Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Back to the Farm

With cooking school over, I decided to restart my subscription to Farm Fresh to You, a weekly produce delivery service.  Today was the first week back:

This week's haul:

2 Valencia oranges, 1 pound green beans, 1 extra-mini red watermelon, 1 bunch lettuce, 3 peacotum plums, 1 bunch rainbow carrots (which are absolutely beautiful), 1 bunch celery, 1 pound flame seedless grapes, 1 lb. heirloom tomatoes, 1 container red cherry tomatoes.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Only in L.A.: Boom mic in the water

This morning at Venice Beach:


I don't know how he doesn't get zapped.  There's got to be something electrical going on there.

More pics here.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

OK, because it's the internet and still a free country (last time I checked) here's my take on the Hobby Lobby thing

Look, helpless females, if 15+ forms of birth control paid for you by your employer, not to mention the about ten bucks a month birth control available from Target and WalMart, (also, abstinence is free, but of course requires some sort of self-responsibility and self-control) aren't enough for you and despite all that you still get pregnant....


Maybe it's because I'm big on self-responsibility (almost laughable in this entitlement society, I know), but if I get knocked up, it doesn't occur to me to think that my boss is somehow responsible for dealing with that situation.  Unless of course he's the guy who knocked me up, but we're not talking about that, are we?  Because that would require the adults responsible for this situation to be adults and take responsibility for it.  And we wouldn't want to do that, would we?  Not when we can blame our problems on some old, conservative white guys and try to make them foot the bill for our actions.

For fuck's sake girls, grow up and be women and take responsibility for your actions.  Also, that unfortunate baby you want your boss to foot the bill for offing?  I'll take it.  Seriously, I will.  Because as happy as I am to prevent a pregnancy, I can't kill a baby.  I just can't.  Because whether you like it or not, it's a human being.  It is.

Seriously, grow the fuck up and stop blaming society for your screwups.  And buy some fucking condoms, you idiots.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Neglected landmark to get new life as a mini-Starbucks

I don't think I've been back to Hollywood since I moved away two years ago (amazing to think it's already been two years) so I had no idea how badly the old Gilmore Gas Station on Highland had deteriorated.  The good news is that it's about to get fixed up to become a shiny new drive-thru Starbucks, according to Curbed LA.  And I agree with the Curbed article, the idea of a walk-up window really is brilliant.  I'm happy that the old station is going to get restored and see some new action.  You can bitch about big evil corporations all you want.  I just love Starbucks for doing this.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Aaaaaand...it's over

Friday I graduated from culinary school along with twelve of the neatest people I've ever met, thanks to the stellar staff at New School of Cooking in Culver City.

The past six months were a lot harder and more exhausting than I had expected. The school moves fast and things are covered quickly. The amount of knowledge acquired in this period of time is boggling to think about. A lot more practice is going to be needed to get me really up to speed, but I have a fantastic foundation to work with and a lot of ideas for new dishes to play around with.

I was surprised how fried I was after a day in the kitchen. As a result, a lot of things fell by the wayside, including writing and blogging. I barely recognize the poor blog these days, it's been so long since I've paid much attention to it. I also have a post-school to-do list that's two pages long and tons of writing notes to wrangle into coherency, not to mention a food blog to develop and get to a presentable state.

In six months it's going to start all over again because I'm going back for the full-time Advance Baking and Pastry program. A whole month just on cakes. It's going to be awesome.

Seriously, it's like an addiction.

Monday, June 9, 2014

No, not Lord Flasheart, NOOOOO...RIP Rik Mayall

He may be best remembered by American audiences of a certain age and sensibility as part of The Young Ones, a subversive British comedy that could be found on MTV back in the ancient times when MTV was actually cool, but for Brit comedy lovers like myself, Rik Mayall will always be the fabulously outrageous and fabulous Lord Flasheart of the Blackadder universe.

One of my favorite lines ever: Flasheart explaining to Blackadder and crew how to treat their fighter planes like they treat a woman:

Flasheart: "Get inside her five times a day, and take her to heaven and back!"

Mayall was 56 and is survived by his wife and three children.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

A few words of wisdom for a Thursday afternoon

Via Sun Gazing and Lessons Learned in Life on FB
Sun Gazing again. I really wish this philosophy was more prevalent these days.
Sun Gazing with the hat trick.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Cakes of L.A.

Via LAist: Awesome cakes of L.A. landmarks. Per the article, the cakes were created for a fundraiser for Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA. Cakes included the La Brea Tar Pits, Capitol Records, the Paramount Cakes and Beverly Hilton Hotel.

I can't imagine the amount of time and work that went into these cakes. They're just gorgeous.

Image from the article.