Friday, May 6, 2016

A Different Kind of Cinco De Mayo

My friends Mitra, Marion and I decided to have a nice field trip to of all places Rancho Cucamonga. Hidden deep in the foothills is the beautiful home and studio (now a museum) of the Master woodworker Sam Maloof.  His home, beautiful gardens and workshop are available to tour on Thursday and Saturdays throughout the year. Reservations are recommended for the tours.*  A special Centennial exhibit is currently featuring more than 60 objects including furniture made throughout his 50 plus years of woodworking career, photos, drawings and many pieces of his personal art collections.  A wonderful look at the life and legacy that he  created during his 93 years. This Centennial exhibit lasts through Aug. 27th celebrating what would have been his 100th birthday on Jan. 24, 2016.

A Sculpture in the Garden exhibit runs from May 1  to October 29, 2016. Features 68 whimsical
sculptures by local artists and are scattered throughout the beautiful gardens surrounding the Maloof home.
"Look out Mitra!  There's some monster chasing you!"

Our 1 1/2 hr. tour ended by 4:00. We decided to have an early dinner at the nearby Victoria Gardens outdoor shopping mall to avoid rush hour traffic back to Long Beach.
 Based on positive reviews we chose to dine at "Brio" Tuscan grill**

The bar area close to the entrance of the restaurant was large and beautiful

 Pesce Piccata 
Chicken Limone (so big I had to take l/2 home)

Happy campers Mitra and Marion enjoying an aperitivo

We had the best waiter named Christopher (I think our table ck. no. was 127). Christopher was so busy as the time went on and tables in his area filled but he was so attentive, filling our water immediately when we requested, looking to see if we needed anything very often.  These days it's especially impressive to be in a busy restaurant and have such a conscientious server  who checks on you often to see if you are happy with everything or need anything else. We really appreciated this young man's efforts to make sure our dining experience was top notch. He succeeded. We'll request him whenever we return! He was fantastic!
Thanks Christopher!
 We were celebrating Mitra's birthday too!
Christopher surprised us with a special delicious marscapone cheesecake.
It was heavenly!
Hope all your wishes come true Mitra!

Marscapone cheesecake mmmmm

A very, very nice day out for the "Tre Stagioni"!

 Happy Birthday Mitra!

**  Brio Tuscan Grill located in Rancho Cucamonga Victoria Gardens Mall

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