The third part of my article in Culture Vixen magazine published today, packed with Florence’s greatest attractions. Check it out here:
Check out my guide to eating in Florence and discover the city’s best gelaterie too!
Florence, known in Italian as Firenze, is in my opinion absolutely the most beautiful city in the world. I fell in love with the city during a blissful year abroad studying art, art history and the Italian language. I hadn’t been back to Florence for over a decade and with such great expectations to live up to, I wasn’t sure what to expect.
I wanted to share this feature article I wrote for CultureVixen.com, about my experience learning the art of Moroccan cooking abroad.
I love Moroccan cuisine. Pastilla, or meat pies encased in puff pastry and covered with powdered sugar and cinnamon, savory lamb tajines, and hot mint tea don’t even begin to scratch the surface of this complex culinary culture. My food obsession led me all the way to Morocco where I followed my taste buds right into the Moroccan kitchen.
A while back I attended my first roller derby match and loved it! The event flyer was super catchy and featured a colorful illustration of two skaters facing off. I tracked down the illustrator who turned out to be esteemed storyboard artist Sandra Fame, also known in the derby world as “Tara Armov”.
Well, I interviewed Tara about skating and art, and my full-length interview, “Skating and Drawing, Behind the Scenes with an L.A. Derby Doll,” made it into Blood and Thunder magazine as a featured cover story!!! Wow! The magazine is on newsstands now, and you can also check it out online at bloodandthundermag.com.
Not only is today’s post my 400th post, but it also marks the launch of my brand spanking new artist website and blog. Can you believe it?!? I’m so excited!
This is design version #7.0, and this launch means the long hours of coding and design into the middle of the night have come to an end. (whew!) That means I can get back in the studio and just paint again!
I started this blog in 2005 and 400 posts later, it’s still going strong. So have a look around and please feel free to get in touch with your feedback and thoughts, I’d love to hear from you!
Los Angeles, California November 2011
G & T dressed to impress as Scooby Doo characters Daphne and Fred.
Halloween has come early this year! Disneyland’s got a fun new event going on Tuesdays and Fridays leading up to Halloween where you are free to don a costume, trick or treat openly, and enjoy the unique experience of reduced crowds and no wait time for rides! (At least, that is the way it was on the rainy night we went.)
It was kind of an amazing night with both T and I hand-picked by Disney staff to ride on a float in the Disneyland parade with a select group of costumed partygoers, and a bunch of fancy Disney monsters and dancers. What are the chances of being picked out in a crowd of hundreds of thousands? Anyway, all the kids loved our costumes, and we got frequent requests to pose in other people’s pictures. Now I have the unique challenge of coming up with an idea to top this amazing party for the actual Halloween…
Usually this blog is all about art. But, as some of you may be aware, I got my start in journalism working as an editor and a writer for various magazines and newspapers before I moved into the art and design fields. But I’ve always kept up with my writing, taking on side projects over the years. Recently I’ve started to get more involved with writing again.
I launched the blog CULTUREVIXEN.com late last year, and we’re up and blogging strong with a small team of talented writers. CultureVixen is a stylish insider’s guide to the best of contemporary creative culture, covering art, food, travel, design, style, and entertainment. I also put together a full writer’s website showcasing my writing samples at GOGAYLE.com. I’m currently working on integrating all my sites together at the moment, but as you can imagine it’s been super busy, busy, busy!
Then yesterday, I was featured on CAKESPY.com, named a favorite food blog by Gourmet.com and Saveur Magazine, and featured in Sunset magazine. I’ve long had a passion for food, and a soft spot for desserts, so the article on the Danish bakery scene in Solvang, California was just up my alley! I hope you have a chance to check out the new article, and the new sites! Happy Friday!