Last year, I was ecstatic to visit LACMA for Ai Wei Wei’s Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads sculptures, which I posted tons of pictures of on my Pisaca album.

This summer, I am excited to check out a documentary on the Chinese political dissident Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry  by first-time director Alison Klayman.  Celebrated (and despised) as China’s “most famous international artist, and its most outspoken domestic critic,” he is often referred to as “Ai God” to the Chinese or “Ai Fans.” More info from the doc’s official website:

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Juxtapoz Flyer

Besides food, I also dig art. I really dig art and I hope art digs me.

Next weekend, art and culture magazine Juxtapoz turns 18 and they’ll be celebrating with a group art exhibition at CoproGallery in Santa Monica running from Saturday, March 24 to April 14, 2012. The exhibition will showcase a butt load of awesome artists that include Jeremy Fish, Retna, Dave Cooper and many others listed on the flyer.

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Sorry for the late weekend recap post. I’m not sure yet if I’d like to maintain a weekly “wkend recap” series but I suppose should my life remain eventful, I’ll continue as time permits.

With an aim to post less words and more photos, I’ll briefly recap that this weekend was filled with lots of …. you guessed it … food! From speculoos cookies + (free) spread and complimentary dinner and drinks from Planet Dailies/Mixology 101 to a potluck and breakfast/brunch/lunch in Long Beach. Exciting stuff!

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I need to make this in my life. Looks incredibly delicious!

The Bite House

Who are you fooling with a mushroom burger, right? Maybe you’ve ordered something similar in a restaurant only to regret it upon taking a bite. (That’s definitely happened to me a couple of times.) The problem with most mushroom burgers is a lack of flavor and juiciness. This may sound difficult to remedy, but it’s not. I’ve found that simply marinating mushrooms with herbs, garlic and balsamic gives them that much desired kick. Keeping the portobellos whole also helps them to become extra juicy. They`ll absorb a lot of that marinade and cooking oil, and the more absorbed, the better. You’ll get all those juices and flavors back when you take a bite. You’ll almost think it’s meat. Portobellos are usually the size of a patty, so no fussing around; marinate, sauté in a pan, eat.

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This past weekend was very relaxing and I was able to be more active in the kitchen, which was documented in photos.  I ran, cooked, ate, enjoyed art, took car for regular maintenance, shopped, walked the busy streets of Old Town Pasadena in blazing Los Angeles weather and stuffed my face. What a way to give my 20-day master cleanse the big middle finger. Get a glimpse of what I did this past weekend and the fatty goodness I put in my body. I’m going to try to post up photos and use less text because there is just too much info to be put into words. Besides, you’re more inclined to look at pretty colors than to read … sadly.

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April 1st is bookmarked in my calendar for Games of Thrones Season 2, one of HBO’s hottest TV shows second to True Blood. But to be fair, I don’t actively watch all HBO shows even though I am aware of everyone’s fab reviews of Boardwalk Empire, Curb Your Enthusiasm and so forth.

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I’ve never heard of the Fung Brothers until Irving Der schooled me on them today. He excitedly told me about a “626” video that I should watch because I would immediately relate and understand. Boy, was he right. Every place that was featured in the video, I was thinking “I’ve been there,” “I’ve eaten that” and “Wow.”  Even my friend’s restaurant made it into the video – Dip’s Grill (hi June!).  Let’s just say this music video pays homage to awesome San Gabriel Valley (SGV) eateries. And I just learned that it was directed by former Cashmere Agency colleague, Jason Poon! You the man!

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This Game of Thrones Season 2 teaser trailer “Shadow” was released late last month.  Unlike other bloggers, I don’t care about posting “old” content. It’s still awesome and I am still excited for the upcoming season, which premieres on April 1, 2012.  If you haven’t watched Season 1, I highly recommend that you do here (full episodes), especially if you like sex, violence, a great plot, stellar acting and suspense – lots of it.  HBO has been kickin’ ass with their line of television shows (*ahem* True Blood among many others) and they’ve become one of my favorite networks. Video after the clicky click.

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Sorry for the month-long hiatus. I’ve been a busy gal but I’m back and with good news for art lovers, especially those who live in Los Angeles.

Discover Los Angeles, in partnership with Wells Fargo and approximately 50 cultural institutions as well as media and community partners, brings you Discover the Arts, which runs from January 16 to April 30, 2012.  The celebration will be offering various cultural attractions to locals and tourists alike with up to 50 percent off admissions, gift items, and more.  You have many locations to choose from as they are scattered all over Los Angeles County (a few in Long Beach).

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Happy New Year, everyone!  What better way to start off the first blog post of 2012 than with FOOD, one of my favorite things to talk about and consume.

Our department frequents Bossa Nova when we decide to go on lunch to catch up on business and everyone’s holiday festivities. I usually order the Cristie’s BBQ chicken sandwich but decided to try something different today – Diego’s Favorite Seabass.

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