Daily Archives: August 29, 2010

Lovely Day

bakeries/cafes/dessert places - breakfast

It’s been a perfect Sunday so far!

Started off with a long walk to Abbot Kinney and back, which took about 2 hours. Our destination:

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Intelligentsia, which makes the best coffee ever. Although I gave up caffeine almost 2 years ago, I remember their brews being mind-blowing, and Abe (who DOES have a daily cup of joe) still raves about this place. I’d never been to the Venice location before so I offered to go in and place his order to check it out.

Stunning inside!

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Ana Henton of MASS Architecture and Design created this lovely, airy space – I adored the “bleachers” in the back…

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…and also out front:

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The whole Intelligentsia experience can seem a bit pretentious…

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…the baristas (who all look like designers on Project Runway) are all nice, though, and they share their extensive coffee knowledge in a helpful – not snooty – manner. I got Abe his usual iced coffee, plus a Banana Wheatgerm Muffin (made by Cake Monkey) to go.

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On the walk back we saw some interesting autos…

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Including one with free lollipops!!!

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It was noon when we finally broke into this bad boy.

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I had my half crumbled on some lowfat Greek Yogurt, sweetened with a packet of NuStevia

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Plus a few organic raisins

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This bowl was awesome! Mostly thanks to that muffin, which was perfection.

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The day continues with reading on the beach and a trip to Trader Joe’s! What could be better?

Hope you’re having an amazing Sunday too, wherever you are!

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Midnight Munchies

acting - dessert - salads - snacks - trader joe's - vegan

Dinner last night was simple, quick, and early.

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This giant salad had roasted beets from Whole Foods and some leftover steak that was in the fridge.

Dressing:

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Crunch on the side:

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Super seedy!

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A handful of dried apricots for sweetness and chew.

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Almost didn’t make it to “The People I’ve Slept With” last night! The Sunset Strip Music Festival blocked off a bunch of roads and I arrived in the middle of the Q&A.

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Thank you to everyone who came to the screening and said hello at the Libertine after-party (sponsored by Audrey Magazine). I had fun meeting everyone!

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We tried to get some dessert while we were out but everything had closed. Figured nothing would be better than the frozen dessert stash back at the beach house, anyway!

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There were a bunch of new (to me) Coconut Bliss flavors to sample – plus one brand of Coconut Milk ice cream I’ve never tried before

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A scoop of each, topped with TJ’s freeze dried Strawberries

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Man, it was all good stuff – I much prefer these flavors to the one I currently have at home. Went back for seconds on everything!

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Usually I end with something sweet, but last night I needed the salt!

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Favorite post-celebratory midnight snack? I would’ve killed for a cupcake last night but that coconut ice cream was pretty satisfying!