Eagle Rock ‘n’ Roll Farmers Market

June 30, 2009

Driving down Colorado Blvd one day last week, I’d seen the signs for a new Eagle Rock Farmers Market – hosted by PD Markets.  It’s called the Eagle Rock ‘n’ Roll Farmers Market.  I’d just been to the awesome Hollywood Farmers Market with Amy so I was ready to check this one out.

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Hollywood Bowl Self Storage

June 30, 2009

Have you been to Hollywood?

There a storage place underneath the 101 Freeway that’s always looked rather sketchy to me.  First of all, it’s under the freeway.  Second, it’s painted with really crazy designs.  Looks almost like commissioned graffiti, but it’s hard to tell.  Finally, it’s in downtown Hollywood, which made me think it’s either really cheap or really expensive.  I assumed it was a dud.

Boy was I wrong!

I have a friend who’s got her stuff there for a month or two and the other day I helped her with the last load!  Needless to say I was interested in checking out the place, since it’s so obtuse and present in my Hollywood life. Read the rest of this entry »

Ecclesiastes 6:1-9

June 26, 2009

There is another serious tragedy I have seen in our world. God gives great wealth and honor to some people and gives them everything they could ever want, but then he doesn’t give them the health to enjoy it. They die, and others get it all! This is meaningless-a sickening tragedy.

A man might have a hundred children and live to be very old. But if he finds no satisfaction in life and in the end does not even get a decent burial, I say he would have been better off born dead. I realize that his birth would have been meaningless and ended in darkness. He wouldn’t even have had a name, and he would never have seen the sun or known of its existence. Yet he would have had more peace than he has in growing up to be an unhappy man. He might live a thousand years twice over but not find contentment. And since he must die like everyone else-well, what’s the use?

All people spend their lives scratching for food, but they never seem to have enough. Considering this, do wise people really have any advantage over fools? Do poor people gain anything by being wise and knowing how to act in front of others?

Enjoy what you have rather than desiring what you don’t have. Just dreaming about nice things is meaningless; it is like chasing the wind.

From the New Living Translation.

Ginger Kombucha

June 25, 2009

I love gingerale.  I always have.  I grew up on gingerale and orange juice cocktails with my dinner.  It was my favourite drink!

Of course, these days I rarely drink soft drinks, soda pops, or colas.  It’s just water, coffee and wine for me!  I’m all natural, right?  Except, I also drink kombucha!  Hm…  I guess that’s natural too.

Thanks to Jack Roberts for introducing me to it while I was in Tulsa last fall.  He started me off with GT’s Synergy Guava Goddess.  Then I tried the Original.  Then the ginger.  I was hooked.  I bought two a week while I was there.

After I came home to LA, I continued buying the kombucha, but it added about $7 to $10 dollars to my weekly grocery budget!  Over 52 weeks, that could start to get unacceptable.  Especially since we were going to have to live on a tighter budget in 2009 because of the movie.  So…

I brew my own kombucha!  I grew my own SCOBY (the starter) from a bottle of GT’s Original and I make my own kombucha.  It’s much cheaper than buying two or three bottles every week at Whole Foods.

Sometimes I add some TJ’s Very Green Juice Blend or Odwalla Superfood for an extra special healthy drink, but I read something the other day that made me very excited.   I read that I can add a chunk of fresh ginger to my freshly strained kombucha and it will start to taste like a gingerale!

I’ve got some fresh ginger in my current batch (I bought some at the farmers’ market on Sunday)!  I’ll let you know how it goes!

I other news, I found a great little website that helps new kombucha brewers troubleshoot their problems!

Hollywood Farmers Market

June 25, 2009

On Sunday, I went with my friend Amy to the Hollywood Farmers Market.  We’d been planning on doing it for ages and finally, our Sunday’s collided!

Here’s the coffee tent where I got a most fabulous cappuccino.  There are two coffee tents and Amy said she felt sure this was the better one.  She was right!  Organic, fresh, well-roasted beans.  Excellent milk-foam.  And a “live” shot!  …made my cappuccino awesome!  I went back later and bought some decaf beans.

One of the other objectives we had at the farmers market was to get some banana-leaf-covered sticky-rice with taro thingies and eat them.  They were very yummy, very sweet, and very carbo-licious!

Inside the cool new Space 15 Twenty a band was rockin’ out.

Then Amy showed me a few new local cafes of which I hadn’t heard.  This is Ten Forward.  It is named for the lounge and recreation facility located on Deck 10, section 1 of the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) and other Galaxy-class starships.

Check out the aptly-named teas!

Then we checked out Zen Zoo.  Same vibe.  Less geek.

Both have a lovely upper loft with comfy seating.

After the farmers market and my personal tour of hip new cafes, Amy and I saw Away We Go at the ArcLight.  I thought it was an awesome movie.  I laughed.  I cried.  I felt tender at the end.  However, that may be because I haven’t seen any of the artists’ other films.

Urban Garden

June 24, 2009

I spent the evening at the Storkels on Monday. Just before everyone else arrived, Bryan offered me some chicken sausage and because I hadn’t eaten dinner, I said yes! Then he offered some salad to go with it – with fresh lettuce from his garden!!

Here’s a photo of one of his many romaine plants.

He pulled a ripe cherry tomato from this plant for me to taste. Very tomato-y!!

The plant to the right is the one that gave up several leaves for me to eat.

Here’s another tomato plant.

They have eggplant, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, beefcake tomatoes, bell peppers and lettuce as well as several herbs and spices. It was thrilling to eat freshly picked lettuce! And encouraging to know that just one block off of Melrose Ave deep in the urban heart of West Hollywood, an urban garden is providing nourishment for a family of two (one of them pregnant)!


June 17, 2009

Many of my friends and acquaintances are already aware that we’re in post-production on the film that we shot in the Fall; but I wanted to post a little update nonetheless.

Ryan’s in his edit suite (aka our living room) right now executing the long list of producer’s notes that were shared and discussed yesterday during a twelve-hour-long meeting that took place after we watched the sliced and diced version of the Director’s Cut in the morning.  Our living room really is becoming an edit suite.  Ryan’s got a huge HD monitor and really great M-Audio speakers and it’s looking really pro!  Even as it’s sitting on our $60 IKEA desks.

I’m really excited about the film.  It looks amazing, it’s funny, and I love it more every time I watch it.  I laugh out loud every time I watch it and most importantly… I feel something.  And it’s good.

Our website will be up soon and ready to share!  You’ll get to see production stills and read the bios of the lead actors.  Soon we’ll include a trailer.  And hopefully, at some point, we’ll list a release date on there!  That will be the ultimate prize!

So there it is!  An update on the film!