• Posted by Califia Suntree on November 17th, 2011, 10:47 AM

    “Word on the Street,”  a food-themed downtown L.A. block party on November 20, comes to you via the Cornerstone Theater Company, and is the finale for their month-long “exploration of hunger.” The block party will feature food trucks and local restaurant fare, a communal dining table, and a video booth to share stories about hunger. Their five-year project “The Hunger Cycle” aims to bring attention to world hunger and food justice issues, via theatrical performances and other events. Upcoming “Hunger Cycle” projects include a spring 2012 residency at the Homegirl Cafe and a spring 2013 residency in a school cafeteria.

    Where: Downtown L.A.
    Traction Ave. between Hewitt & 3rd

    When: Sunday, November 20, 2011
    12pm – 4pm

    The event is FREE.


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  • Posted by Califia Suntree on October 3rd, 2011, 3:48 PM

    As the rampaging squirrel in our yard alerted us, it’s fig season in California! We rescued our first two (varietal: Brown Turkey, which is pretty much what they look like when ripe) from his furry grasp yesterday, and I’m pondering whether to stuff them with goat cheese and honey, or wrap them up in bacon and broil them. As I ponder this, they’ll probably just get eaten. Hopefully, there are many more to come.

    If you aren’t lucky enough to have a fig tree yet (but ARE lucky enough to live in Southern California), head over to the the Huntington Library to learn how to get started growing your own fig supply. It will up your popularity, among man and rodent alike…

    What: Ranch Lecture: From Twigs to Figs, by Jon Verdick, owner of San Diego’s Encanto Farms Nursery, which specializing in figs and bananas.

    Where: The Huntington Library Friends’ Hall
    151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, CA

    When: Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011
    7:30 p.m.

    This event is free and does not require reservations.


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  • Posted by Califia Suntree on August 23rd, 2011, 5:01 PM

    Until it closed the doors of its Los Angeles factory in 1962, Bauer Pottery produced some of the 20th century’s most beautiful dishes and pots, in vibrant colors and sleek modern designs. Their quality and artfulness (I am especially fond of the American Modern line, designed by Russel Wright. I even have some available at SpooningShop!) make vintage Bauer some of the priciest and most collectible vintage dishware around.  And that’s because the good stuff is scarce.

    Lucky for us, about ten years ago, Bauer relaunched, and has been recreating their vintage treasures at a factory in Highland–70 miles east of downtown Los Angeles–and selling them through their website, at select retailers and at their showroom sales held a few times a year near Glendale. The September 10-11 sale is their last one until December, so take this opportunity to stock up on gorgeous dishes–at a discount–for everyone on your gift list. (I sincerely hope that I’m on that list. Put me down for a tea pot.)

    When: September 10-11, 2011

    Where: 3051 Rosslyn St. in Los Angeles

    Sign up for Bauer news and sales updates at bauerpottery.com

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  • Posted by Califia Suntree on April 24th, 2011, 4:43 PM

    This week, as part of the nonfiction reading series “True Story” at Manhattan’s KGB Bar, Gabrielle Hamilton and Cheryl Tan will read from their recently published memoirs. Hamilton’s best seller Blood, Bones & Butter A Tiger in the Kitchen is Tan’s story of rediscovery of her Singaporean roots, complete with recipes!

    When: Tuesday, April 26, 2011

    Where: KGB Bar
    85 E. 4th St., 2nd floor


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