Remembering The Living Memorial To The Holocaust

The living memorial to the Holocaust provided a powerful lesson in the fragility of freedom.

I toured the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. As the permanent exhibits start, we were given an “identification card.” The card provided biographical information and a photo of a real person who lived during the Holocaust. The entrance to the exhibit resembled a gas chamber door. At each floor we paused and read a page from the id card with a detailed description of the individual’s birth, life through World War II and his and her fate. It literally felt like we were there witnessing all these atrocities.

The living memorial to the Holocaust provided a powerful lesson in the fragility of freedom.

The museum left little to the imagination with displays of shoes and hair from Holocaust victims, description of the gas chamber’s methods, and a freight train like those used to carry Jews from Warsaw to the Treblinka death camp.

After walking through the permanent exhibit we made our way to the Museum of Remembrance where volunteers and members of Jewish community groups read the names of the men, women, and children killed in Auschwitz.

The male and female described in our identification cards did not survive. They were killed during the Holocaust.

It was a very somber and moving experience for us.

 

Never Again.

 

Eva Smith Tech Life Magazine

 

Alvin And The Chipmunks – Road Chip Movie Review

 

Alvin and The Chipmunk – Road Chip, the fourth movie in the series of live action CG movies bring together Dave, Alvin and the Chipmunks, the Chipettes and a trip to Miami.   Alvin, Simon and Theodore come to believe that Dave is going to propose to his new girlfriend in Miami and dump them. They have three days to get to him and stop the proposal, saving themselves not only from losing Dave but possibly from gaining a terrible stepbrother.   Along the way they confront obstacles and an infamous air marshall.  The movie is in theaters December 18!

The movie cast includes   Jason Lee as Dave,  Justin Long as voice of Alvin, Matthew Gray Gubler as voice of Simon, Jesse McCartney as voice of Theodore,  Tony Hale as Agent Sugg, Bella Thorne as Ashley Grey, Kimberly Williams-Paisley as Samantha, Josh Green as Miles, , Kaley Cuoco as voice of Eleanor, Anna Faris  as Jeanette and Christina Applegate as voice of Brittany and Stefan Kendal Gordy as RedFoo.   The movie is directed by Walt Beck.

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Alvin And The Chipmunks – Road Chip Movie Review

Alvin and the Chipmunks – Road Trip is a fun, music filled movie with lovable and endearing characters.  It is a great movie for  familes.  No matter what age you are you will walk away from the movie with positive lessons and catchy songs in your heart.   The movie is full of trendy music and dance routines which guarantees to have you dancing during and after the movie.   The relationship between Dave, Alvin and the Chipmunks, live action and trendy music  such as “Juicy Wiggle” by Redfoo, Iko Iko, Uptown Funk are a winning formula for this series.

 

Movie Trailer

For additional information follow Alvin and the Chipmunks – Road Chip movie  on Twitter ,Facebook  or on the Alvin Movie Official Website .

LA Phil Spectacular Upcoming Fall 2015-16 Season At Disney Hall

The creative arts are a great way to celebrate special occasions and inspire your senses with loved ones.   As summer comes to a close it’s time to start planning entertainment for 2015-16 season.  There are several upcoming events for Fall 2015 and Winter 2016 to choose from at the L.A. Phil Disney Hall, including classical music, arts, latin music & holiday performances.  The LA Phil 2015/16 season  Walt Disney Concert Hall  has classical concerts, jazz, world music, holiday programs, and more, featuring performances by Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, as well as acclaimed artists from around the world.  Great programming for daydreamers and thinkers.

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This season’s highlights include:

  • Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic joined the Simón Bolívar Orchestra of Venezuela for the Immortal Beethoven festival, a highly anticipated taking place September thru October.

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  • Exciting programs such as La Santa Cecilia • Buika,  Eddie Palmieri • Chucho Valdés: Irakere 40, and a tribute to Mercedes Sosa.  I’ve seen La Santa Cecilia in concert several time and she is an amazing artist.  You don’t want to miss it.
  • Deck the Hall holiday concerts like the Holiday Sing-Along, Holiday Organ Spectacular, New Year’s Eve with Natalie Cole and more.

I’m looking forward to taking my family to Walt Disney Concert Hall LA Phil.  There are too many great artists to choose from.  Buy your tickets now and enjoy yet another season of incredible music at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

xoBesos!

Eva Smith Tech Life Magazine

Things To Do With Dad In Southern California

Father’s Day is a time where we honor our father’s and husbands for being wonderful dads.  In Southern California there are a lot of fun things to do with dad, including classic car shows, parks, fishing and dining.   We compiled this list as a reference for things to do with dad.  In honor of dad, we’ll update this list periodically throughout the year.

 

Celebrating Cars With Dad

  • Annual Father’s Day Car Show:  (Murrieta, CA) Father’s Day Cal Oaks Sports Park in Murrieta, CA.  6:30am-2pm.  There will be over 300 classic and specialty vehicles as well as food and business vendors.  40 Trophies will be awarded to ‘Dads Top 40′ vehicles of the show in addition to ‘Mayors Choice’ and ‘Best in Show.’ The vehicle that wins the Best in Show will be featured on all of next years promotional material.   If you have never been, you need to check it out!
  • Concours d’Elegance Beverly Hills Luxury Car Show: (Beverly Hills, CA) The Rodeo Drive Committee, in conjunction with the city of Beverly Hills, presents the Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance every year on Father’s Day. Each year a theme is selected to feature the superb combination of rare automobiles and motorcycles highlighting the past, present and future at the crossroads of fashion, design and entertainment. This year’s selected theme is “Highways to Heaven” to honor Route 66, Autobahn and Autostrade. Tip Courtesy of The Beverly Hills Mom.
  • Autoclub Speedway (Fontana, CA):  The Auto Club Speedway in Fontana has several fun events throughout the year including the Auto Club 400 and upcoming Historic Sports Car Festival to celebrate Ford Mustang’s 50th anniversary.  You can also get dad a gift for a Nascar race car driving experience. Vroooom!

 

Dining With Dad

  • Mariposa’s Temecula:  (Temecula, CA & San Diego, CA) Want to make dad smile?  Take him to Mariposa’s in Temecula!  The family owned ice cream joint showcases homemade ice cream in various flavors.  The menu changes several times throughout the year.  The ice cream recipes have been passed down for several generations for ice cream enthusiasts to enjoy for years to come.  While you are there, make sure to check out the sports collectibles and autographed photos.  Word around town is that famous people visit this place!  Address: 29073 Overland Drive, Suite C, Temecula, California  Address:  3450 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116
  • Mad Madeline’s Grill in Old Town Temecula (Temecula, CA):  Old Town Temecula has several historical places and small town charm.  Visit Old town with dad and enjoy a hamburger at Mad Madeline’s Grill and walk throughout the historic district with dad.  You will be sure to spot a classic cars or cool motorcylces during your stroll with dad. Address: 8495 Old Town Front St, Temecula, CA 92590
  • Al’s Beef (Chino, CA & Alhambra, CA):  Al’s Beef serves the best Chicago Beef sandwiches and cheese fries.  If your dad is from Chicago or the East Coast he is going to love this place.   We love it, so make sure to take dad there too!

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Fishing, Hiking and Boating With Dad

  • Lake Cuyamaca (Julian, CA): Visit Lake Cuyamaca with dad for boating, fishing, camping and bird watching.
  • Lake Perris (Perris, CA):  Visit Lake Perris with dad for a walk, boat ride, picnic, horseback riding or to go fishing!
  • Santa Rosa Plateau (Murrieta, CA):   Take dad on a hiking trip at Santa Rosa Plateau. There are several walking trails, biking trails and hiking trails for all levels of nature enthusiasts.
  • Lake Skinner (Winchester, CA):  With 1400 acres of water supplied by the Colorado river and 241 campgrounds, Lake Skinner is an outdoor enthusiasts dream.  There is several recreational facilities including bird watching, fishing and picnic areas.  The park also offers a newly installed splash pad and camp store.

Roadtrip With Dad

  • Riley’s Farms (Oak Glen, CA):  Oak Glen is famous for its apple orchards and ranches.  Plan a trip with dad to pick apples and visit the local area.  One of our favorite places is Riley’s Farms for its colonial atmosphere. You can explore colonial farm life, visit a living colonial farm and participate in a reenactment of the revolutionary war.   Riley’s farm also serves the best chicken pot pie in Inland Empire.

 

 

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SoCal Summer Guide – Inland Empire Waterparks

There are several Inland Empire waterparks  and regional park options for cooling off this summer. Rent a cabana or bring a beach blanket and go for a wet n’ wild time!

Summer heat is upon us and, while splashing in a pool or running through a sprinkler can be fun, it’s nice to take a day and really immerse yourself in the joy of cooling off.  There are water parks across the Inland Empire that are private or government owned, allowing for every way you can imagine to cool off, from sliding down a water slide, catching a wave in a wave pool or being splashed with 100 gallons of water at a play area.

 

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Water Parks

Castle Park’s Buccaneer Cove has a five-level structure of wet fun, including several slides, spray fountains and a splash bucket. There are several ticket options available, from just Buccaneer Cove entry at $13 to also including mini golf and the theme park rides at Castle Park in Riverside. Season passes are available, pay to park.

The Cove Waterpark has a surf area, never-ending river, slides and an aquatic play structure. Cabanas and swim lessons available, as well as week-long day camps including swim lessons. Waterpark is open 7 days a week through mid-August, then weekends through mid-September. General admission is $18, 36-47” tall is $14, and $9 for guests 30-35” tall. The Cove Waterpark is at 4310 El Camino Real in Riverside.

Dropzone Waterpark is home to slides, a continuous river, multistory water activity area, and a splash pad with ‘geysers’ for little children. Swim classes available. Park is open most days through August and weekends in September. Admission is $18 for general admission, junior admission for kids 36-41” tall is $14,  and tots 30-35” tall is $9. Annual passes available for $53 and $47. Dropzone Waterpark  is at 2165 Trumble Road in Perris.

Mulligans in Murietta has a splash zone and water slides, making it very family friendly as kids can play around in the zero-depth area. Tickets for the water park are $15, or add on rides, mini golf and more for $24.

Pyrite Rapids Waterpark at Fiesta Village in Colton  has a double tube slide, a body slide and one that sends you off with a gush of water. Passes are available just for the water park-  under  48” is $11, over 48” is $15. Or stay and play miniature golf, ride amusement park rides or go roller skating.

Splash Kingdom Waterpark in Redlands offers several slides, a lazy river, kiddie pool and wave pool. . Other park options include trampoline area, arcade, sports bar and more. Splash Kingdom, formerly known as Pharoah’s Lost Kingdom, has offers including water park admission, lunch and trampoline time, as well as a discount for entry after 4 p.m. General admission is $30, with 3-12 year olds $17. Season tickets are available to the waterpark, pay to park.

Wet N’ Wild Palm Springs, formerly Knott’s Soak City, has reopened under a new name this year wit the same variety of rides geared for a little adventure, or for some wet family fun with a interactive play area, lazy river, slides, raft rides and more. During the summer Wet n’ Wild is hosting a series of ‘dive in’ movies July 11 through August 1. General admission is $37, guests 3-11 are $27. Season passes are available, pay to park.

 

Regional Parks

San Bernardino regional parks have a park entrance fee of $8 a vehicle, $10 on weekends and holidays.  Annual passes are available for parking. Check out the regional park swimming schedule for San Bernardino, visit the water park areas or stay all weekend and camp, fish, and enjoy nature at the regional parks. Other rates apply for camping and activities, be sure to reserve your campground.

Cucamonga- Guasti  Regional Park has pedal boat rentals, or a swim lagoon, water slides and zero-depth water play area.  Boat rentals are $10 a half hour, swim entrance is $5 for four years and up, all day swim and waterslides are $10 (waterslide rides are for 48” and up).

Glen Helen Regional Park has waterslides, zero-depth depth play area and lake swimming area.  Swim entrance for ages three and up is is $6 during the week, $8 on weekends and $10 on holidays.

Yucaipa Regional Park has pedal boat rentals for $10 a half hour, lake swimming with a sandy beach and a pair of water slides.  Swim admission is $5 a person, water slides are $2 for a single ride or $10 for a swimming and waterslide day pass.

Lake Gregory has a zero-depth play area, swimming, slides, several boat rental options and an inflatable play area on the water. You can go down the slides for $2 for a single ride, or $7 for a pass. The inflatable play area Splash Island is $7. Annual passes are available for $95 individual, $230 for a family of four.

Riverside County hosts two big waterparks that are controlled by the county of Riverside and full of fun for the entire family.  Check websites for deals, dates and time, as well as safety and dress code information.

 

Have additional parks you would like us to add to the list?  Comment below and let us know!

 

Inland Empire Food Festivals | Tour De Fork At Victoria Gardens

We’re excited to support the 3rd annual Tour de Fork at Victoria Gardens on Thursday, June 11th.  I am sharing the event to support local cuisine and nonprofits.  The Tour de Fork at Victoria Gardens will benefit two local charities, including Rancho Cucamonga Community & Arts Foundation and Rancho Cucamonga Library Foundation.  100 percent of the event proceeds will go directly to these organizations.

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The event provides participants with a great way to enjoy local cuisine and give back to charity.  2015 Tour De Fork event tickets are now on sale.  Tickets are limited to the first 500 people, and must be purchased prior to the event date. Each ticket entitles a guest to unlimited food tastings, as well as five alcoholic beverage tastings.  The theme for the event is EAT, DRINK and GIVE BACK, a great way to encourage others to give back and support local cuisine.

 

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Im looking forward to tasting the menu for N7 Creamery, King’s Fish House and Crepes de Paris.  Can’t wait to taste all the yummy food & spirits.

Ticket pricing is as follows:

  • $40 per ticket if purchased at the Rancho Cucamonga Cultural Center Box Office
  • $42 per ticket if purchased online via paypal
  • $50 per ticket if purchased the week of the event

For event details, participating restaurants and to purchase tickets online visit: Victoria Gardens Buy Your Tour de  Fork page.  You can also RSVP and follow the event on Victoria Gardens Tour de Fork Facebook event.

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Participating restaurants include

Slater’s 50/50

Luna MMK

Blaze Pizza

T.G.I. Friday’s

Crepes de Paris

Lucille’s BBQ

P.F. Chang’s

Corner Bakery

Williams-Sonoma

BRIO

Paul Martin’s

CPK

N7 Creamery

Islamorada

Shakey’s Pizza

No Clue Craft Brewery

Firestone Brewing Co.

Dale Bros. Brewery

Hangar 24

Wicks Brewing

Joseph Filippi Winery

REV Brewing Co.

REV Winery

San Antonio Winery

Wine Tailor

Wilson Creek Winery

Lagunitas Brewing Co.

Disclosure:  This is not a sponsored post.  I received complimentary tickets for me and a guest from Tour de Fork organizers.  All opinions are my own.

Exclusive Interview With Chef Javier Plascencia At Harrahs Socal

Updated 7/5/2015 with Bracero’s opening date.

Chef Javier Plascencia is one of Mexico’s most celebrated chefs.  Born in Tijuana, Mexico Chef Javier Plascencia owns and oversees 8 restaurants in Tijuana, Ensenada and San Diego.  He is a world traveler and enthusiastic advocate of Baja California’s Mediterranean cuisine.    He proudly uses the freshest local ingredients in his modern surf and turf modern cuisine which is influenced by his travels, culture and heritage.

Interview With Chef Javier Plascencia

I interviewed Chef Plascencia at Harrah’s Latin Food and Wine Festival where over 30 restaurants and 30 wineries celebrated Latin wine, food, culture and music.   We enjoyed the green chorizo sopes and savored the delicate coconut water aguachile of hiramasa (yellowtail amberjack) with coconut cream, edible flowers and coconut.

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Chef Javier Plascencia’s green chorizo sopes, peas, cabbage, raddish and a touch of cilantro

At the end of the month Chef Plascencia will also be opening a new restaurant, Bracero Cocina in San Diego, California.  Read on to learn about Chef Javier Plascencia cuisine characteristics, his family’s historical restaurant and new restaurant influences:

 

Can you tell us about some of the ingredients in the green chorizo sope?

Well we use braised pork for “texturity” and they feed that pork. He eats a lot of figs. He eats a lot of avocados and fruit.

It’s free range?

It’s free range pork and he drinks a beer every day. It’s a special kind of breed that my friend raises in Escondido. It’s in the sope with pickled cabbage and radishes.

And what inspired this dish?

I wanted people to taste green chorizo. A lot of people have never seen or heard of it. It’s very popular in central Mexico. In Toluca we eat a lot of green chorizo. I took inspiration from the fondas in Tijuana. We have lots of fondas where you can go and have a taco or tostada.  It’s sort of  like tapas, but in the Mexican way. So you can go and have a taco or tostada or eat menudo or pozole.  It’s like comfort food, usually run by family. And usually a lady will be cooking.  That’s how I grew up.  I love that food.

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I was observing you guys when you were preparing the dishes during Harrah’s Food and Wine Festival.  Your team works together like a rhythm.

When you are cooking you have to be well-organized. If not, the end product won’t be the same and won’t taste the same. It’s almost like an orchestra. You’re the director but everybody knows what they are doing.  All the guys that you see here today are from a cooking school and they’ve been with me for several years. They all learned how to cook with me. 

What influences your cooking?

The place where I come from is like being a kid in Disneyland. We have so many good ingredients around in Baja California, the Sea of Cortez, and the Pacific Ocean. We have people making cheese and olive oil too. And that’s all in Mexico. But we also have this side of California as well where people make so many excellent products. And most of it’s the same because the weather is the same. If you taste my food you are going to taste a lot of flavors and contrasts.

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Chef Plascencia’s Yellowtail coconut cream with edible flowers and coconuts.

What features characterize your food?

I do a lot of surf and turf the modern way. I think that’s staple cuisine. But I also work with the freshest ingredients that you can find. I work with the whole animal. I don’t just buy the loins or the ribeye. I buy the whole thing because you can make stocks and chorizo sausage.  I buy the whole animal and we make tons of things. One of the things I make is beef cheek tacos. We may take the cheeks to make tacos de cabeza. It’s mostly cheeks. We use the tongues. We use the tail. You blend everything. My father even eats the eyes.

How does it taste?

It’s amazing. The cheek is the most flavorful and tender meat of the whole animal. People don’t realize that. It’s just really really tender.

At the end of the month Chef Plascencia will be opening a new restaurant, Bracero Cocina in San Diego, California.  Read on to learn about Chef Javier Plascencia, his cuisine influences, his family history and his new restaurant.

 

When did you know that you wanted to be a chef?

I grew up in my parent’s restaurants. They own a chain of restaurants in Tijuana and this past month it turned 47 years old.   Giuseppis is a chain of pizza restaurants. My father opened the first pizzeria in Baja California. He was the one who invented the Mexican pizza.

What’s different about a Mexican pizza?

The story is that my father opened a Giuseppis and it was very successful because there were no other pizza places. My father was the pizza guy. My grandmother made the sauce. And my mother was the cashier. It was a very small place. It only had three tables. It was mostly to go. They worked like that for many months and they were eating pepperoni pizza every day because they were so busy and tired. But one day my father opened a can of jalapenos and put some refried beans instead of tomato sauce, and mozzarella cheese and chorizo and bacon. That pizza became really popular with his friends. The clients started asking for it and now it’s their best seller in the restaurant.

You’re opening a new restaurant soon in Little Italy in San Diego. Can you share some details?

At the end of this month. It’s going to be called Bracero. It’s a tribute to the Bracero workers that worked the fields. We thought there was a story to be told. Whenever we open a restaurant we like to tell stories. We wanted to give some history to it. We found the Bracero story very interesting. We met a couple ex-Braceros and they’re living the American Dream in Napa Valley. They’re winemakers. We went to Stanford University and they had a lot of letters and photographs and stories.  The restaurant will open on May 27th. July 8th.

Will your restaurant have Braceros all around it?

Yes.

Does travel inspire any of your cooking?

Yes. I don’t travel to go to museums or the beaches, I travel to go eat and find ingredients and markets. I don’t go shopping, I go shopping for food.

What do you want our reader to know about Mexican cusine?

I want people to taste and learn about Mexico. Here in California or in the United States, when you think of Mexico you think of tacos, burritos, or nachos but Mexico has many regions and every region has different flavors. I want people to look into that. The region of Oaxaca is very different from the region of Veracruz. They can use the same ingredients but the flavors at the end are very different and unique. Everybody cooks differently. I want people to know that. And I want people to not buy store bought tortillas. They’re awful.  Go find a good tortilleria or make your own. It’s not that hard. It’s very easy and you’ll have fun doing it. Once you have a good tortilla, you’ll never go back to eating that sh*t!

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I’m excited about what Chef Javier Plascencia is doing for the food scene in San Diego and Baja California.  Chef Plascencia’s love of his culture and heritage is evident in everything he touches from the savory baja mediterranean cuisine menu-style, his plating and creative restaurant concepts.  For additional information on the grand opening visit Bracero’s Cocina website or Braceor’s facebook page.

Harrah’s Latin Food and Wine Festival featured world acclaimed cuisine and wines.  For a full list of wines and restaurants visit Harrah’s Latin Food and Wine Festival.

 

Buen Provecho!

Eva Smith Tech Life Magazine

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