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July 31, 2009
TOMATOMANIACS, Start Your TASTEBUDS!
Show off your harvest and join us for our annual Tomato Tasting:
Saturday, August 8 @10am
Loteria Grill, Hollywood
6627 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Chef/owner Jimmy Shaw will again host our gathering and share his great space as well as some amazing ways to use your home grown tomatoes.
**Call for reservations as space is limited. Valet parking will be available ($6)
We've had great surprises from first-timers and good production from our old favorites. Most seasonal reports have been positive and we're anxious to know how things are going for all of you.
Is Berkeley Tie Dye working in your garden? How's the real Jersey tomato Ramapo growing? What about Sheboygan, Yellowstone and White Zebra? What's surprised you and what isn't working?
Send us your news and some photos too!!
July 29, 2009
Events are held at the Lou Bredlow Pavilion in Warner Park, in Woodland Hills. There is plenty of room for a late afternoon picnic with the family while being entertained by headline performers. Park regulations prohibit the consumption of alcoholic beverages, open fires, and barbecues. Dogs must be on a leash at all times.
Free Concerts in 2009 will be held Sunday afternoons, June 7th through August 30th. For more info and complete schedule on Concerts in the Park, click here.
The center also hosts a separate free series for Movies in the Park, held on Tuesday nights. Screenings begin at dusk. Their schedule and info can be found here. Upcoming films in August include Dr. Doolittle, The Parent Trap, and Mary Poppins.
If you go:
21550 Oxnard Street, Suite #470
Woodland Hills, CA 91367
Hot Line: 877-704-FILM (3456)
Warner Center Park
5800 Topanga Boulevard
Woodland Hills, Ca 91367
Have you attended either of these event series? Been to this park before? If you can tell me anything about it, please leave a comment on the blog.
July 28, 2009
I met my friend there, since we live in disparate parts of town. I was the early one, so I had some time to shoot some candids of the atmosphere at the bowl that I usually don't stop to notice.
July 27, 2009
July 26, 2009
What are your favorite picnic foods? Leave me some suggestions in the comments section of the blog.
July 25, 2009
Since 2002, local surfers have been dressing up in costume and giving a tiki award for best and worst costume, to bring fun and good natured spirit back to the sport and area. The event is held on Sunset Beach in Pacific Palisades and includes a charity raffle and celebrity judging. For details, click on the link above.
July 24, 2009
July 23, 2009
a large pot with a hole in the bottom
a location near a power source (or an extension cord)
a pump, from a hardware store or aquarium store
clear tubing or pvc, depending on the configuration and size of your parts
a bubbler or spout, which come in many different patterns
a can of sealant/clear silicone caulk
gravel or smooth river rock
The pot used in this project was sealed and glazed. If the one you choose is not watertight, you can apply a coat of acrylic masonry sealer or epoxy paint.
Rinse out the container and wash any rocks you may be using. Then, set up the pump. First attach a piece of clear vinyl tubing to the pump's outlet. Place the pump on the bottom of the container and place a few rocks around it to hold it in place. Run the pump's cord out through the drain hole in the bottom of the container, then use silicone caulk to completely seal around it, so that the container is watertight. Hook the pump up to the bubbler or spout using pvc or clear vinyl tubing. Use rocks to hold everything in place. If your pot is especially large or tall, you can fill some of the volume with a concrete block, then set up the pump on top of that. This will reduce the amount of water necessary to keep your fountain full.
Once fully assembled, add water and test. Fill the container with water to only slightly higher than the pump when you're testing it. Plug in the pump and check that the water moves smoothly through the tubing. Whenever the pump makes a humming sound, add more water. Once assured everything's working properly, you can fill higher to the level you'd like. Just make sure there's room for evaporation without endangering the operation of your pump--if it runs dry, it will burn out and require replacement.
Once assembled and working, visit a local nursery for water plants to embellish.
For more information, check out this article:
or do your own google search, and let me know where you find helpful advice.
An in-ground water feature has different considerations, but I wanted to share the fountain I built in my own backyard as well. I'll consider covering that in a separate post in the future, but here's a photo:
Have you ever made your own fountain, or built an in-ground water feature in your yard? Leave me a comment below, or email me pictures and I'll add them to this post!
July 22, 2009
July 21, 2009
The kinds of jam they make will improvise on the fruit that people provide. The fruit can be fresh or frozen. Fallen Fruit will bring public fruit. They are looking for radical and experimental jams as well, like basil guava or lemon pepper jelly. They’ll discuss the basics of jam and jelly making, pectin and bindings, as well as the communal power of shared fruit and the liberation of public fruit.
Fallen Fruit also leads mappings of public fruit, any fruit which hangs over into public areas or is planted on public land, in various areas.
Listen to Fallen Fruit on the KCRW show Good Food Sept 13, 2008.
If you go:
1200 D North Alvarado
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Have you ever made jam, by yourself or with others? Where are the public fruit trees in your area? Have you considered making a map of what's available?
July 20, 2009
What are your favorite outdoor summer events? Leave me a comment about it on the blog.
July 18, 2009
I especially love the sweeter varieties, so that certainly influences my selection. The Green Zebras I use solely for baking, like in lasagnas or mac & cheese. The smaller cherry tomatoes are great on sandwiches, in quiches or omelettes.
What would you do with a "stuffing" tomato? I was thinking of leaving it fresh, stuffed with cold egg salad. Do you have any other ideas or recipes you could share with me? Leave it in a comment on the blog.
July 17, 2009
Using the codes is simple, just touch “Rent with a Promocode” on the touch screen at any Redbox kiosk and enter in the code. You'll still have to scan your credit card to ensure against late fees, but if you return on time, you're charged based on the code offer, which is usually free.
To find a Redbox kiosk near you, click here.
Blockbuster, Netflix, Redbox, the LIBRARY--Where do you get your video/DVD rentals? Let me know by leaving a comment on the blog.
July 16, 2009
We found some pretty interesting fair entertainment, from minstrels dressed like insects walking around on stilts, to the juggling family that performed while we ate.
Next year, I'm entering the fair, in the adult divisions. Here's the site with the LA County Fair's competion's rules and deadlines info:
If you want to know more details about the Orange County Fair so you can go yourself, click on the logo picture at the top of this post.
Have you ever shown in a fair? Do you make it a tradition to go to the fair yourself with family or friends? Let me know your favorite fair and favorite part in a comment on the blog.