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Diners, Drive-ins and Dive: Aldo's

In Santa Cruz California, there is a local's favorite restaurant called the Aldo's. It also turns out to be another restaurant featured on the Food Network TV show called Diner's, Drive-ins and Dive.
カリフォルニア州のサンタクルーズという街に「Aldo's」という地元人気レストランがある。実はアメリカのフードネットワークの「Diner's, Drive-ins and Dive」の番組で収録されたレストランでもある。

Sign of Guy Fieri, the main host of the show on the wall.

Here is a clip from the TV show.
「Diner's, Drive-ins and Dive」からの映像。

We were visiting our extended families in California for the Christmas and New Year and we decided to take a short trip to Santa Cruz.

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Item on the menu that was featured on the show (with spaghetti). Delicious.

Here is our videos we took..

Located right by the sea shore, Aldo's offer peaceful and comforting dining experience.

Smile Detection

Our new camera has a smile detection capability. Here are the pictures our camera took while we were still getting ready to take a group photo.

What impresses you?

Today, Jan 19, is the birthday of renowned French artist, Paul Cézanne.

He was said to form the bridge between late 19th century Impressionism and
the early 20th century's new line of artistic enquiry, Cubism. Cézanne was my influence when I studied art years ago.

Although I'm still green in the field of artistic discipline, I thought I'd pay
a tribute to Cézanne by designing the website main page after him.

I've used images of my own paintings along with
the portrait of Cézanne to create layered image.

On this banner, I've artists that were either mentor/predecessors of Paul Cézanne including Camille Pissarro, Alfred Sisley, etc. The catch phrase is "What impresses you?" of which the idea was taken from the artistic movement "Impressionism."

こちらの小さなバナーにはカミーユ・ピサロやアルフレッド・シスレーなどのセザンヌの前任者や師を載せた。キャッチフレーズは「What impresses you?」(あなたに感銘を与える(印象づける)ものは何か?)。もちろんこれは美術及び芸術運動の一つである「印象派」からとっている。

I also updated the FINE ART page of the website.
FINE ARTのページのデザインも更新してみた。

Can Hugo jump?

Can Hugo jump off the stool?

Love it when Hugo does the Kung-fu pause at the end.

Hugo weighs himself

Hugo loves to weigh himself.

Hugo eat sleeps

Hugo falls asleep while eating.

Las Vegas Part XIII: Conclusion

Oh man, this series did go on forever.... let's see.... 7 months? Wao. I'm bad.

Anyway, this was my second time in Las Vegas but it still was a good trip...

This trip was taken place between my graduation and start of a job. It was nice to spend have long vacation with my wife and son after being so busy with school for the past two years.

We'd go to LV again... maybe in 4 years.

Las Vegas Part XII: NYNY

Here is the New York New York Hotel designed after the New York Manhattan.

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they have imitated structures that represent New York city such as the Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn Bridge. Hotel rooms are in inside the building designed after Empire State Building and Chrysler building.

This hotel is very unusual in Las Vegas because there is no buffet inside the hotel. Every hotel in Vegas has buffet. Don't know why, I guess they really wanted to target gamblers.

Las Vegas Part XI: MGM Grand

This is the second largest hotel resort in Las Vegas, MGM Grand.

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The trademark symbol for this hotel is obviously the lion statue. This thing is bigger than it appears in many movies and TV shows, which surprises many people.

Lion being the trademark for this hotel means, of course, you can see lions for free inside the hotel. Unfortunately, the lions were taking a nap... all of them were. I felt pretty bad for Hugo. He's never seen a lion/tiger before.

Wait... now that I think about it, I bet Hugo will just cry and scream if he sees lion/tiger. Never mind. Good thing they were asleep. When we went to National Zoological Park in Washington DC (3 months after we visited Las Vegas), he could not stand lions 30 yards away.
いや、まてよ。多分、起きているライオンちゃん見たら大声で泣きながら怖がったであろう。この間 DCの動物公園に行ったとき(ラスベガスに行った3ヶ月後)、20mはなれたライオン見ただけで大泣きした。

Las Vegas Part X: Luxor

This is the Luxor Resort Hotel in Las Vegas designed after the pyramid.

Click HERE for the full photo album.

One notable feature of this hotel is the pillar of light.
The tip of the pyramid contains a fixed-position spotlight that points directly upward.

It's claimed to be the brightest beam in the world at over 42 billion candle power. According to Wikipedia, this light is visible from anywhere in the Las Vegas valley at night, and can be seen at flight level from above Los Angeles, California, over 275 miles (443 km) away.

In addition to pyramid, there is a sphinx at the front gate.

Of course the hotel has the Egyptian theme to it.