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Man and Goddess

dessert - dinner - gluten free - product review

I love you, Man(Pans)

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These are eco-friendly nonstick pans that are free of toxic coatings (like the ones found in Teflon)

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Oven and broiler safe, with a stay-cool handle – and CRAZY lightweight

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I’ve tried other “green cookware” before but have found them to be either too heavy (like my cast iron skillet), not non-stick enough, or difficult to clean. ManPans sent me this 8-inch fry pan to try out – good for the small-size cooking Abe and I often do.

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Last night I wilted some baby spinach in it, simply sauteed with some nonstick spray, garlic, salt, and pepper.  ManPans heat up really fast (and retain the temperature, since they’re made of hard anodized aluminum) so I used a much lower setting than usual.

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Even with some stuck-on bits, the pan cleaned up easily with soap and water

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If you remember the Green Pan that I tried two years ago, the stains that accumulated on first use never went away, and only multiplied <—-Grrrrr!

I’ll keep you updated on this one; for now, it’s passed the test drive with flying colors!

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Served the garlic spinach with leftover tacos and Pumpkin Seed Salsa

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A treat from the LA Bloggers SWAG bag, shared with Abe

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Frozen grapes on the side

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Not fudge-y or buttery enough to be brownie or cookie-esque, but more like a cake?!?

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For a gluten-free, naturally-sweetened dessert, it’s pretty tasty. I do like that the Gluten-Free Goddess Bakery uses all Organic and Free Trade ingredients.

Has anyone else tried their other baked goods? Or ManPans?

Seeing Double

shopping

As I said in my last post, I brought home some of the LA County Fair with me:

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Rice + beans are being put into the deep freeze

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Not feeling particularly hungry after that fried feast, so I stuck to one taco, with Pumpkin Seed Salsa

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…turned into two

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AYE CARUMBA!!!

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Couldn’t handle the heat of that pepper – does anyone know what it’s called?  Twin clementines to the rescue:

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Needed to run some errands at The Grove – stopped into Nordstrom’s for a Bare Escentuals refill and got distracted

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This Sale wasn’t there the other day!

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I’ve been really impressed with how comfortable the Born shoes I got last summer were, and these felt good in the store…

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…plus, they’re a lot nicer than the flip flops I was planning on packing for my upcoming trip.

I just heard on The Because Show how Nordstrom’s has the most amazing return policy – they’ll even take back worn merchandise?!? That sounds kinda insane – anyone else have that experience with the store?

Art (and Food) in the Streets

art/gallery/museums - food truck

Last night I was invited as a Foodbuzz Featured Publisher to check out Big Night, an evening of Food, Films and Music in The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA downtown.

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The museum fee is waived on Thursday nights, and I’ve been wanting to check out Art in the Streets since it opened in April. Abe already went, and proclaimed it one of the best exhibits ever.

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He was right! I couldn’t stop taking photos, it was all eye candy. Everything put a huge smile on my face.

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Even the bathrooms got tagged!

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I definitely took more art photos than food ones. Foodbuzz hooked us up with complimentary tickets to try meals from both trucks…

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…plus front of the line privileges!

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This wasn’t my first time at Kogi – I ate a burrito for my recent blog birthday and fell in love. Their Short Rib and Chicken Tacos were equally awesome.

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A little disappointing was the LudoTruck – they only had one (non-veggie-friendly) option…

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…and I wasn’t that impressed with the meal. Fried chicken balls with Honey Mustard were fine, but not worth $3/piece (the slaw definitely wasn’t anything to write home about). I think my expectations were very high, especially after hearing how Chef Ludovic Lefebvre’s LudoBites 7 reservations at Gram and Papa’s sold out in less than 4 minutes earlier the same day.

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We ate in the special “beer garden” area

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I tried a bite of Abe’s Kogi tofu tacos there (thumbs up)

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So much to see and do in the area! Little Tokyo Design Week also launched.

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We checked out all their little container galleries

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Eric Nakamura from Giant Robot tweeted this pic of me exploring their pod (FYI I’m @mslynnchen not @lynnchen)

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And Abe snapped one last photo before we headed home:

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So glad we went early – the museum was packed when we left! I didn’t stay for the movie part of the evening, since it didn’t start til 9pm and we had already been downtown for a few hours. If you do go on Thursday night, try to come before 6, because parking fills up fast since it’s free (starting at 5pm).

But hurry! Art in the Streets ends on August 8th.