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Chee and T

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This is my 4th time working with Tanuj Рan honor to kick off his latest feature, Chee and T!

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He reassembled a lot of the old crew – it’s always fun to work with Pavy

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…who had some extra tricks in his makeup bag for me…

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…and Romy, who crafted another cool look that I would never think of.

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Lunch was from French Market Cafe in Venice – sandwiches…

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…salads, and quiche.

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I have a teeny tiny part and am now done, but the rest of the movie still has to be made!  Follow along on Twitter/Instagram with #CheeandT to watch the action as it unfolds.

 

Graduation Days

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Abe and I have been together for 14 years, so I’ve watched all of his cousins grow up before my eyes. They’re all graduating now – last night we celebrated the first one – little Noah is going off to college!!!

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Been saving this jar that Wild Hibiscus sent for a special occasion like this…

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…you place an edible flower + some syrup in a glass and add a sparkling beverage (this was Prosecco)

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The bubbles gently open the Hibiscus:

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I didn’t taste any, but the general verdict was, “Uh, what’s this thing in my glass?!?”

To eat, there was catering from one of my favorite places, Mendocino Farms!!!

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Along with an array of their wonderful sandwiches

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…a Strawberry and Cheese salad…

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….Penne Pesto with Spinach and Cherry Tomato:

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I tried one of the appetizer offerings – Apple, Goat Cheese, and Preserves on Crostini…

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….then started filling my plate!

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To start – half of two sandwiches – Peanut Butter, Banana, and Apple + Proscuitto and Roasted Chicken

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Can you say flava?!? This is my favorite way to eat – samples!

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I also tried the Curry Chicken Salad and Turkey Cranberry with Herb Aioli

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Oh, and a taste of Abe’s Tomato Caprese too :)

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My next small bite came a little while later, after we had digested some.

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Our cousin Rachel is gluten-free and so was this chocolate cupcake from Whole Foods, though you really couldn’t tell.

The main attraction:

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Strawberry Cheesecake…

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…from The Cheesecake Factory! I’ve actually never tried it before, and I now understand why an entire chain is named after this stuff…

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…maybe some of the best cheesecake I’ve ever had? The consistency isn’t as dense as most versions – almost as light and fluffy as the whipped cream!

One graduation celebration down – next up is Maya’s!!!

Cafe Gratitude

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Is it possible for a restaurant to have groupies?!? I have been waiting in anticipation for Cafe Gratitude forever. Today, I showed up 15 minutes before they opened to make sure that I would be their very first customer!!!

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And I was! I got to meet the owners, and they took pictures with me for their blog :)

With several locations all over the Bay Area, the Los Angeles branch is literally a 10 minute walk from my house.

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I actually had zero appetite (I think my stomach’s still processing yesterday’s meal at Doomie’s) but I felt like it was my mission to order a sandwich for BVSLA research (*spoiler alert* – it made the list)

I got the “I Am Extraordinary” – their take on a BLT

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Let’s see what’s under the hood, shall we?

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Romaine lettuce, sliced avocado and tomato, and a ton of chipotle aioli

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The restaurant doesn’t use any soy or fake meats as their protein sources. So the “Bacon” was sauteed maple coconut

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The environment is totally conducive to dining solo

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They bring out condiments, but I didn’t need any – everything was perfectly seasoned, and quite frankly, mind-blowingly amazing.

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On the side comes a salad – which looks naked…

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…but is actually dressed underneath

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Very messy, but the cloth napkins did their job. I love how sustainable everything is – I feel like too many restaurants are relying on biodegradable/compostable utensils and plates these days. Not only is Cafe Gratitude truly earth-friendly, but community-conscious as well:

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I also dug the positive messages everywhere – on my water bottle…

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…in the bathroom…

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…even on my check!

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I apologize in advance to all my blog readers, because it’s going to get boring seeing me eat at Cafe Gratitude as regularly as I plan to. But because it’s so close-by, has free wifi, and allows dogs on the outside patio, I feel it’s my duty to uphold my reputation as their #1 Customer!

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Once I’ve finished digesting, I’ll be back, for sure.

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(Did I mention I wasn’t even hungry when I went?!?)

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