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Persimmons, I think are one of the most underestimated fruits out there. They’re definitely one of my favorites– not over the top sweet, slightly spicy and just a little crunchy! Try this recipe at Pasta.com
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Recently, I wrote a post about Carvintas Winery for the website, Force Change. What’s special about this winery is that it uses its business model to help dogs in need. All of its wine labels feature the picture of a dog that needs a helping hand.
The winery itself, located in beautiful Solvang, CA, is very dog friendly. So it’s a place that you can enjoy wine with your, while helping other dogs. Someday, my pup Frankie and I will make it a point to go out to visit.
I try to involve her as much as I can in my adventures. Our most recent excursion was paddle boarding.
Last week my friend, Rhiannon invited me to go along with her for a get together of alums from her alma mater, Johns Hopkins University (not to be confused with John Hopkins, a motorcycle racer). It was a lot of fun! Here we are!
It took place at the JNA Gallery in Santa Monica, known for having a a stylized warehouse type atmosphere and carefully selected contemporary art. One of my favorite pieces was by Patrick Hughes, a British artist best known for his creation of “reverspective,”a three dimensional style of art that creates an optical illusion that the piece is actually moving. The effect results from crafting the piece so that the parts of the picture that seem the farthest away are physically the nearest.
Though the two-dimensional photo of the three-dimensional piece doesn’t quite do it justice, you can get a slight sense of movement if you look long enough.
There’s a neurological explanation for the effect that results, which has been the subject of a fair amount of psychological research. As Hughes eloquently explains,
“Reverspectives are three-dimensional paintings that when viewed from the front initially give the impression of viewing a painted flat surface that shows a perspective view. However as soon as the viewer moves their head even slightly the three dimensional surface that supports the perspective view accentuates the depth of the image and accelerates the shifting perspective far more than the brain normally allows. This provides a powerful and often disorienting impression of depth and movement. The illusion is made possible by painting the view in reverse to the relief of the surface, that is, the bits that stick farthest out from the painting are painted with the most distant part of the scene.”
As much as I enjoyed the art, the highlight for me was definitely the WINE TASTING!! Provided by “Wine Guy” Silverman from Venice Beach Wines, a great little boutique wine bar on Rose Avenue. If you haven’t been yet, you should go. We got a small sample of ten different wines. The two highlights for me were a German Riesling and a French Red Blend.
The German Riesling was made by the Monchhof winemakers, which apparently have been operating since 1177 (!!). The name derives from the winemakers themselves . . . monks who diligently have made the wine for centuries on end.
The red that I really enjoyed was from Côtes du Jura, a region of France sandwiched by Burgundy and Switzerland. This red blend was 50% Cab, 50% local grapes from the region (aka viticultural jungle juice). The body reminded me a lot of a Pinot. Firm tannins and a persistent finish. If I can find them, I’ll definitely be drinking more Jura wines in the future.