Archive for July 2012

Cutting the Mustard at Maille

blog by Robyn Wyman-Dill

Paris is a city made for mustard lovers.  More than 80 mustards – which change seasonally with the accompaniment of fresh fruits, vegetables and spices – take up residence here. Made with love, many of them are not offered outside of France.  All of which are worthy objects of a foodie’s desire. Read the rest of this entry »

Del Mar Opening Day Races











Opening Day at Del Mar Racetrack 2012

Photos by Lisa Hershman

Del Mar Racetrack Sings this Song, Doo-da, Doo-da

blog by Robyn Wyman-Dill

We are at the mid-summer stretch in southern California. Our days are longer and fully occupied with brighter, sunnier skies. It’s short sleeves and sandal weather.  Now is the time for all good people to have some summer fun.  Most communities publish their calendar of events online.  Others put up banners and signs advertising outdoor concerts in parks, beaches and stadiums. In the seaside town of Del Mar, 20 miles south of San Diego, the “Where the Turf Meets the Sands”  Del Mar Racetracks opened its 75th season last Wednesday. It was a spectacular beginning to its 2012 eight-week season. Read the rest of this entry »

Bee Havior

Blog by Robyn Wyman-Dill

Ever been out with someone who suddenly goes bee serk when a bee flies by?

 Granted, a bee no more than 26mm (1”) can make a grown man cry.  A woman will jerk her body in unattractive ways – to avoid one  Yet, in actual fact, very few people ever get stung by the bee passerby. 

And, the odds of it being a fatal sting are even less. 

Rest assured, the average bee’s sting does not last forever.  So, why does everyone go into high alert mode when a bee buzzes by? Read the rest of this entry »

Nora Ephron meets Butterfly Mass

blog and photos by Robyn Wyman-Dill

Nora Ephron was raised in L.A., but she lived, loved and breathed Manhattan. In fact, she was its emblem.  Nora Ephron is remembered today by journalist Meredith Blake in “An Honest and Confident Voice” (calendar section of Sunday Los Angeles Times).  A touching story of a girl who was not afraid to write comfortably about what was important to her.

Ephron was open in her thinking, honest in her writing, funny and smart.  Her works strike a cord with a generation of women.  Her stories about resilience hang tight to a wind of fresh air.  I see butterflies in the sky with lucy.  Fluttering over homes and gardens of San Juan Capistrano. A resilience swarm of butterflies on the way to the beach.  I stop to compare the Ephron’s character to that of the butterfly.    Read the rest of this entry »

Food Thoughts on Forster Ranch Ridgeline Trail

Blog and photos by Robyn Wyman-Dill

July rounds the corner this week bringing temperamental weather to the United States.   While sweltering heat stymies the Eastern seaboard, wild winds immobilize the region with no electric power.  The beautiful state of Colorado is engulfed in red hot flames. Habitats and homes are burning.  Too many to count.  Cooler temperatures – ranging from 70s – 80s – chills those southern Californians headed for the beach this weekend. A moody mist hogs its coastal air.  It is perfect hiking weather.

My sights are set on the hillsides of Forster Ranch (the Forster Mansion is a historic landmark in San Juan Capistrano(SJC) used for special events).  This is just the kind of exercise I need to be in shape for the Asian Night Market and Delicacy dinner – on the menu at the Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival this August – but, we’ll get to that later. Read the rest of this entry »