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In the Tonga Tonga Tonga Tonga Tonga Room

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After last night’s premiere screening

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…and Fro Yo

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Abe and I headed out to The Tonga Room with Emily, Alex, Eddie and West.

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There was a Nice Girls Crew after-party with karaoke, but I wanted to save my voice for Crazy Rich Asians (narration recording starts Tuesday).

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This place was equally fun!

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A live band on the weekends + a $7 per person drink charge.

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Didn’t eat any complimentary nuts – not sure if there’s a food menu?

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And every once in a while, it RAINS!!!!

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You get to walk through the gorgeous Fairmont Hotel lobby as well.

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Nice Girls Crew Too

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A lovely pre-screening reception at Daffodil before the Nice Girls Crew Season 2 Premiere…

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…I ate everything in the spread, except the fruit!

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Lots of Bruschetta, Portobello Mushrooms, Crab Cakes…

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…Grilled Veggies, Dips Galore, Chicken/Veggie Skewers.

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Was full (but not stuffed) after four platefuls.

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Cast/crew headed over to the Sundance Kabuki to watch the show. Fun to finally see what we worked on plus meet some fans/supporters…

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…including Jackie with the awesome nails!!!

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Someone brought Michelle red velvet cupcakes; I split it with Abe

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…then followed that with a sweet treat at Moyo’s with Emily.

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Base of fruit – lychee, kiwi, berries, mandarin oranges…

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…topped with Taro Fro Yo.

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We wound up going out for drinks at The Tonga Room afterwards – everyone else got fancy drinks but I stuck to a Diet Coke.

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“Saving Face” Reunion

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Reunited…and it feels so good….

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…haven’t been with ALL of my “Saving Face” family in so long!!! Here we are at Sundance 2005. Notice how we’re sitting in the same positions? (I swear that wasn’t planned.)

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Yes, there is a movie called “Saving Face” that just won an Oscar this past year, about women who are victims of acid attack. The one we made was a little bit different.

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I see Michelle constantly and talk to Alice on a pretty regular basis…

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…but I haven’t had face time with Joan in FOREVER….not since I took her to the flagship WeHo Pinkberry (right before it became a froyo phenomenon) which should give you a sense of how much time has passed.

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We started off with an early evening press conference…

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…followed by the screening/Q&A….

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…it was quite emotional – I actually cried all my eye makeup off! Many of us hadn’t seen the film in years – and agreed this was the first time we could watch it as real audience members, rather than analyzing/scrutinizing our work.

And my God, it truly is an amazing, beautiful movie – I’m not just saying that because I’m biased!!! If you haven’t seen it, you can rent/buy it pretty much anywhere.

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Signed many of these – special postcards the festival made – it’s a line I say in the film, but I’m not sure if that’s my eye?!?

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Overwhelmed with the audience response! SO SORRY we couldn’t stick around and take photos with everyone who was waiting…I still feel horrible. There were dinner plans across the street….

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On the Bridge is a small, funky little Japanese restaurant…

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…with everything you can imagine on the menu (but not sushi).

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Truly a mom-n-pop place. The owner is also the chef (and is adorable) but this isn’t a great place for groups, or if you’re a little rushed (like we were). All our dishes came out at different times, starting with Abe’s Agedashi Tofu, which I sampled…

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…also tried a bite of Joan’s Tofu, Mushroom, and Spinach Rice Gratin…

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…and Alice’s Chicken Katsu with fried egg.

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My own order (Curry over Sauteed Pasta) was enormous!

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Wound up eating pretty much all the tofu/veggie/sauce part…

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…and a bunch of the noodles; though it looks like I barely made a dent in what’s leftover:

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If you’ve seen “Saving Face,” you know just how much food was eaten in the movie – everything from hot dogs and Chinese food to cupcakes and fried chicken. So grubbing with this group brought back a lot of great memories….

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…wish we could do it more often.

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