Thank you all for the early blog birthday wishes! I loved hearing the story of how you found “The Actor’s Diet,” especially long-time readers who have never commented before.

Monday was another busy one! I started off the day walking with Christy, then came home to lovely, thick oat bran


  • 1/3 cup toasted oat bran cooked in 1 cup water
  • 1/2 a huge frozen banana
  • Frozen organic raspberries and sweetened cranberries <— small handful each
  • 2 TB egg whites
  • Spoonful Chocolate Rice Nectar
  • Tiniest pinch of NuStevia
  • Sprinkle of unsweetened coconut

All mixed up in another new bowl:


Most of my day was spent running errands at The Beverly Center. In the late afternoon I had plans with Ameena, to meet the famous Maya!!!

Originally we planned to go here, but as you can see from the waiter moving the table inside, they were closing.


So we met up around the corner, at the Beverly Hills location of M Cafe!


I can’t believe I’ve never been here before. It’s a lot smaller than all the other locations (where I practically live) with what looked like a more limited deli case, but I was only interested in their special menu, offering $5 deals all month.


Maya couldn’t have been more adorable and charming. Just like her mommy!


While we were waiting for our food, Ameena noticed some commotion down the street. It was the paparazzi!


They were shooting photos of Jessica Alba, who obviously is a fan of “The Actor’s Diet” faves list ๐Ÿ™‚


(photo by Jean Baptiste LaCroix/Wireimage)

Instead of taking photos of the beautiful starlet (poor woman already had enough cameras shoved in her face) I took pix of the cameramen, who were really distracting.


Living in Los Angeles, we’re used to seeing this stuff on occasion but it never ceases to amaze me how ridiculous the whole thing is.

I’m the one who wound up with money shot, anyway. Look at this gorgeous girl…


…with her enormous cake!


I told Ameena that she needn’t worry about a sugar high, because all of M Cafe’s desserts are sweetened naturally. But I was wrong! Visit her blog to find out what ended up happening….

I got the $5 deal – a falafel wrap, which I’ve never had before – “roasted garlic hummus, mixed grain falafel, carrots, radish, cucumber, red onion, sprouts, lettuce, and tahini-soy yogurt dressing in a whole wheat lavash.”


I don’t know what it is about M Cafe, but latelyย  their sandwiches have been really disappointing me. This doesn’t even qualify for my Best Vegetarian Sandwiches in L.A. list – it was really dry and unevenly distributed. I wound up using the extra side sauce for a few dips.

All worth it, though, because I loved hanging with the ladies. ย The blog has really introduced me to some wonderful new friends. ย If you missed the announcement last time, I’d like to do a blogger/reader meetup when I’m in San Francisco next weekend shooting “Surrogate Valentine” – unfortunately I’ll be working most of the time and won’t know my schedule but if you’re flexible and around, email me – actorsdiet(at)

Rush hour traffic on the way home – and I was still hungry, so I pulled off on Beverly and stopped into Toppers Yogurt.


This place is old-skool, diet fro yo (think TCBY). Definitely not “real food,” but sometimes I have a craving for it! Pistachio sounded good to me so I got that.


Driving was much more bearable after this medium cone.


I had some Abe-Unapproved movies going in the background while I caught up on emails/blogging. ย Before hitting the hay I got a rumbly in my tumbly so I snacked on an organic peach and a cup of hot chocolate.


I used Cocoa Bean Extract.


This stevia isn’t very sweet and you have to use a lot of it (two full squeezes for my taste buds). I much prefer their Liquid Vanilla version, which you can win in my giveaway!

Who has Lady Gaga in their head now? Quick! Give me another song to replace this ear worm!

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16 thoughts on “Papa-Paparazzi

  1. Ameena

    How funny you found a picture of Jessica Alba already! She looks fabulous, doesn’t she?

    Love the “money shot” of Maya. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Sorry the wrap was no good…I totally forgot to ask!

    1. Lynn at The Actors Diet Post author

      oh yes, wireimage is da bomb! when i first started getting my picture taken by non-stalking paparazzi, my agents would make me check the SAME NIGHT to see if the red carpet pix had showed up.

  2. Jenna

    I am a complete Hollywood celebrity fanatic. Although I wouldn’t try to get all up in Jessica’s business, I for sure would have been one trying to at least get a glimps of her. She is one of my favorites, too. She is beautiful!

  3. Cindy

    Ameena’s account of the day was hysterical! How long did poor Maya have to sit there staring at that cake while you took pictures? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Sounds like M Cafe has changed something company wide that downgrades their food. Hate it when a favorite place does this.

  4. luvtoeat

    was just telling Ameena how jealous i am of your guy’s meet up. two of my favorite bloggers and an adorable as can be little girl, can’t get any better than that. you definitely got the money shot!

    funny story about lady gaga: was asking my 3 yr old daughter to come upstairs to get dressed one day and her reply was, “i’m kinda busy, i’m kinda busy.” oh how i wished i got that on video. that’s when you know you’re listening to too much lady gaga. ok i probably just put another song in your head. how about pink’s So What?

    have a great week Lynn!

  5. Kim

    The wrap looks good, even if it was a bit of a disappointment! At least you had good company ๐Ÿ˜‰
    That’s hilarious about the paparazzi. And, yes, I have that song in my head now.

  6. Monet

    Maya is precious…and that chocolate cake? Oh my! I loved seeing your cone of yogurt…nothing better to end a warm summer day. Thanks for sharing, love!

  7. sophia

    I’ve lived in LA for a year…but have never come across celebrities and paparazzi! Maybe I’m holed up in school too much…Drive me to cool places, Lynn! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    But yup, money shot indeed. I wonder if Maya knows that she’s famous? Hee hee.

    Ah, that sucks that their sandwich is lackluster…I had had my eye on their sandwiches! ๐Ÿ™

  8. katecooks

    aw what a fun lunch! i’ll have to check and see what happened after that massive slice of chocolate cake. i’m guessing the sugar crash wasn’t pretty ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Kelsey

    ur famous! hhaa lol jk.

    wow i never really gave it much thought about how strange it must be for normal peeps to live in LA around the lurking paparazzi’s. thats so funny.. i love the pic of u laughing.. it explains the situation so well hehe <3

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