I recently visited an art exhibit in the Chelsea gallery neighborhood of Manhattan. This particular exhibit is called Foodist Temple. One must remove one's shoes to enter the exhibit. The food art is way oversized, resplendent with gilded framing. I laughed and thoughly enjoyed the cleverness of the concept. I especially enjoyed the boxes of Bon bons.
Sunday, April 26, 2015
Chelsea Market is a rewarding experience in Mew York City: a delicious meal at Giovanni Rana and some very
cool shopping. I love the old industrial setting, which is the former bakery of Nabisco cookies.
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Garden Club in Alexandria, floral pillow, so clever!
A table cleverly conceals an outdoor HVAC!
Back yard of the founder of Garden Club of Virginia in Warrenton
I love gardens, home decor and architecture!
And my expectations were exceeded by this week's Virginia Garden Week. Virginia is blessed with stunning bulbs, flowering trees and a somewhat rolling topography.I enjoyed seeing stunning vistas in the rolling hills of Warrenton, Fredericksburg, and Leesburg, and charming gardens in Old Town Alexandria. All the properties were bedecked with gorgeous lush floral arrangements, which showcased the considerable talents of the various local garden clubs.
You had to be there!
Your imaginary friend,
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
John Belushi made the Billy Goat Tavern famous on Saturday Night Live. Today, I walked inside, and was greeted warmly by the Greek owner. Truth be told, the Billy Goat Tavern is a dumpy greasy spoon that has not seen an update since 1945. Nonetheless, hidden beneath an overpass on Michigan Avenue is a piece of history.
Dear Imaginary Friends,
While in Chicago, you may wish to lunch or dine on Mexican cuisine. Rick Bayless and his wife Deann (and Jennifer Jones, who is the fabulous pastry chef) have won numerous James Beard awards.
What is so stellar about this place? For me, it was the chocolate pudding cake with intense chocolate ice cream, topped with chopped mango, candied peanuts and a viola. Ms. Jones, keep baking !
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Only one German U boat was ever taken down by the United States military during World War II, and it is on display in Chicago's fine Museum of Science and Technology. The capture was kept secret, so that the Germans would not know that we had taken possession of the two invaluable Enigma machines onboard. Also, 600 pages of classified papers were recovered. The prisoners of war were squirreled away in Louisiana for the remainder of the war, and the Uboat was hidden in Bermuda. This American military coup was part of the turning of the tide in the Allies winning the war.
U Boat madness: bunks were occupied by two men at a time, and were only long enough for those who are 5'8" and under, and were stuffed in among a torpedo and cans of food.
The men drank apple juice instead of water. Rare fresh water was needed to cool the batteries.
Fifty nine sailors shared one latrine.
It was called hot bunking because the sheets never cooled between the shifts of men. The air temp in the sub ranged between 90 and 120 degrees. There were no baths or showers. Ceilings were low and claustrophobic.