lions and tigers and elephants... oh my!

This last weekend, the hubby surprised me with yet another birthday surprise!  This really has been birthday month for me.  One of the highlights of the trip was a day at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.  Not only did we have a completely wonderful time, but I realized I have an insane obsession with elephants.  As you can see from the photos.  And it also dawned on me that I really need to invest in a telephoto lens.  

Round 2

We are gearing up to open our second show of Price Collection masterpieces at Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, opening to the public this Saturday, June 18th!  I have been extremely distracted this past week and couldn't get around to all the cooking I had planned.  I really wanted to make some poisson cru as I posted last week.  My real job comes first though, and we spent ALL day yesterday checking to make sure the lighting on each painting is perfect.  Even though I've seen these paintings hundreds of times over my lifetime, I am still as mesmerized by them today as I was in childhood.  And you will be mesmerized too when you see them in person!  The show ends July 17th, so don't miss it!

Beauty with Puppy
Yamaguchi Soken (1759-1818)
Edo period, 18th-19th century
Hanging scroll, ink and colors on silk

This painting depicts a beautiful young woman fanning herself on the way out to enjoy the cool breeze of a Japanese summer night. Notice the wild geese and grass on her delicate fan.  The lightness of her summer kimono and her red undergarments add a seductive mood to the painting, and the little puppy pulling at her sleeve adds a playful touch as well.

Best. Dish. Ever. Period.

I have always had a soft spot in my heart for the Tahitian dish Poisson Cru.  It is my go-to dish every time I am in the Polynesian islands.  It is basically fish ceviche with coconut milk.  But our friend Heifara took it to a whole new level!  Heifara owns Moorea Boat Tours in the island of - you guessed it - Moorea.  He took us out on his boat for a crazy day of adventures.  We snorkeled with sting rays, sharks, more sharks (well... that was the husband, I stayed in the boat of course) and dolphins!!  We followed a pod of about 7 dolphins, complete with the tiniest little baby dolphin that stole my heart!  Heifara and Ken even hopped off the boat for a couple hours to surf.  And to top it all off, we even wake boarded in the crystal clear waters.  It was such a fantastic day, capped off by an amazing home cooked meal by Heifara, who a few hours earlier by the way, spear fished our meal for the evening while my husband got a head start surfing.  I will for sure be trying the recipe out myself and posting that in the near future!  

bali hai will find you

When it came to my 30th birthday, I knew I had to be somewhere fabulous doing fabulous things or else I would suffer the consequences of a tear-filled night under the blankets with a tub of ice cream and a dog and husband who wouldn't know what to do with me.   So we decided to plan the most ridiculous trip to Tahiti with one of my fave couples in the world!  To say we had a great time is an understatement. And I am very proud to say I didn't shed a single tear over turning the big 3-0!  Trying to organize my Tahiti photos is an incredibly daunting task, but I will try my darndest!  I'll start out with a few highlights and work my way from there.