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…..bon vi-vant, mom’s favorite peep and general ‘man about town’!

We began at ‘The Fig and Olive’ at 8490 Melrose Place in North Hollywood.  (Tomiko & I would get glammed up at Frederic Fekkai just down the block. Or is it ‘up the block’?).  Anyway, back to ‘The Fig and Olive’…oh my gosh I love this place….Here’s Rex with the delicious gazpacho that we had…..


Since it’s the Fig and  ‘OLIVE’, you get an olive oil tasting!


Rex’s favorite water…….hard to find….


I think this was the Truffle Mushroom Croquette with Cremini mushrooms, parmesan béchamel & Truffle Olive Oil aioli…for the table!


Also for the table, Melone & Burrata (a new craving of mine) with Cavaillon melon, Kumato tomato radicchio, micro-arugula, basil olive oil emulsion….Arbosana Olive Oil.  Did I say I love this place???


I had Poached Eggs with Prosciutto & Mushroom on toasted crostone bread, mushroom, gruyere béchamel, sautéed cremini mushroom with onions and prosciutto served with a side of mixed salad. Koroneiki Olive Oil. Have you got all that?


Did I mention they have a lot of Olive Oil here?

017 However, Miss Judith is the expert on E.V.O.O. so I’m sticking with her and this amazing Toscano E.V.O.O. ‘Alberto’. Thank you Miss Judith!!!


Totally stuffed and totally happy!


Did I say stuffed? What about dessert???

On to Lady M on 3rd. Now this place has the market on cuteness and the peeps who go there are just way too cute. Here’s ‘Exhibit A’.  It was like being back in Japan!!


More cuteness….love the hat!!!


Don’t even ask!


That’s right, two people, three desserts.  Sounds right to me. ……..I need a nap!


So now I know about two new amazing places thanks to Rex but I had to come up with anything, just something that he didn’t know about. Remembering the awesome meal Clara & I just had at Joss Cuisine in Beverly Hill…… I mentioned it.  Big mistake.  Of course Rex knew all about it…. including the factoid that they used to be ‘Joss/Chinese Haute Cuisine’ on Sunset Boulevard.  Why do I even go there?  It’s impossible, as he really is THE ‘man about town’!

I gave Rex a ‘Hermes assignment.  Do you think he’ll remember?

O.K., back to my little week, most of it spent in recovery from the weekend’s eating orgy.

Let’s chill out for a moment.


Ahhhhhh………………….all better.  We painted Begonia’s in class Wednesday at the Huntington.  Class was rather large and I kept meaning to take a photo of everyone’s work but they kept me too busy….so here’s mine.


After class I delivered a card order to the gift shop and went shopping.  Even though they’re in temporary quarters because of the renovation it’s still the best gift shop in town.


Sweet Amy came over later that evening with incredible figs from her trees.


Thank you Amy, these were truly figalicious.


Amy, you are sooooo thoughtful! THANK YOU!Don’t forget to call Amy for your special floral needs. 818.625.5243


Dr. Moradian, Charles Podiatrist, came over the next day.  He & his wife just had a baby girl and he is so over the moon happy.

Martin Moradian, 1500 S. Central, Glendale 818.243.0400


I don’t know, does this look like a service dog to you?  The rottie is checking him out.


Saturday’s class in the studio was so much fun but Amy’s not quite sure at this moment.

We laughed quite a bit at Facebook ‘stuff’ during lunch, especially Nikka’s creation of ‘Get Happy’ starring Charles, mom, Kita and me!  And, the hysterical (posted on my home page) two cats….titled ‘Being Latino’.  The funniest ever!


Beautiful Violet!

045 Thank you Dr. Eileen for my favorite ‘goop’.  See, the doctor recommended it!


The subject was the Chinese Magnolia and I posted this on Facebook asking people to pick their favorite.


Boo hoo….my CD player broke.  Laurie suggested I go to Costco so off I went but first…..a hot dog!  (I have my priorities!!!)


Fortified, I sauntered into Costco and asked….where are your CD players?  Well, I wish I took a picture of the fellow.  Suffice it to say he informed me I was living in the dark ages.  CD players are sooooo ’yesterday’! Off to Fry’s….ug!


They only had one that plays 5 CD’s.  All the rest had Bluetooth and just played a single CD. Is this too much information?

Kim helped me install the ‘thing’  it looks like a gynormous boom box but does the job.  And I can play my old cassettes on it….so happy!


All’s well that ends well!

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