I am 24 days into The List today. Are you still with me? I have tried to count the number of actual items on my list (many items are multiples such as: Read 5 Non-fiction Books), but I keep losing count. It’s somewhere between 800 and 820 items. I’m hoping to have an actual count in the next few days so that I can add a daily counter. It might be a better indicator of actual progress than looking at The List for completed items.
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Did you see the post where I went duck hunting? Or when I waxed patriotic? Or camped at the Rose Parade? Did you read my first page of the New Year, so you know where this all started? Have you followed me on Facebook or Instagram or Twitter?
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Here’s an update to the weekly, monthly, or multiple items for the week of January 18-24, that haven’t appeared on my blog yet.
#21, Try a New Restaurant Each Week, 4/52
On Friday night, I met my friend Stacy in Studio City at The Tuning Fork.
The Tuning Fork is a comfortable, neighborhood restaurant near CBS studios and a fantastic cheese shop, Artisan Cheese Gallery. The Tuning Fork features an amazing selection of California craft beer, sustainable and small family produced wines, and seasonal comfort food in a warm, inviting environment.
Joseph Kuras, Martin Heynen, and John Baldwin opened Tuning Fork in March, 2013 with the dream of combining their love of craft beer and well-crafted music. They became tired of eating greasy food alongside their good music and craft beer so they opened up a space where they could eat well and play music whenever they want.
Stacy and I started our meal with a flight sampler of craft beers: Angel City Gold Line Pilsner, Hangar 24 Orange Wheat, Wolf Creek Snow Wolf with Blood Orange, and The Bruery 7 Swans-A-Swimming (left to right).
The Angel City and the Hangar 24 were both fantastic and easy to drink. I loved the Wolf Creek, because of the citrusy blood orange vibe. We were both surprised at The Bruery because we could taste the raisin, pecan and dried apricots. We thought perhaps it would be too dark for our tastes, but we both really liked it.
You can use the TapHunter app to find these beers near you.
The menu is not extensive, but everything looked really good. I was still on a truffle high, so I decided to continue it and get a truffled mushroom burger with goat cheese, imported truffle oil, goddess aioli, and a menage of mushrooms on brioche. It was a fantastic truffle-y, gooey, meaty, delicious burger. I chose the housemade chips which were okay, but I would have ordered the truffle fries if I had noticed them on the menu. Stacy had the chicken caesar salad which I forgot to photograph. We also shared Key Lime Pie in a mason jar for dessert which was fresh and sweet and creamy without being cloying.
They had to shoo us out of the restaurant, because we were in for one of our marathon gab fests and didn’t realize how busy the restaurant had become. They were very nice about it, considering that it WAS Friday night and it’s a rather small place.
I’m looking forward to going back and trying more of their craft beers and the Smokestack Lightening pulled pork sandwich. Mmmm.
When you go, check out the groovy bathroom light in the ladie’s room.
#211, Listen to a Weekly Podcast, 4/52
This week I listened to the Magic Lessons #6 podcast from Elizabeth Gilbert. I read her book, Big Magic, last November. I loved it so much I bought in on audio and then listened to it seven times in a row. And then I created this blog.
If you are considering any creative pursuit and need a bit of inspiration, buy her book. Now. You’ll love it.
#194, Discover a New App
I found the perfect app for me. It’s called The List App. Okay, at first I was a little unhappy that I didn’t invent it myself, but now I am enjoying it. I just created my first list called Ten Things I’ve Already Done in 2016. You can find me under Marina McLeod. I’m the one with 0 followers.
You can only list up to 99 items, so you won’t see my complete list on The List App.
You can create lists and share them with other people. You can also follow celebrity or company lists. Some of the lists are really entertaining, such as: Texts From My Asian Father from JennyLee, or Anthony Bourdain’s Food on Film.
#127, Perform a Weekly Random Act of Kindness, 4/52
This week I donated to a GoFundMe page for a complete stranger. My Uncle Buddy is fond of saying that there is no situation where a little more money wouldn’t be useful. Hopefully, in this case, it will help a little.
#14, Watch one Annenberg Iris Series Lecture each week, 4/52
This week I watched Andrew Southam, The Half Life of Beauty. In a presentation of images from throughout his 25-year long career, Southam discusses his photographic methods and the complicated nature of portraying beauty for the camera.
It was very interesting to hear about photographing beautiful women from the photographer’s perspective.
#365, Do a Weekly Photo Shoot, 4/52
My photo shoot this week was trying to duplicate a movie still from Sullivan’s Travels, by dressing up my son, Joseph, like Joel McCrea.
That’s it for now!
341 days to go.