I can’t believe I’ve lived in Los Angeles for almost five years!!! When we moved here I remember researching vegetarian-friendly cafes to write in. Over and over Literati Cafe in Brentwood kept popping up, but in all this time I never went. Last night we had plans to discuss a potential film project, and guess where we were planning to meet?!

Snacked on a cup o’ figs beforehand…I loved reading all of your comments on the Zevia Giveaway post about the things you’ve broken – there are some pretty hilarious stories!


LIterati Cafe is next door to the more formal Literati Bar and Grill.


It’s one of those places where you order/pay at the counter, take a number, and they deliver your food.


So cozy! I imagine it’s pretty packed during the day (we were there at 8:30 pm) because there were signs on the table about limiting your time.


Abe and I split the Veggie Melt, which didn’t turn out to be what it says on the menu. There was no zucchini/red pepper/focaccia – instead, carrots/sprouts/avocado on wheat with mayo and swiss. Β Came with a very lightly-dressed handful of mixed greens and one tomato slice. Β It was tasty, but not mind-blowing..not BVSLA-worthy.


The dessert case was glowing like some mythical treasure…I ordered a few for the table.


Definitely ate more than my fair 1/4 share.


For me, Literati’s pastries and teas are where it’s at. I got a perfectly brewed herbal blend – Boston Cranberry – “Cranberry-orange flavors highlighted by hints of cinnamon and clove”


The Apricot Cashew bar seemed to be the overall favorite – “Buttery Shortbread topped with Apricot Marmalade Covered by a Lattice of Shortbread”


The Coconut “White Out” Cake was advertised as a “blend of creamy custard, vanilla bean, and dense cheesecake finished with a layer of caramel glaze.”


I don’t know who writes their descriptions, but you can’t fool me – that’s NOT cheesecake – and I don’t know where that caramel glaze was hiding. I would describe it as fluffy layers of white cake, custard, and coconut icing.

Still, the sweets were stellar! Literati is a good place to write, read, and enjoy dessert if you wanna take yourself on an Artist Date – especially at night.


Abe and I moved here in September of 2005, a few months after my feature debut, “Saving Face” was released. Eight movies later, “The People I’ve Slept With” is opening in that same Los Angeles theater (the Sunset 5) this weekend – I’ll be at the Q&A after the 7:30 pm screening on Saturday, August 28th. There’s also an after-party at Libertine hosted by Audrey Magazine – if you RSVP and attend, you will be entered for a chance to win two VIP tickets to Audrey’s Night Out (which I’ll be *GULP* strutting the cat walk in next month).

It’s been a rocky, winding road these last five years, but I’m happy to say I’m at peace with where my life and career are right now. Where were you five years ago?

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40 thoughts on “Cinco

  1. rebecca lustig

    wow! five years goes by so quickly, no? it’s amazing to look back and see myself as a high school graduate.. doesn’t feel that long ago, but i’m a completely different person.

    enjoy the day, lovely πŸ™‚

  2. laurie

    Wow, congrats on your new movie. I used to be in love with Wilson Cruz when he starred in Rent! So cool πŸ™‚ You look beautiful as always too!

  3. Cindy

    Let me start with: EVERYONE!!! Go see “The People I’ve Slept With”. I promise you’ll be glad you did.

    Five years ago…seeing Saving Face at the theater. No lie.

    You’ve managed to turn to positive end all that has transpired for you over the last 5 years…good and bad. Big Kudos to you!!!

  4. Danielle

    Five years ago I was leaving my job at Target after five years the & started working at Staples trying to find a full time job…a short time later I got a full time job & worked both for a while. Now i’m just working the full time one & dreading every day that i have to come in.

  5. genesis

    5 years ago i was coming back for my second year of college, fresh out of a relationship, jumping head first into another..what can i say, I like to have company πŸ˜‰ then a few months later, made the move across the pacific ocean all the way to WA state!

    wow, typing that all out it just dawned on me how long ago that all was…

    i wish I lived in LA so I could go see your movie and attend your showings.

  6. Julienne

    5 years ago I was in my 3rd year of medical school, wondering when it will all be over so I can graduate and pursue my specialty. I wish I was in LA to watch your opening and see your Q&A on my 30th birthday! It would’ve been a great bday gift. πŸ™‚ Have fun on Sat.

  7. Shazia

    5 years ago I moved from my home in England to Toronto, Canada and I’m still here. In that time I’ve realised that I love sushi, noodles in any form and have embraced the raisin. 5 years is a long time, but it goes by so fast.

  8. Healthy Coconut

    5 years ago, I was living in San Diego in a house with college friends. I just got my first managerial job and having a hard time balancing work and life. I had a hard time firing people twice my age πŸ™ I’ve come a long way since then πŸ™‚

    Ooohh, the catwalk! How exciting!

  9. Pearl Lee

    Lynn! I so wish I could go! I’d love to meet you in person and share meals with you!

    I wonder if Literati just got confused at night; I mean, it seemed like two of the dishes you ordered did not match the description at all. Did the waitstaff somehow misinterpret the veggie melt as a plain veggie sandwich and switched the cheesecake with a coconut cake?


  10. Erin

    Five years ago I was living in Chicago – I moved there immediately after graduating from Iowa State University. I miss the Midwest! After that my husband and I were in Tallahassee for two years. Thought I don’t miss that as much as my home region, there is something so very romantic about the Gulf Coast – so I do find myself thinking of it once in a while.

    Congrats on the flick. πŸ™‚ I hope the Q&A goes well!

  11. SinoSoul

    What’s dangerous about Brentwood is that Compartes is within walking distance to Tavern. Grab truffles, then grab happy hour. Egads. Congrats on the film’s wide release!

  12. Kim

    Have fun at the movie screening πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to see it!

    I’ve heard of Literati cafe, but have never been. Looks good. That’s weird that your sandwich was so different than it was described on the menu! I would be annoyed (mostly because I love foccacia).

    5 years ago? Let me think. Oh, yes, I had JUST broken up with a boyfriend — the man behind my reason to move to Orange County. I started a new job at an ad agency here in OC, where I met Larry (we were just friends for the first couple years there). How weird. Thanks for the moment of reflection πŸ™‚

  13. Leah @ Why Deprive?

    Time sure flies eh?

    5 years ago I was a mess. I lost most of my friends, the boy I thought was perfect, and had no idea how I would ever get it together. Now that I look back, it was probably the best thing that could have happened to me. πŸ™‚

  14. edenseats

    Thats certainly a big GULP. I’d think I’d die if I had to strut. I can barely walk in flip flops.O god, I was trying to be an actress, like you. five years ago. I was studying theater in UC Santa Barbara and doing minor kiddie TV shows on Disney and Nikelodeon cause I looked twelve but was over 18 so they could work me for long hours. I was also so sick with my eating disorder and all. I cant believe I’ve been to culinary and yoga school since then!

  15. theemptynutjar

    I’d rather not say what I was doing then…its all a blur…

    As an actress, why did you choose LA over say New York..I hear those are the big acting places…

    1. Lynn at The Actors Diet Post author

      i had lived in NYC for 7 years before i moved out to LA and felt like i hit my wall there – there aren’t as many shows that shoot in NYC and i had already been on all of them (“law and order,” “all my children,” etc.) so LA was the natural progression!

  16. Holly

    yay for your new movie! i love the title πŸ™‚

    more than ever, i am convinced i need to go on a culinary tour of all of LA’s veg-friendly restaurants. fo real.

  17. lowandbhold

    It’s so cool to see you on those movie posters. I get a little bit starstruck πŸ™‚ The sweets definitely do appear to be where it’s at. Yum.

  18. Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen)

    Actually, 5 years ago…I was right here where I am now. Weird! Anyway, I am so excited for you! I am so happy that things are moving in the right direction for you personally and in your career! It’s definitely your time to shine!

  19. Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo)

    WOw, so cool about your movie. I want to go see it!

    Once Lara (THinspired) and I were at a tea house in England and the same exact thing happened: we skipped ordering something where there was not one ounce of sameness between the menu description and the actual sandwich- what are they thinking??

    5 yrs ago…oh dear lord we were in the middle of a remodel in Palm Springs that nearly killed us both. Thankfully we survived and I love the house more than life itself and go there as often as humanly possible πŸ˜‰

  20. wendy lee

    Five years ago we had recently moved into our condo in the center of Philly from our house up in the far suburbs/country. The change in everyday life was dramatic. It’s still new and exciting and challenging and the five years have gone by quite swiftly. Thanks for asking.

  21. Monet

    5 years ago I was just about to begin my freshmen year of college…I can’t wait until I can look back and say that I’ve lived in the same place for 5 years…congrats! And I think the apricot bar would have been my favorite too!

  22. It All Changes

    Five years ago I made the decision to go back to school for ministry and leave teaching High School Spanish and Middle School French. Best decision ever! Landed me Hunni and an awesome job they don’t pay me enough for but would do for free πŸ™‚

  23. BlessedHi5ive

    Happy 5th! I like your last paragragh and the positive direction you are moving to– wish you more success in the future whether it is acting or script writing or producing or reviewing or a combination of things.

  24. Lin

    Congrats on your movie!!! 5 years ago at this exact moment I was probably very drunk and either acting like an idiot or passed out (come on, it would have been my 2nd week as a college freshmen :-P).

  25. Rennie

    Five years ago, I had just graduated from college, packed my bags, and moved in with my aunt in SF because that’s where I landed my first job. It was banking and I was so bored. SF was a lot of fun, but I was lonely. I missed my friends so much. I quit my banking job three years ago and moved back to LA. I’m still working in finance, still bored, but at least I have plenty of friends to spend quality time with when I’m not working. Now I really miss the few friends that I did have in SF. I wish I can just move all my family and friends to a tropical island somewhere. I’m pretty sure we can all work remotely from our labtops.

  26. Sonia @ Master of Her Romaine

    gosh, 5 years really does fly by! I know it has for me…
    It really burns me up when menu items don’t match the description…grr!
    I can’t wait to watch your movie! I still have Saving Face in my DVD queue on Netflix..can’t wait for that either!

  27. Sunny Sun

    Five years ago, I got my CS master degree in CCSU. I know you studied in CT too.

    Five years ago I did not even heard of Saving Face and Lynn Chen.

    But I do not think 5 years reduced any hotness of SF.

    That is Saving Face. That is Wil&Vivian.

    That is why it will be of Classic.

    ‘Classical and expressive’ !!!

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