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Indi Friday

Happy Halloween Everyone!

Here is miss Indi dressed up as Pocahontas living up to her full name Indiana. She was named as an homage to Native Americans. The word Indiana in Italian means female Indian and after doing some internet research I found out that it also means land of Indians in one of the Native American languages.

And here is Charlie:

Dressed up as a cowboy.

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About a month ago J and I went for a wine tasting event at Off The Wine here in Pedro. The wines were Croatian and they also had some delicious chevapchichi (Croatian kuftahs or meatballs) and bread on hand as appetizers.  Both the chevapchichi and the bread were out of this world delicious.

We decided that we had to go and check the place where this delicious food came from. The actual place is a whole in the wall and the only available sitting is outside.  Let me tell you, this is the best hole in the wall in San Pedro for both food and hospitality. The owner Danny is very friendly and he is the person who will take your order and bring it to you if you are sitting outside. He and his wife work very hard everyday and the results are fantastic.

The menu above is what they have so far. The first time we went there we ordered the Croatian Pizza and cabbage roles which were both delicious. The pizza dough is by far the best I have had since moving here to the US. It is thin and crispy just like in Italy.

We just went there a couple of days ago for lunch and we both ordered the Plyeskavitza, which is a patty served in the homemade brick over bread with peppers, tomatoes, lettuce and garlic sauce. OH MY GOD! SOOOOOOO GOOOD! The coolest thing is that Danny actually made it for us while we waited.

Pavich’s Brick Oven Pizzeria is a must have. I officially declair it to have the best Pizza in Los Angeles. And lucky for us it is walking distance from us!

Pavich’s Brick Oven Pizzeria
2311 Alma St.
San Pedro, CA 90731
310.519.1200

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Indi Friday

We have already established that Indi is a fantastic swimmer, this past weekend we discovered that she can play soccer too!

We took Indi once again with us to a family gathering. She had a great time playing with Lil’ P, who a year ago was very intimidated by her and did not come close. What you see in this video is a HUGE improvement. The two had a great time playing together…well Indi had a great time taking his soccer ball away!

Play close attention at what happens at what happens at around 0:48! 🙂

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The LA Times ran an article about the hard working dish washers and line cooks in the LA area restaurants. Anyone who has ever worked at a restaurant knows how hard these guys work for very little money. It is great to see them transition in the more prestigious positions! To read the article click here

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I just realized today that we have reached a little milestone here: 100 posts since Aglio & Olio first appeared in the Internet world. WOW for me, I didn’t think I would actually accomplish this, granted the majority of the posts are about Indi. It’s all good though, my mom gets to keep track of Indi’s growth from the other side of the planet and probably grow more anxious about meeting her. The poor dog is feared and she has yet to meet her maternal grandmother!

Anyway, something cool happened today. J and I went to pick up our marriage license at the LAX courthouse, which by the way, is a nice looking building right where the 405 and 105 meet.  In front of us there was a gay couple who were waiting for the same thing. I felt all warm and fuzzy inside when I saw the excitement on their face.  They only do civil ceremonies on Fridays, but apprently, in light of the elections they decided to add another day to allow those interested in getting married before the election. I thought that was cool — I am keeping my fingers crossed!

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Indi Friday

Moving around the bathroom at times is a little challenging given that a little someone loves to lounge on the bathroom rug. So for yours truly there is a lot of stepping over the dog while trying to wash my hands or brush my teeth! J, on the other hand, just throws her out!

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I feel compelled to post the follow email I received. I have never met Celeste because we don’t live in the same city, however, I have heard so much about her.  I am very fond of her mother as she is a dear friend and I consider her family.

I have been blessed to grow up in a non-sheltered environment and have friends from different walks of life. One thing has always been very clear to me, in the matters of love one can’t choose based on race, religion, ethnicity, color, or gender.  I believe that a love based on who fits the right category is not true love but conditional love. I also believe that the more we categorize ourselves, the more we drive ourselves apart from each other.

I think people should be free to be and marry whomever they want because such a decision must be based on love.

I hope Celeste’s candid words will prompt you to think about the importance of voting no on preposition 8 in California.

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Dear Friends
My daughter Celeste, who is 35, wrote this letter and wishes to have me forward it to my friends. Some of you know her and will recognize the voice of the lovely woman she is, some do not know her, but can imagine that having her as  my daughter is a gift.
You might not agree with her, but I must say her words ooze with gentleness.
Please feel free to forward it .
May you vote wisely
Irene XXXXX

Dear Family-

I wanted to reach out to you in these 30 days before the upcoming
election.  These are my original words.  I am not following the directive
of a letter-writing campaign led by another organization.  I am following
my own personal directive to let you know how your vote on this issue not
only affects thousands of Californian families, but how it will affect me,
and thus, how it will affect OUR FAMILY – the
xxx/xxxx/Cxxxxx/x/xxxx/xxxx/xxx.

Proposition 8 calls for a state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.
Same-sex marriage was recently made legal in California by a State Supreme
Court decision this last spring, making our state one of two (including
Massachusetts) that grant this right.  Soon after the decision was handed
down and made into law, opponents of same-sex marriage mobilized to put
Proposition 8 on the November ballot.  This is a contraversial and
polarizing issue.

I am blessed to have so much family in California.  I know that we may not
all agree on politics and on social or ethical issues, but I know that we
are all intelligent and compassionate, and I know that I love you all very
much.

Here’s how Proposition 8 affects me, and how it affects us all.  As most
of you know, I have been in loving relationships with women in the past.
I also have been in loving relationships with men.  Take it from me – the
love is the same.  The commitment is the same.  The responsibilities are
the same.  The compassion is the same.  The problems are the same.  Two
men or two women cannot “naturally procreate”, but more and more so,
same-sex couples have children, and provide for them as heterosexual
couples do.

Mom and Dad raised me outside of any church, but within a household of
strong ethics.  When I was growing up, I didn’t know all that many gay
people, and those that I did know (all men) seemed destined to perpetual
bachelorhood – they didn’t seem quite “real”, and it was so easy to think
that they were different and strange.  It was only in University that I
became more aware of my capacity to love both men and women, and that I
thus became aware of the fundamental equality in loving either sex.

We are alive at a time when not only are gays, lesbians and bisexuals more
visible in society, but with that visibility, comes an acknowledgement
that like the rest of heterosexual society, we are complex, nuanced people
who cannot simply be defined by our sexual preferences.

We are just as able to be smart or stupid, bad or good, selfless or greedy
as anyone else in society.  We’ll be just as competent (or incompetent) at
handling the responsibilities of marriage.  We’ll be just as good (or as
bad) at parenting, and at taking responsibility for our spouse’s families.
If we are not given the right to marry, we will never have the full
resources to provide for and to protect our families.

Some of my family may have moral convictions against homosexuality.  I do
not know for sure since I have only had the opportunity to share this part
of my life with some of you.  I dont want to strong-arm you into dropping
your convictions.  Just recognize that someone in our family (myself) has
loved people of the same sex, and feels no different from her friends and
family for it.  I am proud to be who I am, and will be even more proud if
I know that you love me for who I am.

Rather, I want to encourage those of you who have moral reservations
against homosexuality to not take your convictions out at the ballot box.
If you vote for banning same-sex marriage, you are voting for government
intrusion on individuals’ privacy.  You are affirming the State’s “right”
to enforce a moral agenda that is not universal to all religions.  This,
in my mind, violates the fundamental separation of Church and State in
this country.

I would like for this e-mail or letter to reach all of the family in this
State.  Please feel free to forward to whomever I have missed, especially
if they are a California voter, or to pass this along to others.  Also,
please feel free to respond to me.  If you disagree with my position, I am
able to listen to your side with compassion.  I hope that if you are a
registered California voter, that you will vote NO on Propostion 8 in
November.  Regardless of what you do, I will always love you!

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Love,
Celeste XXXX

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