I was so tired on Sunday! Between getting to bed late after the screening (thank you all for your uber sweet comments about my dress) and daylight savings, I definitely wasn’t running on a full tank. We had brunch plans at our cousins, though, so staying in my pj’s all day was not an option.
We picked up some strawberries from the farmers market on the way and added them to the buffet:
I wasn’t too hungry from our late-night burger/fries the night before so I filled up on mostly fresh produce:
Fruit salad, green salad and veggies, a slice of bacon, and a delicious chorizo/potato/egg casserole. I wound up sacrificing my egg to Abe so he could get a little protein.
In the cupboards, I found something I’ve been looking for the last few months – one of Celestial Seasonings’ Holiday Tea flavors. It wasn’t the elusive Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride but I was still so excited my friend Beth snapped a photo of me on her iphone:
There was only ONE SACHET LEFT. Beth and I shared it. I felt I was excavating the remnants of a rare archaeological treasure. And folks, it was everything I had hoped it would be. Next holiday season I will be a hawk. I will swoop down the second they appear on the shelves and hoard.
After brunch we took Julius for a little walk. There were rescue puppies up for adoption!
I want to lie in a giant box filled with food.
Around 3:30pm I finally got a rumbly in my tummy. We decided to visit the Mandoline Grill, which I’ve been following on twitter for weeks and they were finally on our side of town! I can’t believe this is my first time going to one of the L.A. gourmet trucks since I started food blogging. Lucky for us, there wasn’t a line (I hear you can wind up waiting for up to an hour sometimes).
Since going to Vietnam last year, I’ve been wanting to try a Banh Mi. They wouldn’t let us eat “street food” while we were abroad. I’m sure it would’ve been better there, but this was the next best thing…
I ordered the Chicken Curry – 12″ of gloriousness:
I had to ask her to cut it in half because I couldn’t get a handle on it! It was AH-mazing!
So so so so so delicious. Abe raved about his Lemongrass Tofu sandwich, which I had a bite of, and agreed.
I ate 6″, saving the rest for today, but some of it wound up dripping on my shirt. Typical.
Since we were nearby, we had to stop by our favorite dessert place, Scoops, which I’ve blogged about before.
That’s where the line was.
Um…. Avocado Beer Sorbet?! I tried a free sample because how could I not?!
It was pretty good, though I don’t think I would’ve been able to tell what it was in a blind taste test or anything. I wound up going with two vegan flavors I knew I’d love – Chocolate Molasses and Caramel Oreo:
A generous scoop of each, all for $2.50:
Seriously. Vegans, you must try. And even non-vegan ones – their gelato is pretty stellar.
The rest of the day was pretty lazy and lovely – I did some work prepping for my upcoming movie, “Surrogate Valentine,” took a nap in the sun, and caught up on blogs. I wasn’t hungry at all for dinner but it was nearing 9pm so I decided to have something light:
Trader Joe’s Garden Patch Veggie Soup and Spinach (both from the freezer) and nuked with some Windy City Celery Seasoning.
And an organic granny smith apple while catching up on “30 Rock.”
I slept in this morning and am ready to have some Banh Mi for brunch!
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