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Beachwood Cafe

dinner - restaurant - salads - vegetarian

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!

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What’s New Pussycat

life - music - podcast

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.

 

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La Poubelle

restaurant - vegetarian

I walk by La Poubelle every time I see a show at UCB; it’s always packed, but I haven’t been inside – other than one quick brunch, years ago.

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Things have changed since then – not necessarily with the decor…

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…but in the kitchen.

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“La Poubelle” literally means “garbage can” in French – the place began as a creperie in 1969, evolving into a culinary destination. Chef Johnny Zone took us on a (mostly) vegetarian adventure – starting with this amuse buche, tomatoes/watercress picked from their rooftop garden.

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Vine-smelling may or may not have occurred.

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For the most part, we were treated to an impromptu, small plate tasting, mixed with things you’ll find on their menu + seasonal specials.

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This is their Beet Salad, with Pea Tendrils, Hazelnuts, Goat Cheese, Caraway Seeds, Roasted Olive Oil, and Beet Juice with Basil poured over.

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Baby corn, served in their adorable baby husks…

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…Mexican “Street Style” – cotija cheese, red pepper flakes, aioli, and fresh lime juice.

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Fries “Animal Style” – a nod to In-N-Out’s – updated with Gruyere and Caramelized Onions.

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A special ingredient from David Chang’s Momofuku lab – Bonji

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…incorporated into Asparagus Tops with Red Miso…

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…and cured Aji.

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Mini bites of some of their most popular dishes – Flash-fried Brussels Sprouts Leaves with Blistered Capers/Truffle Oil…

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…Red Quinoa and Haricots Verts, Fennel, Fresh Herbs, Lemon Vinaigrette…

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…Smoked Trout Bruschetta, Crushed Avocado, Tomato, Lemon…

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…and a Vegan Carrot Soup. Fancied up for us with Carrot “Noodles” and Shaved Black Carrots.

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(Carrots upon Carrots upon Carrots.)

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Finally, the dish I’ve been most curious about since seeing it on The Best Thing I Ever Ate

…Coq au Vin. Curtis Stone is correct – it’s incredible and tastes even better leftover.

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For dessert – we had to order the treat seen (and smelled) at surrounding tables…

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…Double Crusted Lavender Creme Brûlée.

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Do you really need two layers of sugar? Oui. Et oui.

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Well, that was certainly NOT what I was expecting walking into “The Garbage Can” Wednesday evening. The service/ambiance/food make it a special enough place for big occasions, but also casual enough for fries/beer with friends. This small plate tasting isn’t on the menu, but maybe if people ask, they’ll make it an option?

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Oliver’s Prime Steakhouse

dessert - dinner - restaurant - vegetarian

Abe and I were invited to the Sunset Strip…

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…inside the Grafton Hotel to check out the new Oliver’s Prime Steakhouse.

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We munched on hot, homemade pretzel rolls while looking over the menu (which glowed in the dark)…

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…of course there’s plenty of meat…

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…but since I was eating with this guy, we decided to share a bunch of vegetarian sides.

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Charred corn with fresh basil…

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…perfect garlic parmesan fries with three dips…

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…Thai Chili Broccolini…

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…fluffy Quinoa with Oranges and Snap Peas…

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…Baby Kale Salad with Roasted Grapes, Candied Walnuts, Goat Cheese…

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…and Grilled Baby Artichokes with Burrata, Arugula, and Lemon Vinaigrette.

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The dessert menu isn’t online – I snapped a photo…

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…then polished off this Berry Crumble.

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All dishes were solid – I’ll have to come back another time for a steak – and maybe a staycation!

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Zinque West Hollywood

bakeries/cafes/dessert places - lunch - restaurant - salads - sandwich - vegetarian

Zinque now has another location in West Hollywood, right across from the Pacific Design Center.

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Christina invited me for a mid-week lunch (FYI they’re pretty much open all day long.) Just like the Venice original, there’s plenty of wine…

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…and coffee!

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Along with our Pig/Zinque themed beverages, we were served Banh Mi…

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…sliced hard boiled egg, avocado, pickled carrots, mayo/Sriracha on Poilane bread – shipped from Paris!

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More vegetarian options – the Tomato/Avocado/Comte on toast…

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…and a Quinoa Salad.

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There’s plenty of meat on the menu – I ordered a Tuna Nicoise – just because it’s so French!

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For dessert, we enjoyed a warm Apple Almond Tart…

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…with Fresh Berries and Tahitian Vanilla Ice Cream.

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Great food, great service, and beautiful space. Plus, free WiFi – my new office!

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