Once in a Lifetime: 12.12.12

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Today marks the last major numerical date using the Gregorian or Christian calendar for almost another century. The next time three numbers will align as they did on 9-9-09, 10-10-10 and 11-11-11 will be on Jan. 1, 3001, or 1-1-1. It also marks a new day for the Holy See as Pope Benedict XVI sent out his first, long-anticipated, Tweet with the push of a button on an iPad. His pearls of wisdom: “How can faith in Jesus be lived in a world without hope?” And what a special day it is.

All this has stirred up talk of a doomsday and Armageddon-like finale, with just nine days to go before the Mayan calendar hits the end of its 5,000-year cycle. Superstitious ramblings of the end have even sparked some odd and eerie behavior in other countries prompting NASA to release a Mayan calendar “told ya so” video (NASA releases Mayan calendar ‘told ya so’ video 10 days early | Crave – CNET) in an attempt to quell any looming fears.

So let’s take a look at the lighter side of this enchanted figure and see the positive (no pun intended) in the number 12. Here are 12 fun facts about this :

  1. The Beatles released a total of 12 studio albums
  2. Only 12 people have ever walked the moon (12.13.2012 will the mark the 40th anniversary of which the men on Apollo 17 took humanity’s final steps on the moon)
  3. 12 is the atomic number of magnesium on the periodic table of elements
  4. There are 12 pairs of ribs in the human body
  5. There are 12 cranial nerves in the human body
  6. In English, 12 is the largest number that has just one syllable
  7. The 12 ‘ Jyotirlingas’ represents the epitome of the God Shiva in Hindu Shaivism
  8. Most computers have 12 function keys (i.e. F1, F2, etc.)
  9. In the bible Jacob had 12 sons who were the progenitors of the Twelve Tribes of Israel
  10. There were 12 apostles
  11. King Arthur’s round table had 12 Knights including himself
  12. The Dozenal Societies of America and Great Britain are devoted to…you guessed it!

One numerologist says the number 12 is associated with enjoyment, emotions, creative expression, sadness, rejuvenation and rebirth. Let’s face it. If something’s bound to happen, there’s nothing we can do to stop it. So skeptics and believers alike, rejoice! You have nine days (not 12!) to find out…

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The Joy of Giving

As the new year approaches, many of us are speculating as to which form of self-improvement we should implement for the 365 days that lie ahead once that fateful chime rings in to the tune of midnight bliss. Whether it’s starting a diet and battling that bulge, quitting smoking and/or drinking, spending more time with family, being nicer to your siblings, or learning something new (the list goes on and on…), there’s something in particular which I feel could inspire anyone who takes part in it to, not only be filled with gratification but, be inspired and motivated to uphold their other resolutions as well.

During my interview on JLTV yesterday I briefly touched upon a significant problem affecting over 14% of the global population; a huge issue which impacts countless individuals right here in the United States, including inhabitants of Southern California. It also just happens to be one of the many problems I have always sought to help find a better solution for: HUNGER.

Reports show that hunger has now become the most urgent threat to children worldwide with almost one billion people projected to be suffering from it this year alone. The world, fundamentally, has the resources to provide for the current population but it requires correct cooperation for both the domestic and international community to deal with, and effectively resolve, this pressing matter.

The Jewish Federation of Los Angeles has already unveiled a blueprint to combat this ailment which affects more than 1.25 million people right in our very own backyard — to add perspective, that’s roughly the size of Philadelphia’s population. I am also pleased to announce that the Henry Jackson Society will be hosting an event on Monday, December 10th in which David Nabarro, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Food Security and Nutrition, and Coordinator for the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement will draw upon his wealth of experience on the issues surrounding the Zero Hunger Challenge.

If you happen to be in London, you should absolutely attend our event there which will be held, as the majority of our events are, in Parliament. There’s so much you can do to help; even the smallest gesture has the potential to send ripples and form waves of positivity.

I urge everyone reading this message to do their part and help; whether it’s donating funds, food or your time at local food pantries, your gestures and acts of kindness will certainly leave a lasting impact. Be good. Do good. And you will certainly be rewarded with only good.

Weathering The Impending Storm

“The Great Storm of 2012” as I’m calling it, could not have arrived at a more turbulent time in our nation’s history. What happens during the next seven days will forever impact the course of history for both America and the world as we know it. My thoughts and prayers go out to all who have been and still are in Hurricane Sandy’s way and hope they will be kept safe from harm and shielded from sorrow. Choose wisely in the days that lie ahead and consider the importance of a trans-Atlantic relationship and unity in our increasingly global society. The leader of the “Free World” should serve as a beacon of light and justice unto other nations and bridge the gap (not divide or detach) between the world’s democracies, particularly with regard to our greatest ally in the Middle East. The choice is ours to make and the consequences of our actions will be felt for generations to come. Choose wisely.

PizzaRev Heats Up Southern California

Rev up your engines. It’s a race to the finish lines. Pizza Rev has taken a classic, universal staple and turned it into a fast-casual “craft your own” artisanal pizza concept, making it the fastest-growing pizza restaurant in Southern California. As you enter through the glass doors, you’re met with a uniquely distinct recycled wood interior and the sleek, contemporary look of modernity with furniture consisting of wood, glass and stainless steel to make for a warm, comfortable and clean environment. With two locations opening within six months – the first in Northridge and the second in Studio City, which had its grand opening on September 21st – it’s no mistake that PizzaRev’s Studio City location is home to the largest oven installed in all of Southern Los Angeles; What’s being served up is a revolution in terms of the way that pizza is presented.

While they’re not the first to introduce this concept to the restaurant industry, PizzaRev co-founder and marketing director Jeff Zuckerman highlights a few factors that really set this fast-paced and fun dining establishment apart from the rest. It’s a “mom and pop’s pizza shop done your way,” he says. And their unique approach could be attributed in large part to that of their signature Roman-style thin and crispy crusts which are homemade every day from a secret recipe which decreases the pizza’s cooking time to two-three minutes, making the process of crafting your “perfect pie” a fast and fun one.

Upon entering the crafting line, guests have a choice between a classic crust and a Gluten-Free crust. They can then choose between an Organic Neapolitan Red Sauce, a creamy Parmesan White Sauce, or a spicy-sweet BBQ sauce, followed by a choice of creamy cheeses including premium Italian Mozzarella made with a kiss of buffalo milk, Ricotta, Feta, Bleu and Vegan Cheeses. Once the base has been created, the PizzaRever can choose from an unlimited number of fresh toppings. That is correct. For one flat fee, guests can choose as many toppings as they’d like to including 11 protein options, consisting of three unique styles of pepperoni, seasoned crumbled meatball, and sweet fennel sausage plus over 20 fresh veggie toppings, including roasted garlic, kalamata olives, spicy-sweet cherry peppers, fresh basil, arugula and capers. “We believe that you should be able to make your idea of perfect pizza every single time you go down our line without being restricted,” Zuckerman says.

But no lunch or dinner would be complete without something sweet. A scrumptious Dessert Pizza made with melted butter, cinnamon and sugary frosting is topped with a choice of chocolate, raspberry, and caramel finishing sauces, delivering a sweet end to a delicious meal. Could all this be too sweet a deal? One is forced to ponder whether the quality would be lost in such a fast-paced culinary environment. The answer is no. PizzaRev may truly be on the road to revolutionizing the way we see pizza, such a universally known and loved food, and placing it – for the first time – in the fast-food category, while maintaining this classic’s integrity.

Executive Chef and Chief Operating Officer behind PizzaRev, Nicholas Eckerman, is the brainchild behind this operation. He created the pizza recipe and chooses all the toppings that are available for your eating pleasure, including a flavor of the month which varies depending on what’s in season; September’s is eggplant. I personalized my pie with sundried tomatoes, jalapenos, Kalamata olives, anchovies and the flavor of the month with a healthy dollop of their homemade pesto sauce. With PizzaRev, you control your pizza destiny. Ask me if I’ll come again. I’ll answer with a resounding YES!

PizzaRev is located at 12103 Ventura Blvd on the corner of Ventura and Laurel Canyon Blvd in Studio City and is open on Sunday-Thursday from 11AM-10PM and Friday-Saturday from 11AM-11PM. For more information, please visit www.pizzarev.com, like PizzaRev on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pizzarevco and follow on Twitter @PizzaRevCo. Phone: 818-505-1748.

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Destroying the Lion’s Den

I wrote this on September 11, 2011 and have decided to re-post it here:

Never Forget.

May this day be a testament to and for the lasting memory of what gruesome, fear-mongering hatred there is in this world and a reminder that there are those who cannot see a world of democracy and human rights (TRUE human rights. Not these left-wing, propagandizing, farces that wind up feeding fuel to the wrong side of the struggle for humanity) ; a world in which race or creed has no boundaries beyond the confines of one’s own mind.

There is a time and place for everything in this life. Now is the time to act for whatever shred of good is left of humankind and to spread that good throughout the world in a shield of knowledge and stealthiness. Stealth is key for trickery is the only way to put a stop to the roaring lion (we are past the calming stage here).

In the words of Alexander the Great, “I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion.” Now apply that where you see fit (I think we’re all on the same page here so let’s just say we know where this is going…)

Live it my friends. Now is the time.

Peace in the Middle East? Arian the Enabler

If there’s anyone who can help in the journey towards achieving a more peaceful atmosphere in the Middle East, then perhaps it is Arian Lev.

Nicknamed “The Laser,” Arian is able to read a person’s mind and reveal their inner situation. By channeling peoples’ emotions she is able to see both the physical and emotional barriers that inhibit someone from realizing their full potential.

Arian, is well known in the Israeli media and has worked with thou

Arian Lev with Israeli student Gal Oren

sands of people from all over the globe (including clients from Europe, the United States and Canada). She’s delivered messages to Madonna, Britney Spears and more recently to Oprah Winfrey. The crux of her focus, however, has been on the Middle East with Israeli-Arab patients, Palestinian Arabs, Iranians and individuals from Saudi Arabia.

Arian also speaks Hebrew and Arabic fluently. She has already helped with the situation in Israel and the Palestinian territories through use of her rare and unique method. She believes each individual person is where change must begin.

Personal testimonies from students who have graduated from her course reveal a wholesome and positive outlook in a place where negativity and hatred once lived.

Arian Lev with recent graduate and Palestinian student Moris

Arian’s ability to open peoples’ hearts has allowed for individuals from both sides of the fence to realize where their negative beliefs and hatred stems from and nurses them through reprogramming this way of thinking to a more positive and peace-loving outlook.

In certain places where the air was once so thick with the poisonous smells of war and fear, the scents of fresh kebabs and childrens’ laughter have taken it’s place, thanks to Arian.

“Every client is a whole world, from my point of view and I will do everything to enable him to live his life to the fullest,” she says. Arian is an enabler of good and although she has her work cut out for her, she’s already left her mark in that region and her span will continue to be extended throughout the Arab world in the hopes that a more peaceful way of life can ensue there.

The Sweet Art of Fish: Trust Me, You’re Going to Want to Read This

Extraordinary sushi…every day. That’s their motto. Don’t be jarred when you peel back the heavy, wooden and glass double-doors to reveal a modestly sized dining area whose walls are laced with wooden blocks in a geometric pattern that mimics the likeness of an ocean’s wave.

It’s a departure from your typical A-List sushi house or your favorite hole-in-the-wall late-night spot to help satisfy that salty, savory sushi craving. In fact, the sushi in America – for the most part – isn’t authentic Japanese Nigirizushi. Until now.

Sugarfish by celebrated Japanese Chef Kazunori Nozawa, uses a technique that it describes as “old school values” with a “new school vision.” A rare gem in the heart of Brentwood, Los Angeles, Sugarfish is one of (if not THE) best sushi venues you can find precisely 5471.32 miles from Tokyo.

Forget about your “Crazy Dynamite,” “Green Dragon,” or “Spice Girl” rolls. You won’t find those here. And you definitely won’t be seeing the name “California” anywhere on the menu. Simplicity at it’s best is the only way to describe the magic that happens at SugarFish. Delectable and delish, even their soy sauce is home made. And any issues you may have with trust, leave them at the door.

Known as the “Sushi Nazi,” Chef Nozawa follows a centuries-old Japanese tradition called omakase, where the master chef determines the menu. You can choose from the “Trust Me,” “Trust Me/Lite” and “The Nozawa,” depending on how hungry you are. With additional locations in downtown Los Angeles, Marina del Rey and Santa Monica, almost anyone can experience the sweet art of fish.

Sushi in America has wandered far from it’s origins in Japanese culture. SugarFish has, if even for a brief moment, returned it to it’s rightful home. You’re going to have to TRUST ME on this one.