Los Angeles, meet me at Hope and 7th

So when did LA become fancy? The downtown LA area is now “DTLA” complete with city bikes (un-rented)  lining Broadway. A street clinging to the childhood I left 30 years ago. I walked a whopping 1.5 Miles from Little Tokyo back to the Wilshire Grand Interncontinental hotel, truly a walk through the inner chambers of…

Stutzman Farm for flavor grenades

Repeat experiences induce memory making maps. Fingers crossed trenches have formed for my kids – the connection between farmers, food, health and just pure appreciation and fun of a working farm.   (Almost) Every fall we go fruit picking at one farm, Stutzman’s ranch  in Wenatchee and say hello to farmer Floyd.  All in one…

Think Outside. There is no box. • Banff National Park, Canada

I can see the appeal of a drone camera…some places just require a wide lens to capture the WHOLE thing.  Fly into Calgary, stay a night and drive to Canmore for home base.  Stop by the Canmore Brewery for some nice beers (love their slogan, •think outside. There is no box•) Plan for 5-6 days…

green fig jam with honey 

Be kind and generous. That’s a top priority in our family. Our fig tree continues to spoon us heaps of generosity.  After friends and family gather their loot, the remaining less camera ready ones become fig jam. My first attempt…I shouldn’t take credit considering it’s a perfect food to begin with. I looked around for…

Fried Bananas with Beer Batter 

Anything deep fried is going to be deliriously good. My second daughter loves plantains and burro bananas plainly fried in a pan.  However today was deep fried day.  These mini sweet bananas sell for 99 cents per pound. Stop by the Asian market, pick up sweet mini bananas, the mix and a bottle of beer….

Tasty find: Beyond meat plant based burger 

I am 4 decades along and I’ve never had a steak. When I tell people that tidbit, gasps and no really?! Replies. Never had probably never will. And yet my husband lives for steaks and burgers. He cooks/grills it himself of course. 😋  I’ve been reading about plant based meat alternatives and tried it out…

Terracotta warriors 

Special exhibition of the terracotta warriors at the Pacific Science Center. One of two US city tours (Philadelia fall 2017-spring 2018).  Tickets are $38 for exhibit and IMAX film – well worth the price. Suggestion: watch the IMAX  movie first so the awe balloons before meandering through the exhibit.  Reminder that we learn more about…

Mangoes with chili lime ditty 

Some days we all just a little irrelevance. But seriously the $2 Trader Joe’s chili line seasoning is so good on mangoes. Give it a whirl and make a ditty, an app that sings your texts. ​ ​

nothing “beets” a mother’s love 

Love is intention as much as action. Love is swirly colors without formulation or rhyme. It just works. Motherhood is improvising and seeing what works as you go along.  Always a chance to start over or repeat what works. In celebration, a new let’s see if this works salad (it did!): Mandolin sliced beets with…