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Deluca Trattoria

restaurant

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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Blaze Pizza

restaurant

During the Holiday madness that is The Grove/Farmer’s Market, I’ve found a good place to grab dinner to go, and eat in my jammies at home.

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Blaze Pizza is similar to 800 Degrees – or, so I’ve heard, since I haven’t been there.  So I’ll say it’s reminiscent of Chipotle, or ShopHouse.  But for pizza – where you choose your crust…

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…toppings…

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…and wait for it to be fired up…

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…and taken home.

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A surprisingly good concept by the Wetzels Pretzels founders – I hear my friend Arnold Schwarzenegger’s son has something to do with it, too.

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Oh, Hi Again

travel - vegan

Abe and I had such a tremendous time in Ojai beginning of September, we immediately booked another trip following Thanksgiving, when we could stay a little longer.

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This time, we opted for the much more affordable Ojai Rancho Inn.

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Julius tagged along, too!

IMG_1673 Our room was comically dark so we spent a lot of time outdoors…
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…and explored a few new spots, too.

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Hip Vegan Cafe may have one of the best veggie burgers on the planet…

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…made from tempeh, with caramelized onions and vegan cheese.  (My raw salad, above, was stellar too – it included sea veggies and seed pate.)

IMG_1717More salad at Boccali’s – just okay, like the pizza…
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…but I loved the setting!

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We also ate at The Farmer and The Cook and Knead Bakery again – both experiences did NOT disappoint.  More pictures of the trip on both Instagram feeds!

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