Jun 112013

Darya Pino Rose.

One thing I’ve discovered since switching to unprocessed, real food is that most of the things I considered decadent treats in the past really aren’t as good as I thought they were. When you start to appreciate that even vegetables can taste amazing, your standards for what is worth eating drastically rise. Also, your palate acclimates to real flavors, and it becomes easy to recognize the overly sweet, salty, and creamy (i.e., fatty) concoctions that pass for indulgence in the industrial food chain. Your mouth starts perceiving these imitations for what they really are: bad for you, without any real taste.

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Many of the desserts on our recent cruise seemed bland. Makes me wonder if they were any different than past desserts or if, having cut out added sugar in my daily eating, I no longer have cravings for things sweet.

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Jun 092013

Darya Pino Rose.

We do not need unhealthy foods to be more convenient or less expensive. And if you’re going to put health aside and eat them anyway, they should also taste absolutely amazing, not just good or even pretty good.

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It has always been easy to pass up dessert at a restaurant. Who wants to pay $6 or so for something you don’t need when you are already full.

But what if it is ‘free’? We just got back from a 7-day cruise to Alaska. After our meals we had a choice of desserts which were included. Sometimes they offered something interesting but most were fairly ordinary.

For more than a year I have had no problem passing on desserts and cookies at events and friends’ houses yet I found myself unable to pass up the ‘free’ desserts on cruise. Why?

I am going to allow myself desserts now. But only if they are amazing. And in small quantities for those very special occasions like grandkid’s birthdays.

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Jun 012013
Alaska Princess Cruise

Alaska Princess Cruise

I had mentioned a long while back to a friend of mine, Jim Carey, who works for Cruise Holidays that I would be interested in hearing about any special rates he finds for cruises.

He ended up messaging me a couple weeks ago that the Star Princess Alaska Cruise had a special rate for an inside cabin of $350 per person and wondered if I was still interested. Just so happens that this is our anniversary weekend and who can pass up $350 to Alaska?


Bridge Cam Live from the Star Princess
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Of course there are other taxes and there will be tips but this is almost half the normal rate and my bride of 34 years will get a true vacation where others take care of her for a whole week.

See ya!

Jun 292011

What fun this year at the 18th Annual Cool Desert Nights! The Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce puts on this event and I volunteered to take photos for the chamber. Over 900 cars registered for the 3-day family oriented event and the crowds were amazing.

Here are the photos I took over the 3 days.

Thursday night over a hundred cars gathered at the TRAC facility in Pasco. At 5:30 the cars started up and cruised through Pasco, Kennewick, Richland. After getting some photos at TRAC, I set up at the Cable Bridge to get some shots as the cars passed. The whole section of Jadwin Ave. along the Uptown Mall was blocked off and the cars that participated in the cruise were allowed to park on the street and a large number of other cars parked in the Uptown Mall parking lot.

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Friday was a busy day, starting with a small show & shine at Desert Wind Winery where the blue sky made a gorgeous background. I enjoyed a glass of 2009 Ora while shooting a couple of panorama shots of the parking lot full of cars as well as photos of various cars.

In the evening, the cars all gathered in the Uptown Mall parking lot for a ‘particpants only’ cruise that wrapped around downtown Richland where large crowds had gathered along the sidewalks to watch. I had fun hitching a ride in the back of an El Camino along the cruise route, getting a number of photos of the various cars and the crowd. The car that got the most attention was the 56 Chevy that could shoot flames out of the exhaust.

The evening finished with the bands Colorblind and Pastic Soul playing at Jack-sons. I stopped by to get some photos before heading home so I could get an early start the next morning.

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Saturday started with the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast at the Jefferson Park Gazebo, but actually cars started pulling into Jefferson Park and the Uptown Mall before 4 a.m. to get prime spots for the judging later in the day. After getting pictures of the cars and crowd I was able to get on top of the Octopus Garden and attempt some panorama shots from quite a vantage point. It was almost noon, and I decided to head home. For those who stayed, slow drags started at noon and at 3:30 p.m. over two dozen awards are given out in a number of categories. The evening is capped off again at Jack-sons with the band Eclectic Approach.

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Were you able to make it this year? It was a great event and I am already looking forward to next year!