Eagle Rock ‘n’ Roll Farmers Market

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.

They had the typical fare… flowers and such.

A good amount of flowers from one or two vendors.

Lots of fruit from this vendor.  I bought a punt of raspberries for $4.

These guys were selling soap.  $5 a bar.

And here’s the South Central Farmers Association!  I bought cucumbers and lettuce from them.  I mentioned that my husband worked with Scott Hamilton Kennedy and the little boy there said, “I know Scott!!”  He seemed excited.  It was cute.

This was basically the extent of the food vendors, except for the fruit tent pictured earlier.

This guy was selling cheese.  I tasted the cheddar curds.  Very yummy!  He had only two varieties of raw cheese – both cheddar.  I think I start buying his raw cheddar for my husband’s sandwiches.  I don’t usually consume the hard cheese and I don’t like cheddar so it’ll work for him.

They had a giant climbing wall for the kids.  A little girl was about halfway up when I got there.

It was a small event but it was only the second week.  Hopefully it’ll grow.  I do intend to keep getting my lettuce from there.  It’s a nice 1 mile walk on a Sunday morning so that’s incentive too.

If they’re concerned about the lack of crowds, they might ask these guys why the sign was pointing the wrong way.

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Hollywood Bowl Self Storage

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.

Here we are driving up to the gate.  Already, my interest is piqued.

Here she’s going into the office on official business.  Yes, the rental office has a recliner outside.  My friend tells me that the family that owns the place, lives right above the Rental Office.  This is their front lawn.

This is the view from inside.  The rental office we just passed is around the corner (where the motorbike is) to the left.  It’s painted like the film set of a western.  Oh!  That’s the gimmick!

This guy, with the bike, had a studio set up inside his unit.  I guess it’s rather cheap office space…?

Pretty crazy paint job!

So here’s the website for this storage place.  It’s called Hollywood Bowl Self Storage and from checkin’ out the website, I think I can say that the prices are reasonable based upon what I’ve seen from Public Storage.

All in all, a unique, family-owned Hollywood gem.  Boy was I glad to be wrong!  Check it out!

Ginger Kombucha

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

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

I spent the evening at my friends, 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)!

Duncan Christopher: Post-production

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. To get to this point feels like we’ve won some sort of prize!

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.

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.

Save the Paper, Save the World

I just downloaded two new apps to my iPhone – eReader and Stanza.

eReader is a Barnes and Noble company and you can purchase eBooks for really cheap from their website and then read them on your iTelephone (that’s for you Jack).  This is a great way to get the new bestsellers and new self-published books onto your iPhone for that commute or air travel.

Stanza, on the other hand, has over 25,000 free books from which to choose and is a great option for reading classics like The Odyssey, Don Quijote and Pride and Prejudice.  Stanza also has a desktop version and you can sync your desktop books with your iPhone.

Both apps offer adjustable settings for changing the font size and type, the screen brightness and background color, and a whole host of other options.

Now they can’t burn my books!  What’s the temperature at which iPhones burn?