How to Use Social Media in a Healthy and Powerful Manner by Jesse Bluma at Pointe Viven


How to Use Social Media in a Healthy and Powerful Manner
Jesse Bluma at Pointe Viven. All rights reserved.





Imagine if we organized as a community for significant issues.  What if news reporters chose to stop giving us fluffy, bloody, short, shiny news stories online?  What if our local politicians stopped presenting a million different projects and promises each day on social media?  What if our efforts were focused on and offline?  We could focus and think through and encourage many healthy habits, causes, and sentiments.  A healthy and powerful use of social media is how we can truly liberate ourselves and live in a more meaningful way.

Reading items online we often get outraged, inspired, appalled, animated, and enthusiastic.  Certain topics related to our culture, media, politics, sports, food, et cetera are clickbait, attract attention, for responses.  It is important to keep in mind that social media sites are for communication and sharing.  As an involved citizen it is important to develop a reputation that you are an expert and professional.

Social networking can spread important news and social movements in a flash.  Respect and careful use is of course necessary, as in everything we do in life.  Life is short, so it is essential whatever we do it is useful, informative, respectful, or healthy.

As award-winning filmmaker Gary Turk stated, “I don't want you to stop using social media or smartphones.  I use social media only when appropriate, and to keep followers up to date with new projects and fun/interesting things.”  

In “Look Up”, Turk demonstrated how “social media can disengage us from real relationships, human interactions and living in the real world.”  The film was nominated for a Webby Award and won two Gold Lovie Awards for Best Viral Film and Best Individual Performance.  




The last stanzas of “Look Up” by Turk are powerful enough to re-read a few times.  

So look up from your phone, 
shut down those displays,

we have a finite existence, 
a set number of days.

Why waste all our time getting caught in the net,

as when the end comes, nothing’s worse than regret.

I am guilty too, of being part of this machine,
this digital world, 
where we are heard but not seen.

Where we type and don’t talk, where we read as we chat,

where we spend hours together, without making eye contact.

Don’t give in to a life where you follow the hype,

give people your love, don’t give them your like.

Disconnect from the need to be heard and defined

Go out into the world, leave distractions behind.

Look up from your phone, 
shut down that display,

stop watching this video, 
live life the real way. (75-88)





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Good Vibes: Reservoir Review by Jesse Bluma at Pointe Viven



Good Vibes:  Reservoir Review
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“Reservoir at ARRIVE, in the Uptown Design District of Palm Springs, offers an approachable, vibrant take on modern Southern California cuisine with its unique Latin and Asian influences…Reservoir is easily identified by its distinctive butterfly roof and open-air setting framed by the towering San Jacinto mountain range.  The restaurant also features a poolside bar and outdoor lounge seating around two large fire pits.  Reservoir offers breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner 365 days a year, with an extensive list of craft cocktails, beers and wines.

ARRIVE in Palm Springs, the first property launched under the ARRIVE brand, is a 32-room boutique hotel located in the Uptown Design District of Palm Springs.  With a striking, landmark design that honors Palm Springs’ rich modernist legacy…ARRIVE Hotels and Restaurants (AHR) was founded by Chris Pardo and Peter Karpinski, who met while working at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.”







The restaurant and hotel includes a courtyard and pool for excellent people watching, large jacuzzi, cabanas, fire pits, bocce court, ping pong, coffee shop, and ice cream purveyor.  This is a desert playground.  The place to sit back, not to be rushed, relax, and brunch for a few hours.

Menu items include such dishes as tres leches pancakes, seasonal fruit, spicy tuna, Cobb salad, carne asada tacos, and Kobe beef sliders.






Several items on the menu stand out after a few visits.

Acai Bowl:  fresh berries, sliced banana, shaved coconut, and almond crunch.  (Delicious and light dish.  If hungry, order a side dish or something for substantial.)

2 Farm Eggs Any Style:  choose your side of spiral ham, apple turkey sausage, applewood bacon, with toast.

The All Day Burger:  lettuce, tomato, onion, bacon, white cheddar, secret spread, and brioche bun.  Add a sunny side egg.  Choose fries or salad.

PSC (Palm Springs Club):  turkey, ham, red chile bacon, avocado, lettuce, tomato, onion, herb spread, and local date walnut bread.  (A favorite or mine.)


Caipirinha [ˌkī-pə-ˈrēn-yə]:  a cocktail consisting of lime, sugar, and rum, of Brazilian origins.





Tips

Reservoir is open for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner.  Call ahead or check the Reservoir website for days and times.

Peak times occur on weekends and during special events in the city.  Arrive early to secure a table.  Reservations recommended.  *A nice table on the patio with shade is perfect.  Indoor seating is also available next to the bar.

Location:  Reservoir is located at 1551 North Palm Canyon Drive, Suite B, Palm Springs, California 92262.

This is a walkable distance in most months of the year from nearby resorts, bars, and shops.  In times of extreme high or low temperature, or from further distances, use a taxi or car service.

Casual attire.

Complimentary valet parking available in front.

Self-parking available off Wawona Road at ARRIVE Hotel.


  

There are numerous dining options across the country.  From New York to ChelseaDallas to San FranciscoOrange County to Los AngelesBeverly Hills to Palm Springs.  Each community with a multitude of restaurants for good eats.  Here is where expert knowledge of cooking, restaurants, and trusted expertise comes in handy.  Many readers rely on Jesse Bluma at Pointe Viven as a source for how-to and where-to regarding cookery, culture, and community.  Dine at Reservoir and enjoy.






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A Sumptuous Speakeasy to Cap the Night: Seymour's Review by Jesse Bluma



A Sumptuous Speakeasy to Cap the Night:  Seymour's Review
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After dinner or happy hour in Mister Lyons restaurant use your detective skills to find the speakeasy, Seymour’s, off the lounge area.  This secret bar harkens back to an English manor.  Step up to the bar counter and enjoy watching the mixologists or have a seat at one of the cozy tables.  Outside of Seymour’s, named in honor of Lazar’s father, is a mid-century patio with a bocce ball court.

“It’s the beginning of a new era.

You may know our space, family-owned and operated for over 70 years by David Lyons as Lyons English Grill.  Reimagined in 2015 by Tara Lazar, Mr. Lyons is the newest offering from the Foundation 10 family, taking the same attention to detail we’ve brought to Cheeky’s, Birba and Alcazar to a new vista on the South end of town.

Evoking the old Hollywood glamour that Palm Springs is famous for, our dining salon is black and white marble, wood, brass, and luxurious velvet booths; a fine dining experience steeped in classic elegance.”





Seymour's is part of the Foundation 10 group, including Cheeky’s, Birba, and Alcazar.  Owner and hotelier Tara Lazar is inspired by classics as well as modern interpretations of food and drink.  Lazar’s respect and use of small farm ingredients, local produce, and classics is admirable.  Seymour's is one decadent experience to remember.





Several items on the menu stand out after several visits.


Specialty Cocktails


Mr. Lyons Honest Martini:  vodka or gin

Aviation:  Tanqueray ginfresh lemonmaraschino liqueur and Crème de Violette


Moscow Mule:  Stolichnaya vodkafresh lime juice, house made ginger syrup, and soda

Boulevardier:  Buffalo Trace bourboncampari, and sweet vermouth 


Bites


Baby Iceberg Wedge:  house made bacon, Point Reyes blue cheese, shaved egg,  and onion

Steak Frites:  hanger steak with peppercorn sauce


Mr. Lyons Burger:  bacon jam, aïolilettucetomato, and brioche bun


Tips


Peak times occur on weekends and during special events in the city.  Arrive early to secure a table.  Reservations recommended.  

Location:  Seymour's and Mister Lyons is located at 233 East Canyon Drive, Palm Spring, California 92264.

Parking lot and valet available.  

*Seymour's and Mister Lyons is open seasonally.  Call ahead or check the restaurant's website.




There are numerous dining options across the country.  From New York to ChelseaDallas to San FranciscoOrange County to Los AngelesBeverly Hills to Palm Springs.  Each community with a multitude of restaurants for good eats.  Here is where expert knowledge of cooking, restaurants, and trusted expertise comes in handy.  Many readers rely on Jesse Bluma at Pointe Viven as a source for how-to and where-to regarding cookery, culture, and community.  Reserve a table at Mister Lyons, have a drink at Seymour’s, and enjoy.






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Delectable Eats: Plumeria Cafe Review by Jesse Bluma



Delectable Eats:  Plumeria Cafe Review





“With an abundance of neighborhood charm, Plumeria Cafe offers delectable upscale pairings to guests and soon-to-be regulars…   

Fresh California and Hawaiian-inspired cuisine, accompanied by a handful of specially selected wines, has already got Laguna Design Center area locals lining up.  

Menu items include roasted chicken salad with ‘perfect' Asian sesame dressing, fresh made ceviche, lettuce wraps, Kabli ribletts, a Hawaiian roasted chicken ramen, specialty pastas, home-made soups, sandwiches and island chilaquiles.” 






Plumeria is owned by Nixon and Ovita Tanuwidjaja, the formative owners behind Stacks Pancake Houses and Scrambler Cafe.  Plumeria Cafe offers menu items such as Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes, authentic Hawaiian Loco Moco (thick hamburger patty, fried egg, and gravy), and Banana and Nutella Crepes.

Dine inside or dine in the appealing outdoor courtyard.   The stylish outdoor patio includes large and smaller size tables, a large water feature, and contemporary landscape.  A tranquil setting for breakfast, brunch, or lunch.  After dining visit some of the showrooms in the design center.

Several items on the menu stand out after a few visits.





Freshly Roasted Vegetable Omelette:  pan-roasted mushrooms, onions, Anaheim peppers, spinach, garlic, cheddar jack cheese

Eggs Benedict—California Style:  tomato, avocado, and spinach, served fresh fruit

Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes



Tips


Plumeria Cafe is open for breakfast, brunch, and lunch, 7 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. daily.





Location:  Plumeria Cafe is located at 23811 Aliso Creek Road, Suite 122
Laguna Niguel, California 92677.  (In the middle of the of the Laguna Design Center.  Enter at the Blue Flag entrance.)

The Laguna Design Center has free parking.  




There are numerous dining options across the country.  From New York to ChelseaDallas to San FranciscoOrange County to Los AngelesBeverly Hills to Palm Springs.  Each community with a multitude of restaurants for good eats.  Here is where expert knowledge of cooking, restaurants, and trusted expertise comes in handy.  Many readers rely on Jesse Bluma at Pointe Viven as a source for how-to and where-to regarding cookery, culture, and community.  Dine at Plumeria Cafe and enjoy! 





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