Daily Archives: April 27, 2012

Red Red Lunch

dessert - gluten free - lunch - restaurant - vegan - vegetarian

Perfect afternoon for Street!

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Sat outside under the umbrellas, which cast a reddish hue on everything…

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…before I adjusted the photo levels on me and Trish, we looked like tanning bed victims gone horribly, horribly wrong.

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Just happened to run into my favorite tour guide; I was actually lunching with Samantha, who invited me to try out Street’s new menu.

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Noshed on a spicy millet puff while we decided what to order…

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…so much to choose from! Most of the items are already vegetarian or vegan, with added meat options available. Don’t hear that every day, do you?

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Always love Susan Feniger’s food. Yummiest veggie lunch ever!

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Was actually still quite full from the LAAPFF launch party, so I just had one sample of each:

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Just look at that gooey center! Slathered in yogurt sauce, rose petals and almonds.

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The chef also brought out a tasting of the Paani Puri (they usual come six to a plate)…

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…Semolina Puffs filled with spiced potato, yogurt, sprouted beans, and cilantro mint water.

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The final entree was their Black Bean Burger…

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…look how green! Those are pea shoots, smashed avocado, and tomato between toasted sourdough.

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Samantha and I split half of a half…

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…just enough room to squeeze in dessert!

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Like everything else on the menu, this dish was inspired by Susan Feniger’s travels. Filipino Sweet Sticky Coconut Rice Tamale, with plantains and basil syrup…

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…Gluten-free, vegan, and incredible.

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I paired my share with a cup of South African Honeybush tea.

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Lots of leftovers! Plus a reminder to get Susan’s new book when it comes out this July.

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Mostly Mangoes

acting - party

Some days, as I drive for hours around town all day to audition 5 minutes (for a part I most likely won’t get) I wonder, “Why in the world do I do this?”

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(Devoured in traffic – dried fruit. The bag says “peaches” but it was mostly mango.)

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Last night was a nice reminder of why I put up with all the show biz crap…I’ve worked my entire life (since I was 5-years-old) in this industry, and need to celebrate any achievements, because they’re rare. The LA Asian Pacific Film Festival helped me do just that, with its official launch party at Xai Verandah Lounge last night…

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…I’m in five movies this year – here’s one of them!

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The entire restaurant was rented out for the event – and what a lovely space it was…

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…as you can see, it was a wee bit crowded, so once I reached the food, I loaded my plates up!

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Alongside Fattoush salad were baba ganoush + hummus with pita chips…

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…chicken and rice…

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…and bread pudding to finish –

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A LOT of everything…didn’t want to stand in that line again…

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…don’t know how I shook as many hands as I did carrying these two (plus my drink)!

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The hookah smoke was bothering me; I wound up moving to the bar area.

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Ate everything on my dinner plate, left a lot of dip behind (mostly because there was nothing to scoop it up anymore)…

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…but I did wolf down this entire dessert. With white chocolate and coconut, it was delicious – couldn’t put down my fork!

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Yes, sometimes the constant negativity of this profession I’ve chosen gets to me, but at the end of the day, it’s great to realize you’re surrounded by support…

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…thank you VC for providing a warm, welcome home, all these years.

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Tickets for all five of my movies are on sale now – I will definitely be at the Q&A’s for “Yes We’re Open,” the “Surrogate Valentine” double feature, and “Nice Girls Crew.” Hope to see you there!

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