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Dockside at Playa Provisions

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Playa Provisions is like my favorite Barbie of all time – Day-to-Night.  A totally different experience once the sun sets.

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(My mentioning Barbie has nothing to do with the stunning blonde who was my date.)

DSCN6508 Kailey is a longtime blog friend (we both started our sites around the same time) and she now works for the PR company that reps Playa Provisions.  Dockside is their high-end restaurant open for happy hour, dinner, and weekend brunch.
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We started off with Salt Cod Clam Chowder, with braised bacon in a Sourdough Bread Bowl…

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…and Ceviche (Albacore, Shrimp, Avocado, Coconut, Jalapeño, Lime, Passion Fruit, Radish, Salmon Roe) with Chips.

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Next up…

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…perfect Brown Sugar Roasted Acorn Squash…

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…with fried sage, maple brown butter and toasted pepitas…

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…Cheesy Stone Ground Grits, Vinegar Cooked Collard Greens, Crispy Onions, Runny Soft Cooked Egg…

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…and two salads – Grilled Baby Romaine with Marinated Cippolini Onions, Radishes, Breadcrumbs, Creamy Garlic Dressing…

DSCN6532 …plus a Seafood Louie with Bay Shrimp, Crab, Lobster, Quinoa, Avocado and Papaya.
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DSCN6546Once we wrapped up on Chefs Nick Roberts/Brooke Williamson’s genius, we ended with Kristin Feuer’s perfect chocolate chip cookies (<—click for the recipe)…
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…warm n gooey…

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…served with Bourbon Milk.

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A perfect place for a dinner date – especially a blind blogger one.

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Playa Provisions on Urbanspoon

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Beachwood Cafe

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Abe and I love driving around the Hollywood Hills after our (bi-weekly) vegan gelato trips to Scoops.  Often, we’ll end up passing Beachwood Cafe, which looks so cozy and comforting…

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…we finally took the time to stop in – and I’m so thrilled we did.

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I loved everything about this place, from its design…

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…to its food philosophy.

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Everything on the menu sounded good to me – I wound up ordering a “Fez Bowl” – quinoa, wild mushrooms, greens, baby carrots…

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…raw beet salad, shallot yogurt, and harissa sauce.

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Abe also went vegetarian (of course) with their homemade burger…

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…brown rice, shrooms, cashew, walnuts, vegan mayo, avocado, arugula, and tomato.

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Loved how low-key and mellow this place was.  In fact, I’m hesitant to admit how much we enjoyed ourselves, because we plan on coming back often, and don’t want it to get too crowded!

Beachwood Cafe on Urbanspoon

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What’s New Pussycat

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Hey guys!  I just recorded a podcast with Ki Hong Lee, who’s going to be in the new Maze Runner film.  Subscribe to iTunes/Stitcher to listen before I post here.

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I bought this new Marc Jacobs iPhone case because my last one (plastic) broke after 3 weeks.  For about 5 seconds I thought it looked ridiculous, but I quickly got over that.  It’s sturdy, it won’t break, I always find my phone, and the home screen button (the problem with my last iPhone) can’t get dirty.  Because it’s covered by giant, green dog ears!!!  I adore it.

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Quinoa/beet/parmesan salad.  I made it for book club at Taryn’s, took home the leftovers, and have been eating it for days.   Recipe over at the new blog Instagram account!

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We went to see Tori Amos.  I spent all of 1993-1995 obsessed with this woman – she got me through some really dark days – but it was my first time hearing her live.  (For those of you wondering how to avoid the horrific stacked parking/traffic at The Greek Theatre, UBER UBER UBER.  And walk.)

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(I wept uncontrollably.)

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Uploaded some old pieces I wrote about that tumultuous time period over at Medium - what a great site!  And speaking of stories, Autumn just featured me in her latest Move Lifestyle post – 6 Summer Reads for Smart Girls.