Category Archives: Holiday Celebrations

Christmas Is Bustin’ Out All Over

’Twas the day before Christmas, when all through the (green) house The plants were going crazy, bustin’ out of their pots. The annuals, succulents, perennials and tropicals all loved the warm day Happy that this winter seems more like L.A. … Continue reading

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Flowers for a Chinese Wedding (Part 2)

It seemed like I’d spent months looking for the right place for a post-wedding bash for my son Alex and Chinese daughter-in-law Yan. The wedding took place in Beijing in September and this was the event where the U.S. relatives … Continue reading

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The Festival of Temporary Dwellings

This is the time of year when Jews around the world erect sukkot, temporary dwellings or huts, in their back yards, patios, and rooftops. You see them on balconies in Jerusalem and Brooklyn and tucked between tall buildings in Manhattan. … Continue reading

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Italian-Inspired Vegetarian Holiday Buffet

To celebrate a BIG birthday of my (vegetarian) husband Julius, we invited 40 friends — some he’s been close to since high school — to a Sunday evening open house. The menu featured Viana La Place’s Torta di Fungi Porcini … Continue reading

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Make Your Own “Holly Days” Arrangements

Yesterday I attended a gala “Holly Days’ event hosted by our local garden club. The highlight was an auction of holiday centerpieces and decorations made by club members at a workshop earlier in the week. They sold for $100 to … Continue reading

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