chain for $20. I also come across and bought a vintage graphic tee for $20 and a set of 3 decorate books that open up to felt-lined storage space for $15 (they usually retail for $40 each) that several people asked me about since they look like the spell book from Charmed, which then made me look like witch in-training, and even more so after buying my biggest and baddest deal: a blue lapis ocean globe with semi-precious gem stones that have been carved into the shape of countries and continents cradled by a gold floor stand and meridian with built in compass. I’ve seen similar desk (not even floor) globes go for over $450 at Brookstone, but since it was nearing the end of the day, we snagged it for $160, $60 less than it’s morning asking price. We left Melrose Trading Post singing, “We’ve got the whole world in our hands, we’ve got the whole world in our hands!”

Craving Great Food… At A Basketball Game?

6 Jan

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They have food other than burgers and hotdogs at a Basketball game? At the Staples Center in Los Angeles they do, and the options are a lot healthier than the usual fast food sold at the concession stands throughout the arena. My bf and I went to watch the LA Clippers vs. the Golden State Warriors at the Staples Center. The last time the Warriors were in town to play the Lakers, we enjoyed eating at the restaurant located on Suite Level A and I have been craving to go back since. The restaurant and bar is The San Manuel Club, which is open to Suite and Premier Seat Holders. There are flat screen televisions throughout the restaurant and the seats in this dining area overlook the arena and court, right above the premier section, so you’re never missing a moment of the game from your table. There is an option for the chef’s buffet (which has a great selection); however, we ordered from the a la carte menu starting with the sushi sampler, spicy tuna roll, and crab cake with veggie slaw. We also shared the spinach ravioli and a side of garlic fries, and I had the lobster Cobb Salad (no bacon or beans) with “Coachella Valley” little gem lettuce, red onions, tomatoes, asparagus, chopped egg, blue cheese, avocado, and lobster tossed with tarragon ranch dressing. The San Manuel Club is so comfortable, it was easy to lounge in this area for the entire game without ever heading to our seats. The Warriors were getting blown out by the Clippers, so we left before the game was over in the 4th quarter, but the food we enjoyed at dinner was definitely a nice consolation prize. Even though the Warriors let me down tonight, the food sure didn’t.