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Grilled peach salad

Posted in Food & Entertaining

grilled peach saladYesterday I took a trip to Ikea where I managed to buy everything but what I actually went in for: a rug for my bedroom. The cart got filled with duvet cover, frames, lamp, kitchen gadgets and a small table for my patio. But no rug. At lunchtime, I was still meandering around kitchens and couches and, for a brief moment, I considered sitting at Ikea’s cafe, until I remembered the desiccated lox I had last time and those Swedish meatballs that had seen better days. So I ploughed on, got on the freeway and crossed the entire city – enough time to plot what to have for lunch as soon as I got home.

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Hitting all the wrong buttons

Posted in Life & Love

old man on bench“My family and I moved in with my dad because he couldn’t live alone anymore, and he owns a big house” the woman telling me this is barely 40, married with two children. “It sounded like a great deal but my dad still hits the same buttons he did when I was 17 and living together can sometimes be difficult.”

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The Malibu Farm

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Malibu-Farm-CafeThere was a time, not so long ago, that Malibu, despite its worldwide reputation, was nothing more than a sleepy residential coastal town: the beaches were beautiful, there were some celebrities out and about but, by and large, the place belonged to longtime residents and it was far from glitzy. The lack of fancy hotels kept it low-key: you went to Malibu to surf or enjoy a picnic at the beach.

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(5) Things we love…#100

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Taj MahalNothing really out of the ordinary happened to me this week and yet, all I could think about when picking items for this post, was the unexpected. An unexpected gesture from someone we know well; a trip carefully planned that turned out to be unexpectedly different; the unexpected in the mundane. Not sure what this thought means, but please indulge me. Wishing a wonderful weekend, maybe filled with unexpected twists and turns.

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Childless and with money in the bank

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children mannequinsProbably the most controversial post to appear on C&S was the one in which sofagirl explained her motivations behind her choice of not having children, and mused on how irked she was to be asked, often in sequence, why she wasn’t married and why she didn’t have any children. The implication being something was wrong – or terrible luck had played a part.

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Roasted Lemon Chicken

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roasted lemon chickenWhen I moved to Los Angeles 20 years ago, the city was a food wasteland. There were very few restaurants serving food I could truly enjoy and, trust me, with my expense account I tried them all. Italian food in particular was dismal: large bowls of over-sauced pasta, New Jersey style pizzas, chicken parmigiana and a whole smattering of dishes that never originated in Italy.

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Double chocolate cupcakes for grown-ups

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chocolate cupcakesI have a strong antipathy towards cupcakes, for no other reason that they became so popular and I never quite understood why. A cupcake is just a piece of cake baked in a cup with frosting on top. Like cakes, they come in all sorts of flavors and decorations and colors. And, since the cupcake craze started, ridiculous looking and ridiculous tasting options have proliferated.

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Robert Mapplethorpe – The search for perfection

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Self-portrait 1975
Self-portrait 1975

Los Angeles is currently enveloped in Mapplethorpe mania. Two companion exhibitions are on view at the Getty Center and at LACMA, and a new documentary titled “Look at the Pictures” just opened on HBO. Twenty seven years after his death, it seems it was time to rediscover the work of an ambitious and provocative photographer who started taking pictures by accident.

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Be not afraid – dealing with anxiety and fear.

Posted in Relationships, and Women's issues

10437609_10153038959378907_433491740597971405_nFear is padding around on little cat feet in the lives of too many people I love.

The first email I opened on Tuesday morning was from camparigirl. We’d had a conversation a few nights before about managing the disquiet we felt about a future that suddenly seemed so unpredictable and malevolent.

“Let’s embrace the possibility of possibility”, we’d agreed.  “Look outward with optimism. Can only help. We’re all going to die at some point anyway – may as well live until then.” Read More Be not afraid – dealing with anxiety and fear.

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(5) Things we (love to eat in NYC)…#67

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Bright lights, Big City
Bright lights, Big City – the central hall at the new Whitney Museum

This week we are going to tell you about some fabulous food we had during our most excellent vacation in NYC.  We are not going to bother with the restaurants that let us down (yes Shake Shack, we’re referring to you) – because that would be the wrong way to remember our adventure. Instead we are going to tell you about some restaurants or food stalls that will have us remembering them with love, smacked lips and happy discovery.

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Dos and don’ts around your friend with cancer

Posted in Health, and Women's issues

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How many people do you know? Seriously, think about it. Between your friends and family, close acquaintances and all those you keep in touch via phone and social media, how many are there you share tidbits of your life with? Hundreds?

On the same day I received my breast cancer diagnosis, I was struck by a variety of thoughts I never imagined would pop into my mind at such a time.

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