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Stand Up Leadership Coach, Lori Ketkar, and Chef David Linville at The Grand Wine & Food Affair

By Joy A. Kennelly

Seeing as some read this blog and don't read my professional one, here's the information on the upcoming leadership training you're not going to want to miss produced by my newest client, Start-up Leadership Founder/Coach, Lori Ketkar.

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Doesn't this sound like a great event? I'm very excited to be working with Lori on getting the word out. Sign up soon! Here's the Keynote Speaker's bios to give you an idea of the quality and caliber of their lectures:

Stand Up Leadership Founder and Transformational Coach Lori Ketkar offers expert coaching with a highly intuitive, compassionate, yet firm style. A former high school coach and communications specialist, Lori has successfully coached Aerospace professionals on improving and building their leadership, team building, self-assessment and organizational development skills for many years. She is currently completing an American Management Association certification.

The Keynote Speakers of the evening are Captain Francis C. “Luke” Lukenbill and Commander Juliane J. Gallina.  “Luke” is currently the Director, Space Systems Group, and the Deputy Commander, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, Space Field Activity.  CAPT “Luke” has taught at the

United States Air Force Academy

, is a graduate of the Navy Test Pilot School and has held responsibility for multi-billion dollars worth of space-based reconnaissance systems, in addition to holding overseas posts during his 25 year naval career.

In 1991, Juliane was the first woman appointed Brigade Commander of the United States Naval Academy. She currently is a consultant to the intelligence and defense communities working for the National Interest Security Company and is a Vice President for Edge Consulting. Previously, she served at the National Reconnaissance Office for ten years in a variety of government assignments.   Most recently, Juliane was the Deputy Director of the Space Systems Group, Communications Systems Acquisition and Operations Directorate.

Stand Up Leadership is dedicated to helping individuals become better leaders and better employees by developing a healthy work-life balance. Stand Up Leadership facilitates this through results-oriented leadership skills training designed to streamline work efforts in the corporate world and create more quality time at home.

Aren't they all so impressive? You can buy a ticket here:

Chef David Linville is back at The Shore after participating in the Grand Food & Wine Affair in Sugarland, TX this past weekend. He will be preparing lots of great appetizers that night too.

I believe tonight he's preparing food for a special surf event with lots of celebrities and notable surfers if rumor holds true.

Chef Dave & I enjoyed being part of the Grand Food & Wine Affair because each foodie event we've participated in is completely different. This is his third foodie event he's participated! First was LA Magazine's Food Event, next was the Scottsdale Culinary Festival and now this one.

The LA Magazine Food Event was very elegant and sophisticated on a winery in the heart of Malibu, whereas the 31st Annual Scottsdale Culinary Festival  was definitely a sexy party atmosphere. The Grand Food & Wine Affair seemed focused on the chef's and the food they were serving as evidenced by the very elaborate presentations of both food and table by everyone involved.

All events were a blast! I've decided I will die a happy woman if I marry a rich man to travel the world experiencing all the wonderful Food & Wine Events available. LOL

The more wine & food events I attend, the more wines I'm experiencing I like too.Fancy that.

I  loved all the little Mai Tai's, Peach Martini's, Mojito shooters, Mimosa's and other beverages served at the Grand Tasting on Friday night and Bistro Brunch on Sunday in Sugarland, TX.

Fortunately I know my limits, but there were definitely some people at the festivals who didn't!:) Guess that's par for the course at these type functions though right? Enough of that though, let's talk food!

I'll be focusing on the Grand Food & Wine Affair since it's so recent and because Chef David Linville's CA Style Gazpacho with roasted Bell Peppers topped with a mix of avocados, bay shrimp and cilantro was such a huge hit.

We had numerous people come back to us to say his food was their favorite, people were sent over by friends to try his gazpacho because they were raving about it, and even other chefs had to taste his food which is a HUGE compliment in the food world.

I have his permission to print his recipe in case you'd like to try making it at home. The secret is in roasting the bell peppers. For all the foodies in the house, enjoy!

Chef David Linville’s CA Style Gazpacho Recipe


6 ripe Roma tomatoes, chopped in half

1 large red onion, quartered

1 red bell pepper, split in half and seeded

1 green bell pepper, split in half and seeded 

1 yellow bell pepper, split in half and seeded

3 stalks celery 2 clove garlic, minced

Toss all above ingredients with extra virgin olive oil, light salt and fresh ground pepper. Place on sheet pan. Roast in oven 450 degrees for eight to ten minutes to help concentrate and enhance natural flavors.

Remove from oven and place in refrigerator to cool for one hour.

1/4 cup red wine vinegar

3 Tbsp olive oil

Juice of one fresh squeezed lemon

Tabasco sauce to taste (okay to substitute 1 jalapeño pepper instead).

6 more ripe Roma tomatoes

1 cucumber, seeded and chopped

Blend all ingredients with roasted vegetables on low to desired consistency. Salt and pepper to taste (preferably sea salt and fresh ground white pepper). Garnish with fresh basil and parsley. Top with fresh diced avocado.

2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley

2 Tbsp basil

1 avocado, diced

Chef Dave recommends serving this refreshing summer dish with grilled shrimp, grilled French bread and CA white wine.

 Serves 4 – 6.

Now, here's some pix to whet your appetite and encourage you to visit the Grand Food & Wine Affair next year or drop into the Shore Restaurant and Lounge to experience some of Chef David Linville's cooking.

He & I are working on a cookbook together which I am sure many people, guys especially will enjoy. Stay tuned! Now enjoy this picture essay.

Minutemaid plaza Our first night there Minutemaid threw a big promotion and flooded the city of Sugarland's plaza with orange lights and passed out drinks. This is the view from my hotel window. It's a little blurry, but catch the Minutemaid logos.

Welcome to Texas!
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Art4 This is the artwork that was for sale throughout the weekend and the image for this year's event.
Cheese Since Chef David is a huge cheese afficiando I'm sure he loved this display. We were rather busy serving though and I'm not sure he made it over to try any. This is before the huge crowd hit. Isn't it so pretty?
Cheese2 Cheese3 Chef2 Next time I'll be more diligent in getting all the Chef's names, but we were so busy I was just dashing around shooting pix as quickly as possible to get back and help serve.:)

Here's a link to the list of participating chefs in case you're curious:

Chef3 This is for all the sushi lovers. Doesn't it look delightful? I'm not that into sushi, but this was definitely popular that night.
Chef9 Chef10 Chef6 They were serving duck in those little cones. Sorry I didn't catch the official description, I was in a rush! Just know it was delectable.
Chef5 This was our neighboring Chef''s table, Brian O'Hea , Academe | Maine Brasserie and Tavern. They served the best desserts and seafood dishes this evening and then again during the Sip & Stroll on Saturday. Here's a close-up of their shrimp sandwich from Saturday. DELICIOUS!
Chef7 I couldn't get close enough to get any food this table was so popular. They were also serving mojito shooters which probably didn't hurt either. LOL
Chef8 I heard their food was delicious though. Anyone recognize the restaurant and care to leave a comment?
Chef11 Everyone was given these cute little plates that held your wine glass which made for easy transporting. I brought a few home to give to friends which they enjoyed receiving.
Chef dave Here's Chef David Linville and his table where he served his special CA Style Gazpacho. He's worked for the Ritz Carlton and knew exactly how he wanted everything to look, simple and elegant.

What we found is it's really more about the food anyway. Right Chef? Right.
Chef dave2 All my previous catering
experience came in handy because we were so busy I had to jump in and help prepare the food while Chef schmoozed the guests.Me2
Dione, a local Texan friend of Dave's, also came out to help which was great. I don't think we could have handled everything without her!
Thanks Dione! Mouth
Crowd Chef dave7- good Stevie Wine
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Chef dave9 Chef dave8 Hot people This cute couple were a lot of fun. They own a hot sauce company called Big Daddy's Ass Burn
and were part of the Sip & Stroll and Bistro Brunch.

Here's some highlights of their booth on both days:
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A burn6 I bought some hot sauce for my mom because she loves it. The hotter, the better. Here's some pix from Sunday's Bistro Brunch where they served very spicy Bloody Mary's.
A-burn A-burn3 A-burn4 I liked their joie de vivre and wish them much success in getting into stores. Until then, why don't you buy some hot sauce from their website and try it yourself?

Ok, back to the Grand Tasting with Chef Dave Linville. He was quite the hit with the ladies. Chef & Bartender The woman to his left in the picture below, Tiffany, was there to promote an Italian cookbook and speciality olive oil. Isn't she the cutest?
Chef dave11 Here's some pix from her booth the next day during the amazing Sip & Stroll. Apparently over 4,000 people attended that event alone! I'll tell more later. I'm telling you, Texans are the friendliest people on earth! Oil
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Gazpacho Chef dave12 This cute Chef, Trevor White of Oceanaire Seafood Room, travels to Alaska to participate in numerous Food & Wine Festivals up there. I wish Chef Dave would go there, but he doesn't like the cold. I keep trying to tell him Alaska summers are warm, but all he thinks about is the ice.

Guess I'll have to find another Chef to travel back to Alaska with! I used to work for Alaska Airlines and love it up there. Plus the male to female ratio aint too shabby either. lol
Couple I thought this couple was just too adorable. They were having a grand time!

Before the event began, all the Chefs were called out to the Sugarland City Plaza for a group shot. The festival organizers really treat their talent well I must say. This plaza had a fun event going every single night we were there too.
City square Chef pic Trio This is the amazing Organizer, Keri, Chef David Linville and me before it got all crazy.

The next day we were invited to just be guests at the wonderful Sienna Sip & Stroll event which we needed to shuttle over to. I thought it was funny to see Cougars are popular in TX too.
Cougar Cougar2 We didn't take this bus. I had to laugh at this poor woman (not in her face, but you know....) Grapes Bbq
These people became my friends and served the most amazing BBQ - check out

Now, because I have two events I want to attend tonight and must hurry, here's pix from the Sip & Stroll event which was most delightful. Three to four huge tents filled to the brim with vendors, wineries, restaurants, cigars, all types of alcohol and great jazz music playing.

I must say, the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce is extremely savvy because they showcased a local development called Sienna Plantation at the same time, thus killing two birds with one stone.

Wouldn't you want to live in an area that hosts amazing events like these? I would if I lived there. It's so pretty too. According to their website, Houston is the Number One Housing Market. Boy Howdy!

Enjoy the pix!
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Crowd Crowd2 Demo Demo2 Clothes Girls Class Class2 Giver Jazz Jazz2 Sign2 Olive Vendor Sip & stroll Trolley Girl Crowd4 Crowd3

Me As you can see, this was really lovely. Even in spite of the sudden thunderstorm! It actually felt good walking around in the rain because it was so hot and humid.

I found this festival through USA Today and am so happy Chef David Linville was able to participate. I will upload another blog on Sunday's Bistro Brunch tomorrow. It is another amazing event and needs its' own page.:)

Hope you've enjoyed this pictorial visit to the Grand Food & Wine Affair's Grand Tasting and Sip & Stroll. Don't forget to buy your ticket to Stand Up Leadership's May 21 event here:

Have a great evening! I plan to!

Scottsdale Culinary Festival, Scottsdale Mondrian, Downtown tour

By Joy A. Kennelly

Recently I had the pleasure of traveling back to Scottsdale, AZ to attend the 31st Annual Culinary Festival with Chef David Linville and his colleague, Chef Jake. I say back because I was there a year ago this past September for another conference in Phoenix.

A very kind friend had taken the time to show me Scottsdale's art galleries during a conference break at that time which helped me gain my bearings this time around. Thanks Dharma! Here's a sampling of some of the art galleries I visited this go round. Love their work, don't you? This one is called The Signature Gallery and Charles Pabst's work really spoke to me.

His collection is called Peace. Can you see why? Click on the link for more close-up images.
Art Art2 This gallery's artists were a little more whimsical and I enjoyed their work too. Isn't it fun? This gallery is called Leslie Levy Fine Art, Inc.Art43  Art3
 Art4 I also visited LeKAE Gallery which I especially liked due to the variety of blown glass art and fine art. Turns out a publicist friend of mine had represented them years back. I have good taste in art if I do say so myself. Art5 Art6
Art7 Art8 Art9 This is one of my favorite flowers, isn't it gorgeous as a painting?
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This trip to Arizona I knew a little bit better what to expect and packed lots of allergy medicine. If you're allergic to dust like I am, be warned that it's very prevalent out there because you're in the desert.

Chef David Linville was participating in the Cooks & Corks event that Saturday which meant since we arrived on Friday, we were free to enjoy the Eat, Drink, Be Pretty party happening that evening --a great way to start the weekend.

Here's a Cooks & Cork promo to whet your appetite. If you look closely, you'll see Chef Dave in the corner near the pretty blonde lady.
Due to my previous writing experience for the Los Angeles Convention & Visitors Bureau, I had met representatives from the Scottsdale Convention & Visitor's Bureau a few years ago who had been emailing me interesting information on Scottsdale for months.

It felt good to finally take advantage of what this western town had to offer. And I do mean Western. They have horse drawn carriages giving tours of Downtown Scottsdale, numerous western art galleries and all kinds of western statues, memorabilia and museums. I didn't have time to check them all out, but here's a few pictorial highlights.
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There is also a trolley service that runs daily until about 6pm, but I didn't take any pix - just imagine an old-fashioned San Francisco trolley and you've imagined correctly. Here's their routing. Trolley I wish the City of Hermosa Beach would do something like this because it's a nice way to get around town quickly and easily.

Now this is a community who supports their Downtown business district!Three hour free parking, free trolley service, and lots of cute shops, art galleries in addition to the bars and restaurants. Even caught a Farmer's Market while we were there. Farmers mktFarmers mkt2 Shopping Sale

Sale2 Statue
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Very balanced Downtown experience which was very pleasant and fun to explore.

In talking to people who had traveled to Scottsdale before I knew that Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa was a place I wanted to visit. However, I was way too busy to go and also had received a wonderful invitation to experience the Mondrian Scottsdale which I couldn't refuse.

Having enjoyed the hip stylish ambiance of the Mondrian Los Angeles numerous times and the DelAno Miami this past Spring, I knew it was a perfect place to enjoy Scottsdale's Sexy Single's Scene. Say that fast three times.

According to the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau's press release and I quote, "Hollywood “It” girls like Jessica Alba, Kristin Cavallari and Vanessa Minnillo have relaxed and partied alongside celebrity hunks Nick Lachey and Brody Jenner at Mondrian Scottsdale.

The hotel also played host to Vice President Al Gore, who celebrated his win of the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on global warming awareness at the urban resort.
(You really must click the link to Al Gore's visit for a fun recap of that event.)

After staying there, I can see why it's so popular! What a lovely, lovely, lovely relaxing place to stay. I was hoping to have some official pix to share with you, but since I don't, enjoy the ones I took here ok?

My room, thank you very much. Isn't it to die for?:) I love modern contemporary spaces like this. Crisp and clean. Minimal, just like I like my men. HA HA!
Mondrian3 Not one, but two flat screen TV's - and don't you just love the sitting room area? So relaxing, I can't begin to tell you.

The bed was so comfortable I felt like I was sleeping on a cloud. Forgetting I was allergic to down, I have to admit I did wake up rather congested, but that's my own fault.

And to be honest, worth every dream filled delicious moments of sleep. I haven't slept that well in ages! Feather top mattresses make you feel like you're weightless they're so comfortable.
Mondrian When I arrived there was vibey music playing loudly for guests enjoying the pool which was right outside my room making me wonder if it would be playing all night. Be warned, there is a party element due to the sophisticated stylish space geared towards young hipsters, but the hotel is always very accommodating which makes it fine.

When my room service arrived, the sweet girl assured me the music would end when the pool closed at dusk. Room service is one of those special treats I never get tired of. Especially when the person delivering your food is courteous, timely and professional like she was. My food was delivered hot and was very delicious.

She was right about the music ending soon. I was able to catch a quick catnap before getting ready for our evening out with a quick bath in this amazingly long tub. I'm tall for a woman - 5'10" to be exact and this was the first time I felt I could stretch all the way out and really relax in a tub. Amazing!
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I liked the tile work and floral trim pattern which was repeated throughout the hotel in pathways and elsewhere. There was also a shower, another sink and mirror and toilet in an entirely separate adjacent area which was nice because if I'd been sharing it would have been easy for both of us to get ready.
As it was, I was solo on this trip. The chefs were staying off premise, but did enjoy the club and private bar with me afterwards before continuing their nightlife excursions long after I went to bed. Allergies always wipe me out and I need my rest.

Here we are in the hotel lobby that night.
Dave & jake2 Both of these guys have been Hollywood insiders for years and appreciated the sexy vibe and atmosphere of this property as much as I did.

Chef David Linville worked for the Standard Hotel in Hollywood which has been described as a "Chic Mecca" by Vanity Fair, while Chef Jake throws amazing private parties with models as live food decorations up in Santa Barbara, CA, in addition to cooking for a variety of celebrity clients who shall remain nameless to protect the innocent.
Me2 I know, crazy to be wearing a jacket, but again, allergies kicking my butt make me cold. Plus, it does get a little chilly at night in Scottsdale.

I'm wearing what Project Runway Style Guru, Tim Gunn, refers to as a faux fur chubby coat in his book,
Tim Gunn: A Guide to Quality, Taste and Style (Tim Gunn's Guide to Style) if I remember correctly. Read it and let me know if I got that one right.

In any case, here's some highlights from the actual Scottsdale Culinary Festival Eat, Drink, Be Pretty event we also attended earlier that night. What an amazing event. Scottsdale truly has some of the most beautiful people I've seen in a long time and they know how to party!:)
Absolut Our first stop, the Absolut Vodka bar, what can we say? Gotta love an Absolut pear vodka and soda. I really don't drink that much, but when I do, I enjoy a nice sweet drink.
Cute bags Fruits & Passions Bodycare Fragrances Home was passing out products and these cute bags which were all the rage that night. Perfect for the beach or pool. Bliss Spa had wonderful spa items to share too. The oxygen mask is so soothing and refreshing.
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Fest11 Dave6
Sexy devil, isn't he ladies? Whoops, did I just say that? I am his publicist after all. Guess I'm supposed to say that, but glad I mean it.
Fest3 Fest4 Fest5 Fest8 Fest9 Fest16 Lots of fashion shows going on inside and outside on the premises which was fun to watch.
Fest22 And of course, wine tasting and dining. I liked this "New Age" wine the best because it was sweet and carbonated - an adult pop. My mom's from Ohio, can you tell?
Plate Upon arrival you were given this plastic plate with attached cutlery and this cute souvenir wine glass you used throughout the evening while marking off the biz card with the amount of wine you had enjoyed.

These two women were the most unflappable organizers I've ever met. Kudos to you two for pulling off such a wonderful event with such gracious smiles and spirt.
Fest18 On the way out we all received a beautiful red rose and program. Here's a close up for your viewing pleasure.
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Here's some highlights from the next day too. This was the calm before the storm. Imagine it packed with people later on all wining and dining and you will be right.Signage2
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David Chef David Linville prepared CA Style Gazpacho. This weekend, he will be appearing at Grand Food & Wine Affair in Houston, TX. I make sure he keeps a busy schedule!

Back to the Scottsdale Mondrian. The next day I woke up early and decided to start my day by taking advantage of the Olympic size pool. Isn't this wonderful? I basically had it all to myself except for two business men discussing stocks in the hot tub and we mutually ignored each other.

Too early to schmooze and it's understood you want privacy when you stay at a place like this which is why I enjoyed my experience there so much.
Mondrian Mondrian2 Mondrian3 This cabana space beats any I've seen at any of the luxury hotels I've visited in Hollywood hands down. Fireplace, flat screen TV anyone?
Mondrian4 Later on in the day, I'm sure this would have been packed with guests, but for that moment in time, it was all mine. Pure relaxation and so peaceful. I loved it.
Mondrian18 After swimming a few laps, showering and packing up, I went down to enjoy breakfast at the restaurant on site.
Mondrian17 Here's a little tour to the restaurant.
Mondrian19 Care for a ride? Numerous sports cars were lined up last night because this was the place to be after the Eat, Drink and Be Pretty event. We saw quite a few people from that event had wandered over as we were leaving.
Mondrian15 Just outside the front lobby. Isn't that inviting? I enjoyed the pink and Western accents throughout the lobby too.
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Mondrian12 I loved how this room glowed with a soft pink light. So welcoming and sexy!
Mondrian5 And for a completely different motif, check out the restaurant. I believe it's Asia de Cuba, but am afraid I forget which one I visited. Isn't it fun?
Mondrian6 Mondrian8 Mondrian7 I didn't see anyone famous while staying there, but that wasn't the reason I chose to stay here. I appreciate quality, excellence and exquisite surroundings which this property definitely offers. The food was delicious and the ambiance perfect.

I would wager to say, almost more than my local LA version, but having never stayed there, only attended private parties, I can't say for sure.

Maybe that will be my next visit....

Here's some highlights of our drive home. The scenery is visually stunning, although have to admit after awhile it begins to all look the same. That said, I thought some of you who have never driven this route might appreciate seeing this great land through my eyes.

Best Dinasor  Musuem2 We didn't have time to stop and visit, but there is a General George S. Patton Museum out in the middle of nowhere you might want to catch. Apparently, the cafe next door is where Chef Anthony Bourdain stopped during one of his road trip shows.

Could be a fun rest stop. We wouldn't know, although we did share some food there.
Musuem3 Musuem4 Musuem5 Mtns3 There are windmills as far as the eye can see in certain sections of the freeway. If you can believe it, I took these pix while driving because we were only going 20 mph since Coachella was happening that weekend nearby too. Everyone was driving home at the same time. We made pretty good time considering the amount of people who attend that music festival each year.
Finally, we arrived in Los Angeles and were greeted by the most amazing sunset. (For the record, I did not take these pix. lol) I love LA. No matter where I travel and live, I will always call California home. Sunset Sunset2

Questionable Politicians, taxation problems and all.:) That's all.

I hope you've enjoyed my tour of Scottsdale, AZ and have been enticed to visit this fascinating desert community. It's a quick getaway from Los Angeles and worth at least vacationing there once in your lifetime.

Have a good evening everyone. Thanks for stopping by. If you do stay at the Mondrian, tell 'em Joy sent you.:)

Congresswoman Jane Harmon & Beyonce's latest

By Joy A. Kennelly

Just a couple little video quickies to keep you occupied while I begin crafting my Scottsdale, AZ travel masterpiece and client updates. lol

What is the story on Congresswoman Jane Harmon? Anyone know the truth? I've met her and find her extremely dynamic which is why this is disheartening to say the least. How trustworthy is Gawker?

Here's their coverage - anyone know anything please leave a comment. That means you Alex and Michael.:)

Congresswoman Waddles Into Israeli Spy Storm

Jane Harman's Media Tour Gets Off to a Bad Start

Jane Harman Caught on Tape, Peddling Influence

Okay, enough of that. If you have an opinion or information, please share it because I'm sure we'd love to know the truth. Heavy Sigh.

Now on to something fun and entertaining highlighting one of my favorite Beyonce songs - If you like it put a ring on it. (I've linked to a blogger with a very interesting take on the lyrics and message - check it out and then check out the cool dance video below!)

Beyonce 100 Single Ladies Flash-Dance Piccadilly Circus, London for Trident Unwrapped

Gotta hand it to the Brits. They may have bad teeth, but man can they dance! Okay, now I've got some blogging to do. Have a good one everyone.

Tax Day Tea Parties, Miss California debacle and other "extreme" politics

By Joy A. Kennelly

Just returned from a wonderful trip to Scottsdale, AZ and will be writing about that on my professional blog - since it's client related.

However, right now, I just need to unload this since it's been on my head ever since tax day. Read on at your own risk. Consider yourself warned, extreme politics ahead. lol

If you're not in the mood to read my political viewpoint, wait awhile and I'll have another blog on cool Scottsdale places to stay and things to do shortly. Just give me some time because it takes awhile to upload pix, create links etc.

I'm going to quote a lot of people in this blog because they say it better than I could, but before I get into that, since when does a major Queen get to tell another potential Queen she doesn't receive her crown just because she happens to hold a different opinion than the first said Queen?

You know what I'm talking about don't you? The Miss USA pageant heard round the world. Of course, the entertainment media is spinning it that the Miss California contestant was the one in the wrong, but sorry, judges who hold political and personal viewpoints that are contrary to popular opinion don't get to dictate what the general public still holds dear.

85% still believe that marriage is between a man and a woman no matter how hard this is spun. Here's back up if you don't believe me, hunt around, I'm sure it's on there. You might actually enjoy the read, click here

You can read more about it here: "The way miss California answered her question lost her the crown, without a doubt!" Perez told Access Hollywood after the pageant.

I'm sorry, but this is wrong. Since when does a gay man dictate who represents the US in beauty pageants and especially the Miss USA pageant? Apparently the organizer is also gay hence the question, but it was really wrong and not the right platform for the gay agenda in my humble opinion.

Here's his BS reasoning:
Trash blogger retracts apology to Miss California USA; invokes the “c-word”

And more on good 'ole CNN's Larry King in case you missed it - especially notice the comments if that's your thing. Leave one why doncha? 

In Case You Missed It…

I'm sure there are those who disagree, but I'd love to hear from those who agree because I'm sure I'm not alone in this sentiment. Don't be shy. I've been trying not to blog about gay marriage because I'm not in the mood for the hate that automatically comes by expressing a religious opinion in this day and age, but this BS by Perez Hilton takes the cake.

Enough already! Okay, I feel better. Moving right along.

To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary L. Bauer

Tea Party Triumphs

The coast-to-coast Tea Parties protesting outrageous government spending were a tremendous success. By one estimate, more than 340,000 Americans participated, and that is probably a low number. Fox News recorded an incredible boost in viewership because Fox was the only network where anyone interested in the events could get fair and balanced reporting.

For example, Susan Roesgen of CNN engaged one protestor over a sign he had suggesting President Obama was a fascist, and the supposed reporter called it “offensive.” But when covering a rally in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, she took no offense to a protestor dressed as George W. Bush with a Hitler mustache and horns.

(Click hereto see a comparison of Roesgen’s biased reporting by our friends at the Media Research Center.) But far worse than Roesgen’s bias were the vulgarities and gutter humor expressed by other so-called journalists at CNN and MSNBC. I doubt one person in one hundred understood their inappropriate jokes, but our media elites sure had a good laugh.

How about our politicians -- did they get the message? Not Nancy Pelosi. She said the Tea Parties weren’t grassroots but Astroturf funded by “some of the wealthiest people in America to keep the focus on tax cuts for the rich.” They don’t get it. The issue is government spending and an ever-expanding bureaucracy that is encroaching upon our liberty. Pelosi was joined in her scorn by liberal Democrat Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), who condemned the Tea Parties as “despicable” and “shameful.”

Actress and liberal activist Janeane Garofalo went even further, telling MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann that the protestors were just ignorant bigots. Here’s what she said: “Let’s be very honest about what this is about. …It’s not about taxes. They have no idea what the Boston Tea party was about. They don’t know their history at all. It’s about hating a black man in the White House. …This is racism straight up…”

The Left’s vitrol is proof that the Tea Parties were a success. If they had flopped, no one would be talking about them. But the Left’s reaction illustrates the cultural war that continues to rage in America. The Left has great tolerance for obscene homosexual “pride” parades, protests by illegal aliens, anarchists and anti-military, anti-America radicals like Code Pink and ANSWER. Yet when hard working, decent Americans protest the government’s growing demands on their liberty and labor, the Left loses its tolerance and derides its fellow Americans as “despicable, shameful racists.”

Elections have consequences. And the past two elections have given us the most leftwing president and Congress in history. In just a few short weeks, they have given us a $1.5 trillion “stimulus bill,” a $410 billion “omnibus” spending bill and a $3.5 trillion “bankrupt us” budget bill. You, your children and grandchildren are going to get stuck paying the bill!

But the Tea Parties will be meaningless if the activism of April15th is not translated into effective political action in November 2010. I pray that everyone who attended a Tea Party will get active in their community, engage friends and family members, register new voters, volunteer for conservative candidates and support conservative organizations like Campaign for Working Families. Working together, I believe we can make America “a shining city upon a hill!”

Are You on the President’s Enemies List? (Joy's note: You might be an extremist if... click here for the DHS report on 'right-wing extremism.)

Last week, Barack Obama’s message to the world was: “the United States is not and never will be at war with Islam.”  This week, Barack Obama’s Department of Homeland Security’s message to conservatives was:  the United States may soon be at war with you.  Earlier this week I told you about the new Department of Homeland Security report warning of the threat from “right-wing extremism,” which I’m sure was just coincidentally released as the Tea Parties were about to be held.

In my Human Events column today, I explore the report further and remark on what it says about an administration when it seems more concerned about an imaginary threat from its citizens than it is about actual terrorists who have attacked us and promise to do so again.  You can read and comment on my column here.  Thank you.    

Gary Bauer wrote the above and he's not the only one with this warning.

Check out this article entitled:
Md. Guard Issues Warning to Staff about Local TEA Party Protestors

Can someone please tell me if the gay rights movement ever warranted a national guard response? What about during the protests for gay marriage? Still trying to see how people like the ones I've taken pictures of during the South Bay Tax Party and others I've received via email warrant police action.

Here's some videos first to give you an idea of almost 350k people who stood in to make their voices heard all over the Southland.

Van Nuys Tea Party videos here.

Radio Talk show Host Kevin James at Tea Party Van Nuys

And my absolute favorite,

Victoria Jackson at Van Nuys Teaparty Apr 15, 2009

Gotta love a former SNL Comedian who prays and speaks out against Obamanation. Whoops, that's very close to abomination isn't it? No pun intended, but... Back to the pictures.

Obama sign
Peter & speaker2 Pete Kesterson, the local South Bay GOP leader, invited him to speak at an upcoming meeting. I'll let you know...Or just check out and sign up for the newsletter which will give you all the details of any upcoming TEA parties and much more!
Signs5 Watch out! These sweet ladies are extremists in disguise. GIVE ME A BREAK!
Dockweiller & flags

Obama2 This man spoke and struck quite a chord because he actually is opposed to Obama's welfare nation concept. He was afraid to come out to the rally, but was so warmly welcomed it made him tear up. I think I even recognize a local Joy in there too. See her smiling face? You never know who you will find at these events. All good people though - just fed up!

Or read this article on the protesters in Temecula:
TEMECULA: Turn out high for Temecula 'tea party'

I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle. -- Winston Churchill

Here's some pix that are circulating the internet. If you're the photographer, I hope you don't mind my posting them here. Shoot me your name and I'll give you credit. Otherwise, happy to remove too. Your call in spreading the news...
Image011 Better watch out, grandma's after Obama.
Oh my!
Image013 Baby, you're in trouble now! Growing up to be a regular 'ole extremist now. Uh huh, uh huh. OY!
Image014 The cute brunette is Michelle Malkin, a noted conservative blogger. Guess you might be an extremist if you have the "audacity of hope" to challenge the status quo?
Image019 My personal favorite is this one! Give me freedom, or give me chocolate!
I find it ironic since so many people believe Obama is such a wonderful leader to quote this real great African-American leader, but so be it. In my mind there is no comparison between the two men on so many levels.

"Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals."  Martin Luther King, Jr.

Getting back to my original point, after watching the film, State of Play, over the weekend it's beginning to make sense why there are all these "military" responses to people standing up for their rights and why all the CIA documents were revealed. (More after this special report.)

Here's today's report prepared by the staff of Campaign for Working Families which also helps explain this drastic breach of confidence:

“Inexcusable Lapse”

Last week, President Obama made public previously secret details of the government’s interrogation methods used on suspected Islamic terrorists. Yesterday on Fox News Sunday, former CIA Director General Michael Hayden told host Chris Wallace that he, current CIA Director Leon Panetta and three other past CIA directors all objected. Hayden added that he called three top White House officials to warn against the declassification of this sensitive information.

Friday, Investors Business Daily published a scathing editorial entitled, “Inexcusable Lapse,” regarding the president’s decision to publicize the interrogation memos. Here are some excerpts:

“We are told by President Obama’s senior adviser David Axelrod that the president agonized for four weeks over the ‘weighty decision’ to make public memoranda detailing the specifics of the CIA’s tough interrogation of high-value terrorist detainees such as 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammad. For most other presidents, it would have taken maybe four minutes, required little soul-searching and resulted in the opposite choice.

“…What could have possessed him to make public the steps our interrogators go through, the limits of pain and discomfort they (but not the prisoners) know they will not exceed, and the analytical classification and specific purpose of each of the various techniques? …

“What the president has given to our enemies is a treasure chest of defensive weapons. Within the caves of the mountainous Pakistan/Afghanistan border, Islamofascist plotters must wonder how self-destructively corrupt their American adversaries have to be to allow such materials to land in their hands. The piece of information that may be of most value to terrorists is the government’s assessment that waterboarding was ‘the most traumatic of the enhanced interrogation techniques’ and implicitly the most effective. ...Presumably the issue is academic since the Obama administration has officially prohibited waterboarding.

“There is no more valuable tool for subjects of interrogation than to know what they will be subjected to. How in good conscience could our president have given this gift to those trying to destroy us?”

Now for those of you who have seen the movie, you'll know what I mean when I say I think Obama is preparing the country for privatization of government security. If you don't agree, watch the film and get back to me. I'm sure you'll see how much money is involved and your eyes will be opened once and for all.

This is an excellent film. All the acting is SUPERB! Brilliant casting, suspense, writing and directing. Especially loved the commentary on the media, blogging and politics. But that's me! They were speaking my language.

Okay, that's all for now. This oughta give you something to think about for awhile. Just know, you are not alone in this and there are more people than you realize who believe the same way as you and me. Speak up! Or forever lose the right I'm afraid.

Chef David Linville in 31st Annual Scottsdale Culinary Festival, April 18 – 19, 2009

31st Annual Scottsdale Culinary Festival Event Details, April 14 – 19, 2009
Presented by the Scottsdale League for the Arts

Friends of James Beard Benefit Dinner – Presented by SRP Earthwise
Seven James Beard award-winning chefs from around the country prepare a six-course meal complete with carefully selected wine pairings. Experience this once-in-a-lifetime collaborative dinner in the company of true artisans.

Tuesday, April 14, 6 PM
The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
Capacity: 125
$200 per person

Eat, Drink, & Be Pretty Party
Dress to impress at this fashion-forward food and wine tasting. The weekend kickoff soiree features live entertainment, dancing, music and a runway show that’s a feast for the eyes. Fashion mavens, prepare to swoon.

Friday, April 17 from 7 – 11 PM
Scottsdale Center for the Arts
Capacity: 1,200
$60 in advance, $70 at the door

Bubbles & Bliss
An uber chic tasting event that far transcends your average night out. Sip on bubbly provided and sample buzz-worthy Asian cuisine by Sushi Roku, all at Shade, the hip, open-air nightlife lounge at W Scottsdale.

Tuesday, April 14, 7 – 10 PM
W Scottsdale
Capacity: 200
$40 per person

Cooks & Corks™ – Presented by the Viking Experience
Spice things up at this two-day culinary affair showcasing cooking demos from some of the nation’s hottest chefs, including Bravo’s Top Chef, Food Network stars and award-winning Chef David Linville. Chef headshot - bl wh
Chef David Linville’s background includes LA’s most prestigious restaurants and hotels such as: The Ritz Carlton, St. Regis Hotel, Viceroy Hotel, Mastros Beverly Hills and The Standard Hotel on Sunset. He has also worked as a sought after private chef on yachts for Hollywood’s elite.

Select Valley restaurants will offer a delectable assortment of food paired with a flavorful wine selection.

Saturday & Sunday, April 18-19
from Noon – 4:30 PM
Scottsdale Center for the Arts
Capacity: 700 each day
$75 per person Saturday, $65 per person Sunday

Chef Tribute Dinner
The Valley’s most beloved chefs come together during this extraordinary tribute dinner that recognizes their exceptional culinary accomplishments. Acclaimed national food writer John Mariani will share insight into culinary trends.

Wednesday, April 15, 6 – 9 PM
J&G Steakhouse
Capacity: 125
$125 per person until March 6, 2009; $150 after

GAP (Great Arizona Picnic™)
Sample food from 50+ restaurants, and enjoy cooking demonstrations from local and national chefs. Taste vodka-inspired drinks at the Absolut Bistro, Mexican food and Patron margaritas at Camarones Margarita Village. Dance to rocking music performed by bands on two main stages.
Saturday, April 18, from Noon – 10 PM
Sunday, April 19, from Noon – 6 PM
Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza
Capacity: Unlimited
$10 per person

“On the Rocks”
Relax in a tropical paradise poolside with cocktails from Cruzan Rum. Enjoy refreshing drinks and island entertainment while sampling the best in Polynesian fare from Trader Vic’s.
Wednesday, April 15, 7 – 10 PM
Hotel Valley Ho Pool
Capacity: 150
$40 per person

Chefs Wine Dinners
Join award-winning chefs at some of the Valley’s top restaurants for a series of exclusive four-course dinners paired with rich vintage wines. The Winemakers dinners are limited to 24 attendees per restaurant to ensure an intimate and savory experience.
Saturday, April 18 at 6:45 PM
Various Top Valley Restaurants
Capacity: 24 attendees per restaurant

Culinary Hall of Fame Awards Dinner™
This much-anticipated, Oscars-style awards dinner honors culinary aficionados selected for induction in the Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame. See it live at Wrigley Mansion during a fabulous dinner, and take the opportunity to mingle with past winners.
Thursday, April 16, 6:30 PM
Wrigley Mansion
Capacity: 200
$125 per person until March 6, 2009; $150 after

Wine Country Brunch™
An elegant yet unpretentious country-themed brunch buffet complemented by select wines. A parade of incredible silent auction items kicks off this Sunday outing.
Sunday, April 19, from 11 AM – 2 PM
InterContinental Montelucia Resort & Spa
Capacity: 300
$65 per person

“On the Rocks”
Looking for a sophisticated outing with a hot, urban vibe? Look no further than this mixologist event that’s a libation lover’s delight. Experience sizzling hors d’oeuvres and cool cocktails hand-created by inventive mixologists.
Thursday, April 16, 6:30 – 9:30 PM
Mondrian Scottsdale
Capacity: 125
$40 per person

Best of the Fest™
The festival finale! A five-course, wine-paired dinner created tableside by one of Arizona’s top chefs. It truly is a most elegant Sunday evening affair!
Sunday, April 19, at 6:30 PM
Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa
Capacity: 220
$150 per person until March 6, 2009; $175 after

For media inquires contact mmpr at (602) 264-2655

Bo Bridges Art Opening, and other stuff

By Joy A. Kennelly

There are certain times of the month when things seem so much more serious than they really are and women, you know what I'm talking about. Last week was one of those times, but once Friday hit I was feeling so much better.

Helped to commensurate with another girlfriend who was going through something similar. I had planned to hit the after-party of the Surf Fest, but just wasn't in the mood. Rather melancholy to be honest - not up to socializing.

However, Saturday was a new day. Woke up feeling great and ready to have fun with friends. Washed that man right out of my hair. lol Still stings, but not as much now that I know I want to be right with God more than with him. Guess another lesson to learn on the road to true love.

Hit the local Surfer Walk of Fame celebration and Surf fest down at the Pier Plaza which was fun to see. Wasn't in the mood to stand in the lines and only hit a few booths as a result. Very cool to see all the young kids out and about though.

We have some amazing surfers who have come out of this area. We also have some amazing surf brands down here - Body Glove, Spyder anyone? I'm sure there are others, but those are the two I've had personal connection with so there you have it.

Visited with a few local retailers and then finished reading The One: Finding Soulmate love and Making it Last by Kathy Freston one last time before throwing clothes on to go out that night. Not sure if I believe it, but thought it would help me move on faster which I think it has. We'll see.

I took a ton of pix yesterday and had a really great time. I've uploaded the majority on my Facebook and Myspace sites so check 'em out there.

Here's a few highlights though just for fun:

OBAMA truck sign Whoops, how did that get there? Here's the real ones...
Pier plaza Summer is just around the corner.
Stage Timmy Curan and his brother performed I believe.
Pier plaza3
Bday party Hit a new friend, Vic's bday party at The Shore
Bob If you're a fan of Big Bob and Cafe Bugaloo better come on down soon because it's under new ownership and going to change.

What a big loss to our community. I hope whoever has bought it realizes there is going to be a lot of upset people once word gets out. BOYCOTT!!!!:)
Brad Recognize Bradley from KROQ? Don't take my picture you pap you!:)
Me2 He made me laugh so hard - what a crazy guy. Rumor has it he's considering running for Hermosa Beach City Council. That would certainly make things interesting to say the least. He totally reminds me of John Pieplow. Doesn't he? Only I'm sure John wouldn't be caught dead in a pimp daddy coat like that, or would he? LOL
Annie2 Local runner, Annie Seawright, and organizer of the Surf Fest I believe, catching a wave at the upper lounge of Bo Bridge's Spit Studio. Kudos to her and the entire group . Very cool to see Hermosa recognizing Surfers more than drinkers! Thanks!
Best friends5 Lovebirds, Jason and Greycie, below the wave in the downstairs art gallery. He's part owner of The Shore and they own Luna G together. Very sweet couple.
Trio6 The man of the hour, Bo Bridges with me and Darcy.
Goup We just moved the party over from The Shore...
Dj sleeper DJ Sleeper really set the tone for the party.