Monday, May 4, 2015

THE NATURE OF THINGS

THE BOOK OF KNOWLEDGE
Temecula, CA – Before I start the news and news trend stories, cough, Dr. OZ vs. GMOs, I feel the need to let my readers know why I dropped off the grid for a little over a month. Returning to Iowa for the Spoonbills Reunion/Woody's 60th seemed a simple thing at the onset. However, when I tried to visualize a return date, I arbitrarily chose April 20.
After rolling into Des Moines at 2am to be picked up by an old friend recently reconnected by the infamous facebook, the door opened and this trip led to a trip of discovery in a place where the majority of Memoirs of Mr. Pete & Mary Jane Green [chs 4-14, 16-18], named Davenport, IA. The story of the birthday party will be reported in a different news piece, hint- it was a blast!

This trip of discovery revealed new music, old ground, and great eats, my kind of adventure. But too, it wouldn't be me without a touch of the esoteric, so there was some of that. In particular, I came across a book I heard about decades ago when I attended St. Ambrose. In some class on religion a professor noted that there was a book which explained why things were the way they were. This was a book of enlightenment. It's like getting your five minutes with God - “Of course. Now it all makes sense now.”

Friday, May 1, 2015

DERBY DAY DARLINGS

ANOTHER TWO BITE THE DUST
Temecula, CA – Saturday as millions march around the globe in favor of marijuana and millions more watch the greatest two minutes in sports, the Kentucky Derby, both events I have a personal attachment to, another is happening on a local level which I am pleased to announce, Paul Bahou is getting married to his long time gf/partner/band mate, Melissa Smith.

Paul came into my life as a member of the band Inverse when they played Madlins as the last show of their first tour. It was the band's first summer out of high school and they had a merch guy named Ivan. The story of Ivan, yeah, that Ivan, can be found here in numerous music stories, including the last one which featured cosplayer Ivan proposing onstage to his long time friend, Elissa of Hemet.
Like this valley, knowing Paul grew richer and deeper over the years, though the second time I saw Paul, he and Ivan had come to see a show Bill put on at Madlins. He and Ivan stood over in the shadows and observed. Bill and I both noticed, though I asked 'who were those two unmasked men?'

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Temecula house party shooting injures one; 7 people arrested *UPDATE*

6 Local Teens Taken Into Custody on Attempted Murder and Conspiracy Charges

Keanu Hughes
***UPDATED INFO*** 
According to Riverside County jail system data, David Montijo was released from custody on 4/16/2015 with no bail and no charges filed at this time.

Temecula, Ca - On Friday April 10th, 2015, officers from the Temecula Police Department responded to the 30600 block of Pauba Road within the city of Temecula on a report of a shooting at a residence. Officers arrived on scene and located more than fifty (50) individuals attending a party at the residence. The party was sponsored by an underage minor while the homeowners were away. 

David Montijo
Shortly after officers arrived at the party, a victim of a non-life-threatening gunshot wound arrived at a nearby hospital seeking treatment. The victim reported he had been shot while attending the party.

Detectives interviewed numerous subjects and processed a variety of evidence related to the incident. Witnesses reported that during the party an altercation occurred between two groups of people. One of the groups fled the party in a vehicle and threatened to return with a firearm. 

A short time later, several subjects arrived at the party in a white pickup truck. The subjects exited the truck, approached the party and shouted something before shooting into the crowd. At least two of the subjects involved in the shooting were recognized from the earlier altercation.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Heroin dealer arrested at Murrieta park

Murrieta, Ca - In March 2015, Detectives from the Murrieta Police Department Special Enforcement Team conducted an investigation into a suspected heroin dealer.  On April 9th, 2015 the investigation led to a search warrant being served in the 40000 block of Temple Court in the City of Murrieta.

Just prior to the warrant service, the suspected heroin dealer Cassie Griffing (22 years old) was detained in the middle of a drug sale at Vintage Reserve park, near her residence.  At the time of her detention, she was found in possession of several grams of heroin.  As a result of the search warrant, detectives recovered approximately 1 ½ ounces of heroin, sales related indicia, and almost one thousand dollars cash. 

Cassie Griffing was booked into Southwest Detention Center on the following charge: 11351 HS - Possession of a Controlled Substance for Sales.

Man dies in custody at Southwest Detention Center; No Foul Play Suspected

Murrieta, Ca - On Monday, April 13, 2015, at 5:49 PM, Southwest Detention Center deputies were alerted to an inmate experiencing a medical emergency in a cell. Deputies immediately began rendering emergency first aid and summoned on-site medical professionals, as well as emergency medical services. Despite the life-saving efforts, the inmate was pronounced deceased. The inmate was alone in his cell and there was no indication of foul play.

Investigators from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department responded to the Southwest Detention Center and assumed the investigation. The investigation is ongoing and the cause of death is pending the results of an autopsy.  On April 15 2015 the Riverside County Coroner identified the deceased as James Clinton, 51 years old, of Menifee California.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Cat Cora at the Food + Wine Festival in Palm Desert

Palm Desert, Ca - Cat Cora grew up in Mississippi in a Greek Orthodox family full of great cooks. She went to New York's Culinary Institute of America to get her formal training and then continued her education by
Iron Chef Cat Cora at her demo
apprenticing under three-starred chefs, Georges Blanc and Roger Verge, in France. Once back in the states, Chef Cora made a name for herself becoming sous chef at the Old Chatham Sheepherding Company in the New York Hudson Valley and then as chef de cuisine at Bistro Don Giovanni in Napa Valley. Her rising success did not go unnoticed by the then up and coming Food Network where she co-hosted and hosted several shows on the network before making history and becoming the first ever female Iron Chef.

It was my first time at Food + Wine Festival Palm Desert, something I had in common with Iron Chef and James Beard award winner Cat Cora. The difference was that I was there to eat, watch and mingle, and Chef Cora was there to present her culinary skills. With her own restaurants across the country, countless awards and the title of Iron Chef; there was no way I was missing this famous female's demonstration.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Palm Desert Food + Wine festival sizzles in the spring sun with good eats and cool drinks

Palm Desert, Ca - The first day of the Palm Desert Food + Wine festival was a huge success, with appearances by celebrity chefs Cat Cora, Brian Malarkey, Chris Mitchum and Andre Carthen. A huge air conditioned tent full of tasty bites supplied the large crowd with samples of food from all over the Lower Desert area. Many wineries were in attendance, including Temecula's very own South Coast Winery and Wilson Creek Winery.

Svedka Vodka
The second day of the event begins tomorrow March 29th at 11am, with the tastings beginning at 12 noon. Get details about the festival and tickets at http://www.palmdesertfoodandwine.com.

Temecula Calendar will be bringing you a full host of articles, interviews, videos and pictures of amazing chefs over the next week, including Cat Cora and Chris Mitchum!

Stay tuned, until then, here are some pictures from today.


The Marriott

Friday, March 27, 2015

Food + Wine Festival in Palm Desert to educate the masses with chef demos and wine seminars

Palm Desert’s annual food festival announces full educational chef demos and wine seminars available for ticket holders March 28th and 29th - featuring Food Network Iron Chef Cat Cora!

***Temecula Calendar will be there on Saturday March 28 to cover the event via photos, tweets, video and posts on fb.com/temeculacalendar. A full report will be posted on temeculacalendar.com after the event.

Follow Bill & Jeney's adventures live with hashtag #temcalfoodwine
on twitter and instagram - @BillGould & @Yenej 

PALM DESERT, CA —The Food + Wine Festival Palm Desert is this weekend and excitement is building as top culinary experts from across the country—alongside more than 50 restaurants and 80 wineries, breweries, and spirit purveyors—gather in the Coachella Valley, Friday, March 27 through Sunday, March 29.

The three-day festival, a Palm Springs Life event co-produced by Tony Marchese and Dominic Peterson, is proud to once again offer festival attendees educational experiences, from demonstrations to intimate tasting seminars, with epicurean stars representing the national food and wine community. A full schedule of all the weekend’s events is available at www.palmdesertfoodandwine.com.

SPOONING

THE RETURN OF STEVE
Temecula, CA – When you've seen the Rolling Stones, AC-DC, and even AWB on their golden years tours after having seen them in their prime, there is only one other legendary band to see on my bucket list. As anyone who has read or listened to Memoirs of Mary Jane & Mr. Pete knows, this band has to be the Spoonbills, argumentatively the best bar band on either side of the Mississippi River between Dubuque and Burlington during the middle and late 80s.
A hobby band, the 'Bills never recorded any studio releases since this was way before Pro Tools and the internet. There were a few limited 'live' recordings made through the years and I was lucky enough to be immortalized on one of them, captured forever, as a guy named 'Steve'. 
 
Yes, Sports Fans, the night the 'wolf pack' showed up to be a part of the live recording, the band's fill-in front man Woody called me out as 'Steve' because in the heat of the moment, that was the first name that popped into his head. Yours truly blinked but Woody kept the monologue going before I joined him in singing the chorus of “Oh Yeah”.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

HEY YOU, GET ONTO MY CLOUD

BUSTING COOL IN BEDROCK
Temecula, CA – As you read this I am again off on a road trip back in the state I spent the most time in as far as Memoirs is concerned, Iowa. Traveling to Iowa is still something of a mixed bag for me as far as cannabis is concerned. Gone are the days talked about in Chapters 8-15.
However, since I am attending a birthday party and a reunion show all tied to a person in the book, I do have a certain aura of coolness to stroll in with, being from Southern California now. For this trip back my plan is to be as cool as a cloud. In fact, I will have my own cloud, the Cloud V Phantom Premium, a very cool flower vape pen that resembles a cool light saber handle. 
 
During the recent Cannabis Cup I met Aristotle, the account exec for CloudVapes.com at the Cloud V tent after a demonstration and informative chat with the knowledgeable staff. To coincide with cannabis, the green model was chosen for review. Also the flower/dry herbal model was chosen for review over the slimmer oil/dab model just for the reason of this article, which is what do you do if you come from an advanced MMJ state to one that is not. Your clue Mr. Phelps, Mary Jane as a dried/cured plant is everywhere.