Thursday, May 5, 2016

Two Cities I Adore

I've been spending all my free time in Philadelphia, PA and Highland Park, NJ.

Highland Park, my new hometown:



Crappy bookshelf becomes dresser:


PINK chai from Indus Grill:



And sweet Philly. May I recommend Independence Beer Garden?







Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Neighborhood Hopping in the City of Angels

Six days in Los Angeles and I realize I barely scratched the surface. There is much, much drawing me back.


Riverside for Easter
Not a Los Angeles neighborhood! But it was special to be able to spend time with Southern Cali family:




Malibu
(Jim Morrison's Cave)









(El Matador Beach)





Koreatown
OK this is maybe not the best representation of Koreatown but OMG DONUTS!!



(Best Meal of this Trip via a Home-Cook Friend in West Hollywood)


Pico-Union





I believe in luck. I needed this bath and I honor it and I will keep this blend forever.

Downtown: LA Convention Center for AWP 2016



Little Tokyo

The ultimate conclusion of this trip is Cake Origami.



Spring 2016: Do All The Things



Hello, world! Travel--a day trip, a weekend away, or an actual week's vacation--makes me feel wide awake. Look at all the things there are to do in the world:

Grounds For Sculpture, Princeton NJ:






Philadelphia, to see James McBride:
The sweet combination of literature and COOKIES:



Astoria, Queens


Basked in the Greek enclave of Astoria. The delis, bakeries and restaurants filled me up, body and soul.









I have lovely friends who cold brew their own coffee and make their own almond milk.

... and also provide cardamom and honey!








I found infinity. It's in Queens!


The NYC Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club:

A gleefully nerdy Subway ride.

Baking All of the Rosehip Jam Cookies:

Then eating them all. And taking a nap.