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Taco Talk

blog by Robyn Wyman-dill

Some weeks seem to shine the light on our world mess better than others. Not because the special interests, religions and ideologies in the world are any more hell bent on multiplying their ranks – by dividing and conquering – than usual.  It’s more a feeling I get that intelligent signs of life have exited the building. Leaving behind no forwarding address. Which makes me hunger for the biggest common denominator and ultimate peacemaker – comfort food. According to psychological studies -this may be consumed for the purpose of positively piquing emotions. Replacing negative vibes with positive feelings. Read the rest of this entry »

Awesome Ayres of Manhattan Beach



photos and blog by Robyn Wyman-dill


It’s a holiday weekend in Southern California.  Which means beach barbecues and backyard grills will be in full swing, cooking the cuisine I like to call ‘pure Americana’.  (Hamburgers, hot dogs, corn-on-the-cob, cole slaw and potato salads.)   While the ‘barbies’ are being prepped, we head for the sands of Manhattan Beach, a well-heeled coastal community south of  Los Angeles International Airport.  My hometown for 15 years – which I am visiting 14 years later.

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Sweet Potato Dreaming

blog by Robyn Wyman-Dill

I’ve always felt a little like an outsider living in a world of inside people.  And like a gypsy, I imagine I am a bit of an outcast in the shopping mall of popular mindsets too. Let me give you an example.  I think the word ‘humble‘  is a defeated verb and not a gentle virtue.

“I feel very humble. But I think I have the strength of character to fight it.” Bob Hope said once.  Or maybe it was twice.

And since I care about words, I want them to reflect in my head the way they were intended.  So before we whip up our tasty side dish I want to clear up the confusion.  Is humble a good thing? Because I am trying to use it to humble my angst while I bake a potato. Read the rest of this entry »

Dealt Lemons? Don’t Squeeze – Head for Lemonade

blog by Robyn Wyman-Dill


There is much cause for celebration this month with some significant due dates nearing. As you well know, the whole world is aflutter with anticipation over the imminent arrival of a new Royal.  Meanwhile, behind the Orange county curtain, food connoisseurs of seasonal comfort foods are equally excited about the newest addition to the Lemonade restaurant family – opening here mid-month.  Read the rest of this entry »

Off the Beaten Track – Santa Monica’s Local Color

by Robyn Wyman-dill


Anyone who loves to travel likes to feel part of the local color – even if it’s momentary.  To find it, we decided to set our course – far from maddening crowds and tourist traps – deeper into the soul and heart of Santa Monica.   Here’s what we found. Read the rest of this entry »

Tribal Wars Part II – LA vs OC

blog and photos by Robyn Wyman-dill

Eats.  Arts. Entertainment.  Three wishes made to a genie in a bottle that transformed Orange County’s ugly sister – Los Angeles – into a speckled swan.  As food critic, I can attest to how exceptional the talent pool of chefs is in this town. Read the rest of this entry »

Polo in the Park – Will Rogers State Park


by Robyn Wyman-Dill

In April, intermittent showers replenish our green grasses. Nature wakes and – in some places – our clocks are set an hour forward, as Chukker season leaps into Spring.  Is this not a perfect time for a walk in the park where the legends of Polo roam?  Practice chukker season begins this weekend at Will Rogers State Park in Los Angeles. Read the rest of this entry »

Conservation Gains – A Step at a Time

by Robyn Wyman-Dill

On March 2, Theodor Seuss Geisel, American children’s book author and illustrator of “The Cat in the Hat”, “Green Eggs and Ham” and 46 other whimsical stories, turned 108.  Although he has been dead for more than two decades (He died at the age of 87 of throat cancer), Dr. Seuss’s influence on generations is still very much alive.  As a matter of fact, the National Education Association adopted his birthdate, christening it – Read Across America Day – in his honor. Read the rest of this entry »


Photos and blog by ROBYN WYMAN-DILL

As the season quietly prepares for spring, the cold winds of winter are keeping us indoors.  To keep our green thumbs busy, we shower our interior plants with T.L.C. Read the rest of this entry »

The Sound of Music

Music In the World Community

By Robyn Wyman-dill

I would like to thank everyone who has communicated with us.  As conductor, I am very pleased you are finding somethings of interest here.  My aim is to foster a sense of beauty and purpose in all its dimensions to our blog. Your response has been overwhelming positive.  Thank you, world community. Your comments are the sound of music in our ears. Read the rest of this entry »