The Wedding Banquet & Thyme


The aprons are in the wash. Time to enjoy meals with friends and try other chefs creations. Even though Usually I am not adventurous in where I eat or what I try at weekends, unless it is a special occasion. I frequent the same haunts. Saturday morning’s ritual is a hike in Temescal Canyon with Caroline and Gavin, followed by breakfast at Thyme Cafe and Market in Santa Monica. Once there, if we are lucky we hijack the large table because of the group of friends that usually join us. I always eat the same thing – slow cooked scrambled eggs with bacon, mushrooms and toast. I love food rituals, it is always more enjoyable because I have anticipated the different flavors on my way to the event. Thyme has added a new atmosphere to our neighborhood. Prior to their arrival the block of businesses on Ocean Park had a blue collar creative feel. Thyme has altered the environment because the cafe is bright, modern and upmarket. The decor is similar to Jones on Third – another market / cafe in West Hollywood. We jealously scowl at the clientele that are arriving from the “other” side of Santa Monica and Brentwood. I am especially fond of Maire, the chef and Michael her business partner, who runs the front of house.
The Venice canals is where I would most like to live in Los Angeles. I am lucky enough to often house sit on Carroll Canal. Recently there has been a new addition to the wildlife, pelicans. Yesterday I sat in the window watching these prehistoric birds swoop down on the water, in all their glory to consume fish. They are larger than I had imagined and cause the little dogs to bark wildly at the invasion of their calm environment. Surprisingly the ducks seem to pay little attention to this latest intrusion.
Last night I watched a 1993 movie of Ang Lee’s, “The Wedding Banquet”. He is one of my favorite directors and wanted to see his food involvement in the story. I was disappointed with the film Even though food played a major factor in the film, the shots and dinning experiences needed more expression. The story-line had potential and I had hoped for more.

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