Monthly Archives: July 2012

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Knotts Landing

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If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you know what I did last night #KnottsNoms

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Knotts Berry Farms invited me to a special media event, where I got to sample all the new foods they have to offer.

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As you can see, the amusement park actually started because of this restaurant

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…I’ll recap the famous fried chicken (and much, much more!) in my next post – in the meantime, here’s how we spent the latter portion of our evening…

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…hanging with the Big Beagle himself! I showed Snoopy pics of Julius on Sirius White and he laughed at their similarities. Or, at least I think he did. (Kinda hard to tell.)

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They actually break the Fourth Wall at Knotts quite a bit…

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…even on the rides!

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Doesn’t Sam (my date) look amazing in a bonnet?

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The park is quite pretty at night…

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…even though we used to dominate the roller coasters in college, Sam and I are now too old for those rides…

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…though we did end up on Ghostrider somehow, and deeply regretted it after the first drop. There should be a warning sign that it looks nothing like the drawing on the map, nor is it anything like those simple wooden coasters that merely twist and turn quickly.

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Peanuts were everywhere!

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But mainly, Knotts is known for their jam, jellies, preserves

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…and uh…meat relish?

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There was a fun food theme everywhere – speaking of which, I’ll be back later with a recap of #KnottsNom!

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Guest Blogger: Meredith Hoffa

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Meredith Hoffa is one of my favorite people.  She’s fun to chow with, but I could just talk about lint with her and be thoroughly entertained.  I really enjoyed this post about her favorite potato chips from last summer, and asked to share it with you.  Because she’s awesome, she said yes!

1) RUSTY’S These are the top potato chips in the universe. The salt to grease ratio is impeccable, plus these chips are hard as a rock and the crunch sends a little jolt of reverb through your head which might sound unpleasant but is actually strangely exhilarating. Pair with a Diet Coke.

2) DIRTY CHIPS (Sea Salted) Say “sea salt,” and I am instantly attracted to whatever the product is, in part because I am white but also because the words sea salt on a label imply a plainness, a straightforwardness – which I quite appreciate since I’m the type of lady who always prefers the basic, original version of a food over an innovatively-flavored, newfangled version. Like I despise flavored chips (except for the one varietal on this list), and am of the opinion that BBQ or lime or jalepeno/fiery fiesta/jerkhole chips are generally 1) a disgusting mess, 2) a marketing tragedy, and 3) an offense to innocent, straight-talking chips everywhere who are just trying to do their job. Likewise, my coffee mustn’t be vanilla or hazelnut. Cream cheese must not be jacked up with chives or flecks of salmon (vomit). And so forth. Please, just give me the food in its plain, original version. So I can taste it. Sea salt, I feel, respects this preference.


3) CAPE COD* A few years back, when my mom first started chemo, all sorts of gifts started pouring in from her friends and colleagues. There were lotions, candles, little potpourri sachets to put in your delicates drawer… all that type of supercute girlie biz that I’m always compelled by, especially when pretty tins and baskets and ribbons are involved. But the best gift she received — the one that really blew my mind and continues to blow my mind to this day — was a huge crate of Cape Cod Potato chips. A CRATE! That arrived at the house via UPS! With like a dozen big bags of chips in it!  I’ll never forget it. In fact now I’m curious whether this gift was chosen specifically because Cape Cods were known to be a *thing* with my mom or whether these friends just put their heads together and simply said let’s get her one million Cape Cod potato chips, who wouldn’t love that? Either way seems pretty terrific.

4) RUFFLES CHEDDAR AND SOUR CREAM These are not fancy schmancy chips, they’re buy-’em-in-a-gas-station chips. But they are extreeeemely lovely and refreshing, orange hue and crinkles and all. I actually never gave these chips the time of day until one afternoon recently when my friends Gigi and Michael busted some out in their backyard, and as I sat there under an umbrella — homemade apple juice popsicle in one hand and Ruffle in the other — watching naked toddlers bobble around chasing a rabbit, I thought to myself this is a happy moment.


5) WISE ALL NATURAL This ranking is 50% taste-based, 50% nostalgia factor. When I eat these, I am eight and slathered in Coppertone and sitting on our ribbed green blanket at Crystal Lake where we are eating these chips along with a turkey sandwich and it is post-swim, because if you eat before you swim you will die. For dessert I can have 2 (two) Fig Newtons and a plum.


What are some of your favorite potato chips?  Are you an actor who wants to do a guest post about food?  Leave a comment!

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Short Cake

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When I heard that Short Order had a sister….

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…and that she was a bakery…

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…I knew we had to meet.

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My blog buddy Nastassia set us up! She arranged a lunch there yesterday, so we could all sample their meal items, served 11-5pm (FYI the sweet and savory goods are available all day).

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Got to finally meet some bloggers who I’ve been following for years! Adrianna, Leah, Kristin, Natalie, Sara, Julie, and Arianna

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…we ate pretty much everything on the menu! (And let me tell you, there is nothing on it I wouldn’t recommend.)

Kicked things off with the Hand Pie of the Day – manchego, piquillo peppers, ham, and green onion

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Croissant Sandwiches – egg salad, tuna, and ham + cheese

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Open Faced Toasts with béchamel – ham/kale…

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….and the veggie options (one comes cheese-less!)

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I ate every flaky, buttery, salty, cheesy crumb…

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…but just a taste of the three salads…

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…had to save room for sweets!

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Blueberry muffin

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Buttercup Croissant

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Apple Pie

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Brunette (their take on a Blondie, with pine nuts and thyme)

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Cherry Pie with Pecan Oat Crumble

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Breakfast Cereal Cookies (Bran Flakes with Dried Wild Blueberries from TJ’s!)

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S’mores Scone (I kid you not)

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Chocolate Cinnamon Babka

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Brioche Donut

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Everything you see above, and below got in my belly…

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…and probably more could’ve, too, until some to-go boxes appeared and brought me back to reality!

HUGE thanks to Nastassia for organizing, and to Hourie and Short Cake for hosting such an epic brunchinner (<—that meal lasted the whole entire day).

P.S. – Congrats to my fellow “Daylight Savings” cast – found out we won the Special Jury Prize for Ensemble Performance at the Asian Film Festival of Dallas!

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