“It was supposed to be a ‘quiet little cafe’ in Maine. It turned into a culinary phenomenon”. I often can find some really interesting stories on PBS News Hour. This Maine restaurant story really caught my attention today. It is the story about The Lost Of Kitchen , yes, the most talked American restaurant and its owner Erin French.
First of all, the location of the restaurant is so dreamy–in the middle of the nowhere. It is in the rural town of Freedom, Maine, 17 miles from the coast, surrounded by farmland and backcountry roads, near towns like Unity and Liberty. You can count the buildings in Freedom on one hand: There’s a general store, a gas station, a post office, and the Lost Kitchen itself, in an 1834 mill building, perched over a stream.
It seems that this week is very very long. Do you feel the same way? and need some inspiration to finish this week with a high tone? If so, we got something very special for you today. Read on to enjoy the dreamy French lavender field, beautiful summer tabletop, charming cottage garden and gourmet sweet treats …etc.
The weather was nice on Saturday. Since we usually don’t have a long workout on Saturdays. We often plan to visit some places locally during this pandemic crisis. After all, we have being stayed at home too long. It is good to just scroll around local towns and get some inspiration, So far, we have visited DTLA China Town and Little Tokyo, so we decided to visit Pasadena this Saturday.
A little bit information about Pasadena here. Pasadena is a city in California, northeast of downtown Los Angeles. In the center, Old Pasadena is a shopping and dining district known for its Victorian and art deco buildings. The strikingly modern Norton Simon Museum houses notable European and Asian art, plus a sculpture garden. The Rose Bowl is a sports stadium known for hosting the Rose Bowl Game, an annual college football clash usually held on January 1. Read on to enjoy the local journey with us.
We had a scenic drive around Arroyo Seco area. The Arroyo Seco Bridge is pretty amazing. With its majestic arches rising 150 feet above the deeply cut Arroyo Seco, the Bridge was proclaimed the highest concrete bridge in the world upon completion in 1913. The bridge impressed travelers from the day it opened. Until then, the crossing of the Arroyo Seco required horses and wagons to descend the steep eastern slope, cross a small bridge over the stream, and then climb the west bank through Eagle Rock Pass. Given this harsh topography, the Colorado Street Bridge proved a challenge to design and build. Solid footing eluded engineers in the seasonally wet arroyo bed. Hopefully, we are able to get a better video when we drive through again. In case, you want to take a “country-in-the-city walk, check out this article from LA Times.
As you know, we had a little get-away in Historic State Park and China Down yesterday. We actually also had a quick drive-through in DTLA at the end of the day. After all, it has been more than three months we haven’t been there thanks to the pandemic lock-down. Here is a quick video we put together.
Our Saturdays are all about exploration. Specially in the new normal under the current pandemic, we will have to get out to nature as much as we can to take good care of our wellness physically and mentally. Since locked-down in March, we haven’t been to DTLA. We decided to have a morning hiking in Historic State Park and go to visit new Proper Hotel in DTLA. Here is our little weekend journey.
State Historic Park
Saturday’s visit to SHP is our first time . We were really amazed by this 34-acres park , where rail-yards thrilled long time ago. Often referred to as “Central Park of Los Angeles,” the park occupies acreage just north of Chinatown between the L.A. River and the Elysian Hills, where pobladores who journeyed from Mexico and later arrivals from Europe, Asia and the United States drew their water. It was where, beginning in 1876, a generation of migrants from points east ended their rail sojourns to California, disembarking at the Southern Pacific Railroad’s River Station. With the dawn of the 20th century, it was where the town became an industrial city as the depot, restaurants and hotels gave way to rail yards and switching stations. It became known as the Cornfields, although there was scant evidence that corn ever grew there. You can click here to read more.
The public arts in the park are just mind-blowing. One of the public art inside the park includes this “Origins,” in above picture, a sculptural piece by Debra Scaccothat was inspired by the nearby L.A. River. “When I conceived the piece, it was particularly with this patch of land in mind because it really is about the changing courses of the river and the changing courses of this site, the original Zanja Madre,” says Scacco. “There’s a particular relevance to it and I’m delighted that it’s going to live here.” The material he used here is mirrored steel to reflect water rippling.
Finally, our beaches are re-opening. “It’s as if we were in Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, all asleep, all frozen, and suddenly there’s light and space.” It seems like we haven’t seen ocean for ages. With the beautiful warm weather, nothing can really beat spending a day by the beach for some fresh air and Vitamin D. And we got enough of them after 4-hour non-stop hiking by the beach.