I’m lucky to live just up the street from a really dear friend of mine, Katie. We were actors at NiteStar, (the same NYC theater company where I met Christy) and last night the three of us had mini-reunion plans.
Unfortunately, Christy wound up being unable to join us (she worked a print job all day and had to pick her husband up from the airport) so it was just Katie and me. And that’s when we realized that, in the decade we’ve known each other, we hadn’t eaten in a restaurant together alone! Plenty of group meals, double dates with our husbands, and even lunch with her baby (who just turned one) but never just the two of us.
I finally had a date-y with Katie!
We walked into Larchmont and over to Prado.
I actually love this place – Abe and I used to eat here all the time, but for some reason we haven’t gone in forever. That kinda boggles my mind – the food is great, the prices aren’t too outrageous, it’s a nice ambiance, within walking distance….I really have no idea why it’s been so long. I figured this out when I realized I hadn’t blogged about it before, and since “The Actor’s Diet” birthday is coming up tomorrow, it’s been at least a year since my last visit.
Well, Prado, I’m here for ya now! I usually sit outside (with Julius) but we dined indoors last night. I love the eclectic furniture in there…
…and the beautiful painted ceiling and chandelier….
…but mostly, I love the food! We asked for 2 orders of this warm, crusty bread, which comes with herby olive oil on the side. I ate about 3 hunks of this with some dip.
There are a lot of amazing things on the menu (everything from plantains to pasta to pizza) but my favorite dish of all is their Caribbean Cobb, which may be one of the best salads in Los Angeles (that’s going to be my next list!)
The menu describes it as “about 20 ingredients from lettuces, vegetables, grains and fruits.” I’ve never been able to identify all twenty, but the stuff that stands out are the lettuce mix, avocado, apple, tomato, and rice, all chopped to the perfect size and texture. Both Katie and I ordered it with grilled chicken for an extra $2, and I wound up giving her my cheese since I’m not a brie fan.
The salad is so flavorful that I actually never use any of the dressing that comes on the side. I ate about 3/4 of it to save a little room for dessert.
We walked down the street for self-serve frozen yogurt. I always pile the fruit in first –
Then top with yogurt (this is the Coconut/Nutella mix) and mini nonpareils
It’s so much easier to mix up this way, without fruit flying all over the place (like it does at Pinkberry). I was pretty stuffed when I was done with the yogurt, and grateful for the walk home to help digest.
Is there a restaurant you used to frequent but haven’t been to in a while? How about a friend you’ve known forever but have never had a dinner date with?
Lots of odds and ends to do today – I start shooting tomorrow morning so there are a bunch of things I need to do in preparation…in other exciting news, “White on Rice” is now available to download on itunes!