3 December 2018

Paris / L.A.

I don't post about all of my trips but this one deserves at least a page.

Most of November saw us back in beautiful southern California carousing and catching up with family and old friends. Home turfs: Santa Monica, Venice, Pacific Palisades.

Highlights included a flurry of invitations, soirées, fooding. There was whale/dolphin-spotting from a private boat off Balboa Island (Newport Beach), a live blues birthday party (birthday boy on bass), roving farmers' markets, photography exhibits, brunch at a dear friend's sumptuous ranch, early morning walks on the beach, quaint coffee houses and fantastic restaurant discoveries (including Korean barbecue like I'd never had - and I've had many). And an unsurpassed Thanksgiving.

Another evening inspired an impromptu French-style multi-course sit-down feast - chef de cuisine: yours truly - to lift the spirits of almost 30 Malibu fires evacuees staying at a friend's spacious home (huge thank you to my many fun helpers reading this, and who made it possible), which it did; thankfully not everyone lost their homes.

Somehow I was able to get some great photos, not nearly enough, some of which are in this month's newsletter along with addresses, menus, and recipes. Check Nouveautés 
Below: harbor seals cling to a buoy as we head back from open sea; butterfly shrimp mango starter and clams in white wine sauce from deck overlooking the bay 

More: informal sit-down dinner at cherished friends' hacienda-"old Hollywood"-style home (we all go back to 80s, London) high in the hills w/stunning views over the city of Los Angeles from the garden

Below: odds / ends - inside Rose Café [video: A Day At Rose Café]; a graffiti "dog house," both in Venice; surfer hang Dogtown Coffee in Santa Monica; a pre-brunch champagne tête-à-tête on patio at friends' private ranch


  "I couldn't help but notice that almost everywhere we went there seemed to be almost zero obesity, much like in Paris. Most were in great shape - jogging, walking, bicycling, working out - and making healthy delicious food choices." -
From, A French Paradox: The French "Non Diet" and The Art of Eating for Pleasure

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