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Florida Roundup: Grandparents, Gators and South Beach

Sorry that I still don’t have the Florida photos, but I do have this one we took with the point-and-shoot in South Beach, and I suppose I may as well put into writing our 6 days in Florida while they’re still somewhat fresh.

We spent the bulk of the time visiting with my grandparents in Palm Beach and Boynton Beach (both sets of grandparents live there — at least in the winter), taking walks around the golf course and down the beach, eating at various restaurants, including Palm Beach’s Taboo and Couco Pazzo, and sitting by the pool. My aunt Marla was also in town, so we got to spend time with her, and the three of us shared a fantastic piece of key lime pie, with the densest meringue I’ve ever had, at the Four Seasons.

It was Evan’s first trip to Florida, so had to get in some traditional sights. We spent an afternoon at the Wakodahatchee Wetlands, a small man-made preserve where we went for a nice walk on an elevated platform above the water. We saw lots of turtles, herons, egrets and other birds. We also saw three alligators–a giant one, a medium sized one and a little baby–and two impressively large iguanas. Wakodahatchee was only about a 10 minutes’ drive from my grandparents place, and a really nice place to wander around for a bit.

We also spent a few hours one afternoon driving around Palm Beach to see the beautiful beachfront mansions, the stately Breakers hotel and the super-upscale Worth Avenue while my grandma played tour guide. It’s really a gorgeous place to tour around.

Our only real trip away from the Palm Beach area was down to Miami Beach. We had lunch outside at the News Cafe, then walked along the beach, Collins Avenue, and Lincoln Road, checking out the shops and enjoying the art deco buildings. We rented lounge chairs and relaxed on the beach, then went to Puerto Sagua to get some Cuban food for dinner. Unfortunatly Cuban food isn’t very veggie-friendly, so I ended up having a potato omelet and some fried yuca, which left me yearning for something green and healthy. I suppose I should have ordered a salad to go with it. Next time I’m there, I’d love to check out the Wolfsonian museum. It was near closing time when we walked by, so we just went into the store, and it looks like they have some really neat design objects.

This trip was really nice and relaxing, and it was great to spend some more time with my family — and finally introduce them to Evan, too. Evan’s still traveling, actually, and he’ll be on the East Coast until nearly New Year’s while I’m holding down the fort, or rather, the two-bedroom apartment, in LA.

We should have some pictures up soon — look forward to seeing the alligators and iguanas.

Winter Travel Season Begins Tomorrow: We’re Going to Florida

A photo of my mom’s parents on my last trip to Florida in 2006

Tomorrow night we’re heading off to Florida for a little 5-day vacation to visit my grandparents — both sets. I haven’t seen them in a while and Evan hasn’t even met them yet since they live so far away and he’s never been around when they’ve come to California. We’re excited to get some slightly warmer weather, some new scenery — Evan’s never been to Florida — and to relax with my family.

We’re also planning on spending a night in Miami, but we need to do a bit of research to figure out where to stay and what exactly to do. I’ve spent a total of one afternoon in South Beach so far, and mostly just spent my time walking down the beach. If you have any suggestions for Miami, or for Palm Beach/Boynton Beach (where we’re staying), we’d love to hear them!

Update: Towards Darkness Change of Date/Theaters

This just in: The schedule I posted earlier for the Towards Darkness screenings has changed. The latest opening dates and theaters:

  • NEW YORK — March 14 — Quad Cinema, 34 West 13th Street, Greenwich Village, New York, NY 10011 (777-FILM #636)
  • LOS ANGELES March 28 — Laemmle Music Hall, 9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills 90211 (310-274-6869)
  • IRVINE — March 28 — Westpark 8, 3735 Alton Pkwy, Irvine CA 92606 (949-622-8609)
  • SANTA FE — March 28th — DeVargas Mall 6, 562 North Guadalupe, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501 (505-988-1110)
  • MIAMI — TBD (I’ll keep you posted)

It seems like the Fort Lauderdale screening is off at the moment, too, unfortunately. Thank goodness the New York premiere is still happening the same weekend as planned — we already have our tickets.

You can stay updated on the movie through it’s websites:,,

There’s also a new trailer:

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Towards Darkness in Theaters March 14

UPDATE: This information is now outdated. View new theaters and opening dates here.Towards Darkness

Save the date, book your tickets and plan an awesome night out at the movies on March 14 if you’re in LA, New York, Miami or Fort Lauderdale: Towards Darkness (aka Hacia la Oscuridad) is finally making its public debut. Its also Evan’s first feature as an editor.

We went to the premiere last year at the Tribeca Film Festival, which was actually the first time I got to see the film — no sneak previews for me on that one — and I was totally blown away. About a college student’s kidnapping in Columbia, the story is full of suspense. It also stars America Fererra among other talented actors and is half in Spanish, half in English.

Evan and I are planning on going to New York to see it, so if you’re going to be around, let us know and we can all go together.

Where you can see it:

  • Los Angeles: Laemmle Music Hall, 9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills 90211
  • New York: Quad Cinema. 34 West 13th Street, Greenwich Village, New York, NY 10011
  • Miami: AMC Aventura 24, Biscayne Blvd. In Aventura, FL 33180
  • Fort Lauderdale: MUVICO Paradise 24 Theater, 15601 Sheridan Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33331

I have no idea how long it will be playing, so try to make it opening weekend, March 14, 2008.

What people are saying:

“A gritty bilingual kidnapping tale.” –Entertainment Weekly

“A thrilling and mesmerizing story that will have audiences glued to their seats.” –Skuawk! Magazine

“Slick, riveting, and absolutely sure of itself at every moment…like ‘Man on Fire’ only with a cooler story structure.” –Creative Screenwriting Magazine

The trailer:

And if you can’t make it out to the theater, the DVD is set to come out June 17, 2008.