Riding on the Metro

I am a second generation Angelena, born and raised in Southern California. Even though I have lived here all my life, I discovered a part of L.A. that I never knew was there. And that is the amazing Metro rapid transit system, based out of Union Station, in downtown L.A. (or, as it is now referred to, “DTLA”). Even though the most frequent complaint about Southern California is our lack of a rapid transit system, you can see from this diagram that we apparently do have an amazing system. In fact, LA Metro is the third most comprehensive system in the country. I was intrigued when I received an invitation to attend a Metro Art Tour this past Saturday. Continue Reading

Ever heard of a Finger Lime?

I first saw a Finger Lime more than 15 years ago. Two lovely female scientists who managed the Citrus Variety Collection at the University of California at Riverside visited our office and brought samples of some of the “new and unusual” citrus fruits that were not yet commercially grown. One of their samples was the Finger Lime.   These green and reddish finger-shaped fruits were intriguing, to say the least. I remember breaking them open and watching the “citrus caviar” ooze out! It was the coolest thing to look at. … Continue reading

It’s time for Angelcots!

This will be the fourth year that I am devoting a blog post to one of my absolute favorite fruits: Angelcots®. Angelcots® are white-fleshed apricots grown exclusively by one farmer in a small micro-climate in Northern California. The season is short (usually 4 to 5 weeks), but unfortunately this year, due to high winds and strange weather, the complete harvest of the crop took place during 10 days. And due to wind damage, the crop size was reduced by 25 percent. Read my Angelcot® posts from 2010 and 2011. They … Continue reading

Lessons from Maui

Almost every year for over 20 years, I have gone to Maui for a week’s vacation. Sometimes with my husband and our friends, sometimes with a group of girlfriends, or sometimes with a daughter or two. This year I went with my 19-year-old daughter, Sophia, and her friend Demi. As I reflected on my week in Maui, I have some thoughts and lessons to share: 1. At least once a year, everyone needs to take at least a one-week vacation. It takes at least two days to decompress and relax. … Continue reading

Practice Aloha

Practice Aloha. Those words were printed on the back of every server’s t-shirt at the highly recommended restaurant, Mala Ocean Tavern, which I had dinner at this week while vacationing on the island of Maui in Hawaii. I was so intrigued by “Practice Aloha,” that I Googled the saying on my iPhone after we sat down for dinner. You can imagine my surprise when the restaurant’s home page came up, featuring a book with the title “Practice Aloha.” The author’s name is what really caught my attention. Mark Ellman. That … Continue reading