Sunday Brunch Days

I have a love affair with brunch and I thought I would start a weekly post about all my favorite brunch spots I have experienced so far. Food is a huge passion of mine and I love to explore a new city or country through food. Today I had a chance to visit Baco Mercat with Faria of Faria Munmun Photography . The menu features “Western- and Eastern-Mediterranean influences, includes both small and big plates, and continually changes with the seasons. Our commitment is to bring you the best-quality ingredients and make them as tasty as possible.” Baco Mercat is located in the historic Old Bank district in downtown Los Angeles. I highly suggest Baco Mercat for any day, but especially Sundays. Let me know what your favorite restaurants are and where they are located.

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Cleopatra: The Exhibition @ California Science Center | Los Angeles

I’m so excited to share with you the Cleopatra Exhibit at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. I must thank Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf because if it were not for the barista making my cup of latte and slipping on that sleeve with the announcement of the Cleopatra exhibit I would never have known it was here! I have always been fascinated with Ancient Egypt and Greek Mythology! When I was in London, I made a stop at the British Museum and saw all the mummies they had displayed. I also had the chance to see the King Tut exhibit which was awe inspiring as well. Now I can see all the glory of Cleopatra’s reign, who was one of the most powerful and intelligent women in Ancient History.

I booked the earliest possible showing to try and avoid the crowds and long lines so that I could get my photo on. 😛 Well, I had to show all of you, who couldn’t make it, the treasures of her reign right? Anyway, the crowds were definitely light and there was still enough room to enjoy each piece of art. Upon entering the exhibit we sat in a media room where a short film and history of Cleopatra was played. The film ended and the projector screen lifted up to reveal a dark room with a silhouette of a statue. The the carefully orchestrated lighting turned on to reveal this gorgeous statue below!

The curators of the exhibit did an amazing job. All the objects, statues, relics, jewelry, etc were found underwater. Cleopatra’s beloved city was hit by natural disasters such as floods and tidal waves which sunk the beautiful city. The curators set up the exhibit to exude the feeling of an underwater dig. Images of underwater excavations were enlarged and hung up on walls, the lighting was dim and there were a couple of tactile exhibit for kids to play with to illustrate how sand was sifted and how sand is affected by currents.

Here are some of the images from Cleopatra’s exhibit.

These two statues were over 12′ tall!Ah the jewelry! Such exquisite works of art! These were said to be the two perfectly intact sphinxes found on the excavation. The image on the right is the head of Cesarian, Cleopatra and Cesar’s first son.Coins with Cleopatra’s profile.This was a small, but fantastic exhibit. I definitely suggest checking it out. The Natural History Museum is also nearby and so are the Coliseum and Rose Garden. :) 

 

 

TOTEM Cirque du Soleil | Del Mar Photographer

“A fascinating journey into the evolution of mankind”

I’ve been to a handful of Cirque shows before and the last one I went to was IRIS at the Kodak Theatre last Christmas. I thought IRIS was the best that I have seen. It spoke to my creative mind and my love of fashion. I loved the innovation and how IRIS incorporated the audience into the show and made us feel like we were part of IRIS! I won’t spoil the ending for those of you who have not participated. :p

So when I was surprised with tickets to watch TOTEM in Del Mar I wasn’t too enthusiastic. I didn’t think it could possibly top IRIS! No way! Well, the day arrived and we drove down to Del Mar during the week day. We got there with plenty of time to spare so we had dinner at one of our favorite restaurants “The Fish Market“. After dinner, we took a walk on Del Mar Beach where we watched the sun set and the Surfliner pass by. :)

Show time! So we always get front row seats for any Cirque du Soleil show. Yes, that is how we roll! 😛 I really really REALLY enjoyed the show! I just love how modern this show was compared to all the other Cirque shows. TOTEM incorporated technology with traditional music, dance and earthy sounds and colors. It was absolutely beautiful and I am so glad that I went. :)

Go Titans! | Fullerton

Ah to revisit my old alma mater. It’s been years, at least a decade since I have stepped foot on CSUF. I live in the area and I saw the changes that took place with the construction of new parking structures, new buildings, etc, but I never felt the need to revisit. Until one day as I was driving north on State College I saw what seemed to be a perfect urban shoot location. So towards sunset I went back and walked around campus and discovered amazing lines, colors, patterns, textures, light….all the ingredients that make up a great shoot location! I mean, just check these out.