Thursday, November 2, 2017

Currently Reading in November

My Life in France by Julia Child (with Alex Prud'homme) is on my bedside this month!  Since I just viewed Julie & Julia for the 2nd time, I decided to pull this out of a pile to be read.  I just started the Introduction and...this is something to savor.  It's good.

I remember watching Julia on PBS with my mother.  That distinct voice.  Those passionate inflections, as she reminded you of how precious butter is to a chicken.  Looking forward to learning a few things about the French kitchen and about life through her lens before she passed in 2004.  Thankful for the joy she richly imparted to others.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Walking the Streets of Santa Barbara

We'd been planning this trip for a long time.  What was supposed to be a 4 hour drive ended up being 6+ hours due to exiting traffic out of Vegas.  But alas, we arrived at the Pacific and it was glorious.

We stayed along the coastline at the Hyatt Centric, East Cabrillo Blvd.  Breakfast at The Shop Cafe on Milpas - best shrimp & grits I've tasted yet, and ventured out to the County Courthouse on Anacapa Street with its beautiful, Spanish Colonial Revival style.  Stopped for a little dessert at the Public Market on West Victoria and enjoyed honey-lavender ice cream drizzled in honey fudge sauce.  Did a lot of walking.  An early dinner reservation followed at Jane's on State St with the most romantic interiors.

We couldn't get enough of the scenery in SB, bougainvillea vines that delightful pinkish-orange tone.  And the Spanish Colonial architecture that respectfully establishes the Santa Barbara landscape...endless beauty.  'Til we see you again ❤.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

A Night With Nancy

It's Saturday and it looks like The E Network is streaming Nancy Meyers' films tonight.
Love the scenery and set design in It's Complicated.  Not to mention the chemistry between an all-star cast: Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin & Steve Martin.  A couple of years ago, I downloaded much of the soundtrack from Spotify.  I think the musical pairing of Heitor Pereira and Hans Zimmer beautifully enhanced the storyline.  And Jane's (played by Meryl) home in the film?  It never fails to inspire me. 
We picked up a few treasures upon our recent trip to SB; the warm terracotta tiles remind me of the rich, earthy colors used in her home.  We purchased our tiles from The Santa Barbara Company store, an artisan shop on Victoria Street.  I hope we'll get to visit again soon.  Now, off to enjoy the rest of the movie...