Life is as Life Does

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

There's something funny that happens when life is going well: it doesn't last.

I mean, I have nothing major to complain about, other than avoiding a hospital stay by two points on the Diabetes scale...

But you see, there lays the problem.

Sometimes we are so focused on the busyness of life -and actually enjoying everything that is happening- that we ignore our bodies.

It happens.
To all of us.
All. The. Time.

And yet our bodies don't really tell us what is going on, until...

A headache here, bodyache there, a finger infection (Yes, that happened!), just not feeling well - maybe exhaustion?

Eventually a visit to the urgent care where I had a come to Jesus conversation with a doctor that didn't know me from Adam, "You have to take care of yourself or you will not finish your will die..."

And then...

Major societal issues based on hate, ignorance and mostly fear took over our country.

To be told that you could have died shakes you to your core, but to see others dying for simply being born of a different skin color - in this great country of ours - makes everything else seem highly superficifical...

And so I did what I needed to do.

Take time off to reflect and to plan what I will put into action to make a difference.

Took a while, but here I am...hoping that any and all contribution I make will leave a mark in this world.

Ana Lydia

Trying the ALL IN ONE BURGER at The Lake House - LA

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

There comes a time in your life when you have to upgrade your lunch game and order the most epic beauty that you’ve come across.

For that, of course, you bring the talent of the leading food blogger in Los Angeles and Paul Tavakoli Co-Owner/Executive Chef at The Lake House - LA and Executive Chef at Polished Fork,
to create a burger of epic proportions, aptly called the ALL IN ONE BURGER.

For $27, you can share the ALL IN ONE BURGER, which is a six-inch tower of culinary proportions made with:

-Two quarter pound patties
-Onion rings
-Grilled jalapenos
-American cheese
-Smoked tri tip
-Pulled pork grilled cheese sandwiches as buns

For the more sensible burger lovers, Chef Tavakoli has also created a beautiful pair of pulled-pork sliders served on mini pretzel buns and a nice selection of summer favorites. Of course, all can be accompanied by a side of BBQ-style potato salad and hand sliced french fries.

Whatever burger you choose, you can enjoy them at The Lake House - LA casual vibe and indoor / outdoor seating, that is just perfect for the dreadful San Fernando Valley summer.

The Lake House LA also offers a complete bar and diverse seasonal menu made with ingredients from its own garden.

The ALL IN ONE BURGER is currently being served exclusively at The Lake House LA, located at:
6331 Woodley Ave
Van Nuys, CA
Phone: (818) 778-6530

Hours: 6:00 a.m. - 7:30 Daily

Lot parking, with no reservations required for this family-favorite hideaway.


Ana Lydia

Agnes Martin Retrospective at LACMA

Saturday, June 25, 2016

One of the wonderful things about being a member of LACMA, is being able to see exhibits before they open to the public. The first Agnes Martin retrospective in the US since 1992 was one of those exhibits.

On display from April 24, 2016–September 11, 2016, this extensive exhibition covers the full breadth of her practice, revealing her early and little-known experiments with different media and tracing her development from biomorphic abstraction to the mesmerizing grids and striped canvases that became her hallmark.

Agnes Bernice Martin was born in Canada, but lived her entire adult life in the US. She is often referred to as a minimalist, but she considered herself an abstract expressionist. Her work has been defined as an "essay in discretion, inwardness and silence," while to me, her work gives me a sense of calm, wonder and introspection.

Martins simple, clean geometric paintings are made in pale brush strokes of color that are lined with pencil.  Her work emerged from her Abstract Expressionist inspiration, yet at the same time precedes the Minimalist movement. 

One thing to note about that Martin's paintings is that while they're repetitive in with their patterns, she was not striving for perfection—rather, influenced by Taoist and other eastern philosophies, she felt her paintings were a reflection of the complex patterns of nature. 

When I think of art I think of beauty. Beauty is the mystery of life. It is not in the eye it is in the mind. In our minds there is awareness of perfection. - Agnes Martin

Ana Lydia

Oaxacan Food at Tlayuda LA

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

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As I moved away from organizing the Lifestyle Bloggers National Conference, one of the activities I planned on creating was a monthly (or quarterly) blogger meet-up aptly named #llbloghumpday.

Our inaugural #llbloghumpday event in Los Angeles was held at Tlayuda LA, a Oaxacan restaurant located in the up-and-coming neighborhood of East Hollywood that's owned by LA Entrepreneur Laura Guerrero.

The boutique restaurant has a small, yet substantial, menu that takes a modern twist on classic Oaxacan dishes, like Tlayuda's, which are Oaxacan pizzas, complex moles, and creative desserts, such as the Mascarpone Cheesecake by Chef Turok.

All dishes, including the perfectly crispy and flavorful black and white totopos (tortilla chips), and aguas frescas, are made in-house using authentic and local ingredients.

But while the food is the star of this urban gem, LA Art fans will also appreciate the artwork displayed from local artists, while a trendy mural and whimsical Oaxacan creatures are painted around the restaurant.

Our lively group enjoyed a variety of delectable dishes and sauces, most which were highlighted by avocado (sliced, mashed, and in sauce form), Oaxaca cheese (a mozzarella-like string cheese), and a variety of house-made moles; and of course, our meal ended with delicious dessert of both cheesecake and flan.

Some of my favorites from our first #llbloghumpday blogger & influencer lunch meet-up included the Tlayuda mixta, which had the perfect balance of chorizo, pork and beef; chicken mole tacos which were highlighted by their petit hand-made tortillas; the perfectly garnished torta Oaxaca, and, of course, you can't go wrong with any of the aguas frescas or speciality drinks of the day, with a special shout-out to the cafe de olla, which is the perfect end to a wonderful meal.

Tlayuda LA
5450 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90029
Phone: 213.261.4667

Hours: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Daily


Social Media Facebook/Twitter/Instagram: @TlayudaLA

Street & metered parking, with no reservations required for this local favorite.

Buen provecho!

Ana Lydia

Made in LA Exhibit at the Hammer Museum

Saturday, June 18, 2016

I was honored to attend the VIP preview for the third installment of the Hammer Museum's Made in L.A. 2016: a, the, though, only, which is multifaceted exhibit that features condensed monographic surveys, comprehensive displays of multiyear projects, the premiere of new bodies of work, and newly commissioned works from emerging artists.  


Made in L.A. 2016: a, the, though, only presents Los Angeles as a center of activity inseparable from the global network of art production and reveals how artists move fluidly between contexts and respond to their local conditions. Subtitled by the minimalist poet and writer Aram Saroyan as his contribution to the exhibition, Made in L.A. 2016: a, the, though, only extends into art disciplines such as dance, fashion, literature, music, film, and performance.

These pictures are just a small representation of the variety of artists from different disciplinary backgrounds that shape the overall Made in L.A. 2016: a, the, though, only exhibition.

Made in L.A. 2016: a, the, though, only is organized by Hammer curator Aram Moshayedi and Hamza Walker, Director of Education and Associate Curator at the Renaissance Society in Chicago. This cross disciplinary study of art in Los Angeles Made in L.A. 2016: a, the, though, only includes 26 contributing artists and participants. will be on display from June 19, 2016 to August 28.

Made in L.A. 2016: a, the, though, only is also accompanied by a robust schedule of free public
programs, including live performances, film screenings, a music series, conversations among
participating artists, and student events. (View here:

Ana Lydia
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