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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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Giveaway: Put a Raw Egg on It

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When I visited Italy – long before T.A.D. – I discovered the secret to a really great pasta sauce: raw egg.

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Davidson’s Safest Choice sent some coupons to try a dozen.  I found them at the local grocery store.

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Since they’re pasteurized, I threw one in at the end of cooking a quick dinner…

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…Collard Greens, TJ’s Bruschetta Sauce, and Parmesan Cheese.

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Silky, creamy magic.

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If you’d like to try some for yourself, let me know what you’re excited to put a raw egg in.  Just leave a comment below (US only).

City in the Country

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Ah, 3-day-weekends.  We were able to make a quick getaway from the city to hang out with Joy/Corey in the woods!

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Joy doubled a vegetarian recipe from Blue Apron Meals

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…and fired up the grill too.

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Berries, a massaged kale salad…

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…and dessert – brought all the way from House of Pies, in the city.

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Banana Cream…

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…and apple.  I actually didn’t eat either, because we finished off another epic night of noshing at The Taste.

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Have a great Labor Day!