Christmas Is Never Boring!

Christmas, children, is not a date. It is a state of mind. ~Mary Ellen Chase

Oh Dear... Our Calendar Was Bare.... What To Do?

Ah Ha!  To Los Angeles we go in the little silver sleigh to visit Monsieur Marcel at the Los Angeles Farmer's Market and partake of some delicious delights.

Farmer's Market and Petersen's Auto Museum Christmas 2015
It was chilly out.... In the 50's!

We did snails (escargot), Ratatouille, and LaFondue Savoyarde (Emmenthal, Swiss, Gruyere, Comte, Morbie, and Roquefort) ending with Crème Brûlée!

Did You Know? - Crème brûlée also known as burnt cream, crema catalana, or Trinity cream is a dessert consisting of a rich custard base topped with a contrasting layer of hard caramel. It is normally served at room temperature. The custard base is traditionally flavored with vanilla, but can have a variety of other flavorings.

Farmer's Market and Petersen's Auto Museum Christmas 2015
Paul finished gardening this morning and brought the catch!

Did You Know? - In French culture, the snails are typically purged, killed, removed from their shells, and cooked (usually with garlic butter, chicken stock or wine), and then placed back into the shells with the butter and sauce for serving. Additional ingredients may be added, such as garlic, thyme, parsley and pine nuts. Special snail tongs (for holding the shell) and snail forks (for extracting the meat) are also normally provided, and they are served on indented metal trays with places for six or 12 snails.

Escargots are estimated to contain 15% protein, 2.4% fat and about 80% water.

Farmer's Market and Petersen's Auto Museum Christmas 2015
Ratatouille was outstanding

Did You Know? - Ratatouille is a traditional French Provençal stewed vegetable dish, originating in Nice. Though referred to commonly as ratatouille niçoise, ratatouille is popular among the entire Mediterranean coast as an easy summer dish. It is typically prepared as a stew with each vegetable being sautéed separately before being layered into a baking dish and baked.

Farmer's Market and Petersen's Auto Museum Christmas 2015
One way to get warm on a cold day!

Did You Know? - The word fondue is the feminine passive past participle of the French verb fondre ("to melt") used as a noun. It is first attested in French in 1735, in Vincent la Chapelle's Cuisinier moderne, and in English in 1878.

Farmer's Market and Petersen's Auto Museum Christmas 2015
These little guys ended up in hot cheese on the end of a stick!

Farmer's Market and Petersen's Auto Museum Christmas 2015
Sue is a happy girl!

Farmer's Market and Petersen's Auto Museum Christmas 2015
Where to now? Petersens Automotive Museum... Three blocks away!

We Never Run Out Of Things To Do!

Did You Know? - The Petersen Automotive Museum is undergoing a major renovation, and it's a stunner— thanks to a fresh coat of red paint and shiny new fenders.

The reflective steel ribbons began wrapping around the Miracle Mile museum's new red facade back in April. And now, the $125 million redesign seems to be speeding towards completion, which is expected this December. It will mark the museum's 20th anniversary. Once completed the undulating silver zebra stripes—designed by architect Kohn Pedersen Fox—will be lit from within and run around the entire building on the corner of Wilshire and Fairfax. According to Fox, the exterior is meant to "evoke the imagery of speed and the organic curves of a coach-built automobile."

The Petersen's renovated interior will feature 22 new galleries and plenty of interactive technology to complement the museum's diverse collection of vehicles. The museum recently announced that they've partnered with several international automotive brands to bring innovative exhibitions to the completed museum. One of the new galleries will include a revolving selection of BMW's Art Cars, designed by artists like Alexander Calder, Frank Stella, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, and Jenny Holzer. There will also be an installation demonstrating how Maseratis go from concept to completion, and a 1,500 square-foot simulation room where visitors can tear up legendary racing circuits.

Farmer's Market and Petersen's Auto Museum Christmas 2015
Two years ago... Plain simple building

Farmer's Market and Petersen's Auto Museum Christmas 2015
Ah... Wow! Racing red paint and shiny chrome bumpers!

Farmer's Market and Petersen's Auto Museum Christmas 2015
An original XKE from 1965

Farmer's Market and Petersen's Auto Museum Christmas 2015
A concept car built on a Chevrolet chassis

Farmer's Market and Petersen's Auto Museum Christmas 2015
The 1950's concept cars were quite amazing

Farmer's Market and Petersen's Auto Museum Christmas 2015
The original speedster!

Farmer's Market and Petersen's Auto Museum Christmas 2015
Clever in their redesign.... Cars now are in the proper settings!

Farmer's Market and Petersen's Auto Museum Christmas 2015
For our neighbor Del.... He used to ride these guys!

Farmer's Market and Petersen's Auto Museum Christmas 2015
We were brave and took the stairways between floors!

Farmer's Market and Petersen's Auto Museum Christmas 2015
"You go ahead Paul, I am fine right here!"

Farmer's Market and Petersen's Auto Museum Christmas 2015
The first turn indicators were interesting!

Farmer's Market and Petersen's Auto Museum Christmas 2015
They ran out of places to chrome!

Farmer's Market and Petersen's Auto Museum Christmas 2015
Snazzy!

Farmer's Market and Petersen's Auto Museum Christmas 2015
Paul's car... A 1927 Duesenberg!

Farmer's Market and Petersen's Auto Museum Christmas 2015
Looks like it is going 80 when it is standing still!

Farmer's Market and Petersen's Auto Museum Christmas 2015
Darn! We must head for home!
We are meeting up with Amy, Joe and the kids... YEAH!