I am on a road trip with childhood friend Heidi Robertson & traveling from Malibu, CA to Seattle WA.
I flew into LA and was met by another childhood friend Leta Lyons. We spent the next day visiting and spent some time at the very famous Los Angeles Farm Market.
I had a chance to meet up with Norman Kolpas who has been writing for us. Norman is very involved with the Wolfgang Puck enterprises and I learned a lot about that and ended the day eating at Chinois in Santa Monica. Chinois. In 1983, when the doors opened, Wolfgang Puck created the first example of America’s fusion cuisine with his bold menu of Asian dishes created with California’s fresh, accessible products combined with French culinary techniques.
The next day I met up with Cary Greif, a woman who interned with us in 1989 when she was at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY. We spent the day walking the Venice beach.
That evening with Leta at the Mark Taper Forum where we saw the play Appropriate, a play that puts relationships and actions into question. The Mark Taper Forum is part of the Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County which has four venues: Walt Disney Concert Hall designed by Frank Gheary (and is quite magnificent), Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Ahmanson Theatre and Mark Taper Forum. The complex was reminiscent of Lincoln Center in NYC.
The following morning Leta and I met up with Heidi who lives just North of LA and Sam Pryor, yet another friend from Jr. HS who I hadn’t seen in 50 years. We had a delightful lunch with a lot of good food, conversation and reminiscing.
We spent the night with Heidi’s friends in Solvang (sunny field), a Danish Village of Solvang in the Santa Ynez Valley. This area has many vineyards producing very nice wine. Between 1850 and 1930, a considerable number of Danes left Denmark, because of the poor economic prospects and emigrated to the United States. Our time with the Vernons was delightful. They were generous hosts and our accommodations in their home quite luxurious.
The next day we explored the town of Solvang and headed up to Cambria driving along the most glorious coastal route 1.
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