Day at the Dali

I’ve been to the Dali a few times and I understand that it’s one of our special attractions here in St. Pete, but I’m really not a fan. I dutifully take visitors that have an interest and I thought I’d seen all that I cared to see. Today we took some friends from North Carolina to see the Van Gogh Alive exhibit at the Dali and it exceeded my expectations. It’s called “Alive” because they project the images of Van Gogh’s painting onto the walls of several viewing rooms in combination with music and enlightening quotes from the artist. This immersive experience was so pleasurable I overcame my usual attention deficit in museums and was enthralled. One quote from Van Gogh: “it is looking at things for a long time that ripens you and and gives you a deeper meaning”. That was my experience of the Van Gogh exhibit at the Dali.


We took a quick spin around the Dali side which confirmed my original view that I’d seen enough of Salvatore Dali to suit me.

Our friends took their time with Dali while we escaped to the garden. The labyrinth is closed, but we had a bit of fun with a sunflower arrangement in the shape of a Dali mustache.

Glad I took the day off to play and enjoy special friends. Oh, and must tell you what we ate. We had a fun lunch at The Tavern, I recommend the crunchy Grouper Sandwich.

What’s for dinner-January 25,2021

A nice tray of smoked salmon demands a snack supper, assembly required. Trader Joe’s fig and olive crackers and Wasa gluten free crackers provided a sturdy base for cream cheese, avocado, and some crunchy cucumber slices. The Foppen brand of smoked salmon comes with a sweet mustard dill sauce. The cherry tomatoes added more color than flavor, but good enough for a January evening. One of my favorite combinations of protein and fat with raw vegetables.

Protein and Fat with a crunch

Book review-On Writing by Stephen King

I wandered into Books at Park Place ,, in South Pasadena on Saturday, a new independent bookseller with a friendly atmosphere. The gentlemen behind the desk seemed to be the owner and offered suggestions without being obsequious. I was moved to support this nice small business and paid more than Amazon price for the Stephen King memoir, On Writing.

Stephen Kings knows how to grab your interest from the beginning of his novels and does the same with this biography that is also used as a college textbook. He opens with a comparison of Mary Karr’s memoir, that he describes as “a panorama of unbroken memory”, with his own which he describes as “a fogged out landscape where occasional memories appear like isolated trees”. I’m looking forward to reading his history for pleasure and studying his writing style to improve my own.

What’s for dinner-January 21, 2021

Waste not, want not. Today we had leftovers for breakfast and dinner. For breakfast, all the leftover fruit from last night went into the protein shake. For dinner, we recycled chicken Franchese, quinoa updated with diced carrots and sauteed onions, roasted cauliflower, zucchini, a redundant bit of baked potato, all a little tired but refreshed a bit with some raw veggies and a little pineapple for dessert. All in all, not an exciting dinner, but the fridge is cleaned out.

What’s for dinner-Jan 20, 2021

It’s a celebratory day and I have to share with you a world class dinner salad Nancy whipped up: a yummy healthy mix of raw foods and seared eggplant with a tangy buttermilk dressing.

Dressing: whisk 2 TB buttermilk, 2 TB white wine vinegar, 1 tsp Dijon mustard, and 1 tsp honey with fresh ground pepper and a pinch of salt. Add 1/2 charred shallot (or sweet onion) and 3 TB olive oil and mix well.

2 small Japanese eggplants: Slice on diagonal and pan sear with olive oil. If you don’t find the smaller Japanese eggplants, you can use the larger type. I would recommend coating slices with olive oil and roasting in the oven rather than pan searing.

Arrange seared eggplant on a bed of lettuce with cubes of seedless cucumber, cubes of avocado, chopped cilantro or parsley. Add some micro-greens if you have them. Sprinkle with lemon zest and chopped chives and drizzle with dressing. We added some red quinoa on the side and some fresh fruit.

Easy and delicious way to get your 5 servings of fruits and veg and healthy fats!

Fly Me to the Moon?

Or would you rather go to Mars? The Perseverance Rover will be landing on Mars in 30 days (Feb. 18, 2021).

Interested in sending your name on a Mars’ mission? Want a fun educational activity to interest the young ones in space, the stars, life beyond earth? Go to send-your-name/ Since I dreamily gaze at the stars wondering what is out there, I have had my boarding ticket for more than a year.

More about the mission can be found at