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……started with seeing ’The Trip to Bountiful’ at the Ahmanson with Tomiko.  I had to change the tickets so many times we wound up seeing the last performance which I think is actually a good thing to do.  It’s always bittersweet for the performers and they seem to give just that extra bit to make it memorable.

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Somehow we had the best seats ever! Everyone was eager to see Cicley Tyson!

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O.K. Priorities…..Isn’t dinner always the main event???  I had been wanting to try out Roy Choi’s ‘Commissary’ at the Line Hotel 3515 Wilshire in Korea Town so off we went.  Fun to be greated by Hello Kitty!

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O.K., enough of that.  The Commissary resembles a glass domed conservatory.

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Fun with the hostess!

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They have great drinks but you’ll be served one in a plastic cup.  Tomiko insisted on a proper glass!

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The point and order menu…

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It’s worth a trip there just for the carrots… get a little bag of seeds when you enter (or leave).

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Corn was good…

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Burger so so…

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Not quite sure what the floating balloons were about….

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We checked out Pot, the Korean BBQ on the main floor. 

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….and there’s also a Cafe where you can get pastry take outs…

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That Tuesday I had business downtown and checked out the new construction….

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Nikka is working on a flyer for Mary Beth. I took a gazillion photos trying to get a great shot… Kita looks at her sooooo adoringly!

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Running out of treats after an hour of this!

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Watch for this commercial from Messenger…it’s soooo adorable…love it!

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Laurie & Michael here from Rhode Island for their yearly Christmas card creations in the studio.  Always so much fun!

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Got this too cute book for Nikka (and Emma) after seeing the long line of peeps waiting for a book signing at Barnes & Noble (Americana).

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And got this one for me!

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Thoughtful Chef Kathy always treats me with persimmons from her mom’s tree.  Thank you Kathy!

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Nikka got corn dogs for lunch…how could I resist?

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So you already know about the armed robbery but I bet you don’t know the fellons got $1,500,000.00 in cash!  We had a visit from 4 plain clothes detectives and I crossed the line by telling them how much we loved them AND the firemen.  Nikka asked how could I say that!

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Oh well….On the bright side, Sweet Sandie Girl came over to work again on a Christmas card.  We had planned on going to Bar Verde later but it got so late I brought out the cold cuts for sandwiches and we watched Orange is the New Black….Now we’re totally polluted but it was fun!

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Next day Lizzie & I went to see ‘Birdman’ at the Laemlle No Ho.  Lunch first….

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We loved it and Michael Keaton is a revelation! It’s a great ensemble cast and the speech Emma Stone gives to her ‘father’ is a work of acting art!  Jach Galifinakis and Edward Norton also a marvel.

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Afterwards we went to the Coffee Bean and I had to tell these guys what I said to the police about loving the firemen.  Oh they thought that was just great!  Eddie is on the left, 41, single with 3 kids and the fireman on the right is single no children.  Anyone interested??? They’re great guys!

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Time to drive to Americana to meet Sandie at Bar Verde…..I won’t even get on a scale anymore!

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More foodie stuff…

Met Jane Windsor ( at Freds, the new restaurant in Barneys for lunch.  Food was dreadful and overpriced, company delightful!

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I had Clara join us so I could rub it in about her missing the tea event for Lisa See.

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Then Clara’s long time friend who since moved to Panama, joined us……

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You know we had to do this…

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6 hours at Barneys and I had to pay $18. even with a validation….eeee gads!

Next day to continue the eating orgy Trudy took me to Recess Eatery on Brand….

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It was soooo good I took Marsha Ramos there the next day.  (I’m suspecting things could be out of control.)

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Great fun to have Priscilla in from Arizona and she’s going to try and make at least two classes a year!

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Everyone did a great job working on Christmas cards….

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Love this photo of Amy and Diane…..

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Great work Amy!

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Violet always makes these great gifts towards the end of class…

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The two cuties,Mireya and Quyen with oranges for the teacher!

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And love this Snowy Bamboo from Clara….

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You know there had to be a movie and food to end the week so Clara and I headed to Americana after class.

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First dinner at Din Tai Fung.  I recommended the amazing pork dumplings and the green beans but Clara took over for the rest.

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We saw ‘St. Vincent and I must say Bill Murray was brilliant as was the young boy…..we loved it…bring Kleenex!

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I’m off now to raid the refrigerator….I think there’s the remains of something yummy from Recess.  Have a great week and remember…

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