Thursday, July 19, 2012

Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach

 Last Wednesday, Mom & Dad treated us to a fantastic evening in Laguna Beach, one of the best beaches in Southern California. Just across from where we ate dinner is one of Wyland's murals. He's a local artist who is famous for his sealife artwork.
 Russ found "Nick's" on Trip Advisor with its great reviews. We secured the best seats in the restaurant, just out on the patio facing the main Laguna Beach drag.
 It was a special evening, just the four of us to enjoy a night on the town. Here's Mom and Russ... don't they look alike?
 Dad and me. We had such an amazing dinner. Everything was fantastic, especially the company.
 As appetizers, we shared the mussels and clams in the white wine sauce, which were delicious.
 
 The favorite appetizer item was the panko fried asparagus spears with ranch dressing dip. I think I'll try making those at home sometime.
 I had the chicken tortilla soup which was super flavorful...
 And the citrus salad with fresh raspberries, strawberries, avocado, mandarin oranges, pecans and goat cheese. It was light and yummy. Oh, I also had the mac and cheese.
 Mom's dish was the best. The baby back ribs came out as a huge portion which she shared with everyone. The shoestring fries underneath supported the ribs.
 Russ chose the Chilean Sea Bass which was also a hit.
 Dad had the sockeye salmon on a bed of jasmine rice. This was OK, but a bit dry. The waiter really upsold this special so Dad tried it.
 
 Nick's is relatively new and located in a prime spot. We highly recommend it for nice dinners in Laguna.
 We saw two St. Bernard siblings taking a walk on the sidewalk. They are only a year old and act like they're much older.
 After dinner, we strolled down to the beach for the sunset view.
 We don't have many occasions to spend together with our families so we cherish the special moments we have. Isn't this a great photo of Russ and Mom? 
 There are many reasons to enjoy Southern California and Laguna is one of them. It just has a relaxed beach atmosphere. There are lots of families there now during the summer.
 This place was just adjacent to Nick's where ice cream waffles smelled so good!

 The main event of the night was to attend The Pageant of the Masters, an annual arts exhibition and show. The actual pageant is a well choreographed showing of historic masterpieces acted out by real people.
 We weren't permitted to take any photos during the show, but outside the stage are dozens of artists who showcase their artwork to the pageant-goers. The actual show was SOOOOOO amazing! There were large Greek and Roman statues, sculptures and paintings that came to life by actors who were painted into the scenery. You just have to see it to believe it.

 We highly recommend this show to everyone, adults and kids alike. It's simply remarkable! Since Russ and I went to Italy and saw some of the original masterpieces, it was breathtaking to see them depicted as live art.
 The painting below is an example of one of the paintings that came to life. Some of the characters were painted and others were real actors who were painted to fit the original artwork. We couldn't tell the difference until the actors moved. Each artwork was set to live orchestral music/opera singer and the actors had to hold their poses for 90 seconds.
The ending piece was The Last Supper where the actors depicted this infamous painting by Leonardo da Vinci to perfection. The actors held these exact poses and facial expressions.

Thank you, Mom & Dad, for an unforgettable evening!

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