Tame Impala at the Orange Peel in Asheville, North Carolina. What a great show!
On December 14, Lia and I saw Hall and Oates plan at the Tennessee Theatre. We ended up with fantastic seats and had a blast at the show.
I <3 Hall & Oates!!!
Deep Fried Cornbread
Deep fried cornbread soaking in a puddle of honey butter from Big Fatty’s Catering Kitchen. So much for that New Year’s resolution to eat healthier.
It has been a rainy New Year’s Day, so I bought a small bouquet of purple flowers to brighten up the mood.
Hot off the press! Copies of my book arrived in the mail today. It’s neat to see months of my work all printed and bound. Plus, it’s very cool to have an ISBN attached to my name. Feeling legit!
My publisher is interested in offering a few free copies of the book to folks willing to post a quick review, blog post, etc. If you’re interested, just let me know by filing out the form on my website!
Way to go, Brandon!
Three years ago, Lia and I built a small container garden in our front yard. Although it only consists of several 4x4 raised beds and an assortment of terra cotta pots we’ve accumulated over the years, its given us more peppers, tomatoes, and herbs than we’ve been able to eat. Along the way we’ve…
Lunch at Café Beaubourg
Following our exploration of the modern art museum inside Centre Pompidou, we decided to grab lunch at Café Beaubourg across the street (between the Pompidou and Place Stravinsky). We saw a clown sipping espresso there earlier, and I thought if was good enough for a clown, then it was certainly good enough for me.
We took a seat on the terrace facing the Pompidou, which was perfect for people/clown/mime watching. To our left were two people making huge soap bubbles. To our right was someone in Native American dress performing some kind of dance. Most of the tables around us were filled, and I loved hearing the lively conversations from the other diners (even if I couldn’t understand a single word).
The menu offered a great variety of plates, but I decided to go with a typical French lunch favorite — Croque Monsieur with a green salad. Of course, anything covered with cheese, especially a ham and cheese sandwich, is a good choice. Brandon ordered a club sandwich with “poulet” and bacon; and he also got a bottle of Schweppes Indian Tonic, which became his non-alcoholic beverage of choice during our trip.
Lunch was quite filling. Brandon took a bite of my Croque Monsieur, and he was impressed as it was his first Croque Monsieur ever. Or “Mister Sandwich,” as he decided to call it. His club sandwich was delicious, and it had hardboiled eggs in it, too, which is something we’re not used to but definitely added more flavor. We ended our meal with a café express each and a couple of pieces of Fouquet dark chocolate. Just what we needed to continue on our Parisian adventure.
Centre Pompidou holds the largest modern art museum in Europe — and it is perhaps my favorite museum. The last time I was here was in 2008, and I was excited to make this our first museum stop of this trip.
The building architecture is fascinating. I like that what should be the “infrastructure” — the pipes and ductwork — forms the exterior of the Pompidou; and I also like the fact the pipes are color coded. Supposedly, green is for plumbing, blue is related to temperature control, electrical is yellow, and safety elements are red.
The Pompidou houses more than just the modern art museum. There is a public library inside as well as IRCAM (Institut de Recherce et Coordination Acoustique/Musique). When we arrived, we purchased a six-day Paris museum pass that gave us entry to the exhibits in the Museé national d’art moderne and to more than 60 other museums in the city.
One of my favorite things about the Pompidou is the escalator ride to the exhibits. At the very top, you get an amazing view of the Paris skyline. The Tour Eiffel is straight ahead, the towers of Notre Dame are off to the left, and to the right is Sacre Coeur.
One of the first works we saw in the contemporary art collection was Andy Warhol’s “Ten Lizes.” It’s at the entrance to the second floor gallery, and it’s an amazing piece to be greeted with. It’s always surprising to see the work of my favorite artists up close because it’s never anything like the prints that you’re used to seeing, such as the paintings from Matisse, Picasso, and Miro, as well as the photographs of Brassai and Bresson.
We spent at least three hours in the Pompidou, and we probably could have stayed longer, but we knew we still had so much to explore. There was a special Gerhard Richter exhibit, but it was at an extra cost so we didn’t get a chance to view it. However, we did luck out because there was a temporary Richter exhibit of drawings and his paper work at the Louvre, which we did get to see.