Art @ 1st Sight

Spend every day absorbed in something[s] fascinating; some Thing that compels you to wonder and be curious, then refuse to give it up.They do whatever they like; they do what they love

Professionalism is not enough.”

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“The enemy of Art is the parochialization of Art, and that’s ‘style.’ ”

Brilliance caught on a bicycle. It is his first camera — not the latest– that he speaks of with excitement, “an Olympus Pen-D half-frame. It cost about $35; I was told to ‘Use it like a notebook.’ And that was the real beginning. I had just the most marvelous time with that camera. Everybody I saw I was able to record, and that’s what it’s all about. I realized that the street was the missing ingredient. This was something I realized early on: If you just cover the designers in the shows, that’s only one facet… I never go out with a preconceived idea. I let the street speak to me.” — Bill Cunningham, NYTimes


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Louis Anderman Mixes Up A Bitters’ Sweet Success

Growing up, Louis Anderman was the cool kid next door. Today he’s the mix master upgrading cocktails with his line of bitters — hand crafted, beautifully and deeply fragrant, refined potions that wake up your drink and your palate.

The Collection

You wish he lived next door. 

The Miracle Mile Man

The Miracle Mile Man

And you want this man to be supplying the bar that makes your drink. His collection is an offering of flavor highlights and balances born of solid food knowledge. To state that “he cooks” is a ridiculous understatement; he’s encyclopedically educated and extensively experienced in almost everything in the culinary realm. From him you could get (and should take) solid advice on any aspect of food culture. The work of Michael Pollan, definition of the term “umami,” the first taste of yuzu citrus, the best recommendations on culinary tools, visits to virtually hidden and rare sources of spices, and a superb dinner of boned chicken — crackling crisp and stuffed with sticky rice and sausage– are just a few of the experiences had under his aegis.

Meals and drinks with Louis will always mean f.amazing food

Batch Testing

Exquisitely blended and balanced

Never miss a chance to have a drink with Louis- razor-bright humor that invariably makes you both howl with laughter and unable to remain embarrassed that he absolutely kicked your ass in yoga earlier that day. But if you can’t get a seat next to him at dinner, make sure his touch is in the drink you lift to toast.

Valentine's Drops

Valentine's Blend

He’s making Los Angeles (hometown 90036, particularly) proud, and mixologists (the world over) very happy.

Senna: A Purposed, Driven Life

“Sen-na, Sen-na!”

The crowds would cheer, not just at the win of the race car’s driver but for the man, Ayrton Senna. You may have heard his name by way of the excellent documentary’s title, Senna, and the accolades are well deserved — the racetrack footage is remarkable. But Ayrton Senna’s integrity and perspective resound as strongly as his skill as a driver. The documentary articulates why, how, with and against what (and whom) he drives:

Ayrton Senna: Onboard camera, Monaco

  Beyond being the fastest driver or the first over the finish line, Ayrton was keen and considerate in observing the physics of car control. Not withstanding the fact that he won 41 races, including the Grand Champion (3 times, the latter two in consecutive years),  Ayrton Senna was highly and thoughtfully intelligent to an unusual degree. He was intent upon Moreover, he was one of the most articulate people in racing history:

“For me, this research is fascinating. Every time I push, I find something more, again and again. But there is a contradiction: the same moment that you become the fastest, you are enormously fragile. Because in a split-second, it can be gone — all of it. These two extremes contribute to knowing yourself, deeper and deeper.” 

Ayrton Senna

He described his ambitions and fear with equal candor, and approached them with equal heart.  Most striking is his self-control in moments of high tension and when facing danger. Examples of his courageous nature recur, and there is a particular scene narrated by his sister which captures his quiet and certain awareness. When he speaks in the film, it’s clear he is applying his daily thought and action to his purpose; he belonged to it.

Senna Documentary Trailer (YouTube)

While he may be remembered popularly as a world-class driver, he will always be regarded singularly as a champion of a man:

“I want to live fully, very intensely. I would never want to live partially, suffering from illness or injury. If I ever happen to have an accident that eventually costs my life, I hope it happens in one instant.”

Instituto Ayrton Senna:

Official Senna Documentary Site

Senna Film imdb link

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Toast & Roast: 2012

Prime Rib

Family will be pleased

Marble Proper

We throw down

The Forsytes have their saddle of mutton. Our Standard is the standing Rib Roast. Bless those butchers at Huntington Meats.

  • Prime Cut
  • Grass Fed
  • At least five rib bones across and left on the rack! (cutting the roast off of the rib rack and then tying it back on is a F. pointless heartbreak)
  • Absolutely untrimmed. Leave the gorgeous fat on, for the love of all things great (the succulence of the roast) and small (the drippings for the gravy)

Down to business

Nothing less will serve as my preferred equivalent to a birthday cake. It’s become the tradition for celebrations and family gatherings. Aside from which, it makes wicked French Dip sandwich leftovers, and the lure of it cold and rare from the icebox late at night is like a siren to a sailor.

  • Huntington Meats is the hero of countless family dinners; knowledgeable, helpful, and patient. They do remember faces and the meals you planned! It is the usual experience for them to smile and ask intelligent questions, make excellent recommendations, issue kind advice, skillfully trim and wrap all my choices in paper. And all this without judgment of the fact that I’m so f. happy to be there and so excited at the meal to be made that I’ve found myself doing an involuntary happy dance (like a small but insane display of DDR) in front of the wrap-around glass enclosed meat case. Once, I may have experienced a joy-triggered auditory hallucination of the opening horns of Jay-Z’s ROC Boys that would have made Oliver Sacks proud. I never visit the Farmers’ Market without stopping at my butcher’s shop.

Other favorite items from Huntington:

  • Applewood Smoked Bacon
  • Black Forest Bacon
  • Flanken (bone in) short ribs. The Real Deal.
  • Ground Beef with prime fat, in a variety of ratios
  • Marrow Bones
  • Tri-Tip
  • Rib Eye steaks