Saturday in September

Ah, weekends in fall…

The weather has finally cooled down and we took Julius for a morning hike (my first in 10 months – the same trail too!)


Plowed through several old issues of the local paper over breakfast


Saw a movie at the Arclight (“Contagion” – very good, very scary)


Ate some snacks



Dinner with friends – we had planned to go to Cafe Gratitude but the wait was 30-45 minutes!


Osteria Mamma was also packed, but they happened to have a table for four ready.

We split the bread –


I ate 3 pieces dipped in marinara…


…3 pieces of the Vegetariana pizza…



2 different salads – 1/2 the Frescura (chopped radicchio, frisee, red onions, Belgian endive and Roma tomatoes in Italian dressing)


Plus a taste of the Fungolata – wild mushrooms, wild arugula, aged Grana Padano in lemon dressing


Also sampled (and enjoyed) my first squid ink pasta (with crab – a special)


They brought us out a complimentary tiramisu too!


As usual, everything was delicious. I’d never tried their pizza before and am glad to have a good takeout option in the ‘hood.

Off to work – today and tomorrow I’m filming the “Surrogate Valentine” sequel – if you’re in Los Angeles and want to be an extra, email

  • Natasha

    Congrats on your hike Miss Pretty! Happy Sunday – to you and the “HM”…thank you for sharing yesterday.
    – Natasha.
    ps – will be sending you a great recipe for you and your hubby later.

  • VeggieGirl

    Aww, Julius :)

    Good luck filming!

  • Emily@SavoryandSavage

    Julius looks very happy to be out hiking :-)

    What did the squid ink pasta taste like?

    Have fun filming!

  • Eden

    First off, i was considering seeing contagion and i trust your taste in movies so i’ll hit that up!

    I’d love to be an extra! do i get paid?

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

    Baklava bar? that’s vegan no less? I am soooo in need of that!

  • gluttonandstudent

    I was hoping to try Osteria Mamma this summer, but unfortunately I just moved back to San Luis Obispo! I’m glad I can enjoy it/drool over it vicariously through you.
    Squid ink pasta has always intrigued me, but I’ve never seen a restaurant that serves it.

  • livinglearningeating

    I miss hiking! I’m always so busy with work…but no! I must make the time! πŸ˜›

  • Lara

    Squid ink…I recently had it on rice in a paella dish and it is DELICIOUS! I bet the pasta was great.

    How was Gwynnie in Contagion? I adore her.

    I can’t decide who’s cuter…you or Julius! :)

  • Shannon [Tropical Eats]

    wish i lived in LA so i could be a movie extra! That’s on my life bucket list haha.

    looks like a nice relaxing weekend. :)

  • Monet

    Pizza…movies…and a long walk…it sounds like you lived my perfect day! Thank you for sharing another delightful post. As always, your words and pictures make me smile. I hope you have a blessed beginning to your week. Much love from Austin!

  • Brigid

    I’m just now catching up on blogs and got to this post. Do you still need extras, or are you wrapping up now? Also, I saw Contagion over the weekend in Santa Monica. I really enjoyed it!