I was genuinely excited to see Jeni’s installation at the OSU Urban Arts Space last night. It was a blast to run into the other participants, see the photos, ceramic dishes, and blog posts, but most importantly, collect the bowls for my dish set. I’ve been in desperate need of a proper soup or salad bowl set during this endeavor, and now they are at hand.
The bowls were put to good use Sunday night, as the House of Hufflepuff welcomed neighbors from Franklinton for a “Very Peruvian Oscar Party.” One of our dear friends, Elisa Leahy, hails from Peru, and many of us took the time to visit Elisa, her husband, Matthew and their three kids in Cusco, Peru, while they were filming their documentary, The Last Bridgemaster from 2013-14. It was a rare privilege to explore and experience the home country of a close friend. Beyond the majesty of Machu Picchu, the rich history of Cusco, and the stunning landscape, the real discovery was a better understanding of a friend, and the joy of watching her operate on her home turf. I am spoiled for any future travels to far off lands, as the benefit of having a good friend as host, translator, and travel guide made life abroad an easy and enjoyable endeavor. One of our favorite dishes from the visit was Lomo Saltado, and so we took the occasion of the Oscars to whip up a batch of Lomo Saltado, Peruvian Ceviche (Not Pictured), Avocado Salad, and Pisco Sour (a delicious cocktail if you aren’t familiar). Cheers.
PS: Boyhood and Grand Budapest were robbed.