Hello from LA, Izzy! The last ten days in California have been so great. Palm Springs was chilly some days, but clear and bright. We had a full dose of Modernism out in the desert: we looked at lots of architecture, and had a tour with a delightful character who was an impressive expert on the topic.
After the more ‘official’ part of the trip ended in LA, I stayed on to see some friends, also to meet Little C, and send her on her way to Coachella.
So many good memories, Izzy. Especially when I went to a school event one evening. I happened to have tickets to the school’s annual Huston Memorial Lecture, where an author of note is invited to speak. When we lived in LA I came one night to hear Jhumpa Lahiri speak.
Anyway, on Wednesday night, I joined a crowd of Brentwood School faculty, families and friends in the gym to hear Khaled Hosseini speak about his books The Kite Runner, and A Thousand Splendid Suns. He was handsome, eloquent, charming, funny and self deprecating. You would have really enjoyed the evening. The first person I saw there was your cross country coach; he looks better than ever. Of course he wanted to know if his former team captain was still running…
The days have all blurred with highlights of seeing friends, shopping, a bit of cooking, and writing. I’ve been driving all over town, back and forth over the 405. I’ve had some amazing meals. Of course I stopped at In and Out Burger for old times sake. The price has gone up from $1.99 to $2.87! Wow- still the best value for a very tasty burger. Enjoyed a very special home cooked feast in Marco Place, with Bruno and Cooper in attendance.
Of course everything came to an almighty stop when your sister arrived yesterday. I was so excited, I hardly slept the night before. I woke at six to pick her up at LAX from the very early arriving Melbourne flight. I was so excited to see Little C! She seems super well, but it was quite evident that you were a huge help to her, getting her ready for this big trip before she left. Thank you, big sister for looking after her!
Well, as I write this, Little C must be in the desert by now, checked in to the La Quinta resort with a bunch of buddies, and getting ready for a crazy good line up of music starting soon. Such fun.
I am just about packed up myself, and getting ready to head home. Your dad has started the journey already, boarding the plane in New York. In a few hours, I will get on the same plane and we will fly home together. i’ll be pleased to see the doggies, and to be HOME!
Little C and I went straight from the airport to Santa Monica and stopped at Wholefoods on Montana, right where we lived and shopped. She made a bee-line for the fresh fruit, and we bought sweet strawberries and a papaya. Apparently, these are luxury items at college…. I cooked her (perfect) poached eggs this morning with big hunks of buttered toast: for the long day ahead of her in the desert, I thought she needed to start with eggs!
Tonight, I am slow cooking a leg of lamb that’s been marinading in a green paste of parsley, thyme, rosemary, anchovies, lemon, and lots of garlic. A quiet meal before getting on the plane late tonight.
I’ll be glad to snuggle up to MB on the flight tonight and watch a movie and sleep a little before we arrive home. I have felt quite separated from you on this trip- I do miss you and hope you’ve had a happy, constructive couple of weeks.
Meanwhile, here a list of wonderful places to eat great fresh food in Los Angeles, for your next visit, Izzy.
- Baco Mercat
- Connie and Ted’s
- Tar and Roses
- Bedford and Burns Restaurant
See you soon back in Australia. Thank you, California for your sunshine, delish food, great friends, amazing art, tasty market produce, unparalleled shopping, KCRW radio station, In and out Burgers, and great star and car watching. Yes, so long Rollers, it is now all about the Tesla!