Fishing With Dynamite

Oops – sorry for those of you who subscribe to the blog via email and got this post twice – I hit publish by accident before writing anything!  I blame it on my busted brain, which is in NJ right now and still thinks it’s 4am.


Fishing with Dynamite is another restaurant in Manhattan Beach by Chef David LeFevre, right next door to one of the places I recommend the most to folks in Los Angeles.

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This space is smaller and reminds me of Quicks Tavern in Woods Hole, MA


…and also my parents’ house growing up.  We had this silverware!


Like MB Post, the menu is seasonal and subject to change.  You’ve already seen a sneak peek at of the waffles


…here is the 11 course tasting we were treated to by the Chef!  Tomatoes, Melon compressed with Chilies, Mint, Black Pepper Ricotta, and Focaccia Croutons to start…


…and David’s mother’s Squash Cape Cod Rolls…


…with Rosemary butter.  Much like his Bacon Cheddar Biscuits, you need to break your gluten-free diet for just a taste.


Some bread got dipped in this bowl of hearty, intensely flavorful New England Clam Chowder…

…but how can you resist homemade Oyster Crackers with your soup?


Even though this primarily a seafood restaurant, there are lots of vegetarian items on the menu.


Black Kale with parmesan cheese, garlic, and chilies…


…White Corn and Blistered Shoshitos…

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…and Quinoa with asparagus, figs, mint, lemon, and cashew.

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I did eat some meat, but requested it not be raw/fried.  This is their Salmon with Green Tea and Dashi…


…and off the brunch menu – incredible Shrimp and Grits, topped with a runny egg.
IMG_1587 IMG_1590A lot of the food I only ate a bite of and took the rest home, but we did demolish most of this perfect Pretzel and Chocolate Bread Pudding…

…with Salted Caramel Sauce and Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream.


Equally irresistible is the Key Lime Pie.


IMG_1632Abe and I want to make brunch in Manhattan Beach a thing – and Dave Le Fevre’s restaurants certainly make the trip from Hollywood worth it.  He may be my new favorite chef – I’ve never eaten anything less than amazing from him.

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Lynn Chen Bites

That’s the name of my new online show with ISATV!  We premiered last night on their YouTube Channel with the first of four episodes from my recent trip to Taiwan.  This one recaps the very first day – at The Taiwan Culinary Exhibition.

I do hope you’ll subscribe to keep up to date with the series – and spread the word too!

Last night we enjoyed the opening of LA Food and Wine, which is going on all weekend – I’ll have some footage for you of that in the future, but in the meantime, check me out on Snapchat (@mslynnchen) for more pictures and a video of Mike D from the Beastie Boys DJ-ing!

Enjoying #lafoodwine! Follow me on Snapchat (mslynnchen) for food photos!

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Now I’m off to Jersey for the weekend to visit my mother, brother, and a whole bunch of nieces/nephews – follow along on social media (I’m @actorsdiet/@mslynnchen on almost everything) if you’d like to see more!  And if you have any suggestions on where to beat the heat (with kids) in NYC/Bergen County, I’m all ears.

P.S. Updated my acting reel with the Fear the Walking Dead scenes: