Back on the Horse

Hollywood shuts down during the Holidays, so I haven’t had an audition in what feels like forever. I’ve grown accustomed to my loosey goosey schedule, free to do things like drive 30 minutes out of my way for brunch.


Abe was in Santa Monica for work and I had a free birthday coupon (sign up here!) for Veggie Grill, so really it was a no-brainer deciding what to do with my wide-open Monday.

My complimentary entree was the Carne Asada (Grilled veggie-steak, marinated in Mexican spices, with southwestern spiced vegan mayo on a wheat roll) which comes with red cabbage slaw.


Abe ordered the Bali Bliss (Indonesian styled tempeh, sauteed and grilled with chipotle ranch)


We split the sammies, which were both pretty yummy (and I had a few bites of his mac n cheese too)


On the drive back I got a call from my agent telling me I had an audition tomorrow. First one of 2011 – it’s a good one, too. OF COURSE, it happens to be on the one day all week that I had a whole buncha things scheduled, which I spent the rest of the day shifting around and canceling.

When I wasn’t rescheduling I was working on lines and watching reruns of the show I’m going in for. Around 8:30 pm I realized it was probably time to eat. Hunger hit me like a ton of bricks with the first bite and I kept going back to the fridge for more and more food.

1. Elf Cafe leftovers


2. Brody’s Bakery Chocolate Chip Cookie, warmed up from the freezer and gooey


Plus grapes


3. White Cheddar Pop Corners and a dried fruit salad (cantaloupe, pineapple, kiwi)


4. More grapes


5. Jarlsberg Lite Swiss Cheese


6. An additional slice


Julius recognizes procrastination when he sees it.

Okay, my seventh trip to the kitchen is going to be to wash the dishes, and get back to work!

  • DessertDarling

    The Mac and Cheese looks so yummy! And you can never go wrong with a Gooey Cookie :)

  • jessica o’brien | jessohbee

    i was at veggie grill today too!!! except at their sunset location… got the all hail kale salad + santa fe chicken sandwich – my best meal there yet! happy b-day meal day :)

  • maria @ Chasing the Now

    I hate when I wait to long to eat and then I’m just insatiable! That cheese looks delicious.

  • Luis

    That Carne Asada looks fantastic, Lynn! You’re making me want to pay a visit! :)

  • Jessie

    Is it wrong that among the gorgeous sandwiches you and Abe ordered at the Veggie Grill, I’m salivating over the mac ‘n cheese? Something about that bright yellow color makes me so hungry.

    Can’t wait to hear how it goes today!

  • KeepItSweet

    Good luck with your audition!!!

  • Lauren

    Love those birthday coupons. I take advantage of them all the time. But then I get so many that I want to use them all in one week.

    That lunch looks great, but I’m eyeing up that cookie. So glad you have so many of these treats to enjoy.

  • Simply Life

    wow, what a great bday gift from them!

  • spoonfulofsugarfree

    These are the most amazing eats!!! You are so lucky to have such great healthy restaurants by you!

  • Amy @ Second City Randomness

    Good luck on the audition! And I know what you mean- my weeks are either wide open or completely slammed- there’s never an inbetween.

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg

    Good luck on your first audition of 2011!!!

    That mac ‘n’ cheese looks SO creamy!

  • ChezJulie

    Good luck with your audition. I know you’re gonna kill it!

  • Pure2raw twins

    Good luck with you audition!!

  • jaclyn@todayslady

    That lunch looks like serious comfort food! When I was in Cali this fall I wanted so badly to go to Veggie Grill. This post makes me sooo jealous!!

    Hope your audition goes well :)

  • Gail

    all the best with audition…let us know more!! That veggie grill…fantastic.

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen)

    I hope things go well with the audition!

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape

    Love when restaurants send birthday coupons! Such an easy and great way to bring people into the restaurant.

    Good luck on your audition!!

  • Shanna, like Banana

    That’s a pretty fabulous free meal. And I swear every time I see mac n cheese, I instantly want it. Dangit!

  • Katie

    I’ve been hearing such great things about Veggie Grill… I hope one opens up in New York!

  • Girl

    mmm… mac n cheese :)
    Good luck on the audition!!

  • emily (a nutritionist eats)

    I hope the audtion goes well today!!!

  • Nelle @ Living Cliche

    Break a leg at your audition! I hope it goes well for you!

  • kimmie

    Good luck at your auditions today!! :)

  • Julie (A Case of the Runs)

    OMG, thank you for that link! I’ve never been to Veggie Grill but see them everywhere!

  • Megan

    Hahaha, I didn’t realize Julius was behind the cheese until I read below the photo and I was like “why are the holes in her cheese fuzzy??” :) That mac ‘n cheese looks amazing. I may have to make a batch soon- it’s been too long. Hope the audition went well!

  • Silvia @ skinny jeans food

    Lynn, your food concoctions are a major inspiration to me. So, I nominated you for a Stylish Blog award!

    • Lynn at The Actors Diet

      thank you, silvia!

  • Jolene (

    Good luck at the audition!!!

    That mac and cheese looks pretty amazing!

  • James

    I came by after reading your great guest post on Eating Bird Food. Thanks for the coupon info, my birthday is next week and this restaurant has been on my list so it’s such perfect timing!! Thanks!

    • Lynn at The Actors Diet

      yay! hope you enjoy it there – some of the food is hit or miss but if you go with a sandwich or the all hail kale salad you can’t really go wrong. also – cool site!