California Dreamin’

As I sit and look out the window at the sunny terrace, the sunny pool, the sunny green hills beyond that, for all the world, look like Umbria, I feel a million miles away from home.  I’ve signed books at Chino Farm and Warwicks in La Jolla, and taught an amazing private class in Rancho del Lago.  It’s been a glorious trip, and here are some sights to share! Thank you, ALL!

Preparing for a cooking class, San Diego Farmers’ Market, CA

Freshly prepared uni at the San Diego market.
Freshly prepared uni at the San Diego market, while shopping for the class in Rancho del Lago
Couldn't resist the ultra-fresh uni
Couldn’t resist the ultra-fresh uni

The most amazing class, Rancho del Lago

The A Team!
The A Team!  Everyone in the class at Rancho del Lago
Lamb Tagine
 Lamb Tagine, thanks to amazing cooks
Lunch on the terrace, in paradise
Lunch on the terrace, in paradise

Chino Farm book signing

Signing at Chino Farm

Chino Farm
Chino Farm
The Famous Chino Artichoke Fritatta sandwich, just for the author
The Famous Chino Artichoke Fritatta sandwich which arrived at just the right moment. Merci, Frank.

LA Highlights

Bougainvilleas along the highway, LA
Bougainvilleas along the highway, LA
Koreatown LA
Koreatown LA
Beef Cheek Tacos at Ceremony in Studio City
Beef Cheek Tacos at Ceremony, in Studio City

La Jolla and Del Mar

Frogs are clocked at 15 mph in Del Mar, so this keeps them safe
Frogs are clocked at 15 mph in Del Mar, so this keeps them safe

Speaking at the incredible Warwicks, a REAL , family-owned bookstore
Speaking at the incredible Warwicks, a REAL , family-owned bookstore

 

 

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