Category Archives: dinner

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The Farmer and the Cook

dinner - restaurant - salads - vegetarian

The Farmer and the Cook came highly recommended by everyone who heard we were heading to Ojai.

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It’s a vegetarian restaurant (yes, owned by a farmer and a cook) with a market inside…

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…and a pizza oven on the patio.

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We wound up ordering other things, though the pies did look delicious.

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Super fresh Chilled Sun Gold Tomato Soup, with Avocado…

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…a Kale Caesar Salad with Cashew Cheese…

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…and regular cheese on a stellar Veggie Burger, made from lentils – served with Vegenaise and Banana Chutney.

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This dinner made us so freaking happy.  I’m curious about their Mexican menu – and of course, those pizzas!

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Beachwood Cafe

dinner - restaurant - salads - vegetarian

Abe and I love driving around the Hollywood Hills after our (bi-weekly) vegan gelato trips to Scoops.  Often, we’ll end up passing Beachwood Cafe, which looks so cozy and comforting…

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…we finally took the time to stop in – and I’m so thrilled we did.

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I loved everything about this place, from its design…

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…to its food philosophy.

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Everything on the menu sounded good to me – I wound up ordering a “Fez Bowl” – quinoa, wild mushrooms, greens, baby carrots…

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…raw beet salad, shallot yogurt, and harissa sauce.

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Abe also went vegetarian (of course) with their homemade burger…

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…brown rice, shrooms, cashew, walnuts, vegan mayo, avocado, arugula, and tomato.

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Loved how low-key and mellow this place was.  In fact, I’m hesitant to admit how much we enjoyed ourselves, because we plan on coming back often, and don’t want it to get too crowded!

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Wizard of X Bar

appetizers - dessert - dinner - restaurant

The last time I was at The Hyatt Regency in Century City, I was filming Silicon Valley

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…little did I know – just down the hall is a whole other bar!

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X Bar recently renovated and invited me in to check out the new space/menu

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…as you can see, there are green lights above the booth, so I’ve converted my emerald food pics to B&W.  We were joined by Phil and Joanna – the dudes stuck to their Burger-centric menu, which includes veggie patties and sandwiches with PEANUT BUTTER AND BACON JAM.

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The ladies ordered Tuna Tartare, served with avocado mousse and your choice of Crispy Wontons…

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…or lettuce cups.

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To share – a trio of Vegan Spreads served with Crostini – Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta, White Cannellini Bean Puree, and Olive Tapenade.

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Full cocktail/beer/wine menu too!

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I finally got my camera’s white balance to work just in time for dessert…

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…welcome to Oz, everyone!  X Bar’s version of the Cronut, with Chocolate Fondue/Strawberries/Powdered Sugar…

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…Coffee-Flavored Chocolate Pot de Creme, Pistachios, Marshmallow, and Graham Crackers…

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(aka S’mores)

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…and Fried Apple Pie Napoleons with Raspberries and Caramel.

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They have a beautiful outdoor space too – with fire pits and visual entertainment.

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