Daily Archives: March 23, 2010

Christy – Turkey burger

restaurant

I have been having a craving for a turkey burger for over a week now. So tonight, I had to have one!

I had a commercial callback in Santa Monica this afternoon so I took Jeff with me and we went straight out to dinner afterwards. I wasn’t sure where to go, so I called my co-blogger and restaurant master, Lynn to get her advice.

She suggested The Counter which is a sort of design your own burger place. Neither of us had ever been there so it was perfect.

It wasn’t busy when we arrived so we got to pick our table. Here is a picture of the place

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And the inside

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The menu’s are a like a checklist – first you pick your type of burger (beef, chicken, turkey, veggie, etc), then the size, the cheese, the toppings, the sauce and the type of bun. All of the meet is grass fed, hormone free and humanely treated.

It is a really cool idea, but I must admit that I was so hungry, I was a little doubtful I would be able to put a combo together that would be good. That’s when you have an appreciation for what chef’s do – creating combos and seeing what happens. But the waiter assured me that if I didn’t like it, I could return it and they would make me a new one (that’s awesome).

I chose the turkey burger with garlic aioli, gruyere cheese, lettuce, tomato, grilled onions and pickles.

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Jeff got a veggie burger (which is made from black beans, brown rice, corn, cranberries and some sort of green) with pickles, lettuce, brie cheese, roasted red peppers, tomato and I gave him some of my grilled onions.

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Then we each got a side salad and split a side of sweet potato fries.

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Can you believe that this is the small burger?!! There are two larger sizes. I was blown away. The burgers were awesome, the salad was really tasty for a side salad and the sweet potato fries were crispy. I was very pleased with the meal.

And I have to note too that the service was awesome. Everyone was so nice and helpful. That always makes dinner nice.

I am still full 3 hours later so I am sipping some tea and doing some stretching before bed.

Check out The Counter if you haven’t been there!

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Lynn – We Now Return…

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…to our regular blogging schedule.

Life has been pretty crazy the last few weeks, with auditions and other show-biz related activities, but things have died down a bit and it looks like it’ll be pretty quiet for at least the rest of the week.

I lazed around in bed most of the morning, catching up on computer stuff, and ate a lovely yoatgurt for breakfast:

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What is yoatgurt? Why, yogurt and oatmeal, of course! This was my first attempt at Janetha’s creation:

  • 1/4 cup rolled oats <— cooked in 1/2 cup water, with 1/2 a banana, and some frozen blueberries
  • About 1/3 cup Trader Joe’s Plain Nonfat Greek Yogurt
  • 1 heaping tsp Dalmatia Fig Orange Spread <— nuked for 45 seconds

Everything gets mixed up and combined – a semi-sweet, uber creamy way to eat oats. This is actually a wonderful breakfast option for spring, since it’s neither too hot nor cold.

A cup of Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride too –

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All the big to-do stuff has been taken care of and is over – taxes, spring cleaning, pilot season – and it felt great to just catch up on reading the paper and snuggling with Julius:

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I got some acting stuff done too, listening to Goh Nakamura (my leading man in “Surrogate Valentine,” the movie I’m prepping to do this spring) and getting into character by getting familiar with his music – though I would hardly call that “work”…he’s pretty awesome, you should download his new album – for free!

Music playing while reading reminds me of college – I rarely do it anymore. And I really should.

My friend Andrea and I took a walk for an hour. Our neighborhood is beautiful:

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Back home I was suddenly starving, which kinda came outa nowhere. I made lunch:

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This is a Brat Hans Mild Italian Chicken Sausage on a Rudy’s Organic Wheat bun, with grainy mustard and about 10 cherry tomatoes. I had grand plans to grill the sausage and roast the tomatoes, but I was too hungry and pressed for time.

With an organic pear:

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This is a little old, but here’s an interview I did for the San Diego Asian Film Foundation’s “Women in Film Series.”

Off to teach piano, see my shrinky dink, and do what I normally do on Tuesdays!