Monday, August 25, 2008
My clients and customers are loving the changes, and so am I!
Friday, August 22, 2008
In my frustration to find a caterer that was up to par, I was given a tip to check out Bite Catering Couture, the latest rage in the Hollywood scene. I did, was blown away, she got the gig and made my party memorable in all the right ways.
Miniature shrimp quesadillas
Mini Cheese Burgers
Mini Cone of Fries
Elizabeth graduated from Barnard College of Columbia University, and she earned her Grand Diplome in pastry arts from The French Culinary Institute of New York. Elizabeth is certified in food safety by the New York Restaurant Association’s ServSafe program and is a proud recipient of the prestigious NYC chapter of Les Dames D’Escoffier Scholarship for women. Elizabeth has worked as an Assistant Pastry Chef at New York City’s famous Union Square Café, under Food Network Champions Chris Russom and Marjorie Chua at Let Them Eat Cake, and has independently catered for numerous private and corporate clients.
photos: courtesy of BiteCatering.net
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Barnes was renowned as a tough and fearless pilot, performing as a barnstormer throughout California and appearing in numerous films in the 1920s and '30s. Barnes was a friend and competitor of another female air pioneer, Amelia Earhart, and broke Earhart's air speed record, flying at 196 miles per hour in 1930.
Brig. Gen. Charles E. Yeager was among many aviation personalities entertained by Barnes at her guest ranch near Edwards Air Force Base, where Yeager became the first pilot to break the sound barrier in 1947. Known as The Happy Bottom Riding Club, the ranch was a hangout for test pilots and movie stars. It later was immortalized in Tom Wolfe's book, The Right Stuff. The club was destroyed by fire in 1953. Many of these historical aviators, including Yeager and Bob Hoover, were interviewed for the movie and tell their recollections of the wild days at the ranch.
We are looking forward to seeing the completed product on KOCE (PBS), and possibly in some of the more prominent film festivals.
It's difficult to read, but the trash can in the kitchen is separated into 4 units:
Use this bag twice a week for two years and each bag will SAVE:
- 11 pounds of garbage
-832 plastic bags
- enough petroleum to drive a car 60 miles
And, a note on the bed that read:
PLEASE HELP US PROTECT OUR WATER RESOURCES!
As a retail store owner, it is a challenge to leave a light footprint. The packaging it takes to ship a table or chair can get a bit out of hand. It is a problem that I don't have a solution for, but I don't work with many vendors that use "popcorn" anymore. Being so close to the beach, it inevitably blew around the street or the garbage men would spill it, and I had nightmares of it being blown into the ocean and it being my fault. We are currently switching to the new lightbulbs. That may sound like nothing, but you wouldn't believe how many lamps and lights are on 8 hours a day, everyday, at my store. Here are the other things Sur La Mer is doing, and no, going Green is not a "trend". If I hear one more politician say that...
In an effort to reduce wastewater and detergent, bed sheets are customarily changed at departure. However, if you would like your sheets changed during your stay, please leave this card on your pillow in the morning and your sheets will be changed that day.
We encourage you to consider making water conservation a part of your Sundance experience.
Monday, August 18, 2008
An1848 watercolor of the Queen's sitting room at Buckingham Palace.
The museum has supplemented the Thaw works with related watercolors, furniture, decorative objects and books. Thus Matthaus Kern’s 1837 depiction of a wonderfully austere Biedermeier study with a pinch-waisted side chair in one corner hangs near a similar real chair.
All Photos: Matt Flynn/Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
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As you can see, the previous owner didn't take much care of this house. We need the space, and we are going to turn this ground level deck into a bedroom, bathroom, living area, & garden room. It currently is about 35' wide and 20' deep. We will extend width by about 24' and depth by about 10'.
door to the right side of the house. ground level.
sliders going to an unused ground/lake level deck.
overall shot of space.
To our surprise, the house turned out so great, that we are going to begin the next part of the process.
(all in the lower level): add bathroom, bedroom, wine grotto, billiard room, garden room/conservatory, living room, wrap around deck.
(upper level): enlarged entry, enlarged main outdoor deck area, enlarged master bedroom deck.
(outside): raise grade of driveway, add heating to driveway, relocate septic tank
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
*this picture was taken while CA was having major fires burning. You could barely see the sunset through all the smoke. Quite a sight to see.