Eat Real Festival and

I’ve had a little hiatus from this blog recently, but I’ve had a few articles posted in other places.

I wrote a preview of the Eat Real Festival in Culver City on July 16 and 17 for CBS Los Angeles. The Eat Real Festival is free and everything is $5. I’m most interested in the demonstrations where artisinal food makers will show the crowd how to make bacon, hot fudge, and cheese. Gustavo Arellano will moderate a food panel and Evan Kleiman, Good Good host and restaurant owner, will teach people how to make tomato sauce.

My freelance gigs aren’t all about food. I also wrote about LA libraries staying open longer, and an armed robbery at the mall for Westwood Century City

MomsLA, CBS, Crowdrise, and the LA Marathon

Have you had a chance to check out It is quite fantastic. MomsLA is the site founded by me, Sarah Auerswald, and Elise Crane Derby for the parents of Los Angeles to find out what moms are talking about.

So far, we’ve had posts about medical marijuana, Jamie Oliver and his attempts to get into the Los Angeles Unified School District schools, love and marriage, and Jane Harman leaving office. We have a little bit of everything and I would love it if you would check us out.

Also, I have a post up on CBS Local Los Angeles about romantic restaurants to take your very special someone on your anniversary. If you’re looking for some bargains in Westwood/Century City, I’m writing about local deals for 

All of these things are happening while I train for the LA Marathon and raise money for Help A Mother Out on Crowdrise. Crowdrise is Edward Norton’s fundraising site where anyone can start a project to raise money for a non profit. I chose Help a Mother Out because they do such great work for families. So if you’re interested in helping some local moms who are struggling to get diapers for their babies, check out my Crowdrise site. 

The Talk on CBS

There was a study earlier this year that said people who have deep and meaningful conversations are happier. I believe this 100 percent because I have fabulous, interesting girlfriends who like to talk. They can pick me up out of any funk I find myself wallowing in and they make me laugh.

I was thinking about the power of conversation last Tuesday when I had the pleasure of being a guest for a taping of The Talk and then a private lunch with some amazing bloggers and the cast of the show.

It’s always a treat to get together with the mom bloggers. They’re smart and talented and all so different. And the conversation is always meaningful. Tuesday we talked about The Talk.

Hosts Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Leah Remini, Holly Robinson Peete, Sharon Osbourne, and Marissa Jaret Winokur are hosts of the panel talk show. They asked us what we want to talk about and what we want to hear. There is nothing better in the world than someone asking for your opinion and actually listening. That’s why I think the show is going to do well. They want to know what interests people and how to be better.

For me, it would be to hear more from the show’s creator, Sara Gilbert. You remember her as the sassy back-talking daughter on Rosanne. Well, there’s a hint of that here, but she’s mostly quiet. The show is called The Talk and I hope that she starts doing more of it. I relate to her the most – she’s thoughtful, funny, sarcastic — and I want to hear what she has to say.

For instance, on the show we watched, one of the conversations was about Prince William’s impending wedding. Julie Chen said she couldn’t imagine what it would be like to have a wedding without her mother there. Sara Gilbert said she didn’t have a wedding and then went on to talk about her graduation.

Wait a minute. Did she not have a wedding because she couldn’t legally get married in the state of California? Or was it because weddings are so commercial and public? We’ll never know. I realize the show theme that day was mothers, but Gilbert is a mother and so is her partner.

I also think a conversation about same-sex marriage law is far more interesting than Prince William’s wedding. (But I may be alone on this. I got together with friends Friday and they talked at length about the impending royal wedding.) And that was something I mentioned after the luncheon talk with Julie Chen. I’d like to see more news, more world topics.

And I’d like to see more of The Talk. The episode we watched being taped made me laugh and cry. Sharon Osbourne and Leah Remini were funny and Holly Robinson Peete had a lovely segment with a mother and her young daughter who is suffering from cancer. When the mom said she cut off her hair to support her daughter going through chemo, I came close to losing it. And I almost did again during a segment with Sharon Osbourne and her daughter, Kelly. Kelly talked about when she found out her mother had cancer. It was touching and real.