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Movin’ and Shakin’

Mon Jul 13, 2009

I’m not really one to get precious about moving; I’ve done it about 26 times by now. But I’ve been battling a case of melancholy ever since we decided to move to the West Side a week and a half ago. It’s not like we’re going far, less than 10 miles, but I have a soft spot for this apartment’s crimson-colored walls—it’s where Neal and I met just two and a half years ago. I was just looking for somewhere to live, someone who didn’t mind that I came fully furnished. When I left here the night I came to check out the apartment $1000 lighter and with a set of keys, I was just glad to have found a place with wood floors and parking. In fact, when I woke the next morning I couldn’t remember if there was a window in my future bedroom. I couldn’t remember what color the carpet was.

But sometimes life calls for change. And Neal’s new job has him sitting in East-West traffic for an hour every night. So I’m going to pack some boxes and paint some walls and take a deep breath. We’ll be closer to the beach and have a whole new neighborhood to explore. There will be new farmers’ markets to check out and a bigger kitchen to play in. I’m going to make the most of our new home, because for the first time ever, I’m not making the move alone.

That said, I’ll probably be offline for a couple of weeks. In the meantime, here’s what I’ve been up to:

A new Farmers’ Market report – my monthly column for Serious Eats.

The first piece for my new food & politics column on the LA Weekly’s blog Squid Ink.

A piece on food blog ethics featuring my writing partner Brooke (aka Foodwoolf) and I in the LA Times.

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7 Responses to “Movin’ and Shakin’”

 
  1. Lucy Says:

    I’m sad you’re moving West – but have to keep Neal happy – does he realise he’s going to be closer to the dreaded sea?!

  2. Brooke Says:

    I’ll miss seeing your words for the next few weeks, but I’ll be sure to steal as much face time with you as possible! I have a feeling the move is going to offer you and Neal a fresh new perspective on everything (especially food)! Can’t wait to find out what new things you will discover!

  3. Jennifer Says:

    Best of luck with your move! Looking forward to reading about the inspiration you draw from your new surroundings. Until then, thanks for the linked articles.

  4. Hélène Says:

    Good luck with the move. We move a lot, from province to province, and I’m always nostalgic when we move but we love to discover new places.

  5. rebecca Says:

    thanks for the great links:)

  6. samantha from Maine Says:

    I too am moving from a place I have loved to a new town, closer to the ocean as well…there are a lot of things I am looking forward to, but many I will miss as well…good luck to you! I wish you well.

  7. Cynthia Ojeda Says:

    Hi Leah,

    My name is Cynthia Ojeda, and I wanted to reach out to you to fill you in on the Calif. Certified Farmers’ Markets that I operate her in L.A.

    La Cienega Farmers’ Market
    Thursdays 3-7 PM year-round
    La Cienega & 18th St.
    L.A. 90034

    Los Angeles Medical Center Farmers’ Market at Barnsdall Art Park
    Wednesdays from 12-7 PM year-round
    4800 Hollywood Blvd.
    East Hollywood, 90027

    West L.A. Kaiser Permanente Certified Farmers’ Market
    Wednesdays from 9 am – 1:30 pm year-round
    6041 Cadillac Ave.
    L.A. 90034

    I would love to meet you and introduce you to my markets. Please feel free to contact me at 562-495-1764 or ruby771@verizon.net

    Thanks,
    Cynthia

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