Friday, December 28, 2007

Hiking in Vermont in the Snow

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Sledding in Vermont

Thanks Zari for furnishing the Mad River Rockets and thanks Scott for driving us up the hill!

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Christmas in Vermont

We're in Vermont staying at the Pitcher Inn in Warren.

The inn is incredible, with 11 rooms, all with unique themes such as trout and ski and our room, Arthur, named after Chester Arthur, the 21st president, who happens to be a Vermont native. The manager of the inn, Ari, is the friendliest host we have ever met. The trip has been unforgettable.

Today we walked thru the town, which took all of 12 minutes, and found ourselves on a dead end road, where a hike thru the snow led us to a river path that went thru the woods.

Yesterday we took a sleigh ride thru a farm and drank hot cider and ate popcorn in a heated barn, petting lambs and sheep. Did I mention that Ari sent us off to the sleigh ride with a thermos full of Glug? We've been treated to one amazing meal after another.

Tonight, our family style Christmas Dinner consisted of a lobster bisque, followed by a rib roast, followed by a salad and stilton cheese course, followed by dessert, a traditional english trifle and chocolate ganache. After, we retired downstairs in the game room, where I played a round of shuffleboard with Scott. We then had night caps with Ari, his wife Mary, their daughter Zari, Sue the amazing chef and other guests. This has truly been an unforgettable trip, and we're not halfway thru! Tomorrow, Zari is taking us sledding at "Magic Meadow", her favorite sledding spot. Off to bed, but first we'll jump in the steam room in our bathroom! Good night and Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 24, 2007

Scoot n Toot

Heather's been teasing me for months ever since I got the idea to get a scooter to escape the horrible traffic of Lala. I started trolling the scooter websites searching for deals on used scooters. She'll say, "whatcha doing? Scootin & Tootin?" Well, the day finally came and I found a rather collectible and reliable 1986 Honda Elite 150 Deluxe. No more tootin, just scootin! Did you know you can park your scooter for free next to the Valet at the Grove? Just one of the many advantages of scootin in L.A.

Best BBQ in L.A.?

J&J BBQ on Adams is the best BBQ in L.A. Plus, they serve mama's home made sweet potato pie. The collard greens are funky and peppery and the beans rock my world.

J&J Burger & Bar B Que
5754 Adams Blvd.
LA, CA 90016

Cash Only.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Spork is Vegan Nirvana!

Last night, Heather and I were treated to an amazing gourmet home cooked meal by vegan chef extraordinaire (and fellow banana slug!) Jenny Goldberg. Jenny and her sister own and operate Spork Foods, a Los Angeles-based gourmet vegan food company. She offers cooking classes, meal delivery, and light catering. If you have dietary restrictions and need to change the way you eat, Jenny can help. Check out the site,