• explore,  halloween,  los angeles

    Happy Halloween!

    I always have fond memories of Halloween. One of the neatest Halloween activities I’ve done in the past was to attend Dia de los Muertos at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. To have access to such a fascinating cultural tradition that I never had exposure to as I was growing up is amazing to me, although this celebration tends to be a mixture of tradition and current happenings. Below are some photos of the event from 2006 including the altars and dancers. Be safe and happy halloween!

  • eat and drink,  home-cooking

    A Whole Lotta Home-cooking

    Raisin Bread and I have been cooking up a storm at home. This week is another story because I had finals but here is a sampling of some of my favorite dishes so far. Pork chops with cranberry port “Greek-style” fritatta with spinach, black olives, feta and sundried tomatoes Pork chop with apple butter glaze Roasted whole carrots My version of California Chicken Cafe‘s broccoli (crack) salad Avocado, cucumber, carrot and shrimp sushi Stuffed acorn squash with bacon-wrapped asparagus Crab cakes with sauteed spinach

  • farm visit,  road trip,  virginia

    A Visit to the Farm

    Last weekend we decided to check out the farm of one of our farmers market vendors: Cibola Farms. They are located about an hour and a half away in Culpeper, Virginia. They mainly raise hogs and bison and it was wonderful to see the animals first hand. Other than us, there was one other visitor who came from Alexandria and the farmhand who was working that day. This is one place that doesn’t have anything to hide. Cibola Farm’s sign While we were visiting, the worker drove around on a tractor doing his work and once in a while we would run into him again around the farm. I really…