Monthly Archives: December 2012
Dec 31 2012
Pasadena Rose Parade 2013 Pictures

Are you looking for some pictures of the floats and events surrounding the 2013 Pasadena Rose Parade. We have a sneak peak at some of the floats to be in the 2013 Rose Parade here.

The 2013 Rose Pasadena Rose Parade promises to be one of the best parades yet with lots of amazing floats and coverage.

The parade coverage starts at 8am on Jan 1, 2013 on most channels.

This is a great guide to the floats available on the media portion of the Rose Parade website here.

Dec 31 2012
AAA Tipsy Tow Program New Year’s Eve

AAA is offering its Tipsy Tow program on New Year’s Eve.

AAA will provide the service to drinking drivers from 6 p.m. Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday. You do not need to be a AAA member to use the Tipsy Tow service.

Drivers, potential passengers, party hosts, bartenders and restaurant managers can call 800-222-4357 (AAA-HELP) for a free tow home of up to 10 miles. Tell the AAA operator, “I need a Tipsy Tow,” and a truck will be on its way.

The service will provide a one-way ride for the driver and vehicle to the driver’s home. If there are additional passengers who need a ride, they will be taken to the driver’s home as long is there is sufficient room for them to be transported safely in the tow truck. You cannot make a reservation.

For more information, visit

Plan ahead this New Year’s Eve! Remember Tipsy Tow/Tow-to-Go is available only in select areas. Please share this post.

Photo: Plan ahead this New Year's Eve! Remember Tipsy Tow/Tow-to-Go is available only in select areas. Please share this post.


Tipsy Tow service provides a complimentary ride and vehicle tow up to seven miles from the point of pickup to drivers who have consumed alcohol on New Year’s Eve and the Fourth of July. Tipsy Tow service is available to members and non-members. Ask for a Tipsy Tow by calling 1-800-400-4222.

Dec 31 2012
Over 750 New Laws Go Into Effect Jan 1, 2013

Over 750 New Laws Go Into Effect Jan 1, 2013

Click here to read about the new laws.

Dec 31 2012
Fiscal Cliff – Dem Source: There is a Deal!

Fiscal Cliff – Dem Source: There is a Deal!

Dec 31 2012
Pasadena Rose Parade Street Parking Moratorium Holidays 2012-2013

Pasadena Rose Parade Street Parking
Many are flocking to Pasadena for the 2013 Rose Parade and parking is one of the major concerns.

According to the official City of Pasadena website:

Holiday Overnight Parking Citation Moratorium – 2 am to 6 am, from December 23 thru January 3. Vehicles legally parked on the street during the aforementioned hours and dates will not receive a citation for overnight parking. Overnight parking citations will resume being issued the morning of January 4, at 2 am.

Dec 31 2012
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Dec 31 2012
Science and the New Space Race: Opportunities and Obstacles @caltech

Science and the New Space Race: Opportunities and Obstacles

The Keck Institute for Space Studies and the Caltech Y Social Activism Speaker Series present:
Science and the New Space Race: Opportunities and Obstacles

Thursday, January 10, 2013
8:00-9:30 pm
Beckman Auditorium
California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, CA 91125

No registration is required for this free panel. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.

NASA’s Herculean feats of engineering, science, and exploration have been celebrated for over half a century, but a paradigm shift is underway. Private corporations have ambitious agendas for orbital payload delivery and astronaut transport, space tourism, and even interplanetary travel. SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft has successfully docked with the International Space Station; Virgin Galactic is selling tickets for flights in SpaceShipTwo and has unveiled LauncherOne, its small satellite launch system; and the share of space technologies developed and built in the private sphere continues to increase as both old and new companies ramp up their space efforts. Space agencies around the world, including in the United States, are increasing their reliance on these services to reduce costs and avoid long development cycles. What is the impact on the space, planetary, and earth sciences? Will these developments affect our ability to implement a broad, coherent space program that successfully tackles a wide array of ambitious scientific goals? How does this new landscape change the dynamics of international collaboration, public-private partnerships, intellectual property, and how will we strike a balance between scientific inquiry and the bottom line?

Join us for a discussion of these issues with an internationally renowned panel of scientists, industry executives, and policy experts.


Fiona HarrisonFiona Harrison, Ph.D.
Caltech Professor of Physics and Astronomy


John GrunsfeldJohn Grunsfeld, Ph.D.
NASA Associate Administrator for Science and former Space Shuttle Astronaut

Steve IsakowitzSteve Isakowitz
Virgin Galactic Executive VP and Chief Technology Officer

John LogsdonJohn Logsdon, Ph.D.
Founder and former director of the George Washington University Space Policy Institute

Gwynne ShotwellGwynne Shotwell
President of Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX)

Paul WennbergPaul Wennberg, Ph.D.
Caltech Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry and Environmental Science and Engineering


Caltech students led the conception, planning and execution of this event. This public panel is supported by the Keck Institute for Space Studies and the Caltech Y.

For questions contact: Erik Schomburg or Michele Judd

Dec 31 2012
Roku $20 Off 2 XS

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Dec 30 2012
Papa Johns FREE PIZZA Offer

Order between now and 1/7, and then get a FREE PIZZA with your next order!


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This coming Sunday on NBC Sunday Night Football Papa John and a Special Guest will reveal a secial opportunity for views to get a FREE PIZZA!

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Dec 30 2012
Medina Berry Farms Watsonville Organic Fresh Berries @medinafarms

Medina Berry Farms Farm Tour

Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market Association tours Medina Berry Farms in Watsonville, CA. They share their story with PCFMA to show customers at the market where their produce comes from.

Strawberry, Raspberry and Blackberry growers.

I purchased some raspberries at the Alemany Farmers Market from Medina Farms on Dec 29, 2012. $10 for a 3 pack of Raspberries. Very tasty and this is the end of December. Mid Winter.
They sell Strawberries, raspberries and blackberries in Northern California farmers markets.

Medina Berry Farms. 831-740-7578 351 Amesty Road, Watsonville CA 95076

Dec 29 2012
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Dec 29 2012
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Dec 28 2012
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Dec 28 2012
San Francisco Bay Bridge LED Light Sculpture Coming in March 2013

San Francisco Bay Bridge LED Light Sculpture Coming in March 2013

Dec 28 2012
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Dec 27 2012
Sonoma and Marin Cheesemakers Dairies

Sonoma and Marin Cheesemakers Dairies

Cheese Map Driving Tours

Click here to download the map.

Marin County Driving Tour
Novato to Nicasio and Point Reyes Station
Start at the Marin French Cheese Company right outside Novato,
where you can take a tour, picnic, and taste their award-winning
Rouge et Noir brie. Then travel west on the Point Reyes-Petaluma
Road, make a quick detour onto Nicasio Valley Road to the quaint
village of Nicasio. There you’ll find Nicasio Valley Cheese Company.
The Lafranchi family produces fantastic farmstead cheeses in the
artisanal tradition of their Swiss-Italian cousins in Switzerland. Then
retrace your steps to the Point Reyes-Petaluma Road and into the
town of Point Reyes to Tomales Bay Foods (also known as Cowgirl
Creamery) where you can watch cheesemaking through the window
or take a more formal cheese class (reservations required). At the
cheese counter taste Cowgirl cheeses and other local artisan cheeses.

Sonoma County Driving Tour
Petaluma to Sonoma to Sebastopol
(about 50 miles)
Driving Directions
Starting in the historic agricultural town of Petaluma, with its
charming turn-of-the-century buildings and quaint downtown,
stop by the Petaluma Creamery where you can sample Spring
Hill Cheese (for tours of their creamery please call ahead).
Then head east out of town via Highway 116 and follow signs to
Sonoma. To visit one of the oldest cheesemakers in the area, stop
by Vella Cheese Company, known for their famous aged dry
Jack. While still in Sonoma drop by the Epicurean Connection
for the flavors of fresh and soft cheeses and more local fare. For
more, travel north out of town on Highway 12 to Sebastopol to
the Matos Cheese Factory to sample their St. George, a buttery
semi-hard cheese made in the style of the Azores.

To try:
Marin French Cheese Company
7500 Red Hill Rd
Petaluma, CA 94952
(707) 762-6001
The Marin French Cheese Company is a manufacturer of artisan cheese and is located in rural west Marin County (between Point Reyes Station and Petaluma). The company was founded in 1865 by Jefferson Thompson, and produces cheeses under the Rouge et Noir brand name. It is the oldest cheese manufacturer still in operation in the United States. The facility consists of a 425-acre dairy ranch in the Hicks Valley, which includes a 9,000-square-foot cheese processing and retail sales facility, as well as a variety of barns, storage buildings and a pond-side picnic area.

Spring Hill Cheese Company
4235 Spring Hill Road, Petaluma, CA 94952
(707) 762-3446
Office Hours are 7am-4pm Mon-Fri
Spring Hill Jersey Cheese
d.b.a The Petaluma Creamery
621 Western Avenue
Petaluma, CA 94952
[email protected]

The lavender ice cream here is delicious. They use the lavender from the lavender bee farm about a mile away.

Laura Chenel’s Chevre
22085 Carneros Vineyard Way
Sonoma, CA 94576
Phone (707) 996-4477
Email [email protected]

Vella Cheese Company
315 2nd St E
Sonoma, CA 95476
(707) 938-3232
Monday – Saturday, 9:30 am to 6 pm
The ONLY cheese made in Sonoma…try samples for free…Dry Jack, asiago, colby, on and on…this is THE spot!

Probably the most original and unique cheese tasting experience. I was later impressed to read that Vella has solar panels on the roof which you can see from this Google view.

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Nicasio Valley Cheese Company
5300 Nicasio Valley Rd
Nicasio, CA 94946
(415) 662-6200
Retail Hours : 7 days a week, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Achadinha Cheese Company
Andante Cheese
Andre Artisan Cheese
Barinaga Ranch Farmstead
Sheep Milk Cheese
Bellwether Farms
Bleating Heart Cheese
Bodega Artisan Cheese
Bohemian Creamery
Clover Stornetta Farms
Cowgirl Creamery
Epicurean Connection
Laura Chenel’s Chevre
Marin French Cheese Company
Matos Cheese Factory
McClelland Dairy
Nicasio Valley Cheese Company
North Bay Curds and Whey
Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company
Pugs Leap
Ramini Mozzarella
Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery
Saint Benoit Creamery
Spring Hill Cheese Company
Straus Family Creamery
Tomales Farmstead Creamery
Two Rock Valley Goat Cheese
Valley Ford Cheese Company
Vella Cheese Company
Weirauch Farm & Creamery

Dec 27 2012
Gott’s Roadside Burgers Napa, St. Helena, San Francisco

Gott’s Roadside Burgers Napa, St. Helena, San Francisco

Three locations:
St. Helena
933 Main St
St. Helena, CA 94574
(707) 963-3486

The Oxbow Public Market
644 1st St
Napa, CA 94559
(707) 224-6900

1 Ferry Bldg
Marketplace Shop 6
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 318-3423

Dec 27 2012
20 Jeans for Men

20Jeans is a high-style men’s apparel company with an healthy disdain for overpriced clothes. For exclusive access to our collection, where every hyper-current article of clothing is just $20.

20Jeans offers a wide range of essentials pieces for the stylish man – including flannel and dress shirts, button-downs, and tees in an assortment of styles and brands.

Every piece is designer quality without the designer price, and reflects the latest in fashion trends.

Some items carry an additional charge like jackets at $5 additional.
Look for discount codes.

Dec 26 2012
331 Cortland Marketplace

331 Cortland Marketplace
A culinary Marketplace which provides new businesses the opportunity to learn and grow in a shared retail space.
We are a small business incubator

Bernal Cutlery

Paulie’s Pickling

Spice Hound

Anda Piroshki

Big Dipper Baby Food

Spice Hound
[email protected]

Tammy Tran runs Spice Hound

See reviews of the various businesses in the location.

Dec 26 2012
McCormick Spices – McCormick & Co. has released their 2013 “Flavor Forecast,”

McCormick & Co. has released their 2013 “Flavor Forecast,” announcing dukkah, cajeta (Mexican caramel), and katsu (a Japanese savory, tangy sauce) as the next spices and flavors to hit it big.

Dukkah – Middle Eastern spice blend made with toasted nuts, cumin, coriander and sesame seeds
Cajeta – a milk caramel popular in Mexico
Katsu – sauce, thick, tangy sauce popular in Japan

Chipotle Sales huge rise since 2003
US is the highest per capita consumption
more oriented with spices
The US is becoming more adventurous
Americans are eating home more


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