17
mar

Lavender – love it or hate it?

Lavender is a phenomenonLavender is a flower, a scent, a color and a taste. With so many attributes you might call lavender a phenomena more than a thing, a color, a taste or a scent. It gives us sensual experiences.

The smell is calming as the sight of the flower that brings us closer to nature. It is a strong and fierce plant that will survive the most. The taste is subtle and a little sensually perfumed. The color is a mix of blue and red and a little perplexing.

Lavender is a color we often either love or hate. There is no in-between, or the in-between might feel indifferent to lavender or to any other color for that matter.

Some might say they like lavender in nature but not on walls or in the clothes they wear. The same often goes for yellow or orange as well. Why is that?

Color attention

There might be several reasons for that. We do have preferences in color that might regard temperature, past experience, context, combination or even personality. Some colors demand attention and if you don’t like attention, you are likely to dislike wearing such colors in your outfit. You might love the color in another context.

Color experience

The past experience has impact on our color preferences and our sensing of the color to some extend. There is little research in the field, but my conversations regarding color with others show that ‘dislikes’ and ‘likes’ of specific colors might have to do with past experience. Often also with intense experiences that might have involved other senses such as smell or taste.

Color attributes

Yellow and orange are often strong and vivid colors used to create attention. They are noticeable colors to be seen and stand out – also in nature where flowers attract attention to make sure the bees will find them and find them attractive and sweet.

Lavender is much more subtle, pale and a bit cold compared to the warmer tones like orange and red. The warm colors seems to be at a closer distance and the cold colors seems to be at a more distant distance. Also the warm colors tend to make us feel warmer and the colder colors tend to make us feel like the temperature is a little more cold.

Color mapping

Some years ago a color consultant visited my apartment and suggested that I should paint my walls lavender. I did not agree. The colors I had chosen for my walls were my picks from a creative angle but she made me curious as to why she suggested lavender. She answered that according to her chart of the apartment, the color should be lavender. The idea puzzled me, because I would not approach color in such a way. The very idea of mapping color into a chart is a great idea, but does it invite color dynamics? I have my doubts.

However I like the idea of having some guidelines for the use of color to control creativity. Choosing colors randomly and without some sort of control, charts or knowledge, is not the way to go about color. I painted my wall magenta and it did not work out for me at all. In the end I chose a much more earthy color and made some strong accents on the surroundings.

Color context

If we map the colors into rooms, directions and levels in a very strict chart, I would fear that the most important issue regarding color is left out; that is context. Exactly the context is a main part of color consulting, as I learned at the ‘Color/design class’ in Los Angeles held by Leatrice Eisemann. We might have knowledge about colors and their effect on us but have to remember that the context might make us choose other colors. We have to at least be open to change and also be open to the wonders of color. Color might still puzzle you and show sides and effects you never knew they had. According to temperature, geography, culture and lighting the colors context might change.
This is why colors are so interesting.

Color sense

Where does color sense come from if not charts and maps? Does color sense sometimes involve the color synesthesia phenomena?

Emotional colors

Have you ever considered that the colors you dislike just might be colors you associate with an experience that made you feel unpleasant at some point?

Those are questions I am considering at the moment.

 

07
jan

Din Tai Fung dumplings

Din Tai Fung soup dumplings

If you are around Los Angeles and feeling hungry you should drive by Din Tai Fung and get XiaoLongBao – or soup dumplings. They are the best.

Din Tai Fung is know in my family as ‘the dumpling place’. A simple and to the point description. Even if we also often get delicious fried green beans, noodles, marinated cucumber and occasionally a soup, Din Tai Fung will always to us, be known as ‘the dumpling place’.

Simply because that is the best dumplings we have ever had. Din Tai Fung has restaurants in several countries – the Hong Kong restaurant has been awarded with a Michelin Star several times. That is how good the food is. Din Tai Fung specialise in soup dumplings – XiaoLongBao.

Eating xiaolongbao

If you have never had a XiaoLongBao here is an attempt of a description: the dumplings are served in a type of steampot with a lid to keep them warm while you eat. You want to order a bunch of varieties to keep your tastebuds alert and tempted. Your meals come with a dumpling dipping sauce that, if cooked by yourself may contain: soy, vinegar, ginger, chili flakes, sugar and sesame oil. The recipe at Din Tai Fung might contain other ingredients – it is very good! You are presented to a variety of drinks but they also serve hot tea and water with the meals.

The XiaoLongBao is often a pale looking package of dough (go to their website gallery here). At Din Tai Fung it is extremely consistent in looks, size and taste yet all is handmade. They are exquisite little packages of surprises really.
You grab the dumpling with your chopsticks and dip it into the dumpling sauce before putting the entire dumpling in your mouth as you would do with sushi. Do not bite it in 2 because they are soup dumplings, which means that hot soup/stock is inside them. As you bite through the dumpling you will feel the slight resistance from the dough and thereafter the soup will fill your mouth with flavors and warmth.

Here is a google image search for Din Tai Fung dumpling pictures.

The tastes will of course be according to your order and I would suggest that you try a variety like fish, pork, vegetarian to get the best experience. Also order some crispy ‘greens’ to have in between your dumplings to clear the tastebuds – like ginger in sushi – here you could order beans or cucumber. Or just ask the staff what they recommend.

Greens from Din Tai Fung

Din Tai Fung in Los Angeles

We go to one of their 2 restaurants in Los Angeles and they are both very good. In particular we tend to like the smaller restaurant in Arcadia a little better than the one in Glendale. Simply because while you wait to get a table at Arcadia, you may follow the making of the dumplings through a glass wall from the reception to the kitchen. It is a spectacular sight and I can’t even begin to guess how many dumplings the guys make on an average day. They are working really fast that’s for sure. The restaurant in Glendale is also really great and both restaurants are very child-friendly.

Read Din Tai Fung reviews on Yelp

Make sure you have time

Make sure to go there in time before your hunger takes control of you. There will be a wait to get a table or even to get dumplings to go. That says a lot about the quality and the popularity of course. While you wait you are presented to a menu to make your selections of order. That way the dumplings are ready when you get your seat.

Enjoy your XiaLongBao

19
feb

Dirty Chai Latte

Dirty Chai Latte

I don’t know who came up with the idea, but I guess it was a question of time before the chai-coffee latte came about. The name of the hot drink is Dirty Chai Latte and I tried my first in San Diego a couple of weeks ago. Actually what I had was more likely the Dirty Chai that comes without milk – so no Latte in this one.

How was it?

Well, I always find that whenever tastes are not extensively good, they will get a little extra vocabulary to their description or name: in this case the word ‘dirty’ is used as an extra teaser. It is kind of a marketing trick but also a magic trick that often works on some segments. This one got my attention when I looked at the menu of my luncheon pcik for the day, but it did not turn out so well at all. I had envisioned a spicy and thrilling taste that would hit my tastebuds with excitement = dirty. This was however not the case because the taste of cloves was too intense. The cloves simply took over everything with their intense flavor and I felt I got enough cloves for the next many Christmas seasons to come….. Cloves are a typical Christmas spice used for Glögg and a variety of ornaments and cookies.

Chai people

Chai is still somewhat considered to be a drink of the more conscience people who do yoga, travel to India, likes Asia, Marrocco og the Arabic countries who tend to invite spices and herbs into their drinks and food.

Chai is not as addictive as coffee might be and probably a bit more kind on your digestion as well. Depending on how much sugar is added and the milk is, of course, also an issue regarding health, calorie intake etc. Aside from that ‘chai people’ are considered more calm and in flow with their lives, their mindset and their body. ‘Chai people’ have insight and they are lively and light in their energy where ‘coffee people’ are more ‘heavy’ with a dark sense of humour and a little pessimistic realism. They are grounded versus the more airy perhaps?

Of course a lot of us flow in and out of tea, chai and coffee drinking and therefore we flow in and out of dark, light, heavy, intense, calm, grounded and airy times. As a normal life does.

A second chance

Taste is hard to discuss since we have different preferences and first impressions almost never last, so I felt like giving the ‘Dirty Chai Latte’ a second chance to be my kind of dirty = a spicy and thrilling taste that would hit my tastebuds with excitement. This time with a homemade version with a Marsala Chai recipe from About Food, combined with an Espresso.

So my second try did not turn out well either but I will give it one last try with a lot less cloves. Actually I am going to use only 1 clove in total for my next and last try of a Dirty Chai Latte. If that doesn’t do the trick I might go for the Arabic coffee with cardemom seeds or the Mexican coffee where I heat milk with a cinnamon stick bathed in it.

And of course there is always the regular Latte to return to.

15
feb

Color block challenge – expand your colors

Color blocking signs

If you are working with color, you have to evoke dynamics into your color preferences. Color dynamics involves changes in your color likes and dislikes. Especially with a color dislike, you are more likely to deselect the color in your designs. You are likely to block them out. Why not challenge your color block-outs?

Traditional color-blocking

The term color block or color-blocking describes a way of coordinating colors in an often simple color palette containing 2-4 colors. Color-blocking offers a way of styling your outfit into a strong personal expression that empowers you. More so it is a statement of your creative and innovative design skills.

I have gathered a pinboard on Pinterest with some great examples of fashion color-blocking:

 

Color dislikes

Working in any line of business that involves graphic design, fashion, beauty, decorating, interior design, photography or trendforecasting your color palette is more likely to be very dynamic. The preferences change and colors become a daily part of your life to discuss, involve, love and maybe dislike.

Likes and dislikes are often categorized into several other groups for example your dislikes may be categorized in: colors you may use in your work or in your interior design but you would never wear them as part of your outfit. And then there is the colors you only dislike if combined with certain other colors.

Color block challenge

A perfect way to create dynamics and motion into your color life is to challenge your color dislikes.

  1. Find 2 colors you dislike when combined.
    Consider why you dislike theese two colors? Go down memory lane and question if there was a time when you liked the colors? Maybe you like the colors alone but not together – why is that so?
  2. Create an outfit or a moodboard that combines the two colors.
    By being surrounded by the colors you might begin to understand the colors. Why do you dislike them? What are their assets and meanings? How do you make benefits from these assets and meanings? It may be difficult to understand the colors – not even the scientists know why or how we react to most colors. By working with the colors you will get to know them and understand them.

Color block sportswear

We are used to seeing the color-blocking trend in the line of fashionable sportswear. Sneakers, t-shirts, tops, gym and yoga outfits, caps etc. have used the color-blocking energy in many years. An energy that is dynamic, vibrant and perfect to use to create motion and a sense of speed according to the design the colors are implemented into.

Color block combinations

Often a colorblocking outfit involves at least one strong, vivid color that may be combined with another strong and vivid color to create more drama and a look that will catch the eye of the beholder.

A more subtle combination is to choose a neutral color to go with a strong color to make the look more highclass and sophisticated. Depending on what you are aiming for, which context and mood you want to surround yourself with, you may have outfits that covers several personal styles.

Color block examples

An example of colors to combine in a colorblocking outfit is Imperial Blue and Turquoise in a strong and refreshing combination of colors.


Or how about the nice combination of nude – neutral – and honeysuckle like the bag and skinny jeans here:

And here is another very empowering combination of color blocking. Notice how these examples are very feminine and empowering.

Simplicity

It is often not a great idea to involve a lot of graphic prints in your garments, because that will make your colorblocking outfit too complex. You are looking for simplicity and color more than texture, print and complexity.

Color blocking classics

The classic combinations of color blocking are the combinations of black and white – grey, black and white – black and gold or black and silver.

Quick color blocking

An easy and quick way to combine a color block outfit is to use white or black as one of the colors in combination with some of your more creative or empowering accessories. A neutral color as your starting point is always a good way to go: a black dress combined with blue shoes (or stockings), a blue belt and a blue watch and/or necklace.

If you have black shoes and honeysuckle jeans but lack a black top, you might combine the outfit with a simple grey top to finish the outfit. The color block may be a combination of several colors. If you want summer look you might choose a yellow top to go with the honeysuckle jeans and maybe white or nude shoes. You might combine this with a mint green cardigan to complete your color blocking style of multiple colors.

Have a colorful day.

17
jan

Ice cream sandwich cake

Miette in San Francisco
A drive up the west coast of California introduced me to a treat of an ice cream sandwich I will be longing after when going back home to Denmark. The ice cream will be fairly easy to find because the flavor is a hit worldwide. The sandwich bites will be a little more tricky to find.

The ice cream sandwich cake is made of two chocolate wafer cookies surrounding a wonderful chocolate flake, mint ice cream. The combination is just so good that I have to try to bake my own chocolate wafers at some point.

Carmela Ice Cream

This particular ice cream sandwich cakes were introduced to me by a local Los Angeles food lover and I am so glad she insisted on going to Carmela Ice Cream. There is a variety of flavors in their fridge so you might also find a delicious Salted Caramel chocolate wafer version. The ice cream from Carmela Ice Cream is a delightful and tasty experience in itself – but the wafer sandwich is especially a pleasant experience.

Another great flavor is the chocolate sorbet which I feared was a little bland and perhaps too light. It was not however…. it was exactly the way I prefer it rich, chocolate flavor without the creamy taste and feel.

Carmela Ice Cream has several locations in Los Angeles. They offer classes for the person who likes to learn how to make delicious ice cream or just needs a little inspiration to the usual recipes and some tricks from the pro.

Ice cream sandwich cake

Miette

The sandwiches are available in San Francisco at Miette in the Ferry Market Building. Find other locations at their website.

Order the chocolate wafers from Miette here (box of 4 servings = 8 wafers in total)

There are other flavors to get, such as:
Miette offers classes as well for the person Gingersnappers with crème fraiche but the Chocolate flake mint with chocolate wafer is superb and highly addictive.

Ice cream tip

Speaking of ice cream I heard along the coast, that Rocky Road is supposed to be really good with Balsamic Vinegar sprinkled over it. I will try it tonight and get back with a review.

27
dec

Donut Revolution by Nomad Donuts

Nomad Donuts of the day

Crunchy Nomad Donuts

‘Crunch’ – the crispy sound of freshness and thickness is noticable as the knife cuts through the donuts from San Diego located Nomad Donuts. The crunch effect is a big selling point in general when it comes to food and freshness, and this donut is freshly made by the chefs.

Iced coffee and donuts

Dogma rules

Flavours vary from day to day and it is often not possible to get the same donut 2 days in a row. That is kind of a dogma for Nomad Donuts. Yet broken by the big hit donut: corned beef, jalapeno and horseraddish glaze which is available for 2 days in a row…..and often sold out. It is addictive and sooo good. The fact that it is not too sweet and filled with sugar is a win in itself.

2 donuts from Nomad Donuts

Nomad Donuts tag some of their images and quotes with #DonutRevolution and from looking at the menu it certainly does look like a bit of a revolution:

Nomad Donuts menu

– corned beef, jalapeno and horseraddish glaze
– banana, custard, bacon, peanut butter
– bacon, fig, goat cheese, rosemary glaze
– honeydew mint
– pina colada custard, coconut, lime glaze
– maple glaze
– cinnamon, sugar, chili, arbol

Nomad Donuts is just a little more than one month old but already in the top league of donuts. If you follow #NomadDonuts on Instagram you might get the next days’ donut menu in the evening and plan your donut treat for the next day.

A normal donut

Admitted – I am not American and I do not have many donut experiences but this experience was really, really good. I would say their donuts are in my top 3 list fighting for the top No. 1 with a Los Angeles donut that is absolutely heavenly – yet so different.

You find Nomad Donuts at 4504 30th Street, San Diego. Enjoy your donut experience.

23
dec

corepower YOGA – hot power yoga

corepower YOGA San Diego

corepower yoga

CorePower YOGA studio is a really nice hot power yoga studio situated in several towns and states in America. I visited the North Park studio in San Diego. Find their location here on corepoweryoga.com

Right now CorePower offers a week of free yoga classes to new students which is exactly enough time to try out some different classes and get a good idea of how the workout is at CorePower.

corepower yoga studio in North Park

The power of graphics

When I arrived to San Diego I was on the look-out for a yoga studio and the town offers several opportunities. CorePower was the one that really stood out as an interesting studio because of the brilliant name: core power really says it all – but I also chose them for their consistent graphic line: the logo is printed on their rentable yoga mats, on the swipe-through membership card and on several other items. the studios are new and so well designed and you feel welcome immediately as you walk into the studio.

The shop in the studios offer a great variety of yoga outfits and different fashionable, yogic items such as a lovely pink peace bracelet as seen on their instagram page:

Are you a last minute shopper like most of us? Don’t stress. Stop by our studios for great finds for your favorite yogi.

Et billede slået op af CorePower Yoga (@corepoweryoga) den

The CorePower yoga studio offers beginning power yoga, heated power yoga intro, hot power yoga, hot power fusion, restorative yoga, yoga sculpt and heated power yoga with weights. A great combination where you may choose the 1.0, the 1.5 or the 2.0 class which tells you a bit about the strength of the poses and the heat of the room. Every class ends with a nice stretch and a couple of minutes to relax.

The power of ujjayi

CorePower yoga studio is practicing the benefits from the ancient yogic ujjayi breath technique but you are welcome to leave it out, if you prefer so. However the ujjayi breathing will help energize and relax your body at the same time. I find that sometimes when I am very focused on the poses I drop out of ujjayi breathing and that whenever a pose demands a lot of physical power, the ujjayi breath helps me build up extra strength for the pose. The instructors at CorePower are really great at assisting your focus upon the ujjayi breathing technique when the pose demands a little extra strength.

But as mentioned you are welcome to leave it out – in general the studio is pretty relaxed and easy-going, so if you want to take a break during the yoga or just need to lie down and relax a little bit, it is welcomed. There is no pressure to strain your energy off balance.

The power of privacy

Each class opens with a request to raise your hand if you do not want guidance or help in your positions during the yoga class. this gives you the chance to be left alone on days where you might feel a little fragile or introvert and it is an absolutely great idea. It saves you from having to notify the teacher yourself.

The studio at North Park even has private showers with a frosted glass door to give you the ultimate privacy during your shower.

The power of Om and Namaste

Eventhough CorePower is somewhat spiritual in their yoga practice and use terms such as the beautifull Om in their marketing and the great Namaste as the farewell greeting after every class, the spiritual never becomes the main focus. The main focus is the yoga poses and the yoga practice. Some instructors highlight the yogic living outside the studio more than others so it is all about finding the balance that suits you, or vary from whatever fits your mood.

While I was in San Diego I attended a class with focus upon the chakra system – a highly spiritual energy system – which may be awakened and strengthened by yoga, meditation, diet, colors and several other practices. The main focus for the class was however at all times on the physical poses more than on the awakening of the chakra energy. I like to combine the “lightly” spiritual with the physical and the mental. I also like to have my own space to practice the power of the deep spiritual experiences. Therefore CorePower is perfect in my book. Sadly there is no studio in Denmark – yet?

Visit the website: corepower YOGA
Follow corepower on Instagram here.

18
dec

Cranberry vs liquorice

Cranberry versus liquoriceCranberry vs. liquorice

Cranberries are to America what liquorice is to Denmark – inevitable, delicious, a-must-try, a part of everyday life, a spice or herb that goes with the most, an acquired taste and a somewhat nearly ayurvedic ingredient. Some love it, others can not stand it and yet others have learned to tolerate it.

In Denmark we mainly know the healthy Cranberry Juice and the dried cranberries which we use as salad sprinkle or maybe in our cereal / müesli in the morning and occationally in a cookie. But the use of it seems as vast as the use of liquorice. We are not that familiar with the concept of a cranberry sauce and do not celebrate Thanksgiving which seems to be the time of year to really kick the sale of cranberry upwards.

On the other hand Danes have a tradition on Christmas where our dessert pudding involves a heated cherry sauce and for meals with game or dark meat we might enjoy a boisenberry jam or pickle to go with it. This serves to give the meal a little sour flavour to it and goes as well as the cranberry with turkey in my opinion.

Cranberry hipster ingredient

Cranberry versus liquorice
Here a list of examples for use of cranberries:

Cranberry ….

… juice
… sauce
… cheese
… salad
… muffin
… chiles de Rellenos
… syrup
… pie
… bread
… icecream
… relish
… chutney
… vinaigrette
… eggnog
… gelatin
… powder

Liquorice as hipster ingredient

Liquorice versus cranberry

Here a list of examples for use of liquorice:

Liquorice ….

… almonds
… beer
… icecream
… steak marinade
… coffee
… tea
… syrup
… vodka (called Små Grå)
… mojito
… cookies
… bread
… pulled pork
… milk
… macaroon
… milkshake
… smoothie
… powder

Cranberry and liquorice

Cranberry and liquorice does actaully also go very well together – here is a recipe for Cranberry Liquorice compote from Food and Wine.

Here is a candy jar from the Danish ‘King’ of liquorice Johan Bülow with Liquorice, Cranberry and Chili.

Another example of af sweet recipe is a cookie with cranberry, chocolate, almonds and liquorice.

My first ‘go’ at a cranberry sauce was more of a cranberry pickle or relish than an actual sauce. It did not turn out well. Not that it is a hard thing to master, but I simply put too much sugar in it….. rookie mistake!

12
dec

Dairy product detective

Non-homogenized, organic, fat-free milk

Finding the right milk

Dairy products are very different from country to country and it may take a little while to find the perfect product for your taste. To me dairy products such as milk is really a question of habitual taste. Don’t give up on the hunt for the right dairy product.

The variety of milk and dairy products are big in America where it is quite common to add vitamins and minerals to the milk. Any additions as such are however always printed on the carton or bottle. Being from Europe where legislations ever since the 70s have ruled against added vitamins and minerals to dairy products, I am of course a bit sceptic. Today things are changing however and several products now have added vitamins in Denmark as well.

Selection of dairy products

Cream or milk?

In Denmark we normally get milk to go with our coffee but some of the slightly older generations might prefer cream in their coffee and therefore perhaps also serve that with the coffee when having guests. Others simply like cream a lot better in their coffee but might on a daily basis choose milk over cream of health reasons more than taste.

In America the ‘half and half’ is commonly served with your coffee and often you have to specifically ask for plain milk, to get the taste you are looking for.

Half and half dairy product

I love my coffee to have added a non-fat, organic and non-homogenized milk if possible. If not available I can go with other versions but I do like my milk to taste like milk and honestly a good deal of dairy products do not taste natural at all. I guess the most natural would be warm or at least have a top layer of cream and in that aspect the fat-free would never exist……..

The hunt

After an intense search in the dairy sections of many, many supermarkets I found the brand to match my needs and tastebuds to be non-fat, non-homogenized, organic, grass-milk from Organic Valley. It tastes exactly like non-fat and natural milk or at least like the Danish skim milk called ‘skummetmælk’. My American friends have remarked that it is more or less like drinking water, but there is actually a very fine taste of milk to it.

From out-of-town?

On my request for non-homogenized milk, the guy in the dairy product area said: “You must be from out-of-town because we never have requests like that here. It sounds European!”

Well the guy knows his stuff and he quickly showed me the brand that produce exactly what I was looking for. Whole Foods sell it.

Whole Foods dairy products

What about the newer hipster product called Skyr? I wonder if there might be a match that is somewhat similar?

Almond milk

If you have a soft spot for almond milk smoothies – go to recipes from Almond Breeze – California is the right place to be. The variety of almond milk products is great and at a very good price compared to Denmark. This is of course a state of almond crops and it is possible to find chocolate almond milk, icecream made from almond milk but also other dairy products made from almond milk. Just let the fun begin.

Almond milk products

Good luck on finding your products out there.

08
dec

The Huntington

The Huntington er som et slot

The Huntingtons

Henry E. Huntington and his uncle Collis P. Huntington both shared great visions of growth for the Los Angeles area and they both understood how to make business and how to achieve their goals. They also understood that growth required a way of transportation such as a railroad. Collis, being one of The Big Four who amongst others owned The Central Pacific Railroad and The Southern Pacific Railroad, had already built or bought railroads to link several states to eachother. Collis eventually asked Henry to come to Los Angeles and share the management of the Southern Pacific Railroad with him. After the too early death of Collis, Henry started expanding the electric railways into an inter-urban tram system in LA. Los Angeles got bigger and population numbers grew and the public transportation system got better and better.

Today, however the public transportation system is no longer impressive since the town later turned into a car industry darling, during the American Streetcar Scandal, when many inter-urban railways were closed and transformed into roads, highways and freeways to be filled by buses and cars. Now carbon footprint is what is growing big in LA, sadly.

Huntington Estate

The Huntington estate and what was until the death of Henry E. Huntington, also the home of Henry and his wife Arabella Huntington, is enormous and the detailed interior design is absolutely stunning.

The Huntington Los Angeles

The Huntington estate

The Huntington plant life

Art building at The Huntington

Arabella Huntington, the second wife of Henry Huntington and the widow of Collis Huntington !! – a scandal back in the days – is most likely to have been the decorator of the rooms. According to many of the purchases made by the estate she had a sense for quality and very good taste.

Color methods used at The Huntington

The Huntington art piece

Mirror at The Huntington

As well as the impressive art gallery shows the interest and knowledge of Henry Huntington for art and fine arts. Here is a link to guide you to a closer look at The Huntington Art collections on their website.

Art from The Huntington

Huntington Library

Henry Huntington collected several important books, manuscripts and fine litterature, as well as an impressive collection of art during his lifetime. Today the vast library has some of the finest and most precious books within the collection. There is the life-sized nature Birds of America by John James Audubon, The Gutenberg Bible on vellum and a Shakespeare folio. Here is a link to guide you to a closer look at The Huntington Library at their website.

John James Audubon

The Gutenberg Bible

The Huntington Gardens

The gardens at The Huntington are impressive and you may easily spend an entire day or more if you plan on seeing everything there. The garden spreads out into 120 acres and has more than 12 different gardens within. It offers so many different plants and spectacular speciments, that the garden by itself deserves a full day visit. Here is a link to guide you to a closer look at The Huntington Gardens at their website.

The Huntington cactus garden

The Huntington garden view

You may just enjoy the view of the garden from the breathtaking view of the terrace or with a nice cup of something in the Japanese Garden café which also often offers a delightfull concert. A perfect end to a visit at The Huntington – enjoy!