Wednesday, December 31, 2008

what wonton got for christmas

wonton bling xmas 2008, originally uploaded by awecelia.


Monday, December 29, 2008

a drink at cole's

I joined blogdowntown's Eric Richardson and Central City East's Don Garza at Cole's last week for the First Blogdowntown Pub Crawl. While waiting for a sandwich, I enjoyed a Sazerac and shot some video footage on the Nokia 6650 for The Nokia Chronicles.

Monday, December 22, 2008

i elfed myself

This is a video showing how Jim and I celebrate Christmas every year:

Send your own ElfYourself eCards

Thursday, December 18, 2008

need to get off of santa's naughty list?

I received this email from Darrell Miho (my wedding photographer and old college friend) and I thought the readers of this blog might want to help him help the Asian Pacific Women's Center:

... the Asian Pacific Women's Center would like to have a DVD player for each of the units in their shelter. i am going to go buy 6 of them at Best Buy for $43.29 each. if you would like to donate 1 please let me know and send me your address so that i can include you as a donor and APWC can send you a receipt. this donation is tax deductible.

for those of you who don't know, the Asian Pacific Women's Center (APWC, Tax deductible ID: 93-1102854) is dedicated to providing a safe haven and support services for women and children who are survivors of domestic violence. their mission is to provide an environment that is sensitive to the cultural and language needs of Asian and Pacific Islander domestic violence survivors and their families, as they acquire the necessary skills and personal strength for self-sufficiency and violence-free lives.

as one of their many volunteers, i have seen first hand the wonderful work APWC does for their residents. the shelter is a beautiful place where the residents can feel safe as they move forward to provide themselves with a happy and violence-free home. for more info, please visit their website at:

to see other items on their wishlists, please visit:

thank you for any help you can provide APWC and their residents. i probably need a lot more bonus points to get off the naughty list, but this should help. =)

take care and happy holidays!

may every day be christmas

darrell miho

I pointed out that they might need DVDs for the players, so he's taking donations of used or new DVDs as well (G or PG rating, please). Jim and I will be donating $ for a DVD player and some DVDs, please join us and help support a worthy cause.

Friday, December 12, 2008

setting the record straight about blossom's "c"

A friend called earlier this week and asked me if it was still okay to eat at Blossom Restaurant.

"What are you talking about?" I yawned, covering the mouthpiece and squinted at the clock. 10:30am. Jeez, don't people sleep during the day anymore?

"There's a "C" rating in their window," she whispered.

I reassured her, "I don't know anything about it, but if it were anything but Asian food, I'd be worried."

So today Jim and I decided to have lunch on the patio at Blossom. We ordered the same thing (#3, #10, #22 and 2 D9's) we always order and settled in to check out the street scene. Then Jim noticed he was blocking the "C" rating and a note that the Blossom Management tacked up, explaining the rating. At that moment, Duc stopped by our table to point out the note and comment, "Those issues were taken care of the next day. Inspectors won't come by to re-inspect and see that we've addressed everything for another four months." Four months with a "C" rating in the window. That could hurt them, especially in this economy.

Here's the note:

For Customers Concerned About the C Rating

Below is a breakdown of the inspection report:

*Consumption of food by staff in food prep area - 6 points
*All containers to be labeled in English
*Cloth instead of plastic lid used to cover container
*Food preparation in customer area - 12 points
*Utensils stored in flour container and next to stove
*Use of domestic appliance
*Food thawed in an area not approved for thawing
*Repair floor and wall section
*Hood ventilation 6 inches out
*Paper hand towels not restocked
*Door to men's bathroom not automatically closing - 9 points

We have taken swift action to rectify the above. Blossom Management and staff are disappointed in the rating however, we feel this does not reflect our high standard of hygiene or quality of food.

If you have any concerns or wish to see the inspection report please speak to one of our waitstaff.

In the meantime we will continue to strive towards restaurant excellence!

Yours sincerely

Blossom Management

Firstly, about the labeling everything in English - really? Secondly, see above.

Please help pass the word around that it's safe to eat at Blossom, I don't want them to suffer from a system that doesn't allow for quick resolutions to inspection issues.

Blossom Restaurant
426 S Main St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 623-1973‎

Thursday, December 11, 2008

things to do and see tonight

It's that time of the month again, tonight is the December Downtown Art Walk. As always, lots to see and do. blogdowntown has a good rundown on what's going down, check it out if you want to plan out your evening.

As they mentioned, Raw Materials is hosting "Getting Your Sh*t Together" tonight during the Art Walk, an evening of workshops, Q&A's, and demonstrations of business software for artists of all kinds. Good times. Even if you don't need to get your art sh*t together, I hope you stop by the store and say hi.

I'm at the store now and will most likely be here most of the night. I am, however, taking a break to head next door for Metropolis Books' event. Frances Dinkelspiel will be reading from "Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman Created California." Dinkelspiel's great-great-grandfather, Isaias Hellman, was the founder of the Farmers & Merchants Bank at 4th & Main, instrumental to the establishment of USC and the growth of downtown Los Angeles, and the financier who changed California forever. I am currently reading this book and it's been heaven for a history buff like me. I was reading about Hellman starting the Farmers & Merchants Bank while sitting at the entrance to the bank during the Old Bank District's Holiday Block Party this past weekend. I wonder what Hellman would've thought about our little community and the Downtown Art Walk. The reading starts at 7pm.

Brady Westwater just stopped by the store to let me know that the LA Times will be videotaping tonight's Art Walk. Hi Mom!

See you tonight!

Friday, December 05, 2008

add this to your weekend plans

In case you haven't heard, tomorrow is the Old Bank District's Holiday Block Party and Art Bazaar at 4th & Main in downtown Los Angeles. Are you going? Raw Materials is participating - the store will be open until 9pm and we'll also have a table at the entrance to the Art Bazaar (we're selling custom framed Obama LA Times commemorative posters and a custom framed metal plate of the front page!). Stop by the store and the table, we've got lots of great gift ideas for artists. I'll be manning our table, so stop by and say hi, or just pick up a postcard without saying anything to me and remain a mystery.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

take my picture gary leonard!

Me with Monica May (Banquette, The Nickel) at the Grand Opening of Raw Materials (the art & architectural supplies store that I co-own with my husband Jim and brother-in-law James).

prop 8: the musical

Featuring Neil Patrick Harris, Margaret Cho, John C. Reilly, Allison Janney, Andy Richter, and Jack Black as Jesus. I don't know what to tell you if you need anything more to convince you to watch this video:

See more Jack Black videos at Funny or Die

Thanks to FishbowlLA.

Monday, December 01, 2008

early christmas joke

Jesus Christ, is it really December 1st already? I just woke up from my Thanksgiving-induced food coma. That reminds me of a joke:

Three Wise Men arrived to visit the child lying in the manger. One of the wise men was exceptionally tall and smacked his head on the low doorway as he entered the stable. "Jesus Christ!" he exclaimed.

"Write that down, Mary," said Joseph, "It's better than Derek."

BTW, turducken is awesome.