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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Summer Soups

COLD SUMMER SOUPS
from Food52
It's June in Los Angeles. While the sky is overcast now - and it's been overcast quite a bit, lately, - the summer season will  eventually arrive and heat up. 
Simple, easy to prepare meals are the key to surviving those hot summer days.
From our reading list, we highlight, Food52's, 10 Cold Soups for Hot Summer Nights, by Caroline Lange. From this Strawberry Gazpacho recipe  (Genius Recipes - Eleven Madison Park) to a Chilled Cucumber and Avacdo Soup with Mango Salsa by Gena Hamshaw and 8 others, you will chill out and make it through the hot, steamy days of summer with ease.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Thursday Three

THURSDAY'S THREE
Beth Moon photographs Africa's oldest trees against an endless starry night.
Javier De Riba depicts geometric patterned carpets onto aged buildings.
Nice Architects designs Ecocapsules for off-grid living.
Today's picks from out there into the here.
Beth Moon, Photographer - Colossal


Javier De Riba, Artist, Floors

Low Energy Ecocapsule, Nice Architects - Designboom

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Santa Fe Clay Gallery Lectures

SUMMER LECTURE SERIES
Santa Fe Clay
Starting June 10, Santa Fe Clay will present a series of lectures by various guest artists. For more information please visit this link: Santa Fe Clay.

Every Wednesday at 7:00 pm

June 10 – August 12, 2015
Free and Open to the Public

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

A Chef's Life

A CHEF'S LIFE
with Vivien Howard and Ben Knight - PBS
If you're not watching this show  - about a married couple with kids, building a new life in Kinston, North Carolina, you're missing something very special.
At the beginning of each segment, Ms. Howard tells us her parents were willing to help her open her own restaurant - as long as she and her husband, Ben, opened it in her girlhood place of birth.
Ms. Howard  was living a very successful life in NYC, but the offer was just too hard to turn down. So, she and her husband Ben packed up their belongings and moved from the hustle and bustle of New York to the "hear a pin drop" quiet of Kinston, NC.
A Chef's Life is so much more than a show about food. Vivien and Ben take us on a journey of family life, memories of Ms. Howard's childhood and the trials and joy that go into living life.
Part documentary, part cooking show - you acquire knowledge of Ms. Howard's early food roots, not by listing every detail of a recipe (although recipes are available on the website!). Rather, you are taken on a journey through southern cooking as it is creatively updated into contemporary, sophisticated new dishes. 
The show is now entering its second season - and the adventure continues. As stated on the PBS website, "And so The Chef and the Farmer, located in Kinston, North Carolina, was born. Six years in, Vivian and her restaurant have won numerous accolades, including her selection as a James Beard semi-finalist, but the challenges continue. As the series opens, Vivian and Ben are juggling the restaurant, raising twins and anxiously building their own home — right next door to her parents."
If you love to cook and want more than just a typical program about preparing food, this is your show. It certainly is mine!
Enjoy this trailer for season 2 - and make your way over to PBS, to learn more about, A Chef's LIfe. And for more, The Chef and the Farmer website.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Monarch of Silverlake

MONARCH AND MILKWEED
Recently, we purchased a Milkweed plant at Armstrong Garden Center in Glendale, CA
Days went by before this beautiful creature (below) arrived. We first discovered it resting upon the broad leaves of a nearby Plumeria. The Milkweed was planted just feet away. 
"Our" Monarch, ritualistically, flew around and danced over the Milkweed, for quite awhile, until if finally landed on the flower of its choice.
At some point, eggs will be left under leaves and larvae will eventually emerge. The caterpillars will eat almost every single leaf of the plant, then rest into cocoons. In time, Monarchs will emerge from the cocoons - and the cycle continues.
The circular flight of our Monarch delighted us. It flew in smaller circles around the milkweed and larger circles around the garden. We were uplifted with joy as we observed the dancing flight of our special garden visitor.



Monarch Watch


Friday, May 1, 2015

Documentary, Iris

IRIS • FASHION • SYNONYMOUS
Iris Apfel in IRIS, a Magnolia Pictures release. Photo credit: © Bruce Weber
I'm not a fashionista. I seldom wear other than jeans and T-shirts. I'm comfortable and like it that way. Oh, I do know how to coordinate colors - but, when it comes to wearing something interesting - well that's not, necessarily, of interest to me - I don't like standing out in a crowd.
However, I do appreciate the unique eccentricities of those few people who do stand out on our planet. I've written about a few of them - such as Anna Piaggi, who styled herself in a world all her own.
And now, another fashion icon, Iris Apfel, will be immortalized in the documentary film, Iris - produced by Magnolia Pictures.
Synopsis, from Magnolia Pictures:
The latest film from legendary documentarian Albert Maysles (GREY GARDENS, GIMME SHELTER), IRIS pairs the late 88-year-old filmmaker (who passed away on March 5) with Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old style maven who has had an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades. More than a fashion film, the documentary is a story about creativity and how a soaring free spirit continues to inspire. IRIS portrays a singular woman whose enthusiasm for fashion, art and people are life's sustenance and reminds us that dressing, and indeed life, is nothing but an experiment. Despite the abundance of glamour in her current life, she continues to embrace the values and work ethic established during a middle-class Queens upbringing during the Great Depression. "I feel lucky to be working. If you're lucky enough to do something you love, everything else follows."
To find out more about this iconic woman - who stands out - please direct yourself to Magnolia Pictures.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Quartet

TUESDAY'S QUARTET
• Think about this: You are walking and in need of a rest. You notice a bench and sit down. Then you hear music (and more). After awhile, you are rested - you rise from the bench, loving the experience it has given to you.

• Next, a booty twerks. It twerks, again, again, again. The movement of that booty, plugged into a sound machine of sorts, is transformed into beats - booty beats. The actual rhythm of tweaking is translated into music.

• If you drink wine - or Champagne - you know about food pairing. Now, something new - pairing Champagne, specifically Krug Champagne, with music. Call them Champagne notes, if you will.

• And last, but certainly not least, we remember the sounds of musical genius, Amy Winehouse. Her voice was (and is) uniquely different. Soon, we will all have the pleasure of learning more about Ms. Winehouse in an upcoming documentary about her life and music.

Four music related postings for your listening pleasure - links below.
Bibliophonies - a musical (and more) public bench
from Inhabitat

Twerking rhythm makes Real Booty Music
from Designboom

Pairing Krug Champagne with music
from CoolHunting

Amy Winehouse documentary
from Pitchfork

Monday, March 16, 2015

Pricey Classic Cars

PREMIER CAR SHOW
Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance
As seen on Wired, classic beauties from eras past.
In the photo, above, a fiery red 1971 Lamborghini Miura SV. Restored to its original condition and valued at over 2.3M - RM Sotheby's.
Visit our links, below, to view more classics and to find out more about the Amelia Island Concours!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Emergence

EMERGENCE
Spring Awakening, Silverlake
"In winter, I plot and plan, in spring, I move."  by Henry Rollins
Signs exhibit themselves throughout our Silverlake garden as spring emerges. From a new hydrangea which we thought was gone, to a brightly colored Kolanchoe, to pink azaleas, our little patch of heaven begins to renew itself.
Roses have been feed once already - and soon we begin to tidy up. Dead leaves will be picked up and weeds, pulled - as we ready for the oncoming growth of deep spring and early summer.
And so it begins - year after year after year. Spring emerges.






Tuesday, March 3, 2015

And In This Corner...

TWO COOKBOOKS, ONE REVIEW
And the winner is?
Photograph: Food52
From Food52, J. Kenji Lopez-Alt reviews two beautiful cookbooks. I own only one of them, My Paris Kitchen, by David Lebovitz.
Each time I enter the cookbook section of our local bookstore, Vroman's, I am tempted to purchase Bar Tartine, as well. And no matter what the judgement of this reviewer, I can agree with everything Mr. Lopez-Alt says about My Paris Kitchen. I see eye-to-eye with him, when he writes,
"Personality? Check. His book, like all of his work, is brimming with it. He's your host, your guide, and your partner in crime in the kitchen and around town, simultaneously showing profound respect for his adopted country while playfully challenging traditions and reveling in the looks of quoi?that his American questions earn him from French colleagues."
We are entertained and educated by David Lebovitz' descriptive writing and lovely photographs - and while we have attempted only a couple of recipes, we can safely attest to thoroughly enjoying this cookbook.
So, please make your way to this review at Food52, read it and decide for yourself.
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