We had a lovely day out at Carmel, for an early Mother’s Day lunch. Carmel is always so pretty even on a drizzly day. (Also it is pretty expensive). I always marvel at the number of art galleries that line the streets. That is, I marvel at how one tiny town can support that many art galleries, then I run smack into a busload of Chinese tourists although I cannot picture any of them buying any of the art and bringing it back with them on the bus. Or maybe the galleries ship them back. Then I walk past a man pushing two Chihuahuas in a dog stroller and think, ok, he’s definitely buying that ridiculous painting of dogs. Or maybe he already has one. (I have a lot of fun in Carmel thinking of these things as I walk down the streets).
Also there is a hat shop. And a fancy ‘loungewear’ shop. And lots of real estate agencies.
But there is also pretty decent food, of the calibre you get in bigger cities, but definitely not what you find in my suburban city.
And on Mother’s Day, flowers, fruits, fish (sashimi that is) made my day. And because that wasn’t enough feasting or to be exact, no one bought me any chocolate (travesty!), I made a flourless chocolate cake. The dense rich chocolatey kind. It is so dark and black I couldn’t figure out how to take a nice picture of it. So you’ll just have to trust me when I say it’s good. Or, you know, come over and have a slice!
Bluets – Maggie Nelson (via Scribd)
Last night we watched Burnt, starring Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Omar Sy, Daniel Brühl etc. I am not really a fan of Bradley Cooper but he did ok, I like Omar Sy and Daniel Bruhl. Oh and hey there was Matthew Rhys who looked so familiar, then I realized he’s in Brothers and Sisters (of which I watched the first couple of seasons. And apparently he’s Welsh!). The film was a culinary delight really, lots of good looking food and all that. But the story was a bit meh. I wish they had told us more about the other cooks’ background (which they hint a little bit at in the beginning but then after that they are just people in the kitchen).
Why Not Me? – Mindy Kaling
She’s so fun to listen to.
I just made crispy waffles this morning. Yup I made my own Mother’s Day breakfast.
Tea. But maybe I will make myself a Nespresso in a bit.
Sayur lodeh. A vegetable (usually carrots, cabbage and green beans) and tofu curry full of coconut milk. Yum.
Beef horfun. Sliced beef, bok choy or other leafy greens, sliced ginger, and a thick gravy with rice noodles.
Some mac and cheese with bacon or something.
I’m a little curious as to why Zen Cho’s Sorcerer to the Crown wasn’t included in this list of 100 Must-read books by Asian authors, although they did list her novelette, The Terracotta Bride. Also, if I were writing this list, I would include at least something by Eileen Chang and Wang Anyi. Hmm maybe I should just write my own list! (Anyone up for reading that?) While you are waiting for said list, please go ahead and have a look at this introduction to Southeast Asian lit that I wrote for Shiny New Books last month.
I’m not much of a historical fiction reader, but Literary Lindsey writes about Hanging Mary, a story about Mary Surratt, one of several people tried as conspirators in the assassination of President Lincoln.
I’ve only recently discovered Furrowed Middlebrow, a blog about lesser-known British women writers (1910-1960), and it’s always fun to learn of all these writers I’ve never heard of before.
I am always happy to read anything that Kerry of Pickle Me This writes. And on Mother’s Day she shared a lovely Grace Paley poem.
Another recipe goes on my to-make list: This soft chocolate swiss roll from Bake for Happy Kids
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 9th and runs through Sunday, May 15th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 16 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team
Fresh off the boat – Eddie Huang
The Creative Habit: Learn it and use it for life – Twyla Tharp
Princess Bari – Hwang Sok-Yong
(ok so I went from posting every day last month to barely posting so far this month. I am going to change this, yes I am!)