Sunday, June 22, 2014

Put On Your Boots & Chaps - Century City Is Goin' Country

I was sold on this exhibit just from these two photos, but these don't even scratch the surface of all the Country fun to be had.  As always, The Annenberg Space For Photography brings another great exhibit to their charming little museum space - Country: Portraits of an American Sound.  

Dolly, Johnny, Willie and every other face of Country Music past and present is represented in this wonderful exhibit.  This is probably my favorite space in LA and I can't stress it enough, if you haven't been to an ASFP exhibit you are really missing out.

It's Been A While - Here's Some Food To Consider

POT - where to begin...just get there make time for the bar, and the pastry bar, and eat a lot of things on the menu, and make sure one of those things is the white kimchi.

The Church Key - Drinks and dinner - the dim sum is okay, but the real gems are on the main menu - the English Pea Hummus was a wonderful surprise.  DO NOT miss the salt, vinegar and brown butter popcorn from the dim sum trolley.  And look out for a very fabulous Pan Am flight attendant wheeling around the trolley of magical cocktail concoctions. The trolleys and the stewardess outfit are authentically vintage and add a great bit of flare to the whole adventure.

The Factory Kitchen - every choice is a solid choice - be sure to get the prosciutto on the sage dough.

Faith and Flower - Ask the bar tender to make the absinth cocktail where you take a hit of absinth smoke - an incredible sensory experience.

Republique - again, every choice is a solid choice, and it gets better each time I go.

Snow LA - cool and crisp sweetness like you've never had.  The portions are BIG but very light and a perfect summer sweet treat.

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Monday, January 13, 2014

Sweatpants Are Bad For Morale

This was one of my favorite gifts this holiday season.  I unwrapped it and was overcome with nostalgia remembering my love of the Little Golden Book.  I reverted to little kid mode, so excited to read my new book and fittingly my oldest dearest friend gave it to me, we used to read these together when we were very young, so we immediately read through the hilarity of an adult version Little Golden Book.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

The Rear Window

"Good morning to me!", I would say if I were a morning person.  Or if I felt fortunate that I don't need an alarm clock, as my neighbors wake me up usually 2-3 hours before my alarm is set to go off.  Not much to say about it, it's city living, there's no way around it, but that doesn't make it any less annoying.

From My Old Place:

Him - Lives in the apartment across the back of my building.
Her - Sleeps over on the weekends.
When Him and Her shower together, they echo across the back of the two buildings.

Weekend 1
Her: (Very hyper.) I did something really good!
Him: What?
Her: I made coffee!
Him: Great.
Her: I did something really bad!
Him: What?
Her: I added extra scoops of espresso!

Thursday, January 09, 2014

A Dose Of Reality

The life of a freelancer is equal parts fun, adventurous, stressful and often times broke.  Those of us who as freelancers, have to take jobs that aren't always exactly what we want to work on but will pay the bills for the next few months, can get a little lost in the frustration of contributing to the dumbing down of America.  I work in TV - mainly reality and documentary.  Most of us chose to freelance hoping to work on Nat Geo or HBO documentaries.  But instead of filming wild animals in Africa, or uncovering artwork lost during world wars, we've found ourselves taming Housewives, valuing trinkets in unfortunately-located pawn shops, or shopping with celebutantes.

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

How Far Will You Go Today?

Falling Down - a whole movie about how far you'll go today.

If a New York minute is too quick to measure in exact time, then a Los Angeles minute must be measured by one's odometer. You may argue that more appropriately an LA minute should be measured by the speedometer, but in a town where you can move one mile in twenty minutes or one mile in less than a minute, it's the distance measured, not the time passed that holds more significance. Thus it's the odometer, logging the passing of our time in the distance we've achieved - the frustrating part being that one's movement from point A to point B is dependent upon everyone else. You're at the mercy of this town, fast or slow it's the length of the trip, the miles, the amount of road traveled to get where you are, to where you want to be. Driving in LA is symbolic of every other frustrating aspect of our lives. Career, finance, status. And the thing about LA is that you have to sit through it all, and wait, and keep inching forward because with all the hills and valleys in this town, the shortcuts never work.

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Where Would You Rather Be?

I was reading a list of places that people would rather be right now - as expressed by people in other parts of the country, the majority of the country, suffering through frigid temperatures and relentless snowfall. The slideshow of the list showed bright and inviting photos of happy people on the beach in places like Tortola BVI; Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; Zuma Beach, Malibu...Malibu?

I forget that LA is a destination spot.  That we live in a city where people come to vacation.  That while the rest of the country is locked in their homes trying to stay warm, we're suffering through afternoon hikes and sunsets like these.

In my road rage and annual yearning for some "real weather", I need to remind myself that LA isn't so bad...when you can find parking and when there isn't some sort of police activity going on in the middle of your workout.  Anyone know what was happening in Runyon Canyon today?

Stay warm, people!

Monday, January 06, 2014

Love Connection...Aisle 5

Where it all began.  Pt. 1

Why do I see all my celebrity crushes in the grocery store?!?  And always after I've worked out.  Or on a day when I've changed from pajamas into basically another pajama-like outfit.  A reminder to myself for 2014, make a little effort when you leave the house.

I told you about my crush on Stephen Merchant, and yesterday the new year decided it was time for us to take this thing to the next level.  (We really don't have a thing, and technically we're not at any level, so the next level would at least put us at the same location.  That's a first step, isn't it?)

2014 And I'm Going To Blog Everyday, Even Just One Line

This year's for me and you...

It's a whole new year and a whole new decade for me, so this year I'm going to be a whole new me. Fearless.  Consistent.  And a whole lot of other things.  One thing I'm going to do is blog everyday.  I usually blog here and there, only if I have something that is more of a full blown story, but this year, even if it's just one line, I'm going to post something. This will be an interesting challenge, but here we go!  Happy New Year!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Round One...I Already Posted Round Two

This is my favorite new segment from Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.  I posted the latest round a couple of weeks ago, but here's the first round from early in the year.

Everyone on Late Night always looks like they're having such happy fun.

PS - I have a great story from our late 90's days when we were running around with young Hollywood.  It involves Jimmy, a troll doll, a Chachi heckle and one very blonde comment from my friend.  I'll post it sometime soon.