One of the fountains in Century City.
Getting ready to bake and drink!
Saturday September 13th, at the Latin Food Fest in San Diego with Chef Mario Medina.
A Day Off! By Alicia Maher
It has been a long time since I had a Saturday off. September was a busy month with a flurry of weekend events. Yesterday, the first Saturday in October, I decided not to book anything and just relax, well, it turned out to be a precious day and joyful day.
I got up and made fresh pineapple cookies, the leftover fruit got blended with a little bit of sugar and water, and mixed with a cold California sparkling wine. I call this drink my Pineosa, get it, instead of Mimosa, ha,ha,ha,ha, is a good concoction.
One of my friends called me. We chatted for a long time about everything and then I told her about all the exciting moments I had lived in the last month. The first weekend in September was all about getting ready for the following Saturday and the Latin Food Fest in San Diego. Thank you to Melissa’s Produce for your sponsorship, could not have done it without you! It was a first-class event. There were a few glitches getting there, will tell you more about in another blog called trials and tribulations, just kidding. It was an enlightening food and drink experience. The world is alive with fine taste buds! That Saturday morning I was out of bed at 3:30 am. From Los Angeles, is a 3 hour drive to beautiful San Diego, exhibitors had to be there by 9:am. The hard-working, talented, and pregnant, make-up artist, Melissa D’Angelo showed up at my house at 4:30 am to give me the glamour look. You know, hair, faux eye lashes and the whole enchilada. Boy, it takes a long time to look that good. I like to wear make up. Always have. Melissa gave birth to a baby boy the following Friday.
The third weekend, the 20th and 21st, were all about family and community. One of my sons had a birthday, the house was full of friends and family. It was lots of work to cook and prepare for everybody, this crowd likes to eat, and lots of it. On Saturday night, September 20th, my husband and I had the privilege to attend a Salvadoran musical and dance event called Las Placitas de Nuestros Pueblos, at the glorious, French Baroque style, theater of Los Angeles. This is how the foundation that produced the show describes it “
“Las Placitas De Nuestros Pueblos” is a musical play that reflects the Salvadoran culture. It focuses on identifying diverse regions throughout the country with different types of folk music and dances. Throughout the play, our performers portray the lifestyle of Salvadoran peasants, their mannerisms and customs in order to help the audience understand the diversity of the Salvadoran heritage.”
All in all, it was a busy but special weekend. I treasure every one of my sons birthdays. Seeing the cousins, aunts and friends was wonderful!
Last weekend, I spent both days getting ready for my Reynolds Products recipe development assignment. I am also doing a video in my kitchen, it was fun shopping for a few extra props for the background. It was pretty much all about testing, cooking, testing, more cooking and retesting. The dish turned out delicious and easy to make. The photos took a long a time, but worth all the effort. The company that gave me this job was truly impressed with my depiction of the yummy dish. My photography skills are getting better.
It was nice to take a break from this full schedule My day off was amazing. After eating too many pineapple cookies and drinking a few Pineosas, I felt guilty, blotted and sleepy. My husband and I live in Cheviot Hills, when he suggested we do something, I said, “let’s walk to Century City” hopping he would say no, but to my surprise he said “yes”. I have no idea how I walked the 2 1/2 mile each way, but it was worth it. We left around 6:15 p.m. the twilight sky, dressed in pink pale shades of blue was magical. Los Angeles is a beautiful place
Walking to Century City brought back many good memories. In 1993 my husband, Joseph, was fresh out of law school, his first job was on 2000 Avenue of the Stars, we used to meet at the mall for lunch. Our three sons grew up in the Cheviot Hills area, and the Century City Mall became their hangout. I am sure, in their teenage years, they took a date or two to the movies at the old mall before all the renovation. Time off gives you the ability to get away from the routine and see things and life with a new perspective.
In front of one of our favorite hotels in the city.
Post remodel. 2000 Avenue of the Stars. The Address where my husband first worked as an attorney in 1993.