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November 8, 2011

What to do with a toddler on a rainy day in LA

We entered our first rainy season with a toddler over the weekend. It coincided nicely with daylight savings time, which meant that by 9 am we’d already been up for hours and hours and had virtually exhausted our minimal resources for entertainment in the living room. But it actually ended up being a fantastic day.

We decided to pay visit to Noah’s Ark at the Skirball. You guys, if you’re in or near LA, you need to check it out. It’s really amazing.

The entire exhibit is full of animals made from found objects. They are amazing! And lots of them are interactive and can be powered by little hands. (See more photos on the Skirball site here.)

The lighting is all very soft and moody, which is sooo much nicer than bright and fluorescent. (Pay no attention to the fact that my child is wearing long underwear in public. It was a rain day!)

Loading the animals into the Ark!

Lots of small wood toys to play with, in addition to the big installations. And there’s tons of pretend play too! You can cook a meal and eat it at the table and even sweep up the camel poop. I’m telling you, it’s fantastic for little explorers.

Plus they have story time and musicians that stroll the galleries and and arts and crafts room. It’s really really fantastic.

If you’re planning to go, you should know that entry is timed and subject to availability. But you can reserve your slot online ahead of time! Definitely recommend it for a weekend. Especially a rainy day. See admission policies and tips here.

So much fun for little ones.

July 18, 2011

Eat Real Fest

Good morning! Look at me, posting on Monday! It’s shaping up to be a good week already. How about a few photos from the Eat Real Fest? It was pretty fun and pretty delicious and a big adventure for all of us. We decided to go carless for the weekend in honor of the 405 closure, so we loaded up the BOB and ran to Culver City for Eat Real. Which was great, though hot. And we lost Dashiell’s moccasins (and only pair of non-croc shoes) on the way.

But then we had to walk 5 miles home after two beers I was completely exhausted by the time we walked in our front door. I’m such an exercise lightweight now! But twas a fun day, all the same.

It was like a very modern country fair with no rides. Sort of. Pigs and baby geese and chickens and everything. Maybe we need a backyard pig?

We ran into the owner of Chaser, who happens to make the kids npr shirt, which was pretty fun. Dashiell was a relatively cooperative model for their upcoming Chaser on the street series.

Anca’s Romanian flatbread was the best thing we tried. OMG you guys. So good. And the little salads (kale + feta and cucumber + olive) were divine. They’re apparently only at the Echo Park farmer’s market on Friday evening at the moment, which is very sad for westsiders, but I srsly urge you to check them out if you live over there. Delicious.

Oh wait, also, Sno Con Amor… very delicious. All natural flavors like beet lemonade, watermelon basil, and walnut. You can find them at the Hollywood farmer’s market on Sundays.

Plus there were all sorts of jams, and salts, and spicy pickles, and tandoori smoked olives, kimchi, and food trucks, and food preserving demos, and music and all sorts of other inspiring, tasty things.

Doesn’t he all of a sudden look like a little boy?? Aye, how the months fly by.

And of course, there’s nothing like drinking summery ale out of a mason jar to really make your Saturday feel well spent.

Hope Eat Real comes back to LA next year!

June 24, 2011

Eat Real Festival LA

Have you guys heard of Eat Real Festival? I remember an email for the first one in Oakland a few years ago (following in the footsteps of the wildly delicious Slow Food Nation the year before), but kept deleting the emails each time they came because I figured we wouldn’t be able to go. Until my neighbor David, forwarded the press release for this year’s festival in LA. In Culver City, no less! Which means we are actually going to go! (since it’s only two zip codes away).

eat real festival los angeles 2011

Pickling, jam-making, chicken-keeping, small batch beer, street food… you know, all the borderline cliché stuff that I love. I srsly can’t wait. The only downside is this coincides perfectly with the 405 closure weekend. Which, for those of you who live in LA know, is going to be like a small armageddon for traffic patterns around the city.

Check it out: Eat Real Fest at the Helms Bakery, July 16-17th. Maybe I’ll run into some of you there!

June 15, 2011

Gettin’ real


Oh, hello, window into my life! (And my Whole Foods.) I watched this three times yesterday because it is the funniest thing I’ve seen in a good while. I figured some of you would find it more than mildly amusing.

From Amanda, via Brock (a different, non-husband Brock).

June 14, 2011

Bountiful cake plates in the Pop-Up Shop!

I promise I won’t post every single sale we have over here too, but this one is too good. For any of you who have popped into Bountiful on Abbot Kinney, you’re probably familiar with the gorgeous, candy-colored cake plates stacked to the ceiling. We have them on sale, in the Pop-Up Shop, for just a few days this week.

And the matching domes are pretty gorgeous too. At least go take a look… looking never hurt.

December 7, 2010

Farm Shop brunch

LA peeps, some of you probably saw Farm Shop on Daily Candy last week? We went for brunch on Sunday with our friends Deja and George, and let me say that I highly recommend it. But I really can’t wait until it’s finished. You know, with the bakery and butcher and grocer and kitchen wares. Then it will truly be amazing.

Autumn salad for breakfast, natch!

The beets were divine, as beets should always be.

Mandatory weekend picture of my baby. U know u love it.

He also made an appearance on Jora’s blog, riding a vintage rocking chair with Emilia in front of Bountiful! She’s insanely cute, that Emilia.

November 9, 2010

Drinks and snacks at A-frame

We can’t really go out to dinner much these days, but we’ve taken to showing up at restaurants at the stroke of 5 pm for a drink and quick bite before we have to head home for baby bedtime. The hilarious part is that we’re not alone! Who knew?? An entire dining culture centered around babies and kids!! And the bonus, you don’t need a reservation. Even at trendy new spots.

My mom was in town for the night on Saturday and we packed up Dashiell and his dinner and headed over to the brand new, ultra shiny A-Frame, that just opened on Thursday a few blocks from our house. (Side note: our neighborhood is suddenly becoming much cooler. Hooray!)

(Kabocha squash and Rapini tempura. yummmm.)

The food brains of Kogi are behind this yummy new restaurant that feels like part ski chalet, part modern farmhouse loft, part hipster bar, part 60′s IHOP.

It’s quite an excellent combo. The drinks are delicious, the food is yum and served on those tin enamel-coated dishes that you associate with camping in the 70s.

I do love a restaurant that puts so much effort into their cocktails.

And feeding the baby while we’re out it always good distraction. Messy, but a good distraction.

The only problem: they only have one high chair. UMMMM, not going to cut it for the young family dining crowd.

October 20, 2010

the littlest – vintage kids clothes

The perfect collection of vintage kids clothes? Yes yes yes! Michael’s wife Elizabeth is sharing her collection (along with some of her own designs too, I think?) at a pop-up shop at HD Buttercup starting this Friday eve.

If we weren’t going to be in Palm Springs for our anniversary (wheeeeeeee!), I’d so be there. Vintage kids clothes, shopping, DJ, probs drinks? That’s a Friday night out I can get behind. Plus I love supporting other mamas in their endeavors around LA, of course.

Dashiell and I will definitely be stopping by next week. Maybe Monday. Though I’m afraid most of the clothes will be for little girlies. It’s a hard life, fashionably speaking, being a little boy.

February 16, 2010

weekend… in waiting

Okay, not quite yet. I haven’t reached the overly anxious state, but I’m starting to wonder when it’s going to happen.

This weekend, we enjoyed

Valentine’s brunch at Gjelina. Delicious and much less stressful than dinner out.

Little tokens of affection.

More projects… I realized that while using our stroller as a bassinet is both space saving and economical, we don’t have a sheet. Which seems important for leaking diapers and things. And Bugaboo, which makes every single accessory on the planet including a coffee cup holder, doesn’t make one. So I made a simple pillowcase-style sheet for ours. I’m sure it will work just fine.

And a looong hike in Temescal Canyon (as part of my “let’s get labor started sooner than later” program), followed by a trip to the Getty Villa. By then I was mostly interested in the herb garden and lunch.

Though I did get a kick out of a distinguished set of older gentlemen making their way through the Men in Antiquity exhibit.

And now, here I am. Not at the Getty anymore, but you know, waiting. And also trying to enjoy the time I have before everything changes.

September 15, 2009

early morning walk with my camera

One of the few benefits to being woken v. early for no apparent reason by the chickens in your backyard is you have a lot more time in the morning to putter about before you have to leave for work. And when I say few benefits, I actually mean ONLY benefit.

The chickens are not being looked upon favorably at the moment.

But I did take a nice walk through my funky little neighborhood, enjoying the changing light of early fall mornings. It’s still hot, but the light changes even when the temperature stays summery.

And before I forget, I made this last night (with a few substitutions due to ingredients on hand) and it was delicious. Make it, if you know what’s good for you.

Strawflowers I’ve been drying to use for an undecided project.

scabiosa pods left over from our wedding.

Our neighborhood has a system of little alleys that run behind some of the houses and one in particular has been an urban farm plot, probably since the 40′s when our neighborhood was built. It’s a real victory garden! It’s also fairly neglected these days, but still one of my favorite places to walk.

asian squash vines peek over fences.

fence. I love grey.

see, I live in a city! we have graffiti!


tiny spider thread.

workbench. people are very into DIY home projects in our neighborhood.

particularly pretty flower.

Those fig trees I mentioned yesterday. I only took what would fit in my coffee cup. Must return with a bag.