Daily Archives: May 23, 2010

Christy – Girl’s Day Out

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My brother in law, James, and his two kids Gabe and Isabel live in Long Beach and though we try, we definitely don’t get to see them as much as we’d like. But last week, James’s girlfriend Tina suggested that we do a girls afternoon out so that she, Isabel and I could have some time together. I was so excited!

We decided to meet in Manhattan Beach which is somewhat halfway for both of us. I had a small breakfast so I would be hungry for lunch. An apple, a green drink and a little piece of toast with some Justin’s Honey Peanut Butter

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For lunch we decided to go to Open Sesame, a restaurant with middle eastern cuisine on Sepulveda. Tina said this is a chain restaurant with another location in Long Beach. I had never been to one though and all the food looked amazing.

There ended up being four of us – Tina, Isabel (my niece), Sara (Isabel’s friend) and me

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I ordered a house salad that had lettuce, cucumbers, green peppers, tomatoes, olive and feta cheese

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And a Zaatar pizza that had all kinds of spices (thyme, sumac, sesame seeds), tomatoes, olives and mint baked on a pita

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Isabel got an amazing looking vegetarian combo, of which she ate the falafel and some of the hummus. I helped her out with some of her tabouleh and baba ghannouj

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After lunch, we headed to a local nail salon and had pedicures. Isabel and Sara got done first, so I took pictures of their newly blue toes

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And each other :)

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After that we said our goodbyes and headed our separate ways. It was so much fun, I can’t wait to plan another girls outing!

What do you like to do for your girls days out?

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Lynn – Smash!

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Lots of broken glass yesterday…first, Abe dropped the butter dish in the kitchen while making lunch. Then, I ran over a beer bottle while parking for The Slanted Show shoot.

Could my car-ma be any worse lately?!

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Luckily, we were done filming my scenes quickly and I was able to investigate the damage while it was still light out. There didn’t seem to be any, but as a precautionary measure, we drove Abe’s car downtown for an impromptu date night.

First we stopped by Hi-Lite, a friend’s art gallery:

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I’m not exactly sure what this is….

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…every now and then something random came down the conveyer belt…

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…and made a pretty pile.

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It sure was cool to walk under.

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More obvious.

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Afterwards we did a little wandering and tried to figure out where to go for dinner. I remembered a place I’d seen on “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” – Giada de Laurentis went ga-ga for their chicken pot pie.

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Wood Spoon is a small Brazilian restaurant, using all local ingredients (no more than 50 miles) from California farmers. It was pretty busy, but we had no problems getting seated without a reservation.

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The little details are wonderful. They bring you a carafe filled with ice water:

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The cinnamon gives it a very subtle and interesting flavor – like drinking water and chewing gum (two of my favorite activities!)

I also loved the pretty little cloth napkins, which were different at every table:

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But most importantly, the food was scrumptious.

I had a bite of Abe’s dinner – a purple beet salad with avocado, tomatoes, cilantro, lime and olive oil…

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And one of his yam fries (which were more chewy than crisp, but seasoned perfectly).

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Of course, I ordered the Chicken Pot Pie – they are handmade fresh daily, right before lunch/dinner. It comes with some mixed greens and aioli sauce.

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The thin crust is flakey and the filling had an interesting spin – with hearts of palm, olives, and roasted corn. I must say that once I added the aioli, the dish sprang to life. I’m not a big mayo person, but I couldn’t stop eating it!

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It wasn’t earth-shattering/life-changing like the Umami Burger (another Giada recommendation). I don’t know if I could call it “The Best Chicken Pot Pie” I’ve ever eaten. But to be fair, I haven’t consumed as many chicken pot pies (as I’ve had burgers) in my lifetime, so I don’t have much to draw comparisons to.

Still, it was really delicious, truly comforting, and I obviously enjoyed it:

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While we were at the restaurant, one of the waitresses broke a glass – that makes three! Anyone know the symbolism in this?!

Back home we started watching Pressure Cooker, a movie about inner city Philadelphia high school students competing in a Culinary Arts contest for college scholarships. It was the perfect film for me and Abe (food, Philly, and documentary) but I was so tired from being up since 5am that I couldn’t keep my eyes open.

I slept a blissful 8.5 hours and am feeling energized for the day’s activities – a long walk, brunch with a friend, farmer’s market, working on “Surrogate Valentine” stuff, the “Lost” finale tonight – but first, I have to check my car’s tire and see if it deflated slowly overnight….

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