Moonstone Bistro is a new restaurant in Redding at Placer and Buena Ventura. Wow! My friend Zach works there as a waiter so I got in before their public launch this coming Tuesday and previewed the place with my wife and two lovely co-workers. The appetizer I had was the asparagus cream soup. The BLT was amazing. It was made with fried green tomatoes, prosciutto and served with a side of amazing okra fries. I liked the dish, and my wife’s portion of the flat bread dish since nothing was over-sauced but had a light and fresh feel to it. The bun on the sandwich was superb, too. Oh yeah, to top of this "lunch" we shared a chocolate soufflé which was one of the best I have EVER had.
Pelligrini’s is a Brazilian steakhouse that recently opened in Redding, CA. My wife and I had a wonderful time with our friends the Sletners. Imagine tasty BBQ that is delivered and cut right at your table and a buffet that never stops. You have a dial at each table with a green or red depending on whether or not you want the meat to keep coming or to have it stopped. ALL you can eat, bros! Lamb, brisket, pork and you name it. And, it is all cooked to perfection in the authentic Brazilian "churrasco" style. Of course, my friend and co-worker Erich Roehl and I had a taste of this style of eating in Chicago on a trip a couple years ago and I am grateful that Erich referred this place in Redding to me. Tell a friend! Try it out! Pellegrini’s Brazilian Steakhouse, 40 Hartnell Ave, Redding, CA 96002, 530.221.4655 Here is a link to a recent article in our local paper: Brazilian steak restaurant opens in Redding
I am EXCITED tonight since I just discovered that my dear pastor Bill Giovannetti from Neighborhood Church has launched a blog. I know that it is going to be theologically fun, challenging and entertaining. Check out www.maxgrace.com and see for yourself! Also, notice my NEW "My Redding Peeps" blogroll. These are all fellow bloggers who reside in the Redding area and who have some connection to the community of my church. We have a blogstorm in Redding folks! Any area blogs I am missing?
I am waiting to find out if we won the bb gun or Raiders helmet…the suspense is thick. This is all for a good cause in support of Redding Christian School. I sure hope I get that airsoft gun!
Here in Redding we have seen some cold mornings. Right now at 8:35 with the sun out it is about 23 degrees. Last night it got down to 20. Brrrr. I feel for all y’all in the middle part of our nation. So, the biggest deal is that the 18-year-old Acura sedan I drive takes a bit longer to warm up and we actually got to use our ice scrapers this morning .How is the cold snap treating you where you are at?
We at Neighborhood Church are putting on an excellent 2-act play entitled "Snapshots and Portraits" this week. Our opening night came off well and I was impressed by the quality of the production. If you are in the Redding area, I would love to have you see this production. Only 2 more nights! Thursday and Friday November 16 and 17 at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $5 and well worth it! Check out the play website here: www.ncredding.com/arts If you have seen the play, any comments? Are you coming?
Bad Ass Coffee is a coffee chain from Hawaii. Of course the name is a surfer thing, even though their mascot is a donkey (bad ass verses badass). The roasts are form Kona and the flavor is excellent. Free wifi and a plasma screen will also bring me back. I hope Santa brings me one of their cool t-shirts. My wife likes the Lava Javq mocha latte iced–with ice cubes made of coffee, I might add. Good stuff.
This past week my daughter and wife were involved in a huge musical theater production of "Anne of Green Gables" with our school (Redding Christian School). The entire school was involved–from elementary to high school. My daughter was June Andrews and did a super job since she is such a natural. My sweet wife was in charge of costumes. She put together well over 100 costumes. They looked great, of course. My family enjoyed this together Friday night, with grandparents coming to the Saturday show. The below picture is of my incredible family after the show. By the way, the Cascade Theatre in Redding is a historically restored theatre and a great place to see shows.
Well, Neighborhood Church of Redding has made the local paper…sort of. There is an article that really sounds like us, minus a couple details. The point of the article is the contrast between a small traditional church and a large modern church and how in a business sense the modern church is the one a hypothetical stockholder chooses for investment. Besides that, the article mentioned a four-piece rock band with two background singers–just like my worship team–and that it was sort of fun. Now, for that I hope he really is talking about my church. The phrase heard spoken by yours truly that has sadly caused most controversy in my years of music ministry: "It’s OK to have fun in church!" A couple other strange occurrences with the news: some photographer was taking pictures of our church signs in the parking lot this afternoon and we were called by a news agency wanting to do a story on us for FOX or ABC or something like that. I’ll post when I get details. Buzzworthy? Here is a link to the Record Searchlight article below: HT: Record Searchlight, Marc Beauchamp: Traditional churches’ stock low as youth embrace new services
Why do I blog? Just in case you are wondering, remember the cup of coffee I am drinking is now famous. Yaks Coffee shop was written-up in the NY Times as a cool place, which it is. The coffee is good, too. Anyway, back to the topic: I desire to connect with people that have similar interests and dreams I desire to influence thought about church, leadership and culture. I desire to keep and expand the network of people who influence me. I love journaling and am tickled that anyone would even read what I write. I love the dialog and learn from it! (Thanks for the almost 500 comments!) It is more meaningful than MySpace and not just about me, but about ideas. Why do you blog? Or, why not?