We've Gone Solar!

The solar panels have been installed and the meter is running backwards! We have become a power generator, not a power sucker. Between that and all of the other improvements we've made on our homefront, we are starting to live "off the grid". This is a major step in improving the quality of our lives but also being an example of what you can do to improve the quality of everyone's lives. We're preparing ourselves for the coming "El Niño" season with water harvesting as well so the water that comes down doesn't just run away. It will be used and appreciated.

What are you doing to make your life better? If you need any assistance with what you can do to get off the us. Solar should not be an option, it should be mandatory. And if we all work together we can make this a better planet for all that come after us.


Chicken Basque from Lemonade

Have you been to Lemonade? There are locations all across the city and they even have a cookbook. We have it. And the recipes are yummy! A favorite at the homefront is the Chicken Basque. I know when I do go to Lemonade it's the dish I'm most likely to have...besides all of the salads, baked goods...I could go on. But with the cookbook, we can have it at home too. For all of you who want to try it, visit this link for


The Discovery Tour!

It happens once a year and it's this Sunday. Go over to the Southwest Museum to start...get your map and start checking out some very cool studios and art all over NELA! If you go to the Arroyo Arts Collective web site you can get all the information you need to get your art on!! It's going to be a great day!! Here's what they have to say about the event...

A self-guided auto tour featuring more than 100 artists in homes and studios in Eagle Rock, Highland Park, Mount Washington, and neighboring areas.

The Arroyo Arts Collective’s 23rd annual Discovery Tour will take place from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on Sunday November 22, 2015. Explore the vibrant community of Northeast LA, in a neighborhood where hip urbanity nestles side by side with the wilderness of the arroyo and the surrounding canyons. Featuring a diverse range of fine art and craft by both emerging and established artists, the Discovery Tour is one of the oldest and most eclectic art tours in Los Angeles.

The Tour will start this year at the Southwest Museum, a beloved monument to the past of Northeast Los Angeles and a focus of opportunity for the future. The Arroyo Arts Collective is proud to partner with the Autry Museum in opening this iconic building to the community. A variety of crafts and fine art will be on display.

Tour attendees will proceed from the Museum to view an eclectic mix of studios, homes and historic buildings in Highland Park, Mt. Washington and adjacent areas. Participants will be provided with a map of Tour locations and can create their own path, or utilize the shuttle bus that will stop at pre-selected locations.

Offerings include remarkable paintings in every genre, charming ceramics, dazzling wearable art, intricate metal works, hand-hewn musical instruments, finely crafted drawings and prints, sophisticated tapestries, and one-of-a-kind jewelry.

Northeast Los Angeles—or NELA, as the locals call it—is a magnet neighborhood for artistic talent. With a steady influx of new galleries, restaurants and boutiques, NELA attracts creative energy across many cultures. Don’t miss the opportunity to discover—or rediscover—this unique neighborhood and the artists who call it home.

Purchase Tour tickets in advance for $10 or the day of the Tour for $15. The Tour begins at the Southwest Museum, where participants will receive a map and tour badge. Maps will be available beginning at 9:30 a.m., and studios will open at 10 a.m.


Civil Coffee Comes to NELA!

Figueroa has a new coffee house, Civil Coffee, and we love it! Brothers Alex and Alan Morales have just opened Highland Park's newest coffee establishment, and we can't get enough. The brothers have great experience having come from Handsome Roasters as well as Tiago Coffee Bar and Kitchen. After that they ran a coffee cart, but a brick and mortar location was what they really wanted. Now they have it. Please go check them out! 5629 N. me a seat!