Sunday Brunch with Alison Martino

Brunch at My Place down the lane

When Alison Martino posted on her popular Vintage Los Angeles Facebook page about the Cafe Four Oaks in Beverly Glen Canyon, it was only natural to invite her for brunch and then walk down the lane we live on to the Cafe. In utter dis-repair, all of the doors were open, allowing us to peruse the premises, transcending us back to the Glory Days when Beverly Glen Canyon was an artist retreat. In 1968, the first time I moved here, my life alone lent itself to remarkable memories of musical monsters: Randy Newman, Van Dyke Parks, Ted Templeman, Ry Cooder, Russ Titleman and the master, my then-husband Lenny Waronker, were among the many who graced our home as well as the Cafe. My children were raised on the delicious sausage crescent rolls the Cafe famously served. For memory’s sake, I went to Paris Bakery in Westwood, the bakery that supplied the Four Oaks, and included this delicacy in my Brunch. Those of you who love to cook, as I do, may want to try my recipes for Frittata and Potatoes.

Brunch at my place down the lane

Frittata with Zucchini (Serves 4):

4 Eggs – preferably organic or free range, 1/4 cup milk – I use soy milk, but there are many varieties available, 1/2 yellow union – preferable organic, 4 small sweet zucchini, 1/2 cup parmesan reggiano, salt/pepper to taste, turmeric*/cardamon**, Fresh Tarragon. Begin by slicing the onion and saute for 5-minutes over medium fire. Add finely sliced zucchini, washed and peeled. Stir into onions and continue to saute for 5 more minutes. In two bowls, separate egg whites and yolks. Whip egg whites until frothy; fold in egg yolks that have been seasoned with milk, salt, pepper, turmeric*, cardamon** and tarragon. Add to saute pan and sprinkle freshly grated parmesan over the top of the frothy egg mixture. Cook for 3-5 minutes, then cover. Do not remove the cover until you are ready to serve as the eggs will souffle. Exposing to air too soon will flatten it. This may be prepared an hour ahead of time, but will be more like ‘picnic food’ at a cool-ish temperature. Still very tasty, though. Slice in quarters to serve.


Wash and cube 3 medium red skin potatoes. Add to a frying pan with heated olive oil over medium to medium-high heat. Give them a quick singe, then lower the heat while you add: 1 clove chopped garlic, 3 tbsp chopped parsley, salt n’ pepper with cardamon**. Fry for 3-5 minutes and transfer to a baking dish. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and cook potatoes for 20-30 minutes.

*Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory. The Hawaiians call it Olena and use it for an overall cure. For those who have juicers, add turmeric root to your daily juice diet. Or, add 1 tsp turmeric powder to your food. I do!
**In a pepper mill, combine 1/2 pepper corns and 1/2 cardamon pods. Cardamon enhances energy with courage. I like to eat a delicious meal that also has healing properties.

Bon appetit!

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3 Responses to Sunday Brunch with Alison Martino

  1. Hound Dog says:

    Merry Christmas Donna !

    Wishing Y’all Christmas Cheer & Happy New Year 2014 !

    Blue Christmas – Amy Andrews – 2012 – GA
    Blue Christmas – David – 2013 – Canada
    If I Can Dream – Elvis Presley and Celine Dion – 2011 – Canada
    Teddy Bear (Let Me Be Your) – Elvis Presley – 1957 – TN
    Christmas Wish – Olivia Newton-John – 2007 – Australia
    Mary’s Boy Child – Tom Jones – 1993 – Wales
    White Christmas – Jody Quine – 2013 – Canada
    Little Drummer Boy – Pentatonix – 2013 – TX
    Rockin’ Little Christmas – Celeste Kellogg – 2011 – VA
    The Christmas Song – Keith Urban – 2011- TN
    Suspicious Minds – Carola Haggkvist – 2011 – Sweden
    Love You, Too – Jenna Bryson – 2012 – LA
    Santa Claus Is Coming To Town – Michael Buble – 2011- Canada
    Christmas Song Medley – Marie Digby – 2013 – LA
    Cycle Set – Bobby Sherman & Donna Loren & The Beach Boys – 1965 – LA
    I’m gonna stick like glue, because I’m stuck on you !
    Stuck On You – Elvis Presley – 1960 – TN
    The Secret Way You Hold My Hand
    Let’s Me Know That You Understand
    All Of A Sudden My Heart Sings – Donna Loren – 1965 – Hawaii
    When no one else can understand me !
    When everything I do is wrong !
    You give me hope and consolation !
    You give me strength to carry on !
    When you smile the world is brighter !
    You touch my hand and I’m a king !
    Your kiss to me is worth a fortune !
    Donna your love for me is my everything !
    The Wonder Of You – Elvis Presley – 1970 – TN
    Santa Claus Is Coming To Town – Donna Loren – 1964 – LA
    Donna Christmas (Angel) of mine – Elvis Presley – 1962 – TN
    I Just Wanna Be Your Teddy Bear For Christmas !
    Happy Birthday Elvis Presley January 8, 2014 !
    Donna Loren will sing (Let Me Be Your ) Teddy Bear
    January 5th at The Echo Park Los Angeles, CA, USA
    Art Fein’s 28th Annual Elvis Birthday Bash

  2. Baby Boomers says:

    Oh Donna !

    Happy New Year 2014 !!

    Tribute to the love songs of the sixties !!!

    I Want To Hold Your Hand – The Beatles – 1964
    All Of A Sudden My Heart Sings – Donna Loren – 1965
    Rag Doll – Four Seasons – 1964
    I Only Want To Be With You – Dusty Springfield – 1963
    You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling – The Righteous Brothers – 1964
    Only You Can Do It – The Vernons – 1964
    Unchained Melody – Righteous Brother Bobby Hatfield -1966
    My Boyfriend’s Back – Donna Loren & The Righteous Brothers – 1965
    I Got Lucky – Elvis Presley – 1962
    Among The Young – Donna Loren – Pajama Party – 1964
    Donna Loren look-a-like 5 ft. 4 inches 125 lbs.
    Somebody To Love – Rachael Potter – X-Factor 2013
    That’s The Boy (personal unreleased track) – Donna Loren – 1965
    Follow That Dream – Elvis Presley – 1962

  3. Shindig Sixties Fan says:

    Happy New Year Everyone 2014 !#* !#* 1#*

    Happy Birthday Elvis Presley born January 8th 1935

    In The Ghetto – Elvis Presley – 1970
    Merry Christmas Baby – Donna Loren – 2010
    Suspicious Minds – Elvis Presley -1969
    Suspicious Minds – Carola Haggkvist – 2011
    Donna Loren look-a-like on television
    Somebody To Love – Rachael Potter – X-Factor 2013
    2011 Asian Open Dance Pro, Tokyo, Japan
    Riccardo Cocchi & Yulia – Dancing the Rumba
    Half the World – Belinda Carlisle – Live Your Life Be Free -1991
    Love Is All We Need – Michele Karmin – 2010
    Dream Dream Dream – Evan and Jaron – 2013
    The Distance – Brian Hagene – 2011
    White Christmas – Jody Quine – 2013
    Blue Christmas – Amy Andrews – 2012

    Most Wonderful Voice Ever Singing
    The Most Beautiful Lyrics Ever:
    Oh my love my darling
    I’ve hungered for your touch
    A long lonely time
    And time goes by so slowly
    And time can do so much
    Are you still mine
    I need your love
    I need your love
    God speed your love to me

    Lonely rivers flow to the sea to the sea
    To the open arms of the sea
    Lonely rivers sigh wait for me wait for me
    I’ll be coming home wait for me

    Oh my love my darling
    I’ve hungered hungered for your touch
    A long lonely time
    And time goes by so slowly
    And time can do so much
    Are you still mine
    I need your love
    I need your love
    God speed your love to me

    Unchained Melody – Righteous Brother Bobby Hatfield -1966
    Just One Look – Bobby Sherman & Donna Loren -Shindig – 1965

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