around l.a. / grand central market DTLA.

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Located in the heart of downtown, The Grand Central Market has sought to celebrate the cuisine and cultures of Los Angeles since it opened it’s doors in 1917. It really is a sampling of the city’s best food (with a side of excellent people watching). Grab a lunch and then stock up on a fresh cut of meat some fresh fish or a wide variety of vegetables for supper!... 
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what did you do over easter break?

lovely indeed. i always remember that being a popular subject of classroom conversation as a kid: “what did you do over easter break?” when i was younger my parents would take up to the Tropics lodge or the Gene Autry melody ranch (which is now the Parker) in palm springs. we could usually bring a best friend and then we’d swim to our heart’s desire... 
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sacred spaces.

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i get abc carpet & home’s newsletter regularly (it’s my very favorite shop in NYC) and this week they shared a new om collection devoted to the art of sacred spaces — all about creating your own little moment of zen. there’s so many pretty things to design a beautiful little sanctuary: gorgeous velvet and silk meditation cushions, incense, to deities... 
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curl up with your favorite chocolate & a good book.

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as you can probably tell from the built-in bookcases i added to my living room, i’m a bit of reader. well, more than a bit — reading is my favorite escape, and i inherited that from my mother who always used to read to me. i also inherited her indulgence of reading with a nice glass of wine, paired with some good, dark chocolate — the ultimate treat. so,... 
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day trippin’ to salvation mountain.

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Years of hearing friends’ accounts of a bizarre Candy Land-like place that exists beyond the Salton Sea in the Colorado Desert, inspired my recent journey to Slab City, aka “the last free place on earth”, in search of the technicolor folk art installation referred to as, “Salvation Mountain”. I made the 3-hour drive from Los Angeles in February to see... 
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