Stuff'd Dumpling Shop

Being gluten-free and Chinese is difficult. All my comfort foods are now off-limits! It's been forever since I've had a dumpling, so when Stuff'd, an entirely celiac-friendly restaurant offered to treat us to a meal, I WAS SO EXCITED.

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The menu is made of - you guessed it - dumplings! All kinds of things that are stuffed. Their's are inspired by Eastern Europe, though I did see a couple on the menu with Asian influences.

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We got a whole bunch to sample, plus salads too. There are meat options, but our favorites were the vegetarian ones - particularly the Spicy Sweet Potato with spicy sage and garlic oil.

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Dessert comes in dumpling form too! Stuffed with fresh fruit and topped with ice cream and pecan crumbles.

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P.S. They have really cute shirts for sale.

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Pizzana

It’s becoming more and more difficult for me to attend media lunches with my food allergies. Usually I can only go to restaurants that specialize in dietary restrictions – but luckily for me the staff at Pizzana is super knowledgable and understanding.

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New York Minute

Hello from New York City! Here I am with the film family for "Mike, Mike Tan" - Kenny Leu, Fiona Fu, and Tzi Ma <---- this is the second time I'm playing his daughter.

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Dinner at Milk and Roses in Brooklyn (above), midday snack at Big Gay Ice Cream...

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...where they have gluten-free cones!

I've had a couple days off and explored my old neighborhood of Astoria, Queens. I stopped by the old apartment building to say hi to the super - he introduced me to a woman who was entering, and when I told her I had lived there a dozen years ago, we discovered she lived in the same exact apartment. What are the chances?!?

Stopped by my old pizza joint, Sac's. I can't eat their marinara pie anymore but they said to come back for gluten-free pasta!

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More Memory Lane - I caught a matinee of Miss Saigon (rush tickets are $50). I was obsessed with this musical as a teenager; I sat in a row by myself during the second act, sang along quietly, and sobbed my eyes out.

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Follow along on my Instagram Stories for behind-the-scenes and day-to-day stuff!

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Lunch at Pono Burger West Hollywood

This meal is hosted.

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The Place

Pono Burger.  I love taking dudes here.  Their food is stellar and their Santa Monica space (in an old World War II Bunker) is unique.  Plus, it's the only place where they do burgers/fries AND salads/vegetarian food equally well.  When my brother Morgan came to town, the first place we went is for a hosted lunch at their West Hollywood location.

The Space

There's wood everywhere, and a gorgeous outdoor patio that's perfect for warm weather.  It's not so nice out when we went, so we opted to sit inside, by the bar, near a window with good light.  Chef Makani is there and I love listening to her talk.  The woman is so passionate about local, organic ingredients and taking care of her customers.

Plus holy mackerel her food is bad-ass yummy.

The Food

Tempura Blue Lake Green Beans.  These are just as addictive as french fries.  I think I may actually like them more, because the vegetables have a freshness/crispness to them.

Baby Kale and Farro Salad.  Also in there - dried cherries, walnuts, chèvre, and an apple cider vinaigrette.  Super fresh.

Fried chicken sandwich.  A Shoyu buttermilk organic battered breast, with shiitake mushroom gravy.  The thing is massive, on a brioche bun, with a bunch of purple potato chips on the side.  We eat half of it there, half of it cold two days later (and it's just as good).

Ancient Grain and Collard Green Wrap.  I did not expect something arriving in a leaf to taste as good as it does.  The whole thing is messy (especially left over) but super flavorful.  It has red quinoa, channeling beans, sweet potato mash and nest, coleslaw, cucumber, and tzatziki sauce.  I want the recipe!

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 Pono Burger WeHo - 8830 Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood