Videologue #22. Gjelina Pizza, From our Kitchen

It is the end of the school year. It’s good that I am spiritually back with my family, I was going through some soul/existence cleansing since January, that’s a way to explain what I was going through. I woke up to see there is so much going on!  Every mom is so busy and is probably drinking at least 2 more cups of coffees without realizing how many we had already. Many of us have been present at the school year end events and also busy getting armored for the summer… camps are very important for everyone’s mental state for the summer.

In my PR girl days, I worked mainly with all the magazine’s who live 2 months earlier than the rest of the world. They need to interview and do photo shoots and make a magazine ready to print so they come into this world a few weeks earlier than the actual month it is made for. I was used to being in the Valentine giddyness when the world was making solemn New Year Resolutions, I was surrounded by summer collections when we were still in jackets and cozy cardigans, We forgot that it was steaming hot and humid outdoors while we were in complete trench coat mood, and we were all about New Years when the rest of the world was still enjoying the ripe autumns of the year that still had a few months to go. After my super early retirement from that world I thought living by that schedule was never to come back but I became a mom for school kids, and here it goes again! I  still have to deal with everyday things, but everything from school parties, holidays and camps and activity registrations  are being planned 2 months ahead. Similar state of constant time confusion but less glamorous. On the contrary many of my blog updates about what we had just been up to are usually a month overdue. So of course my memory is always a mess, of course I don’t know what day of the week it is and if someone asks how old I am, I go blank, I am absolutely sure I am 28, then I realize that is the age I was just a year after I got married. I have to count from there to figure out how old I actually am.

As I was going through summer camp registrations for my kids from the beginning of April, I started planning little summer trips for my kids, mom made summer projects(←click),  and maybe even another summer getaway for just Mr.B and myself(←click) during the summer. I love San Diego, but the near non-existence, barley promoted art scene really beats me up hard every few months and especially during long weekends and vacations. I know a regular high cultural life is a luxury for a mother of 3, but I am not trying to sound all stuck up when I say this, I swear I mean it when I say, there is something that they feed me that I starve for if I don’t have some arts in my life from time to time. I can live without the outdoors but I cannot live without arts. My dream retirement is to live in a city packed with arts and culture and buy a portable stool and carry it to the museums so many times a week, and be one of those white haired soft spoken elderly people who love to be curious about all the young people who are mesmerized and rooted to the ground by the same painting I am sitting infront of in my portable stool, while breathing in, and living in the artists view of the world.

Yet, we do have LA, which is a place that seems foreign most of the time but if I am really into something, It is possible to make a trip happen! I googled around and hooray! LACMA (←click to see the exhibition I plan to see) and HAUSER AND WIRTH (←click to see the exhibition I plan to see) have current and upcoming exhibitions that are totally worth a trip! I plan to be greedy about my number of visits to LA this summer.

On family trips to LA, we always make time for Gjelina(←click)in Abbot Kinney, Mr.B and I agree that it is our favorite casual restaurant ever, and the Pizza is something you can’t find anywhere else, I can’t wait for their seasonal clam pizza to come up on their menu again. I can only speak for a few cities around the world, but I trust our tastes buds. The place is genius, extraordinary. I was quick to buy the Gjelina cookbook(←click) after my second time of being blown away after a meal. it is my most used  cookbook along with my Ad Hoc by Thomas Keller cookbook(←click).

My most vulnerable weakness in the kitchen is any kind of yeast bread. I will be truthful about this video, my pizza crust from Gjelina’s recipe was a shame compared to their delicious pizza. Maybe I will give it another try this summer, their recipe and also a trip to Abbot Kinney to Gjelina for another mouth watering meal!

CHEERS!

lobster mushroom and scallion pizza made from gjelina cookbook pizza dough recipe
lobster mushroom and scallion pizza made from gjelina cookbook pizza dough recipe

학기말이라, 너무 바쁘고 일이 많아, 이 시기에 맞춰 정신을 차린 것은 다행이다. 영혼과 존재감 클렌징이라 표현하면 좋을 기간을 나는 1월부터 지내왔고, 이제는 끝! 깨어나보니 너무 바쁜 시기다. 나 포함한 모든 엄마들 일일 커피 섭취량이 늘어나는 시기이다. 온갖 학교 행사들에 뛰어다니면서 동시에 여름방학을 위한 캠프와 액티비티 찾으며, 스케쥴을 짜고 등록하며 여름 무장을 하고 있다. 바쁘더라도 4월부터 시작하는 여름 캠프와 액티비티 등록, 모두의 정신 건강을 위해 등록은 필수.

홍보녀 시절, 주로 잡지사들과 함께 일을 했기 때문에, 세상보다 2달 빠른 달력 속에 사는 것이 내 삶이었다. 해당월 몇주 전에 출판되어야하는 잡지를 위해 촬영하고 인터뷰하고 글을 써야하는 그들의 스케쥴에 맞춰 살았기 때문에, 새해에는 이미 발렌타인을 치룬듯 했고, 여전히 자켓과 두툼한 가디간을 걸치고 다닐때 여름 컬렉션에 둘러쌓여 살았고, 건물 밖은 덥고 습한 열대아 여름 날씨여도 트렌치 무드에 빠져 있었고, 화창한 하늘에 이쁜 낙엽이 세상을 장식할때 우리는 새해를 맞이하고 있었다. 이른 은퇴를 한 이후 그런 달력에 맞춰 사는 것은 더이상 없을 것이라 생각했지만, 학부모가 되고 나니, 덜 화려할뿐 그때와 똑같은 달력에 맞춰 살고 있다. 매일 매일 있는 체크리스트도 처리하며 살면서, 학교 파티와 행사, 미국의 명절은 물론 아이들 캠프와 액티비티 등록 날짜를 맞추느라 2,3달 앞서 살고 있다. 그리고 이 블로그 업데잇은 늘 평균 1달 후에나 이뤄지고. 내 기억력은 이 모든 것을 따라집기 불가하다. 심지어 요즘 누가 내 나이를 물으면, 나는 결혼 한 1년 후인 28살에 내 나이 인지가 멈줘져있다. 28살부터 한해 한해 머릿속으로 숫자를 더해가며 나이를 답하게 된다.

4월 초부터 여름 캠프 등록을 시작하면서 여름 계획에 대해서도 생각하기 시작했다. 여행과 엄마표 프로젝트들, 나와 Mr.B는 또 어디론가 단둘이 떠날 수 있을지에 대해서도 잠깐 설레이기도 하고. 샌디에고는 사랑하게 됐지만, 미술과 음악계가 비실비실하다는 사실이 유독 여름방학마다 괴롭다. 아이가 셋인 엄마에게 정기적이고 횟수의 문화생활은 사치일 수는 있지만….. 있어 보이고 싶어 하는 말이 아니라, 가슴에 손을 얹고 맹세, 이런 사람 많겠지만 나는 종종 문화생활을 갖지 않으면 죽어가며 숨 막히는 사람이다. 자연 없이는 살 수 있지만, 문화생활 없는 인생은 나는 상상 할 수 없다. 내가 꿈 꾸는 노후는, 미술관과 갤러리가 넘치는 도시에 살며, 접이식 의자를 가지고 다미녀 미술관과 갤러리에서 시간을 보내는 머리가 희끗한 할머니가 되는 것이다. 내가 들이쉬고 안에 들어가 살고 있는 작품 앞에 함께 멈춰 서서 빠져들기 시작하는 어린 꿈나무들에게 호기심이 가득해져 그들과 짧은 대화도 해가며, 그렇게 사는 것이 내 노후 계획이다.

다행이나마 가까우면서 먼, 멀지만 가끔 갈만한 엘에이가 있다. 검색을 몇번 했더니 신나게도 올 여름 LACMA와(←click, 올 여름 추천 전시) HAUSER AND WIRTH의(←click, 올 여름 추천 전시) 여름 전시들 중, 그 장거리 운전의 값어치가 있는 것들이 있었다. 올해 엘에이 미술관 당일치기 혹은 1박 여행에 욕심을 내보려 한다.

엘에이 가족 여행을 가면 언제나 꼭 들르는 음식점은 애봇 키니(Abbot Kinney)에 있는 Gjelina(←click)이다. 나와 Mr.B는 그곳이 이 지구상에서 가장 맛있는 캐쥬얼 음식점이라고 생각한다. 그들의 피자도 기가 막힌다. 시즈널 메뉴로 선보이는 조개 피자… 다시 나오기를 목빼고 기다리고 있다. 천재적인 곳이고 굉장한 곳이라는 말 뿐이 못하겠다. 두번째 방문 이후 Gjelina 쿡북(←click)을 당장 구입했다. 토마스캘러의 Ad Hoc(←click)과 함께 내가 가장 잘 쓰는 쿡북이다.

내 요리의 아킬레스근은 모든 발효빵이다. 솔직히 말하자면 이 비디오속 피자 수준은 Gjelina 원조 피자 크러스트에 비해 너무 부끄러운 수준이었다. 이번 방학때 한번 더 시도 해보고 싶다, Gjelina 쿡북의 피자도우는 물론, 애봇키니(Abbot Kinney)에 있는 Gjelina 음식점에서 밥 한끼 더 먹는 것도!

친친!

Author: lalaladaylight

About myself. I was a Child of Norcal. I marked my first blank sheets of life in a coddled dreamy university town reading, writing, drawing, and when I was not, ferociously rode my bike and sun bathed among the college and graduate students with beautiful minds. I lived half my childhood up in trees, had a free roaming little life that has become so rare in these times where I am raising my children. I suddenly became a teenager in Seoul Korea, where hearts were made to beat to pop culture and academic achievement… completely different and fascinating from what I had known to that moment. Toughness and a bit of spicy sass to withstand competition was the absolute cool. The blends of both lifestyles led me somehow to become a fashion major and afterwards a fashion PR girl in a most intoxicating fast moving Seoul fashion scene. Fell in love with the right guy, and after a few years somehow I find myself as a rookie at the Socal chill culture in San Diego. A Mama of 3 littles and supportive wife and best friend to my right guy in perfect beautiful San Diego. I am a collector, a never ending learner of all analogue and digital creative crafts and hobbies. I am a visual and lyrical story teller, telling intimate tales that generate from my table with my hungry loved one’s sitting by my side.

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