Contemporary Art

Back in January (!), Sweetheart and I took a trip to LA. We visited the Museum of Contemporary Art, among other attractions. I forgot that I had taken these pictures of my favorite thing in the museum until today, when I was trying to free up some space on my phone. I found the piece to be pretty thought-provoking, since the “wild” crop seeds appear quarantined with tons of “red tape” around them. What are your thoughts? (Sorry for the crappy picture quality… I was using my phone inside of a museum…)

 

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To make up for the crappy pictures above, here’s one I like of Sweetheart and me at another museum we visited on the same trip, the LA County Museum of Art.

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Non-resolutions and local food

2014

Evidently, 2014 is going to be the year of putting my money where my mouth is. Through no real effort of my own, things just seem to be working out that way. For example, I’m moving closer to downtown/my office – close enough that I can really be a full-time bike commuter. More exercise, less time spent in horrible Phoenix traffic, and less money spent on gas… I like it!

Also, I’ve decided – after months of deliberation – to give up on Verizon and switch to Virgin Mobile. I mean, $80+/month for a cell phone? That’s ridiculous. For slightly more than half the price, I’ll get the same data and text package and MORE minutes with Virgin. Sweet.

And finally, I actually signed up for a CSA! I’m all about local food, but I’ve been disappointed with the farmers’ markets around here. Despite the fact that Arizona actually grows tons of produce (who knew?), the markets seem to specialize in baked goods, various relishes, and expensive dog treats. I had a CSA box once before (well, actually, my mom had one which she graciously shared with me). I loved it, but it took me a while to actually get one for myself, by myself. I wanted organic produce, so I shopped around and found Chow Locally. This is the perfect farm box for me! Everything is organic or organically grown, AND – this is the best part – you get to see what’s in your box ahead of time each week and then decide if you want it! This Saturday was my first pickup. Here’s what came in my box:

  • Black Spanish radishes
  • Green onions
  • Winterbor kale
  • Lacinato kale
  • Purple turnips
  • Spicy arugula
  • Grapefruit
  • Rapini
Photo courtesy of Chow Locally

Photo courtesy of Chow Locally

How fun! Since I usually cook on the weekends so I have food for the week, here’s what I’ve made so far.

The grapefruits I’ve just been eating plain, and I have yet to use the green onions and turnips. But, oh! What a happy fridge (and tummy) I have!

What have the first 14 days of 2014 brought your way so far?

What the Table Means

In July, Sweetheart and I were doing our best to stay out of the Arizona heat, so we took a trip to Phoenix’s Heard Museum, a museum of Native American Art and History. They had an exhibit going on called Chocolate, Chili, and Cochineal about foods that originated in the Americas. It was fascinating and also somewhat surprising. My favorite part, though, was this quote on one of the exhibition’s displays:

“We come to the table, cedar smoke clinging to our hearts, to share the joys and sorrows of life, and in doing so we uplift and comfort one another. The table becomes a refuge where we are nourished, restored and connected to our culture. The shadow and light puts us in the midst of nature and the unknown. We remember where we come from, and, like our ancestors before us, the simple act of sharing ritual food sustains us for another day.”
-Anita Fields, 2013

Bon appetit!

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Drink Responsibly

Familiar words, right? You’ve heard them from your mom, your teachers, and public ad campaigns. You’ve seen them along the freeway, in restaurants, and in small letters at the bottom of a TV commercial. Usually, they refer to alcohol. Imagine my delight when, for the first time ever, I saw them in reference to something different.

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As a registered dietitian, I was overjoyed when I saw this sign posted above the soda fountain at Liberty Market in downtown Gilbert, Arizona. I was enjoying a leisurely Sunday lunch with my sweetheart when I glanced across the restaurant and saw this. I wish I could copy/paste this warning to the top of every soda tap in the world. I immediately excused myself to snap a picture with my phone.

Wherever I go, I find myself doing this. When I read the news, I usually go to the food & culture page first. At bookstores, I never leave without a stroll through the health and nutrition section. After years of sharing pictures, articles, and thoughts on Facebook, I finally decided to turn my compulsion into something a little more formal. This is my second attempt at blogging, and hopefully more successful than the first – a blog of weekly resolutions that ran out of steam after about 3 months. Given my history, though, I have higher hopes for this one!

Some months ago, I took a trip to California with the aforementioned sweetheart. We started the weekend in Sacramento, where we visited The California Museum to see their exhibit on furniture designer Ray Eames. Luckily for me, one of the other ongoing exhibits at the museum was called Health Happens Here. The exhibit highlights some of the factors that affect our health: nutrition, physical activity, education, safety, and location. Unsurprisingly, my favorite features were the ones about nutrition. Here’s a shot of one of their pieces, a soda machine refashioned to highlight the health consequences of consuming sugar-sweetened beverages:

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Here’s a close-up of the options on offer.

Mmm... Sounds delicious.

Mmm… Sounds delicious.

There’s so much that can be said about soda from health and economic perspectives. I’ll leave you with just a few short references.

Drink responsibly!