I hope you are able to relax and enjoy the freshness of a Spring Sunday morning. I am watching a squirrel munch something in the grass in my backyard. He peeks his head up periodically, and then continues munching away once he decides it’s safe. Watching him is surprisingly relaxing. I do wish I knew what he was eating. I’ll have to check it out later when the coast is clear.
I, on the other hand, happen to be eating buckwheat pancakes.
#79, Make buckwheat pancakes.
I used a simple recipe and threw together some buckwheat pancakes for the family. Surprisingly, the batter was as thick as toothpaste.
The pancakes were light however, and the buttermilk gave them a slight sour taste that was pleasant. When I make them again, I’ll add toasted walnuts, blackberries, and a bit of wild honey to the mix.
The basic recipe proved a good sponge for pools of maple syrup and melted butter.
#311, Visit a food truck
Later, I attended the Brentwood Art Fair. Many artists were on display, as well as a myriad of craft tents, food trucks, and inflatables for the kids.
With menu items like Pastrami Reubens and Garlic Parmesan fries, The Deli Doctor had a steady line.
The Acai Dream Bowl truck was no slouch either. People seemed to be ordering the Chocolate Lover’s Acai Dream Bowl, which included acai, almond milk, cacao, strawberries, blueberries, bananas, hemp seeds, granola, peanut butter, and cacao nibs.
It seemed a bit early in the day for kebabs and there was limited seating, but that didn’t stop people from ordering from the Kashkash BBQ truck.
Baby’s Badass Burgers smelled heavenly. If I hadn’t just had a burger the night before, I would have seriously considered it.
The “Good Wife” sounded like the perfect last meal choice for a death row inmate… or maybe lunch.
The Sandwich Swami looked good too…
As did the fish tacos.
But in the end The Deli Doctor won out. I wasn’t in an adventurous food mood and so I went for a favorite, an old school tuna melt.
I ate one half and decided to save the other half for later when I spotted someone that I thought might like to share it with me.
#127, Perform a Weekly Random Act of Kindness, 17/52
I saw this man, who later introduced himself as Alfred, holding this enormous stuffed fish and I said, “You look like you might want the other half of this tuna melt.” He said he could use the “infusion of a little protein” and thanked me for the sandwich.
I chatted with him for a bit and he told me I could find him on YouTube serenading President Obama. He also told me about a a few local gardening projects he’s been working on and I later found this video which explains more about who he is in the community.
I enjoyed chatting with Alfred. If you spot him around Brentwood, say hello.
#365, Do a Weekly Photo Shoot, 17/52
This week I took lots of pictures at the Brentwood Art Fair. I snapped quick photos with my iPhone. You can get a sense of the event from them.
These costumed people were promoting their upcoming magic show at the Santa Monica Playhouse.
I really want to try EVERY flavor of gelato on flavor-labeled tiny spoons. It’s too hard to choose.
This pottery was inexpensive and fun and original.
Though there was a lot of midday glare, I enjoyed taking pictures and seeing all the people. Nobody seemed to mind having their picture taken, though I was rushing through and sometimes getting a bit close.
Then I got caught taking a picture of a man.
He asked, “Are you taking a picture of me?” I claimed I was taking a picture of the flag behind him. Even to me, the lie sounded lame. He said, “Go ahead, take my picture!” And then he posed for me. His name is Gregg Shore, you can learn more about him here.
We chatted for a bit and I told him about my blog and he told me about his. He showed me his book and let me take a picture of it.
I told him I would show it in my blog and then I said, “But don’t get excited, I only have about three followers.” He told me not to get discouraged and then he shared a story.
He said years ago a little known band was playing at the Whiskey-A-Go-Go and that only seven people showed up to hear them play. He said that the fact that it was only seven people didn’t matter. What mattered was that they were the “right” seven people. Two of them were apparently music executives. The band? VanHalen.
If I haven’t said it lately or enough, let me say it here again: I love LA.
#14, Watch one Annenberg Series Lecture each week, 17/52
This week I watched yet another photographer speak about the importance of spending time in a location and getting to know your subjects. Ryan Pyle spoke about his work in Chinese Turkestan. His lecture was A Photographic Journey Through an Ancient Civilization.
These photographers believe that it takes time to be trusted and it takes time to be able to tell the truth of a place through photography. Ryan Pyle said that it is important to see a place in every season in order to get a broad understanding of a culture, and to understand their food, their hardships, and their lives.
#211, Listen to a Weekly Podcast, 16/52
I listened to The Moth again this week. I really enjoyed the story “Writing Amidst the Ruins” by Elif Safak. I liked her voice so much that I looked online for more of her. I found her compelling TED talk which you might also enjoy.
#119, Attempt a new recipe each week, 17/52
I made the buckwheat pancakes above and I also made this super simple recipe from Rachel Ray, since my father-in-law loves chicken.
#21, Try a new restaurant each week, 17/52
I went to Frida’s Tacos in Pasadena this week. I enjoyed a quick lunch at the community table.
These were as delicious as they look. I ordered one potato and one chicken.
252 days to go!