• eat and drink,  los angeles,  restaurant reviews

    Eat and Drink: Fraiche (Los Angeles)

    Although I lived two blocks from Fraiche for a year, I never went. Why? Because with entrees hovering around $24 a pop, it seemed more like a special occasion restaurant than for everyday dining. Then there was Groupon with a $25 for $55 worth of food deal, and then my sister came to town. I know when opportunity hits me in the face with tasty discounted French food. I arrived first and was seated inside. Fraiche has a lovely covered patio, but I was afraid there might be a lot of dogs. I saw my sister arrive, but she walked past the entrance twice before realizing she had to enter…

  • active life,  hiking,  los angeles

    Take a Hike: Escondido Canyon Water Falls

    LAist turned me onto this amazing hike off PCH in Malibu. The hike to a set of very lovely waterfalls was probably the most sketchy hike I’ve been on in the Malibu area, but it was well worth it to see this most unexpected place in the city. To get to the trail, we parked in a lot off of Winding Way and then walked about a mile along a paved road to a sign marking “Edward Albert Escondido Trail and Waterfalls.” We found an assortment of wildflowers and greenery along the road. Wildflowers along the paved road A Christmas tree and a broccoli tree along the road Once we…

  • notes,  travel news

    Notes on a Wall

    – Not only is Spirit Airlines charging $45 for carry-on baggage. They now also feature seats that don’t recline or in Spirit Airlines lingo are “pre-reclined” (TNooz.com) – Anne Lamott hates Mother’s Day and so do I (salon.com) – Beavers in Canada built a dam that is visible from space (The Sun) – UCLA never bestows honorary degrees, but it will this weekend to former Japanese-American students who were removed from school during WWII and placed in internment camps. (UCLA Today)   – Before I go to a new airport, I try to look at the airport map to see where the local eateries are (say bbq in Houston), but…

  • eat and drink,  los angeles,  restaurant reviews

    Eat and Drink: LudoBites 4.0

    Ludo Lefebvre was featured this week by Time Magazine as their third “Chef of the Future.” He is the chef making food on his own terms, without boundaries and without walls at least in terms of the physical location kind. My LudoBites 4.0 meal was undoubtedly one of my top 5 culinary highlights to date but getting in required some advanced planning and waiting. I was more than slightly disappointed when I tried to make a reservation for LudoBites at Royal/T Cafe and failed! It would not happen again. I signed up for the LudoBites email list, happened to check my phone right when the email blast for LudoBites 4.0…

  • about me

    Easy, lucky and free – How I Met My Man

    People often wonder how Raisin Bread and I met. (Raisin Bread and I formed a committee of two and decided that we could both live with this moniker.) The conversation usually goes something like this: Inquisitor: How did you met?Me: Online. I: Oh, really??? Which site?Me: eHarmony I: Did you initiate it?Me: No, he did. I: So what happened?Me: Well, we finally met after messaging online for a while and then talking on the phone, and then we went on a couple of more dates. At this point, I don’t know what else to say because really that was it. Well, that wasn’t IT. There was so much more. There…

  • explore,  los angeles

    Explore: Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve

    When I was growing up in Texas, I would go over to my friend, Stacy Jackson’s house after school on a regular basis. Hanging out with her usually meant watching one of two movies, Mary Poppins and The Wizard of Oz. Last weekend, Raisin Bread was in town so I took him to the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve to see the poppies at the height of their flowering season. The reserve is located about an hour and a half northeast of Los Angeles. It is kind of a drive, but well worth it to feel like Dorothy in a field of poppies. We just didn’t get high and fall…