***Venue changed to Villa Blanca***
The Turning Point Series I: Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda
Book: "Unaccustomed Earth" by Jhumpa Lahiri - last three stories titled "Once in a lifetime", "Year's End" and "Going Ashore"
Restaurant: Villa Blanca
One of my favorite yoga chants is "Sa Ta Na Ma". That means "Infinity Life Death Rebirth". These are four turning points of one's universal life.
What about one's earthly life? What kind of turning points do we have? Do we all have the same turning points? Do some of us encounter unique turning points? How do we handle our turning points?
Let's explore these questions as the main theme of the next book club series.
The first installment of "The Turning Point" series centers around three short stories about Hema and Kaushik from "Unaccustomed Earth". We read and loved the first story from the same book last April, and will continue to discuss Lahiri's beautiful short story collections this month.
I sensed that both Hema and Kaushik ended the story with lots of woulda, coulda, shoulda... I can relate to those sentiments... quite well :) What about you? I would love to hear your stories and thoughts. Come join me at an Italian brunch table at Villa Blanca. Let's eat, drink and talk.
About the restaurant: Hema and Kaushik in "Going Ashore" reconnect and spend few weeks together in Italy, so it just had to be an Italian restaurant. It was originally scheduled at Fig & Olive, but we have to change our vanue due to a parade and festival in West Hollywood area, just 1 block north from the restaurant. The new venue is Villa Blaca in Beverly Hills.
If you are a fan of "Real Housewives..." series, you may have seen this restaurant on TV. It's one of the most beautiful restaurants in LA/Beverly Hills. Their decor is completely white, hence the name villa BLANCA... the walls, the ceilings, the tables, the chairs, their china, even the flowers... and there are lots and lots of flowers everywhere. If you love beautiful restuarants, you will fall in love with this one.
Parking: Valet is $10, all day. There is a public parking lot few steps from the restaurant. Public parking is FREE for 2 hours and thereafter, it's $3 for each 30 minutes. There are also all day FREE parking lot on Santa Monica Blvd, which is little bit of a walk. Some meters are FREE on Sundays, but not all of them. Please do not park in any residential area. The entire city of Beverly Hills is "resident permit only" parking, and they will ticket you if you park illegally.