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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Cook's Country

It's no secret, we like to cook - and we enjoy watching cooking shows on PBS. One of those shows is Cook's Country with Christopher Kimball.
Here, on the final day of filming, the cast and crew prepare for "tasting day". Much like any last day, after many long hours, cast and crew have fun with one another, as they prepare for an audience taste test.
Christopher Kimball blog
Cook's Country website

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Sofya's Short Story

When we heard about a promising young writer, who lives a shout away from us, we asked for permission to post one of her stories. Sofya (her pen name and one of the story's characters) gave us this delightful adventure story about the return of spring. After reading it, you may want to travel with this charming cast of characters each year as spring arrives.
Keep this young writer in mind. You may find yourself reading one of her best sellers, one day!

It's a little known fact that sometimes Spring forgets to return from holiday. To avoid a horrible hullabaloo, the animals send a secret rescue crew to the Planet Spaghetti. It’s a scrumptious place where every day of the year is March 25 which is fabulous news for some.
When the pilot pecked on the window pane at dawn and Sofya saw the rocket ship waiting below, it was clear that this would be no ordinary adventure.
"Prepare for blast off, Juliette , my marvelous , monstery friend, I can’t do this on my own”...
(Here is the part that she wrote)
“Captain Sofya, we must check the calculations!” cried Assistant Captain Juliette as we were flying through space to Planet Spaghetti, Land of Noodles.
“Oh no, Lucy!” shouted Pilot Annie, waving her finger.
“I told her not to eat the candy.” She was so mad her face was red as she stormed out of the cockpit, muttering under her breath.
I sighed. Lucy was a parrot who thought she was a cat so she acted naughty; stealing candy was definitely one of the things she would do.
“Well,” I said to Juliette after ten hours of flying, “I think it’s time we arrive at Planet Art, Land of Paint so we can get dinner.”
Then, just as I said this, there was a BUMP! We landed on a surface that was squishy. It was a giant paint tube (which as they landed, made a farting noise and squirted cherry red paint). To their astonishment, the paint landed on a canvas. While this happened, they were all climbing out.
Out holding the canvas was a giant paint palette (well, at least way bigger than a normal one). But this one had eyes, a nose, a mouth, arms and legs.
“Hello, I’m Captain Sofya and this is Assistant Captain Juliette, Pilot Annie and Lucy the Naughty Parrot”.
He said, “Nice to meet you lot, my real name is James but you can call me Pete. Oh, by the way, whenever a ship lands here, it lands on a paint tube,” (he said pointing), “the ship lands on it and squirts out paint. It’s my job to catch the paint on my canvas and give it to the Art Workers. They make paintings to put in the Hall of Art.”
“Wow, hey Lucy, what do you think of that?” said Pilot Annie. Then I suddenly remembered why we were there. “Hey Pete, do you know where a restaurant is?” I asked. Pete’s face fell.
“No.” he said sadly. “The only food here would poison you.”
Then he said, “Chocolate.”
All of us cats screamed, “We’re leaving!”
“Chocolate!” Juliette gasped.
“Wait, can I come?” asked Pete hopefully.
“Yes!”, we cried; even Lucy agreed.
So they were off- a naughty parrot, three strange cats and an overlarge, strange paint palette, all going to a Planet with Noodles. Can you believe that? They had to fly for five straight days until they finally made it! They went to Planet Spaghetti, Land of Noodles.
They landed on a bed of ravioli and got out. I asked the hotel manager what room Spring was staying in.
“Room 853!”, she said excitedly. They went up the elevator and went to Spring’s room, knocked twice...the door opened.
Spring was a winged horse which made Spring begin as long as she was at their planet.
“Spring, it’s time to return.” said Pete.
“Oh my goodness, you are right!” she cried.
So they flew, this time much faster with Spring’s magic. When they got home, everybody cheered. Spring was back at last.

Below, is Sofya's original story:

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Med Modern Resources

Regarding our previous two postings (April 3 and April 17, 2012) about the modern Tuscan style home designed by Ronald Frink Architects - colors and materials presentations begin*:

*The above images represent the tastes and desires of the clients - Images are "tear sheets" removed from various resource directories, used as ideas to stimulate the imagination.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Architectural Icons - LA

Mina Chow, lecturer, licensed architect and TV hostess "interviews the general public and films various architectural sites throughout LA to show the audience the relationship of broader historical and cultural ideas as they relate to the design of the spaces." Video and more information, here...


Elysian LA / May 14
Below, two photos from Elysian LA's Facebook page.
Although, we didn't make it to this event, these photos and others on their FB page encourage us to attend in the future - June? July? Will you be there? For more information:
See our story about Elysianla
Imagining this space filled with tables in summer or for an event!

seared duck breast, cannellini, escarole, leek, cherries, duck ju

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Silverlake Garden

MAY GARDEN - Silverlake
New vegetables, first blooming roses (Mr. Lincoln, below), and lots of spring green everywhere (a row of miniature Blue Nile is about to bloom).
Friends have gifted us with plants from time to time. The last photo shown is such a plant. Unfortunately, we have no idea as to its name. After a couple of years in our garden, it has finally bloomed - and now displays small, intensely colored pods.
Newly planted dahlias are presented on the patio and within the past few days we've noticed a baby sweet pepper and yellow squash. All are presented, below.

Echeveria 'Blue Curls'

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Frances + Ed Return

Frances and Ed Mayes have returned to Bramasole!
If you love Tuscany and particularly the Italian way of life - and if you aren't traveling this year - then consider linking in to the website / blog of Frances Mayes. She and her husband have returned to their Italian home. And if  you peek into their lives, on occasion, you will find out about the best pasta and other delicious Italian food, enjoy the Tuscan countryside - and all that "la dolce vita" has to offer!
Here's how to get there from here: Frances Mayes Books

Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

May 11, 2012 - May 5, 2013
From the Gerogia O'Keeffe Museum website:
Georgia O'Keeffe, Part of the Cliff, 1986,
Oil on Canvas, 36 x 20 inches,
Georgia O'Keeffe Musuem 
© Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
"The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum is delighted to present “Georgia O’Keeffe and The Faraway: Nature and Image,” which opens on May 11, 2012. This exhibition is the first to demonstrate how the beauty and elegance of O’Keeffe’s paintings were prompted by the intimacy of her ongoing experiences with the Southwest’s natural forms, especially because of the camping trips she made to remote areas.
The exhibition will be on view until May 5, 2013, and includes drawings and paintings inspired by the beauty of the painted desert surrounding O’Keeffe’s house at Ghost Ranch, which she purchased in 1940, and by the camping and rafting trips she made. Highlights of the exhibition include O’Keeffe’s paintings, photographs made by others of places she camped, and a recently made photographic panorama of the “Black Place” that establishes a context for the exhibition’s reconstruction of a site where O’Keeffe and her friend Maria Chabot camped in 1944. Read more, here.
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
217 Johnson Street
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Ruth Duckworth, Ceramicist

RUTH DUCKWORTH - Ceramic Artist
For me, the single most interesting image depicted in the Clark + DelVecchio newsletter, recently emailed, was this one:
Untitled #22686, 1986. Porcelain,  13 x 11 in.
Created by Ruth Duckworth, this sensual, elegant work peeked my curiosity. As I searched for more information about the artist, I discovered that she died in 2009. Born in 1919, Hamburg, Germany, Ms. Duckworth left her native country in 1936 for England. She was educated at the Liverpool School of Art, the Hammersmith School of Art and the School of Arts and Crafts, London. 
Her work is included in numerous public collections, including: the Art Institute of Chicago, the Los Angeles County Museum, and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.
According to the Clark + DelVecchio website, Ms. Duckworth was, "...exposed to the minimalist aesthetic of Henry Moore and Isamu Noguchi whose influences remain in her work today."
There is a machine-like quality to much of the work, where one or more pieces fit into one another. - giving one the impression of grounded movement. The artist seems to communicate in  a cryptic language of punctuated shapes and form, conveying the impression of both personal and formal problem-solving.
In this video, directed by Karen Carter, Ms. Duckworth talks about her life and art.
You may link to more images, here.  

Friday, May 11, 2012

Train Stop: Caballé

Sometimes getting online is like getting on a train. Today, it started with a visit to our reading list, which took us on a journey to Christian Louboutin and Dita Von Teese (a hologram version), then we stopped at Freddie Mercury, with a side trip to Sacha Baron Cohen and interestingly and oddly this took us to the sublime opera singer, Montserrat Caballé - and this is where the train finally stopped. Whew! Travel can be so tiring.
So, on this late Friday afternoon we present Ms. Caballé:

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Plenty - Cookbook

from London's Ottolenghi Restaurant
Yotam Ottolenghi and his business partner, Sami Tamimi are the authors of the cookbook, Plenty - Vibrant Vegetable Recipes from London's Ottolenghi. We purchased the bookbook last year and only now publish this recommendation. However, we knew, from a quick perusal at Rolling Greens' in Los Angeles that we would not be disappointed - and we were not.
Over time, we have prepared many of the recipes including:
Lettuce Salad - with butter + curly lettuces, raddicchio, radishes, tomatoes and capers
Eggplant with buttermilk sauce
Leek Fritters
Spicy Moroccan carrot salad
Avocado, quinoa and fava bean salad
Crunchy pappardelle
Mushroom and herb polenta
Both Mr. Ottolenghi and Mr. Tamimi were brought up in Israel and Palestine, where they were first, "...exposed to the multitude of vegetables, pulses and grains that are celebrated in the region's different cuisines." And while we are not strictly vegetarian or vegan, we appreciate the richly layered recipes where tahini (Middle Eastern cuisine) combined with mirin (Japanese cuisine) are found in a single recipe - such as the Broccolini and sweet sesame salad. Ottolenghi stresses using the freshest, in-season, local ingredients in his recipes. While this is not a secret here or in any other cookbook, it is imperative in vegetarian recipes where that, just-picked taste, makes all the difference.
In his introduction, Mr. Ottolenghi mentions that he is NOT a vegetarian, then adds, "I refer to meat and fish in the introductions to the recipes as I occasionally have them in the back of my mind. But I don't miss these two elements. In this book I offer dozens of solid dishes, all balanced and nurturing that just happen to include neither fish nor meat." Important here is the fact that meat and fish are not missed because of the various textures, herbs, spices and sauces - enough for the satisfaction of any carnivore!

Yotam Ottolenghi has not only produced this cookbook. Along with Sami Tamimi, he has restaurants located in London's, Notting Hill, Islington, Kensington and Belgravia districts. A friend of ours who lives in London referred to Ottolenghi Restaurant as, "the best take-out in the world!" After trying more of these delicious recipes, we know a trip to London is in our future. And for those who love vegetarian food, this beautifully photographed cookbook is for you!
All photographs courtesy, Chronicle Publishing
Ottolenghi blog for general information and specific information about the new, Jerusalem Cookbook
Chronicle Books
Jonathan Lovekin - Another Film Company

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

From Roses to Vegetables

A Garden Grows in Silverlake
In May our roses usually begin their seasonal bloom cycle. We feed them frequently throughout summer and into early fall.  A dozen tomato plants of various varieties were planted near our garden wall for maximum sunlight and warmth. And green beans grow along a path. Several zucchini plants are just beginning and one of two sweet peppers is already showing small fruit. Of course, plenty of basil is growing - some from seed and about six small plants purchased from our local nursery.
As we've stated before, our garden provides us with visual pleasure, edible treats, relaxation and comfort throughout the year. We will look forward to many warm summer days, when most of our living occurs outdoors!
To search for past posts of Silverlake Garden, search for either "Silverlake" or "Silverlake Garden".

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Perigee Moon

When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie... that's a perigee moon. And tonight it will be visible at about midnight. Here's what Nasa has to say about that:

Friday, May 4, 2012

Friday One

John Derian Company 
We recommend - and they recommend John Derian.
From Mr. Derian's website:
The John Derian Company Inc. was established in 1989. John Derian’s designs are handmade in his studio in New York, where he employs a small staff of artists to assist with production. His products are sold by upscale home stores, catalogs, and gift shops worldwide. They are also available at his own retail shop The John Derian Company which carries, antiques, imports, quilts, table linens, and a line of stationery, along side his decoupage. The shop, John’s work and home have been featured in Vogue, Vogue Living, The New York Times Home Magazine, The World of Interiors, Elle Décor, Domino, Lucky, House and Garden, Country Living, House Beautiful, Gourmet, Bon Apetit, Victoria, Garden Design, The New York Observer, Time Out, New York Magazine, GQ, Details and W.
Cool Hunting Video presents John Derian

Inhabitat presents John Derian evite line

John Derian Company

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Opera HD

The Metropolitan Opera, *Live in HD
Last night we joined friends for an evening at The Metropolitan Opera. No, we didn't take a taxi from our hotel. No, we didn't take the subway. And no, we didn't hire a limo. Instead, we drove to Burbank (yes, California), parked, then walked to AMC Burbank 16.
La Traviata, an opera in three acts, written by Giuseppe Verdi - with libretto by Francesco Maria Piave - is the story of a fallen woman who parties her life into the ground, so to speak. She falls in love with Alfredo, whose father, Giorgio (oh, so manipulative and misguided), demands that his son give up Violetta and return home. If he doesn't do as told, his sister's engagement is in jeopardy. And so the story continues. Alfredo leaves, thinking Violetta has abandoned him (she has done what any girl would do for love!). In the end, although it would seem that Violetta has gotten back together with her old flame, Baron Douphol, Alfredo finds her and they are reunited - however, too late. Violetta, ill from the beginning, succumbs.
The singing was sublime. Natalie Dessey sings with great passion and the quality of her voice is incredible. The tenor, Matthew Polenzani as Alfredo and Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Germont) were equally as stunning in their performances.
If you're not in New York City, the next best thing is Live in HD. 
For more information, please link to The Metropolitan Opera!
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