This is an eat as much as you like buffet restaurant with a slight difference. Salads and vegetables are served buffet style whilst on your table is a cylindrical piece of wood with red and green ends; have the red end to the top and you are not ready to be served meats - reverse it and it shows that you want to be served meats. Meats are brought out from the kitchen on great metal stakes and carved at your table.
Go up to the buffet area as many times as you like for salads and vegetables and some stew-style meat dishes; you can then have your green end up as many times as you like.
I had the Churrasco Feast. It was a quiet evening and service from the kitchen was slow but dishes on offer at the buffet were very good and plentiful. I enjoyed all that I chose to eat and enjoyed a glass of house red to go with my meal.
VT Sailing Race 1st WIN... or was it?
"Cap'n Ken Invites VT to crew"
We'll the VT team made their second run at a local sailing race Tuesday July 14th, 2009 as part of the Redondo Beach summer racing series. Our boat the 27' Impulse known only as, "Impulsive". There were two new additions to the team, myself and our new Product Manager Ben, in the mirrored "Shades".
"A bouncy beginning"
After a couple of tacking practice runs we proceeded to the start line and got the wind bearings and the bearings of the start line 150 degrees. We patiently waited for the start and with just a few minutes to go got into position. Things got a little exciting when another boat tacked right in front of us and then came down right on top of our line. Cap'n Ken ducked below, but the other crew seemed even less experienced than us, and they proceeded to bump into us. Fortunately, Ben got his legs up in time and with 15 seconds to race time we quickly got back in focus. We were first across the line, and didn't see any early across flag, so off we went for the first way point.
"Bringing it home"
Finally we raced downwind to the next way point, and were shocked to keep our lead. We were without a spinnaker type sail, and the others in our class all had one. See the photo below of the team on that passed us just after the second way point. Cap'n Ken fought them off valiantly at the way point, but to no avail. The spinnaker drove them on past us.
But Wait!.... whats this, we stayed close on their heels and as we entered the harbor they drop their spinnaker and we manage to slip by just seconds before the finish line.
And we crossed VICTORIOUS! and without a spinnaker... But wait... no horn! Could it be? We have been disqualified for crossing the start line early. Doomed again.
Fortunately, Cap'n Ken tells us that over early occasionally, "Just means we are trying hard."
Redondo Beach - California
The written history of the Redondo Beach area begins in 1542 when Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo discovered the beautiful, sweeping Santa Monica Bay, however, it remained a sleepy Indian Village for more than 200 years.
As part of the 43,000 acre Dominguez Rancho, a Spanish Land Grant of 1784, Redondo Beach was a rich farming and grazing area until the late 1800’s.
Incorporated on April 29th, 1892, the City was already well served by rail and steamship lines and was an early Port of Los Angeles. The lumber and shipping industries preceded the Pacific Electric Big Red Car Line, which contributed to the reputation of Redondo Beach as a resort and recreation area for Southern California’s rapidly expanding population.
The opening of the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro ended the City’s shipping trade and the city grew only slowly during the Great Depression and World War II. During the 50’s and 60's Redondo Beach came into its own and once again became a popular resort city, as well as a good place to live, work and play.