Nothing like starting the week with an invitation to the opening of a new cafe – and free breakfast. Ok, in the interest of full disclosure, the owners are close friends, but breakfast at the Point’s West Cafe in Playa Vista was still awesome and tasty. I threatened to stay for lunch but ended up scooping my scattered Sunday Times and plop myself on the couch for the rest of the day, digesting the bounty.
Passover, Easter and out-of-town friends are now all rolled into one in my memory: one giant, continuous meal. My oven worked overtime and my favourite offering ended up being a text-book perfect sponge cake filled with barely sweetened cream and the first tasty strawberries of the season.
I must be one of the few last remaining Americans who hadn’t seen the Book of Mormons and it was only thanks to my friend Kim that I got to go. I must also be one of the few Americans who thought the show was “meh”. The always beautiful inside of the Pantages Theatre and the “you and me (but mostly me)” cocktail beforehand at the W Hotel made the evening worth it. The concoction of gin, grapefruit and elderflower could have stoned a rhino but made the two hour of South Park-style humour bearable. Maybe I am just getting old and South Park is best digested in 30 minutes increments.
I am also one of the few humans who hasn’t read or seen Harry Potter. But I did pick up J.K. Rowling’s novel for adults, The Casual Vacancy. And I am enjoying every bit of the intrigue in the fictitious English village of Pagford. The young adults in the book do not practice any sorcery but, not surprisingly, are the most compelling and enjoyable characters.
Thursday was the one year anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh, where over 1,000 garment factory workers lost their lives. If ever there was a catalyst for making us think where the clothes we buy are manufactured, that was it. The fashion industry called for a Fashion Revolution Day in which everyone was asked to wear their clothes inside out and check where their clothes were made. I dutifully complied. One of the many creative ideas put forward to raise awareness.