About Lovely Linda

PullMyDaizy is the collecting place for the writings and creative musings of Linda A. Rapka. A rare breed of a Los Angeles native, I spend my time on the east side of town staying up late at rock shows, interviewing musicians, and running through parks chasing squirrels with my pup, Betsy.

Women’s March Los Angeles

January 21, 2017: A historic day of unity, organizing, fervor, and love.

I marched in unity with millions around the world, with women and men of all colors, ages, gender identities, religions, and economic levels, to say that the imminent attacks on all of our rights will not be tolerated.

The incoming administration has voiced clear intent — and already begun — to strip away civil rights and access to health care, raise housing premiums for those who can afford it least, enforce unjust policies on women’s reproductive rights and immigration, and impose laws that will destroy the environment.

I am proud to be among these individuals committed to protecting all of our rights. 

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The Moog – ‘The Moog’ EP (2016, MuSick Recordings)

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The Moog hails from Budapest, and there’s really no mistaking it. In a manner quintessentially Hungarian, the indie pop quintet encapsulates their hometown’s dichotomy of old and new, hard and soft, dark and light. Just as the resplendent beauty of Buda provides a refreshing contrast to the bustling vitality of Pest, the band’s rock, new wave and dark wave influences offset modern indie-pop sensibilities to create a sound at once familiar and altogether new. Continue reading

Game of Thronesing in Northern Ireland

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The Dark Hedges (aka “The Kingsroad” in Game of Thrones)

During my 5-day stay in Dublin, despite how much I loved this lively city full of the friendliest people I’ve ever had the good fortune to meet, I decided to take advantage of my proximity to Northern Ireland, UK.

After a long evening spent partaking in the extreme nightlife offered in Temple Bar, I was boarded a coach at the ungodly hour of 6 a.m., and our bus full of bleary eyed adventurers took off for a full day of exploration to some of the most gorgeous natural sites in the world.

What will be of no surprise to Game of Thrones fans, many of these landscapes have also played host to film crews for the massively popular show, whose location scouts seek out the most wondrous, beautiful, and remote places on earth: Iceland, Croatia, and Morocco, to name a few. The vast majority of the show’s filming takes place in Northern Ireland, and after visiting there, I can see why — there is staggering beauty literally everywhere you turn.

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My take on classic Alfredo sauce

It annoys me to no end when food blogs force you to scroll past nine paragraphs of drivel before allowing you to see the only thing you want to see: THE RECIPE. I vow to never do this to you.

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Linda’s Alfredo Sauce

  • 2 T unsalted butter (I use European style Plugra)
  • 1.5 T flour
  • 1 C whole milk
  • 2 cloves roasted or oil-pickled garlic, minced (use fresh for a stronger bite)
  • 1/2 t salt (Himalayan pink)
  • 1/4 t white or pink pepper
  • 1/4 – 1/3 C freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 1 egg yolk

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Tall tales from Dublin

Ah, Dublin. Just as I pictured you. Cheers!

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A Texan walks into a pub in Temple Bar, Dublin and clears his throat to the crowd of drinkers. He says, “I hear you Dubliners are a bunch of hard drinkers. I’ll give 500 American dollars to anybody in here who can drink 10 pints of Guinness back-to-back.” The room is quiet, and no one takes up the Texan’s offer. One man even leaves. Thirty minutes later the same gentleman who left shows up and taps the Texan on the shoulder. “Is your bet still good?” asks the Dub. The Texan says yes and asks the bartender to line up 10 pints of Guinness. Immediately the Dub tears into all 10 of the pint glasses, drinking them all back-to-back. The other pub patrons cheer as the Texan sits in amazement. The Texan gives the Dub the $500 and says, “If ya don’t mind me askin’, where did you go for that 30 minutes you were gone?” The Dub replies, “Oh… I had to go to the pub down the street to see if I could do it first.”

My five days in Dublin were without a doubt five of the most enjoyable of my life. After experiencing a whirlwind adventure in Stockholm then Barcelona with one, then two, of my dearest friends, we three left Spain to embark on our own solo adventures. Jonathan went to explore Portugal, while Christy ventured on to Paris, then various parts of Italy and Norway. The first stop on my own #soloeurotravels was the Republic of Ireland’s capital city, Dublin.

Dubh Linn Gardens

The Dubh Linn (Black Pool) Gardens, completed in 1680, located adjacent to Dublin Castle. The stone walkways are paved in a swirling Celtic design.

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I love you, Budapest

 

Of my travels this fall to many of the most gorgeous cities in Europe, I felt a most special and profound connection with Budapest. For me, this city embodies the perfect balance of old world and new, beauty and grit, wonderful people, incredible food and drink, history, culture, and wonder. In a word: magic.

I will be back as soon as I possibly can.

In the meantime, my cherished memories will have to suffice. I was able to capture a just few on film and video, which I am so happy to share with you here. Continue reading