Lynn – Peace in the Canyon

April 7, 2010

in restaurant

To celebrate our seventh anniversary last night, Abe and I went to one of our favorite restaurants, Pace. It’s only a 20 minute drive from us but feels worlds away…

We haven’t been there in a few years, but when we first moved to Los Angeles it was one of the first places we tried. Back then we were fresh from New York and refused to valet. So we learned the hard way – if you try to find street parking, you will only keep driving further and further up Laurel Canyon and it will be impossible to turn around. Then you’ll be late for dinner. Now we just pay the $5, which is worth it.

There’s a hippie vibe to the place; it’s just underneath the Laurel Canyon Country Store

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Once seated they bring you some Calabrese olives and toasted almonds; I was starving and snacked on a couple of these…

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They also have crayons at the table so you can draw on the paper tablecloths. The first time we came to be Pace, we sat across from Keri Russell and a few other cast members of “Felicity” (one of my favorite shows of all time, by the way). Abe and I had used the tablecloth to write stuff about them….and the last time, Jessica Simpson was there. I thought the police were outside – but it was just the paparazzi with their incessant flashbulbs.

No celeb-sightings last night – not that I would’ve noticed because I was just focused on my hubby. We agreed to turn our cell phones off. I even had a few sips of wine for the occasion!

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I also gobbled up these 2 pieces of focaccia with a delicious tomato/red pepper/carrot puree.

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All their ingredients are local and organic. We split the chopped vegetable salad, which came portioned out on 2 plates:

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zucchini, squash, asparagus, tomato, garbanzo beans, kalamata olives, provolone, fresh mozzarella and organic greens with red wine vinaigrette.

For my main entree I had the grilled salmon, which is seasoned with shallots, fresh herbs, lemon juice, and olive oil – it comes served on a cedar plank:

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You get to choose two sides – I got the sauteed kale and roasted root veggies.

It was delicious, as usual, but the real standout is the pizza. I had a bite of Abe’s Aphrodite Pie:

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basil pesto, thinly sliced potatoes, chopped green beans and fresh mozzarella

The ciabatta crust on that baby was chewy and amazing.

Their dessert special is a warm chocolate cake that takes 30 minutes to prepare so you have to order it in advance. I’ve had it before, and it is indeed delicious, but I had no idea whether I’d be in the mood by the end of the meal so we passed.

What was I thinking?! I’m a sweetsaholic – of COURSE I’d be in the mood. So we asked for the apple crumble:

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I’m not a huge whipped cream fan so I only had a few bites of that big fluffy pillow, but I ate more than my share of the dessert, plus the delicious garnish/sauce as well.

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{ 24 comments }

1 Ada April 7, 2010 at 2:17 pm

Congratulations on your anniversary!!! I just flipped to the photos of your wedding and it looked absolutely stunning:)

2 Ameena April 7, 2010 at 2:17 pm

I have never heard of this restaurant but I’m already loving it. Happy Anniversary again Lynn!

PS – I’ve learned to valet park almost everywhere because there is just no getting around it in this city!

3 Anna April 7, 2010 at 2:21 pm

Aww, looks like a great anniversary meal! That pizza looks heavenly.

And oh my gosh, I would have DIED to see Keri Russell! Felicity is one of my favorite shows of all time!

4 janetha April 7, 2010 at 2:22 pm

mmm that bread/puree look awesome. glad you had a great meal!

5 Kim April 7, 2010 at 2:22 pm

Wow, that restaurant looks GREAT. I haven’t heard of it! Also, “Felicity” is one of my all-time favorite shows too. Were you a Ben or Noel fan?

Happy Anniversary, again :)

6 Lynn at The Actors Diet April 8, 2010 at 7:42 am

ben all the way. a long time ago i was cast in a film where scott speedman almost played my love interest. i would’ve died.

7 Simply Life April 7, 2010 at 2:31 pm

wow that looks like a great meal! congrats!

8 luvtoeat April 7, 2010 at 2:51 pm

All that food looks absolutely delicious. Love the end to this post – cute! Congrats to you and Abe again and here’s to many more years. Cheers.

9 Light Delight with Tou Tou April 7, 2010 at 2:58 pm

Oh Wow 7 years! congratulations ;-D you look really pretty today !
Salmon served on cedar plank? must really special!

10 vanillasugar April 7, 2010 at 3:02 pm

i am speechless after seeing that pizza (and the fact that you can color w/ crayons while you eat & chat)

11 theemptynutjar April 7, 2010 at 3:10 pm

wow – if i lived there i would totally go to that restaurant…it looks great. Lynn , u r so gorgeous!

12 fitandfortysomething April 7, 2010 at 3:52 pm

oh what a wonderful night! i love that restaurant-will have to try it for sure. happy anniversary!

13 Wendy Lee April 7, 2010 at 3:56 pm

That restaurant sounds fantastic. Wow to that salmon. I also like the crayon idea! Happy 7th anniversary.

14 The Foodie Diaries April 7, 2010 at 4:31 pm

that restaurant sounds amazing. hippie vibes always woo me…

15 rebecca lustig April 7, 2010 at 5:18 pm

omg, that apple crumble looks SOOO good.

and you look stunning.
hope you’re taking care <3

16 Marina April 7, 2010 at 5:32 pm

Happy Anniversary!! That dessert looks fabulous!

17 Christina April 7, 2010 at 6:18 pm

I love that the salmon is actually served on a cedar plank. I’ve heard of cedar plank salmon but didn’t know it was literal!

18 Nerissa Picadizo (Philippines) April 7, 2010 at 8:05 pm

Dearest Lynn,

Happy HAPPY Anniversary!!

More chapters of Unconditional Love which give you both delirious delight like the sumptuous foods that always abound in Life :) ;)

May both of your Hearts flutter with deep gratitude whenever you will see and hold each other!!

Rest assure that The Universe is always sprinkling wonderful colors in your Life & Love :) ;)

CHEERS to You and Abe!!

All the best,
Nerissa

PS:

That pizza makes my mouth water!!

19 greensandjeans April 7, 2010 at 8:23 pm

Happy Anniversary again! It looks like you guys had a fantastic day together!

20 Mimi (Damn the Freshman 15) April 7, 2010 at 8:28 pm

Aww! Happy anniversary! That place looks awesome!

21 Diana April 8, 2010 at 3:07 am

Oh my god, the food looks delicious!! Yum. :)
Happy anniversary!

22 lowandbhold April 8, 2010 at 5:14 am

Looks insanely good! Happy Anniversary! And there were celebrity sightings obviously, since you were there. I know I’d be totally starstruck if I ran into you!

23 Can You Stay for Dinner April 8, 2010 at 6:53 am

Happy Anniversary! You look beautiful and content! The restaurant sounds amazing- the meals you both chose were spectacular too. I’m salivating just thinking about the focaccia and the apple crumble! Gladyou enjoyed your special night!

24 kilax April 9, 2010 at 12:55 pm

I love when places promote local and organic food. I hope that becomes more of a trend!

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