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One of my favorite episodes of “Portlandia” is called “Is It Local ?”. In it,  the incredibly irritating couple Peter and Nance, go to eat at a restaurant. After hearing the description of the “Heritage, Free Range, Organic and Local ” chicken they were about to order,  they decide to go and check out the farm for themselves. I had an opportunity to do something a little bit like this, although I didn’t move to a farm or join a polygamous marriage  as Peter and Nance did ( if you haven’t watched the episode yet, you need to ).

A few weeks back, I was at the Hollywood Farmer’s Market on a beautiful Sunday morning with my daughter Vivienne, and saw the most glorious flowers for sale at the Silver Lake Farm stand.  Anemones, Ranuculus, Sweet Peas, etc. all beautifully arranged by color in glass canning jars and sold by the stem.  Long story short, I reached out to owner Tara Kollo and asked if I could come visit her farm and photograph the flowers. I was thrilled, she said yes. So, last week Vivienne and  I went and spent a few hours amongst the flowers, lady bugs and two of Tara’s lovely garden helpers. Check it out.

 

Today I spent some time taking photographs at my friend Alexandra Sheridan’s, new cafe / store  in the Mission district of San Gabriel CA. Not only does Alexandra make fantastic food ( she is a long time chef and caterer ), but she is also someone with an eye for beauty and elegance. I’ve spent many years photographing the sweet displays she has always created in her home, simply to save them. Alexandra’s table like her home, is warm, inviting and filled with beautiful things and great food. Congratulations to my very dear friend on this exciting new endeavor!!

Here are a few images from my visit today. The food you’ll have to come to see and eat for yourself!

413 South Mission Drive, San Gabriel California 91776 (626) 319-8649