Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream

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I am pretty clueless about the NYC restaurant scene, but for some reason the desserts are still on my radar.  One I’ve been hearing about for quite some time is Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream, from Brooklyn.  They’ve now got a truck in Los Angeles, and we spotted it outside the Hello Kitty Opening last week.


Although Abe and I aren’t vegan, we consider ourselves dairy-free ice cream connoisseurs.  Theirs are made from coconut/cashew milk, raw cocoa butter, extra virgin coconut oil, and organic sugar cane.


This was the mint chip, and it was perfection.


Follow the truck on twitter – I heard rumors they’re opening a store downtown, and writing a cookbook.

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What’s New Pussycat

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It’s finally starting to change seasons in Los Angeles.  I’m rejoicing that my face feels dry enough to use one of these hydrating masks!


Leslie’s Vegan Nachos are not only going viral on the internet, but in the podcast world…


…we were both guests on The Open Sky Fitness show <— click to listen.


My cousin Amy gave me this jar opener and every time I use it I think, “I need to blog about this.”  Well, I’m finally blogging about this.  This tool totally works, and is totally necessary.

Speaking of blogs, I’ve really been enjoying reading Joan Chen’s site, which is where I discovered this Halo Top Creamery.  It’s a million times better than another “eat the whole pint” frozen treat.

DSCN6169…and in other cyber news, this is a must-read by my friend Amber.  For anyone, not only those in “the Biz.”
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MessHall Fall

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I spent Tuesday afternoon at one of my favorite restaurants, treated to a peek at their new fall menu!


This is MessHall Kitchen’s Smoked Corn Fritters with Pumpkin Seed Romesco…


…”The Italian Job” Salad with Cherry Tomatoes, Pearlini Mozzarella, Olives, Cranberry Beans, and Radicchio…

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…and from their dinner menu – a Lamb Sausage Cassoulet…


…surrounded by ham hock, duck confit, white beans, and duck fat potatoes.


I’m not even getting to the best part – we tried a couple more dishes and I got the recipes from Chef Lauren Cartmel!  Stay tuned for future posts that will be perfect for your own fall table.

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