Monday, November 20, 2017

Yume Sushi in Santa Barbara

Sushi to quench our hungry but not slow us down cause we had a photo shoot to do. Well, Elon Schoenholz had a photo shoot to do, I was just there for primarily moral support (ha ha). It was the Chicano Secret Service at the Santa Barbara City College gallery. So fun and political and classic CSS. Anyway, the sushi we got before the performance was great and we got to see some a little bit of a NBA game too. 428 Chapala St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Giovanni Pizza in Montecito (near Santa Barbara)

A late night ride home after a photo shoot by Elon Schoenholz at the Santa Barbara City College Art Gallery. It was an entertaining performance by the Chicano Secret Service in a space by artist Rafa Esperaza. We were tired but hungry so we stopped by this pizza place. A little salty but really nice folks, good salad and GREAT pizza crust. 1187 Coast Village Rd #3C, Santa Barbara, CA 93108

Economy Old Fashion Fountain in Ely CA

Super nice people here in a small but cool town we stopped by for lunch on our way from Wendover Utah to Las Vegas. located on Downtown Ely at 696 Aultman St, Ely, NV 89301-1555, the Fountain houses also a toy store, convenient store and pharmacy as well as the small counter and seating area for the old fashion fountain. I had a root beer and meatball sandwich. I wish I had room for ice cream or a float but that was not the case this time. Hopefully, we'll stop by again in the future. great find.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Confection CO-OP on Hollywood

Confection CO-OP, 1200 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038 is a place that does it's own baking. In frontier of coffee places exploding all over LA, it is rare to find a place that bakes it's own snacks. This chocolate cupcake was a non-gluten snack that was very delicious. Not overly sweet, it went well with my coffee. It's a small place, frequented by the staff of the surrounding Industry studios.

Pasadena Fish Company

Dinner take put from the Pasadena Fish Company, 181 E Orange Grove Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91103 was a wonderful treat. Fried catfish with sides was tender, juicy and luscious. I'd like to go back and try the sand dabs.

Lighthouse Cafe in San Pedro

Within ten days, two friends mentioned Slab City to me and then it was mentioned in a podcast so I took that as a sign. It's fairly easy to get to although it requires trespassing. The back story to Slab City is available online including tons of video footage. I enjoyed it very much. When I got back to my truck, I was hungry so I drove around the area and found the Lighthouse, which I believe I had been to once before, maybe ten years ago or so. On the menu, is the Slab City Burger. How could I resist. it was tremendous. I ate the whole thing and could hardly stand up and walk back to boy car. 508 W 39th St San Pedro, CA 90731

Hui Tou Xiang in San Gabriel

Michael Manalo had me out for a midpoint critique of his MFA students work at Art Center last month. We finished around Noon. he asked me if I like dumplings. Yes. So he offered lunch and Brough me to Hui Tou Xiang 704 W Las Tunas Dr, San Gabriel, CA 91776 This is a must go place. So I hope you have an opportunity to go. We got lots of dumplings but they also have noodles. The next time I go, I would like to try the egg noodle dish. The dumplings are extraordinary.

TWIST @ the Marciano Art Foundation on Wilshire Blvd

Inside the Marciano Art Foundation is a sleek cafe called TWIST, 4357 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010. I ordered a delicious Cortado and blueberry scone. Both hit the spot after some intense art viewing. It's nice to have a museum so close to my house, finally.

Shamshiri on Westwood Blvd

I am very lucky to have met and learned from many folks one of which is Theresa Barnett of the UCLA Oral History Program. She inspired the use of the oral history technique which I have incorporated in so many of my art projects She has a way of listening and communicating that is unique and empowering. They way she encourages you to get the "story" but not direct the story is invaluable. I had lunch with her a couple of months ago to catch up. She suggested Shamshiri, 1712 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024, which I may have been to before but many-many years ago.It's a festive environment, especially lunch. The foods delicious. I know it's a favorite of many of my friends.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Spencer's for Steaks and Chops, Salt Lake City Utah

I got to spend some time with writer/ art historian Hikmet Loe last month. After our interview session, we decided to go get some food. She asked me what did I want too eat and I said steak. I thought we should celebrate her recent book, "Spiral Jetty Encyclo". She said that it's slightly odd but her favorite steak in the city is actually on the bottom floor of the local Hilton Hotel. BOY! was she right. It was so delicious and the dessert we shred was crazy. 255 S W Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Salt Flats Cafe

I've been working on some projects in Utah and was there a couple of weeks ago for a meeting. I hadn't been in a year but was looking forward to going to this Mexican Restaurant near the Boneville Salt Flats. It's attached to a gas station, so I pulled up and ....oh oh. it's an Indian food place? I was bummed. I walked out and drove to my meeting at the Wendover Hangar. As I drove off the freeway and towards the hangar, to my surprise!!!! The Salt Flats Cafe had moved. I was so happy. That was a great meal. it's such a great place. 85 E Skyhawk Dr, Wendover, UT 84083

Paradiso Pizza in Washington DC

After a snack and some walking, architect Joseph Kunkel brought me to his favorite DC Pizza shop, Paradiso Pizza, 2003 P St NW, Washington, DC 20036. First of all, I greatly apologize for these pix of the pizza. it's super dark there at night and I was son tired from my trip that I forgot to use the flash. This place was amazing and the pizza was so delicious. It was fabulous spending some one on one time with Joseph and hearing more about his practice. he's doing amazing work for Native American/ First Nation communities. This pic of us with Adrienne Bryant, Ex Dir of Dance Heginbotham and a MPA candidate at Baruch College in NY.