Weather forecast on the beach yesterday was high 60’s, but it turned out scorching HOT! Mostly because of these ludicrously gorgeous friends I have acquired, living in L.A….


…I see Coriann, Rachelle, Jenny, Leslie, Taryn, Melanie


Jen too…


…and TONS OF FOOD!!! Lots of brunch leftovers, plus new snacks the ladies brought with them.


My first two plates may appear similar – but notice those pretty pink morsels in the second one?

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Jenny is the dessert expert, so of course she brought something extra special n sweet to share….



…aside from ingesting about half of that box, I also noshed on Strawberry Icebox Cake and Lemon Ricotta Blackberry Muffin


…a whole bunch of TJ’s herb popcorn


…and those were JUST the appetizers! We had a special treat – a professional cooking for us!


Leslie was testing out some new recipes; I played sous chef while she whipped up some Aioli (Vegenaise + Avocado)…


…spread that creamy concoction on TJ Mini Buns, with tomato.



Veggie sliders (rice n beans base) with jerk seasoning, fried in Olive Oil…





On the side, she glazed up some walnuts in sugar + oil, then added them to a massaged balsamic kale salad…


…I chopped the H20 Melon…


…love being a “guinea pig!”

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We all headed outside to digest…


…and were served the final course!


Vegan Pound Cake (made with tofu) topped with strawberry slices and balsamic glaze.


I ate at least four…


…which jogged my appetite again – went back inside for 3 more pieces, plus more chocolate-covered cherries, chips n salsa…


…an additional round of sweets…


…and what the heck – let’s just have another meal!


Being around these ladies always energizes me…


…whenever we come together to support and share one another’s passions, embrace both our flaws and our talents, focus on celebrating life’s pleasures…that’s when true beauty reveals itself. Free-flowing Optimism + Balance + Generosity + Honesty will fuel you with confidence that ultimately translates into the stunning, unstoppable forces you see above, all incredibly accomplished women, who have morphed into undeniable, powerful BABES.

Surrounding myself around them makes me feel a deep glow, both inside and out.

1 Leslie Durso June 20, 2012 at 8:53 am

So much fun! Thanks for hosting Lynn!!

2 Heather June 20, 2012 at 10:15 am

Those Chuckar Cherries are so delish!! I’m from the town (Prosser, Wa) where they are made. Glad you were able to have a tasting of eastern Washington goodies!!

3 Lynn @ The Actor's Diet June 20, 2012 at 12:24 pm

They were so good! We ate the whole box!

4 Gail Flackett June 20, 2012 at 10:58 am

What a bevy of blessed you are to have such good friends who know how to have fun and eat such lovely food.

5 Kelly June 20, 2012 at 1:37 pm

Everything looks amazing! Looks like you ladies had so much fun! :)

6 Coriann Bright June 21, 2012 at 4:30 am

Amen to your closing sentiment my dear! I couldn't agree more which is why I am obsessed with BC :) Thanks for a great afternoon xoxo.

7 Living, Learning, Eating June 21, 2012 at 4:19 am

It’s in the 90s here and it’s torturous! Who would have thought LA would have cooler, better weather than NYC?

8 Nuria Martín June 21, 2012 at 6:10 am

…. Or Yin shi nan nu (Eat Drink Man Woman), isn’t? Again precious lessons about eat and love (is not the same??? :)).
Just one curiosity that you all for sure know about “Allioli”, which is a very popular sauce here in Barcelona (Calonia, Spain; in fact there is a movement trying to nominate it internationaly “the national catalan sauce”): the “original” is done only with garlic and olive oil (all=garlic i=and oli=oil) (and salt!), anything else! But your variation with avocato sounds nice!

9 Chocolate June 21, 2012 at 9:02 pm

Very inspiring..Thanks much Lynn!

10 Kailey June 26, 2012 at 8:05 pm

I hope to meet gorgeous YOU and your gorgeous friends very soon! I’m emailing you tomorrow! :)

All of that food looks divine! It’s 11 pm and suddenly I’m starving.

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