A bunch of awesome moments from this week!
Links to fun/cool stuff and recent photos…
- From my good friend Phil Drolet—check out this excellent article: Just Do It: 11 Ways to Increase Your Willpower and Self-Discipline
- A highly interesting NPR story about how the food industry manipulates our tastes buds using salt, sugar, and fat—kinda shocking. Just another great reason to eat foods with no label, and just one ingredient! :)
- As US Airways is merging with American Airlines, the former’s credit card will be going away: get it here if you’re looking to get a final bonus in US Airways miles.
- And in other travel hacking news, here’s an interview by NBCNews.com on my friend Mike on how he uses Expedia to earn $1800/year in free hotel credits!!
- Here’s an item for people looking to minimize their lives and/or travel more and deal with logistics less: Shoeboxed lets you mail in receipts and business cards; they scan them and email them to you—no more paper!
- Google is always ahead of the curve: here’s a pretty amazing first-look at their first-person eye-glass/video/picture technology called Google Glass (expected to be available to consumers at the end of 2013).
- And if you ever wanted to know how to properly chop an onion, the girls at Healthy Cooking Camp have you covered!
On with the show…
(covering the last two weeks) From the LA mayoral election to a Jimmy Kimmel Live concert to Angeles National Forest hiking—here we go!
It’s campaign time: I did some phone-banking for LA mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti, letting voters (lots of people in their 70s or older, actually) know about the election and Eric’s mission. Felt great to help out, though totally odd calling random people. :)
A shot of Eric’s Studio City campaign office. And in the run-off election, he came in first, which means it’s down to him and another candidate for the final election in May. Go Eric!
Got fresh greens (herbs and leaves)? Throw them in a jar (or glass) of water to perk them up and keep them fresher longer!
What a great snack: applesauce, bananas, cacao powder, almond butter and cinnamon!
Yes, Jimmy Kimmel Live shut down Hollywood Blvd. to host a concert with Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters—and I was there!
Dave even invited a couple special guests, like (Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Centerfield”)…
80’s sensation (“Jessie’s Girl”)…
and other friends from Cheap Trick and Nirvana! This concert (about 90 minutes) really ROCKED! Click on John’s and Rick’s names above for videos (I even spotted the back of my head – ha!).
Met up with my buddy Donovan and hiked through Griffith Park, all the way up to the Observatory, where he showed me the coolest periodic chart of the elements! :)
Quite the sprawling metropolis, huh? :)
And here we are deep in the Angeles National Forest with my friend Jose. We’re a close drive to the city and yet you feel so far away from it—totally needed this!
Waaaaaaaaay in the distance (past the mountains), you can see the city laid out—pretty cool views up there!
My standing desk while hanging out in Glendale! No, not a cat litter box: just one plastic tub inverted and rested across another. Ergonomics and health don’t have to be pretty—they just have to work!
Inspired by some creations at SunCafe, I added bananas to a recent salad of romaine lettuce, kale, walnuts, raisins, and sunflower seeds—excellent combo!!
Dinner at Real Food Daily in Pasadena. I got a dish called The Essence, with creamed cauliflower and pomegranate seeds, wild rice on a portabello mushroom, and brussel sprouts with candied walnuts. Dee-lish!
Also filed under “not pretty, but delicious” here was a dinner I made (more on the savory side than sweet): almond banana pancakes with chocolate avocado pudding (cacao, avocado, almond butter, honey) and nut cream (water, cashews, pecans, and mango) on top! Yeah, I could work on my presentation skills, but in the meantime: boom!!
Lunch with my friend Kendal at SunCafe in Studio City: she’s about to dive into the (rice) macaroni and (cashew) cheese—this was AMAZING!! :)
Final nights in LA: went to Venice beach and enjoyed the sunset. This stuff never gets old…the colors are just unbelievable to me.
Absolutely breath-taking: I’m really glad I take the time to take this stuff in! :)
My pal Kendal (who lives part of the year in Paris) in full French gear keeping warm at the beach—ha!
After my flight to Sayulita, Mexico was cancelled, I asked (nicely :) about a hotel voucher and United obliged—here was my view from the 11th floor. Luckily, my nonstop (!!) flight the next day went smoothly and currently enjoying a much different view… ;)
See ya next week from somewhere else in the world!