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An Ideal Day...

2011.04.17
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Greenmarket

They have Mutsu apples here! I LOVE these!!!!!!!!
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Cupcake anyone?

This wasn't my cupcake...it was still too early in the morning to be gnawing on one of these. I found a trail of these smooshed cupcakes on a side street. There were probably about 10 of them scattered around. One wonders what could have resulted in the scattering of blue frosted cupcakes...and the plot thickens...
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Ooohhh...red Vespa...so purty...want one of these...
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Ever so slightly bent out of shape...
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Tribute to Banksy...this thing is crocheted?! Bizarro...
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I think my heart skipped a beat when I saw this little scene...LOVE the car...where do I get one of those?
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These whimsical little critters can be found at Miss Hoe

They're all made from recycled materials & there were a lot more that I wanted to buy. That will have to wait for the next visit!
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Jeffrey Inaba

"INABA and C-Lab have culled publicly available information about contributions to arts and culture around the world from the past three years, drawn from sources such as tax filings, corporate annual reports, newspapers, and research papers, indicating the contours of global generosity. Donor Hall covers the walls along the path leading to the Museum’s theater. The graphics convey information via traditional pie charts, in addition to images of actual pies, as well as pie-shaped foodstuffs, including hamburgers, sushi rolls, cheese wheels, and pizza. Superimposed on the charts are international pictograph-style depictions of animals associated with prosperity. Also imbedded in the imagery is hypertext drawn from classical American literature. By organizing allusive, disparate, and incongruous bits of data into legible interfaces, Inaba makes a world driven by such data and sustenance more open to understanding and change."

Umm...pardon my snootiness, I didn't like this installation...just not my cup of tea. I think the funny thing was that I had started chatting with the security guard b/c I kinda walked in & walked out again and he was just curious why I did that. He then went on to talk about how if I looked closely enough, I would find quotes, passages from the Bible, etc. This was an attempt I suppose to have me gain more interest in the piece.

I asked him if he liked it and his response was, "No, it's kinda crappy and a tad pretentious." I laughed b/c this was what I thought too. Just interesting talking to people who have days upon days to think about & stare at the same installation.
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This was the most amazing meal I've had so far in my life...and the space & ambiance...oh so lovely! I suppose it helps that I adore French cuisine. I couldn't have had a better experience.

And I must return again!
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Moules Marinieres - Steamed Mussels in White Wine and Fresh Herbs

Absolutely divine!
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Butter pan seared skate fish with mangoes & capers. WOW!!!
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This was the beautiful thing, you get these as unlimited sides to accompany your entree.

Grilled & pureed veggies. I asked for seconds of these b/c it was so delicious!
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And house-made raspberry sherbert to finish my meal. I was so full by this point, but I managed to tuck this in...cannot let such deliciousness go to waste!

This was just so beyond fantastic...I would hop on a plane just to eat here again for the weekend!
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...so my recipe for an all round fab day includes some of the following in no particular order:

*Early morning market visit. Nothing beats an early wake-up call, soy latte and watching the vendors set up at a market. This is just something I really enjoy. It's kinda like the calm before the storm when everyone is still cheerful, relaxed & they have time to chat before the masses arrive. The Greenmarket is just wonderful!

*Aimless meandering...the story of my life...lots of photographing to go along with this!

*Unexpected graffiti sightings

*Chattering with strangers when I least expect it. I met a couple from Montreal when I was waiting for a street light to change. I always love meeting fellow Canadians in my travels and this just ended up being a lovely random conversation about them trying to find knock-off bags. ;0)

*Clear, crisp spring days with blue sky, sunshine & a few puffy clouds floating by. Makes me think of the Simpson's opening scene.

*Finding an absolute gem of a store with handmade toys, clothing, jewelry & other randomness. I ended up here b/c I was waiting for the New Museum to open across the street. I was completely drawn in when I saw the little toys.

*A fantastic meal at a super cozy, cute restaurant with impeccable food & service and chattering with other diners. Did I mention BYOB with no corkage fee? Outstanding!

*A cabaret show to end the night. I finally found the Galapogas Art Space for the Floating Kabarette after walking in the completely wrong direction after I got out of the metro. By that time, the place was packed & I wasn't sure I would get in...but I did & it was interesting. (But the CANCAN in Seattle is infinitely better!)

Perfect day;0)
3 Comments
joycephotography Great post.
joycephotography · 2011-04-17: 14:32
catherineh Delightful and Delicious post! Thanks for sharing.
catherineh · 2011-04-17: 16:10
smbunation I would love to know what security guards around the museums of the world thought of every piece they are guarding... I think the answers would be very interesting. Great post once again; glad you had a good day.
smbunation · 2011-04-18: 15:44
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