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Six unusual things to do in LA

Posted in Style & Travel

lax-restaurantIf you have lived in Los Angeles all your life, or just a very long time like me, it is easy to become complacent and fall into the same routines, even when it comes to our free time.
Traffic can be so chaotic it’s easy to stick to what is happening around where we live, but LA, like all large metropolis, is a bottomless pit of opportunities.

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Chicken cacciatore

Posted in Food & Entertaining

chicken cacciatoreMy mother’s aunt was a tiny speck of a woman who presided over a large household, with six children, a husband, and various single relatives who all dined at her table. The family of landowners was a pleasant and eclectic mixture of farmers and intellectuals: antique books in the attic and large plots of lands mainly devoted to fruit.

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The case for hiring older workers

Posted in Life & Love, and Women's issues

M&MYears ago, while interviewing candidates for a pastry cook position, I ended up hiring a woman older than me. She was fresh out of cooking school and was looking for her first job in order to build a resume. To me, it was a no brainer. I knew she would be reliable, committed and with sound judgment – what she might have lacked in stamina (kitchen work is physically demanding) she would make up in work ethics. Read More The case for hiring older workers

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(5) Things we love…#107

Posted in Things We Love

flower-sculpture-parade-corso-zundert-2016-netherlands-60This was the week I allowed myself to be super lazy. That meant, by and large, spending 99% of my time away from all my electronic devices. And the internet. So I am relying on the kindness of friends for this issue of 5 things. Thank you Eddie and Sue, whose FB pages are often a source of inspiration and/or laughter. Sometimes outrage.

Have a great weekend. While back at work, I am planning to turn on my new, do nothing, default mode.

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Quick Summer pasta with smoked salmon and cream

Posted in Food, and Food & Entertaining

smoked_salmon__dill_and_lemon_pastaPicture a beach house, the waves crashing under the deck. Add a book, one you are really engrossed in, and a couple of dogs demanding to frolic in the sand twice a day. Some yoga on said deck every morning. The closest supermarket requiring a car and some time. And then follow the image all the way to the kitchen: seriously, who feels like cooking?

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Hair and skincare fatigue

Posted in Beauty, and Health

Graffiti by Anastasia Brennab
Graffiti by Anastasia Brennab

A couple of years ago, once I got home after a fundraising lunch, I looked in the goodie bag that had been left under my chair, and found a pair of attractive bottles of shampoo and conditioner. I had read about these products online, in passing – clearly a well orchestrated media campaign, if even I took notice.

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Double chocolate cupcakes for grown-ups

Posted in Food & Entertaining

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

Posted in Things We Love

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

Posted in Food, and Things We Love

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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