Monday, November 30, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
As I mentioned before it was raining yesterday - perfect weather to visit the art museum! So we did. The San Diego Museum of Art always has something interesting what you don't want to miss. Along the rich permanent collection they have amazing exhibitions this time, as well:
American Artists from the Russian Empire
Picasso, Miro, Calder
And what was really new for me:
I like jewelry. I don't really care about diamonds, glitz and glam (lucky husband!:) and that kind of jewelry. But I like bold, modern, unique, artsy, creative jewelries. You can say that all about Calder's jewelry! :). Stylish but still very bohemian! His oversized pieces are more like body art than necklaces, bracelets etc... Some pieces reminded me of African primitive art, others of Modigliani's paintings....During his lifetime Calder produced approximately 1,800 pieces of brass, silver, and gold body ornaments, often embellished with found objects such as beach glass, ceramic shards, and wood. Calder Jewelry features 90 works—bracelets, necklaces, earrings, brooches, and tiaras—many of which were made as personal gifts for the artist's family and friends. While Calder's more diminutive avant-garde creations converged closely with the aesthetics of the modern age, they always remained personal and unmistakably Calder.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
but please don't hate me when I say that I DO LOVE THE RAIN! for a change! Especially when we don't need to go outside.....Staying in pj all day, making soup, reading, watching movies.... just doing nothing and doing it very slowly!:) Rainy day can be a real treat sometimes!:)
Have a great weekend everyone - rain or shine!:)
de ne utálsz, amikor azt mondom, hogy én szeretem a ÉRINTÉS? a változatosság kedvéért! Főleg, ha már nem kell kimenni az utcára ..... Staying in PJ egész nap, így leves, olvasás, filmnézéshez .... Csak ne tegyünk semmit csinálni, és nagyon lassan:) Esős nap lehet egy igazi kezeli néha:)
Have a great weekend mindenkinek - eső vagy süt:)
Vegulis, ertheto, bar en mondjuk esorol beszeltem, nem erintesrol...:)))
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
This is a typical Summer dish in Hungary. But why wouldn't you bring a little Summer to other season? :) Just the colors of the ingredients make you smile!:) And the fresh aroma of the pepper and tomato.....( and the sausage!:)).....Mmmmmm, so good!:)
For the authentic Hungarian lecso you should use Hungarian sweet pepper but - like me here - I used what I could find. Green pepper, Hungarian pepper (which is a little hot)
There are many versions of lecso, you can add beaten eggs, sausage, ....just use your creativity. I like to keep it simple.
Here is a basic recipe:
Makes 4 to 6 servings of Hungarian Lecso
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
2 tablespoons bacon grease or oil
1 medium onion, sliced thinly
1 pound banana or Italian or green bell peppers. cut into 1/4-inch strips
3 large very ripe tomatoes, peeled and chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar ( I skipp it)
1 1/2 teaspoons salt (less if using sausage)
1 tablespoon sweet Hungarian paprika
In a large skillet, saute the onion in bacon fat or oil over low heat for 5 minutes. Add pepper and cook another 15 minutes. Add tomatoes, (sugar), salt and paprika and cook for another 25-30 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until mixture resembles chunky tomato sauce.
Add 1/4 cup cooked rice.
Toward the end of the cooking time, add 4 beaten eggs and mix in.
For a main meal, add 1 1/2 pounds smoked or fresh Hungarian sausage.
For a lunch, serve in a bowl topped with a fried egg.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
It is so great to get out from the city and go to the countryside. Perspectives change - you feel the sky closer to you. In the city you tend to think that every important thing happens there - but when you get out you just realize how not true that is. Our favorite "countryside" place close to San Diego is Cuyamaca Lake and Julian. The landscape is totally different there, this time the trees dress up in their gold clothes. Gorgeous! It's great to see that the area is slowly getting back to normal after the devastating fire few years ago.
Julian is famous for apple pie - of course we bought few for Thanksgiving at Mom's Bakery. There is another store where you can buy homemade goodies....jams, spices, honey, teas, salsa etc...... Our favorite is the citrus marmalade!:) There are few antique stores - they are too "country" for my taste but lovely to visit them sometimes:)
Remek dolog idonkent kiszabadulni a varosbol! A kedvenc helyunk erre a Cuyamaca Lake es Julian falucska. Egesz mas Kalifornia ez itt, mas novenyzet, termeszetkozelibb eletforma. Julian hires az almapitejerol, kulon kultusza van, minden sutode igyekszik kicsit megcifrazni:) Persze jol bevasaroltunk most is a Mom's Bakery-ben, ahol mindig hosszu sorok kigyoznak:) Almas, meggyes, rebarbaras, boysenberry - egyik jobb,mint a masik!:) Jot turaztunk a to korul is, aztan hazafele termeszetesen megalltunk a kis piacokon - nagyon szeretem ezeket, beszedes arusok, organikus zoldseg-gyumolcs.....resze a videki kirandulasnak!:)
Szep hetet mindenkinek!
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
He is a new celebrity in San Diego Zoo.:)
His fame started with his birth in August. The San Diego Zoo’s Web site crashed that day as fans worldwide piled in to watch the “panda cam.” The celebrity status continued Tuesday, when the cute-as-pie cub got a name: Yun Zi, which means “son of cloud.” His mother is Bai Yun, or “white cloud.”
Zoo leaders had expected the public to suggest just a few names for Bai Yun’s fifth cub. They instead received more than 6,300, and then 17,500 people voted online for one of five finalists.
If you've got a little time please checkout the webcam. It is worth it!:)
O az uj unnepeltje a San Diego-i allatkertnek. Augusztusban szuletett, orszagos szavazas utan napokban kapta a nevet -Yun Zi , ami annyit jelent, hogy a "felho fia, felhofiu" :) Webcamaran lathatjatok, csoda helyes!:)
Monday, November 16, 2009
A half day can be a lot!:) Even in Los Angeles! The reason we went to LA was the Hungarian Film Festival. But to make our trip more worthy we spent a little time in the city before the film. First, we wanted to see the Watts Towers! You need to take a little risk, it’s not the safest area in LA.... This is a very strange tower built by an Italian immigrant Simon Rodia. It took him about 33 yrs.......Steel pipes, ropes, soft drink bottles, mesh, mortar...It’s like a recycled art... Somehow the shapes reminds me of Gaudi's architecture.
Egy ugyesen szervezett fel nap meg Los Angelesben is sok lehet!:) A Magyar Filfesztivalert mentunk most LA-be, de ha mar ....akkor jot a hasznossal!:) Megneztuk a Watts Tower-t. Egy kis rizikot vallalni kell ezert, hiszen LA egyik legveszelyesebb varosreszeben van. A torony maga eleg furi, olasz bevandorlo, Simon Rodia epitgette a szabadidejeben, kb 33 evecskeig...Fem, vas, cement, uditos uvegek, -igazi ujrahasznosito muveszet! A torony formaja Gaudi tornyaira emlekeztettek.
In the Watts neighborhood you see the "other side of LA". This is not Hollywood with happy ending stories... It’s a brutal reality. In this part of the city people are struggling with everyday life, the future is always uncertain here..... It’s easy to judge people - I'm not going to. Never did, never will.
Ez a Watts nevu varosresz Los Angeles masik arca. Nem Hollywood a maga kis happy endes sztoriajival - ez itt a brutalis valosag. Az itt elo emberek a mindennapokkal kuzdenek, a jovo itt mindig bizonytalan. Persze itelkezni konnyu felettuk - nem az en dolgom, nem fogok.
After Watts our next plan was to see Collection: MOCA's First Thirty Years
Unbelievable collection, in many different media, "a range of art-historical movements and styles since World War II, from abstract expressionism of the late 1940s and ’50s to pop, minimal, and conceptual art of the ’60s and ’70s, demonstrating the myriad ways contemporary art has addressed aesthetic, political, and philosophical concerns"
Watts utan mentunk a Modern Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) -ba. Fantasztikus gyujtemenyes kiallitas a II vilaghabotu utani idoszakbol.
And the day was still not ending! :)
Before the movie we had a little more time, so we took a short walk in Chinatown:)
It’s always fun to go there!:)
Es a napnak meg nincs vege, a film elott volt egy kis idonk egy gyors setara a Chinatown-ban!:)
In The Hungarian Film Fest we saw Prima Primavera.
I liked it!
Prima Primavera-t lattuk a moziban, ( ami nem is mozi, hanem egy filmstudioban volt) Lukacs Andorral.....Tetszett - de errol mar nincs erom irni!:))
It was a little "long day" but I enjoyed it a lot!:)
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Americans ( or we all?) long for anything Tuscan - interior, exterior, architecture, landscape,food, arts and crafts.... :) You can find mini Tuscan wanna be neighborhood in around San Diego. I took these pictures in Santa Luz community - these houses considered to be the modest Tuscan style........;)
Amerikaiak ( vagy mi mindannyian?) vagyakoznak mindenre ami toszkan - epiteszet, belsoepiteszet, lakberendezes, kertepites, etelek, muveszetek stb. Egesz kis amerikanizalt Toszkanakat talalni itt San Diegoban is!:) A kepek a SantaLuz nevu lakokozossegben keszultek - ezek meg a szerenyebb valtozatok, a dragabbak kozelebe sem jutni!:)
Saturday, November 14, 2009
I LOVE Kettner Nights! :)
The art and design district in Downtown San Diego, modeled after New York City’s trendy SoHo and Chelsea districts, offers art-lovers and design patrons diverse resources. It's so cool to explore this ever-growing distinctive neighborhood with an art walk through the businesses and studios on Kettner Boulevard and beyond. It is like an "open house" - you can walk freely through many art studios, talk with the artists casually, check out design stores......Have some wine and cheese......:) This is a unique way to spend a Friday night!
"Kettner Nights" San Diego muveszet, dizajn negyedeben rendezett "muzeumok ejszakaja" , amikor is minden galeria , dizajn uzlet nyitva varva a muveszetbaratokat. A program teljesen kotetlen, jo alkalom vegignezni a galeriakat, studiokat!:)
Friday, November 13, 2009
I would like to introduce you someone. Her name is Ditke and she creates beautiful pictures from flowers.
She presses, glues, scans flowers, combines it with drawings, experiments with new techniques and creates a magical world. Like a stroll on Sunday in the good old days: precious and airy mademoiselles with their elegant beaux. Amazing colors, rustling dresses, a long-gone romantic era… is now revived on Ditke’s pictures. Isn't she amazing?
You can visit her homepage here
Szeretnek bemutatni Nektek valakit! Ditkenek hivjak es csoda dolgokat alkot preselt viragokbol!
Gyujti, preseli, ragasztja, uj technikakkal kiserletezik - hatalmas kreativitassal megteremt egy mesevilagot! Nekem az egesz olyan boldog bekeidokbeli hangulatot araszt - ahogy a finom, kecses,elegans kisasszonyok korzoznak a lovagjaikkal egy regmult vasarnap delutan.:)...Fantasztikus szinek, lebbeno szoknyak, suhogo anyagok.....egy letunt romantikus vilag most ujra elevenedik Ditke kepein. Gyonyoruek!
Meg sok sok csodakep Ditke weboldalan .
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
I have an ambivalent relationship with vintage. To be honest, I was not into it so far. But as we all know everything is changing - so our style. I still don't want to surround ourselves just with vintage stuff...that would be way too much for me ( and especially to my husband!:)) but I like fusion (that's why I fuse glass?:)) I like to mix old and new, rough and smooth, vintage and modern......(My fav look is little vintage with industrial.) So now my new favorite activity for weekends is checking out vintage/antique and thrift stores. It’s always a special feeling if I find a treasure. I don't really care about expensive items; I do not intend to resell them to make money -... I just look for what I like... This was how I found this Cemar bowl and plate set in a thrift store in North Park. For $15! The retro 40’s-50’s look just caught my eyes. I did not know much about Cemar - still has not found too much info (Californian pottery company from the late 40's).....but I thought why not buy it for a change!:) It’s a funky, fun set, I can use it for salad and as a serving plate and goes well with my otherwise minimalist table set! It's gonna be the focal point!:) What do you think?:)
Fura viszonyban vagyok a "vintage" dolgokkal - oszinten szolva, eddig nem rajongtam ertuk. De ahogy tudjuk, minden valtozik, igy az izlesunk is!:) Tovabbra sem szeretnem korulvenni magunkat csupa antikkal, azt hiszem annyira sosem fogom szeretni oket ( ferjem meg kulonosen nem!:)) de mindig is szerettem a fuziot ( talan ezert foglalkozom uveg fuzioval is?) keverni a regi dolgokat az ujjal, a durvat a finommal, kezmuves darabokat az iparival, zeneben jazz keverve nepzenevel stb...Izgalmas!:) Szoval az egyik kedvenc hetvegi idotoltesem lett a kis antik es hasznalttargy boltok latogatasa...van ebben valami egeszen kulonleges izgalom, hogy a mi kis kincsunkre ratalaljunk!:) Nem vagyok gyujto, nem is ertek az antikhoz, nem is erdekel igazan mi az "ertekes" , draga dolgokat nem veszek, nem kereskedni akarok ezekkel, csak magam oromere kutatgatni. Igy talaltam erre a Cemar salata-talalo egyuttesre egy North Park-i hasznalt targyak boltjaban! Itthon neztem utana mi ez a Cemar, nem sokat sikerult megtudni, csak annyit, hogy keso 40-es evekbeli kalifornia porcelan keszitok voltak. 15$-ert adtak a ket darabot - perszehogy meg kellett venni!! :)Szerintem nagyon jol fog kinezni ez a salataleveles, az amugy igencsak minimalista teritekeinkhez!:)
Nektek hogy tetszik?:)
Sunday, November 8, 2009
I am hoping everybody is having a nice weekend. Mine was spiced up with an urgent care visit after I slammed the car door to my thumb... Ouch. Fortunately, I did not break it but for few days my right hand usage is very limited.... Not the best timing before Xmas fairs...... :(
But I want to write more about my today's visit to Balboa Park!:) After I dropped my husband at the airport I've decided to go to one of my fav museum at the park - the Mingei. They always have amazing exhibitions from around the world. This time was no different. On the first floor there was the Evelyn and Jerome Ackerman, Masters of Mid Century California Modernism exhibition. I knew a little about them, but to see this rich collection from their early works till today.....just blew my mind away:))....The couple worked with many different media......textile, carved wood, enamels, mosaic....unbelievable talent! It was really interesting that I seemed to recognize few old Hungarian folk tale motives in Evelyn's work. :) Please read more about them here
The other amazing exhibition was on the second floor : Sonobai - Another Way of Seeing. Self-taught artist Sonabai Rajawar lived in enforced isolation for 15 years in a remote village in central India, creating her own joyous sculptural environment. Through the necessity of expressing her own vision in the face of tremendous adversity, Sonabai developed her innovative art form, which she later taught to other artists. Today in the remote rural villages of her central Indian state, many other artists practice Sonabai’s art in painted clay.
Maybe it is a professional myopic view ( I did "museum studies” course in college) but I am always interested how the exhibition is put together - and this one was outstanding! The way they represents Sonabai's art just took you to her village Puhputra, Central India. The see through photo screens, the poster size pictures with vivid colors – cooperated very well with her art.
This show rocks!!! More here
And last but not least ......there was an exhibition between the two floors!!! How about that???:)) Sea creatures of Arline Fisch
There were life-sized medusas and other deep-sea creatures hanging from the ceiling created from colorful copper wire....they were swimming - living!! I felt I was in another planet in this museum today! :)
Have a great week everyone!
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
I saw it yesterday. This is a feel good movie based on a true story. Yes, it's sentimental, slow....but if you watch carefully you'll find the layers. A sweet story about arts and life. (art=life)