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The Actor's Diet is the daily food blog of Lynn Chen (www.lynnchen.com), a spokesperson for The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA). The Actor's Diet is also a podcast! Listen here: http://bit.ly/1345JIP

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Lynn - Howl-ween & the Puparazzi

I had such a nice, mellow Halloween yesterday. There were dinner plans with friends I wanted to be hungry for so I made a light lunch. I nuked the other half of the Dr. McDougall's Black Bean Soup from Thursday, with a handful of organic baby spinach and a smidge of organic plain fat-free yogurt.

On the side I tried a few of these Alec's Spicy Pretzels which were sent to us.

They are a very thick and crunchy sourdough pretzel developed by an eighth grader in Vermont (Alec) for a school project, which is pretty impressive.

I'm used to eating Sriracha regularly, so these weren't too hot for me - they have a nice kick to them (if you've got a wimpy mouth I bet you could handle it).

I liked how random the bits and pieces are - very rustic, almost more like a bagel chip consistency than your regular bagged pretzel - but the long, unpronounceable ingredient list raised my eyebrows, particularly the MSG.

Abe wasn't a huge fan. He said they tasted like a kid made them.

After lunch we dressed up our dog and paraded him into town.

No, he's not a member of Devo...

This should make it a little more clear:

Abe was dressed as the 2009 World Series...

Julius' costume caused a little more of a commotion:

Back home I sat on the porch, snacked on an organic pear, and read...

Then I went off to my friends Angela and Dustin's for dinner - Abe stayed home to watch the baseball game and hand out Halloween candy.

Angela and Dustin are also actors, and probably the busiest people I know - I haven't gotten a chance to really hang with them in almost 1.5 years so I was glad we could find some time to catch up.

Angela was dressed as a fairy...(I wasn't totally unfestive - notice my orange and brown?!)

I snacked on about 3-4 chips/guac while dinner was being made.

Dustin grilled chicken/fish outside, and also prepared some rice and steamed broccoli.

I brought over a salad - organic greens/arugula topped with some of the leftover roasted veggies from the other night and a few handfuls of raisins...

...and a really delicious dressing that I whipped up in a jar:

Maple Dijon Balsamic Dressing:

  • 1 TB Dijon Mustard
  • 1 TB lemon juice
  • 2 TB Balsamic
  • 6 TB Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 TB Maple Syrup
  • Salt and Pepper

My plate (I had seconds on all the veggies and the fish):

Our friend Karen is an amazing baker - she made this homemade apple pie:

Another friend brought a pumpkin one:

I had a small piece of each. I LOVE PIE.

As always, Dustin and Angela's get-together was filled with amazing food, lots of laughter, and great stories. Whenever I'm there the house is always bustling with people coming and going, and last night was no exception - in addition to a steady flow of dinner guests, they had a ton of trick-or-treaters. I left feeling all warm and bubbly inside.

Thanks guys!!! I hope it won't be another year before we hang out again!

Back home the game was over and most of the candy had been handed out so Abe and I drove into Hollywood to check out people in their costumes waiting in lines for clubs. This is how I prefer to experience Halloween now - from my car. I'm such an old fart....as evidenced by the fact that I was up at 6 am this morning, thanks to daylight savings. We went for our usual hike, but it got too hot so we didn't make it all the way up to the Observatory. I still felt like walking, though, so we took a 15-minute loop through Ferndell:

This is a heavily shaded area of Griffith Park, with beautiful plants -

And a calming stream...

If you're ever looking for a place to just stroll, sit, read, or think in Los Angeles, this is a good one. I often see Tibetan monks here.

Back home I made some breakfast sandwiches. I spread half of a day-old baguette with avocado, the other with laughing cow cheese. Plus some egg whites that I nuked with frozen bell peppers, topped with fresh oregano, salt and pepper:

Wrapped in foil, and pressed on a cast-iron grill with a baking sheet and heavy pot; 2-3 minutes on each side:

The result was tasty:

With an organic pear too.

Now we're off to downtown Los Angeles for our friend Joy's birthday. Hope you had a great Halloween!

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  1. Great recap of your Halloween. No worries, I wasn't really festive and did not dress up either. Passing out candy was just as fun. People this year were so creative with their coustomes.

    Great idea with pressing a sandwich on baking sheets and a cast iron pot. You're a genious!

    I'm loving the extra hour today. Off to enjoy. Bye.

  2. Aww, looks like tons of fun!! Julius' costume is TOO cute! That pic of him peeing on the fire hydrant is classic.

    I watched that video on the pretzel boy... interesting! You think the ingredients would be more "wholesome" if it's just his family baking them...

  3. I am old fart, too. I've accepted my fate :).

    Love your "sandwich press"! I don't have a panini maker or anything so this is a great tip!

  4. I have a feeling those spicy pretzels wouldn't last long in this house!

    LOVE the puppy costume! That's hilarious!! Those pies and your salad look awesome!

  5. The fire hydrant costume was hilarious. I hope Julius didn't pee on himself.

    Dinner looks pretty awesome and there's nothing better than sharing with friends.

    Moseby didn't understand about the time change either so I was up at 6:20 this morning. Gave me a head start that I managed idling away like the Hare.

  6. Looks like you had a good time with your friends. :)
    That breakfast sandwich looks good!
    Hope you have fun at your friend's bday party!

  7. Wow. That was pie heaven right there. I love pie filling, but I'm never a fan for the crust.

  8. omg the puppy costume is adorable and the pic of him going to the bathroom on the hydrant is priceless!!

    that maple dressing sounds fantastic ! thank you for sharing the recipe my dear!

    that story about the pretzel boy is crazy! he created them as a school project and look at that! now he has his own bizz.....good for him!

  9. I'm going to try your salad dressing recipe tomorrow night, I actually have the ingredients. Sounds delicious.

    Griffith Park is gorgeous, just like your breakfast sandwich.

  10. What a great night! We went as Phillies too!!! :)

  11. sounds like the perfect way to spend your halloween :)

    p.s. has anyone ever told Angela that she looks like Tyra Banks! wooo -- beautiful!

  12. What a nice way to spend Halloween.

    Love the pics from the hike...

  13. Oh Julius is too cute! :D And how genius is a breakfast sandwich! Awesome!

  14. Julius is so cute! Sounds like a fun party. My Halloween was very chill too, and I loved it.

    I started reading that book and I'm really liking it so far. Thanks for introducing me to it :)

  15. You are NOT an old fart! Not at all...
    Julius makes a dashing hydrant...soooooooo cute.
    The improvised panini maker is brilliant.
    Thanks for the good tips.