I invited a cowboy for dinner and fed him a pineapple


Curried Pineapple Fig Salsa

This past weekend I was invited to share my notecards with a very talented jewelry designer named Susan McVicker for a Spring Time Trunk Show at a special friend’s house. Our work really complimented each other!

art @ stephanie's



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Where Did My Avocado Go?

What has happened to the large Hass avocados that we all know and love and make into our favorite guacamole dish? One of the main reasons for the shrinking sized fruits is the low winter rainfall, cool weather, and the dwindling bee activity. Did you know that the avocados spend more than a full year developing on a tree?

avocado bag

Trader Joe’s avocados-5 to a bag

In California, and elsewhere, the markets are selling avocados the size of a small peach, some weighing less than 3 oz. I was in Trader Joe’s the other day, and bought a bag of 5 small avocados nestled together like tiny lemons.

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lemons the size of tiny avocados

avocado peach

avocado the size of a peach


avocado the size of a small teapot

3avocados in a row

three avocados in a row

Wholly Guacamole

  • Ingredients
  1. 6 avocados ( soft, but not mushy)
  2. 2 -4 garlic cloves, minced ( depends on how much you like garlic)
  3. 1 lime, cut in half
  4. 1 medium tomato, diced
  5. 1/2 medium onion, diced
  6. salt
  7. chopped cilantro (optional)
  8. 1 diced jalapeno peppers (optional) or 1 diced serrano pepper (optional)
  • Directions
  1. Cut avocados in half, remove pit, and spoon avocado into a mixing bowl.
  2. Add minced garlic and squeeze the juice from one-half of the lime into the bowl of avocado.
  3. Mash the ingredients together to desired consistency using the back of a large spoon or a potato masher (some like the avocado chunky, some like it smoother).
  4. Fold in diced tomato and diced onion, a couple pinches of salt, and the juice from the remaining lime half (Also add cilantro or peppers at this time).
  5. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for 30-45 minutes.
  6. Uncover and taste.
  7. Add salt as needed.
  8. If you don’t give the resulting guacamole at least 4 stars, then you ain’t making it right.
  9. NOTE: The purpose of the lime is to allow any leftover guacamole to retain its “avocado” color as it sits in the fridge.

“This is a true Tex-Mex recipe concocted by a distant relative stationed at the Alamo nearly 160 years ago. According to family lore, he was out looking for some good tomatoes when Santa Ana attacked the now famous Texas landmark. Luckily, our relative kept this recipe in the lining of his coon-skin cap, and both he and his avocado dip lived to fight another day. Years later, near death from an infected Chihuahua bite, he looked deep into his son’s eyes, and with his last breath, uttered the familiar phrase “remember the…guacamole.””

recipe by mark h.




I am from Los Angeles and now live in Nashville. Here is a wonderful wallpaper company named Abnormals Anonymous based in Los Angeles, the two owners met in a Nashville hotel elevator, perhaps The Hutton Hotel, and discovered their common passion for wallpaper design and fell in love. They are now a happily married couple living in Venice, California. My mother, a talented artist and chorus line dancer designed wallpaper during World War II in London, England.

To maintain anonymity they call themsleves Henrietta and Paco. It makes me wish they would open a restaurant by that name. “I just had a marvelous squid salad with baratta and tomatoes at our local restaurant called Henrietta and Paco.”

Their story can’t get any better than this, except it does, they create beautiful, quirky wallpaper inspired by their nautical adventures in a part time Seattle home. A local fisherman based in Los Angeles finds the couple old etchings, which they enlarge for wallpaper. The wallpaper has fun names like “meet the flockers”, “squindle” and “mimso”.

A_Beautiful_Mind_american_beauty Animal_House_bone_thugs_harmony Buggie_flashy_cadet Miso_eden2 Mr_Blow_bone_thugs_harmony1 Sea_Tales_dark_city Sea_Tales_Dark-City_GallerySpot_royale Sea_Tales_indigo_eyes

These beautiful papers are designed and printed in Los Angeles. Henrietta and Paco use eco friendly, VOC free inks on all of their papers and can print on a variety of materials including paper, mylar, type II vinyl, textured papers and even a new recycled material great for earning LEED points.

If you want to experience a good night’s sleep with this wallpaper surrounding you, go treat yourself to a stay at the new Palihouse Santa Monica. Avi Brosh bought this landmark 1927 Morrish Revival apartment-hotel near the Third Street Promenade.



Palihouse Santa Monica, 1001 Third St., Santa Monica; 310-394-1279 or palihousesantamonica.com

Read more: http://www.purewow.com/entry_detail/la/6133/Charming-Palihouse-Santa-Monica-opens.htm#ixzz2YlkHhzET




Long Beach Museum of Art, California

The Long Beach Museum of Art is a museum located on Ocean Boulevard in the Buff Park neighborhood of Long Beach, California.

The Museum’s permanent collection includes approximately 3,000 paintings, drawings, sculptures, works on paper, and decorative arts objects. Particular strengths include American decorative arts objects, early 20th century European art, California Modernism, and contemporary art of California.

The house occupied by the Long Beach Museum of Art was built in 1912 as a summer home by Elizabeth Milbank Anderson, a wealthy philanthropist and heir to Jeremiah Milbank, who was a financier, a co-founder of the Borden Company, and a founder of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad. According to Fortune Magazine, “a number of Milbanks have been considerable figures in the industrial history of the U.S. and the family has also left its mark on the educational and medical institutions of the country…” (May 1959).

Elizabeth Milbank Anderson (1850–1921) was an energetic, strong-minded woman with a wide range of interests. She was a successful businesswoman, philanthropist and art collector who traveled frequently to Europe. In 1905 she established the Milbank Memorial Fund, which gave grants to various medical and educational projects; this fund is still in existence. She donated a library to Greenwich, Connecticut, and gave three blocks of choice New York City land to Barnard College, upon which was built Milbank Hall. She built public facilities for the poor, such as a sports arena and public baths, and established a program of free school lunches. Her husband, Abram A. Anderson, was a well-known portrait painter and friend of Teddy Roosevelt.

In 1926, the house became Long Beach’s first social, athletic and beach club, the Club California Casa Real.

From 1929 to 1944, Thomas A. O’Donnell, a pioneer industrialist of the California oil industry, owned the house. He developed the Coalinga field, helped organize American Petroleum Corporation and became president of California Petroleum Co. and the first CEO of the American Petroleum Institute.

During World War II, the house was the U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer’s Club. It was purchased by the City of Long Beach in 1950 for a Municipal Art Center, and designated in 1957 as the Long Beach Museum of Art. Today, while the Museum is still owned by the City of Long Beach, its day-to-day operations are handled by a private foundation, the Long Beach Museum of Art Foundation. In the late 1990s, the Foundation undertook a major capital campaign to fund the complete restoration of the historic facilities, relocation of the carriage house and construction of a new two-story exhibition pavilion. The project was completed in September, 2000.

The Elizabeth Milbank Anderson House and carriage house (now the Miller Education Center) were designed and built by the Milwaukee Building Company, an influential architectural firm that did other work for the Milbank family and associates. In 1911, Isaac Milbank, co-founder of the Borden Milk Company and an oil investor, had a magnificent Craftsman summer home constructed for him in Santa Monica by the Milwaukee Building Company. At the same time, the Milwaukee Building Company constructed a similar home on the same street in Santa Monica for retired hotel proprietor Henry Weaver, who owned several Midwest hotels.

The Milwaukee Building Company later became the Los Angeles firm of Meyer and Holler, an eminent firm that constructed numerous landmark buildings. Their most famous designs were the Chinese and Egyptian Theaters in Hollywood. In Long Beach, they designed the Ocean Center Building, Walker’s Department Store, and the Fox West Coast Theater (now demolished).


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