Monday, June 18, 2012


……my #1 pick for my B-day treat!


Helpful John, our delightful server….


Decisions, decisions, decisions….


“Go ahead…open your present!”


Virgil’s Zero Real Cola “You’ll Swear it’s Made in Heaven”.


Tomiko go the ‘Frisee Lardon Raft’.  Grass-fed beef (sorry vegans), North Country Smokehouse applewood bacon, FRIED EGG, shallots, lemon vinaigrette.  The fried egg on top is what really got me…..  I noticed several diners ordered this one. I think the chef is an architect!


O.K., here’s the most delicious thing on planet earth!  ‘Crispy Pickle Chips’…..can you imagine?  Deep fried pickles….they’re wonderful!


Here’s the now famous ‘Short Order Spuds’.  The potatoes are baked first and then fried.  We added sour cream dipping sauce with North Country bacon and also the black truffle aloli sauce.


I can’t believe I ate the whole thing…well, guess I can… yummylicious….best burger ever (The Ida’s Old School Burger)!


Walking through the old Farmer’s Market at the Grove on our way to see ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’.


Tempting. Good thing I’m stuffed!074

‘NORMANDIE’, an authentic French country bakery (their words) where we got two meringues for the movie. Reminded me of meandering the streets of Paris, eating a meringue….one of my favorite things.


Just imagine, a whole shop devoted to HOT SAUCE!!!


I loved seeing all the people….a true mix of L.A.


This just looks so cute…..


Thank you Tomiko for a perfect day!!!

For more information:

No comments:


There is no avoiding the pull of the internet, the blogs, the YouTube imaginings. It's as if we're all 'On the Road' with Jack Kerouac each in our own world of meanderings. When we tell someone to 'get a life' it might be a bit difficult when you're dragged into other people's 24/7.

I've come to realize two foundational principals, there are no accidents and everyone has a purpose. More and more I'm desiring everyone to come into a full realization of their purpose as we all find our way on this little jewel of a planet.

For me, as a professional 'Western style artist', I stumbled into Chinese Brush Painting after a trip in 1980 to Monet's home/garden. Seeing all of his collection of Japanese woodblock prints was an ahh haa moment for me and when I returned to the States I started painting in the Chinese manner and never looked back. The first year was extremely painful for me as I felt that I should be able to master the technique since I was a 'trained' artist. Not a chance ... that just gets in your way.

Now, after teaching close to 3,000 students and having my book 'The Ch'i of the Brush' published by Watson Guptill, I can say that every one of my students does better their first day than I did my first year! Why? Because I insist that they leave their critical parent outside and just enjoy the journey, respecting the work that they do. I never let anyone throw anything away because that just ingrains frustration and defeat.

We really only begin to learn when we stop and figure out how to 'save' a painting. It works every time.I am so proud of my students, their receptivity and eagerness to express themselves is a continuing blessing for me.So, back to finding your purpose. Perhaps it starts with realizing 'it's not about me'. It so easy to want our needs met and to filter everything thru this attitude. When we realize that we're here to be of benefit to every life that we touch the universe really provides the ways and means.

The best part is that it's really exciting to not have yourself on your mind all the time!I'm re-reading a wonderful book about authenticity and in my next meandering I'll tell you about it. In the meantime I'd love to hear about your journey and am here to answer any and all questions about Chinese Brush Painting.