Skype Acting

There are some real perks to being Skype’s Acting Ambassador

Screen Shot 2015-04-17 at 8.11.59 AM…SWAG galore…

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…including a Microsoft Surface Pro – which I’ve been using to read scripts, memorize lines…

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…and of course, Skype!

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If you are also an actor on Skype and would like to join the Skype Acting Group Chat, just add @Skype_Acting to your contacts, and hop on to practice lines for auditions, rehearse scenes, or just chat about the craft!  Learn more about it in this feature, recently posted on the Skype Blog.

Peanut Butter Cookies with Coconut Bacon and Chocolate Truffles

There’s a reason Joy the Baker is called Joy the Baker.  She’s a baker.  And she has very specific recipes.  That you are supposed to follow.

Coconut Bacon

Joy recently published these Peanut Butter Bacon and Dark Chocolate Cookies.  But I substituted Coconut Bacon so my vegetarian could eat them, and Dark Chocolate Truffles (because that’s the only chocolate we had in the house).

Peanut Butter Cookies

OOPSY.

Peanut Butter Cookies

Or…maybe not?  They tasted unbelievable.  I ate the ones I didn’t photograph.  There were a few.  Half a dozen.

Peanut Butter Cookies

But for the most part, the cookies were salvaged, after a trip in the fridge to harden the over-melted chocolate.

Peanut Butter Cookies

There were about six perfect ones. I packaged them in cute muffin liners and mason jars for Brother Orange/Matt and pretended nothing ever went wrong.

Peanut Butter Cookies

P.S. Here’s the cookie recipients on The Ellen Show yesterday.

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The Continental

Over the last five years, I have really grown to love eating dinner in the Valley.  Parking is easy, there’s usually more table space, and quite often, the food is excellent.  One of my favorite places to go in Burbank is Mo’s, which recently re-opened as The Continental.

The ContinentalSame original owner, but the restaurant has gotten a total facelift and menu change via a new partner, Chef Jesse Genovese.
The Continental

Abe and I were grateful for a hosted meal after a long day of work; we settled into a large but cozy booth…

The Continental

…and he knocked back a beer flight (they also have a cocktail/wine list curated by Spin the Bottle Wine Studio a few blocks away).

Beer Flight

There was beer batter in our fried pickles – could NOT stop eating these…

Fried PIckles

…dunked into Sriracha 1000 Island Dip.

Fried Pickles

We also filled up on roasted cauliflower, raw radishes, grilled pita, and Chipotle/Mint Hummus.

Pita and Veggies Hummus Platter

There’s a whole meatless side to the menu – Abe went with the Chickpea Cakes…

CHICKEPEA CAKES

…Peruvian White Beans, Sweet Potatoes, Roasted Radicchio, Kale, Cherry Tomatoes, Roasted Corn, Feta, Cilantro, Crispy Chickpeas, and a Cucumber Yogurt Sauce.

Really unique, really yummy.

CHICKEPEA CAKES

I went for their Salmon entree, cooked perfectly on top of a bed of Brussels Sprouts, Mustard Greens, and Cauliflower Apple Puree…

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…Mustard Caper Balsamic Sauce on the side.  It was so flavorful, I really didn’t need it.

Salmon

Chef Genovese brought out another popular item – Thai Seafood Bouillabaisse – with everything from shrimp to calamari in there.  He grew up in Hawaii, so he knows a thing or two about Asian dishes.

Thai Seafood Bouillabaise

Dessert magically appeared while leftovers were wrapped up.

salted caramel pot de créme

Just a Salted Pot de Creme with Almond Chocolate Toffee, Vanilla Creme.  No biggie.

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I wasn’t shooting for another few days, so I was a lot more relaxed about my diet that night, and tasted everything a couple times.  I mean, look at that spoon.  It was heaven.

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Before we got to the car, I immediately texted two Burbank residents to let them know about this place.  We’ll definitely be back!

Update: Less than an hour after I posted this, I received word that the restaurant closed! Permanently! Super duper sad, confused face. 

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