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Book Review: Made in California Revisits the Nostalgia-Inspiring Restaurants of The Southland

made in california book cover photo by gail worley
Photo By Gail

I lived in Southern California until I moved to NYC at age 27; and from ages 3 to 19 (1964 to 1980) I resided in the city of Orange. The main street in my neighborhood was Tustin Avenue, which was populated with countless fast food and casual restaurants including McDonalds, Taco Bell, Marie Callender’s, A&W (Root Beer) Drive Up, Arby’s, Jack In The Box, Winchell’s Donuts, Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlor, IHOP, Baskin Robbins and others whose memories have been lost to time.

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Elinore Schnurr, Out and About in New York at Dougherty Gallery

Omonia Cafe
Omonia Cafe By Elinore Schnurr (All Photos By Gail)

Artist Elinore Schnurr has been painting scenes of New York city since she first moved here 50 years ago. A good selection of her oil on linen paintings of scenes from NY restaurants, cafes and lounges can be seen in her new exhibit, Out and About in New York, which opened at the Dougherty Gallery last Friday.

The Happy Hour
The Happy Hour

I love a painting that brings you into a story already in progress, and Schnurr’s paintings, some exuding lively energy, some serene and silent, drop you in to the middle of a conversation and leave you to your own conclusions.

W Hotel Times Square
W Hotel Times Square

Some of Elinore’s paintings are inspired by a photographic study, and I love the way she creates layers of reflection – just like what you get (and usually try to avoid) when shooting through glass – into the scene.

Duke's
Duke’s

These paintings are much more vibrant and detailed than how they appear in my shot-with-an-iPad-in-low-light photos, so I would encourage you to check out the show in person. Dougherty Gallery makes its home at LIC’s Crescent Grill, a fantastic, family run bistro with a serious farm-to-table ethic. Perhaps you could make an evening of it, taking in the art and following that up with a leisurely dinner? You only live once, as the kids say.

An Afternoon Moment II
An Afternoon Moment II

Out and About in New York opened on Friday, May 16th, but I am not sure how long it will be on exhibit, so please call the number below to plan your visit accordingly.

Lunch On The Run
Lunch On The Run

The Dougherty Gallery at Crescent Grill is located at 38-40 Crescent Street at 39th Avenue, LIC Queens, NY 11101. Phone 718-729-4040 or Visit Crescent Grill Dot Com for more information or to make a Dinner Reservation.

Google Buys the Zagat Guide


Show Me Where The Food Is

For all of my ceaseless efforts to find places to eat that are not my house, I was infused with joy earlier today to read that the Google has just purchased Zagat – the review company that rates not only restaurants but (less importantly) stores, hotels and other service providing establishments by surveying consumers.

Google’s Marissa Mayer, VP of local, maps and location services announced in This Blog Post that Google will “collaborate with Zagat to bring the power of Google search and Google Maps to their products and users, and to bring their innovation, trust and wealth of experience to our users.” It will be awesome to finally have the power of Zagat’s reccommendations available online since, in my experience, online access to specific review  information has been restricted because they want you to buy the annual print edition of their restaurant guide. How archaic! Now, if they could just keep my favorite eating establishments from going out of business.