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Birthday Cheese Board at LACMA’s Ray’s & Stark Bar

EATS & DRINKS - March 14, 2018

Life Clifnotes:

  • My birthday was in February
  • I’m trying to finish my AA with a transfer in psych this year
    • which means I’m in school Tuesday through Thursday night, taking a French class and an Astronomy course
  • I’m still doing Freelance
  • I’m still editing the young adult book I wrote with my sister (this process has been 9 years and counting)
  • I’ve sent out 283 tweets to Congress, and need to send more.
  • I started a foodie Instagram account called lovetastyadventures 

And since I did start a foodie Instagram account, I thought I would share the cheese board my husband and I had at LACMA’s Ray’s and Stark Bar for my birthday. The wedding last year has me feeling really burned out when it comes to planning anything, so I decided I wanted my birthday to be simple with just Dan and me. I was inspired to have an evening at LACMA to celebrate, and on the way we decided to stop in Ray’s and Stark Bar for a glass of wine. Our dinner plans for the night would include our latest favorite restaurant Exchange in Downtown LA. We will need to return and take decent photos of the food there, right now they are blurry and don’t highlight their deliciousness properly. But the photos of the cheese board, on the other hand, are lovely and the cheeses were delicious. I feel restaurants never serve enough pieces of bread, so we enjoyed the soft cheeses and apricot compote with the crostinis and paired the Marcona almonds with the hard aged cheddar. At this point, I don’t recall the other cheeses, but I’ll be stepping up my foodie game in the future and will be taking notes.

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Birthday Adventure to Salvation Mountain

ADVENTURES - February 23, 2015


I’ve been craving a 6 hour drive. I miss the road and beautiful blue skies. But a long road trip isn’t in the picture for a while, so Bowerbird and I had talked about going on a day trip for my birthday. It fell on a Wednesday of a relatively slow week, and I wouldn’t feel incredibly guilty taking the day off. So San Diego and Santa Barbara were thrown around as ideas, but when Salvation Mountain popped in my head, I knew that was the perfect adventure. We’ve been there before, it’s how I discovered Bowerbird has an aversion to the sun. Yes, I’ve fallen in love with a vampire. But it had been a while, and with the passing of Leonard Knight last year, I was curious as to how the mountain had been kept up.

I felt like a kid going to Disneyland on the eve of my birthday and woke up to four cupcakes from my favorite cupcakery Frosted. Bowerbird seriously is the best boyfriend, he surprised me with a cupcake in bed. We quickly got ready for the day and headed to Palm Springs for food at our favorite place out there, Lulu’s. Sadly we missed the breakfast menu. They serve the best salmon eggs benedict, we’ve ever had. Instead, we opted for other pescetarian fair, and enjoyed a tuna tower that was phenomenal and scallop and shrimp pizza.  Our meal is documented in my birthday vlog, along with other sites from the day.

After lunch we headed further into no man’s land. Stopping at what feels like the last gas station before Niland for a bathroom break, Bowerbird and I exited the car to be complimented by some other twenty-something’s. Bowerbird in his red doc martins got mad respect, and together we were dubbed a very stylish couple. We later saw our gas stations friends at Salvation Mountain, and acknowledge nods were shared.

We had managed to get to Salvation Mountain before a slew of people and explored on our own. I love being the only ones at a place, it feels more special. Ever since I was a child, I felt a lot of comfort in being alone. Exploring by myself. The world turns into the secret garden and I’m Mary. Bowerbird and I have said we are two loners who found each other – it’s pretty romantic.  The mountain was beautiful! The colors were brilliant and people have really kept the mountain up since Leonard, the man who built the mountain, passed. A Salvation Mountain host, a young girl, began to tell the tale of Leonard to a few men who had stopped by with a chip on their shoulder. Heading into the desert to see Salvation Mountain, seems to be a trendy thing to do, but I find it to be inspiring. I look at the work of this man, what he created to connect people and share his message or god’s message of love, and it moves me deeply. What better way to celebrate my birthday, then to visit a place that makes me feel alive.

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