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Old 02-06-2013, 11:05 PM   #916
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More Shopping - Stanford Mall




Last night whilst we were packing, I noticed the ads on the TV for Macy's. Turns out they were running a Weekend sale and it was commencing today.


I figured it was as good enough an excuse for me to head to Stanford Mall as any.






I like the Stanford Mall. Sure, it is an open air mall....






...but that means lots of scope for pretty plants and landscaping.

















It does have a few areas where there is covered seating....












As malls go, it has most of the big name shops and plenty to look at.

I spent the entire rest of the morning shopping. Macy's got more of my money and by the end of it, I think I had ticked off most of the items on my shopping list.


Sadly, I had come in search of shoes. I didn't see what I wanted so I decided not to get anything rather than end up with a pair that I didn't need.




Is that sad or what???






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It's About the Food at Stanford Mall




It's one thing to have decent shops; but quite another thing to have decent food in a mall.


The one shop that I look forward to hitting when at Stanford Mall is the La Baguette boulangerie. With lines that usually stretch out the door, this place is just an amazing sensory overload experience for me. The smell of bread and coffee, the sight of gorgeously presented cakes and patisseries and the sounds of the oohs and aahhs from the other people in line....well, they are all part of snacking at this place.


Experience has taught me that the best time to hit La Baguette is around 11 am in the morning. I don't know why but there always seems to be a little bit of a lull in customers during this part of the day. Maybe it's just between morning tea and lunch time....but as I'm on holiday, it's all the same to me.







I settled on a mango mousse cake.







Light and luscious mouse between two layers of vanilla cake covered with mango jelly.







OMG! Yes, I definitely am cruel like that.



I contemplated lunch here but decided that I needed to branch out a little more.





The Melt is one of those new hip chains that opened up since my visit last year.






It seems to be a purely West Coast thing and I suspect that US domination is not too far away. This chain is all about bread and cheese. Really?


Yes, really!


You order and pay at the counter; the line was ridiculously out the door.
Your bread and cheese order is then freshly made and pressed. You can check the status of your order at the screens above the counter. They change status as it progresses through the various stations and the estimated time to completion stated is precise!






The grill and soup combo came under $9. I decided on the mac and cheese grill with tomato soup. I bought the drink to go with lunch. The pickle and crisps? They came free with the meal.






Surprisingly good. Very good.

There was an overt effort towards being eco-friendly and full marks to them for moving with the times. You won’t find bleached paper here nor will you find overly processed food. It really is all about the bread and cheese.



I had come in search of good food. I will DEFINITELY be back.







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Another beautiful set of pics!

I never would've thought of a sandwich with mac & cheese in it. Who knew?
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Another beautiful set of pics!

I never would've thought of a sandwich with mac & cheese in it. Who knew?
It's not quite Truffles with mac and cheese.....but it'll do.
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Very nice pictures of the bird and the squirrel.

The food looks very appetizing especially the mac & cheese sandwich.
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Shame about the missing birds at your usual spot, but you did well catching that squirrel!

What is it with the US and serving potato crisps with meals? I don't get it I don't think I'd be brave enough to try a mac-and-cheese sandwich either But I'm sure there would have been something appetizing there - can't go wrong with bread and cheese The mango cake on the other hand - yummo
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Very nice pictures of the bird and the squirrel.

The food looks very appetizing especially the mac & cheese sandwich.
Thanks, Bret. I got lucky with the squirrel. If you get the chance to, I'd recommend going to the Melt. I really enjoyed my sandwich. It might not have been Earl of Sandwich delicious; but I suspect that it had significantly less calories than one from EoS.



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Shame about the missing birds at your usual spot, but you did well catching that squirrel!

What is it with the US and serving potato crisps with meals? I don't get it I don't think I'd be brave enough to try a mac-and-cheese sandwich either But I'm sure there would have been something appetizing there - can't go wrong with bread and cheese The mango cake on the other hand - yummo
I think I've gotten used to getting "chips" with some of my meals. I can't remember how many times I've ordered chips with my meals only to get the crisps; and not the "fries" that I was expected.

I love different fillings in sandwiches. My FiL and I used to love having leftover spaghetti bolognaise "dagwood" style sandwiches; so mac and cheese wasn't too much of a stretch for me. In fact, there used to be an authentic Old English Fish n Chip shop in one of the city arcades. They were famous for chip bu-tties (it is one word, but I'm not sure about the Dis Filters)....hot fries in a bun. Talk about heart-attack material!
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Nice! I've always liked the Stanford Mall, too bad they took the Disney Store out of there.

The Melt sounds like a place I would really like, but the only So Cal locations are up in the LA/Hollywood area. Though I am in Hollywood weekly for band rehearsal, I don't get to the "trendy" section on Sunset and Vine where the shop is located.

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This got me curious about what Aussies eat with their sandwiches? Chips (as we call them) or potato crisps are the perfect accompaniment to any sandwich, especially for restaurants that don't have a fryer to make French Fries or chips as you folks call them.

Even at home when I make us a sandwich for lunch, I almost always serve it with some Kettle Chips and a pickle! I guess that's just another American sort of thing, like baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet. (But that little jingle from the 70s is probably also lost on the younger folks and non US residents who don't remember those commercials! )
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This got me curious about what Aussies eat with their sandwiches? Chips (as we call them) or potato crisps are the perfect accompaniment to any sandwich, especially for restaurants that don't have a fryer to make French Fries or chips as you folks call them.

Even at home when I make us a sandwich for lunch, I almost always serve it with some Kettle Chips and a pickle! I guess that's just another American sort of thing, like baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet. (But that little jingle from the 70s is probably also lost on the younger folks and non US residents who don't remember those commercials! )
For the most part we just get given a sandwich on its own, maybe with a bit of lettuce more as a garnish than anything. If anything comes with it it's usually fries or maybe a salad, or both. And we don't really do the sandwich and soup combo either. You'd be hard pressed to find a cafe/restaurant in Australia that doesn't serve fries at all - I think they'd go out of business without a fryer
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Nice! I've always liked the Stanford Mall, too bad they took the Disney Store out of there.

The Melt sounds like a place I would really like, but the only So Cal locations are up in the LA/Hollywood area. Though I am in Hollywood weekly for band rehearsal, I don't get to the "trendy" section on Sunset and Vine where the shop is located.
I miss the Disney store too. I hope you get to try the Melt sometime. I really loved my sandwich.



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This got me curious about what Aussies eat with their sandwiches? Chips (as we call them) or potato crisps are the perfect accompaniment to any sandwich, especially for restaurants that don't have a fryer to make French Fries or chips as you folks call them.

Even at home when I make us a sandwich for lunch, I almost always serve it with some Kettle Chips and a pickle! I guess that's just another American sort of thing, like baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet. (But that little jingle from the 70s is probably also lost on the younger folks and non US residents who don't remember those commercials! )

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For the most part we just get given a sandwich on its own, maybe with a bit of lettuce more as a garnish than anything. If anything comes with it it's usually fries or maybe a salad, or both. And we don't really do the sandwich and soup combo either. You'd be hard pressed to find a cafe/restaurant in Australia that doesn't serve fries at all - I think they'd go out of business without a fryer

As Zanzibar said, we just get the sandwich or it comes with a salad garnish and/or fries.
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About Bronze Statues




I'd just finished lunch and wondered what else I could do in the area. On a whim, I decided to head to the Mall's landlord.

The Stanford Shopping Mall is located on property originally owned by Stanford University. Sometime ago, at the peak of the property market, the University sold the Mall to the Simons Group for a dizzying amount of money. But those savvy business and finance people at Stanford still derive income from a percentage of the Centre net profits for the land lease. I was glad to have contributed to that income stream that day.

As such, the Mall is a constant income stream for the University. Which is just as well.......because Universities are not cheap to run and I would hate to see this beautiful campus shut down.

Worse....I would hate to think that the University would need to sell off some of their priceless art pieces for funding.



Outside of the Musee Rodin in Paris, Stanford University is considered to have the second largest collection of Rodin statues in the world.
Auguste Rodin is considered to be one of the finest sculptures of the 20th century. He worked on number pieces; working on the casting through clay mouldings and developed the most lifelike sculptures with depth and complexity and texture.

Rodin is reputed to be the artist with the most number of forgeries in the art world.



I'd come to see the outdoor statues before on a trip in 2009 and that elephant memory of mine remembered how to navigate around the campus. It didn't take me long to find a parking and make my way to the Rodin Garden.






Arguably one of the titular pieces in Rodin's body of work is the Gates of Hell. The piece owned by Stanford is not one of the original 3 gates casted; but rather one of a 3 casted later by the Musee Rodin from the original clay moulding.






Depicting a scene from Dante's "The Inferno", this piece contains 180 figures, ranging from 6 inches high to more than one meter. The details are just stunning and I easily spent over 30 minutes examining the gate.

















Several of the figures were also cast independently by Rodin.












I didn't have far to go to see the full size independent casting of The Three Shades. There was a set in the garden.






The beauty of this garden is how close you're allowed to get to the pieces and have that tactile contact.







There was a lot to be Meditative about in this garden. The last time a full sized bronze statue was sold, it was in the region of $20 million. When was the last time you were this close to that kind of money?













Just in this garden alone, there were at least half a dozen full sized statues.

















And quite a few heads....er....busts.






I'd come in search of artwork. I had definitely found it; but I also found a piece of artistic priceless genius!

After spending $$$ at Stanford Mall, it is nice to think that perhaps a percentage of what I spent today would contribute towards the upkeep of this garden.



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Bag Stalking





The last time I had visited, the Cantor Art Centre had been closed. I don't remember if I came on a day when the centre was normally closed or if it was closed for a refurb. Either way, I missed out the last time.






Not so this visit. I entered and was immediately awestruck by this!






Yup. It’s the Thinker. Arguably, the most recognisable piece of work by Rodin, there are about 22 monumental statues of The Thinker around the world.

Yeah....I know what you’re thinking.







I should have taken the pictures from the side; rather than a full-frontal view. But I guess I wasn't really Thinking straight that day.....actually, I was thinking straight.







It was here that I was to encounter a little sticky stalker.

There are no issues taking photography in the Centre providing that the pictures are for personal use. However, it turns out that the Centre does NOT allow backpacks of any description. You are allowed to carry a bag; you're just not allowed to have it on your back.


I had a personal security guard debate the situation with me; and as I was not leaving my bag with $$$ of lenses in the secureless open shelves and he was not going to guarantee that the bag would not develop legs, I took the bag off my back and carried it round with me.



So it was....I had me a stalker....all through the Main gallery entrance....




....and into the Rodin rooms....






Whilst I checked out the busts.....






....of all descriptions.












Into the second Rodin gallery. I certainly understood how these miniature Burghers of Calais felt!






I was followed all the way into Africa....






Where there was no masking the fact that I was not trusted one bit to carry that bag of mine!






It sure felt like a funerary cortege to me.






He tut-tutted when I nearly put the bag on my back at this point of my visit.







Talk about feeling like a sacred cow....er...cat.






I wondered where the boundaries of his watch lay. It obviously included Asia as well.






He definitely felt like lead weight to me.






Absolutely humourless and colourless!







Well....maybe a tinge of priceless green jade.






I thought about sticking my tongue out at him in the Oceanic section.






Okay. Common sense finally kicked and perhaps I was making it bigger than it needed to be.







He was, afterall, doing his job and having a great time trying to make small s'talk. And it did feel a little like having my own personal tour guide.








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It was a great afternoon!
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