Monday, September 25, 2006

Nice New Year Celebration

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Del Rey Yacht Club, Marina del Rey, CA

Well, Mom changed her mind about Rosh Hashonah dinner. We ended up going to the Del Rey Yacht Club for our New Year's meal. It was lovely and lively. The dining room was filled. My Step-Dad is a past Commodore of the Club, so were given a nice window table, overlooking the boats in the Marina.

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Marina del Rey at dusk

There's a new chef at the Club and his meals have been kinda' shakey, but I think he's finally figured out the clientele and adjusted his cooking accordingly.
We had the obligatory apples, honey and challah (egg bread) to start the meal. A very nice salad of mixed greens, toasted walnuts and candied pears was next. The main meal consisted of delicious brisket of beef with tzimmes (which is a mixture of roasted potates, carrots, currants) and a lone matzoh ball next to the brisket. I'm not sure what the chef was thinking. He called it a dumpling on the menu. It was quite tasteless and beige. It needed to be in a bowl of rich chicken broth with some parsley on it. Oh well...the new chef did his best and almost made a perfect meal. For dessert we had a round of carrot cake with apple-honey glaze.

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My Mom, Step-Dad, Husband and I all had a very nice time. Considering the amount of honey, apples and other sweet things we consumed, we should be guaranteed a very sweet and happy upcoming year!
After dinner, Larry and I headed up to Santa Monica to the Copro-Nason Gallery for the BLAB show. This is a group show sponsored by Blab Magazine. Many artists were represented: Gary Baseman, Tim Biskup, Shag and more. I was particularly entranced with some paintings by Amy Crehore. Her series of paintings were full of musical instruments (ukulele) and naughty monkeys! It was fun. We ran into many friends and saw some great art.

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"The Strummer"

oil on linen panel by Amy Crehore

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2 Comments:

At 7:12 PM PDT, Anonymous Neil said...

For some reason this artwork you chose perfectly captures my dreams of this new year!

L' Shana Tova Tikatevu

 
At 10:56 AM PDT, Blogger Ellen Bloom said...

Oh Neil! Thanks for the compliments. I thought it might be slightly sacriligious to post a photo of a painting of a 1/2-naked girl, strumming her ukulele while a strange monkey looks on. But, Hey! This is California where wacky and wonderful things happen! Glad you "approve."

Ellen B.

 

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