Dempsey on Clooney’s/ Schwartz (coffee wars) – Should Patrick Dempsey be the face of a Tully’s coffee reboot?
[Photo: TV Guide]
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 28.12.12~
True fact. When I lived in Los Angeles I lived between an Orthodox synagogue and a Medical marijuna store. The contrast was extreme yet normal in the hood. It was a strange store that even sold tiramisu by the slice. I didn’t do sugar in those days, though I observed tiramisu going out the door by the cakeloads daily. Beside the marijuna store was a Russian Deli (the best ever!) and also a boxing club called Trinity Boxing. The latter so much fun.
So when I read this news story from a reporter in the home town of New Zealand where country music star Keith Urban and I are from, I had one of those really surreal Snoop Dog-Lion entertainment moments as if in Seattle, Washington. How did that happen?!
I had to reread the article in entire. Anyway… I decided to share it as a New Zealand story that could almost make the next edition of a reprint of Pounamu, Pounamu (for adults) of the Midwest, or something quirky like that.
The news article reads like such a New Zealand story, set in the rural parts of NZ, where employment can be scarcer than desired and people still live largely off the land. They are country folk pretty much. The story also has teenaged kids and a wig (a judge) thrown in the mix for good measure with a few lawyers too, to make for easy reading. It is a Christmas story.
Here we go: As Kerikeri solo dad Neil Arthur Phillips entered the dock for sentencing on dope dealing charges, his two teenage sons rushed over from the public gallery to give him a hug.
Such contact between prisoners in the dock and those in the public gallery is usually frowned upon by the judiciary, but this spontaneous show of love helped save Phillips from going to jail by the “narrowest of margins”. (more…)
The Producers of The Voice singing show have announced that Nick Lachey has been tapped to helom NBC’s upcoming singing competition The Winner Is. The unscripted entry will pit dueling contestants of all ages and configurations against one another to be judged by a studio audience.
Auditions for the series will be held in Raleigh, N.C., Houston, Seattle and Philadelphia. Details: www.singinggameshow.com. Lachey is repped by ICM Partners, Brillstein Entertainment and Hansen Jacobson.
Fun. More at Hollywood Reporter.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 2.12.12~
Tony Romo of the Dallas Cowboys miscues cost his team a win agains the Seattle Seahawkes.
ESPN reports from Seattle — “If you want to say it’s the same old, same old for the Dallas Cowboys, go ahead.In no way can the Cowboys refute what will be said about them for the next week after what they put on display Sunday at CenturyLink Field in a 27-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.”
Poor Cowboys. It’s a tough school leaping through the practice teams at Dallas… and now this for Tony Romo‘s team. Just wasn’t the Cowboy’s day then. Go the Seattle Seahawks. :)
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 17.9.12~
Thane Kirby and Stacey Morrison recommended Gwen Stefani and No Doubt‘s new song Settle Down.
The Orange County band performed the song live last night at Cali’s Teen Choice Awards show.
It’s a throw back to their old school sound days.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 23.7.12~
[Dish - Amuse Bouche: Big Eye Tuna Tartar, Wasabi, Tobico Caviar, and Baby Zucchini - created by Daniel Humm of Eleven Madison Avenue].
The judges of this years James Beard Awards 2012 have voted their list of best chefs and restaurants in the USA for May 2012. Here’s the list:
NATIONAL CHEF AWARDS
Best new restaurant – Next in Chicago
Outstanding chef – Daniel Humm of Eleven Madison Park in New York
Outstanding pastry chef – Mindy Segal of Mindy’s Hot Chocolate in Chicago
Outstanding restaurant – Boulevard in San Francisco
Outstanding restaurateur – Tom Douglas of Tom Douglas Restaurants in Seattle
Outstanding service – La Grenouille in New York
Outstanding wine and spirits professional – Paul Grieco of Terroir in New York
Outstanding wine program - No. 9 Park in Boston
Outstanding bar program – PDT in New York
Rising star chef of the year – Christina Tosi of Momofuku Milk Bar in New York
REGIONAL CHEF AWARDS
Great Lakes – Bruce Sherman of North Pond in Chicago
Mid-Atlantic – Maricel Presilla of Cucharamama in Hoboken, N.J.
Midwest – Tory Miller of L’Etoile in Madison, Wisc.
New York City – Michael Anthony of Gramercy Tavern in New York
Northeast – Tim Cushman of O Ya in Boston
Northwest – Matt Dillon of Sitka & Spruce in Seattle
Pacific -Matt Molina of Osteria Mozza in Los Angeles
South – Chris Hastings of Hot and Hot Fish Club in Birmingham, Alanta
Southeast – Hugh Acheson of Five and Ten in Athens, Georgia.
Linton Hopkins of Restaurant Eugene in Atlanta
Southwest – Paul Qui of Uchiko in Austin, Texas
James Beard Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award – Wolfgang Puck
James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year – Charlie Trotter
James Beard Foundation Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America Inductees - Grant Achatz, chef and author, Chicago
Mark Bittman, journalist and author, New York – Dana Cowin, editor-in-chief at Food and Wine magazine, New York
Emily Luchetti, pastry chef and author, San Francisco – Marvin Shanken, publisher, New York
James Beard Foundation America’s Classics – The Fry Bread House in Phoenix, Owner: Cecelia Miller
Nora’s Fish Creek Inn in Wilson, Wyo., Owners: Nora Tygum, Trace Tygum and Kathryn Tygum Taylor
St. Elmo Steak House in Indianapolis – Owners: Stephen Huse and Craig Huse
Jones Bar-B-Q Diner in Marianna, Ark., Owners: James and Betty Jones
Shady Glen in Manchester, Conn. Owners: William and Annette Hoch
[Dish - Grimaud Farms Muscovy Duck Glazed with Lavender Honey and Spices. Created by Daniel Humm of Eleven Madison Avenue].
~Posted by Horiwood Blog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 7.5.12~
Clocking in today to say “hi” is Horiwood.Com reader Erik of Seattle whose manifesto in life is:
“I am a writer. I create music. Art, interesting people & events are the blog topics I write of. Passionate and crazy people, the underground, traces of the beatnik generation are what capture my attention. I still enjoy a drink under the stars in the wide open spaces of the great outdoors. To be close to nature is a good teacher and what I’m about. I try and live life in the mode of the Dead Poets Society film of how literature can ignite a generation’s dreams. I follow you, because you help me to stay youthful.”
Kia ora bra!
[Did I mention that Erik lives in Seattle?!]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 3.4.12~
A man launches a paper lantern during a ceremony to mark Earth Hour at Palace Square in St.Petersburg, Russia. Earth Hour takes place worldwide at 8.30 p.m. local times and is a global call to turn off lights for 60 minutes in a bid to highlight the global climate change.
Photo: Dmitry Lovetsky, AP.
To see the Day that was in photos – head to Seattle PI.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 1.5.12~
Pearl Jam’s Alive reminds us of people who love rock concerts and kids who grow up, navigating their own path without fathers.
It has an edgy vibe to it. This is the music of Seattle.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 10.2.12~
He is the man that taught people to fly “a measurable goal as a flag for New Zealand.”
I’m in a store and learn that Lloyd Morrison has passed away. The NZ PM is heard on the radio:
“He used to call me a lot and offer his suggestions. Lloyd was always the guy who never wanted New Zealand to lose our identity. He never wanted to see New Zealand ever sell out to Australia.”
Learning about Lloyd in the newspaper, we discover”New Zealand has lost a business leader. Morrison’s contribution was significant in the cultural, social and political realms, as well as in the commercial sphere where he made the fortune that allowed him to indulge personal passions ranging from a campaign to change the national flag through to helping launch the Phoenix Foundation onto the national music scene. He was an investor in the rescue of the Wellington Phoenix football franchise, and was helping bankroll the Pure Advantage business lobby promoting a clean technology.”
Lloyd is survived by his wife Julie Nevett, and five children: Isabella, Madeleine, Ottilie, Vita and Elliott.”
To learn more about what Lloyd taught the people of New Zealand in his lifetime, jet here. He was a character. He died of leukemia. RIP.
[Photograph - Otago Daily Times]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 10.2.12~
[Photograph - David Patton - Albany Democrat-Herald, via Associated Press]
On Dec. 5, this snowy owl made an appearance in Albany, Ore., a state that rarely sees birds of this kind. The birds have been seen across the nation this winter.
Jim Robbins writes: “HELENA, Mont. — From coast to coast across the northern United States, a striking number of snowy owls have been swooping onto shorelines and flying over fields this winter, delighting bird-watchers and stirring speculation about the cause of the spike.
The white, two-foot-tall birds, which live in the Arctic the rest of the year, are known to fly south in large numbers every few winters in what is known as an irruption. But this year, the numbers are unusually high, said Denver Holt, director of the Owl Research Institute in Charlo, Mont.
“There are so many across the country, everywhere, by the thousands,” Mr. Holt said. “It’s unbelievable. They are being seen from Boston, to the Great Lakes, the Ohio River Valley, Kansas, Vancouver and Seattle.
There is far more data on the scope of this migration than in years past, thanks to a citizen science project based at Cornell called eBird, which is run by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Audubon Society.”
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 29.1.12~
SEATTLE – SEPTEMBER 13: Jesus Montero #63 of the New York Yankees singles in the second inning against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on September 13, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. Photo by Otto Greule Jr for Getty Images.
From Seattle, Tim Booth reports, “The Seattle Mariners agreed to trade right-hander Michael Pineda to the New York Yankees for catcher Jesus Montero on Friday, a swap involving two of baseball’s top young talents.
A person familiar with the deal confirmed the trade to The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no one was authorized to discuss the trade that will be completed pending physicals.
As part of the trade, the Yankees also sent 24-year-old pitcher Hector Noesi to Seattle for 19-year-old righty Jose Campos.”
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 14.1.12~
Matt Bertles has discovered Horiwood.Com, leaving a comment today on “8 tweets that define A Best friend.”
Matt’s blog is crazy, funny, quirky, weird. His bio says:
“Matt Bertles grew up on a dirt farm in a rural area of Southern California. North America. He started his career working off shore on an oil platform and quickly became a TV writer in Los Angeles. After winning an award as a journalist in Alaska, dancing with John Belushi and moving to New York, he settled in Seattle to make babies and paint pictures.
Currently he calls Pittsburgh home, although in his heart, there is no such place. He is married and continues to paint.
Matt plans to ride cross country and create a documentary in the summer of 2012. After receiving a diagnosis that shocked and rocked his world, Matt has decided that the time is finally right to live simply, create a film on the adventure of the ride and the people to be met along the way and hopefully spread the word on leading a healthy life. Some of that information can be found here.”
Hey Matt. All the best with your film project. WoW the World. Go capture the best views and views then.
For a chuckle, read Matt’s blog here. Or watch Matt’s last doco, Wedding in Seattle on Vimeo here. Somehow, the wedding video film needs some talented Celloists players in it, to be just a bit more like an authentic cultural Seattle wedding. Maybe Matt will surprise us in his next film with that sound addition. :)
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 9.1.12~
Maori tukutuku panel weaving, one of the oldest artforms created in New Zealand history from Maori seafaring waka-vikings, meets a safety message in this artwork, as a reminder that New Zealand has always been about tight tight knit communities.
This work is being displayed at B.O.B Cafe, one of the world’s best latte makers making coffee made with New Zealand premium dairy milk. It’s the best!
We’re in latte heaven here (sorry Starbucks), but in NZ we are! Latte’s are even served with a complimentary cookie. Warm hospitality plus, perhaps Starbucks franchise should try this approach to furthering the appeal of groovey cafe culture, it would probably boost sales into China, no end. Just a thought. :)
Now let’s get back to the artwork above.
According to Christchurch City’s website, “Tukutuku panels are a traditional Māori art form. They are decorative wall panels that were once part of the traditional wall construction used inside meeting houses. Originally tukutuku were made by creating a latticework of vertically and horizontally placed dried stalks of kākaho, the creamy-gold flower stalks of toetoe grass, and kākaka, long straight fern stalks, or wooden laths of rimu or tōtara, called variously kaho tara, kaho tarai or arapaki.
These panels were lashed or stitched together. This was done by people working in pairs from either side, using the rich yellow strands of pīngao, white bleached or black-dyed kiekie, and sometimes harakeke, to create a range of intricate and artistic patterns. Stitches were combined to form a variety of patterns. Groups of single stitches created patterns such as tapuae kautuku, waewae pakura, whakarua kopito and papakirango. Some of the traditional cross stitched patterns are poutama, waharua, purapura whetu or mangaroa, kaokao, pātikitiki, roimata toroa and niho taniwha. In some situations, a central vertical stake, tumatahuki, was lashed to the panel to aid its strength and stability.
This method of construction created a warm, insulating type of decorative wallboard. Later, painted wooden slats or half-rounds were used for the horizontal element.”
There is so much to explore in the cultural lores of New Zealand’s rich artistic traditions. See it. :)
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 20.6.11~
CHRIS KNOX LIVE – NOT GIVEN LIGHTLY by PEARL JAM’S EDWARD LOUIS SEVERSON III WITH NEIL AND LIAM FINN -4.1.1 CALIFORNIA
That doesn’t mean my love somehow diminished… when the words destroy all meaning–Chris Knox, songwriter extraordinaire reminds us in a song to love in noble actions as well as the illusive promises of written and oratory breathed words alone.
There’s nothing like a Pearl Jam artist of Southern California, via Seattle who writes of Ukelele Songs and Into the Wild and Water on The Road, singing with New Zealand’s future generations of cultural leaders strumming up a storm and singing a song penned by a great, Chris Knox.
Here’s Eddie Vedder singing Not Given Lightly. Neil and Liam Finn celebrate this song with Eddie too.
Press play to enjoy. Mauri ‘Ola Chris Knox and the USA and South Pacific Island dwelling friends.
Everyday we were fighting for survival, doing whatever we had to do. We rolled up our sleeves and left our egos at the door.
When we love something, emotion often drives our actions.
This is the gift and the challenge entrepreneurs face every day. The companies we dream of and build from scratch are part of us and intensely personal. They are our families. Our lives.
It was December 23, 2007, just weeks before I returned as ceo, and Michael Dell and I had just finished the 30 mile bike ride we took with a group of friends every morning in Hawaii over the holidays. More than just exercise, these daily rides had become therapeutic for me, especially as Michael and I got in the habit of talking about our individual challenges at work–Howard Schultz shares his love of getting coffee making and selling right from the book Onward.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.31.11~
Love: A beverage of truth. A Love story Surfacing. Nothing is Confidential. Magic. Loyalty. Believe. Confidence: A Reservoir of Trust. A new way to see. Playing to win. Elevating the Core. Get in the mud. A reason to exist. Benevolence. Beyond the status quo. Bold moves. Pain: Whirlwind. A Lethal combination. Reverance. No silver bullets. I know this to be true. Hope: Truth in crises. A galvanizing moment. Nimble. Plan B. Stay the course. Courage: Innovate. Conviction. Connecting dots. Balance. Conscience. Winning. Ni Hao.
If you know who wrote these key words, inciting key attributes of #winning American culture that is proven by millions in the world, add the author’s name.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.31.11~
Our deepest condolences go out to the people of Japan and their families around the world. During the past few days, we have all seen the heart-wrenching images and heard the reports of lives lost there, especially in the Sendai coastal region. Thousands of people have been evacuated near nuclear plants and millions are without adequate food or shelter.
We are committed to doing all we can to support relief efforts in Japan. The Starbucks Foundation and Starbucks Coffee Japan contributed ¥100 million ($1.2 million USD) to the Red Cross for relief efforts in Japan. Starting today, we are accepting donations to the Red Cross in our U.S. and Canada stores, and we are working toward doing the same in several other countries around the world. You may also wish to donate directly to the Red Cross Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Fund online.
Please join me in keeping the people of Japan in your thoughts and wishing them strength and hope as they begin to recover and rebuild. I invite you to share those thoughts here.–Vivek V, EVP Public Affairs, Starbucks, Seattle USA.
The lovely Adele‘s new album 21 can be viewed and downloaded here.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.19.11~
PIRATES SHOOT AMERICAN SAILERS OFF AFRICA’S COAST – A SNAPSHOT OF SHARED NEWS TODAY FROM HOLLYWOOD – 2.22.11
[Phyllis Mackay and Bob Riggle are seen on a yacht in Bodega Bay, Calif., in this 2005 photo. (AP)]
J David Goodman via India, writes of Pirate’s holding precious American lives captive while they crossed the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden — a shipping route known as “Pirates Alley.” The Adams were headed toward the Red Sea then the Greek islands Friday when, according to U.S. military officials, pirates boarded the boat they were on, Quest, off the coast of Oman.
Goodman’s words read like this – “Four Americans taken hostage after their yacht was hijacked by Somali pirates off the Horn of Africa last week were killed early Tuesday when gunfire erupted during attempts by the US Navy to negotiate with their captors, US military officials said.
Two pirates were also killed in a confrontation with Navy forces and 13 were taken into US military custody. The four travellers appeared to be the first US hostages to be killed in acts of Somali piracy since pirate’s hijackings around the Horn of Africa began two decades ago.
The Americans, Jean and Scott Adam and Phyllis Mackay and Robert A Riggle, a veterinarian of Seattle, were sailing on their 58-foot yacht for Djibouti to refuel when they were hijacked off the coast of Oman on Friday.
A Navy warship had been shadowing the yacht, called the Quest, since Saturday. The pirated vessel appeared to be moving towards the Somali coast in the days before the confrontation; once pirates reach shore with hostages, options for a rescue are extremely limited.”
Other accounts note of the Adam’s family that Scott Adam grew up in Chicago and worked for 30 years in episodic television and films. His wife Jean Adam (nee Savage) was a dentist working in California. Both couples had a passion for sailing with bibles on board their yacht (of all things). Both had children from previous marriages.
In a story reported on by Christina Hoag, George Tibble, Phuong Le and Jason Dearen, the Adam’s were described as “extraordinary and joyful people.” RIP.
Here in Hollywood, here’s ten news items on Horiwood.Com you’re choosing to share as stories you like via social media online. Peace ya’ll!
Other US-based media outlets worth looking at, who also cover Hollywood entertainment antics as news too are - E!: Hollywood News; Hollywood Reporter; Access Hollywood; Hollywood.Com; ET Online; (more…)
FUNNY AND SMART – SCOT HERSMAN, FROM A WELDING SEATTLE TEEN TO STAND UP COMIC OF HOLLYWOOD – 1.27.11
“Everyone in Hollywood thinks they’re somebody. I was having sushi and this guy was living out of his shopping cart, while he was telling me he was the next big producer of Hollywood and bumming my cigarettes. I was like dude, “shut the heck up!,” Scot Hersman whose just moved from Washington State, Seattle to Hollywood.
So far Scot, who left school as a teen and began a well paying welding job in Seattle, hates everything about Hollywood, which is exactly what he expected. So he’s off to a great start. Grounded in a good way!
Because Scot’s so funny and might have a go at the stand up comedy, set once he’s settled into L.A, I’ve recommended that he hooks up with coffee appointments with Lawrin who runs the LA Comedy Festival. Let’s see what happens over coffee.
I like Scot’s take on reality. Timely, funny, needed.
Welcome Scot! :)
[Melrose Ave, Seattle Coffee Poster Art, Hollywood]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 1.27.11~