Huntington gardens, Nickelodean Building (The Loud House!) and Armenian chicken- Burbank and near

img_0735Loved my maiden voyage to the Huntington Collections and Gardens in San Marino near Pasadena, a spectacularly situated series of landscaped gardens (Japanese, Chinese, children’s, Australian….) and galleries (my favorite was an exhibit of early American folk art).

img_0739 img_0745My sister-in-law Heather (named here for her bemusement) and I drifted through one lovely setting after another, catching up, enjoying the greenery, flowers, huge trees, even the dramatic white-grey clouds over the mountains off in the distance. We had a light delicious bite of scallion pancakes and mushroom-stuffed spring roles by the reflecting pool outside in the Chinese garden and enjoyed the excellent gift shop (where I discovered that a Nashville painter Vicki Sawyer, whose whimsical bird portraits  I bought several years ago at an east Nashville gallery, has become a brand- I bought napkins, coasters and cards with her birds on them!)

Of course the best sight of the day was my four-year-old niece who knocked on the door of my guest house in lovely Burbank in the morning. img_0759Other highlights include seeing my brother and his fun new digs at the new Nickelodeon building. (He writes for the hit kids show “The Loud House”) and dinner from Zankou zof takeout chicken, hummus, tabbouli, rice with my cousin Scott!img_0762


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2 responses to “Huntington gardens, Nickelodean Building (The Loud House!) and Armenian chicken- Burbank and near

  1. Francine the Brit

    Lucy sure is a cutie!
    Looks like you are having fun in LA. Just saw LaLa Land and loved it. Give my best wishes to Michael. Does he tap dance too ?

    • betsyrubiner

      Hi franc, mike enjoyed your tap dance question! I loved lama land too (and have been to several of the locations used). Lucy is indeed adorable. great to see family and friends (including Susan who drove down from San Fran) takes my ne off trump a little ! Xox

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