As well as going for long walks and eating out with friends, I’ve been working on my next trip – comin’ right up, time flying and all that.
Back from Hawaii for a few weeks of Home-Sweet-Home before the next big to-do.
Nancy and I came up here for a bon voyage lunch – thanks Nancy. It’s so wonderful to know that anytime (just don’t be getting the urge on a Monday) we can buzz on up to see and experience amazing work both familiar and new.
We sat through the whole 18 minutes of Werner Herzog’s new piece ‘Hearsay of the Soul’. I liked it.
Yesterday Windy and I went to a new Korean Spa, new to us anyway.
We had previously used the baby bear spa Daengki, which was small and homey and entirely Korean, but we thought to go a little more upscale/Western-ish one when we brought our older sister so we started frequenting Olympic which has good facilities but also too high a percentage of chatty white girls, so this time we might have hit it just right – Hankook.
We’ll have to go a few more times just to make sure….
Merlyn and I went in search of the dish we ate in the Dominican Republic and in Cuba that was a part of my most memorable meals. SO good. (I must mention also the goat stews that were AWEsome.)
Mofongo’s mother land is Puerto Rico and I found a Puerto Rican restaurant in North Hollywood that specializes in mofongo. But No! Different! They make it with fried plantains!
The plantains should be boiled as they are in the Dominican (where, I recently learned, the dish is called mangu) and in Cuba. I don’t remember now what they called it in Cuba – the internet thinks it’s fufu. But the plantains need to be boiled!
On the left: Puerto Rico. On the right: Dominican Republic. Below: how I remember it looked and ooow sooo goood.
Lynn and I had a nice beach walk and a bon voyage visit. They are off to Australia for three weeks on the 11th which is very exciting.
Those nasty growths on my head are still bothering me (a lot). I pressed the dermatologist to tell me what was going on before he started digging around in there again, but he didn’t like that At All, and we broke up. Now I have to find another dermatologist and get an appointment quick like a bunny before I leave.
Mama Jenn, Papa John, Grandma, and the center of the known world, Sir Jordan himself.
Then Marsha and Tom made me the dinner I always want when I go there and is always perfect: bbq meat. Yes there are other items on the menu but it’s the scrumptious bbq meat that makes it dinner at Marsha and Tom’s.
And the Jack Daniels. They never forget to invite Jack.
IngaLill and Tony just got back from their week of hiking in the Canadian Rockies. They totally loved everything about it and took some fabulous photos of nature.
This is a fabulous photo of nature, shot by IngaLill out the window of the car as they were passing through Calgary, just for me she said.
Susie took me out for my birthday. We spent the day at LACMA and had a fantastic time.
If you can help it don’t miss the James Turrell show. It’s huge. I didn’t take any pictures (obedient museum goer that I am and anyway there are guards in every room) but had I, it would have been this one (which some less obedient and more cunning museum goer put on the internet).
From LACMA’s website:
“As part of the Getty’s initiative, Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A., LACMA features The Presence of the Past: Peter Zumthor Reconsiders LACMA, an exhibition about the proposed future of the museum’s campus.
“Swiss architect Peter Zumthor has been commissioned to rethink the east campus, providing new insight into the meaning and function of an encyclopedic museum and the relationship of architecture to its site.”
Then we unexpectedly happened upon a delightful exhibit of Matisse’s cutouts and some work based on the cutouts.
This is from the Jass series and my new favorite figure. I always liked the other one, the one with the heart, but now I’m toying with the idea of using this way cool dancer in place of my flying pig.
The last time I got the car washed at a new place because I was in the neighborhood with some free time. They did such a good job that today I drove 15 minutes out of my way to go back there. You can guess, closed.
So I found another one nearby with an irresistible dinosaur theme and the car looked pretty good too.