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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Lebovitz for LA

Photo: David Lebovitz
I could have written this:
"I’m one of those people who loves Los Angeles. Even rarer, I’m one of those San Franciscans who loves Los Angeles." David Lebovitz
Originally from San Francisco, I came to Los Angeles many years ago. Whenever I spoke to those I left behind, I heard about how Los Angeles topped San Francisco only in the weather department. "Oh, one thing you have is great weather" - as if that was the one, solitary, thing! As I heard that line, over and over, again, I would think of all the wonderful other things I found in LA, repeating them like silent mantras:  the vibrant art scene, the developing and evolving restaurant scene - and a vibrancy and aliveness that our sister city up north seemed to lack - particularly on those cold and foggy SF days. And not only great weather, but, world-class beaches, great sea food and the heart of the entertainment industry. And, also, the best weather on the planet.
David Lebovitz, a food writer living in Paris, writes about LA in a recent blog posting.
Mr. Lebovitz is the author of the following books about food:

Room for Dessert
Ripe for Dessert
The Great Book of Chocolate
The Perfect Scoop
The Sweet Life in Paris
Ready for Dessert

Please visit David Lebovitz to enjoy this and other stories about food and Paris.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Lucky Duck


Unfortunately, Lucky Duck closed recently. 
Months went by and each of us wondered about that brightly colored yellow-golden duck, painted on a building at the corner of Hyperion and Griffith Park in Silverlake. Was it another shop? Perhaps another Pilates studio?
Last night, after a busy day, neither of us wanted to cook. I picked up the iPad and began to search for "brightly colored yellow duck" and "Hyperion, Silverlake". And suddenly there they were, about a dozen images for the restaurant, Lucky Duck. Needless to say, we were very excited - a place to go for dinner - close by - "Let's hope it's good."
Within minutes, we were there, seated, glasses of wine in hand and ready to order.
It was all delicious. From Cauliflower "Couscous" (Greek Yogurt, pistachio, Madras curry oil, apple and Medjool dates) to Pea & Pear Salad (English peas, snow peas, sugar snap peas, seckel pear, feta cheese) to a succulent Pork Chop (from Cook Pigs Ranch, honey, brussel sprout and apple slaw) - it was all fresh and tasty.
So happy we found Lucky Duck!

Please read this LA Magazine article for more information.

2630 Hyperion Ave. Los Angeles, CA

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Five Thursday

• If Andy Warhol comes to mind, so does Ultra Violet, Pop Art's famous muse. If you've never heard of her, find out more from CoolHunting.
• Works of impermanent art, by Philippe Baudelocque, are accomplished in chalk and oil pastel - here today, gone tomorrow - from Colossal.
• Sewing enters the 21st Century! Find out more about this beautifully designed handheld sewing machine by Laura Lang - from New Tech Reviews, Gadgets.
• Arik Levy (for Lasvit) has designed "Crystal Rock" - a collection of jewel-like, suspended lamps - from Contemporist.
• And last, but not least, what could be more magical, than magic carpets - by French artist, Miquel Chevalier - at Sacre Coeur, Casablanca, Morocco… as seen on Designboom.
Enjoy our recommendations!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Lemon Desserts

From Fine Cooking
According to Jesephus, in the year 90BC a wayward high priest was taught a painful lesson, as the Jews of Jerusalem pelted him with lemons. Little did they know, all those lemons could have been put to better use.
An early morning email presented me with sixteen delicious lemon desserts - from Lemon Merinque Pie to Lemon Bar Cheesecake to Not-So-Classic Lemon Bars.
Thanks, Fine Cooking. I look forward to  each and every one!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Mayes' Magnolia

by Frances Mayes

I've enjoyed reading many of Frances Mayes' books and I look forward to reading this - her memoir. Here, to pique your interest, are quotes from her blog:

"I grew up in Fitzgerald, Georgia after World War II and on the cusp of the civil rights movement. We were the last isolated generation–before widespread TV–and a small town deep in South Georgia seemed a world unto itself. For me, a marvelous world. I loved the land, the flat horizon, the fragrant nights, the rain that “walked” across the fields, the sun that could melt gold. Like many southern families, mine had it’s share of wild, eccentric characters. They were full of love but flailed about in preposterous ways, unable to figure out how to live. I grew up. And thrived. And that green, green world still exists whole in memory, that vast terrarium."
"I hope you will like taking this journey with me back into the deep South. If you’ve read my (mostly) sunny, happy books about Tuscany, you might be surprised by my early life. Oddly enough, I was always confident of my happiness. I never doubted it! The best thing writing a memoir might do for the writer is to reveal that you were always exactly yourself, inevitable as a planted seed, regardless of circumstance. I see that I started out writing my life."
There is more to read, but you must take yourself over to her blog for that! And this is how you get there:

Frances Mayes Blog and Website 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

All Cool

Today, we present four recommendations - all from CoolHunting.
First, something from Paris; Poilåne's La Barre de Granola, from one of Paris' best boulangeries. Next, textiles inspired by architecture by graphic designer, María Rut Dýrfjörð. Then, a new book for those adventurers in your life, Training for the New Alpinism - training for alpine mountaineering. And last, five creative cookbooks - offering, "more than just recipes, these tomes offer stories, fun and inspiration for readers looking to get into the kitchen."
Thanks, CoolHunting, for informing us - and inspiring us!

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