This morning I wanted to do some yoga to help calm my busy mind but I wasn’t looking forward to the hour of Inhale I had waiting on my DVR…the instructor is just cheesy and the music is equally irritating since it’s the same playlist in every episode.
Thankfully, my dear friend (and yoga instructor extraordinaire) Anna happened to call as I was unrolling my mat. She suggested visiting yogajournal.com since they recently launched a bunch of online 20-minute sessions. I wound up choosing this one, which was a little slow but did the trick. I can’t wait to check out some of the other videos – a very good resource, especially when traveling.
After an additional 10 minutes of squats and crunches, I had breakfast:
1/3 cup oat bran cooked in 1 cup water & 2 TB egg whites, 1 TB ground flax, an organic persimmon, sweetened with NuStevia…
Two hours later I was hungry again. Oat bran is weird – sometimes it keeps me full for 3-4 hours and sometimes (like today) it just doesn’t have any staying power.
I immediately assembled a starving salad, using this new ingredient:
Dulcet Cuisine sent us some of their award-winning mustards to sample. I mixed a heaping tablespoon of their creole one with a can of chicken, salt, and pepper, then tossed it on top of mixed greens, sweet potato, and red/yellow bell peppers spritzed with Bragg:
Holy mackerel this mustard is good. No wonder it was a 2007 Silver Finalist for Outstanding Condiment at the NASFT Fancy Food Show. The perfect blend of spices and flavors – do yourself a favor and get this condiment – it will elevate your sandwich (or in this case, your salad) to another level.
They gave me a new mug! (I had dropped – and shattered – the last one I received.)
We took Julius for an hour walk – the film festival headquarters (hotel/movie theater) is in a giant strip mall but right across the street is a hidden gem of a path:
On the way back, we picked up some tickets for the 7 pm screening and Julius wandered onto the red carpet…
This is actually a preview of what’s to come…Julius did wind up posing with me later on in the evening but I’ll have to wait and see if they actually end up online.
The cast/crew got together for dinner beforehand. We went to the All American Grill, in the aforementioned strip mall:
The outside reminded me of the doll store “American Girl.”
Since we were a big group and pressed for time, we all ordered salads so it would be quick. The server was very accommodating. I ordered the Sonoma Salad, which had chicken, chopped lettuce, basil, kalmata olives, mozzarella, and red wine vinaigrette.
Woops, no flash. I scraped off half of the cheese, gave Abe my garlic bread (after taking a bite first) and wound up eating 2/3 of this. Meh.
Abe’s Mr. Greenjeans small salad tasted better. I ate a few forkfuls.
Then we all headed over to the theater to a sold-out show! Me and the star of the movie, Karin Anna Cheung:
Can you tell who’s who? People have been mistaking us for one another for years – in fact, it’s one of the reasons they offered me the role in this movie, to play her sister! People even came up to her to ask about “White on Rice” while I was standing right next to her!
“The People I’ve Slept With” was hilarious – I loved the finished product (it was my first time seeing it) and the audience seemed to really enjoy it as well. We’re just starting our festival run so you’ll be hearing more about this film in the next few months.
After lots of audience interaction and photographs, Abe and I hit the Yogurtland upstairs (this strip mall really does have EVERYTHING).
I got a mish mash of fro yo, plus some strawberries, mango, and kiwi.
My fave was the gingersnap/pumpkin pie flavors.
Thanks SDAFF for another fun film festival experience!