Food Paparazzi

25th February 2011

Every Sunday that I spend in Los Angeles, usually starts off at the Hollywood Farmers market. Its the largest and most reasonably priced hub for fresh fruits, vegetables, and handmade crafts, I’ve ever seen.

Its the place where all the local chefs,  moms, and actors go for their weekly groceries. The closest I’ve ever gotten to seeing what Jake Gyllenhaal looks like first thing in the morning, is when he was groping a  fresh peach next to me, at 8am the other week.

I am always amazed at their selection and kindness. So many organic vendors with towers of bright green asparagus and a sea of massive garlic heads.  It really makes you forget that its still winter.  Going to the farmers market not only a cheap and fulfilling adventure, but its usually a fairly educational one. The people selling the products are usually the people who grow them, so they know everything about what their selling and are usually really happy to answer questions without making you feel dumb.

Thanks to the farmers market, I have learned:

  • elephant garlic is actually more of an onion than a garlic
  • how to shuck an oyster with a paring knife
  • how to prepare zucchini blossoms (lightly fried with a panko crumbs is my favorite)
  • orange tomatoes taste the same but are less acidic
  • Alicia Silverstone has a thing for flirting with the guy who sells her baguettes, every week

I took some photos of my farmers market adventure, from last Sunday. Think of it as a visual escape from your present snowy lives. Unless you live in the southern hemisphere. Then I imagine this seems pretty dull to you.

All photos taken by Chloe Rice

ohJoy! The Los Angeles edition

24th February 2011

I’m updating from Los Angeles! So things that I love, would have to include being able to wear dresses, while my friends in New York are stuck in the snow. Is that mean? It seems like it may be a little bit mean…..

Heres a list of things I love about life, right now:

Pretending to travel places. Although the airlines didn’t let me onto my flight to Thailand, I had a Thai adventure by getting a Thai massage, eating thai food, and walking through Ko Samui via google earth.

talking typewriters!

Tiny cabbage on a stick. Thanks for the meal/ vicious clubbing device, nature.

shoes that my my feet look dainty

A thick foam on a latte.

Fruit that looks like balls

Making magic happen with the help of my computer

Fresh fruit all throughout winter

My photography being used for James’ gallery example

Finding The Clashes cover of one of my favorite songs, Pressure Drop, on vinyl at Amoeba Records.

these grocery bags by Makr. (photo from Makrs website)

Enzo Mari’s designs

Honorable mentions:

  • Homemade Cheez-its
  • Instagram (my name on it is ohChloe)
  • Episodes. Watched the entire season in a day. Something about seeing other realistic people trying to deal with being in LA, is comforting.
  • having old sitcom theme songs stuck in my head
  • wearing big hoodies and warm socks on a rainy day
  • driving cars that are made for super heros
  • sushi nights

How Tuesday: Make A $400 Book

21st February 2011

As much as I love my iPhone, I seem to misplace and drop it to the extent where that must look pretty questionable. I don’t do well with phone cases, so I made a new home for my phone out of an old book.

for this project, you will need:

  • a phone
  • a hardcover book that is larger than said phone
  • a pencil
  • paper glue
  • a pencil
  • a piece of ribbon
  • an Xacto knife
  • a brush or sponge of some sort

place your phone where you plan on it being planted

trace the phone with a pencil

cut into he outlined area, a few pages at a time

continue cutting into the pages, being aware that as you get further into the book, the pages are going to try to shift your alignment.

So make sure that you’re pages are aligned, by making an L shape with your book before cutting

cut until your phone becomes flush with the book

then start gluing. Starting from the back of the book, place some glue on the page and even it out with a brush.

This helps make sure that the pages don’t get wet and wavy because of the glue.

on the last full page, glue only around the edges and attach a ribbon. Since its right below the phone, the ribbon helps pop the phone out of the book. Not to mention that it really works like a bookmark, while gluing the pages. Every couple of pages of gluing, press the pages together to make sure that everything is properly aligned. The ribbon is a good marker that helped me remember where I left off.

Let it dry overnight, and then you have the worlds most overpriced book!

Interviewed.

18th February 2011

.I skimmed through my Flickr contacts the other day, and came across this photo of a girl hunched over her camera. The photo was intriguing. Was this taken at a party? Why is she on the damn floor? The way she’s sitting, it looks like she could be laughing…or perhaps crying? I added it to my “favorites” on Flickr.

After being interviewed by my sublet, Molly, I was shocked to see that the photo was of me. Molly has a unique eye and a creative mind. Shes been doing a lot of inspiring little things, since shes been here. One, being her idea to interview artist she knew. She recently sat me down and asked me a couple of questions.

You can read the full article here.

ohJoy!

17th February 2011

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Walking my valentine

Watching Stephen Graham play Al Capone on Boardwalk Empire. Sooo dreamy

brutal babies

making .gif images on my photon with the Gemini app

Tall Dwarves, for inspiring other good musicians like Neutral Milk Hotel to exist

Nevermind The Buzzcocks, which I just found out was produced by Mark Ronson!

Honorable mentions:

  • people who still call me Otter
  • knee high socks
  • California weather
  • gracious telephone operators
  • the color turquoise

I didn’t take very many photos this week, which disappoints me and makes me feel like I need to try MUCH harder next week.

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