There are a few things that just make me feel balanced..(please omit any x-rated ideas here)…They are:

  1. being creative (includes shopping for art supplies, using them, or being with fellow creative/crafty folks sharing what I love).
  2. food………good food and the perfect beverage to accompany it
  3. music
  4. a great nap
  5. a certain Aussie's accent

Tuesday I needed to just get away for a bit and clear the 'ole noggin, take a break from work and some medical schtuff (and was a rare occasion the Mommy mobile was not for hire).  I decided to venture down to the Blick Art Materials store here in San Diego.  I have only been to the ones in Chicago so this was my maiden voyage in San Diego.  I dropped what I was doing and followed that yellow brick road (a.k.a. the Google map)

Lo and behold was I surprised and happy to find it was smack dab in the middle of Little Italy in San Diego.  I have never been there but where there are Italians there is good food.


But first the art supplies………..


For some it is shoe shopping, make-up, big shopping malls, Target, Home Depot but mine is paint brushes, pens & paints.

Right after I figured I had to eat (doesn't everyone) and hit this little bustling Italian Restaurant.  I swear the stars were aligned.  I ordered the first item on the menu that included mushrooms and it happened to be Risotto.  It has been my life's mission all summer to try risotto because I see it all these cooking shows.

Have you ever had a meal that just melted in your mouth, all the flavors danced and you literally have a food 'happy moment' (insert x-rated word if you see fit).  I swear the Maltese in me danced right out of my skin when I ate this meal!

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Now that was what I call lunch!  And don't think I did not get something from the bakery!  It was just what the doctor ordered to rekindle the soul and enjoy the sights and sounds of our city.  I swear that greater power knew to put that art store right in the middle of Little Italy just for me. 


The artist's world is limitless.  It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away.  It is always on his doorstep.  ~Paul Strand