Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Book of Moooorrrrmoooonnnn

So the morning after Paleyfest saw me going back to Hollywood, but this time for the shiny lights of Broadway! Oops...actually the Pantages Theatre...but tomato/tomatoe.

 This time the family and I were seeing the critically acclaimed and hilarious "Book of Mormon".


I was so excited when I heard that this musical was coming to LA as I had heard amazing things! Now it is rather risque and could be offensive to some, but if you can take a joke then this is something you should definitely see. 

As always I'm completely obsessed with the architecture at the Pantages. It's like going back in time which I love!

Look who saw us out...
Elder Price!

After the show it was time for dinner!

For some reason it's become tradition in our family to have Maggiano's for pre/post theatre dinner. Not that I'm complaining because it's hands down delicious food! I've never heard a negative complaint about Maggiano's. 

As usual I got the delicious Rustic Chicken & Shrimp (without the peppers this time), and as usual it was delicious.  

My Grama and sister both got the Rigatoni "D"...

...my mum got the Mushroom Ravioli...

...and my father went traditional with Fettuccine Alfredo. 

Of course we ended our meal and fantastic theatre outing with dessert...Creme Brulee to be exact! 

I would highly recommend seeing "The Book of Mormon" while you can in LA, but if you can't this time then keep an eye out for when it comes back.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Paleyfest Fun at the Dolby Theatre

Every year Paleyfest comes to Los Angeles and this year I was determined to attend! 
Paleyfest is a two week event held by the Paley Center for Media. It's a bit like Comic-Con where popular (both past and present) television shows have panels consisting of creators, producers, and the cast answer questions. 

The lineup for this year's Paleyfest was amazing with "Mad Men" (love it!), "Orange is the New Black" (one of my new favorites!), "Lost" 10th Anniversary (past obsession), and several others. I wanted to attend so many of them, but alas could only chose one this year.

My sister and I decided to attend the HIMYM panel, and to our pleasant surprise (and delight!) there was a bar that served not only cocktails, but also Red Vines! 

"Thank you Linus" indeed!

We took our seats up on the balcony and admired the view. The Academy Awards have been hosted at the Dolby Theatre since 2002 and it's absolutely gorgeous inside.

They started with showing highlights from the show, and then we got to watch a new episode that wasn't airing for another three days. 
It was awesome being in the same theatre with other HIMYM fans while watching the new episode, and it got me really excited for the panel. 

Wayne Brady was the "Master of Ceremonies", which was the best choice for this panel. 

He introduced Cristin Milioti aka The Mother...

...Josh Radnor aka Ted Mosby...

...Colbie Smulders aka Robin Scherbatsky...

...and Alyson Hannigan aka Lily Aldrin. 

The creators (Carter Bays and Craig Thomas) and the Director (Pamela Fryman) joined the cast for the panel.

My sister and I were disappointed that Neil Patrick Harris or Jason Segel weren't there, but then we got a surprise...
NPH on Skype from New York! 

He was hilarious and made our night!
If you're in the Los Angeles area around February/March then I would highly recommend looking into Paleyfest. It's reasonable priced and an amazing experience.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Winter and Old Richmond Inn

It was pretty cold in Indiana compared to the warmer temperatures that we usually experience in SoCal, so scarves, hats, and big jackets became a must in my wardrobe. 

I had to go back to my Baltimore and London roots, but I'm probably the only person in the world who prefers winter accessories to sun dresses and shorts. 
Winter does make for some amazing scenes though!

My Aunt K mentioned the Old Richmond Inn for dinner this past Sunday, and after looking at the menu online we quickly agreed to meet up. 
I've visited Richmond, Indiana several times, but had never heard of this place. After eating here I couldn't believe I went over two decades without this place!

We were seated quickly, given menus, and some of the best bread sticks ever. 

As a starter we went with the onion straws, which to me, is always a great way to start a meal.

I got the French Onion soup, which was super cheesy and delicious!

My main was Linguine Prima Vera with Shrimp which was also very good!

My mum got the Chicken Picatta...

...and my cousin and my dad both got the grilled chicken. 

My other family members got the Norwegian Salmon Filet and Chicken Valentino. 
Everything was so good and I would recommend any of those dishes to anyone. 
I made sure to leave room for dessert because I saw my favorite on the menu...Creme Brulee!

The pictures do not do justice to the greatness that was this dessert!

Maybe this picture? Believe me...it was delicious!
The other dessert we got was the Texas Sheet Cake, a la Mode, but I was too obsessed with the Creme Brulee to even notice it's arrival at the table. I was assured that it too was very tasty.

Then after a little sight seeing, a great trip based on family and food ended, but I hope to go back soon.