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Is that what you think????  Well, I have to concede there is a little truth in that but I do try and work in some other things.  This post is dedicated to my foodie friends and you know who you are!

Lunch with Marsh and Stu….winter birds living in Newport Beach until Chicago thaws out.  I have to tell you I went to kindergarten with Marsha which has nothing to do with my loving to share a meal with her.  All I will say is that she has the most impeccable manners and I always feel like I just fell off the turnip truck when we’re together.

Lunch was at Kendall’s Brasserie in the Music Center.

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I’m happy to announce that the tomato/cucumber soup with shrimp is back.  It’s so yummy even if Debbie Gordon Korbel did say the shrimp look like precision swimmers.

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I am really trying to be good so I ordered the salmon which is never very imaginative.  Oh well!

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Incidental to the eating we went to the Ahmanson Theatre to see ‘Blithe Spirit’ with Angela Lansbury.

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Back to the eating….But first….I saw Blythe Spirit again with Tomiko the very next day as we have season tickets…..My goof….I thought it started at 2:00 as the Saturday matinee does.  We wondered why there were no people going into the parking area…..Too funny….the escalator was already going the wrong way for us and we were on level six so we had to walk all the way down to the Dorothy Chandler for an elevator & walk back.  Enough walking for me for the month!

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Tomiko’s New Year’s resolution is to allow her picture to be taken….Yippee!

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Back to the food….nice shot along the way….

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That very morning, Rosanne Sachson, in from Portland, told me I absolutely had to go to Zinc and so off we went….

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Oh my gosh we loved this place.  It is sooooo yuppie cool! You can even go shopping!

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IMG 3954We sat in the bar area… was still early so we got a great booth.  Nice and cozy to begin the feasting.IMG 3963

Split pea soup…..soooooo good!

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Why did I think I needed TWO poached eggs???

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The best grilled gruyere cheese sandwich on sourdough with cornichons,tomato and marinated onion.

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This Burrito made a great midnight snack!

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Yes, we were bad…..but this was oh sooooo good!  It was all vegetarian so does that make up for anything??? Here’s the Caramel sundae with whipped cream, marcona almonds, pistachios and rosemary essence.

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Next morning I was HUNGRY…..soooo, off to the Langham Hotel in Pasadena for an early birthday celebration for Lisa Bowman!

Charles and I were married in the garden courtyard here when it was the Ritz Carlton and sweet Lisa sang at our wedding.

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It was so lovely to relive those beautiful memories….and eat!

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Pea soup again….this time it was chilled….IMG 3987

Beautiful Lisa was happy with the choice….

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I then had fish tacos….

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It’s all about the cake….isn’t it????

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Are you ready for what happened next?  Good thing you’re sitting down….

Lisa had to get home and I was a bit behind her (dawdling).  When I paid for my parking, I noticed some activity off to my left.  At the same time I spied my car sitting in the driveway.   My curiosity got the better of me and I figured the valets would know what to do with the car so off I went……exploring.  Turns out PBC was having a huge event….stuff going on in several rooms but in the main one….here’s a clue…

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Yes, you’re correct, those are Cookie Monster Cookies!!!  Could the Monster be far behind???  No!

Wait for it……

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Cookie Monster thought I looked like I needed a hug so I even got one! Yes, a full on hug!! Oh joy!!!

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For me……that was so heavenly I think I sailed through the rest of the afternoon…..until I realized I had left something in Tomiko’s car and she volunteered to bring it to me that night.  Oh dear…..another opportunity to EAT!

At Recess Eatery on Brand…..

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Can you believe how she’s letting me take her picture?  We’ll see how long this New Year’s resolution lasts!!!

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Had to do this….

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….and this….

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Well, by the next morning I was sooooo hungry….time to meet Lizzie Girl at Bloomies for lunch at their ‘59th & Lex Cafe’!  I am shocked at myself….no food photos but I will tell you we had the most delicious Strawberry Smoothies ( with whipped cream) along with their wonderful Tuscan Wrap which has all manner of good things in it.  Grilled chicken, dried cranberries and figs, avocado, roasted pecans, fontina cheese, mixed greens & truffle aioli all wrapped up in a warm sun dried tomato flour tortilla.  Yummy! So good even a photo wouldn’t do it justice.  Of course we had to have fries to go with…

Hi Lizzie Girl…

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I can’t wait ‘till Kita calms down and acts like a mature lady so I can take her shopping too!

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I’m going to do my best to control myself for the rest of the week.  Class at the Huntington yesterday was sooooo busy because I had several new students and tried to cover as much territory as possible.  You can see by the mess I created on my table how many things I showed them!  No time to eat!!!

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Adorable Monica Darga is custom making these wonderful wool felt pill box hats.  They can be done in your favorite artist’s inspiration.  Seen here is the ‘Frida’…..also available….the ‘Vincent’ and the ‘Nan’!

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Wishing you lots of cookies!

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