Lynn – Smash!

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?!


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:


I’m not exactly sure what this is….


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


…and made a pretty pile.


It sure was cool to walk under.


More obvious.


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.


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.


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


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:


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…


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


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.


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!


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:


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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  • Anna

    Lol…what a funny art exhibit!

    That beet salad looks amazing– good choice, Abe!

  • Evan Thomas

    I love going to restaurants seen on the food network. So far, I’ve only tracked down 1

  • Jenna

    Mike would have been all over that pot pie! He has a strong love for them. :)

  • whydeprive

    That beet salad sounds awesome!!

  • Jocelyn @ Peace.Love.Nutrition

    That food looks delicious- love the homeliness of the different napkins! I love when restaurants do cool and different things like that

  • clairedille

    I hope your tire is ok! yikes…

    That restaurant has such a great concept, sounds wonderful!

  • Simply Life

    Ooh looks like a great meal out!

  • luvtoeat

    LOVED every little thing you talked about in this post. Except for the smashes of course. Hope there’s nothing wrong with your tire. I’m not sure if you have KalTire there but when you need to fix your tire from a nail or something they will do it for free for you. We’ve taken our cars in twice and they were pretty friendly too. Maybe you can check them out.

    I woulda ate all 3 of your dishes all by myself. YUMMERS! That beet salad sounds so awesome. Never had a beets and avocado salad before. Love the idea of that combo.

  • Lindsay

    Gotta love places that support local farms. The conveyer belt is so funny. I kind of like the giant staple remover.

  • Monet

    That chicken pot pie looks heavenly…so so good…I’m a sucker for pot pies of any variety. Your poor car ( I can relate, I feel like my car is falling apart!) Thank you for the pictures of the art exhibit…very interesting, indeed. I’m glad you had a nice evening, and I’ll send good thoughts for your car.

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)

    yikes with the car!

    those yam fries, yum!

    thx for the contest linkback, too!

  • Kim

    That’s so cool that you try out the Food Network recommendations. We usually get in grooves and go to the same places. It’s always fun to try somewhere new. That place looks great — especially with the cinnamon stick in water and those yam fries! I hope your tire is faring OK! I’m very clumsy so I tend to attract incidents like these. They say these things come in 3’s, right?

  • Andrea@WellnessNotes

    Sorry about the tire…

    It’s fun to try out restaurants you’ve seen on t.v.! The beet salad looks great. And I’m sure my hubby would have loved the fries; he loves chewy/non crispy fries…

    And I’m glad that you didn’t have any trouble finishing the pot pie! 😉

  • Nicole @ Making Good Choices

    I wonder if my husband has heard of that documentary….he loves all of those things too. I’m going to see if I can get it on Netflix! That picture of you with the napkin is so cute, you’re so pretty :) hope your car-ma improves!

    • Lynn at The Actors Diet

      yes, we got it on netflix! you should add it to your queue.

  • lowandbhold

    That pot pie sounds so intriguing. I love aoli!

  • Lauren

    Haha, I have to admit, at first I was just scrolling down this post and I definitely thought you were modeling undies! Okay, then I went back up and read that it was a napkin. :)

    • Lynn at The Actors Diet

      what’s wrong with modeling your undies at the dinner table?! :)

  • Matt

    Mmm I am totally drooling over those yam fries 😉

  • eatmovelove

    That pie looks delish!


    wow ive never been to an art exhibit liek that! what a crazy but fun place!!!

    awe that really is bad car-ma hehe.. but seriously, not cool.

    ps. that restaurant looks amazing! the food is WOW

  • Sue

    Oh man, I really need to go try that beet salad! I love beets like no other, and add to the fact it also has avocado and tomatoes…I want it now, haha. The yam fries look darn good, too. And cool, another food documentary I need to watch :)

  • wendy lee

    The film “Pressure Cooker” was done in Philly (my hometown) and is a good documentary about a culinary arts teacher and her class. Very inspirational..
    The art exhibit reminded me to mention the film “Exit at the Gift Shop” which is funny and weird and worth going to see at the theater.
    The yam fries looked so good I started to drool…..

  • Jenn (Jenn’s Menu and Lifestyle Blog)

    That beet salad looks phenomenal.

    Sorry about your car!!


  • Jessica Fulkerson O’Brien

    yes – I saw that Best Thing I Ever Ate too! my beloved Village Idiot makes a pot pie too but the filling was far too rich and overwhelming for me. I’ll keep this one on my list.