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tiny trip: LA for Quay

Earlier this week, J. and I took a teeny tiny adventure to LA metro, just for one day.

it’s really bright at the top of Getty Center

We got in Tuesday morning and first headed to the Getty Center for a delicious lunch (grilled Barramundi on a bed of kale and mashed squash), followed by a thorough visit to the exhibit of Medieval illuminated gospels, some of which date as far back as 900 AD. The Armenian books were the most breathtaking, with lots of carefully applied gold leaf and intricate calligraphy and scrollwork.

After taking a break in our hotel room we drove over to Sony Picture Studios to attend a screening of the most recent film directed by the Brothers Quay, “Through the Weeping Glass,” hosted by the Museum of Jurassic Technology and screened at the Cary Grant Theater. The half-hour film provides a mesmerizing visit to Philadelphia’s Mütter Museum, part visual poetry, part documentary. Following the screening, Stephen and Timothy Quay discussed their work and answered some audience questions.

As an aside, I have to wonder: why do people have to ask the most inane questions? Or even worse, they don’t ask questions but rather attempt to involve the artist in some sort of pointless, pedantic discussion of one tiny needling detail, masking it as a question. “Oh I noticed this one thing you did, which is like this other thing, and was your intention to blah blah blah?” That’s not a question. You are just showing off. People…

After the moderated discussion we were shown a short behind the scenes film shot in digital b&w, tracking the process of the making of the documentary. While I enjoyed the actual film, I actually found the behind the scenes look even more interesting. It was fascinating to see the artistic process and the techniques used. The Museum is really small, with narrow exhibit spaces and not much room to maneuver. There were some great uses of two way mirrors, scrims and cut-out panels that cast shadows, and some stop motion. Weeping Glass was made on a shoestring budget, but it does have Derek Jacobi (!) as the narrator. All in all, it was a worthwhile event. J. and I also chatted with two women, a photographer and an art dealer who drove from Santa Barbara, and it was nice that the screening also had such a big turn out to support the Quays.

After the event, we drove to Canter’s where we ate kugel and eggplant parmesan and pickles (well, I ate the pickles because I love them so much). And then the following morning, we headed home. Tiny adventure = great success!

Oh, the Sony Pictures lot has a great mural for Cary Grant and Irene Dunne’s “The Awful Truth,” which is one of my favorite old comedies:

Inn at the Crossroads: a food blog to be reckoned with

If you like good food and Game of Thrones, you need to drop everything you’re doing and visit the Inn at the Crossroads blog. I found out about the blog via a write up on Gilt Taste, and I’m immediately hooked.

A pair of inspired chefs who happen to adore George R.R. Martin’s epic series recreate recipes from the books, take sumptuous photos, and encourage readers to use their recipes and share the experience. On a recent book tour, “agents” presented George R.R. Martin with baskets full of goodies like beef & bacon pies and lemoncakes in several of the tour’s cities.

Medieval Mushroom & Escargot Soup

Fig Tarts – I need these NOW

I can’t wait to try out the Sister’s Stew, but will avoid the list of dishes that even the intrepid Innkeepers won’t touch.

(both photos by the Inn at the Crossroads)

Notes from a weekend

Cold soba with dipping sauce, tofu, kabocha squash, barley tea. Mmmmmmm.

This is Birdie. I got to hang out with him a bit, too. He belongs to N. and has different color eyes, and his real name is really Major Tom.

I also made a peach basil crumble, rather at the last minute, when N. and I decided to bake at her house. It was incredibly easy and I used this recipe from Martha Stewart. It was a success. The only thing was that the dish was just a little too big. Next time, I’ll make it in a smaller, deeper dish so that I can layer more peaches in it.

We watched Fellini’s And The Ship Sails On at home, and also saw Moon. I liked both movies, for different reasons. Moon, however, was probably one of the best movies I’ve seen in the theater for a long time. In fact, it was shatteringly beautiful and clever.