Cooking is Culture

Cooking is beautiful and fun. It's satisfying, fulfilling, and entertaining. It's social time, or private, or reflective. It can be quick or slow. For any event or no event.
I can keep going so I will stop here.

I love cooking and I do it virtually every day. I am no master chef, but I learn little things all the time and I try to keep learning from anywhere.
The main source of my learning comes from my mother, who has been cooking for her entire life, she is exceptionally good, she follows traditional recipes but she is extremely creative as well. I think she has the perfect mix because she made hers the recipes from her grandparents, so now she has the experience, and the wits, of tweaking them as she finds appropriate, in an elegant and interesting way.

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City of Lights, City of Faces

I just spent two days in Paris. I haven't been there in almost five years and it was nice to go back. As much as it is one of the most visited capitals in the world and I probably wouldn't want to live there (if I had the means), the fame and hype are deserved.

I did visit some museums and the Sainte Chapelle, but I wanted to enjoy the city and the streets too, so I walked several hours a day. And the weather helped because it was sunny and warm (about 18°C, or 65°F). Fantastic!

There weren't too many tourists around (for Paris standards) and I really enjoyed both the streets, the alleys and the parks. Food was very good, we went to restaurants were we were among the few, or the only ones, speaking English. And I got to practice my French!

I was interested in faces this time. Not people's faces, but statues and artwork ones. Since there is so much quality artwork, what a variety there is! From the famous Notre Dame's gargoyles, to the Sainte Chapelle's faces, to the statues in the Tuileries Gardens.

They call Paris the City of Lights. But it can as well be a City of Faces. This art and these faces are a historical cross section of the city and the countryas much as its architecture.

First Art Exhibit

I am extremely excited to be presenting three of my photographs!

Tomorrow, August Friday 7th at 5:30pm the opening of the SWF Exhibit 2015 art exhibit will open. 40 artists and wine will be present. I've seen some of the work of the other artists when I went to bring over my three photographs and the pieces seemed pretty interesting. There were paintings, drawings and a sculpture. It seems to be a pretty nice event.

I am happy to be presenting. It's my first time and I hope the first of many. I like these public (free) events. Anything cultural should be extremely affordable (if not free). I will also be sitting for few hours the next week, since the artists are asked to sit for a couple of shifts. I like it.

I printed my three photographs, A Man In The World and two of the Quattro Stagioni, on aluminum and the result was fantastic! I really liked it. It's not something I can do every day, but it was definitely worth it for an important event.

I hope there is a nice turnaround and that people like all the work. We'll see what happens tomorrow and in the next few weeks.

SWF Exhibit 2015 flyer and brochure. I am happy to see my name in the featured artists. I hope this is the first of many opportunities. It is gratifying and it's one more reason to work hard.

SWF Exhibit 2015 flyer and brochure. I am happy to see my name in the featured artists. I hope this is the first of many opportunities. It is gratifying and it's one more reason to work hard.