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Deluca Trattoria

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My only relationship to El Segundo is the Tribe Called Quest song; this past weekend, we drove an hour to the charming little beach city, for a hosted dinner at Deluca Trattoria

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…I’ll be shooting a very body-conscious project for the next few months (<—sorry, can’t say what!) and brought some extra stomachs to help check out their newly-launched menu.

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Phil, Joanna, and Abe enjoyed wine…

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…fresh bread with spiced olive oil…

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…and a couple appetizers.  Baked Mozzarella Meatballs…

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…Acorn Squash Croquettes, with Taharti Cheese + Garlic-Avocado Aioli…

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…and Bruschetta.

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Next up, the trio dug into a veggie pizza…

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…followed by several pastas – Alla Checca (Tomato, Garlic, Basil, Mozzarella) with linguine…

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…Alla Carbonara (Bacon, Egg Yolks, Pecorino/Parm)  with Penne…

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…and Alla Arrabbiata (Spicy Garlic Pomarola Sauce) with Spaghetti. (The vegetarian ones got the best reviews; Abe said his leftovers were even better.)

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The kitchen was very accommodating to my diet and grilled a delicious, simple piece of salmon…

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…with steamed veggies…
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…and two types of dipping sauces – Pesto with Sundried Tomatoes + Pomarola with Artichokes.

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Finally, the desserts – Berry Creme Brûlée…

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…Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel Gelato…

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…and Triple Chocolate Mousse.

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I didn’t touch the other sweets at the restaurant, but I devoured these leftovers as an afternoon snack.

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MLK and Cookies

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I told Abe yesterday that I wanted to do a MLK and Cookies post in honor of Dr. King.  We realized almost every cookie we could think of could potentially be viewed as offensive – except maybe the Black & White Cookie – but since I don’t live in NYC anymore I didn’t know where to buy one (my friend Andie – ahem, recent NYT Bestselling Author – has a recipe on her blog, though).

Anyhoo….these are not cookies.  This is a leftover triple chocolate (white, dark, bittersweet) dessert from dinner at Deluca Trattoria (<—post to come).

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I use this photo as an excuse to talk about race.  For the most part, I steer clear of anything political.  I just want to be liked.  Being married to someone who works at a viral hit factory, I know people don’t “like” this subject.

But they love sweets and exclamation points!!!!!!!!!!!

Well, now that I have your attention I must admit I don’t even know what to say.

Currently, I feel like our world is embedded in race talk, and there is a general feeling of sadness/anger/resentment in the discussions around me.  I feel it too.  But I also feel a lot of gratitude, especially as a person “of color.”  So all I can do today is just acknowledge it – all of it, the good/the bad – and thank MLK for leaving this world a much better place.

If you’re wondering what to do today (other than eat Black and White Cookies) I recommend volunteering (I’m heading off to Big Sunday soon), Selma (it’s incredible) or just pushing past what may be uncomfortable and talking about equality from your heart.

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Podcasts and Pastries

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I’ve been doing podcast interviews lately, since my next few months are going to be a little crazy with acting work.  There are some really good ones lined up, like Roy Choi

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….YES, THE ROY CHOI.  He came over with sweets from Pot Cafe – a Nutella-Stuffed Bun and Candy Bar…

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…I was also baked up some goodies from another guest, my favorite yogi, Anna Gilbert Zupon!

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IMG_2836 Gotta get this recipe.

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I know everyone’s into Serial, but if you haven’t subscribed to my podcast yet, now’s the time!  The next two are gonna be spectacular!

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