I had the pleasure of joining other lucky folks for an evening of beautiful art and conversation at Cult Exhibitions. Gallerist extrordinaire Aimee Friberg invited us all to hear some words by the delightful and terribly gifted Dumbacher twins, Joseph and John. You really must go and see the show, as it is one of the more beautiful curated ones I have seen in a good while.
Additionally there were some insightful comments and observations made by Leonard Koren, author of Wabi Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers along with The Flower Shop: Charm, Grace, Beauty and Tenderness in a Commercial Context among others notable publications.
Ok, so I am a bit of a Diet Coke kind of guy. Not always, but certainly with Chinese food from Mama Ji’s. LOVE IT! Though ever since I rediscovered San Pellegrino Italian soda products, namely Limonata, I have ditched what I know is a terribly bad liquid for the body and am comfortably enjoying these effervescent lovelies.
I was strolling through Costco, dodging busy little bees who are as good with a cart as they are with a car, and there they were, a 24 case of Limonata and Aranciata sodas. They are delicious, great with roasted chicken, salads, or solo after a rough go with the clay soil in the garden, preparing beds for tons of forthcoming daffodil and tulip bulbs. YES!!!
When I went to the flower mart, I noticed these delightful but slightly garish Anthuriums. They reminded me of the taste of Limonata so for kicks I decided to go with it. I took a single Anthurium and walked around the flower mart, looking for perfect companions for my weekly installation at the Ritz-Carlton. After some time scanning the many offerings about the market, suddenly, at Vicky’s – my favorite forager/cartographer/philosopher/curmudgeon I spotted the most beautiful Pittosporum berries. Because Anthuriums are large and imposing, I knew the companions had to be respectful and I did not want many. Perhaps one more elements and so I went strolling to Torchio Growers. And there they were, some beautiful high petal count Ecuadorian roses. The match was perfect.
So I filled my cozy cart with these carbonated blooms and headed to the Ritz.