Now that I'm back in L.A., I miss the food in Japan terribly.
I'm glad this city at least provides some decent ingredients to cook Japanese cuisine.
Missing food before missing someone may sound quite voracious, but food is always connected to people and by missing food, I'm really missing many persons: farmers like my relatives who grow produce with care and pride throughout the year, my mother in the kitchen who has always been cooking for my family and even the restaurants that provide each customer with considerate service and warmth. Then of course, there are each and every one of those whom I've had the pleasure of sharing the dining table with. Home is where food is truly good.
Thank you everyone for another amazing trip!
I love you all very much.
[kloo-zee buh-too-zee] opening Saturday September 8, 2012 at 12pm!!
From logo design to branding and interior designing, as a Creative Director, I was very fortunate to be a part of this most anticipated pizza place that has birthed in one of the most exciting culinary destinations in Los Angeles, Little Osaka on Sawtelle Blvd.
I've always been the biggest lover of pizza (and I know every pizza lover feels the same way about themselves).
From after-soccer-game parties in elementary school, special birthdays to celebrating my first gallery opening, pizza was always the best friend to share special occasions with; not to mention how much it's a part of my daily diet. Seriously, I can eat pizza every single day. There's a reason why it's one of the most beloved foods in the world. It's a simple and versatile concept that can please anyone's palate.
I write this as a strict pizza lover sans bias--Clusi Batusi's pizza is exceptional. To start with, as a pizza lover, I say, what's better than being able to make your dream pizza with the most scrumptious top quality toppings? Top quality produce from the farmer's market, homemade sausage, meatballs and toppings spiced and cooked with thought. And most importantly, a light, fragrant dough that embraces all that good stuff. Chef Gargani of Clusi Batusi will be creating specialty pizzas on a weekly basis with unique toppings and combinations that are really hard to find elsewhere. Above all, the best thing for those who can't wait to eat, the kick-ass oven will be cooking the pizza at an amazing speed of approximately 1 minute.
The drinks they've selected to accompany the delectable pizzas include pure cane sugar sodas such as San Pellegrino Orange, Blood Orange, Lemon and Grapefruit, Mexican Coke, Sprecher's Root Beer and Cherry Coke, and old-time favorites like Bubble Up and Lemmy's Lemonade Soda--at least for now. Here's more to look forward to. They will have a beer and wine selection in the coming months to enhance the Clusi Batusi pizza experience.
Clusi Batusi is pure bliss for pizza lovers; if you know how much I love pizza, you know how much I mean it.
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With Much Pizza Love,
Above: A digital collage I made in 2009 titled Sharing a Pizza. A very Sci-fi piece... At this time I was wondering what the future of "eating" will be like.
"Eating" is one act I ponder upon like a grave philosophical inquisition every day.
As the days become cooler and coziness starts to sound like warm orange lights and hot cocoa, I suddenly feel a stronger urge to be restlessly creative and productive. Do things like sawing, screen-printing and making things I've never really made before.
A week ago, my boyfriend wanted to take some tramezzini (Italian sandwiches) for lunch, so I decided to make the lunch right from the foundation--the lunch box itself!
It took me a whole day from preparing the silk screen with the fork 'n' knife, which by the way is a font: "Odds n Sods" by GemFonts. Love it! (visit the "Odds n Sods" fontspace page from here! ) Measuring, sawing, sanding, hammering... it takes some time when one is also trying to clean up all the mess that looks like an aftermath a tornado had left.
Anyway, more boxes and fun things to come! These little things make eating lunch a little more special and happy.