Today Kent and I have been married for 24 years, which sounds pretty cool except for how old it makes us sound.
Speaking of old, last week was my 44th birthday. My friend, Mary Jo, took me out to lunch at Marie Catribs…oh myyyyy was that lunch awesome, you'll never be disappointed there. It's one of those places that has SO many delicious sounding foods on the menu that you have trouble picking, and the waiter has to keep checking back over and over as we fretted over what to choose. Everything is prepared fresh, using local ingredients, and you can tell. Here's the post I wrote about Marie Catribs a long time ago. Mary Jo is a true Real Foodie friend because she oohed and aaahed right along with me after each bite. Don't you love going out with friends like that?
ART PRIZE 2011!
You all probably know that I'm the least artsy chick there is, and don't have that left brain thing going on at all – I'm way too Type-A/right brained. But I love Art Prize. I'm hurrying to finish writing this because later we're going downtown to look around and have dinner with Bob & Sonia. (I'll show you some pictures next Monday.) I can't believe how blessed we are to live in a city with SO many cool events. (By the way, you can keep up on them all by following the Big Binder blog.)
See some of my 2010 Art Prize favorites – you have to check out the face, that was my favorite. Or read more about the unexpected public response in the first year of Art Prize, and see the famous “table and chairs” from Art Prize 2009. Here's the post I was inspired to write after seeing an exhibit that year that had me all in a tizzy, Meet Your Meat.
Have any of you been to Art Prize?
If so, tell us which exhibit has been your favorite in the past three years? (I love comparing favorites.)
So all that is cool enough…
But then we got a call from our neighbor friend, Susan, who said her brother-in-law, Mike Sackey, has an art exhibit in Art Prize this year, and they invited us to come meet him at O'Tooles Bar. Here's his awesome sculpture, made from recycled guitars (pictured with my friends, Michele, Shelly, Michelle):
See a better picture of it from the Art Prize site. This is Mike's FB page where you can see more of his work. I especially like his band together collection. And isn't this one neat? I'm surprised some rich rocker hasn't already bought it:
Read the description: “It's a piece about things in the music world that last forever (guitar& drums) and things that are of the past (45's & albums).”
The next picture is with the artist! (Kent, me, Mike, his wife Nora, Susan) No doubt Mike will be famous someday, more than he already is, and I got to meet him!
Anyone sick of my non-food-related rambling? Here are some juicy Real Foodie links this week:
- Saturday we had a chili cook-off/driveway party here and had a blast. Kent makes an awesome chili and I just realized that we've never posted his recipe. I'll have to get on him for that. So as we were cleaning up, guess what I found? A small tub of I Can't Believe It's Not Butter! Obviously we have some friends and neighbors who don't read my blog, eh?
- I've told you in the past about Kent's Dad, who has Alzheimers. So you'd think I'd be all over sending this article on coconut oil drastically improving patients with Alzheimers to Kent's Mom, right? But I just don't think it's my place, so I sent it to Kent, hoping he'll send it to her. (She reads my blog now and then, maybe she'll see this.) Look at the picture I found of Ron & Mary Ellen the other day (holding our oldest, who is now 19!), and it brought tears to my eyes because it was so obvious that he was there. I showed our younger kids and said, “That is your Grandpa.” Sadly, all they know of him is the blank stare and a little sillyness with them on his good days. (Update, Kent didn't even hesitate, he sent it off to his Mom and all his brothers, too. I love him!)
- This post from Ann Marie, Getting grandparents on board with Real Food, was spot on. It's an interview with her mother-in-law, Nancy, and you will love her! Thankfully both Kent's Mom and mine make most everything from scratch and never take them out for fast food, etc., but I feel for those who have big struggles in that area.
- After the two recent posts here on the Wheat Belly book (Lose your man boobs, your bagel butt and your wheat belly), I've got it in my brain to at least try and reduce the grains our family consumes. Cara's Grain Free Meal Plans help a ton, and as soon as I get more almond flour at the store I'm going to try grain-free bread. I'm focusing on recipes without flax as I don't really want to include that (I've never liked the taste and I've heard conflicting reports on whether or not it's good anyway, so I avoid it.) The recipe I'm trying is a nice and simple one from the Paleo Comfort Foods: Homestyle Cooking in a Gluten-Free Kitchen cookbook; I'll let you know how it goes. If you're bored, you could go the conversation about grain-free breads from Facebook last week.
- Have any of you had trouble commenting here on my site lately? Some have said that it won't “let them” comment, and I'm wondering how much this is happening? I've been suggesting that they try in another browser, and that has been working for some, but for others I have to go into my spam and fish it out. Please let me know if that's happening to you (email me), and I'm sorry!
- Here's a scary thought: “The Obama administration’s focus on what Americans eat includes Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who said on Monday that Americans will “adjust” their tastes to the food the government says is best for people to eat.” Watch the video. (Thanks to a reader friend, Theresa, for sending the link.)
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