Thursday, March 24, 2011

Yee Hawww...we all got a hankerin for some good ole' original BBQ last Saturday, so a bunch of us piled in the car and headed about 40 minutes west to the original Chris & Pitts Bar-B-Q in Bellflower.

just look at this charming vintage Western restaurant...

they just don't build places like this anymore.

look, even a walk up order window...Levi loved it!

and if you are into 1950's vintage western like I am than you will love this place.

Here we are gathered outside, chompin at the bit to get inside...come on Frankie, snap the pic!

the inside is so quaint and hasn't changed a bit since I was a little girl who came to eat here with the family on Sundays after church. 

I feel so lucky to get to share it with Frankie and Levi now.

Oh yeah...did I forget to mention that the live wood fire BBQ pit still puts forth the same yummy flavor that Chris & Pitts is known for all these years.

This is definately on the list of my Highly Recommends!

Next we headed about 10 minutes west to the neighborhood where I grew up... 
Fabulous Los Cerritos located in the historical Bixby Knolls area of Long Beach.

I was a lucky little girl to get to grow up in a country club and here is how my childhood home looks now...

That's my bedroom on the upper, look at all those windows.  I used to love the way my room glowed in the afternoon from the sun streaming in.

  This house is probably what first inspired my love for vintage/historical architecture. 

Every house in this neighborhood is unique and each property was purchased and developed years ago by the owners.  Not like the tract house scenarios of today. 
Most of the original family members still own these properties. 

In fact while taking a picture of the Ferris Bueller house that is around the corner from the street I grew up on, I ran into the girl who lived in the house next door to it. 
She still resides there with her 90 year old father who built the house originally and we had a great time reminiscing about the same schools we attended.

When I was a teenager, I used to babysit for the family that owned this house, but it was way before they filmed Ferris Bueller's Day Off here.

This is the house they call the Weird Science house...

This awesome house is just down the street from the Ferris Bueller house and is also the location for several movie and TV events. 

Hollywood loves this here!

This is my elementary school...I remember every detail of it! 

My wonderful sister is two years older than I and we always have such fun driving around the old neigborhood remembering our friends and the houses they lived in. 

My parents sold our childhood home in 2000 when my father retired and moved to Lake Arrowhead.  I often talk to my father about his decision to sell and he tells me of the huge regret that he feels about letting this house and all of its memories go.

We try to come and visit often especially since our mother passed away two years feels as if we are getting to spend time with her again each time we come to reminisce.

You Lovely, Lovely Macarons

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Just how many of these lovely delights can I eat in one day you ask? 
Well, I will never tell but I will share with you my husband's desire to keep me well stocked with these
heavenly creations.  

Frankie just happens to work in Los Angeles...sometimes. 

And he just happens to be near 700 South Grand Ave...occasionally. 

And he knows that I simply adore these treats from
Bottega Louie...most any time. 

So when he shows up with this...

I know that whats inside will look like this...

And more importantly this...

And then I will squeal with delight! 

And because they are way to beautiful to just eat, I will "play" with them  like this...

by arranging them in pretty bowls just so I can photograph them...

 before I  am carried away to another place in time...

when I will actually eat them. 

The flavors of each one are so exotic and unique and I like to imagine that I am a fine French lady...

who has nothing better to do all day than to sit by the crackling fire sampling and savoring each one.

If you have never had the pleasure of tasting one of these unique treats and don't really know what they are...but find yourself interested...then click here to learn more about thier flavorful history.

Or you can visit Bottega Louie on their blog and see for yourself just what they do down there in LA.  You also gotta check out their chocolate...flavor combo's that I have never seen before...simply fabulous.

I'm a lucky girl to be spoiled this way by my man who, by the way, doesn't care at all if I become as big as a house by eating each and every one of them...all by myself!