Friday, February 10, 2012

Napa Sugar

In the kitchen at Cooks County, or any commercial kitchen for that matter, ingredients must be labeled when they are stored. That's part health code, part convenience. Kitchens, the great cultural levelers, (perhaps best chronicled by George Orwell) usually contain language barriers, which can make the entire experience more interesting than any other place on earth, at the moment. Every now and then, I'll go into the walk-in and find "brocoley." Or "Water Crest."  Or "gabbage." The best one, which I didn't see but chef told me about was something labeled, "Potato Leek Beets". The contents; rhubarb. It's what someone hoped the rhubarb would be. And that's okay. I believe in hope. And, I believe in laughing.

Last night, I found "Napa Sugar," the work of another hope peddler. He could not know that today, Napa Sugar is my new phrase embodying a spirit of hope and levity. Falling out of a pose in yoga is my Napa Sugar, my opportunity to laugh and strive for improvement of my craft. Picking up my drawing pencils is a statement of hope, in this case, exactly like Napa Sugar in that I hope the thing I wrote on looks like what I just tried to make it. I like to take Napa Sugars along Venice Beach, my new home, to soak in all of the fun.
Taking a Napa Sugar before I knew what they were called, last weekend.

What's your Napa Sugar? Go find some this weekend and tell me when you find it!


  1. I worked with a guy we referred to as Mr. Malapropism. Wish we would have made a list but a favorite was at a tense moment in a customer meeting when he reared up and announced 'Now that will really open a Panda Bear's Box'.

    1. That is awesome. I was in a business meeting years ago, and a high level manager announced that she'd always wanted to have a menage a trois. The whole room went silent. She meant that she'd always wanted to have a menagerie of pets.

      I'm headed for my Napa Sugar this week. Sappy as it is, one of my favorite weeks of the year is Valentines - and yes, I celebrate for days. I started Valentine fun on Friday. Tomorrow is our 14th anniversary and I'll surround all four of my boys in pink and red hearts and as many fun foods as possible. It makes me happy!

  2. I'll keep an eye out...
    Beautiful post : )


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