Friday, May 27, 2011

If we ever left LA ...

... I would miss certain adventures like being on the back of P's motorcycle and riding through Koreatown where we noticed an unassuming hotel with a shopping mall downstairs.  We decided to explore it, to walk off our lunch a bit.  We've had good luck with Koreatown malls before.

But this one was a bust: a golfing goods store, a nail salon, a bed shop (that was interesting), and not much else.  Except outside in the shade behind a tarp, in the corner of the parking lot, we saw a kind of vegetable stand.  P went over to ask questions about the jackfruit and other gigantic oddballs and the man there took a liking to us.  P chose some black heads of garlic to buy.  The man motioned to P's face and said it was a Korean kind of face.  That's funny, I said, since he's from Austria.  Ooooohhhhh, he said.  Then he grabbed a bunch of bananas and added it to our bag.  You can have this, he said.  And see these, organic--very good raspberries.  Take them too.

So we ended up with a bag full of free fruit simply because someone liked my husband's face.  (Besides me, that is.)  And I wonder what kind of adventures we'd find if we lived in another place.


Why I Read the Obituaries

I'd never heard of these two women who died this week: Huguette Clark and Leonora Carrington.  Huguette was a reclusive heiress whose best friends were her dolls.  Leonora had the same birthday as I do and apparently smoked from the age of 11.

Huguette Clark

Leonora Carrington

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Dreaming of Sweets (Vienna)

Sometimes I just wish...

Sperlschnitte from Café Sperl in Vienna
(I wish I had the recipe...)

Sacher Torte from Café Alt Wien in Vienna

Kremeschnitte from Demel in Vienna

Monday, May 2, 2011


Garbanzo beans, garlic, tahini, lemon juice, salt, maybe some water.  Puree.  Amounts are subjective.  Also try adding avocado to a batch.