Friday, April 30, 2010

Dolphin City and Sol Cocina

Friday has finally come. It came about as fast as the two little daschund's I saw frantically trying to cross Crown Valley Pkwy this morning as fast as their stubby little legs could go as their owner forged ahead, dragging them along; But nonetheless it came. I admit, I am being a little melodramatic. This week had many highlights including getting to hang out with our good friends Mona Shah and Chef Deborah Schnieder at launch party for her new book, Amor y Tacos, last night. I understand that I have blogged about this book/event going on three times now, but they say if you say something three times people will remember it. And I'm telling you, you need to remember to either buy this book or visit Sol Cocina for a fabulous dinner overlooking the marina. The food at the party was amazing - and that is the understatement of the century. "Antojitos" were served, which are Mexico's version of hors d'oeuvres or appetizers. We had lamb, ceviche, guacamole, tacos, and more. And to wash it all down, watermelon margaritas made with fresh watermelon and basil served in a glass with a rim dipped in chili spices, mixed for each guest by the legendary mix-master Manny Hinojosa. All of the recipes are available in Chef Deborah's book, which we bought and had her sign. Seriously, get a copy. You'll be supporting local business, local community and your tastebuds.

{ Left: The lovely Mona Shah and I with Fran-Sancho as Chef Deb calls him. Sancho is a term used in Mexico for men who visit your wife while you're away from home. As used in the Sublime song, Santeria. Right: Chef Deb cooking up some amazing food. }

{ Sara Wilkins with Chef Deborah who she interviewed for The OC Gazette this month. Check out the piece here. }

I also drove up to KOCI 101.5FM's headquarters yesterday to sit in on a recording of Revolution Radio. We did a spotlight on this awesome local radio station a few weeks ago. They are based out of Costa Mesa/ Newport Beach and you can get their signal up to about the 133. We listen to them online for this reason (check it out here). They play everything from classic rock to new rock, alternative to blues, and they always support the local OC bands and artists. Last night in studio I got to hang out with the amiable members of Dolphin City. You might know the guys as Make Moon - they play under both monikers. They are a talented group of guys from Newport Beach who have been playing everywhere from jolly old England to LA. Not only are they talented musicians, they are just funny guys. They joked their way through the whole interview. It's always great meeting down to earth bands who put out great music but don't take themselves to seriously.They are currently recording and will be playing a show at the Boathouse Collective soon, a brand new (and amazing) venue in Costa Mesa. Check the website for details soon.

{ Dolphin City on air with Revolution Radio host Mike Wheaton. Photo by Sarah Buss}

{ The band and friends. Photo by Sarah Buss }

Check out the Revolution Radio facebook for more photos and links. Become a fan while you're at it. We have to support local radio.

And, if you're looking for something to do this weekend, might I suggest what I'm doing: Watching the Lakers game tonight. It's game 6 people, so get excited. Or my other plan: to head up to The Arc Light in Hollywood to see Exit Through The Gift Shop, the new documentary (or is it a mockumentary?) on street artist Banksy. 

Enjoy your Friday - you guys earned it. 

- Amy
On my iTunes: David Bowie's "Space Oddity"

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