Monthly Archives: February 2012

Oscar Buzz


Ahem. There is an Oscar on my mantle right now….

…okay…a chocolate one. Made by Wolfgang Puck.

(My cousins Mark and Jen attended the Academy Awards this year.)

I can’t bring myself to eat it. It’s sitting by my Asian Excellence Award, waiting to be replaced someday…by a real one, hopefully!

There is some exciting new cacao in my life, though…

…when I first saw these Raspberry M&M’s in my local drugstore, I couldn’t stop thinking about them! Went back the next day, and they’ve been sold out every single week. This morning I finally got my hands on a bag, and packed a few for an audition…

…I actually have two today – munched on this monster apple while driving all over town…

My parents are in town from NJ but I haven’t been able to see them yet because of all the acting stuff! I’m so lucky that they totally get the last-minute nature of my business…when I gave my acceptance speech for the AXAward above, I completely blanked and forgot to thank them – and my husband!!! But not a day goes by that I’m not grateful for their years of support and understanding.

Who would you like to thank today?

Nick of Time

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Yesterday was my friend Nick’s birthday. With the exception of last year, we’ve celebrated annually with him since moving to Los Angeles. In 2010 we went to play pool, last night we gathered at Rosewood Tavern.



As you can see, the place was packed. Nick’s wife Meredith (the adorable redhead between the “V” and “E” below) arranged for us to have a cozy corner to ourselves.


At one point, an outside group infiltrated, but Abe got them to leave so we could serve the cake. We were all very impressed.



The entire bar serenaded Nick!



Chocolate from Sweet Lady Jane


…and Strawberry from Ralph’s Grocery


I started with super fancy time…


…but once I traded bites with Abe…


…I knew I had to have some more for myself.


Aside from the two slices of cake, I also noshed on a side of french fries…


…polished off most of the bowl:


I actually read a bad review of the water here, so I was pleasantly surprised that it was drinkable. But I still wound up nursing this ginormous Diet Coke most of the evening – probably the reason I’ve been up since 5am!


They might not receive accolades for their H20, but Rosewood Tavern won a Burger Award last night! Meredith agreed that it is quite excellent – and better than Umami’s


…you know what that means – I gotta get back there to try one for myself. But cake + fries = the perfect birthday celebration dinner. Reminds me of parties at the Bergenfield Roller Rink.

(Speaking of awards, there’s only two more days for The Kitchn’s Best Healthy Cooking Blog Nominations. Would love it if you took a second to vote for “The Actor’s Diet!”)

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Sandwich Iron

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If you read my post this morning on “Thick Dumpling Skin” you can probably guess what was on the menu for brunch!

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I made a Peanut Butter and Fig Syrup one, on Trader Joe’s Rustic Sourdough Bread


The other day, I made this same sandwich for Abe – waffle-ized


…he said it was delicious, but cleaning the iron with a Q-tip afterwards was not so fun.


This time, I tried wrapping it in foil to prevent mess…


…the lid doesn’t close the whole way, so you have to set a timer. I went with 5 minutes, since the bread was frozen.


Um…I guess I know why it’s called a waffle maker and not a sandwich one.


The bread never got crisp, either, just steamed.


Still, hot sandwiches are so much better than cold ones…


…but I think if I AM going to invest in a waffle iron, it will have to be one with a panini press too. There’s one by Cuisinart and another (cheaper) one by George Foreman. Does anyone have either, or another recommendation?