Thursday, October 1, 2015

Weekend Wishes

Oh dear.  Not very clever.

I updated my operating system and it's made my photo files go all wonky!  It could take me days to figure it all out again.  Erggggghhhhhh.  (What photo software do you use?  I should probably switch to Lightroom and hopefully avoid all this again........)

So please just enjoy this foto of a mad Gaudi building on the Rambla in Barcelona in the rain!  Courtesy of Mr. Paradis and his I-phone.   Can you believe I did not charge my camera before going to Barcelona?  (JETLAG!)

I'll be back next week on firmer ground I hope.  Have a WONDERFUL WEEKEND!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Doin' Dali in Downtown Figueres

So what are your feelings about Salvador Dali?  Mr. Paradis has always been a fan but moi, not so much.  I guess I never really "got" him?  Aesthetically his work never did much for me, and I thought his ideas were a little overwrought, fantastical, self-indulgent......but I'm open minded so, since we were staying in the Pyrenees Orientales on a so-called "beach vacation" it seemed a good idea to nip over the border and visit the Dali museum (which I'd been reminded of, by a Rick Steve's episode practically the evening just before our departure and which I highly recommend.)

It was easy to get into Figueres and to find a parking structure with open spaces right next to the Dali Museum.  Yay!  A few steps along a little plaza lined with restaurants and a Sex Shop.  Who knew this about Spain -practically the first thing you see just over the border from France was a SEX SHOP located in a freeway plaza.  ?!

Not that Mr. Dali would be likely to find this juxtaposition untoward.  Anyone who thinks it's appropriate to perch a stone portrait of one of the great ancients atop a tower of tractor tires has got to be even more open-minded than moi-meme.  I'm going to let you make your own interpretation of this pairing.  I have my own ideas.

And so speaking of juxtapositions, get ready for more and MORE!

A frieze of bathroom sinks anyone?  A sailboat dripping black blobs?  Another tower of tires?

I took tons of pictures, you don't need to see them ALL.  Especially since the point of this post

is to remind you and myself that there's nothing better, more impressive, or that makes sense in understanding an artist, than seeing the actual work face to face, in it's original state.  Happily, in the case of Mr. Dali, we get to see it in a context absolutely authentic to him, and of his own choosing.

My biggest "take away" is how remarkably gifted an artist he was, with a quick and vivid fantastical

mind.  His references span hundreds of prior centuries, but his work is emphatically modern.  Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Mike Kelly......all three have changed our ideas about art.  When you visit the Dali Museum in Figueres, you are reminded by the fact that:  DALI GOT THERE FIRST!

You can take away a souvenir for a price.  I left this little piece of plastic behind.  Just grateful that photos are free!  (So far.)  BRAVO DALI!

So I'm guessing some of you have already been.....what did you think?

Friday, September 25, 2015

Highlights from a Late-Summer Ramble........

I do worry a little bit about repeating myself.

And I've been so busy here in L.A., I haven't taken many pictures here.  I do hope to get back to that soon.

But if you're happy enough to discover/or rediscover in the case of a few of you.......

some pretty and interesting parts of the world...

And if you're happy to share some sweet moments of being.....(a doggie after my own heart)

or even, human history. (did you know that the Catalonians will be voting on Sunday to advance an Independence agenda?  That hose is the colors of the Catalonian flag - that's Patriotism dontcha think!?)

Gardens big and small...

Then, you're in the

RIGHT place(s!)

See you again soon.  'Til then Happy Weekend!!!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Slipping Back In........

Hey!  Hi!  Ola!?

been away......

been a bad blogger - oh!  I've said that already

been savoring my memories.  

Ever notice sometimes you only remember the pictures and not so much the holiday?  I haven't attacked all the pictures yet, cuz I want to stay wrapped in the images that remain in my mind.  I know it hasn't seemed like it, but I have always been thinking of you all.

Not sure what this Fall back will look like yet in the (my) blog world.  But if you all are still with me, I'm happy to keep tippy toe-ing along.  Can you guess where I've been?  (Don't cheat and look at the labels!!!!)

Friday, August 14, 2015

Summer Stecca-a-Rama - Thanks to Sullivan Street Bakery

So how is everybody?  Staying cool?  It is about to get seriously hot here in L.A. and some of you may know we have some bad fires up North.  The good news is that the week started cool.  In fact, perfect weather for some Stecca-making.

So Sunday night, Mr. Paradis made a quick batch of dough which we let rise till about noon of the following day.  I managed to find time between laundry, gardening and bill paying to pull a couple of these little guys out onto some parchment paper.  THAT'S HOW EASY THIS RECIPE IS!

Plunked some olives and cherries tomatoes onto them, and a quick swish of olive oil.  The flecks are fresh thyme leaves.  Oh and a sprinkling of sea salt.  Then, INTO THE OVEN.

My little helper kept track of the15 minutes of baking at 500 degrees.

Here's where the recipe came from.  NYC's guru of gluten and dough,  Jim Lahey of Sullivan Street Bakery fame.

Somehow I think he must have let them rise a bit after putting them on the baking sheet - NOT in the recipe.  And he rolled the dough chunks into themselves like for a classic baguette (which these are the Italian version of).  I stretched them.  p.s., if your tomatoes are juicy like mine, the dough will sag a bit, too.

But I think they turned out pretty darn good!!!!

(Oh and don't forget to pit the olives before you put them on, says Mr. Paradis.)

Crispy, salty, chewy, light!!!  OMG, you will be happy you tried this at home.  Just as good as these ones from Proof, in L.A (which I posted about a couple years ago) at a fraction of the cost.  Don't be shy, bake them, show them, and share them with your friends!

HAPPY WEEKEND to you FOODIES out there!

(No, really, I mean ALL OF YOU!  xoxo)

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Summer, Stolen!

I am so not really thinking about clothes these days.

I am wearing summer clothes from many, many years past.

But please just imagine me, spending my summer (in exquisite comfort)

Looking like this.

Oh if only they would magically land on my doorstep, perfectly sized for me!!!

Summer fashion bliss stolen from Scott S. at The Sartorialist

Friday, August 7, 2015

Just One Thing

Why haven't I been posting?

I'm going to let that remain an open question.  Maybe cuz I can't write posts like these: