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We are Pho-mily

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I’m slowly adjusting to colder weather, but apparently it’s warm for DC right now. I hope the transition to Germany isn’t too harsh!

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Warm noodle soup me, please…

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…walked over to Pho 14 for dinner before band rehearsal.

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I ordered the chicken, with extra veggies…

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…added some basil, bean sprouts, lime…

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…and Sriracha + dark sauce the waiter described as “sweet” when I asked what was in it.

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Can you believe this was a regular (as opposed to a large) size? Could barely fit the remaining broth in the stomach.

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*Sniff* My last meal with Hannah and Hash

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…but I just found out (very randomly) that I have more family in town – Anna, Zack, and my niece Zadie are in DC! Finishing off breakfast now so I can meet them…

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(Pumpkin Yogurt Bread and two Ginger Hermits)

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…now I gotta figure out how to get to The Smithsonian! I was a New Yorker for 7 years, but riding the subway in new cities by myself still kinda scares me.

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Be Our Guest Services Lounge

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The SDAFF Guest Services Lounge has been keeping me and Melanie well-fed!

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This morning we swung by to find a lovely layout of breakfast pastries…

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…I enjoyed a few pieces…

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…before heading to the Past/Future Summit

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…where I spoke on a panel about acting and blogging (look – there’s last night’s post behind me!)

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Afterwards, I poked my head in to find lunch…

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…and more sweets!

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Enjoyed a plate of Vietnamese Rolls with peanut sauce (both spring and fried), a few pieces of sushi, pickled ginger, and a piece of cookie/cake.

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Also nibbled on two handfuls of Melanie’s Fries from Smashburger.

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Presenting at the Gala Awards dinner in a few hours – I’m ready to crash from all that sugar…might need a nap!

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Crustacean

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I’ve driven by Crustacean about a hundred times on South Santa Monica, but never noticed it til they invited me and Abe for a complimentary lunch…

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…look for the building with spines (like a lobster!)

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And if you’re on foot, you’ll see the restaurant sign.

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Yes, those are actual Koi inside…

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…they swim throughout the stunning restaurant!

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If the name sounds familiar, it’s because the An Family has a Vietnamese Fusion Empire all around California (including a food truck and catering company), with a ton of press and celebrity clients –

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We started off with some meat n seafood appetizers…

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…I had one of each…

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…plus a bite of Abe’s Buddha Roll…

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…in fact most of what we ordered was vegetarian!

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The Eggplant Tofu…

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…Warm Spinach Salad with parmesan, berries, beets, and mushrooms…

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…and their famous Garlic Noodles (<—which I’ve blogged about before)

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Every single thing was delectable! I went back for one last plateful.

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More fried food for dessert – the Traditional Vietnamese Fritters, served a la mode…

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…you have a choice of Pineapple, Apple or Banana.

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Went with the latter – and ate about 1/4 of it.

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Wish I’d known about their lunch specials before, since it’s a much nicer setting for a Beverly Hills meeting than the places I’ve been going! The service was prompt (Abe had to get back to the MGL offices so they moved quickly, at our request) and couldn’t have been more friendly and knowledgable.

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Realizing now I should’ve used one of my Crustacean plates for my bedtime snack:

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Chicago – just found out I now have TWO of my movies playing at The Gene Siskel Film Center this April for the 17th Annual Asian American Showcase – “Daylight SavingsandYes We’re Open” – opening and closing night!

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I’m on Drugs

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Well, I’m happy to report that getting a root canal really isn’t terrible. If your dentist utters those words to you, there’s no need to curl into fetal position and lay quivering in their office chair (which I may or may not have done).

By 7pm, the Novocaine had worn off, and the Vicodin was working its magic! I took a break from packing and headed out to use a 1/2 off Groupon to Mandoline Grill.

Last time I got their Banh Mi, but felt Bun would be a more appropriate dinner, considering the state of my mouth.

“Bun” is not a dough-y piece of bread, FYI:

I got mine with the Hawaiian BBQ Chicken…

…tossed together using about 1/2 of the supplied sauce

It’s pretty tasty, but their sandwiches are definitely where it’s at.

For dessert, Abe and I split the last Cakeheads Whoopie Pie

This is the “classic” flavor – very similar to the Drake’s Devil Dogs I had for lunch on a regular basis in high school

Eaten with the strawberries Chelsea gave me (which I had frozen)

Despite the drugs, I slept HORRIBLY last night. Partially excitement, partially because there was police activity in my neighborhood and a helicopter circling the sky til 1:30am! Leaving on a jet plane for the NYC premiere of Surrogate Valentine – time to pop some pain killers and FLY.

Sushi Dreams

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No sushi actually consumed, just fantasized about

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CAPE put together a preview screening of the new food documentary “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” last night. The movie recently played at The Berlin and Tribeca Film Festivals.

There was Vietnamese food from China Beach to nosh on beforehand

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I had a mini plate with a lot of meat and salad…

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…while meeting new peeps, like filmmaker David Au

My second helping was the same, with some added carbs

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You can’t see it in the picture but here’s the fried rice that got buried under everything

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After the screening, there was a Q&A with the producer, director, and editor

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It was one of the best food docs I’ve ever seen – beautifully shot, interesting story, and of course, left me strongly craving sushi. It was really late when we got back, and I had to settle for what we had in the house

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How sad does my miso soup, snapped with my iPhone, look? I’ll end this blog post with some real food porn – stills from the actual movie

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Here’s the trailer

“Jiro Dreams of Sushi” won’t be out in theaters until later this year. If you’re in a fish-documentary mood, though, check out this short by R.J. Cutler about Celebrity Chef Jon Shook (Animal) and his new L.A. restaurant Fish – you can watch the 20-minute documentary online now.