3 on Thursday aka Mirepoix

I’m posting today from LA, where I’m at a work conference. I’m actually really enjoying the conference (which is not something you can always say). I’m also excited because I decided to stay through the weekend to see some LA-based friends.

I’ve also decided to rebrand this weekly feature. While I love me some alliteration, I decided it was time for a refresh. From now on, I’ll be calling this weekly post “Mirepoix”. The content will remain the same: it’s three things that make me happy in a given week. All that’s changing is the name. Why? Because while this blog covers a bit of everything, it almost always comes back to food so I’d like to establish a link to that overarching theme. Why “Mirepoix?” Because in French and Creole cooking, the mirepoix (diced carrots, onion, and celery) is used as the base for just about everything and is known as “the holy trinity.” Well, that’s basically what this feature is: my holy trinity for the week.

I hosted Rosh Hashanah this week and was very happy with how it all turned out. We had a last minute addition so we were 9 people, requiring an extra leaf in the table. It made me so happy to have a full home…and it made me happy that all the food turned out so well. Everyone was raving about the barley and mushrooms casserole, a staple at my Grandma’s house growing up. I’m glad I could make Mildred proud with that one.

It’s my first time in the DTLA neighborhood, and I’m really liking it. I know there’s been a big effort to build up this area in the last 5-10 years and it seems to be working. There are tons of boutiques and restaurants, but mostly I love looking at all the art deco style buildings on Broadway.

I love chicken wire on windows. It’s one of the many features I love about the Ace Hotel, where we’re staying. This building has tons of history and some amazing architectural details.