Farmers’ Market Glory

Well friends, let me tell you, John Williams at the bowl last night was the best concert I’ve been to in a long time. We saw an olympic suite set to footage from olympic games recent and in the distant past. Violinist Gil Shaham brought the house down with a suite from Schindler’s List as well as a suite from Williams’ oscar-winning arrangements of Fiddler on the Roof. A huge chorus from Cal State Fullerton accompanied Williams in a suite from Amistad, which I’ve never seen performed live, not to mention Duel of the Fates from Star Wars Episode 1, which, regardless of how you feel about the prequels, is an epic piece of music. But none of this held a candle to the end of the show when, in honor of the film’s 30th anniversary, Williams conducted the entire last reel of E.T. live to picture with dialogue and sound effects tracks. There aren’t may ways to make me sob, but that sure is one of them. All in all an outstanding evening with many good friends. And of course, pound cake.

So after an outstanding evening with friends I got up late this morning and walked myself down to the farmers’ market in Hollywood, which, shockingly I had never been to. I was totally unprepared for the onslaught of fresh produce and vendor food, but I did manage to escape with what you see in the photo here. I tell you, nothing excites me more than fresh picked tomatoes. I may have eaten them already… like apples… with salt. Outstanding. But don’t you worry, I have big plans for those strawberries.

Tonight I am enjoying an impromptu cookout in Venice. Hotdogs, hamburgers, salad, potatoes. It doesn’t get any better than this. More on this soon.

Hope everyone is enjoying their labor day weekend!

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Summer Picnics in LA

I gotta tell you, I love LA in the summer. This weekend was a showcase of my favorite summer activities, both of which happen to involve picnics – no surprise there, I’m sure. As you might imagine, the Starving Artist is a good friend to have at a picnic.

The festivities began on Saturday with Cinespia, which is an organization that screens movies every weekend in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. You pay $10, gather a group of friends, show up at the cemetery with food and wine, and picnic out on the cemetery lawn with a movie. This weekend was Sunset Blvd, which I had never seen. Such a fun evening and such a great movie. Then on Sunday I went to the Hollywood Bowl to see Pixar in concert. I absolutely adore going to the hollywood bowl. Tickets come in a large range of prices, so you can cheap it up or splurge. Everything is outdoors and they let you bring your own food and drink. I’m lucky that I live close enough to walk, so we all meet at my place and walk over. No parking nightmare and of course the weather is usually perfectly gorgeous for an evening stroll. It’s weekends like this that I’m reminded how great LA is and how lucky I am to have such great friends.

But, more important than camaraderie is food. Remember last week when I posted that recipe for apple-cherry-peach sauce? Well I still had quite a bit leftover. It occurred to me that such fruity sweetness would go well with a nice strong cheese. I went for my default, which is Cabot extra sharp white cheddar from Vermont. Only $10 for a giant block at Costco. I mean come on, I’m a New Englander. I used half the block for Saturday and half for Sunday. Picked up a large box of Triscuits on sale for $2.99 at Gelson’s and voila, a lovely snack. You’ll notice in the picture I made them on French bread that one of our friends had bought. Also nice, but I prefer the crisp of the Triscuit myself. Slice up some fruit, grab some pretzels and a bag of M&Ms and you have yourself a picnic. Some people go all out and bring baked goods or entire meals. I keep it more on the finger food side – then we have a good excuse to hit up a diner afterward. Glorious.