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February 15, 2017 - We were in Anaheim today to visit the Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center. The Muzeo started out as a Carnegie Library that was built in 1908, which did operate as a public library until 1963. Eventually, after some major expansions, it became the cultural center that it is today. The museum describes itself as "a center for arts, education, entertainment and culture" so we weren't sure what to expect. We started out in the Carnegie Library in the historical Anaheim section.
Most of the building space was devoted to the current exhibition, Mukrim Korean Brush Art Exhibition. The Mukrim Brush Painting Club was founded in July 2008. It initially began with 11 members, and started with the simple idea of building friendship among artists. At present, the group consists of 32 members with ages ranging between 40 and 80 years. The origin of “Mukrim” literally means “ink forest,” and refers to the type of ink that is used in traditional Asian brush painting. In traditional brush painting, there is the concept of “one-touch,” in that each brush stroke is a defined movement or expression that is not repeated. Each brush stroke carries with it meaning and significance, at the same time there is a respect for the empty space next to it. The paintings are breathtaking.
The newly constructed building next to the Carnegie Library has revolving exhibits and the current one is called "Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times." Dressing Downton highlights fashion from one of the most widely watched television dramas in the world, Downton Abbey®. Because there was an additional charge for viewing this exhibit and because seeing costumes doesn't mean that much to us, and finally, because we've never watched the show, we didn't go in. However the posters outside certainly caught our attention.
For lunch we went to the nearby Anaheim Packing District, which is a restored citrus packing house and a former Packard automobile dealership connected by a park. The Packard Building is in the mission revival style and was built in 1925.
The Anaheim Citrus Packing House was built in 1919 and it is completely occupied by restaurants.
We somehow decided to try the Chippy Fish & Grill. We overbought on our selections, which were: Coconut Shrimp, Calamari Rings, Fried Shrimp and Cajun French Fries. We loved it all except the Cajun Fries were too hot for our taste.
To cool down our palates, we ordered a couple of caffè lattes from Pandor, but we couldn't help but notice their desserts.
We decided on their version of a cronut. A cronut is a croissant-doughnut pastry and theirs was filled with a dark chocolate cream filling. We immediately forgot about all of the Cajun spices at the Chippy.
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