Lynn – The Burgers I’ve Eaten…

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As Christy mentioned in her last post, Saturday night was the L.A. Asian Film Festival screening of my movie “The People I’ve Slept With.”

Before leaving I polished off the last of the veggie soup Abe had made

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…and a piece of black bean brownie

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Another lovely frock courtesy of DressGoddess.com. I added my own little velour jacket that I got at a boutique on Melrose:

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With “The People I’ve Slept With” –

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The screening was sold out so I gave my comp tix to Christy and Jeff so they could see it. Look who I ran into outside!

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Poor Christy had to wait in this crazy line, which we could see from across the street at dinner.

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We went to The Counter, which Christy has blogged about before. This is their newly opened West Hollywood location, on Sunset near Fairfax.

I’ve actually eaten at their other restaurants a bunch of times, but have never ordered their turkey burger, or had it on a bowl of greens without a bun. In the interest of keeping my borrowed dress clean, that’s how I got it last night – their smallest size, with grilled pineapple, black bean/corn salsa, cucumbers, tomatoes, and no cheese.

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The restaurant was packed, and we waited a long time (over 30 minutes) for our food. Not that it mattered, because we had a lot of time to kill while waiting for the screening to be over.

And there’s always facebook/twitter feeds to check….

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When the food arrived, it was a lot prettier than when I started chopping everything up and dousing it with 1/3 of the Dijon Balsamic Dressing:

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I don’t know if I’ve become a burger snob after eating at Umami so many times, but this meal at the Counter wasn’t the greatest. The meat was pretty dry, the veggies were just meh, and every time my bowl moved around (which was a lot because I kept cutting stuff up) it reminded me of when I’m feeding a toddler – it made that same plastic-hitting-the-table sound; not the most pleasurable dining experience.

I was still hungry so we split an order of sweet potato fries, which I took turns dipping in the horseradish mayo that it came with and some ketchup.

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These came out quickly and were delicious so I still left happy – the entire meal actually kept me satisfied the rest of the evening and I didn’t need my usual pre-bedtime snack. I’ve had plenty of great experiences at The Counter before so I won’t hold it against them – I’ll just stick to the grass-fed, hormone-free cow and eat it on a bun like I normally do.

Sweet tooth satisfaction and supplements, which I carry around in an old Altoids gum tin –

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Back at the DGA I stuck around for the Q&A…

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…but I skipped out on most of the after-party, which was very crowded and hot. If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know I’m not a party animal at all…

…I mean, I came home and started reading this:

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Anna informed me that there was a Sweet Valley High book that took place on Catalina, so of course I had to special order it after our recent trip there.

When I was in high school I was never allowed to go out and often buried myself in these books as consolation. Now I’m voluntarily choosing to read them in lieu of attending parties I’m invited to. My how things have changed/stayed the same.

I recently did an interview (which you can watch Part 1 of here and Part 2 also) where I talk about my “strict” upbringing with my parents – had I known everything I do now, adolescence would’ve been a lot more tolerable. But of course, that’s part of life – learning from your mistakes and repeating them too. I don’t regret any of it – going through less-than-stellar experiences doesn’t piss me off anymore, in fact, nothing really irks me like it used to – certainly not mediocre burgers, anyway.

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  • http://www.speak2docs.com wendy lee

    That dress is beautiful. Thanks for the honest review of the restaurant. Hard to beat Umami!

  • http://www.lovehealthyliving.net Carrie (Love Healthy Living)

    You look so pretty! Congrats on the movie, I’ll have to look for it. I love that you skipped the party and came home, it makes me feel better about myself for being a fellow homebody. Have a great weekend!

  • http://www.thefoodieinthecity.com Jenna

    You look beautiful in the dress, you are just glowing! Sorry that the burger wasn’t the best, but those fries look killer. :)

  • http://lowandbhold.wordpress.com lowandbhold

    You look gorgeous! Love the dress.

  • http://secondcityrandomness.wordpress.com Amy @ Second City Randomness

    What a throwback with the Sweet Valley High book! Love it!

  • http://www.saywhatyouneedtosayblog.com Lauren

    Lynn, you are so beautiful!!!! :) Glad you had a great night out!

  • http://www.ramblingbabushka.blogspot.com Ildie

    Looking lovely lady. Gorgeous dress.

    Now that I’m all grown up (in my 30’s…HA…) I find myself spending most of my free time at my gym, wineries, sushi restaurants and my couch in lue of nightclubs and bars. I’m not sure how or why it happened but I’m loving the change.

  • http://thekitchenofarunner.com Matt

    Good looking dress AND burger ;)

  • http://simplylifeblog.blogspot.com/ Simply Life

    who those fries look great! what a fun event!

  • http://theemptynutjar.wordpress.com theemptynutjar

    I read that book…I read alot of those books actually..probably most of the series. Congrats on the movie.

  • http://vanillakitchen.blogspot.com vanillasugar

    girl black is your color….you look amazing!
    the only thing i love more than my hubby are sweet potato fries with spicy dip. (and chocolate too) HA!

  • http://fitandfortysomething.wordpress.com fitandfortysomething

    how fun! love the pics!

  • http://www.Christinabutter.com Christina

    I love your dress!!! You look great :)

  • http://fancythatfancythis.wordpress.com Ameena

    You look so pretty Lynn…love the dress. And I escaped my strict upbringing via SVH’s entire series. I lived vicariously through the twins!

  • greensandjeans

    I love the top part of that dress! Tres chic!

  • http://www.cksmetalart.blogspot.com/ Cindy

    Great dress…even better that you ran into Christy while you were there. “People I’ve Slept With” is getting good reviews from people in Twitterland. Congrats.

    I’m certain that Umami Burgers will be a first stop whenever I get to LA again. You and many others continue to rave.

    Congrats on your successes…all of them…all forms of them.

  • http://tropicaleats.wordpress.com tropicaleats

    hahah i remember those sweet valley high books.. my mom didnt let me read the series after they went off to college. Your look gorgeoussss in that dress :)

  • http://runsarah.wordpress.com Run Sarah

    You look gorgeous Lynn! I used to bury myself in books when I was younger too – I especially loved Sweet Valley High and the Babysitters Club.

  • http://www.luvtoeat.wordpress.com luvtoeat

    Congrats on the sold out tix! You look stunning as usual. The “wild one” not a party animal…wwwhat? ;-) I prefer a quiet night at home over rowdy crowded parties as well.

  • http://burpandslurp.com sophia

    nothing pisses me off than a mediocre burger, ESP if it’s on a crappy bun. Do try Father’s Office sometime, Lynn! Their burgers are awesome, though the bun….well, hopefully they give you a better one than they did to me.

    Oh, and my parents were kind of strict growing up too…and guess what? My dad JUST apologized to me about that! haha.

  • http://moretolifethanlettuce.wordpress.com Stef @ moretolifethanlettuce

    so gorgeous!!! my friend’s dad owns the counter in palo alto (near stanford)…it’s a franchise i guess?! yum! i love what you’re wearing!!

  • http://www.hernewweigh.blogspot.com Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life

    You look beautiful!

  • DiningAndDishing

    Love the neckline on that dress Lynn. You look beautiful!!

    – Beth @ http://www.DiningAndDishing.com

  • http://www.adventuresinwanting.com Kim

    Love your outfit, and hair! I was in a phase for a while of LOVING The Counter, but I think I made myself sick of it. I do love their sweet potato fries. I’ve only had their veggie burger, which I think is delicious as far as veggie burgers go. Glad you had fun at the screening. I’m not a party animal either, so I totally get you on that one!

  • http://anutritionisteats.wordpress.com anutritionisteats

    You look gorgeous!!

  • http://www.hollafoodzone.com tracie @hollafoodzone

    What a great outfit! I love that you went to a burger joint all dressed up for your movie premier – so awesome!